Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bedrooms Part 1

In the 70's, I had my own bedroom in a house on Abbey Drive. I have very vivid memories of that room. It had pink shag carpet and a set of twin beds (the same bunk beds my sisters used and the same ones that Lily now has in here room). My room had a complete wall of book shelves and I used the bottom shelf as a desk. My Madame Alexander dolls were on the top shelf to ward against anyone touching them and my red record player sat on my dresser in that room. An Olivia Newton John poster hung on one of the walls. It was a promotional poster that I got for free from one of the local record shops. My beds were covered in the sweetest bedspreads with tiny flowers covering them. It was the perfect pink room for a girl in the 70's. Almost all of my bedroom memories are housed in my head. There are very few photos of my room. 

So, I decided to take some impromptu photos of the girls' rooms. I didn't run around and clean the nooks and crannies. So these are real images of what their bedrooms look like right now. Today I'm sharing the pictures of Lily's room. And I hope that these photos will help her when she's in her 40's and trying to remember what her room looked like.

One of the bunk beds I once used

The mannequin currently displaying her necklaces

A bevy of fragrances on display

Her wall of art and photos

The vanity

bookshelf with style books displayed and the "Lilly" inspired canvas from a friend

Each night her outfit is hung for the next school day

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cheering Wrap Up

Shelly had her final football game on Saturday. The girls did a great job cheering away for their team. Love their happy attitudes and smiling faces. Now, they will start practicing for a cheer competition they are attending in November. 

Happy Cheerleaders

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Getting down with a fun cheer

Ponytail and pink ribbon

Friends who cheer

On the field at half time

Ready to cheer

Stunt time!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Homecoming 2014

Lily is on her high school's Student Council and her first official duty included planning the Homecoming. She served on the Homecoming Court committee and helped with decorations, the banquet, the invitations, and much more. On Friday, Lily was one of the individuals chosen to escort the court and their escorts on to the track and bring out the flowers. I had no idea what her responsibilities included. So it was fun to see her out there doing her thing...proud mom moment!!!

The Cougar (school mascot)

The Homecoming Court was waiting in a room that overlooked the field. With my telephoto camera lens I was able to zoom in on the kids and I found Lily among the group!

The dads watching the game

Fans, football players, and coaches

Lily heading out with the Court

The girls waiting to be presented

Oh, and there was also a football game going on that night!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Random Ramblings

Lily finished her first season as a JV volleyball player. She really maintained a great attitude throughout the season. Proud of her.

We are eager to see what the next phase of high school will be like now that volleyball is over. Lily's involved with the student council and that keeps her busy.

Shelly did some cheering at one of the high schools on Friday night. They got into some rain but she said it was so much fun. She even mentioned looking up at the lights while it was raining and said how pretty the rain was in the lights. She's got such a good outlook on life. So many kids would see a chilly rainy night as a complete bummer, but not this girl.

I'm looking forward to some cooler temperatures. Hoping they'll head our way soon.

We enjoyed our favorite Starbucks drinks today since the weather was chilly and damp.

John and I went to see Gone Girl for our anniversary. Wow, that movie was amazing, disturbing, and complicated. It may not have been the best anniversary movie---not exactly a romantic comedy!

We celebrated 16 years of marriage on Friday. I am lucky to have such a funny and loving husband. He's a terrific father in addition to being a great hubby. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Break

John and I took a long weekend break and went to Mississippi last weekend. Our niece came and watched the girls for us. They had a great time with, dinner out, movies, pumpkin patch, crafting, and over all fun. 

On the plane to Mississippi

Catching the tram to the next plane

It was a fun chance to be a couple for a bit. I missed the girls but I think we all needed a little change of pace. It came at just the right time. The school year started out with a bang and we haven't really slowed down. So this was a nice get away for everyone. 

Enjoying breakfast at the Beau Rivage---the yummy Justin Miller omelet!

Heading home with our fellow passengers

Thursday, October 02, 2014

More Volleyball

On average, Lily plays in three volleyball games a week. We are nearing the end of the regular season games and it has been nice to see her on the court more. 

I'm proud of how well she handled the start of her freshmen year of high school, honors classes, JV volleyball team member, and freshmen student council representative. All of that combined has meant late nights and weekends spent getting ahead for the next week's classes. 

Warming up---hit in motion

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Smiling Cheerleaders

A couple of cute photos of Shelly and her friends at one of their games. One of the other moms sent these pictures to me and I just loved them.