Monday, October 26, 2009

We're Back Home!

So, after driving for 18 hours straight, we arrived back home safe, if not tired.  The little boys were thrilled to go out back and play.  Aiden found his monster truck and just started giggling.  It was so funny.  Tyler just walked around a bit until he found a toy, and Isaiah, just wanted to be held.  I finally got him off of my hip so I could make lunch, but that did not happen.  In the 5 minutes from the backdoor to the kitchen, Isaiah climbed up into a yard chair, stood on it, leaned over the back, and hit his head on my brick planter.  Yep, 45 minutes home and off to the ER.  This kid. 

My mom was in TX with us, and she took lots of photos of the kids while we were in training sessions.  I'll post them soon.  Off to take Isaiah to the doctor.  His eye is still swollen, and I don't like the way it looks.  There is always something, huh?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Driving....with kids!

We are in Texas for a week.  I don't have time to blog, but I'm trying to keep my facebook current.  There are a few pictures posted there until i have time to photoshop them when I get home.

Blessings to you all!

See you when we return....

Monday, October 5, 2009

Currently Listening To...

The sounds of the twins playing in their room....

Aiden and Isaiah were put down for a nap 29 minutes ago.

They are standing in their cribs banging on the wall, laughing at each other, and tossing their blankies from one crib to another.

The squeals are bittersweet.  I love to hear them play, but I know this means they won't sleep and will be cranky tonight.

I love the laughter of children.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Colonel's Daughter ~ Part 2

Poise and Personality...
Yep, she has it!
After riding, the girls had to quickly unsaddle their horses, and then rush back to the "Fort".  There they were required to don their 1800's regalia, and prepare to answer questions from the judges.

Check out these beautiful girls...

Ashley with her escort.  I think he's kinda cute.  She said I am disturbed. 

Q:  What has your most embarrassing moment?
Ash: At High Point FFA camp I was duct taped to a tree, and forced to stay there while the other upstanding student leaders drew on my face with permanent marker, and then they left me alone for 30 minutes.
(This is why, as parents, we don't always want to know what goes on at camp.  It was so much funnier hearing it for the first time in public and watching her squirm since she hadn't told me.) 

Q:  What do you plan to do after high school?
Ash: Go to college and major in medicine or something.  I want to work for World Vision, a Christian Organization, and go to Third World countries to help other people.
(Yep, I almost cried right there in public.  That's my girl!)

Q:  What does it mean to you to be Colonel's Daughter?
Ash:  It means that I will be a role model for other young people in the community.  I will do whatever the community and Calvary request me to do.  I will enjoy helping others.
(Oh my sticking heck!  This kid is the coolest!)

OK - there were other questions, but I didn't cam cord the speech, and they were questions about the Fort, how tall her horse is, has she read the book ~ The Colonel's Daughter, how long has she been riding...You get the idea?

All I have to say is, "MY KID IS AWESOME!"

One more promenade with her escort...

Here are the girls waiting patiently for the judges to tally their scores.  Can you tell which kid is used to having a camera shoved in her face?  Would it be the one that isn't just standing and smiling?

The women in the 1800's were serious in their photos.  Most of them anyway...

Obviously, these are not women of the 1800's.
Good thing...I'm not sure I could live without Starbuck's.  If
Ashley were to live in the 1800's...then I would have to have lived in the 1800's...vicious circle...

Current contestants with the past "Daughters".
Miss Sami ~ I've known this kid for a long time.  She and Ashley have been riding together since toddlerhood,...well, since we've lived in this small town.
One more photo with the escort...he's not sure which photographer to look at.

All the girls with their escorts...

Ms. Michelle ~ yep, my Starbuck's lady.  She loves Tyler.  Tyler loves her.  It helps that she is the one who got him hooked on Chocolate Shooters.

I love that smile!