Thursday, June 30, 2016

James and The Giant Peach

The spring play at the FCA was James and the Giant Peach.  We were more involved in helping with this play but honestly it was the most difficult for Alyssa.  The director was under stress for some unknown reason, although her daughter was James, so I am sure that had a lot to do with it.  But the last two weeks just left a bad taste with Alyssa.  So much so, that she isn't sure that she will be going back.  I hope she continues doing drama somewhere because she has talent.  :)
She had many different smaller roles, which meant frequent costume changes.
Taylor did her senior mentorship with the director she she worked on props and design.
The best thing about the FCA are the people!  She has made so many wonderful friends.
Grandma went out to dinner with us after one of the shows.
This was the first play that the center ran for two weekends.  The kids were exhausted by the end.
She was the sweetest sea gull.  And a super funny pirate!
Last show!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Color Run and Prom

The same day as the birthday bonfire was the Color Run.  Jill and I have now done this three years in a row!  I am quite out of shape this time around and in darn near killed me.  I was so sore for a week after!
About a hour before people came to the bonfire Taylor and Michael & Austin and Zoe went to the prom.  All the parents came over to our house for pictures and margaritas.  They all looked gorgeous -- what a great group of kids!  
I was so worried about Taylor's dress.  She found it on Amazon.  (She did not want to go shopping!)  And when it came it was wadded up in a bag mailer from China!!  I didn't do any alterations, the only thing I did was added some hook and eyes to the back because there was no zipper, only the lacing.  She looked beautiful.
(All of these kids are on the robotics team)

Monday, June 27, 2016

I Am How OLD?!?!?

I really don't know how it happened, but in April I 'turned' the big 4-0!  People say you TURN 40, like they say milk TURNS bad or sour.  I was really dreading it and had planned to be an ostrich with my head in the sand.  But my friends and family wouldn't let me do that.  My life long bestie, Brandi threw Elizabeth and myself  a joint surprise 40th party!  She had us believing that her mom had won a wine tasting and her mom couldn't make it due to prior plans.  We show up at this adorable little winery (Kody Cresta) and there were 4 other friends from high school!  What a wonderful surprise!
Brandi made a gluten free Wizard of Oz cake!  It was soooo good!
Adorable gift from Brandi along with a cute poem!

Later that night Brandi and I went out for Mexican food and margaritas.  It was so much fun!!  I sure miss this girl and wish she still lived in town!
The rest of my birthday was spent eating cake, oh my goodness, SO.  Much.  Cake.
The day before my birthday a group rep brought it a cake from Boonzaaijers.
The day of my birthday, my coworkers had cupcakes from MacKenzies and booze!!
Alyssa's spring musical program was the night of my birthday, so we were able to enjoy wonderful music and beautiful faces.  Here she is with her teacher, Mrs. Brown.
Brendon brought home a cake from MacKenzies too.
The Saturday following my birthday, I decided to throw a party.  It was also Theresa's and Kathleen's birthdays too.  Along with a couple of other friends, so we went to Costco and got a party cake!
I spaced it and didn't take any pictures, wish I would have, I was overwhelmed with how many people came.  I feel so blessed.  Ally and I around the campfire that night.
And as if that wasn't enough - my rescue friends, Shawn and Yvonne took me out a few days later for Mexican food at Los Amigos - only I had no idea that this is what the staff gives you on your birthday!!
BAM!!  Party over.  Welcome to 40.

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

Spring Break was spent home.  Taylor took the girls to the library and to the park a few times.  It was pretty laid back.  I was saving vacation time for Taylor's graduation.  On the weekend Lyndsey and I took the girls to the Alligator Sanctuary in Anthens that we have heard about.  What a neat place!  We caught it in a down, quiet time and was given a personalized tour by the owner.  Unfortunately I forget his name now, but what a neat guy and full of fun facts and information!
I love this picture.  Syd had no fear!

Love these pictures of Jayley too.  She was so funny!  
In the summer time they have a big arena for all their gators.  In the winter they are all (mostly) kept in a toasty greenhouse.  We hope to make it back this summer to see them do tricks (yes, they are trainable like dogs!)  And to meet the BIG one.

Chickens!

April 15th - Tax Day
We celebrated with chickens!!  We have talked about getting chickens for quite awhile.  These ladies were 4 days old when we got them.  Now they are almost three months old and getting very big!  They are Rhode Island Reds.  And I hate to admit it, they are a little intimidating and aggressive now.  Brendon confessed that he had a bit of a chicken phobia and I laughed at him.  However now that they come at your pecking, I am not their biggest fan either.  We hope to start seeing eggs in about three months.

Easter

I will try to get caught up this week.  Let's flash back to Easter!  We headed to George and Evette's house and after a great dinner, the kids had an egg hunt and then we taught them how to play the card game, BS.  Ha!!
The came down from the sugar on the way home.
Meet Ace, a super daper black lab foster.  
Photo Shoot!!  Trying to prepare for someone's graduation party and yet was in denial at this point that it was happening.  We did have a scare that her English grade might not make the cut, but she got her poop in a group and did a lot of extra credit.  Ended up pulling a pretty good grade!
Ace was adopted by a great couple from Ohio.  They emailed me last week and sent pictures of him on a fishing trip in Canada.  He loves going for rides in the canoe!  His name is now Charlie and he's very loved.  :)