Culture Day

Today we headed downtown to get a taste of culture, well at least tried to immerse ourselves in it. We went to the Birmingham Museum of Art where they got to do an art craft and play on the mega light boards, art tablets and pottery wheel. They even had a photo booth where we could have our pictures taken with a painting in the background and then have it emailed to us. How cool is that! There were really cool puppets and blocks, puzzles, chalk table, magnetic walls and lots of other sensory stimulating things. Everyone enjoyed it and it’s a definite gotta go back again!wpid-photogrid_1403403715727.jpg
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We also explored Linn Park downtown and visited 16st Street Baptist Church. I was surprised how much Joseph, Mary and Jordan knew about this historic landmark. As we were walking up to it and I was telling them what we where going to visit and they were like, “is this the church where the 4 little girls were killed?”. They apparently all remember a lot of the details they learned during the Civil Rights unit at school. They were excited about actually seeing the place they had learned about. It was a fun day and I know there are many other sites to see downtown but I am terrible finding them downtown with all the one-way streets and turning around and finding parking so hopefully we can get Daddy to escort us to some other great sites.wpid-bm20b81.jpg.jpeg

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to the very best Daddy I could ever ask for for our children. I love you so much Trey Garrett! You are the best father to each and every one of them. Thank you so much for being the wonderful Godly father they deserve.

Mrs. Mary’s Wedding

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Our dear sweet Mrs. Mary that we go to see at Dairy Queen every Monday night for Kids Night was married today. She has been a part of our family for the last 4 years and is just the kindest lady. Not only does she work at DQ but she is also the lunch lady at the high school so Elijah saw her everyday during school and Mrs. Mary always takes good care of “Her babies”.  We were honored to get an invitation to this wonderful occasion. What a beautiful emotional wedding for bride and groom. Cleo is the Music Minister at Mrs. Mary’s church and is such a soft-spoken, tender man. He serenaded his bride as she came down the aisle with her two supermodel looking sons by her side. There weren’t many dry eyes in the church when she finally made it to her groom. It was a beautiful loving ceremony and we couldn’t be happier for the two of them! We love you Mrs. Mary and are so happy for you both!!wpid-photogrid_1403398221382.jpgwpid-photogrid_1403402286913.jpg

Look Who’s 2!!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Hanson! You bring so much joy to our family!

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Hanson had quite a lot of fun at his 2nd Birthday! He loves, loves, loves trains and so it was a Thomas the Train theme this year. It was only our family at his party as he is so bashful. We wanted him to enjoy his presents and cupcakes and not hide behind us the whole time so we just kept it simple. He was ecstatic over the bubbles and so funny opening his cards from the Grandparents. He was so cute looking at the cards and the characters on them. Thank you Grammy and Pawpaw and Mammaw and Pawpaw for the money and gift card. Hans also got a basketball goal from us and the Little Peoples farm/barn that we had been saving in the attic. He loved it! The big boys have been playing lots of basketball in the driveway so now Hans can play with his goal alongside his bros!

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Southern Combat Showcase

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Elijah participated in the Southern Combat Showcase here in Birmingham this weekend playing games in front of coaches/recruiters from Division I, II, and III colleges such as Dartmouth, Millsaps, Yale, Birmingham Southern, Ohio State, Furman, Huntington and others. This was a by invitation only showcase.  Elijah was invited by the coach from Millsaps. There were so many boys from all over the country that came this weekend hoping to be recognized by colleges. There were boys from Texas, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, Washington, Tennessee just all over!

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Oak Mountain High School Men’s Lacrosse Facebook page wrote:
“Shout out to OM’s Elijah Garrett killing it in Southern Combat Showcase today! 4 goals & 6 assists in 1st game w/ a Thompson-esque backhander.”- Coach Springer

After playing 3 games Friday night and four Saturday, Elijah made the SoCo Nationals All-Star Team! They picked the first team and he wasn’t called. The second team started picking and called out offensive players last, Elijah was the last name called! Whew! Talk about an ecstatic boy (family too!)!!! Elijah did great and stood out the whole weekend. He scored in the last seconds of the 1st Half of the All-Star game!
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Not only did Elijah get seen by several college coaches and get lots of high level playing time they also provided information on approaching colleges and the do’s and don’ts of contacting schools/coaches, recruiting advice. All in all we feel like this was a very successful weekend for him. He went away with it having learned valuable skills, techniques, pointers from top-notch coaches, players and former MLL players. For the weekend Elijah scored 14 goals and got 15 or 16 assists!! Good job Elijah!!!!!

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On Sunday Morgan was invited to participate in a “Face Off” clinic with 2  local boys who both got Division I scholarships and two other boys. They were instructed by a former Major League Lacrosse player from Massachusetts, pretty awesome for Morgan!  They went over body positions, stick positions, face off fundamentals even video taping them. They watched the reels with the player, critiquing them and then going back on the field and worked on what they saw and learned from their film. It was quite impressive and Morgan did great even winning balls from the college guys! The coach couldn’t believe it when Trey mentioned he was only 14 years old going into 9th grade.

So proud of both of our guys. Can’t wait to see where God leads our sons and how lacrosse will play into their futures.

Joe’s Eggcelent Breakfast

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Joseph made himself a marvelous breakfast this morning, a ham and cheese omelette with melted Swiss on top, jelly toast and a big glass of cold milk. He prepared and  cooked it completely on his own then came and showed me this yummy plate! I think I need to put my order in for breakfast sometime soon!

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Summertime

Nothing quite says it’s Summertime than a lemonade stand. . .

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Jordan with one of his many customers

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Joseph helped him on this cozy set up.
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And Summertime is the sound of mowers & smell of fresh cut grass.

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Joseph pushed mowed our front yard, long side and then across the creek as well. He’s quite a worker!!

And what would Summertime be without popsicles and sticky, sweaty boys!

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                 Loving Summertime !!

Pool Time

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Hotel pools are quite a hit for these guys especially while big brothers play 6 games a day at lacrosse tournaments! Hanson had a great time splashing except for when his face got wet then he turns into a maniac wet cat trying to get out!!

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The other night I heard our oldest son yell, “Mom look, Hanson go show Mom!”. Hanson came into my room followed by a trail of laughing brothers. Not sure how he got them but this toddler came in with the biggest smile saying “chowcat cookies!!!!” in a deep sort of growling voice as he wiggled and danced holding a bunch of chocolate chip cookies. Needless to say we all busted out laughing! What a hand full!

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Birmingham Boys Choir

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Every Monday this Spring Jordan practiced with the Birmingham Boys Choir at his school. This was the first year for his school to participate as a satellite location. At the end April and all of May the boys from all the schools met together for practice at the performance location. Jordan really enjoyed his practices and he would sing bits and pieces at home or in the car but I really didn’t know the depths of the teaching they were given by the instructor. Performance night absolutely blew us away!! Not only did we hear the Jr. Choir (Jordan) sing several songs but also were blessed by some amazing pieces from the Senior Choir. Talk about talented boys. I’m so glad Jordan got to experience this semester in the Birmingham Boys Choir, it truly is a wonderful program run by extremely talented, gifted, devoted instructors.
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