May 28, 2018

Watts' Baseball Pictures

We like to call the baseball season of 2018 "the season that wasn't," mostly because Watts broke his arm the day before his first game and was sidelined for the rest of the season.  Dad had volunteered to be head coach, and seriously thought about throwing in the towel, but God convicted him about ministry opportunities, so he hung in there sans his little buddy.  At least we got a super handsome photo in the uniform...the one and only time it was ever worn...
Baseball is Watts' happy place...

The Blue Jays and some of the best coaching staff around, in mom's humble opinion...

May 25, 2018

Blue Bayou Fun

School's out for summer!  Time to hit the waterpark! 



We're looking forward to lots more fun in the sun this summer!

May 23, 2018

Splash Day, End of School, and Family Field Trip

Watts and his buddy had an awesome time at the early childhood division's end of year splash day...
We can't say enough good things about our sweet Mrs. Everett.  Back when she was still Miss Chelette she was Stella's kindergarten teacher and laid a great foundation for academic excellence.  This year she took a shy and immature Wattsy-boy and made a man out of him.  He adores her and would probably stay in her class forever if they would let him...
What better was to celebrate the last day of school than with one more field trip?  But this time it was a family field trip!  I am a history nerd and I love to show the kids things that are historically significant.  Maybe one day they will actually start looking forward to these activities, or even enjoying them.  Who knows?  I am a cock-eyed optimist on the topic.  Though we have lived in Baton Rouge for 6 years now, we had never visited the Old State Capitol, so we remedied that situation....
Did you know that inside this building was where Louisiana legislators voted to secede from the Union?
Plus it's a castle right in the middle of downtown Baton Rouge, so that's cool...
One of the exhibits taught us about English as a second language.  Long ago many kids in South Louisiana reached school age without knowing a word of English, and one of them was Damon's grandfather.  Since only English was allowed in school, every time the poor guy opened his mouth he got punished.  Who could punish a face this cute?
Cille practicing for her future as Governor...
Baby Huey...
The stained glass in this rotunda is gorgeous...


Cille hanging out with our peeps...
While we were touring the Old State Capitol we watched the Ghost in the Castle movie.  The kids enjoyed it, although Watts was a little scared.  We had a great time playing tourist in our hometown and learning more about the history of our great state.

May 17, 2018

Awards Day Chapel

Ah, awards day chapel, that time of year when every parent waits with anxiety to see if they will receive an email invitation.  Yes, our kids' school is so big and the church sanctuary where they have chapel is so small that they give you a heads up before the ceremony if your kiddo will be receiving an honor in order to make sure there's enough space to accommodate all the parents.  The problem is, they don't tell you what award your child might be receiving, or even which child it is.  Since we have two in the elementary division, receiving one email caused us to have a pretty serious talk with the girls on the way to school about being happy for your sibling even if you did not get an award, being humble if you did, etc.  
But all that worry was for nothing because both girls were awarded Eagle of the Year by their teachers!  You could have knocked us over with a feather.  We were shocked.  As a matter of fact, after Stella got her award, I told Cille that she definitely would not get anything because she got Eagle of the Year last year, so they must have just sent us the invitation for Stella.  Then she won, too!
We could not be more proud of our little Eagles.  There are lots of moments in parenting when you feel like you are doing it wrong and your kids will probably need a lifetime of therapy to get over you, so it is nice to have a few moments when someone other than you who has spent time getting to know your child recognizes something special in them and celebrates it.  Our prayer is that these two continue to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.  We are so thankful for the nurturing family atmosphere of their school which facilitates that kind of growth.

May 16, 2018

Rice Babies and Retreats

Cille's class made rice babies and I got to help!  Cille's birth weight was 7 pounds, 14 ounces, making her my third largest baby and making her rice baby a little on the hefty side...
At the same time that Cille was making a child out of rice, Stella was celebrating the end of 4th grade with a class retreat designed to help them prepare for middle school...

Some of my favorite 4th grade moms were there to help out...and they were very enthusiastic volunteers, as you can see...
Their entire class!
Lots of these kids have been together since kindergarten, and some since Pre-K...
The teachers ended the retreat by giving each student the instruction manual for life.  We are so thankful for Stella's homeroom teacher, Mrs. Ware.  She is a giant of the faith who walked a very difficult path this school year, but she was the best example of unwavering faith in the face of tragedy.  She truly lived out for her students what it is to praise God and trust Him in ALL circumstances...
How fabulous that the most important lessons Stella learned in 4th grade were not academic ones.

May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Hike

Pretty much what I always want for Mother's Day is a nice hike, and where better to have it than Clark Creek Natural Area?  It's always great to gather the kids in front of the nearest public restrooms and take a family photo that you can cherish for years to come...
Chasing waterfalls...










If you are mentally parent shaming me for letting a kid with a cast get in muddy water, keep that opinion to yourself.  The cast was coming off the very next day...
Me and my little Coconut!
Cille may have needed to potty in this picture...
Watts has always been a swim shirt kind of guy but he finally decided to bare it all.  Check out those manly pecs!  Excuse me while I swoon...
Selfie with my Cille!  She gets her brown eyes and need for orthodonture from me...
Hugs from my Stelly Belly!
Before long she won't be willing to do this in public, and that makes me sad...
You can never have too many pictures of a three year old...
See...
what...
I mean?
Corinne loves the Kelty child carrier...
Swim trunks sagging a little...




I had a great day with my favorite people.  I am so blessed to be the taxi driver, full-time maid, and personal chef to these kids.  They have greatly enriched my life AND my resume.