Thursday, January 2, 2014

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Back to School

The great thing about my kids is they love to pose.  I did our traditional back to school photos where everyone is excited to see their friends and go back to school.......  
This year I have 2 junior high kids.  Wow!  When did that happen!?  Savannah & Larry are at the junior high & the other three are at the elementary.  Xander & Larry are in band this year.  Xander plays the French horn & Larry plays the trumpet.  Larry recently made it to the all county band and he was asked to test for the DUKE program for gifted students.  We are very proud of him.  Ethan & Xander are at the top of their grades & Xander is at the top in his school for reading.  I recently spoke to the school librarian who informed me Xander helps her choose which books to order.  He is very proud of this fact.  Savannah & Larry just finished their cross country season.  Savannah somehow finished the meet first for jr high girls and Larry was 3rd for boys.  And Xander & Ruby just finished up their soccer season.  It was a busy fall, but we are quite proud of all their accomplishments.

I am proud of both of these kids, but especially Savannah.  She came out of her shell this season and tried something new.  Cross country was almost the death of her.  She did not realize so much running would be involved.  But she stuck with it and did great.  

Did I mention Ruby played on two soccer teams simultaneously?  She was on the YMCA Panthers & the YSA  Aggies.  I thought I would have ballerinas and musicians, but my girls love their sports.  And Ruby has found one she excels at.

Every family needs a Xander right?  He had a great soccer season and now we are gearing up for basketball.  
I hope everyone had a wonderful and productive Fall.

Friday, October 25, 2013



Blog catchup.... As all of you know, Ethan fell off the monkey bars and broke his shoulder last month.
The above picture is of him at his first & last soccer game of the season.  Poor little guy was even the star player for his team.  He was also on his school cross country team.  He was really bummed to miss out on all the practices and meets.  

Here is Ethan the day after he broke his shoulder.  He had a large bone cyst on his upper humerous where the break occurred.  We learned that it is quite common among children.  And many children are lucky enough to outgrow it without a break.  

Aunt Lynette knows her boy!  She surprised him with a couple of Pokemon cards!

Ethan has had quite an adventure with this break.  He was admitted to PMC ER but because it was a high break, they advised us to take him to UK.  So Ethan & his dad made the late night trip where they slinged it.  We were quite skeptical of the flimsy sling, but after 6 weeks, he is doing great.  
I took him to a specialist at Cabell Huntington who said the cyst was nothing to worry about.  We then took him to Shriners who have been doing all his primary care.  After 6 weeks, Ethan is sling free but far from being 100%.  His bones are near aligned, but the cyst has yet to heal itself.  Docs have told us that could take another couple of months.

So Ethan & I have a little tradition of eating good after these 5 hour road trips.  He loves a good hamburger.  But honestly nothing has competed with that Frost Top root beer Uncle Ben treated him too.

Always wanting to pose, the kids enjoyed their brief visit with mamaw & papaw.  

He may be out of the game for the season, but a local garage gave him a new soccer ball.

And the best part of the whole story was we had to buy a recliner for this little man.  He had to sleep in a near upright position to allow gravity to align his bones.  He didn't get the best nights sleep, but it sure beat sleeping upright on a couch.  He had to sleep that way for a month.
Thanks to everyone who said a little prayer for us.  It truly meant the world.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Easter

I know I am a month late.  But here is a picture of my
kids Easter afternoon.  
You can't tell that Ruby has 102 fever here 
and would later
be diagnosed with the flu.

These two wanted to be models...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

All Grown Up

During the Christmas holiday, we took Savannah to the salon
to get a decent hair cut.  I was thinking about a cute bob, but Mark, her stylist
was thinking of a cute pixie.
What do you think?
This hair cut is stunning on Savannah.

Savannah's first temple trip of the year.
She & Larry hung out with the Olive Hill crew.
It was a wonderful opportunity for Savannah to get familiar
with some other YW in our stake.
She is the only YW here in Pikeville.

Out of order again, but this was Savannah's hair style before
the drastic cut.

Ruby can't be left out!  She had a whole inch trimmed 
from her hair.  This is the after shot.

Here is her before shot.
Her goal is to have beautiful long hair just like
Rapunzel.  Oh boy.

Both of my sweet girls, with a style all their own.

A Very Snowy Season

A start to the snowy season.  Happy Halloween people.
Our first snowfall came October 30.

Ruby working hard shoveling the snow.

A snow day well spent making a snowman and
a snow angel.

Our treacherous driveway / street.

The kids working hard to scrape it.

This is a separate occasion where the kids actually had school.
I could not make it down the drive, but the kids had no problems.

Our most recent snowfall from this week.  
Happy Spring everyone!
I hope all of
you are staying dry and warm.