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Shelley Says...

I love traditions. One of the things I love most about Caroline's school is that they really instill the value of tradition in the children. Every year, for each grade, there are huge "milestones" that the kids can look forward, or look back on, with a great sense of accomplishment and pride. Almost a rite of passage. It may be a dress up day, an out of town trip, becoming a "buddy" to a younger student, or a special program. She still talks about "Second Grade Look Alike Day." She dressed as her first grade teacher...and is still so proud of that.

Caroline also wanted to make sure yesterday that I realized they were now the "head" of the "lower school"...the oldest kids and leaders in the lower school, and that in fourth grade they would be back to being the youngest again, and for me to understand that she was ok with that...it's all part of the process. She is already very aware of her "place" in the "food chain", but in a good way. I think it makes her feel secure.

Last night was probably their biggest accomplishment so far...THE THIRD GRADE PLAY. I capitalized it, because you cannot imagine what an impression it makes on the kids. They practice for weeks, and talk about it at home all the time. It's fun to watch them gear up for something.

One of the first grade teachers, Ms. Carraway, writes a new play each year, figures out all the costumes, and heads the whole thing up. We love her for that!

Here are some fun photos from the night...

Caroline's "brother" that lives next door went with us. She was very excited about introducing Ben to all of her friends. She drug the poor guy around like a puppy after the play. He was a good sport about it.

Here he is before the play showing me Caroline's name in the program. As you can see, she was a catfish...such a nod to her Arkansas roots...

Here is the cute program.

The catfish did their dance to "Too Many Fish in the Sea" and it was adorable. I know the dance myself because I've seen it at home so many times. Thinking about adding it into our show...just me, dancing to "Too Many Fish in the Sea", while Denise and Leigh take a water break.

There she is at the microphone, saying her lines.

Which I also know...

Here she is after with dad. She was excited that he brought her flowers. She came home and decorated a vase with stickers and Orbeez (her latest obsession don't ask) and put the flowers on display.

This is her classmate Lily, who was a snake, and Lily's sister Emmeline.

Two cute catfish...Emory and Caroline...

They really had a great time and were so happy and gleeful after the play. She ate an entire footlong turkey sub from Subway after the show.

Being a star is hard work.

Have a great weekend everyone...
shelley

Way more TREATS than TRICKS for us this Halloween...

We had a blast with our friends Jason, Danya, Justin and Noah. Justin was a Whoopie cushion, Noah was Hulk Hogan and Darby was "Sharpie at the prom" from High School Musical. We got started on "Sharpie's" make-up and hair as soon as she got home from school. I was living in a dream - I love playing dress up with my daughter!

We even ran into "Patsy" the mouse while she was handing out candy.

The town police blocked off one of the main streets in Franklin... Dana and I have lived in Franklin over 15 years but had NO IDEA this existed! Each home more extravagant than the next... we followed the yellow brick road and look who we saw.

Thousands and thousands of kids in every type of costume imaginable... This one house turned their garage into a "haunted" fun house. The kids were totally mesmerized. First you had to walk through the mouth of an enormous pumpkin...(I can't imagine the time it took to do all that work). Here are some pics.

The evening was filled with sweet treats but more than that was the treat of seeing people we haven't seen in awhile and recognizing how fantastic it is to live in a little town where we could walk around with our kids, feeling safe. We don't take that for granted!!

Once Darby was able to organize and sort through all of her candy, the evening came to an end. This was not a night for ghosts and goblins but "sweet" memories with dear friends that we will treasure for a lifetime. Thumbs up!!

Happy Harvest everyone, Leigh C.

Happy Hump Day!

The work week is halfway over:) Sorry I'm soooooo late today on my blog.

Starting the week with Halloween kicked my tail! I was exhausted before we even got started for the week. It was fun though. We have a tradition of spending it at my friend Beth's sisters house. Her name is Denise too. So we call her Nee Nee. I know you are sick of Halloween pictures, but here is my chance to share pics of my kids, so please endure a couple more.

Price and good friend Will.

Spence and his best friend George.

