Sunday, February 18, 2018

NC State Women's Gymnastics

Last night our family enjoyed going to the women's gymnastics meet at NC State. The cost was $24 for our family, and parking was free. NC State competed against UNC, Michigan, and Brown in four events: vault, balance beam, floor exercise, and uneven bars. Each event lasted about 25 minutes, and there was 2-minute break between each event. NC State came in 2nd place (behind Michigan).  We enjoyed cheering for NC State during one of their last home gymnastics meets of the 2018 season!

Hadley, Savannah, and I with Mr. and Mrs. Wuf



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from this week.

After school one day, the girls wanted to play at Chick-fil-a on our way home. We used our February calendar coupon and got free ice cream:

After months of waiting, Savannah was excited when her top tooth (on the left) poked through the gums:

Savannah got a glitter ring from the dentist:

On a cold evening, we turned on our fireplace, and the girls pulled up their chairs in front of the fire:

When Hadley was sick last weekend, all she wanted to do was sleep on me or Tal:

When Hadley had a stomach bug last weekend, she lost lost 3 lbs...nearly 10% of her body weight.  She dropped from 33 lbs. to 30 lbs. I asked Hadley to step on our bathroom scale after I noticed that her clothes seemed looser. 

This was Hadley's first meal after having a stomach bug for 24 hours:

Hadley wore two different kinds of slippers:

Last Sunday, the temps were in the 70's, so Savannah and her friends Liza and Sky played outside in our backyard clubhouse for four hours:

This week I started my 20th year of teaching! 
Only 11 years until retirement! 

On Monday, Savannah celebrated her 9th birthday!
She got a reading ruler and birthday sign from her teacher:

On Savannah's birthday, I ate lunch with Savannah and her friends Gabriela, Crista, and Chisom. Savannah loved passing out birthday cupcakes to her classmates:

This week Hadley carried her microphone and Pinky bear everywhere she went...even to the ice rink:

On Valentine's Day, Savannah was excited to exchange Valentines with her classmates. She wrote her friends' names on the stickers:

Savannah passed out candy bracelets to her friends:

Savannah loved getting a birthday card and some money from Grandma Judy in the mail:

Hadley's Painting

Hadley drew a picture of Mommy and Daddy:

Hadley made a Valentine for Mommy and Daddy:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy 9th Birthday, Savannah!

Savannah is 9 years old! This is her last single-digit birthday! Savannah is our cheerful, outgoing girly-girl who has a big personality. She is creative, helpful, and responsible. She loves gymnastics, swimming, and playing with her friends. She also loves mermaids and emojis, as well as cooking, listening to music, and making art/craft projects. Happy 9th Birthday, Savannah Banana! We love you!

Check out how Savannah has grown and changed over the last 9 years:

February 12, 2009

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

 4 years old

5 years old

6 years old

7 years old

8 years old

9 years old

Savannah's 9th Birthday Interview

Savannah is another year older, and below are some of my favorite photos of her from the past year. I interviewed Savannah for her 9th birthday and below is what she said:

Today is February 12, 2018. 

I am 9 years old!

I have long strawberry blonde hair that goes past the middle of my back. 

I have freckles. 

I have blue eyes.

I wear glasses.

My nicknames are Savannah Banana, Pumpkin, and Banna Banna.

I am pretty, friendly, and cooperative.

I want to be a teacher or singer when I grow up. 

Some of my favorite things to do are sing, dance, play with my friends, be creative, and do gymnastics. 

My favorite thing to do with my family is go out to eat.

My favorite shows are Fuller House and Power Rangers.

My best friends are Liza, Sky, and Clarke. 

I help Mommy and Daddy by doing my laundry.

I like to learn about reading, math, and science.

It makes me sad when I get in trouble.

One thing I do really well is math.

My favorite things to do outside are play teacher, get in the pool, ride my bike, and jump on Liza's trampoline.

My favorite food is sub sandwiches.

My favorite colors are all of them...except black.

My favorite cereals are Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs.

My favorite places to go are Tumble Gym, school, library, and out to eat. 

My favorite restaurants are McDonald's, Chick-fil-a, Subway, and Jersey Mike's.

Some of my favorite things about school are seeing my friends, getting to learn, getting books from Mommy's library, eating lunch with Mommy, and having specials with Mommy.

Some of my favorite things to do with Mommy are go to the library, do homework, and go swimming. 

One thing I love to do with Daddy is watch my shows.

One thing I love to do with Hadley is go swimming.

One thing I love to do with Grandma Barbara is go out in Uncle Benny's boat.

One thing I love to do with Grandma Judy is go to Wrightsville Beach.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Savannah's 9th Birthday Party!

 Savannah will be 9 on Monday, February 12!

This afternoon we celebrated Savannah's birthday at Tumble Gym:

Savannah's Birthday Party Invitation

Unfortunately, due to the sickness, 10 people (including Tal, Hadley, and Tal's family from Salter Path) were unable to come to Savannah's party. Tal stayed home with Hadley, who was sick with a stomach bug. Tal, Savannah, and I missed three days of work/school this week due to sickness, and Hadley was the last one to get the stomach bug:

 After the party, I asked Savannah what she enjoyed most about her party, and she said, "Everything!"

Savannah was excited that 9 kids from our school and/or neighborhood came to celebrate her special day. One of the advantages of having a smaller party was that Savannah was able to talk and play with all of her friends.
Krista, Savannah, Katelyn, Liza, Clarke, and Avery 

Krista, Savannah, Gabriela, and Barack

During the first hour, the kids had a great time playing on the trampoline, rings, and balance beam: 


Katelyn, Clarke, and Avery 


Alice, Savannah, and Great Grandaddy


After playing for an hour, we went to the party room for chicken nuggets, cupcakes, and presents:

Since we only had 30 minutes in the party room, we kept the food and decorations simple with gymnastics cupcakes and paper products:

Target cupcakes with gymnastics cupcake toppers

We sang Happy Birthday to Savannah, and she blew out her candle:

Savannah was blessed with many gifts, including gift cards, Shopkins toys, make-up, lip gloss, nail polish, jewelry, chocolate, mechanical pencils, and Rainbow Loom bracelets:


Princess Savannah

Lead for Mechanical Pencils

Hair Bows

Mechanical Pencils 



Thanks to Grandma Barbara for mailing Savannah's birthday gift. She loves her new winter coat. Savannah is excited that she has the same coat as her cousin Harper!