Sep 30, 2013

Peanut

Stella had her first kindergarten friend sleepover this past weekend, and it might surprise you to learn that this friend was a pachyderm! That's right, her class pet, Peanut the Elephant, was our guest for the weekend.  Peanut really knows how to have a good time, so she wanted to start things off with the Parkview Baptist School Homecoming Parade...
 Peanut and the rest of the class waited patiently for the parade to roll...
 Peanut and the girls caught plenty of beads and even a mini-football!
 The parade helped Peanut work up an appetite.  Who knew that Elephants are such big Chick-fil-A fans?  Maybe it's because they fry everything in peanut oil...
That night Peanut begged to go to the homecoming game, and who can say no to a face like that?  Guess who we saw there?  The famous Ms. Cathy! 

Peanut had a great time cheering the Eagles on to victory


Peanut even climbed a tree in the courtyard!  Not too shabby for someone without opposable thumbs, huh?
The next morning we started the day off right with donuts at Thee Heavenly Donut...
Then we took Peanut to Harvest Days and a Corn Maze at the Rural Life Museum.  I think it was Peanut's very first corn maze...
 Peanut was a natural when it came to climbing the haystack...
 She scurried to the top in no time...



 Peanut had no fear on the way back down!
 Peanut even tried some fresh-picked corn...

 Peanut had a great time visiting the other animals at the festival...

 Peanut learned a lot about what life was like in the old days...
Their busy morning wore Stella and Peanut out, so they took an afternoon nap together...
 When they woke up they were surprised by the Guillory girls who came over to cheer on the Tigers with us...
 After the sad ending to the football game, we hit the road to the Ascension Balloon Festival...

 Peanut really enjoyed the fireworks...
 Sunday morning Peanut insisted on dressing up for church...
 Her tutu was so cute that she kept it on all day.  Later we visited our Aunt Sheila, who has a collection of elephants we thought Peanut might enjoy meeting...
 Peanut gave her new friends one trunk up...
 Peanut always practiced seatbelt safety!
After such a busy weekend, Peanut's gotta jet back to school! 

Sep 28, 2013

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming morning began very early for Stella and me...as in 6:00 AM pep rally early.  In my opinion, 6 in the morning is not a very peppy time of day, or at least it shouldn't be, but since one of the local television stations was broadcasting from Stella's school for game day, we dragged ourselves out of bed, grabbed a box of donut holes to share with the rest of the PBS families, and made our way to the gym.  Turned out to be quite a spectacle.  When the pep rally was mostly over, we went back home to pick up Cille and Watts and made it back to school in time for class.  It was a pretty short day, since I had to be back at 10:30 for the homecoming parade.  Stella and her classmates were so excited, and Cille was happy to be picked up early and to be an honorary kindergartner for a little while...    
 The girls and the class waiting for the parade to roll...
 Did I mention that it is Stella's weekend to have Peanut?  No, not the scary legume that sometimes makes our lives miserable! This Peanut is the class stuffed elephant that spends a weekend with all the kids in Stella's class.  Peanut was excited about the parade, too...
 Cille was anticipating things so much she could not pull her eyes away from the road...

 Stella's teacher demonstrated proper bead-catching technique...
 High-five from the motorcycle cops...


 Love the shadows in this one...



 The next two are Stella's teacher catching a shirt...
 Smart AND athletic! She's the total package!
 The senior moms even had a float...

 Funny story...the kid in the bottom right of this picture is the child of someone Damon and I went to LC with...sing it with me: "It's a small world after all..."
 Beads in the air shot!
 This float cracked me up...that guy looks shady!
 There are 121 second generation students at PBS.  What a testimony!


 I love the colors in this shot.  I don't know who the kid throwing the beads is, but I bet his mom would love this picture...

 We'll end with Peanut and a couple of members of the PBS class of 2026 post-parade...