Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Birthday Lilly and Mama!

We hopped in the car on a Tuesday in February and got redemption from the South Carolina Gamecocks. We were out for blood after they beat us in the National Championship last year. We were there with a sold out crowd and it was amazing. We even saw our new football coach, Joe Moorhead. It was a great night with a Bulldog win!!! 

 We loaded up one Sunday and watched the lady Dawgs take on Texas A&M with Summer and Cooper. It was such a fun day! 

 Walt celebrated 100 days of school by dressing up like an old man. He said he was "Coach Durr":) 
 It's hard to believe that my girl is 9 years old. Time is sure flying by. She loved her yard card wishing her a Happy Birthday. 
 She wanted an emoji birthday cake so our friend Cindy didn't disappoint! 
 She celebrated with her friends in her photo booth....

 Caroline Murphree spent the night
 We had Rio Lindo with pie in the face on her real birthday...her favorite tradition. 

 My pretty 9 year old wanted Olivia to put make up on pretty and sweet. 
 My family knows what I like, so for my birthday we all went to Starkville for a baseball game AND a lady bulldog basketball game. The NEW Dudy Noble Field is so nice and I can't wait until it's complete. 
 I loved being in Starkville with the four of us! 
 Lilly is taking it all in this. 
 My Walt man is just happy to be watching some baseball. 
 This was the LAST time to watch our girls play ball in person this season. This was the first round of the NCAA tournament and after this they travel to places that are just too's been such a fun ride and I have tears in my eyes typing this. 
Roshunda and Blair are our absolute faves. 

 We saw Ketara!! She played last year and Lilly would say "Mama, is she a model?" We were so happy to see her back supporting her team. 
 Here's to our future team....Jordan Danberry and Myah Taylor, two players that we are excited to get to know. 

 WOW!! Just WOW....I can't put into words the season that these girls had. It was incredible. This pic was taken just before the game was over to advance them to the National Championship game. I can't believe it ended with a buzzer beater shot. We lost and I have never been more sick over a game! It was heartbreaking and my family just sat in silence when the shot went in. Nothing can take away the memories made or the lessons we all learned from this amazing and tough team. I will be using them as examples to my daughter for years to come. Hail State!!! 

Snow, Hunting and Basketball 2018

We had a few snow days two days after we went back to school for the year. The kids loved it and I just grinned and prayed not to lost it. The coming in and out and being house bound really gets to me. It has been a cold depressing winter in terms of weather. I am glad that the kids at least got a little snow. 

 Walt and Steven Wait trying out the make shift sled Dad made for them. 
 Lilly and Eliza having fun

 Well, our Lady Bulldogs have started off the season with a bang....we haven't lost a game yet, and we are very hopeful for a VERY GOOD a National Championship. Lilly decided she wanted to make a bulletin board dedicated to them, while we were iced in for a few days. 
Lilly and Blair at the Ole Miss game in Oxford 
 We have a new player that Lilly just loves....Chloe Bibby is new to the team this year. She is from Australia and is so sweet. Lilly loves her accent. 
 We love Itty Bitty, aka Morgan! She and Lilly took a selfie.
 RO! We love Roshunda Johnson. 
 Lilly and Anna Lauren waiting to get into the Pavilion when MSU played the Lady Rebels in Oxford. 
 The girls basketball team is giving us lots to smile about, but the men's basketball team as us sitting on the edge of our seats and lots of times disappointed. Poor Walt, he gets so into it....this is his reaction after MSU made a comeback against Alabama but could get it done in the last seconds. He was DEVASTATED. Welcome to being a Dawg fan! 
 Here is again....watching these bulldogs that keep us stressed out. This time we BEAT Arkansas in the last few seconds. It was great and I didn't have to deal with a crying 5 year old, just a HAPPY one! 
 January has been the month to hunt and for each of my kiddos to get their first deer. Uncle Tom and Daddy have been hard at it...making sure they let them get a deer this season! 
 Walt man got his first deer kill....that smile. It is just priceless. From what I hear, he has a pretty good shot. :) 

 Lilly Whit would not be outdone by her little brother. She demanded her daddy take her and he did. She did not disappoint and got her a doe. 

