Friday, August 29, 2014

Another GREAT First Day!

August 18th was another first day of school for us!
The kids were pretty excited and anxious to get the school year started.
This is the first and only year that the kids will all be in the same school!

My big 5th grader- Her last year in elementary school!
Rhett with his sweet 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Booker, at the start of his first day.
 ......and this is how he looked when I picked him up at the end of the day.
He has been wanting his hair longer lately so its longer than it has ever been. He said he did this at recess when it was wet with sweat and it stuck this way. Recess is early in the day, so he looked like this most of the first day of school. I'm sure that made a great impression on everyone.  
(He wasn't sad or upset here, he just wouldn't smile when I was taking a picture.)
Here they are on their second day. Still smiling!
This was actually Thad's first day. The kindergarten classes had just 1/3 of the class come for each of the first three days of school.  Then they all went on Thursday and Friday.
I just can't believe our BABY BOY is in KINDERGARTEN.
I think he really had mixed emotions about it, like I did. 
Sometimes he seemed really excited about it. Then he would act really nervous about it. He told me several times he was worried he wouldn't do a good job, or that he wouldn't know what to do at lunch, or remember where his classroom was, etc. It made me sad that he was worried, but we know he will do a great job and end up liking it!
Here he is with Mrs. Smith. I have heard GREAT things about her. I'm so glad he got a great teacher for his first year.

 Our big boy checking in and entering his lunch choice.
 Praying for a successful, FUN-filled year for our three amazing kiddos!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

..... and another season is underway.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I just thought I was finished.....

I just thought I was finished posting about baseball....for the Spring season anyway.....but I was wrong.

I found these pictures after my post wrapping up the season and just couldn't leave them out.
It's just in time too, as the boys' first game of fall baseball is TODAY!
(Somehow I ended up with several more pictures of Thad than Rhett.)

One game he decided to wear these COOL sunglasses for his game.

 A few of Rhett at bat-
(On the field where Rhett usually played, it was harder to get in a good location to get good pictures. I'll try to do better next season:) )

 And Thad at the Tee...

Here's Thad running into home, doing one of his famous slides.

Actually he did it a little differently this time and wound up on his back.
He still talks about "that one time when he slid and his helmet came off and he bumped his head and scraped his elbow".
This picture makes me laugh. He and the first baseman are having a stare down!!

 This boy LOVES baseball......any ball for that matter!

This is Thad with his friend Shephard.  His family, the Todds, are friends of ours.  Donnie was Thad's t-ball coach last year and was the former music leader at our church. Their family recently left for a very long term mission in an undisclosed location in Central Asia. 
This day they had come back to Fort Smith for a visit after several weeks of training, before leaving the country.
Please keep this wonderful family, the Todds, in your prayers!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brown Family Reunion

The last weekend of July we went to a family reunion at Falcon Head Resort near Burneyville, OK. 
It was a reunion for the descendants of WR and Edna Brown:
Mary Alice (Sanders), Bob, Maxine (Hartman), and my Dad, baby brother Larry.
All three of my Dad's siblings live at Falcon Head now so it was a great choice for the reunion. 

Only half of the grandchildren were able to come:
Sydnie, Genell (Hartman) McCLendon, Kelly Brown, and me.
Not able to come were: Angela (Hartman) Glascock, Doug Brown, Greg Sanders, and Janis (Sanders) Dickeson.
The great grand-kids .....
(about half of them)
 These guys had a great time exploring, playing video games and riding in the golf cart.
I think my Dad got the award for being the only one with his whole family there.
It was great seeing everyone and I think reminded us all that we really should make the effort to see each other more often!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Happy Happy Birthday to this little man.....


Happiest of Birthdays to Papa Larry and cousin Margot too!:)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dominican Republic

In early July we took the kids to Oklahoma to stay with their grandparent! We took full advantage of this and planned a last minute trip to the Dominican Republic!
We didn't schedule anything and no plans other than to sit on the beach, relax, eat, and enjoy not having any plans or anywhere to be!

We flew out of OKC and arrived about 4pm. 
We got changed, checked out the beach, then late that night ate at one of the restaurants at the resort.

 The three full days we had there, we got up and ate breakfast, played a little tennis, worked out,  then headed for the beach.
We made do for our workouts, doing laps around the resort areas, doing burpees under the palm trees and box jumps on cement landscaping decorations.

The beach was beautiful!!

 We found these huge really cool seashells and found a way to fit three of them in our luggage to bring them back for the kids.
 One day we went to the spa at the resort and got massages. It was wonderful!

 We ate at a different restaurant each night. They were all very different and really good!

 More of the amazing views.......

 We had an amazing time!! Thanks so much, again, to Grammy and Papa and Nana and Papa for keeping the kiddos so we could go!!  They had a great time too!:)