Judges Holiday Classic 2017

Kennedy had her game face on for her second gymnastic competition. As she stretched on the barricades before the meet, her biggest fan Jules was right behind!

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The first rotation was floor – she scored a 9.475 and was the 1st place gold medalist in her division!DSC_0204

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The next event was Vault which she scored 9.050 and place 2nd in her division.

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Next rotation was Bars. I thought her bar routine looked pretty good! Judges found some deductions, because she scored a 8.875. I guess that’s why I’m not a judge….gold medals for everybody! LOL She placed 7th in bars.

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Lastly, she competed on Beam. She had a little fall and still managed to score a 9.00! She placed 5th in balance beam.

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She could not stop smiling when she received her first gold medal (for floor). She told me her neck hurt from all those medals! The icing on the cake when their Level 1 team won first place!! They have such a good group.

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3rd place all-around is not too shabby for her second meet! We are so proud of you, Kenn!

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Our One Day of White

Living in South Louisiana, we don’t see snow very often. Every several years (when it does “snow”), it’s usually not enough to even stay on the ground. This past weekend, however, we were in for a huge white surprise.

The news kept predicting snow flurries. We thought we would get sleet here and there, but nothing major. The schools closed for wintery weather conditions, but we were still not expecting much. I watched out the window for two hours until it finally came. I woke the enter house up as I was jumping up and down.

The kids went out in their pajamas, because we honestly thought this was all we were getting….a couple of flurries.

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Easton wasn’t too impressed at first…

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When we thought it was over, we came inside and lit a fire. The girls drank hot chocolate to warm up.

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To our surprise, it started again…this time harder! It started sticking to the ground which we never see here!

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Our neighbors walked over, and everyone could not stop smiling. It was so exciting. I don’t think the kids realize how rare it is that we got so much snow!

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I told the kids we had to build a snowman. It was on my bucket list! I had no clue I would be able to cross that off at my own house! We piled some snow together from various places and we made the tiniest and cutest little snowman ever.

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As it kept accumulating on the ground, we decided to make a “big” snowman! All the neighborhood helped – it is one of my favorite memories.

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I made all of the kids take a picture with the snowman. Easton was ready for his nap, but I made him take one anyway – how many times do you get to take a picture with a snowman in your front yard, son!?

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What other fun can you have in the snow? Snow angels!! Mom, Dad, and Jules were the only brave enough fools to lay their bodies on the freezing ground. Not to mention we did not have the adequate clothes for snow….oh well….YOLO!

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Harley and Deuce didn’t know what in the world was going on that day. Harley kept licking the snow. Deuce wanted to come outside so bad, but his little 2 pound self would have froze to death. I wrapped him in a blanket and let him come for a little while, but he was shivering!

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I really could not stop taking pictures. The white rooftops of all the houses, the snow covered sugar cane, just the raw beauty of it all…I was so amazed.

We just stayed outside most of the day…taking it all in before it melted away the next day.

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It was bittersweet going to bed that night knowing it was only one day. It literally was one of the best days, and I will remember it for a long time. It was such a nice surprise, too! Thank you, Lord, for your beautiful creation!

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Our Visit With The Big Guy – Meah B. Photography

The kids dressed in their Christmas pajamas to sit on Santa’s lap this year. They could not contain their excitement. I was nervous for Mr. Easton’s reaction…he does not mesh well with strangers – especially if they want him to sit on their lap!

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To my surprise, he walked up to Santa all by himself! He was amazed that Santa had black boots just like he owned! He kept commenting on the boots.

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Kennedy Marie asked for “real” makeup and PlayDoh.  Kennedy is a creator, so she loves to mold PlayDoh into food, decorations, grass, etc.

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Jules Camryn asked Santa for “real” makeup, PlayDoh, and Shopkins! She has PlayDoh and Shopkins at home already, but I guess her stash is running low!?

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Easton Matthew surely asked Santa for a “cane cutta.” Santa looked at me and said, “Did he just say cane cutter?” Yes sir, Santa, that’s what he wants! He also added “…and candy.” This year is so fun with him – he is starting to truly get in the Christmas magic spirit.

