Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brag time!

Bragging mom alert....I just cannot contain it.  Here is my first time Honor Roll student! I cannot tell you the pride I feel when I look at this face.  Not because of the glowing report we heard from his teacher at his first parent/teacher conference last week, but because of his loving heart and his sweet unique spirit.  He has entered into Kindergarten with ease and has a genuine joy for learning!  His teacher says everything she gives him, he grabs and wants to learn more and more about it, and asks Why? and How?  a lot.  He is curious and remembers everything.  He has grown up more the past 2 months than he has the past 2 years.  It almost took my breath away when I looked at him the other day and saw how long and lean he's gotten and his new haircut makes him look 14! It breaks my heart a little, I am not going to lie.  But it also, makes it soar. I feel both. 
  
He has been asked to begin the accelerated reader program, where he gets to pick out a book from the library each day, bring it home and read it with us, and then he has a short comprehension quiz on it upon return the next day.  This means he's reading a new book every night.  It has been fun for him to do and I can tell he's really picking it up quickly.  

David Franklin, your mommy is your #1 fan.  Now and always, no matter what,  and now that you are learning to read.... I hope when you read this for the first time you will already know this because of how often you hear it.  Well I guess it's a tie with your daddy, because you may never know how proud he is of you. We love who you are, exactly uniquely you.  



Here he is coloring pictures and writing sentences...for fun.  An activity he was not interested in before. 


All A's!  100 in Math, 100 in Conduct and 96% in Literacy (which was the highest in the class).  He also got a free kids meal from Jose's which he cannot wait to use!  Tonight, perhaps.

Here is this superhero on superhero day, going into his first Red Ribbon Week (Drug Free and Proud).  He's learning about strangers, drugs and things he's never heard about before.  Although I know it's important to teach kids these things and start those conversations, it makes me a little sad.  I don't want him to know about these dangers just quite yet.  I guess we can't live in a bubble forever, but the innocence of childhood is precious to me, and something try to preserve for as long as I can.  The yucky stuff comes soon enough.  


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

We had family fun day and went to Garner Pumpkin Patch this weekend. The pumpkins were pretty much gone and it was 80+ degrees outside, but the kids ran through the corn trails, looked for arrowheads, played on the tunnels, loved the petting zoo and the animal show- the goat's name was Jill so that was a big hit and laugh. It was a great day together!

Halloween is almost as busy as Christmas- we have something every night this week. Candy galore!! And multiple costumes (because they rarely want to wear the same costume) coming up soon!



The corn was their favorite 




DF and his mini me. 










Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nora's class field trip to Family Farm





She and Aubrey Kate were all giggles on the swings and train! 
Nora loves her teacher



Today was the St. Luke's field trip to Family Farm. It was a beautiful day and perfect weather. Mammers and Isaac came along too. It was MAMMERS first time to go on a field trip and she loved it. They rode a little train, hay ride, hay maze, petting zoo, swings, and got to pick out a pumpkin to bring home. It was such a fun day together. We missed DF, but his class goes in a couple weeks so we will be back! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Family photos 2014

We wanted some new family photos and franklin suggested having them taken at the farm in Glenwood. It couldn't have been a better suggestion because we all had fun and it was a great night! We fished, rode the tractor, DF got to shoot his BB gun and they got to dig into watermelon. We also established the farm as an LLC the week these photos were taken and it's named the Ligon Family Farms. A special place indeed.

Shannon La Duke took them and she's a wonderful photographer who is also a lot lf fun. Her talent is amazing and these photos are already treasures to me. She took 100+ so these are just a few. I'm making a book with the rest of them. 

Here are just a few favorites that she sent us; the CD will be arriving any time!



















Life updates

It was spirit week for homecoming at lakeside last week and it was fun!
This was crazy hair/ pj day :)
This was crazy sock/sunglasses day. Nora begged to wear crazy socks too, so I thought why not!? Except, I had forgotten it was her school picture day so she will be in her tshirt and crazy socks. Memories 😊
This boy had been sick with some stomach issues but I think he's back on track. I sure do love him!
My partner! He's keeping me on my toes now every second now that he's mobile.
DF is on the left at age 10months and Isaac is on the right at 7 months. Bros.
Franklin's job promotion made the local news. We are so proud of him!!!
DF wanted a new big boy haircut when he turned 6 and although he doesn't look thrilled here (first time with the clippers and he didn't enjoy that). He is very happy with his new look. He looks 2 years older to me! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

SIX

We had a power outage the night before DF's birthday due to a thunderstorm. He woke up to a candlelight breakfast and instead lf our usual pancake birthday breakfast, we had donuts since our oven is electric. He loved it and had a great day! We surprised him at school for lunch and he had his pick for dinner that nigh- a first for our family: CiCi's Pizza. (He had seen a commercial apparently). Then we went to the lakeside football game. 

He wanted to campout for his birthday so franklin invited some father/son duos and they went to Glenwood to camp at the farm. I think they all had a big time! 


Before the campout he had a soccer game. He played great! I can't believe this stud is 6 and each year my love grows right with him!




The camping boys.

The camp all set up- I think the dads have just as much fun as the boys!
He wanted a razorback football player cookie cake- a surprise change from the Ninja turtles he originally requested.
They had glow sticks at night- a big hit I understand!
And how he arrived home at 11am. I think it's a birthday he will always remember. 

Mexico

The whole group
Wes and I reading on the beach! I actually read a whole book....amazing!

Franklin saw this hammock on the website and wanted to get in it since we booked this vacation many months ago- ta dah! 









We set sail last week on a true vacation with 3 other couples- no baby monitors, no meals to fix or diapers to change and it was such a treat!!!

We went for a long weekend to Playa Mujeres which is about 1/2 an hour outside of Cancun. Mammers kept all 3 kids part of the time, and Meme and Grandpa had the older two part of the time and it worked perfectly!  They are super grandparents and if there were bumps in the road, we didn't hear about it. We are very grateful to them!! Without them and our peace of mind, it never would have happened. THANK YOU! We came back ready and refreshed and are back in the deep end going 90 to nothing and feel very blessed to do so!!