Jan 6, 2018

Building a Life Together

Okay, maybe not a life, but some nifty perpetual date calendars at the Home Depot kids' workshop...
Poor Watts was sick and home with Daddy, so this was a girl power construction zone...
That afternoon, we headed to Slidell for a New Year with Old Friends!  Lots of our favorite former LaPlace residents were there.  Together, we have 15 children split among 5 families in this photo.  Two boys were missing from the photo, so we really have 17 kids!  Wow!  Have we been productive!
Stella could not get enough of sweet Brooks...he's a cuddler just like her!

Mom friends...I love this group of ladies.  They have mentored, sharpened, and ministered to me as a mother.  I am so blessed to count them as friends...
In my opinion, God gives you two families: the family you are born into, and the family of your heart.  We found many members of our heart family during our time in LaPlace.  Even though we have been spread from Saudi Arabia, to San Antonio, and lots of places in between, I am so thankful that God allowed us to build our lives and families together, and I treasure the times we are able to reunite and feed our souls together.

Dec 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

We were able to spend our last few hours of 2017 surrounded by friends we love.  We joined the Chambley's and the Guillory's for food, laughs, and lots of play time! 

Staci made sure the kids had the appropriate gear to ring in the new year...

The Guillory's escaped before we took any photos, and I don't think any of us actually made it to midnight, but we still had a great time hanging out with great friends...

Dec 22, 2017

Extended Family Christmas

We were lucky enough to have my mom and oldest nephew in town for our Pourciau family Christmas celebration, so we really had a bumper crop of little boys...
Watts is just like his daddy and Uncle Chad...he LOVES babies!


Selfie with our sweet little Ourso!  I am not great at telling Harper and Riley apart yet, so I'll have to ask Chad or Alaina which one this is.  The kids had a blast at Aunt Lacie's playing with cousins, eating until we were ready to pop, and opening a few surprises.

Dec 15, 2017

Holiday in Gatlinburg

As soon as school was out for the holidays, we hopped a plane to Gatlinburg for some R&R!  The big kids had a pajama day the last half day of school, so they actually flew in their jammies, and I have never received so many compliments on their outfits.  It actually got to be pretty funny, considering they were dressed so inappropriately, but they were comfy and everyone loved it.  Corinne loved snacking and iPadding on the plane...
What kind of temperatures do you prefer for your waterfall hikes?  We like the 20's to start out...
The front porch of our "den"...
We had a great hike in spite of the low temps, and warmed up by the time we reached our destination...









Although it was still a tad chilly...






After attending a wedding for one of Damon's high school buddies, we continued the family fun with Dollywood...
I think Grandma Tonie should join this union...
One of the kids' favorite parts of the condo...hot tubbing with the parents!
Strutting their stuff on stage at the Comedy Barn...
If you visit Gatlinburg, do not miss the comedy barn.  The guy with ping pong balls in his mouth will test your urinary continence, trust me...
But obviously the cutest performers were the Pourciau children...
Back to Dollywood for more thrills the next day...






On stage at the Hatfield and McCoy's Dinner Feud...


We did ride the mountain coaster, but this was taken on a fake mountain coaster at the bottom of the mountain.  Perhaps we should have saved our money...it looks like they may have enjoyed this one more...
Damon tested out some new mattresses...
And of course we had to work in some more hot tub time...
Hopefully we can return to the Great Smoky Mountains when they are a little warmer!