 These two gals had fun Duck Hunting with their daddies this season. Great memories being made at Beaver Dam. 
 This baller begged us to sign him up for UpWard Basketball. He played for the first time and he did great. He was super pumped when he opened up his uniform box and it had Q Weatherspoon's number....his favorite MSU basketball player. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Christmas Season and Happy New Year!!

I had a moment on this particular Saturday! I said, "Walt! Santa is coming to Ms. Callie's house Saturday! Don't you want to go see him?" His response, "hmmmm, no, I need to be huntin'!" I seriously cried!!! He is growing up too fast for me! He is loving life, so it is bittersweet. 
So, since my baby boy wouldn't go see Santa with me, I went to get my other baby boy! Thompson, Lilly and I went to see Santa and we had the best time!!! 

 Yes....Christmas season means hunting season in our world!! I have at least one person hunting in my house every morning, sometimes 3! This year is pretty intense! 
 When the ducks aren't flying it's a great time to take a nap! 
 This crew has been hard core hunting....Walt, Will Prince, Avery Davis and Lilly! 
 These two are serious about calling the ducks! 
 Lilly had her friends, Anna Lauren and Caroline over to spend the night. They were in her room with the door closed and things were somewhat quiet, so I opened it up and there they were taking turns reading the Bible! It was such a sweet little moment, which led to conversations about what book to read when you need encouragement and what books are easier to read! My girls are growing up!! 
 Walt's 5k Christmas party was a blast! 
 Masterpiece of a Gingerbread House
 Walt and Mason are best buds 
  These kiddos were so excited about opening their presents from their friends! 
 I love this smile!!!! 
 These 4 boys are best buddies and love each other so much! 
 What a sweet little class! Merry Christmas from Miss Allison's 5k! 
 I am loving our Christmas Eve tradition with this crew. This is year 3 and it just becomes more fun! 
These are my people and oh how I love them and am thankful for them. 
 We played the saran wrap game this year with the kiddos. They had so much fun rolling the dice and unwrapping the big ball! Lilly and I had a great time putting it all together and they ALL loved playing! 
 Hastings finally got to the end and handed out everyone's $10.00 
 These pretty girls are decorating cookies for Santa and doing a very good job!!! 
 Merry Christmas from this crazy bunch!!!! 
 My Christmas Mantle that I just love! 
 Santa came! He brought these two bow and arrows, caps, pj's a punching bag, 
 Dak Prescott socks and so much more!! 
 I was getting dressed and ready on Christmas day, I looked out my window and I saw Walt "hunting birds"!!! 
 Lilly was thrilled when she saw that the elves had stayed. They told her that they talked Santa into letting them stay to watch them play with their toys. Santa said that Lilly and Walt could play with them and then later on that night Santa would give them their magic back to fly back to the North Pole.  
 Santa gave Lilly a selfie stick, so she has been having lots of fun with it!
 Lilly and Walt using the selfie stick to take a pic of everyone at Christmas dinner. 
 Another great thing about the Christmas season is that good friends from long ago come back home to visit their family and lots of times they get to squeeze a visit in with me, too! Oh how this girl is medicine for my soul. I love being with her and I wish so much she lived closer to me! The older I get the more I understand that "old friends are the best friends" 
 Happy NEW YEAR from the Prince, Schoggin and Atwood Families! We really know how to ring in the new year! 
 The temps were a bone chilling 17 degrees outside. We had fireworks to shoot, but because it was so cold, we couldn't even get some to light! You can tell by their red cheeks and noses that they are cold! 
Here's to counting our blessings from 2017 and looking ahead to 2018! I pray that I can become more like Jesus in every single area of my life!! To God be the Glory!