Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving at Nenny and Pa's House

We had our annual Thanksgiving lunch with Nenny and Pa and our extended family Saturday afternoon, November 17.  We were back at Nenny and Pa's house this year, and there were about 35 of us there to celebrate.  We unfortunately did not get to take any pictures, because right after eating lunch, Colby started throwing up and feeling horrible!  Bless his little heart he looked awful!  We stayed to visit with everyone for a little while longer, and then we headed home so he could rest.  Fortunately, he only threw up a few more times that night and has been okay since then.  I hate that Colby wasn't feeling well that day, but I'm very thankful that he is feeling better now!!!  Hopefully we will all stay healthy for Thanksgiving!

Breakfast with a Champion

On Saturday, November 17, Sea Star Swim School held a fundraising event for the Hendersonville High School and Beach High School swim teams.  The event started with a talk by Coach Ron Chlasta and Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Claire Donahue.  It was very cool to hear her talk about how she got started in swimming and how she has progressed through the years.  After the talk, everyone had a chance to get an autograph and have their picture made with her.  Brody was smiling from ear to ear when he got to hold her Olympic gold medal!!!  When we left, he told us that he wanted to win a gold medal in the Olympics one day, but he is not sure what sport yet.  He is debating between soccer, swimming, triathlons, and basketball.  It is good to have dreams and goals!!

Brody's Thanksgiving Lunch and Performance

Nannie Berry held their Thanksgiving Lunch for the Kindergartners on Friday, November 16.  After lunch, we were invited back to Mrs. Cook's room for a Thanksgiving performance by the class.  The kids recited a story about "5 Wild Turkeys" and sang a song about how they thought the first Thanksgiving might have gone.  This ended with the turkey getting away and the Pilgrims eating pizza!  Each child then said what they were thankful for, which was very sweet to hear!  There was everything from toys to moms and dads. Brody kind of surprised us with "shelter" and family.  How did this boy get so smart and mature so fast?   It was a great performance and a lot of fun to watch!!

On the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims caught a turkey...

but the turkey got away...

We are so proud of our little pilgrim!!!  He did a great job!  He and his brother give us so much to be thankful for each and every day!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2nd Annual Man Ride

This year's "Man Ride" was November 9th and 10th.  Jason and 11 other guys met in Louisville at the Tin Roof on Thursday night.  On Friday morning, they set off for the first day of the ride and ended at the Tin Roof in Lexington late that afternoon.  Saturday morning they got up and headed back to the Tin Roof in Louisville.  This was over 200 miles in 2 days!!  I am so happy that Jason got to do this big ride again this year.  These crazy guys have a lot of fun and make some great memories. 

Tom Turkey 2012

The Family Project for November in Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten Class was Tom Turkey.  The assignment was to disguise Tom Turkey, and then write a few sentences about the disguise and how he manages his escape. Brody had this project last year and disguised his turkey as a Christmas wreath.  This year, Brody wanted his turkey disguised as Santa Claus with his big bag of toys.  I think it's safe to say that Christmas is on his mind this time of year!  Brody did a great job, and we had a lot of fun working on this together!!  Brody amazed us with his writing skills...he ended up writing a complete paragraph about Tom Turkey with very little help!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The End of a Great Soccer Season

The Fall 2012 Soccer Season came to an end on Saturday, November 3.  Colby's game was up first, and he played great!!  He scored 3 goals!!  This was the 4th game in a row that he scored at least 3 goals.  We are so proud of how much he has learned this season and how hard he works!!  Colby not only practiced with his team this season, but he also practiced with Brody's team twice a week.  He amazed me running around with 6 year olds!  He may be small and he may only function with half a heart, but this boy is unstoppable!

Brody's game was next, and he also played great!  Brody has learned so much this season from his 2 amazing coaches!  Coach Donnie and Coach Mike really worked on dribbling and foot skills with these boys, and they all picked it up so well!  By the end of the season, they were playing like much older kids!  They finished the season undefeated!

Coach Donnie and Coach Mike were very nice to let Colby (also known as "Little Man") practice with them this season!  They worked with him like he was just another member of the team.  They even had a gift for him when they handed out the trophies!  It was a soccer ball key ring with a number 8 on it, because they said he was the 8th man on the team.  I love it!!!  I pray that Brody is fortunate enough to end up on their team in the Spring!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bulldog Walk

Brody participated in his first Nannie Berry Bulldog Walk on Friday, November 2.  Before the event, the kids were asked to get friends or family members to pledge money per each 1/8 mile lap.  Then, on the day of the event, the kids laps were tallied to see how much those friends and family members would donate.  Brody took this very seriously and did an amazing job!!  I think he only walked a couple of times the entire hour!  He ended up with 35 laps...almost 4 1/2 miles!!  We are so proud of him!

Trick or Treat

We continued our annual Halloween tradition this year of chili, hot dogs, cheese dip, and chips before heading out to trick or treat.  Jeremy, Tammy, Emilee, Kylee, Poppy, and Poogie came over to eat and trick or treat with us.   The boys loved their costumes this year!  Brody was a scary ninja, and Colby was an awesome Buzz Lightyear.  We trick or treated at several houses around the neighborhood before coming back to hand out candy by our warm fire pit. Sitting by the fire pit handing out candy to the trick or treaters is my favorite part of Halloween!

Colby's Halloween Party

Mrs. Lee Ann had her class's Halloween Party on Halloween Day.  Colby decided to be Peter Pan for this party.  The kids had pizza, popcorn, and more sweet treats than I could count!!  Colby also came home with a lot of candy from trick or treating in the church office.  I think the best part of the day for Colby, though, was having Jason come to his party!  He was so surprised when Jason walked in!  This was a great start to Colby's Halloween Fun!

Trunk or Treat

Our church had their annual Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 28.  It was very cold but lots of fun!  There were bounce houses, games, a Creepy Cave, a hay ride, a chili cook off, funnel cakes, and hot dogs.  Our small group hosted a trunk this year, so we got to hand out candy...and lots of it!!  There were so many kids there!  This is such a great community outreach event.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brody's School Fall Party

Brody had his Fall Party at school on Friday, October 26.  One of the other moms and I worked together to organize it, and several parents brought in food and game supplies and came to help.  The kids ate lots of good snacks and played two games, Mummy wrap and Pass the Pumpkin.  I think everyone had a great time...at least I hope so!!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be at school for special events like this!  Thank you Jason for working so hard and enabling me to be a "stay at home mom" for our boys!