Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Report Cards = Sushi!

The kids both had great report cards for the last 9 weeks and for the year so we treated them to dinner at a restaurant of their choosing.  Of course, they chose I Love Sushi!  Mimi was able to celebrate with us as she is moving to the area. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Swimming at Cassidy's

Grace spent the afternoon today swimming at Cassidy's house and she had a blast!  I love the friends she made this past year in 7th grade.

Walking on water!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last Day of School!

I can't believe that the school year is now over and Grace has completed her first year of middle school and will now be an 8th grader and Zach will be a 6th grader!  Where doest the time go?  What happened to my babies?

To celebrate the end of the year, Grace and her friends walked to Brewsters Ice Cream after school.  Unfortunately, it was an usually chilly day for May so they didn't want to stay very long but they had fun for the short time they were there.

6th and 8th grade, here we come!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5th Grade Field Trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium

Today Zach and the rest of 5th grade boarded charter busses and went to Chattanooga Aquarium. I hated that I was not able to chaperone (that's another blog post in itself but I won't bore you with the details) but was grateful that our friend, Stacey Whitmark, did chaperone and sent me pictures throughout the day.

Zach had a great time and his favorite part was the riverboat ride. They were able to eat lunch on the riverboat while they cruised firm the river and then spent the rest of the day at the aquarium.

Zach and Kyle doing what they do - Zach has his head in a book while Kyle is playing on his iPad.

The penguins are always a favorite!

Zach and the rest of the 5th grade neighborhood crew!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zach's Awards Day and Ice Cream Party

Today was Zach's Awards Day and end of year Ice Cream Party. Zach has made awesome grades all year long and racked up on the awards today. He won awards for science, reading, A honor roll and his class voted him Most Ravenous Reader! Great job Zach!

Zach getting his first award!

Zach and the group of boys he eats lunch with every day. 

Zach and his reading/language arts teacher, Mrs. Miller

Zach and his best friend, Kyle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hannah Graduates from James Clemens!

I am so proud of my niece, Hannah, who graduated tonight from James Clemens High School. She earned a full scholarship to Troy University where she will be attending in the fall and majoring in nursing. She's smart and beautiful!!!  Way to go Hannah!!!

Pie in the Face!

As you may or may not know, Zach is a voracious reader. His head is always in a book and reading is probably his most favorite past time. Every year he gets the reading award in his class for having the most AR points. 

This year the top three readers were chosen from each grade and they got to throw a pie in the face of their principal, Dr.Nelson.  Zach was so excited that he was chosen and Dr. Nelson was a great sport about it!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hannah's Graduation Party

To celebrate Hannah's upcoming graduation on Monday night, Kerry and Mark had a small graduation party for her and family. Mark's family came in from MS and I had not seen them in years and years so that was really nice! We ate good BBQ from Lawler's, dessert, Hannah opened gifts and we all just hung out and of course took the requisite family pictures. I'm so happy to be back near family so we can spend time together and be here to celebrate these special occasions.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Time of My Life Dance Recital

Grace wrapped up her 2nd and last year of dance tonight with her recital, The Time of My Life.  She took two classes this year, Jazz and Ballet, but has decided not to continue dance and focus solely on cross county and track. 

I've loved watching her these last two years and even though her heart was not completely in it tonight, she did a beautiful job.  We are so proud of her and all the hard work she put in this past year in her studies, dance and track.

We love you Grace!

Before the recital all dressed in her Jazz costume. These puff ponytails and puff buns was a learning experience!

Nana and Paw came to see Allie and Grace dance. 

Grace and Allie back stage and ready to go!

Allie and grace in their ballet costumes!  Gorgeous!

Congratulations Grace!

Isn't He Cute?!?!

Loving Zach's much needed haircut that he got today! So stinkin handsome!

Friday, May 15, 2015


Tonight I thought Zach was downstairs reading and eating a snack.  I called him to come upstairs and get ready for bed.  He didn't answer so I called him again. And again. He never answered so I got up to look for him and this is how I found him… 

Love that kid!

Powderpuff Football

Every year the 7th grade girls play the 8th grade girls in a game of Powder Puff Football while the boys are cheerleaders.  This tradition was started several years ago in memory of 13-year-old Torrell Holley who on October 19, 2001 was playing basketball at Liberty when he suddenly collapsed while running down the court — dying moments later from cardiac arrest. He had a previously undiagnosed heart condition known as ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia) for which there had been no warning. The powderpuff game serves to raise funds for the Torrell Holley Scholarship Award and “shares the tremendous characteristics of Torrell with Liberty students. Those characteristics are sportsmanship, great team spirit and a genuine love for all".

Cassidy, Paige, Grace, Emma and Hannah

Thursday, May 14, 2015

James Clemens Track Banquet

Tonight Grace and I went to James Clemens for the James Clemens Track Banquet. This was Grace's first athletic banquet and I'm sure, will not be her last.

Each athlete was recognized for their participation and commitment to the track team. When it was Grace's turn, Coach Bell looked at her and said "And there she is. This girl will do whatever I tell her to do. She trusts me and would come to me each week asking what I  wanted her to do. So proud to have her as part of our team and she's going to be joining us for cross country here in a couple of weeks. Grace Williams."

Dave and I both are so proud of her in her first year of track and are looking forward to watching her in the years to come.