Mar 26, 2018

Stella's Double Birthday Sleepover Party

When you are turning double digits, you need to have double the party, right? To celebrate the big 1-0 with Stella, we hosted two birthday sleepovers on back-to-back weekends.  The first activity on the agenda was painting pillowcases, because we all know that tween girls love a good craft/mess...
I love that these sweet friends thanked the Lord for their tacos without being reminded...
They baked the birthday cake on their own and decorated it themselves as well, as you can see...


Chocolate overload!
For our after dinner outing we saw our friend Carlie and lots of other high schoolers in Grease...
Back at home the girls donned matching jammies and binge-watched Live PD.  Seriously.  Apparently their teacher told them about this show and they were enthralled.  I was not a fan...
They needed more sugar so we made some late-night s'mores...

Next weekend we did it all again!  Well, some of it.  We started with pillowcases again...
And then apparently I quit taking photos.  Damon took the girls out for hibachi, and they fell asleep to The Greatest Showman.  The next morning we hiked for donuts, and captured LOTS of slugs on the way home...



Both groups of girls spent their Saturday mornings riding go-karts and climbing the rock wall at Mawmaw and Pawpaw's house. Happy 10th birthday, Stella!  We can't believe that you've been with us for a decade.  In some ways it feels like you have always been here, and in others it feels like you were born yesterday.  Continue to surround yourself with friends who love the Lord and seek His will.  We love you!

Mar 16, 2018

Our Little Baller

Watts played basketball for the first time this year through the Istrouma Sports Organization.  He and his friend Gavin were on the same team, and their head coach was legit.  Basketball is one of the few sports that Damon and I both participated in during the high school days, so it kind of cracked me up that Watts' coach as a 5 year old was more qualified than any coach either one of us ever had.  Seriously, google Darrel Owens and prepare to be amazed.  I love how Watts has his last name on his shirt.  So cute...
Basketball buddies...
So happy for his team photo...
The head coach missed picture day, but these were his two assistant coaches who were so wonderful with the kids and taught them so much.  They had the patience of saints, I tell you.
What a great introduction to basketball our little buddy had!  He had a great season full of lots of hustle.  Go Watts!

Mar 11, 2018

Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance

The Baton Rouge General Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance has been a Baton Rouge tradition for 25 years now, and a Pourciau tradition for the past 4.  Lucky for me, the table decorating contest and the Hobby Lobby Easter decor sale coincided, so our table was all gussied up and ready for a hopping good time... 
I also recycled all these items to decorate for class Easter parties, so score again...
Corinne was able to attend the dance for the first time this year and she was a little bit excited about it, as you can see...

Everyone had a great time, even though it wore some of them out completely...
Turns out our crew was perfectly coordinated with the backdrop for the professional photos...


These little sweethearts can't wait for next year!

Feb 16, 2018

The Cham-Pour Family Ski Trip, Part 2

We took a break from skiing on our third day in Steamboat to try out a little snow tubing.  Mr. Ray packed him helmet and it really came in handy...
This nice and serene shot of Corinne with the tube doesn't really capture the experience very accurately.  First of all, Corinne tubed once or twice and then refused to do it any more, which meant one adult had to stay with her the entire time; secondly, the tubing ranch didn't have the safest set-up as far as one of their runs basically ran through where riders needed to line up to access the lift, so with 4 kids who rarely pay attention our terror alert was elevated the entire time; and thirdly, Pawpaw concussed a gentleman whose tube had come to a stop mid-run as the man was trying to escape to safety.  All in all, it was an eventful outing for the family...
We survived and made it back to the base area where we took this group photo...
Then we were off to our sleigh ride dinner...
These photos are beautiful, but because of one of the kids being in the restroom or something, we did not take our family photo with the sleigh until after the ride, which resulted in it being grainy and dark...oh well...
Dinner was nice.  Have you ever had bison? It was a big part of the menu...
The next morning we were back on the slopes...


Until Stella had a little too much fun.   She was getting tired and took a wrong turn while skiing out in front of Damon and I on the way to lunch.  Damon caught up to her, but then I gave them bad directions on the cell phone which resulted in them having to ski a few more runs and eventually she had a pretty bad knee twist in some deep powder.  She did win a ride down from ski patrol, though...





 

The green team rides the lift...
Three little peas in a gondola...
A low-level one skier, a non-skier, and Cille, in that order...


Mountain coaster time...

Two thumbs up for family fun...



Somehow our photos are out of order and this was Corinne napping on the way to the tubing place...


Riding the tubing lift...








This is how Corinne ended most of our restaurant meals...
And this is the trek that we had to take to get back to the plane.  Not really sure why they couldn't pull it closer to the gate...
I promised a critique of the Backpacker trip in my last post, so here goes.  The Backpacker trip is great for someone who has never skied before, or someone who does not have the time or the know-how to book their own travel.  For us, it was not a great fit because we usually use points for flights and we also have Global Entry and TSA pre-check, which makes security at the airport a lot easier with the kids.  Since our flights were booked as a group we were not pre-checked, and I also think we would have selected different flights if we had booked them ourselves (obviously to avoid the 5 hour layover in Denver).  The condo was super nice, but we would have preferred something less luxurious but closer to the slopes.  We did not attend the mixers that Backpacker offered, so that might be fun for some folks, but we were really there to spend time with the family and friends that we came with, so that wasn't a big draw for us.  In closing, if you are planning a first time ski trip and need a service that makes it super-easy, check out Backpacker, but if you are a seasoned traveler with your own perks, go on your own.