Monday, February 29, 2016

JJ's Upward Season

JJ just finished his 2nd season of playing Upward basketball.   He was in the 1st/2nd grade league.  It was a great experience for him.  Upward is such a neat organization, integrating the gospel with the competition.  I am thankful he has this opportunity.

One of the best parts was that Daddy was coach. 
JJ is more like Jeff every single day.  It is such a blessing for me to see.

 Another great part was getting to play with his buddy Conner. 
One day, he had both sets of grandparents, Nanny and the Linns come to watch him play. 
His teacher, Ms. Hatley, also came that day.
During the season, he made his first ever foul shot, and several baskets.  Competition was a bit tougher this year since he was playing against a lot of 2nd graders, but he still scored several baskets.  He has a great attitude and just enjoys playing the game, even when he would have the ball stolen or something didn't go his way.  Sometimes I would catch him skipping down the floor:)

I'm proud of you JJ-and so glad you had another great experience.  Love you.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our Valenties and Snow

Today was a great day with our three sweethearts.  We woke up to a cold winter day, and by the time we came out of church a few minutes before noon, we had 2-3 inches of snow on the ground!  The drive home was interesting....

After lunch, and when the snow slowed down a bit, Sydney and JJ were ready to play outside.
They played in the yard for a while.
Even though it was sleeting and blowing, their awesome daddy/my valentine
took them down around the corner to do some sledding.

 Someone else had no interest, and stayed inside.

Tomorrow is snow day #8.  I think that will be enough for this year !

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Sydney, I have always loved your smile.
Even in your first months...when you were beginning to get teeth,  
 your smile has always been wide open,

big, and beautiful.

 I've watched that smile as you've grown and changed.

You and your smile are so beautiful to me sweet girl.

...and your smile changed this week as you started rocking your new braces on Monday!!!

And of course, your smile is still absolutely beautiful.

Love you .