Saturday, May 16, 2015

Girls On The Run!!!

Girls on the Run!!

I LOVE this program!!!

My Darling and BaJabs both were involved this year.  Elizabeth was too close to surgery and all her therapy to participate -- BUT she is hoping to try next year ;)

The girls have been training for a few months.
They meet in group and talk about self-image, friends, healthy living and girl POWER!!  They also run together 2 times a week.
The girls and their small group.
Montague has over a 100 girls in this program.

BaJabs just watching for a bit trying to figure out what was going on.
There are SO MANY girls at this run!!!  It is really a bit overwhelming YET exciting!!

All the girls sign each others shirts as encouragement BEFORE the run.
This year all Montage girls wore green long socks instead of matching hair pretties -- it was so much easier to find our runners in the race!

My Darling and BaJabs BEFORE the 5K.

Most of the Montague girls listening to last minute instructions.  You can see My Darling with her running buddy, Ms. B.

The 4 cousins all racing today!

AND the race begins -- 
WOW -- look at all of the runners -- over 1000!!!

Here they come!

The little one waving is one of the cousins!

I stood towards the end of the race.  This is my first glimpse of My Darling.  She was still running strong!

My Darling finished with her BEST time -- 26 minutes.  

This was my first glimpse of BaJabs.  She is running strong as well!

The three girls stayed together the whole race.
BaJabs AMAZES me!!!  She ran without a limp -- You could not even tell she had a prosthesis leg on AND she does NOT have a running foot on it!

She ran in 33 minutes -- which was pretty good for her.

Our two girlies at the end!

My Darling with her running partner!
I love that Ms. B said, My Darling was her encourager and helped her!!  The goal was to run the ENTIRE time without walking!  AND they did it!!!

All the signatures!

Again, if your child has the opportunity to do this -- do it!!!  
This is NOT competitive.  They are working on doing their personal best and encouraging each other!  It is GREAT!!

After the race we go out for a big breakfast.

I could not believe the My Darling wanted this big omelet -- she ate all but a few bites!

Yummy, some nice hot chocolate with whip cream!

Both girls are planning at least one more run this month -- so, they will continue training on their own.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

JM's week -- Amazing!!! Whiz Kid and Last Middle School Band Concert!

JM and another year as a WHIZ KID!!!

In order to be a Whiz Kid, a student must maintain a B average all year.  
This was easy for him this year as he got all A's!

There was 56 out of 146 8th graders who received this award.

The school does a nice job honoring the students.
They bring in a speaker to encourage the students to keep working hard.


When the students go up to be honored the parents go as well.  The staff thanks the parents for being supportive in education of the child as it takes a team for the students to succeed.

JM was the only boy in 8th grade that dressed-up with a tie.  This was NOT his momma's pushing!!!  He chose it as he said this was an important night!

The entire group of 8th grade award winners.

JM is graduating from 8th grade this year.
So, they are given an EXTRA honor. 

IF the students were able to maintain a B average the entire 3 years in middle school they received a academic medal.  

YES, JM maintain an 'A' average all 3 years!!!
44 of the 8th graders received this award.

I LOVE that JM takes his academics seriously!!!  We AND he realize the Lord has blessed him with an ease of learning.  He LOVES to learn new info -- sometimes WEIRD tidbit info. BUT he loves it -- and that warms this 'teacher' moms heart!!!
The 44 students who earned the three year award.

JM with his new Whiz Kid shirt and gold academic medal.


This week JM performed in his last band concert


He has decided to not continue his career in band.  He is hoping to spend his electives on art/graphic kinds of things.

It was a very nice concert and he enjoyed all the music they played.  
He will continue to play his guitar, sing in worship and learn the drums (I'm not thrilled with that one;)) BUT he is finished with a full band 'thing.'

Monday, May 4, 2015

My Darling's Violin Concert

My Darling's Spring Concert.

This is My Darling's 3rd year in violin.  She loves playing and does such a nice job!
She LOVES music-- and the violin is a nice challenge for her.

You notice her in the middle -- she looks so little.  Most of the girls in her grouping are older than her -- it does not bother her, though!

She picked to do Amazing Grace in 2 octaves.
She also wanted Hanna M. to play the piano with her.

Yes, ALL music is completely memorized!

Oh, my -- they did WONDERFUL!!!  My Darling gets so focused and the sound she produced with her violin was beautiful!  


Hanna M. is an AMAZING piano player!!! 

Truly, they brought tears to my eyes this time!

She is also part of the Chamber group and they learned some Broque music this year.  So, while they were playing the music a young lady did some Broque dancing.  

My Darling so focused AND serious!

The two music makers together!

Saturday, May 2, 2015



MD and his girlfriend Ms.B do not go to the same high school. 
Unfortunately, both high schools happen to have prom on the SAME night.

So, they had to make a choice!

MD gave Ms. B the choice of what prom to go to ---


She chose MD's because it is his senior year AND she could go to her school's next year as a senior.  She was soooo kind!

Also, this is MD's first dance.  We are not really into these things but he figured it was his senior year so he should try it ;)

She did want to have pictures with her friends out at the beach.  