Halloween is also my sweet Daddy's birthday:) I won't share his age in case he doesn't want me to. He said when he was little they would call him a little "spook". So cute. We got to talk to him yesterday, but of course I was late getting his card off. So it's going to be late and his present as well. Dad I love you though!!!! Thanks for loving your girls the way you do:)

Wednesday is one of my favorite days though. I get together with some Mom's from my boys school (FRA) and we study God's word and share what God is doing in our lives. I help lead worship which is kind of a joke with my guitar playing, but they are sweet and forgiving. I can't believe that today is the last week of our study for the fall. Next week I'm pumped because Kelly Minter is going to come speak to us and help us wrap up her study "no other gods".

Basketball is gearing up quickly. I'm thankful that it doesn't require as much laundry as football, but there are a lot more games involved which cause my blood pressure to go up. Just kidding.

This is the week that I'm having to do some heavy duty beauty maintenance. I told Stu that I was sorry. Getting old is expensive. I need some major overall on my makeup bag. I'm out of everything and the make up I do have is outdated. One of our friends is going to give me a make up lesson today. Her name is Sheila Curtis. She's been doing our makeup for videos and photo shoots for years. When she started doing it, I didn't have near as many lines to fill.

Here is one eye done:)

Here are both eyes done:)

I really need my nails done, toes done, a facial, a massage too, but only if I'm lucky, I might be able to swing by the strip mall nail salon for a cheap manicure.

Anyway, that's what I'm up to today. Then I'll be picking up kids, dinner, basketball practice, youth group and Community Group.

Have a wonderful day.
Love,
Denise

These Are The "Days of Our Lives"

We had a great weekend out on the road. It's not just business... when time allows, it's so much more. Take a sneak peek.

Thursday evening we drove to Meridian, Ms. We were playing at the Riley Center Theatre. It was soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!!

As you know, Denise is our trainer out on the road... our workout is so necessary because of our lack of self-control at the dinner table. Denise is getting all of our workout toys ready... I remember toys use to be fun to play with - not these! Time for sweatin'!

With our Christmas tour just around the corner, we have to take advantage of every opportunity to prepare and practice our music. Our sweet drummer (who also plays piano) helped Denise and I practice, while Shelley and Michael (our piano player) went to lunch with Michael's family - this was Michael's birthday weekend (lucky duck).

We want to thank Bill and the fine folks at the Riley Center who were so accommodating - nothing but southern hospitality!!! We couldn't get over how wonderful the audience was... we wanted to take their picture AND again show you how beautiful this theater truly is (the spotlights makes it a little blurry).

While POG was in Meridian, Darby (my daughter) was on a field trip (with her 3rd grade class) to the Tenn. State Museum. She and her friend Abby enjoyed learning the history of Tenn.

Saturday we were in Birmingham, Al. for a GOG conference. What a great bunch of girls! A HUGE thanks to all the Moms and Chaperones that brought these young ladies. After the conference we get a chance to meet some of the girls and hear their comments. We just LOVE meeting them!!

After our GOG event it was time to celebrate Michael's official birthday. So on the way back home to Nashville we had his party on the bus. I was in charge of the cheese tray and fruit. We had some of the most unique cheeses ever! Everyone's favorite was the French (I can't spell or pronounce it) cheese with a fig jam spread - DELICIOUS!! Denise made the meatballs and Shelley did a spinach artichoke dip. Shelley also had Dara (a great friend) make Michael's cake - from SCRATCH!

It was a chocolate cake with chocolate mouse between each layer. Can I get an "AMEN"? (My mouth is watering just thinking about it again). Thank you Dara and thank you Michael for letting us celebrate such a wonderful day with such a special person. GOOD TIMES and more pounds packed on before Christmas. ( I told you how important is was for us to work out on the road).

We sang Happy Birthday to Michael, shared some memories of the past, laughed a little, cried a little and ate A LOT!!!

These are the "Days of our Lives" so make each one count with those you love!!!

Now it is time for Darby to come home from school - it is almost time to trick or treat! Stay tuned for those pictures.

blessings, leigh

Blast From The Past

Here's another "Blast From The Past" from an Opry trip and other fun behind-the-scenes moments!