Friday, February 22

Locks of Love

The weekend before LK’s birthday, she made a HUGE decision to cut off all of her hair! For almost a year now, she’s been growing it out with the intention of giving it to Locks of Love. Honestly, I didn’t think that she’d really cut it! I mean, I know that I would have chickened out! ha! I am SO proud of her!!! I am so blessed to be this little girl’s mom! She is such a sweet, brave soul!

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Last pics with long hair!! Never nervous at all!

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And.. it’s coming off!

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TEN INCHES GONE!!!!!

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Look how cute she is!! I am SO incredibly proud of her!!

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This is typically how she wears it. LOVE how it looks with cute bobby pins, clips, and headbands! She looks SO grown up!

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10 inches are on their way to give another little girl a head full a beautiful hair! What a great organization Locks of Love is!!

And don’t worry, LK loves her new look! I was extremely nervous that she’d hate it and cry for days, but she has really embraced it! She’s already talking about growing it out again for Locks of Love!

Thursday, February 21

St. Jude Trike-A-Thon

This year, the boys school participated in the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon. They even had the camera team from St. Jude there to document it for the ad campaign. SO FUN! Gray was too little to participate, but Ethan’s class did! He had a ball!!

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He looked mighty cute in his awesome bike helmet!

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Sweet boy!

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Getting their safety talk from Ms. Cathy!

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E’s Class!!

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They had Pastor Jay and Pastor Adam join in on the fun too! The church members gathered up “winning donations” (NOT bets! ha!) on who they thought would win! It was so much fun! The kids loved it and cheered them on!!

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Cheering them on!

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And they’re off! What good sports are they!

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Adam took right off, but Jay had to get a little help from Ms. Cathy. Too funny!

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Next up was Ethan’s class! He was a little embarrassed that I was taking pictures! ha!

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They set up a little course with “stop signs” and “driveways” and taught the kids about stopping and looking both ways! Great job!!

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He had so much fun!! And, Goo Goo and I had a blast watching him!

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Growing up and living in Memphis my entire life, and having several friends that have literally fought for their lives within those walls, puts St. Jude very close to our hearts! We are blessed to have such a wonderful institution in our little city of Memphis! It is filled with some of the most wonderful, caring, and courageous people that you could ever imagine!! Hooray for St. Jude! And, HOORAY for GPP for all their hard work with the Trike-A-Thon and all the money they were able to raise!!

Monday, February 18

Celebrations

This year, LK’s birthday seemed to last for forever. (she seems to have a way of doing that!) ;) On her actual birthday, we celebrated with dinner at home along with cake and ice cream. Earlier in the day, I took cupcakes and Chick Fil A up to school for lunch. It was such a treat to be able to eat lunch with my girl. I know all too soon she will be all too cool to have mom come to school! It was so wonderful to see all the different kids and teachers coming up and wishing her a happy birthday! She has so many sweet friends!

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LK also had a very special treat from Daddy! He had flowers delivered to school!! She was beaming! Daddy is so good! ;)

LK’s birthday gift this year was a date night with Mommy to go see Mary Poppins at the Orpheum. It was AMAZING!!! I was so happy that we went to see it! I have to say that no matter how old you are, you still get chill bumps every time Mary Poppins floats in with her umbrella! We had a wonderful time!! Love my sweet girl!

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Dressed up for a girl’s night!

Sunday, February 17

LK turns 9!

I can not believe that my baby is NINE! It just doesn’t seem right! This year, she wanted a spa sleepover with her friends. It was our first big sleepover at our house. I have to admit that I was a little nervous. She ended up inviting 10 girls, and 8 were able to make it. I was so excited for her! The boys ended up getting a hotel room, ordering pizza, and swimming in the indoor pool. Something tells me that they got the better end of that deal! ha! I had Aunt Lynsey come over to help with all the spa fun!!

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I kept the food light and borrowed a 2nd blender from my sweet friend, Jennifer, to set up a smoothie bar. I also made up bundles for each girl with a spa towel, spa flip flops, and eye masks. We also had headbands, manicure sets, and nail polish galore!

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As soon as all the girls arrived, we split them up into groups and did mani’s and pedi’s.

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Aunt Lyns was an awesome helper!!! The girls had a blast!!

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Smoothie Bar! HUGE hit with the girls!!!

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Next up, masks! There was SO much giggling!

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They were all so funny! They felt so big getting all fixed up!

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Happy Birthday, LK! (way too much sassiness!!!) ;)

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More smoothies and chocolate!

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They also made their own shower scrub!

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The girls finally started settling down around 9:30. However, they stayed up till FOUR AM!!!! Yes, 4! They were so good though. Just laughing, giggling, playing games… all the good stuff!

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I was able to doze on and off, but I was pretty much up until 4 with them. I was beyond exhausted!!!

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Next morning!

LK had so much fun!! I was so excited for her! It was such a fun birthday! My baby is growing way too fast!!!