Saturday, February 12, 2011

February Snow

The Delta was blasted with some winter weather this year! It was so beautiful, but very cold! It has been a lot of fun, but I think we are all ready for some warm days with a lot of sunshine.




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PeeWee Basketball

The Lee Academy "little" Colts had an awesome season. They were undefeated, and they played so well together. I am so excited about watching these little guys grow together and learn to play even better. So proud of Tyler and how far he has come!




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January 2011: Rebel Snowman

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More sledding fun on the levee!




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Sledding fun!




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First Snow of 2011

January 9, 2011
First Delta Snow!



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Friday, January 7, 2011

Christmas: The most wonderful time of the year

Family Photos: Visual Aids of Loyalty

I'm a visual learner. Most of the population is. No wonder I like to surround myself with family photos. As I sit at my computer, I look up at a wall of photos that has grown higher and wider through the years. These pictures and many more like them are sprinkled throughout our house because family photos are visual aids of loyaltly and commitment. You know how good you feel if you walk into someone's house and see your picture displayed on their refrigerator door or in a frame on a shelf? That's how kids feel when they see their pictures around the house.

Our kids grew up seeing pictures of themselves with their arms around each other in front of the Christmas tree, jumping into swimming pools during summer vacation, and playing sports afer sports. These pictures have been magnetized to the refrigerator door and stuck in frames on the kitchen counters, window-sills, shelves, and walls all over the house. I know the minimalist look is in (less is more; unclusttered is best), and I've tried to clean up my photo act, but photos matter to me. In addition to what is seen, I've got hundreds more stashed in drawers and bulging photo albums, and more recently, saved inside the computer. I'm probably a photo junkie.

Family photos fill our hearts with messages of love and loyalty. They refresh our good memories. We take pictures of happy milestones and celebrations. The Kodak (or Nikon) moments of our lives. And the more we see these pictures, the more those reminders fill us up.

Christmas cards matter in the same way in our family. I'm motivated to keep taking and sending unique family-photo greeting cards each year beacause each year's card shows how my children have grown. They can become costly, and I'm sure many people on my card list just throw them away; however, I love them and will continue creating our cards each year.

From where I'm sitting I can see two of my favorite photos. One is me holding my daughter when she was nine months old. We were both dressed in white and looking like angels. Yes, I have certainly gotten older...but so has Brittany. I love that picture. The second is one of my baby boy, Tyler. He is six months old, lying in a bassinet. He has on a beautiful white jumper-like outfit, but the smile on his face is even more beautiful. I am truly blessed to have these children who are growing up more quickly than I would like, but this is why family photos are so important to me. This is my loyalty and committment!

Friday, December 31, 2010




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A King is Coming to Town

Every year at Lee Academy, the entire elementary puts on a Christmas program. The fifth grade class (the oldest group in the elementary) is given the parts for the play. Tyler was given the part of Sheriff Badge, the sheriff of a town that is going kind of wild because they heard that a king was coming to town. The people are not sure which king....Elvis, King Tut, or the King of the Jungle. Sheriff Badge tries to maintain control in his town. Finally, they find out that the king is Jesus. It was a wonderful Christmas story, and the children did a fabulous job on the acting and the music. The songs were just amazing. Tyler practiced his lines with me and his daddy over and over again, and I must say that he put on a great show! I was a very proud mom!



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Ice Hockey....A First

My baby boy is growing up so fast! He just had his 11th birthday! ELEVENTH!!! Wow, I can't even believe that. I am about to have two teenagers on my hands. WHEW! With his birthday being in December, such a busy time of the year, it is hard to find a free weekend to do something for his birthday. But, alas, we did find time between exams, basketball games, Christmas parties, etc... Shannon and I took Tyler, his best friend Jacob Branch, and Brittany to Southaven to eat Japanese (which we LOVE) and to see our first ice hockey game. We had a blast! We watched the Mississippi Riverkings play the Mudbugs (from Louisiana, I think). It was the first time for all of us. The game was really exciting to watch, as the hockey players are really aggressive and very quick on their feet. We were on the front row, so we got to see all of the action very close up. Brittany and I liked looking at all the cute players; however, we did notice that most of them are missing teeth. haha
The boys loved the action! One of the players even gave me a hockey puck, so I gave it to Tyler. He liked that. After the game, the kids got to ice skate for an hour. This was the second time my kids had ice skated, and they picked it up pretty well. Jacob had a little trouble at first, but got the hang of it. I think they all did a pretty good job to be from the Delta. All in all, I think Tyler had a wonderful 11th birthday. Plus, he got a new Playstation 3....that's all he really needed.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Goodbye, Kenny (cat)

On,December 10, 2010, we had to say goodbye to our sweet, purring furball. Kenny was a great pet, and although we had him only for a short while...about 2 years...he brought so much joy to our family. His purring, snoring, kneading bread on my chest, and killing chipmunks on a daily basis were some of the things we loved about him. We still have his woman, Pixie, with us, and she misses him as well. Fly high Kenny cat!

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Christmas Dance

Natalie Allen, Michelle Basha, and Brittany
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Getting ready for the Christmas Dance 2010

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