Jun 25, 2016

Cille's 6th Birthday Party, Part 1

For our 6th annual celebration of Cille, we had a book-themed party.  Here's the beautiful birthday girl...

Lots of people we love came to celebrate with us...



I was kind of at a loss for what to put on the cake, so we modified the library plate invitation that we used from the PBS kids website with a Dr. Seuss quote...
Cille was our first birthday kid this year to get to try out the new lotus birthday candles. They play "Happy Birthday" and rotate, so they are super fun...
There is quite the large flame when you first light the candle, though, so we all stood back...
Wow!
Cille conducted the group in singing "Happy Birthday" to her.  What a ham!

Blowing out all those moving candles took a lot of effort...


Since it was about a million degrees outside, we set up a couple of crafts inside, including these fun corner bookmarks...
Caroline's monster was almost as cute as she is, but not quite...
More birthday fun to come!

Jun 23, 2016

CCL Meet vs. University Club

Before our meet with University Club, we took some team photos...


Then it was time for some relay races!  Go Cille!
These are backwards, but I love how Cille is cheering on her teammate..
Individual 25 meter freestyle for Cille...

Same race for Stella...
Check out that dive!  Stella learned to dive this year and it helped save seconds on her times...
Here's Cille having a little fun between races...
Backstroke time for Cille...

Stella's turn...



The girls had a great meet and even got to see some of their school friends who were swimming for the other team.  And did I mention that this meet was on Cille's birthday?  More birthday fun to come!

Jun 22, 2016

Reunited and It Feels So Good

Guess who came back from the sand box for a summer time visit?  Our favorite Guillorys!  

The kids were almost as happy as the adults to be reunited...

We didn't actually allow the children to play video poker.  We just met up for dinner at Kenner Seafood and chose our photo backdrop poorly...

But they're all so cute, who has time to look at the backdrop?
Hard to believe we have been loving on these big girls since they were this little...
And this little...
Thanks, Emma and Sadie, for helping us train for parenthood!  We love you, Guillory family!  And we can't wait until you're home for good!

Jun 18, 2016

Corinne's First Haircut

Corinne's hair has finally started to grow in a little bit, leaving her with a bit of a Billy Ray situation, so we decided it was time for that first trim.  The before shots...

And her trimmed locks and first haircut certificate.  Our sweet friend Christin cut Corinne's hair at Belles and Beaus Children's Hair Salon.  Watts loves this place so much that he asks to have his hair cut about once a week.  Plus, Christin went to high school with Damon, so she remembers his sweet bowl cut from back in the day...
I am not really sure how I neglected to take an "after" shot of Corinne's haircut, but I did.  Mom fail!  Just watch for her photo in our next post and enjoy her new look there.

Jun 8, 2016

PBS Mini-Cheer Camp

Stella and Cille participated in Parkview's mini cheer camp this year.  Stella is a veteran of this camp, but it was Cille's first time to participate...
Cille and one of her "big friends"...
Stella and another cheerleader...
The girls had a great time and put on a great show-off.  The high school girls who led the camp did a great job of connecting with the little ones.  This is one specific area that PBS really excels in; they do a wonderful job of building a true campus community by facilitating meaningful interactions between older and younger students.  Go Eagles!

Tara Swim Meet

Summertime means swim team!  The girls were super excited to get back into the pool this year with some familiar faces and a few new coaches.  Of course their biggest fans were there to cheer them on, and keep them entertained between races...  
The young lady sitting in the t-shirt is our all-time favorite coach- Coach Claire!  She is an amazing human being and all the kids LOVE her...
All that swimming really works up an appetite...
Our little butterfly...

I love this one...
Since dad volunteered to be team photographer, I have tons of pictures of kids swimming, which makes it really difficult to identify Stella and Cille in the water.  Hence, I am posting no pics of Cille swimming in this meet because I had trouble identifying her.  Too many kids with purple goggles...
Swim team is an activity that our whole family loves.  The girls have become such wonderful swimmers and made so many sweet friends on their team.  We can't wait until next year when brother can join the fun!