Monday, May 23, 2016

Saturday Fun and Luke Bryan Concert

This past Saturday was the first day we had nothing!  While I love cheering on my kids at their sporting events, it is nice to wake up and not have to rush anywhere.  We were able to take it easy, get things done around the house, and just let the kids play and have fun.  They wanted to put on their swimsuits and play in the water so of course I said, YES!!!  Who needs a pool when you have a five gallon bucket of water and water guns.  They had so much fun, until it turned into a fight, but it was fun while it lasted.  

That evening Robby and I got to go to the Luke Bryan concert.  Little Big Town opened up for him and we had the best time.

When we arrived we learned that we had meet and greet passes, which was amazing!  We got to have about 30 seconds with him before being ushered on in line, but we got to have something autographed and have a picture! 

Little Big Town was so great to see perform live. I love them and their music and they were really entertaining.

Of course Luke Bryan puts on a great show and our seats were so close we had a great view!

It was such a fun night and we loved getting to sneak out for some date night fun!

Hudson's Last Day of School

Last week was Hudson's last week of school.  His fun teachers planned special activities all week long for his class and they started off the week with sports day!  Each student got to wear their favorite sports team shirt or jersey and of course Hudson picked his UGA jersey.  Also on this day he got to sing some of his end of the year songs in chapel.  All of the kids going to the young fives program next year performed their songs in a special ceremony and I loved hearing him sing!  

Tuesday was PJ day and Wednesday was Wacky Day.  He was most excited about wacky day and in fact he had planned his outfit for this day on the weekend.  He was so excited to wear his "pull up socks" and his shirt inside out.

On Thursday morning, his last day of school, he woke up with a high fever and just really didn't feel like himself.  I had to make him stay home from school, but he was really disappointed that he had to miss.  He rallied mid-morning and I took him to his class party just long enough to give his teacher's their gifts and wish them a happy summer.  They were so great for him this year.  He always loved school, but they really thought him to love to learn and for that I will be forever grateful.  They sparked something in him that I hope will continue!

Poor thing. His rally didn't last long.  A few hours later I knew it was too quiet and when I went to look for him I found him like this.

The next day I ended up taking him to the doctor and it turns out he had strep!  I hated he had to miss his last day of school, but was happy that it was an easy fix and after 24 hours on antibiotics he was filling much better!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Field Day, Last Games and Grad Party

If I've said it once I've said it a million times.  The last few weeks of school are always the craziest and this week/weekend is no exception.  

Friday started off with Field Day at the girls' school.  Harper was literally beside herself with excitement and she could not wait.  She actually came and woke me up on Friday morning because she had woken up so excited.  

I was able to volunteer at one of the stations and while I didn't get to see them too much, I did get to say a quick hi and grab a quick pic of them with their friends.  

Friday night Handley had a playdate with her friend and Harper had a playdate here that ended up turning into a sleepover.  The girls went to bed great though because they knew we had to be up early the next morning for Harper's last soccer game of the spring season.  I think having her BFF there was good luck because she played great, scored a goal, had two other almost goals and her team came out on top.  

We had a little down time at home before getting ready for Hudson's last game of the season.  His team had a pizza party and got trophies, which he was SO excited about.  

After that we ran home to change and get ready for our neighbor Olivia's graduation party.  She has been our babysitter the past few years and has been such a positive role model for all of my kids, but for the girls especially.  She's so sweet, really involved in church and school, and the perfect person for my kids to look up to.  Hudson has a crush on her and runs up to give her hugs every time he sees her.  She's going to be attending UGA next fall and we couldn't be more proud of her.  We were very excited to help her celebrate her high school graduation and her party was tons of fun.  They had an ice cream truck which my kids took full advantage of and they had a waffle and hash brown bar compliments of Waffle House.  That is our kind of party!  We also had lots of fun in the photo booth with all of the props.  

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sibley Pond Field Trip

 Every year the first grade classes take a walking field trip to Sibley Pond, located in the Sope Creek part of the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area.  The have a police escort as they make their way and this year I got to help chaperone Harper's class.

It was a very chilly morning and we were having unusually cold temps.  Everyone was bundled up and excited when we arrived!

A park ranger gave the kids all sorts of information about the park, the pond life, the forest, etc.

Then the kids were splint into groups and got to sort through leaves that were scooped up from the edge of the pond. They were supposed to be looking for small critters, bugs, etc.  

Harper loved looking through the magnifying glass to help her find something.  

And it worked because she found a tadpole!

Then her friend found one, too!  

It was a fun morning with my girl and I'm so happy I got to go with them! 

In other news, Hudson got to take a book in to read to his class and his sweet teacher videoed it and took a picture to send me.  He did so good! 

Handley received some exciting news this week.  She had applied to be a candidate for one of the student council officer positions.  They had to fill out an application, answer a few essay questions, get a teacher recommendation and then a panel of teachers selected 5 kids for each position.  There were 90 kids total that applied and she got picked as one of the 5 for the historian position (which is the one she wanted).  She was SO excited and has been working hard to get her posters and fliers ready that are due on Monday, along with working on her speech that she has to give on the morning announcements next week.

She even recruited a volunteer for her campaign.  :-) I'll share more details about her poster and cute little handouts next week!

Monday, May 2, 2016

RT Family Picnic - Zoo Atlanta

This weekend was one of our favorite events of the year...the RT family picnic day.  Each year they have the event at different locations around Atlanta and this year it was at the zoo.  I hadn't been to the zoo with the kids in probably over 3 years (maybe more) so it was a fun outing.

Upon arrival Robby had to do some greeting, so the kids and I made our way around the zoo to check out the animals.

Up first were flamingos and then we got to see some popular favorites like the rhinos, zebras and giraffes.  The kids got to touch a rhino horn.

Something new since we had last been to the zoo is that you can feed a giraffe!  What?  I know!!!  How cool is that?  I was so excited for the kids to get to have this really cool experience so I paid the $3 per person and we waited our turn.  Each person gets two pieces of lettuce to hold out of the giraffe.  He knew just what to do and used his big ol' tongue to grab the lettuce.  The kids all loved it an I think it was definitely worth the small fee.

Next we continued to see some of the other animals like the gorillas, monkeys, lions and pandas.

Then it was time to meet up with Robby and have lunch.  They had fun music playing and food that everyone gobbled up.  Walking around the zoo we all built up a big appetite.  After catching up with some friends at lunch we worked our way to the kid's zone where the kids got to try rock climbing, a giant climbing structure to the tallest slide I've ever seen and the carousel.

We ran into Trey, Stefanie and the kids at the carousel and all got to ride the train together.  The train ride had also been jazzed up a bit since our last visit to the zoo and Hudson was SO excited.

We wrapped up the day with a quick play on the playground for Hudson and the girls visited the petting zoo before we made our way home.  We were all exhausted after a busy day of walking around the zoo and came home and crashed.  It was a great day though and it was a lot of fun taking our wild animals to see the other wild animals.  ;-)