Of course, on the day of prom MD also had a baseball tournament!  YIKES!  They cut it close.  He got home around 5 and he had to be ready and arrive for pictures around 6.  He had to MOVE!!!

So thankful he was able to make it for pictures --

Because ..........

they turned out AWESOME!!!  

One of Ms. B's cousins is a photographer.  His work is wonderful.

They are a stunning couple! 

Ms. B is simply beautiful! 

They look so nice together! 

Our VERY handsome son!!! 

After we were at the beach we just HAD to snap a few pictures at the farm before they headed to dinner with friends.

They had a wonderful evening!  
A very nice dinner and a great time at prom.  MD did not really know what to expect but the text I got when prom was over, 
"Prom is done -- I had a blast!"  

I'm thrilled he had a GREAT time!!!

Hanna M. went to prom as well with some girlfriends.

I helped her do her hair and then dropped her at her girlfriends house so they could get ready together.  She only snapped a few pictures :( 

She looked beautiful!  

The girls went out for dinner -- lobster!
They had a great time at the prom as well!

So excited she was able to experience this American tradition!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Break -- Day 4

Myrtle Beach -- Day 4

Today is going to be warm :)  sunny, 80 and a little breezy!!!

Oh, my -- I LOVE waking up to this view.  As soon as I wake-up I open the slider so I can HEAR those waves.  They are really such a balm to my soul!!! 

BaJabs said, "REALLY, mom -- crashing sounds are good for you???"
Me -- "Crashing?? The waves hitting water and the shoreline -- I don't know that sound is soothing to me. It reminds me of Gods power!"
BaJabs -- "ok -- "  Yes, she had this look like .... whatever you say, mom!

We started the morning with a visit from one of my childhood friends.  Her brother and sister-in-law came to SC to visit -- J & B live by my parents -- so, I get to see them weekly.  BUT since they wanted to come see Myrtle Beach with A.H. and her boys -- they stopped at our private beach to visit for a bit.

This was GREAT!!! A.H., my sister and I used to be at each others house EVERYDAY!!!  We had a path worn between our houses.  We played dolls, barbies, house, games and swam in the pool.  I remember being so bummed when they went on vacation because it would be soooo long before we would see her!  As we got older our interests and friends drifted apart BUT she is still special to me!
Thanks for making our beach one of your stops at Myrtle Beach!!!

While we were at the beach today we saw some BIG helicopters!!!
Yes, there is always helicopters touring people BUT these are different ;)  There were a couple times they were flying around.

The water seemed a bit cold and there are some kids with burns so they stayed covered.  They sat away from the ocean most of the time.  JM noticed some dolphins swimming close.  That was really cool to see.

After about an hour and half they all decided they were too hot and wanted to swim in the pool.  I was able to sit at the beach to READ and RELAX --- alone.  WOW!!!  That just doesn't happen much.  

After about another hour and half or two, MD came to check on me.  What a sweetie!  He said they had all eaten lunch and wanted to make sure I was ok with my blood sugar and all!!  Love the thoughtfulness of MD!!

Well, the whole CHEESECAKE ordeal!!!

I LOVE cheesecake -- and really love raspberry cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory.  
So, when I was looking at the resturants around the area we were staying and saw The Cheesecake Factory show-up -- I was so excited.  AND cheesecake was on my brain!

On Wednesday evening we went looking and when our GPS said we arrived there was nothing but a mall.  So, MD and I ran inside to check.  Nothing!!  We asked a mall worker and he said it had not arrived yet.  The mall was remodeling and there was one coming but it had not opened yet.  Hmmmm..... there was even reviews online -- that was weird.


There was supposibly another one -- the other direction -- about 20 minutes away.


After the beach, lunch and rest time -- Matt decided to take us all for a ride to find some cheesecake.
There was LOTS of traffic.  
BUT -- for mommy's cheesecake ---
Well, that was ok ;)

When the GPS said we arrived ......

I could not figure it out!

Then MD says, 'Oh, my!! Mom......It is the CheeseSTEAK factory!'

I just started LAUGHING!!! and LAUGHING!!!!
Which my children could not figure out!

I was so desperate for cheesecake -- both Matt and I did not realize when we typed into seperate GPS searches that Cheesesteak Factory came up!

Well --- no cheesecake for me this vacation ;(

No, we did NOT go in.  There was only OLD people in the resturant.  AND we were not planning on going out to dinner -- just grabbing dessert.  

There was still LOTS of traffic on the way back -- we still were laughing about the cheesecake ordeal AND then dad found ANOTHER outlet mall.

So -- of course we stopped to do a little shopping ;)

We got home a bit late BUT still made some dinner -- 
ice cream for dessert!

The kids finished the night watching some youtube!
Now -- for some of you -- internet usage is not a big deal 
we do NOT have unlimited at home -- AND they are loving being able to have lots of usage here.

ME -- I like it BUT will be glad when it is NOT so readily available for them at home! 

They are watching some goofy song videos by Rhett and Link!

Thank-you Lord for LAUGHTER!!!