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Soccer time!

James has coached Asher in soccer for 7 seasons now!  Every season, it’s fun to watch him grow in his skills!  We love our little soccer stud!


School awards!

End of the school year is always a fun time because you get to celebrate your children’s accomplishments.  My three worked so hard this past school year, and we are super proud of them!!

Asher got “A Honor Roll” for the whole year!

He also won a 4th place medal for Accelerated Reader points in all of first grade!

Ella won a 1st place medal for Accelerated Reader points in all of 3rd grade!

Ella also won the math and reading award in her class for getting a perfect score on STAAR reading and she missed one on STAAR math!!

Ella also got A Honor Roll all year and won the Presidents Award for Educational Excellence in her class

Ella’s teacher, Mrs. Griffin-Hamlin won best teacher in the district last year and this year won best teacher in Austin! Ella has a special bond with her and we love her too!

Rilyn won a 6th place medal for Accelerated Reader points in all of 5th grade, all A Honor Roll all year, the Presidents Award for Educational Excellence in her class, the reading and science award for her class for having commended scores in STAAR on math, reading, and science!

Rilyn also was presented a gavel for serving at Student Council president this past year! Praying big things for this girl! She is a true leader!

So proud of this girl! She was at Manor Elementary since preschool! Here she is on graduation day-7 years later!

A few days later, Rilyn was in the school talent show! She sang a duet with Eveany-A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and sang Style by Taylor Swift with a group of girls. 🙂


Minecraft birthday!

Asher loves playing Minecraft, so naturally we had a Minecraft party!

Happy 7th Asher!

The Rock Candy Crystals were diamonds, the Silver Chocolate Rocks Candy was iron,
and Emerald Green Chocolate Rocks Candy Nuggets was emeralds. I made the Creepers by buying Peeps Green Bunnies and turning them upside down, and cutting off the ears a little. Then I took black frosting and did the faces.

I used Con-Tact Self-Adhesive Black to make the faces on the Plastic Fluted Cup, 22 oz, Pearlescent Green. I printed all the 2 liter labels from Pinterest. There is tons of free Minecraft printables online!

Enderman door!

Ella drew this cool Creeper on our porch!



First activity was making Creeper keychains out of Perler Beads Green Bag and Perler Bead Bag, Black.

The next activity was a 4 part obstacle course in which we timed each boy! First they had to throw cobblestones to hop across the lava field. If they touched the lava, they had to start over.

The next part of the obstacle course they had to grab the diamond sword from the Enderman, and go on a “minecart” (skateboard) and push themselves on the tracks!

Do you see the Nether Portal over the back door?

After that, they had to mine for diamonds in our sand table.  I bought Diamond Confetti Beads and mixed it in the sand. They used a sifter, and “mined” diamonds until they filled up a cup with diamonds to a certain line.

The last part of the obstacle course was killing the Creeper.  I bought Socker Bopper Power Bag and painted it to look like a Creeper. They had to get the Creeper to the ground three times using their diamond sword. All boys finished the entire course before 2 minutes.

The next activity was blow up the TNT.  Again I found printables on Pinterest to cover up the Diet Coke 2 liters.  I also bought Mentos so the TNT would “blow up.”

The boys loaded up the package of Mentos in a long tube I made out of construction paper. We stuck a toothpick thru at the bottom of the tube so the Mentos would not fall in the Diet Coke until they pulled the toothpick out and they all fell in at one time…

Then for the TNT finale, James and Asher got to blow up TNT together using a Geyser Tube.  This makes the explosion 5 times higher!  I couldn’t even catch the height on my camera because I was too close to the action.

The next game was trying to craft the cake recipe so we could eat!  I blew up white, black, and green balloons and put different papers in them with flour, sugar, wheat, and eggs.  I also taped spider, skeleton and zombie faces to the balloons.  Some balloons had paper with nothing on it too just to make it interesting.  Then, each boy got to go into the trampoline and kill their bad guy using the diamond sword, bottom, nails-whatever.  The boys had a blast doing it, and it was hilarious watching them trying to pop the balloons.  Finally, after all the balloons were “killed”, we gathered enough ingredients to craft cake!

Asher trying to kill a skeleton

another technique of killing a skeleton!

sitting on the skeleton!

Ella helped throw in the balloons, I mean zombies

Using his nails to rip open the zombie!

Using the recipe to craft the cake. Only 5 more ingredients to go!

Finally, it was cake time!

Hershey bars made up the Creeper cake face!

Make a wish!

