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Our Family

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that during this upcoming week you have the chance to spend some time with your family and loved ones. We are so blessed beyond what we can even imagine. Kevin and I are so thankful for both of our little turkeys.

Madalyn- 4  1/2 years
Alexis- 10 months

Alexis 1st Thanksgiving

Here's some bloopers:

She doesn't stay where you put her now. She's always on the move.

Timing....it's difficult to get both looking happy, at the same time, in the same direction.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our Weekend

Yesterday, the girls and I spent the day out shopping. We didn't get anything special. I was trying to continue Christmas shopping but didn't see much of anything to get. But we had a fun day just window shopping, we had lunch at Cracker Barrel, Madalyn loves their fried okra, and then because she was a very good shopper I promised her that I would take her to the Marble Slab before we headed home.

Madalyn had cotton candy ice cream with sprinkles. Apparently the blue in the ice cream also turns everything else blue. Haha!

Alexis was too tired for ice cream. 

We had a little day light left once we got home, so we played outside for a few minutes.

Today, we went to church, the grocery store, and Madalyn had a project for school to work on. Yesterday, we went to Hobby Lobby to get what we needed for her project. She had to disguise her turkey so the farmer couldn't find it for Thanksgiving.


After...Madalyn wanted her turkey to be a cowgirl.

We also went shopping for items to put in our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. So we also filled those this afternoon.

Box 1

Box 2

Madalyn will take the shoe boxes and her turkey to preschool tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day to all! Today is a very special day to honor those who have served in this country's military and to honor those that are still serving. Being in a small school district, we rotate a Veterans day program between the three schools. This was our year to host the event. We started off with a breakfast for the Veterans in our community, then we had a special Veterans day program. Veterans day is a special and dear day for me because I've had so many men in my family to have served in the military and I always take it to heart. So many of us have no idea, could not even imagine what some of these men and women have seen. And so many won't even talk about it. But I feel that at Kelly Edwards today, we honored our veterans and did our best to say "thank you" for their service and sacrifice.

I had this idea to create a bulletin board to say thank you to our veterans. So I sent a letter home with each student in the school and some turkey feathers. The students filled out a turkey feather with the name of a veteran in their family and returned it to school. Here's some pictures of our bulletin board. I thought it turned out awesome!

During the program, one of the 5th grade students did an amazing job at singing the national anthem. A 4th grade student read this poem; she didn't write it, but I don't remember the author's name.

It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given you freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given you freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protester, who has given you freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given you the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose coffin is draped by the Flag.

And if all of this plus more speeches didn't get your emotions stirring, all 450 something of our students sang a song called "Thank You Soldiers", this song will. We had been practicing for the last week and a half every chance we could K-5th to learn this song and the motions that go with it. I don't have a video of our students signing, but here's the song from YouTube. And trust me, with 450 something children voices singing this song out, it was very touching this morning.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Alexis 10 months

Alexis was 10 months old on Friday. I can't believe how fast she is approaching her first birthday! Since it's fall, we decided to have some fun in the fall leaves.

Alexis at 10 months

-I think she is getting more teeth coming in...
-She's walking everywhere, not doing much crawling at all anymore.
-She sure has a mind of her own and knows what she wants...which is anything her sister has or anything she's not suppose to have.
-She still does a super job at sleeping all night long and wakes up so happy.
-She is a happy girl almost all the time.

We are blessed to have such a healthy and happy baby girl. She really liked to crunch the leaves, and was fascinated by them, so it was challenging to get her to look at the camera or smile because she was noticing everything else.  However, with all the rain we've had, every time she was sitting in the leaves she was coughing and sneezing due to all the mold, etc.