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Speaking of Christmas magic, all of a sudden, it started to snow in the studio! Easton wasn’t a fan of the snow machine (it was loud), but the girls loved getting covered.

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Christmas as a child is truly magical, but Christmas as an adult when you have kids of your own is truly amazing.

The Return of Our Favorite Elf

When all the neighbors’ elves came the day after Thanksgiving, Kennedy & Jules were getting concerned that Herbie forgot to come to our house! Finally, a couple of days later, he showed up in a delivery box. He told the girls the traffic was so bad at the North Pole, he hitched a ride on the UPS truck!

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I explained to Herbie that he better hide very high this year, because Easton does not realize he cannot touch Herbie. We definitely don’t want a situation like last year!

The next morning we found Herbie sitting next to a pretty lady….dressed in Barbie clothing!

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We woke up to a surprise the next day when he brought 3 little elf friends from the North Pole! He instructed the kids to put the elves on our Christmas tree so we would always remember elf magic.

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Herbie got into the fridge that night and left us a smiley message!

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Easton was all smiles the next morning when he found Herbie riding his tractor!

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I heard giggles from the bathroom the next morning when the girls found Herbie hanging around in the shower! They took a bathe in my bathtub that night, because they were nervous he would come down!

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We watched the movie ELF that night, and Herbie must have been watching, too! We found him drinking syrup the next morning (Buddy the elf does this in the movie).

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The next day I heard, “Really, Herbie!?” Herbie put on gymnastics medals and posed himself by the trophies!

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Our Polar Express

I wanted to capture my kiddos while they are still in the “magic” of Christmas stage. I absolutely love this time of year with young kids. I love watching them find the elf as soon as they wake up, I love watching their eyes as they tell Santa what they want…I love all the magic. So that’s exactly what I wanted to bring alive on our very own Polar Express photo shoot!

At sunset, we drove to the nearby railroad track…just down the street from Nana’s house! Just like the book/movie, all the kids were dressed in pajamas, looking for the train to take them to the North Pole.

“The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.”

 

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“The bell still rings for all who truly believe.”
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I had an idea in my head of the picture I wanted. It’s so magical, and I cannot wait to print it and display it every Christmas. Santa sprinkled some magical dust and made the North Pole train appear. He even left us a bonus by making it snow ;)

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we cannot see.”

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Turkey Day 2017

We spent Thanksgiving Day at Maw & Pappy’s house. We had all the fixings and ate way too much! The next day we did it all over again….at Nana & Grampi’s house! We were lucky to get the entire crew in one picture that day :)

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I decided to take some close ups of the kids dressed in their fall outfits. I sat them on our front porch and just let them BE. My favorite pictures are the ones of them laughing SO hard.

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I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! We are so happy & thankful.

Cajun Kips Classic – Level 1 – First Gym Meet EVER

Sweaty palms, nausea, weak knees, upset stomach, the shakes….and those were just MOMMA’S symptoms! Even though my girl was super nervous for her very first gym meet, she rocked it out and had so much fun!

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When we walked into the arena, she could not stop looking around and taking it all in – she was wide eyed and smiling! She kept jumping with nervous energy. Biggest fan, Jules, was right there with her experiencing it all, too. We left Easton home, because (A) Momma needed to concentrate, and (B) he would have been on the beam with Kennedy.

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I have been through t-ball games, dance recitals, school plays, and swim meets. This was BY FAR the most nerve-wracking performance to watch. I don’t know if it was the people or the judges…..I just knew how much she loves gymnastics and how hard she works. I could not even eat! Remind me to hide a flask in my purse next meet (kidding).  She definitely eased my nerves with every event. She became more and more comfortable as the meet went on.

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The biggest challenge of the entire day was my camera – grrrr. Thank goodness I was prepared with video camera backup – ya’ll know how I like my action shots, though! I’ll get my pictures next meet!

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She made us so proud on all of her events.

  • Bars: 9.25 (Fifth Overall)
  • Beam: 9.050 (Fifth Overall)
  • Floor: 9.100 (Fourth Overall)
  • Vault: 9.325 (Third Overall)
  • Fifth All-Around Champion

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Here is a video of all her events – and the hair process before we get there ;)

Good job, Love Bug!