While the cake was being cut, the boys played a food game called “Digging for Diamonds”!  I dropped some plastic diamonds at the bottom of each jar, and each day I froze a different layer of colored soda.  The goal was for the boys to use their pick axes (plastic knives, spoons) and get to the bottom of the layers to find the diamonds (and eat yummy slushie in the process!)

Time for presents!

While Asher was opening presents, James had Minecraft music videos going on that were hilarious!  You can find tons on Youtube!

The party was a BLAST!  😉




Asher is 7!

Asher turned 7 years old this past week!  He loves to color, jump on the trampoline, play soccer with his friends, and make people laugh, especially his sisters!  He loves his back scratched, and cuddles.  He got “Student of the Month” in April, and is reading pretty well now!  We love our baby of the family!!

Traditional waking up to the family singing happy birthday! Asher had been awake since 5:45 though, so he was waiting about 30 minutes before we came in. He had so much energy, he cleaned his entire room while waiting for us to come in! LOL

Look at the sweet Pikachu Ella made Asher from origami paper!

Asher’s class singing to him

Chuck E Cheese birthday dinner!

Mega Charizard Pokemon card!


Ella’s Aggie game!

Bless James’ heart!  He went to the Aggie game last Saturday with Ella and Asher, and it was cold, rainy, late night, AND a heart-breaking loss at the end of the game!  He was a trooper, bringing all their ski gear so they would stay warm and dry!  They still had a good time with grandpa, despite the circumstances!


Lightsaber soccer!

This is Asher’s fourth season of soccer with daddy as coach!  We have only had one game so far, but we won 8-7!  Here’s to a great season!

Running with a “Gig’em!” 🙂

Look at Asher’s fan club too!


Asher’s August

Asher had quite an August! I felt it time for an update on my little man! He will always be my baby, and moments like last night tug at my heart strings. I went into his room after James put him to bed, and he was sniffling. I asked him what was wrong, and he said, “I just love you SO MUCH!” Wow, that made this momma’s heart jump! He still wants me to sing “Jesus Love Me” and “Go To Sleep” every night, and I gladly will for as long as he lets me!
Asher started off August with a soccer camp! James is coaching Asher’s soccer team for the 4th season this fall and we wanted to give him so extra skill training before the season starts! He went to the British Soccer School of Excellence and he loved it!

At the end of the week, the coaches gave out one award to the player, (out of 10 kids), that had the best attitude. Asher won! He received a certificate and a new soccer ball!

So proud of this guy!

James also took Asher and his friends to another soccer skill training. What better way to celebrate learning soccer than ice cream? 🙂

One big skill Asher learned in August was to ride his bike without training wheels! Yay!!

Go Asher!

Asher got to go on two back to school dates this month. With daddy he went to a huge indoor playground, and with mommy he painted a plate of course-just like last year!)

Grandpa doesn’t work on Mondays now, and he took the time this month to go a special date with each grand child. Asher spent the night at Grandpa’s, and they did lots of Star Wars Lego kits together and swam!

His summer ended with mommy reading him a special book…


LAST day of Kindergarten!

While the girls were off at summer camp for a week, Asher had his last day of kindergarten on June 4th!

After Asher came home, we went to the neighborhood pool to kick off the summer!! I got to try out my new Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS purple 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Purple)
that I got for my birthday!

Asher and one of his best friends!


Cake time!

Three amigos! Caden, Asher, and Malachi!

Asher loves Beyblades, so he had Beyblade themed party goods!

present time! He got lots of Lego sets!

Grandma ALWAYS comes to all her grandkid’s birthdays! She gives the best hugs too!


Acrotex party!

We had Asher’s party at Acrotex gym in Round Rock.  He LOVES flipping around on our trampoline, and he is a bit of a daredevil, so what better place to run wild with friends?  This place had a zipline, rope swing, foam pit, lots of trampolines, bounce house, and climbing wall.  Plenty to do to keep the 15 kids occupied!

My SIX year old!

Who says the big sisters can’t have fun too?!

trying out the bounce…

mid flip!


wall climbing!

bouncing with the Cadens

just hanging around

Ella gets in on some bouncing action!

Not sure if this was safe, but he is our daredevil…

You can’t tell from this picture, but our party host picked this ring up and swung it around with Asher in it!

Unfortunately, Asher wasn’t hanging on tight, and flew out! No one was hurt though! Whew!

Hi Rilyn!

Ella’s zipline was going fast and she thought she was going to crash into the wall! Look at her face!

Rope swing, landing in the foam pit!

Who had more fun? Asher or James?

My photography business!

May 2023