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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Memorial Day Parade

Dacula puts on an amazing Memorial Day parade each year and every year since we have moved home, friends have asked us to attend. This year, the boys and I got up bright and early and decided to check it out with Karen, Sife, and their Grandma. 
We arrived, parked, and carried our chairs, snacks, and blankets as close to the street as we could get. I'm telling you, people line up EARLY for this parade! We were there more than an hour before the parade started and the street up and down both sides was already packed! We got settled and the boys got to have their special DD breakfast while we waited.
 We kept seeing a princess with Mario and Luigi walking down the street and they finally walked up to us. It was Miss Holly! The boys' swim teacher. She was so sweet and said she noticed us from across the street and had to come visit us :-)
 After that, Sife arrived, the parade started, and the boys had a friend to play with.
 Caden loved seeing the military represented.
 And they were enamored by all of the military vehicles
 and horses.
EVEN the Stormtroopers and R2D2 showed up!
 Caden got a high 5!
 Then it was time for the antique vehicles and tractors...
 And the parade wound down with the Wells Fargo horses and carriage. 
So cool to see!
 They were followed up by the cast of Medieval Times in complete wardrobe.
What a terrific parade! 
We can't wait til next year!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ethan's and Caden's End of Year Parties

Caden's Party
His end of year party was on his last day of school. We put together sand pails for them full of summer treats and Karen was sweet enough to personalize them for me!
Then we had a lunch of pizza, pretzels, and fruit...
 followed by some fun activities...they may have gotten a little wet squirting "targets" ;-)
I also set up a ton of other activities for the kiddos, including hula hoops, bowling, dance party, bean bag toss, sidewalk chalk, and a scavenger hunt in the sand to find some jumping frogs

 Ethan's Party
The next week, I structured Ethan's party the exact same way...except it was supposed to rain throughout the entire party. So, after some brainstorming we had a back up plan in the classroom. Thankfully, we did not have to use it, though!
His class started off with a summer cupcake, some pretzels, and watermelon, then...
 Mrs. Jones presented each kiddo with an award,
Ethan was the Science Star!
 After awards, we headed outside to find jumping frogs in the flower garden, then headed over to the games. We were able to grab a quick class picture before the kiddos scattered to all of their stations! It started to thunder right at the end of the party, perfect timing!
 A couple of days later was his last day of school. I CAN NOT say enough about what a wonderful year we had and it was all thanks to this lady! 
We LOVE Mrs. Jones!
Prayers that next year goes smoothly!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Caden's Kindergarten Graduation

So, we finally said goodbye to Shadowbrook. An era of our life has come to an end. It's a bittersweet feeling. I'm excited that Caden is starting at Ivy Creek, but we've been a part of Shadowbrook since we left Texas when Caden was 6 months old. They asked me several times to return as a teacher but I don't think that is the right decision at this time. I hope to be able to help Caden build positive relationships at school like I have been able to do with Ethan. Then, I WILL return to work....a very happy day for Ben ;-)



Caden's graduation started with a slide show. It's sweet seeing them in shirts that a few other moms and I helped to make.
Then there was a Community Day where I represented the dentist :-) I have been as much a part of the school as the boys have been. Truly, this school holds a special place in my heart.

 Graduation was great and Caden looked adorable in his cap and gown.
 His sweet class
 They each came up in groups to share a bible verse. His group's verse was about friendship.
 Then he received his diploma
 Oh.My.Word...so adorable!
 Definitely had to have a picture with Ms. Jana and Ms. Marsha!
 Then the brothers...
 and a family picture
 There was a sweet reception afterward with gifts for him to remember Shadowbrook
Such a wonderful night!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ethan's Field Day & Parent Breakfast

Ethan's last couple of weeks wrapped up with Field Day and a Parent Breakfast.
He had such a sweet class this year and I enjoyed my time in the classroom with them. On Field Day, there were class events and boy/girl events. The kiddos had a blast!
 Ethan participated in the 50 yard dash and...
the Bear Crawl
 Then everyone grabbed the rope for Tug-of-War
 Once we separated for the boy/girl events, Mrs. Jones hung with the girls and I took the boys to their stations. Here's my crew...sweet, active boys!
 That Friday, Ethan created some sweet art pieces for us and we had a breakfast in his classroom complete with a photo booth!
Love them!

Friday, June 23, 2017

More April Randomness

Evidently I didn't download the pictures from my phone until now so I found a few more memorable moments...
 Caden's very last Shadowbrook field trip was to Washington Farms for some strawberry picking
 complete with a hay ride...he was super happy to take a picture
 One spring day I had 30 minutes before carpool so I went to the park to read a book about the stock market. While learning the new lingo, I found a friend who settled in right under me :-)
 On a trip back to Alabama for the weekend, we ran into my sweet friend, Amy, while dinner on the road. Amy and I met our very first year of teaching 18 years ago! Wow, that makes us sound so old! Now we're both married with kids :-)
 Then we had Sife's birthday party one of the weekends close to Caden's birthday. He wanted a Halloween party in April. So the kiddos put on Halloween costumes, had a hay ride, jumped in a Halloween bounce house, and participated in Halloween games to Trick-or-Treat.

 What a fun idea!

Late Post - Madden's Carnival Birthday Party

I just found these pictures from April! One of Ethan's sweet friends had a carnival birthday party and it was a blast!
 
Dart Throw
 Ring Toss
 
 Target Practice
Bean Bag Toss 
 "Fishing" for prizes
The party was complete with a cotton candy and popcorn machine! Ethan, Caden, and Madden enjoyed their cotton candy in the shade :-)
  Then it was cupcake time! Jen had adorable "popcorn" and "snowcone" cupcakes!

 
What a super fun party!!