Monday, October 20, 2014

Haunted Mansions of Albion

Kierstyn has been to the Haunted Mansion 3 times already this year! At $20/visit it's a good thing she saved her birthday money this year!!! So glad she has such good friends :)
 Last weekend she went to the Haunted Mansions AND the Haunted Straw Maze!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sadies 2014

Kyler got asked to the Sadies dance this year. I love all the cute/fun stuff these kids do. He came home from football practice and found this in his room:
She had put her name on a small piece of paper inside one of the balloons. (Sidney)
Kyler enlisted the help of his sister to make a poster to give Sidney his answer and then he put this in her car
It was an all-day affair. They do a "day date" before the actual dance (which is pretty lame). They went to Holly's house for lunch, did a scavenger hunt around Almo, went to Sidney's house for dinner, stopped by the dance mostly to get a picture and then went to the Haunted Straw Maze.

Looks like his group had a fun time!
Cheyenne & Luke, Austin & Shelby, Robert & Rebecca, Vicky & Braegon, Holly & Kayden, Chandler & Marcie, Sidney & Kyler

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I canned 75(!) quarts of peaches in 1 day with my friend Jen!
 Impromptu cookie baking with my boy after school
 Kierstyn's cute volleyball hairdo…thanks to her friend McKae
 Sunday afternoon crafting and High School Musical sing-a-long with my girl
 ….and this is what I made :)
 Trevin's new favorite PBJ sandwich--on a hotdog bun
 Loving these fun socks from Mama Mary!
 the colorful sock laundry pile
 Decorations for a bridal shower I hosted
 the boys being boys
 Cold-enough-for-soup weather!
Our first broken bone! Trevin fractured his radius bone at football cast. When we finally took him to the doctor 4 days later…he got a cool green cast.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September Sports

September was back-to-school and we were full force with sports as well. 

Kyler is playing on the High School Team. #52
Trevin is the QB for the 6th grade team. #15
 And Kelly is coaching BOTH teams (HS & 6th grade)!
 Kierstyn is the setter for the 8th grade (Jr. High) volleyball team. #2
Every single night of the week (except Sunday) we have at least 1 practice or game. Busy, busy!

Homecoming 2014

The kids had fun dressing up all week but somehow I only managed a picture one day: Neon Day.
All the kids were in the parade on Friday. Kyler with the HS football team, Trevin with his Little League football team, & Kierstyn with the Jr. High volleyball team. Small town parades are one of my favoritest things ever!
 Jr. High volleyball team

 We played our toughest opponent of the season for Homecoming….but our boys pulled through. It poured during halftime of the JV game but as soon as the 3rd quarter started the rain stopped and there was a HUGE rainbow. 
The JV won 46-20.  The Varsity game was much closer. The other team went up 12-0 in the first few minutes but our boys played hard and came back to win 38-32! There were lots of happy Trojans on Friday night. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

"The shed" update

For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the latest shed update on our house blog:

Warning--it's a long one!  :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kierstyn turns 14!

My beautiful baby girl is 14! What a privilege it is to be her mother. She makes the world a much better, more colorful, & louder place! ;)
Kierstyn decided to forego a big birthday party and went to the movies with 3 friends after her volleyball game. We had her birthday dinner the day before (roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn casserole). We invited the Clarks & the Matthews over for strawberry shortcake.
 Birthday morning pancakes
I love you, baby girl!