Sunday, September 14, 2014

And He Smiles

The past several days have been a whirlwind for our family, so it was a wonderful treat to spend a little time with our sweet babies. I left UAB and headed east.  Pop was able to come up and join us, too.  Maddie is busy with cheering and kindergarten.  Lillian is busy being her cute little self, and Reed is growing like a weed. 

Pop may have been holding him, but he was smiling at his Nana!! I got lots of coos, lots of smiles, and even a few laughs.  Those smiles and blue eyes could lead to world peace one day!!  He's a doll!






Lillian loves him lots, too!!


It seems that there are some silly state laws about children not missing school, so Maddie wasn't able to be with us for the day.  So, we promised her a special outing when she got home.  We took her to Dollar Tree and she  picked out any 5 things she wanted!  I think she actually ended up with 7 special treasures- a spider, a wand, necklaces, a watergun, a baton, suckers, and a mask.  Pop also threw in some silly string!! You would have thought she won a million dollar jackpot!!!

Pop got the bad end of the silly string!!


Maddie put on a mini cheerleading and twirling show!!


Don't let the smile fool you-Little Bit was not a fan of silly string! 


Love these little blessings more than I could ever say.  They can make any day just a little brighter!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Two Bits

Talk about Deja-Vu!  Watching Maddie cheer brings back lots and lots of memories.  Maddie's school colors are even the same as her mom's were.  (They just use more red than Columbia blue.)  Supposedly there was a ballgame going on behind her, but I didn't catch much of that.  I did notice at the end of the game that the score was 30-0- for the other team.  Oh well, we had lots and lots of fun, and this Nana can't wait to go back!!!!


Ready-OK!!




Every now and then, I snap a picture that I think will be perfect to show when they turn 16 or so.  I think this one qualifies!!  I love it!!  Total concentration!!





These girls practice for 2 hours 2 days a week.  Whew!! It's all worth it when you get to perform on the field at halftime.


I am pretty sure Reed is realizing that he will be spending many hours of his life at events watching his two sisters.  However, it won't be long until he is running up and down the field, too!!

He's ready!!



I can't imagine anything cuter than this sweet thing!!  She loves doing everything her big sister does!!


Fun with Mom and Dad!!  These two have their hands full!!  Did I mention that this game overlapped the Alabama game?  We're going to have to talk to someone about scheduling!!


Daddy's Girl!



It won't be long until this one is out there, too.  Trust me, she's ready!!



I can't wait until next weeks game!! I won't be able to make all of them, but I am going to try to make as many as possible.






Thursday, September 4, 2014

Perfection

Reed and I enjoyed 30 hours of  paradise this past weekend.  It was short, sweet, and wonderful all wrapped into one!!  We set the alarm for 3:00 Sunday morning, and it didn't go off!!  We woke up in a mad rush at 4:50 a.m. and were out the door by 5:00.  We were on the beach by 9:30!!


 My goals for this trip were simple-get my toes in the sand and eat some great seafood!!  Mission accomplished!!





It looks beautiful, but those red flags are meant to be taken seriously.  It is my sincere prayer that there are no pictures of this event, but Reed and I ventured out about 25 feet.  We were met with three waves in rapid succession that sent us rolling - As in lost bathing suits, lost pair of costa's, and body parts exposed!  OMG!!  A nice man on the shore rescued my visor and Reed's hat!  The good Lord only knows just what he saw!  I asked Reed why he didn't help me get up.  He laughed and said he was just trying to keep his trunks from going over his ankles!!  We stayed very close to the shore after this!!


After a great meal, we headed back until it was completely dark!


Day 2 was just as beautiful!!  Reed managed to find the only shade on the beach!!  


He was a happy camper!!  Rest assured, I did not stay under the umbrella or the tree!




We are going back in a few weeks with the kids and grandbabies!  We can't wait!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Big Girl

We had planned to go to the beach by way of Alexander City, so we could spend a little time with the babies.  And then the unthinkable happened-Maddie got the stomach virus!!  So, instead of sharing pictures from our visit, I thought I'd share a few that Lindsey has sent us recently!!

Kindergarten is getting the best of our big girl!!  She is snoozing away on her way home from school!



Man does this bring back memories!!  She is loving cheering!!






Maddie's first day of kindergarten!  Time is just flying by!!!


Little Bit and Reed and doing great, too!!


We are hoping that Reed got the height gene from his daddy, but right now he is in the 20th percentile!!


Go away stomach virus!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thirty-Two

In 1982, gas was 91 cents a gallon and a stamp was only 20 cents. You could buy a new car for less than $8,000.  ET and On Golden Pond were king of the box office, and Magnum PI and Dynasty were hit TV shows!  However, nothing compares to our 32 years of marriage that began in 1982!!  Wow-that's a really, really long time ago!!  We've come along way since our first date at 17-our Junior Prom!  Two precious children, three awesome grandkids, a wonderful son-in-law, and a terrific almost daughter-in-law have added to a really great life together!!!  God is good!

First Date-





Here we are at the ripe old age of 20!!

Happy Anniversary Sweetie!!  I am being extra good this week, because he is taking me to the beach this weekend!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Train Rides, Swimming, Headstands and Smiles

We love visits we our sweet girls, and we can't wait until Reed is able to join in on our adventures.  Maddie is settled into kindergarten now, and is loving it.  These pictures are from our last visit.  I know our visits will be limited now that school has started back, and that makes me quite sad!

Maddie and Lillian loved these "train rides" around the house by our conductor Pop.  Clothes are optional on these trips.


 Both girls love Papa, and he loves them!  His visits are always special!!




If I had a dime for every handstand that I counted for Lindsey, I would be rich!!  Maddie is certainly following in her mom's footsteps!



You can't tell it from this picture, but Maddie had a total come apart when she realized she didn't bring her special pink googles.  We have several pair, and Pop bought two more before she found a pair that would make her happy!!  Both have been little water bugs this summer!


When we took them home, we got to spend some special time loving on sweet Reed.  He is just a doll!


Hi there, Pop!




He's smiling at his mommy in this one!


Love my babies!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fun Day Fishing

While I was enjoying a wonderful day with Taylor, her parents, and some of her bridesmaids, Pop and Uncle C were having fun fishing with the girls.  When I asked him how the fishing trip went, he said they caught everything in the minnow bucket, so I would call the trip a success!

There really was no reason to actually take Lillian fishing.  Pop could have just let her ride around town holding the minnows and she would have been just as happy.



Although Maddie and Uncle C were trying their best in the pond, the real fishing was happening right in the boat!!  Little Bit loved on every minnow!


 
 
She also loved on Uncle C!
 

 
 
Two serious fishermen!!
 

 
 
No fish, but lots of fun!!
 
 
I wish I could put into words how beautiful Taylor looked in "the dress."  January 31 can't get here fast enough!! 


 

 
Next up-a little swimming and a sweet baby boy is growing up!!!!