Monday, May 18, 2015

Q & U Get Married…

I’ve looked forward all year to the big Spring event in Kindergarten… the day that the letters Q & U get married! IMG_1566IMG_1605
When I did my final internship, it was in a Kindergarten classroom and the teacher was AMAZING- the Q&U wedding was one of her big events and I knew it would be even sweeter this time around, since I got to see it through AB’s eyes!
The kids spent weeks getting ready for the wedding… they made their own bouquets, talked about big words like ‘boutonniere’ and ‘reception’ and learned some very important lessons in grammar! IMG_1554IMG_1573
The kids were encouraged to wear their Sunday best and they were all so adorable. IMG_1711
I’d volunteered to make the wedding cake and punch. IMG_1580I thought it would be fun to make it look like a traditional cake, but do the inside Funfetti, like one of the layers of Carrie's wedding cake. :)  I felt like MacGuyver that morning when I realized we didn’t have a cake topper and I made a “Q & U” out of some of the wire stars the teachers had used for table decoration. :)IMG_1655
The teachers had decorated the room with wedding bell confetti, tissue paper, fake flowers and the like. IMG_1557IMG_1567IMG_1571It was PURE wedding PERFECTION in the eyes of all of the 5 & 6 year olds! The chairs were covered with black garbage bags and the kids thought it was the most fancy event they’d ever been to. :)
The parents and guests were waiting in the classroom, while the students made the processional around campus through the front office and then back to the classroom…IMG_1592
They all marched in paired up with another bridesmaid or groomsman and took their seats…IMG_1589
Their music teacher was a special guest and she played some wedding songs on the keyboard and even a special one written and dedicated just for Q&U. IMG_1640
Another teacher performed the ceremony and then the kids all marched out behind the bears who played Q&U. IMG_1644We all watched and blew bubbles as they drove away to their honeymoon. IMG_1663IMG_1665IMG_1671
After the bears had gone, we made our way to the classroom next door for the reception.IMG_1688 Punch was served in fancy stemware (plastic, of course) ;) alongside cake and mints. IMG_1686After the cake cutting, the kids gathered on the carpet for some reception dancing… kindergarten style, which meant the chicken dance and the Hokey-Pokey. IMG_1695
It was such a fun morning in Kindergarten! IMG_1706And I’m willing to bet that none of those kids will ever forget that anytime there’s a word that starts with Q, U will always come next!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day weekend was busy and busy during difficult times is always a plus…
The weekend started with our sweet nephew, Parker’s, first birthday. IMG_1146My SIL, Lauren outdid herself.IMG_1150 It was adorable and the perfect ‘Barnyard’ party for a little boy who’s so loved.
I was taking pics with Lauren’s camera, but I did manage to get my little crew enjoying the party with my phone…
Tucker enjoying boiled peanuts with his Daddy & Pappy…IMG_1157
and our girls had the best time sitting with their three great-aunts. My FIL has three sisters and they are so much fun. They kept Mamie & AB entertained during lunch.
Grandma came down for the party and spent the night with us, so we had everyone over afterward for dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day with her. DSC_1911
Sunday morning, DW got donuts for breakfast, because he knows the way to his babies’ momma’s heart. :)
We’d planned to go to Marine Land with my parents that day. We thought the girls would love seeing the dolphins and we were right. IMG_1224IMG_1247Unfortunately, one of the tanks was closed, but we ended up getting a “backstage” tour by one of the workers, so it turned out really neat. IMG_1264IMG_1278IMG_1289
After seeing the dolphins, sea turtles and sharks, we headed for a late lunch in St. Augustine.
It was a really sweet day. I’m very thankful for my own momma. IMG_1309She’s so great and has always taken such good care of our family and loved us all so well. She’s the kind of Mom who after working all day on Wednesdays, cooks dinner for my crew (and I mean usually a meat, a starch, two veggies, a bread and dessert kind of meal…DW only has one mother-in-law, but you can bet, even if he had two, she’d be his favorite) ;), she’s the kind of mom who never waits for me to ask for help- she just shows up…(like to AB’s t-ball game, even when she had a cast on and couldn’t play, because I might need help with Tucker & Mamie), the kind of mom who still to this day takes me shopping and likes to treat me to new clothes once in a while, and above all, the kind of mom who has prayed for me my entire life. She taught me to love Jesus and I pray my kids can all say the same thing about me someday. (She also taught me to leave shopping  bags in the car until the coast is clear…and by coast I mean the Daddy of the house isn’t home…you can bet my girls will be able to say that about their momma too) ;)IMG_1185

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

8 Month Pictures

Tucker’s 8 month session was in April.Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0077
We started in his room… Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0078Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0079Eight Months-0036Eight Months-0037Eight Months-0044I love that our photographer gets them in their daily surroundings – just crawling and playing and doing what they do. :)Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0080Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0083Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0086Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0085
Then we took some outside – we continued with the dumptruck shots- I think those are going to make a fun progression from his newborn to his first year pics! Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0091Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0090Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0087
Tucker & Daddy…
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Some of my favorites are always the ones I don’t know she’s taking…Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0099Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0092
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But my most favorite of the whole 8 month session is this one…Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0096
When DW saw Tucker that day, he said, “we’ve got to get him belt.” Ha.

I’ll never regret doing the “Don’t Blink” fact, I wish I’d done it with our other kids. I’m so glad she’s gotten a few cute ones of the girls each session, too, though. (AB was in school the morning we took these, but love this of Mamie)- Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0103
I’ll treasure the pictures always. Annie Whitehurst Favorites-0108