Tuesday, June 9, 2015

May 2015

May is a crazy busy month for us.  JC and I celebrated our 17th anniversary on May 2nd.  It's hard to believe we have been married that long.  Time is flying by...we look so young here:

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Brendan turned 14 on May 6th, and he let me snap one photo of him since the church needed one for the Confirmation service.

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On Brendan's birthday, his middle school team played for the county-wide championship.  They were undefeated all season and were Conference champs going into the championship game.  We played a team from Kernersville, and B's team won!!! We are so proud of them!

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It was a fantastic way to spend Brendan's birthday.

We also celebrated JC's 43rd birthday on May 9th, and Mother's Day was on May 10th.  Not only was it Mother's Day, but it was also JC's dad's 70th birthday, and Brendan's Confirmation at church.  We had lunch at our house after church.

Our family after the service:
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Emma set the "kids' table"...
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JC and his dad...
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B opening a Confirmation gift...
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This is a photo of all the Confirmands taken at the rehearsal the Saturday night before...

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And B with his mentor...

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The weekend of Mother's Day, I got to have lunch with Emma at school.  This is Emma posing under the portrait she drew of me...

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This is a precious paper that Emma brought home from school.  It's an assignment they did for Mother's Day:
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Also Emma had her last recreation league soccer game on JC's birthday.  She was happy to receive a trophy!
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And this is a special box of treasures that Emma put together for me for Mother's Day:
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We also celebrated with Brendan at the middle school's annual sports awards banquet.  The only sport that Brendan played that is recognized by the school system is volleyball (baseball is through the school, but it is not supported by the school system).  Brendan was given a special coach's award.  It was great hearing him getting recognition.
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Twice in the month of May, JC drove Brendan to Pittsboro for some very intensive training with a former UNC and Atlanta Braves catcher.  He learned a ton, and we are grateful that he had this opportunity.

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Both Emma and Jackson had tryouts for the upcoming soccer year the week before Memorial Day.

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Emma made Jr. Academy for the first time...it starts at U8.  Jackson made the WHITE team this year which is the top team for his age group in our league at Twins.  The night we found out, he had gone to a West Forsyth women's playoff game.  We made a poster and hung it outside for him and then we all changed into all white and waited for him in the driveway to arrive home. He was beyond excited!

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Brendan's travel team also played in a few tournaments in May...all in the age group older than their team.  The first tournament was the Tennessee Super NIT.  The boys played great but fell short in the championship game.  Runner up is not so bad though.

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The second tourney they played was also 14U.  They won the whole thing out of 15 teams...they beat a team from Georgia in the championship game.
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They also played the last weekend in May, and the tournament was held at Charlotte Independence High School.  Once again, they won the championship game beating out a great 14U team.

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We also went to the beach for Memorial Day weekend. I will post pictures from that trip soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

April 2015

We celebrated Easter Sunday the day after we got back from our spring break trip.


Also in April, JC and Ben ran the Carolinas Spartan Sprint.

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Brendan played in his first game at West Forsyth High School.  Meadowlark played Clemmons Middle the Monday after spring break.

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Emma's soccer season was in full swing.

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And Jackson's team played the majority of their conference games for the spring season in April as well.

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These were taken at West Forsyth the second time B played there.

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I celebrated my 41st birthday with GiGi's cupcakes and a dinner out with JC and the kids.

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We also celebrated Earth Day...

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And Brendan went to Lake Junaluska for his Confirmation Retreat.


It rained 3 of the weekends in April so we spent a lot of time indoors.

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But...the kids also played in the rain:

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Mostly we just spent the month playing sports! Haha!

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JC did buy a new bird feeder.  We have so many nice birds to look at now.  The squirrels have almost figured out how to get the seed though.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Break 2015

We went back to Pompano Beach for spring break this year with our good friends.  We had so much fun!

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The boys packed their ENOs and found the perfect spot to put them up each day.

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We also took the kids to the cart races in Pompano Beach.  They lasted all of 3 races, but they had fun picking horses.

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While there, Ben turned 16!  For his birthday, he wanted to become certified in SCUBA.

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This also inspired the other kids to want to try snorkeling.  Since Ben had a GoPro, he was able to get some great photos while they were out.

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The sweet frozen treats from the tiki bar are always a huge hit!!!

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We spent many days by the pool.  The weather was fantastic!

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And the girls enjoyed lunch on the balcony every day...

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For Ben's birthday dinner, we went to an awesome restaurant right on the water.  I took the big camera along and was so glad that I did.

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One afternoon, the girls finally wore the dads down enough to go Banana Boating.  They loved it.

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We really did have a fantastic time.  I can't wait to go back!
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