Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Caleb's school calls it Spring Sports Day. Where I grew up it was called Field Day. Either way, I think my brother will agree with me that it was a day that we dreaded. Neither Kevin, nor I were ever, or ever will be for that matter, athletic in the least. So that was a day, where we came in last during the races and relays, long jumps, ball tosses, and sack races. Not that we didn't try hard. We would run our little bitty legs off or leap as far as we could. But we were both short, little scrawny things and it would never be fast or far enough. OK, enough of the pity party for my lost sports break in life. I have come to terms a long time ago that I would never be considered for the Olympics or Minor Leagues. But now, it looks like my oldest son is taking after his mother's wonderful athletic ability.

Here are some cute pictures of Caleb during his Sports Day.
I love this picture of Caleb getting ready for the race. His little legs ran as fast as he could and reminded me of the Coyote chasing the Roadrunner.

Here he is before the sack race. His sack was huge and he was hopping like a little kangaroo, actually doing pretty well. Until he fell down. He got tripped up in the sack and couldn't get up and kept falling. He finally made it to the finish line behind everyone else.

Notice the blue ribbon on Caleb's chest. It was the only ribbon he got, but he was so proud that his team won the tug of war and he got a first place ribbon.
He had a fun day though and did his best. That is all that matters. Not everyone can be Roadrunner.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Preschool Graduation and Field Trips

Well it's that time of the year...the school year is coming to an end. Field trips, field day, graduations, and end of the year parties! Caleb had a fun filled field trip to LBL (Land Between the Lakes). I went with him to assist with herding the children. There were 4 Kindergarten classes with about 25 kids each that went on the trip. Luckily they stayed divided into groups to make it easier. They got to visit the Nature Center, which has wild animals out in the back like coyotes, owls, a bald eagle, a big fat possum, bobcats, deer, and some very noisy gobbling turkeys. The kids had a great time looking at all of the animals. Caleb said his favorite was the bald eagle. He was a handsome fella. Then we had a picnic before tackling our next activity.

They went down to the lake side for a biology lesson with a couple of the wildlife biologists. They got nets to dip into the lake and would bring the critters they found up to the biologists for identification. The bugs and critters were picked out of the net by the braver kids or the biologists and put in a basin for everyone to see. They found several nymphs (damselfly and dragonfly babies), water beetles, tadpoles, crayfish, and water spiders. It was a beautiful day and the kids had a lot of fun.

Cody had Preschool Graduation tonight. He will still be in Preschool next year, but he graduated from 3 year old (two days a week) to 4 year old (five days a week). He loves preschool and will enjoy being there more next school year.

They had a cute little program with singing and dancing. They showed off things they have learned this year, like shapes and counting.

We took home artwork and a wonderful book with activities and pictures from the school year.

Little bit of goofing off with Daddy and Max.
Cody hopped in the dryer to help me get the last sock.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Blue belt

Caleb graduated from green belt to blue belt today in Tae Kwon Do. Here he is leading the TKD pledge. It was fun to watch him with his sparring gear and commas this time. He was so excited. He will be taking a break from TKD this summer because of sports camps, t-ball, swimming, vacation bible school, etc that he will be doing instead. Then he will start back when school begins again in the fall.

Sparring gear. Watch out!

Encouraging words from Instructor Jason as he receives his new belt.

After the belt graduation, the boys went with me to Noble Park for March of Dimes -March for Babies walk. The boys walked with me and didn't complain too much about their legs getting tired. Although, I did have to pack Cody on my hip for a few minutes to let his tiny little legs rest. They heard that there was Dippin' Dots back at the tent, so they made it back pretty swiftly. After scarfing down chips and a hot dog, they were finally in heaven with their Dippin' Dots. Glad it turned out to be a pretty day for the walk. Our t-shirts for Western Baptist turned out pretty cute this year. I wanted to integrate Western Baptist's prematurity initiative program "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait" on our shirts this year. Our chairman for WBH, Missy used a combination of my idea of a sporty shirt with the number 08 on the back for 2008 and her daughter's idea of using baby blocks.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Home again, Home again, Jiggity jig

Flight home was good, it seemed to go by faster than flying there. Of course, I took a bit of a nap which helped.

We were starving to death on our drive from Nashville to Paducah. We hadn't had anything since breakfast, except peanuts and cheese crackers on the flight. So we stopped in Clarksville for lunch and look what we saw!

It is so good to be home!!! We missed Caleb and Cody, they were so excited to see us. Caleb was finishing up a picture for me and Cody was excited to show the flowers for the front porch they had picked out. Cody, my little cuddler, wanted to just sit in my lap and snuggle for a long time. Caleb was talking a mile a minute about everything they did. Thanks again Memaw and Pepaw!!! We love you!