Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October is breast cancer awareness month! This is especially dear to me because my good friend and aunt have both survived breast cancer. My team is walking this Friday in the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3 Day. We are so excited about the trip. We raised over $25,000 as a team. We've all been training for months and hopefully we'll make it. What a great accomplishment! I'll be updating my Facebook page with pics and comments throughout the weekend.

We have a special 7th birthday planned for Maci on October 31st. This year it's a Halloween Birthday party for the first time. She is super excited. We are keeping it a mostly cute theme but have one "haunted room". You guessed...Caleb's room.
The kids are doing great in school. Caleb joined three clubs (somewhat by force), but he loves it. Kayli has already read about 15 books already. Yikes! Kayli and Maci have had 3 horseback riding lessons and are learning to lead the horse and jog. Maci has already been the high flier this year, which is the student of the week. Adia is the head patrol in the fifth grade class. She's also volunteering to work at the school store and started in K Kids. We are planning to Walk for Autism in November with Adia's school. Adia still assists with the autistic children.

Happy Halloween and love, hugs and kisses! XOXOXO

Monday, August 10, 2009

Adia Only

This post is about Adia only. Typically I like to write about all the kids but I believe Adia deserves the spotlight all to herself. Adia has had a great summer with her sports. She started out being chosen for the All Star softball team and did so great. Adia pitched and stunned us as usual. Due to some poor coaching decisions, her team did not place. Hopefully, next year coach Tony Green will be making the decisions (hint, hint).

Adia is currently playing basketball and has quite the following of fans. This past game, a mother from the other team came up to tell her she was "awesome". Adia's team is in second place and her first championship game is this Friday. Here is a video of one of many hoops from her last game.

You know we're proud parents when Tony posted this video on his Facebook and then commented that he's her agent. He never discussed the agent part with me though! I know we brag but Adia really is an amazing athlete. She usually outscores the other team all by herself. That's all I have time to write today. Next month I will spotlight one of the other kids. They are all doing great and look forward to going back to school.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March 2009

One of the best reasons to live in Florida...watching shuttle launches from your front porch!

Adia (The picture to the right is Adia with my best friend's daughters Angelica and Haleigh)

This month started out with Adia's softball opening ceremonies. What a great event and so much more than we expected! There was a DJ there and an MC who announced each team. Then the board spoke to all of us briefly.

Adia has proven yet again that she is a true athlete. She has been pitching at her games(which are twice per week). This past Saturday she pitched the first two innings and then another pitcher pitched the third and fourth innings. However, we were up by only one run with one out and bases fully loaded. So her coach subbed Adia in at the last minute. She pitched perfectly and struck out two batters to win the game. As she was subbed in, I heard the other coach pull his batter aside and say, "remember this pitcher, she is the one that throws strikes". Do I see a scholarship in her future?


This was a big month for Kayli! She finally had her braces removed. I think they've been on there for five years. Maybe that's an exaggeration. Her orthodontist was so sweet. They gave her balloons, candy, popcorn, gum and basically a bag of everything she hasn't been able to eat. Of course, Tony has been dipping in the bag, even though Kayli tried to hide it from him.

We are finally signing Kayli up for horseback riding lessons. This is something she has wanted to do for years. She found a great place relatively close to home with reasonable rates. She decided she does not want to do cheerleading next year.

Caleb and Maci:

Caleb scored three of six goals in yesterday's lacrosse game. He was also accepted into AP Choice at Timber Creek High school. He went to orientation and picked his courses for his freshman year. In two weeks he will shadow another AP Choice student for a day to see what the program is all about.

Maci has another dance competition at the end of April. So she will be rehearsing alot this month. This next competition will be held in Jacksonville. We will keep you all informed of the results.

Tony and I have been busy with the kids and their activities. We did attend a mystery dinner party at a friend's house. After our arrival, the lights went out and when they were turned back on, Tony was on the floor. When we arrived he was apparently given a card that said he was beign murdered. It was alot of fun. We may host the next one.

We have our second annual nighttime Easter egg hunt this Saturday night. We hide eggs(outside) and the kids find them with flashlights. This time we invited many neighbors and friends with their children. It should be fun and the kids are looking forward to it. Tony's birthday is Wednesday and we will be off work from April 1st through April 8th for spring break. I'm planning to take him and the kids out to dinner on Wednesday at a suprise restaurant.

Have a great month. Happy 32nd Birthday to my hubby. I leave you with this picture of Tony after he was murdered at the dinner party:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

February 2009 Part I

Caleb started lacrosse and had a tournament where he scored ten goals and his team won 4 out of 5 games in a single day. Caleb loves lacrosse. He puts forth alot of effort and it truly shows out there on the field. We sent off his application for the AP Choice program at Timber Creek high school. If accepted, he would get to be with other high achieving students in taking Advanced Placement courses to earn college credit during high school. The picture above proves that I am still his mother and I can still kiss him. I don't care how big he is!

Kayli was invited by Duke University Talent Search to take the ACT with high school students! She was one of only a hand full of 7th graders taking the test. Boy did that intimidate the high school seniors! We are anxiously awaiting the results to see if she scored high enough to take a trip to Duke University! We are so proud of her.

Adia started practicing for softball and has opening ceremonies tomorrow night and her first game is this Saturday. We are sure she will knock this sport out of the park, as usual. We will upload pictures of her first game following this weekend. She is an amazing athlete. She was also recognized at her school for her outstanding participation with the autistic children. I can't tell you how many times I've heard accolades about her and how wonderful she is with autistic children. We are going to try to get her involved in the community with autistic children as it seems she has a real gift.

February 2009 Part II

February was a great month for Maci. She had her first dance competition in Orlando Florida. Her two dances in the competition were Tutti Fruitty and Dollz. Tutti Fruitty placed in the Platinum category (1st place) and Dollz was a high gold award! She truly enjoyed her competition and is looking forward to her second competition in Jacksonville in April. Maci also had her first sleepover with four of her friends. She told us "it was the best day of my life"! We were just happy to be a part of the best day of her life.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Year's Eve 2008


On New Years Eve the two of us went to a block party. We hopped through three homes spending time with friends. As you can see from the photo below, we played a little bit of the Wii. After Christine began singing karaoke, the party ended! We wonder why?

Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve was hosted by none other than the Greens this year. We had a great time. Christine made lasagna and spaghetti and Christine's family came over to exchange gifts. The night was especially nice because dinner was served on Christine's grandmother's china. Following dinner, the family held their fifth annual white elephant exchange. We ended up with a new electric grill and a handheld vaccum. This was much better than the friend exchange where we walked away with fluffy socks and a used Ohio hat!