Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Keeler's First Day of First Grade!

Today marks Keeler's first day of first grade!  After his back-to-school social last night I set up a little mini photo session to get his picture.  He did great for me... mainly because he got to wear his new tennis shoes that he's been dying to wear since we bought them.
I LOVE that toothless grin.  
He has another great teacher this year, based on his kindergarten teacher's recommendations.  He also ended up having his best friend from kindergarten in his class and a boy from t-ball.  After the social, once we got in the car he said, "I'm not so nervous anymore and it'll be nice to get a break from you guys too."  Oh, he kills me!
 Kallahan wanted his picture too.  I told him we would have to dress him in his back-to-school clothes and take his picture again soon since he starts pre-K after Labor Day (cue the waterworks). 
 And this is the little first grade stud this morning.  I decided to let him change his first day outfit to exactly what he wanted to wear so that he'd have the best day he could have!  He loves the Nike outfits -  me, not so much.  But my mom gave me great advice and said, "pick your battles, Kelley."  She was exactly right.  
 My three cowboys walking into school.  It just melts my heart.
We snapped one picture of him by his locker and he went right into his class with a smile.  It was our easiest back-to-school experience yet.  My little guy is growing up.  I held back the tears on the way out and focused on the many positives and blessings.  We're so glad he's excited to attend.  He has a great teacher and it's going to be the best year yet!

I am so proud. Proud of the amazing little man is he becoming. 
Go get ‘em Keeler! The world is waiting…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Celebrating 40 Years: Ruidoso Vacation

Hi there!  I hope the end of your summer is going well.  We ended our summer with a family vacation to Ruidoso to celebrate our parent's 40th wedding anniversary.  It was wonderful to spend time with so many family members and friends (40+ attended) and most importantly, celebrate the two of the most important people in my life.  
Mom and Dad, thank you for everything you have done for us.  You all have set the greatest example of marriage.  Your strong family values and unconditional love is the foundation for our entire family.  You all faced many trials and tribulation throughout your 40 years and handled them with such grace and always trusted God.  Your devotion to family is next to none other.  We are so blessed to have you both.  Samantha and I would not be the mothers and wives that we are today without your guidance and support.  We might not be as feisty either :)
We love you more than any words could ever express.  
xoxo "ah-be, ah-be"

We had the best time on this trip.  I loved spending uninterrupted time with my loved ones. 
 Tyler and I went up early with my parents and took my niece and nephew along with the little cowboys.  
We had a great time roadtrippin' in their mini van.  Memories I will hold onto forever!
We enjoyed lots of yummy dinners and treats together.
  My little cowboys had so much fun at the Flying J Ranch
 Of course we had to get our morning dose of Starbucks..
and then enjoyed nice walks around the resort.
Keeler and I had some special time together each morning since we're the early risers.  We'd sneak out of the hotel room so Kal could get some much needed rest, grab some tea and go explore.  I LOVED it!
One morning, we ran into another fellow early-riser, uncle Jarret.  We had fun feeding the ducks and soaking up the lake air.
My boys were so lucky to have both sets of grandparents on the trip.  How cool is that!?
They enjoyed some paddle boating.
 A must on the list to-do it always the horse races in Ruidoso.
The little boys loved hanging with their older cousins.
The big winners ;)
My best friends
 We went driving go-carts like crazy folks!   Which is always my favorite ;)

We ended the vacation with an anniversary party and dinner!!
The kids were so cute to watch and I think it's safe to say, they all had a BLAST!
 I'll let the pictures do most the talking...
The original wedding party, 40 years later.
Celebrating in the same town they honeymooned, 40 years later.
The whole gang+ the adopted grandkids ;)
Our limbo winners!
Sweet Jacey was such a good party coordinator.  She entertained the kids and took most the party pictures.
Wishing you both many, many, many more years of happiness!
The next morning, we were all so sad that the vacation had to come to an end.
Watching our kids make memories together at the place we grew up vacationing just makes my heart smile. Until next time Ruidoso! 

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