This may not seem like anything but this is a huge accomplishment for our Hanson. Look at the great circles he cut out! Look at the strait lines for his hair! Look at his name!!! It is so remarkable that I had to look at it twice to make sure he had actually written it. He has come so far from where he was last year and has made such progress by going to Child’s Play therapy every week working on his fine motor skills. We are so proud of him and are so relieved that he is “meeting expectations” in kindergarten and that he is not crying every morning like last year. He is a very happy Two Term Kindergartener!

Pretty Princess Fairytale Ball


Gayley had the most magical morning at the Princess Ball.  They had so much planned for them starting with the Royal Entrance, Freeze Dance, Ocean Yoga then Meet and Greet Time! She got to create a crown, enjoy the candy buffet, have professional portraits with Ariel,  do dance games and take Princess Lessons. There were at least 100 little princesses there and I didn’t see any two dresses identical which blows me away that there are so many versions of the same princesses’ dresses! They were all darling! The ball ended with a Sing-A-Long, Hugs & Goodbyes and Group Photos!

Gayley (Elsa) had so much fun meeting and dancing with the Princesses and it was all the more fun doing it with her little friends Cameron (Belle) and Ella Kate (Rapunzel). These little girls whirled and twirled all over the dance floor!

It was the sweetest and most trilling moment when Gayley got to meet Elsa. She nearly knocked Elsa over when she leaped into her and gave her such a long hug! She was smiling so big, absolute joy!

I’m so glad we made memories today with her little friends. I highly recommend it for 2.5-5 year old little princesses. And last but not least I couldn’t “Let It Go ” without sharing this of Gayley performing with her favorite Princess/Queen Elsa!

River Rats

Labor Day was enjoyed at the Cahaba River with our friends, The Forbes. It was an easy going day filled with rope swings, rock stacking, floating, picnicing, and lounging in the river.

Backpack Buddies


Jordan, Mary and I volunteered to help Vineyard Family Services in bagging food for their Backpack Buddies program. They provide a bag of food to elementary children to help them over long weekends and holidays so that they won’t go hungry. Most of these kids are on reduced or free lunches and without these bags of food they might not have anything to eat on weekends. About 100 volunteers came out and we packed 1200 bags in an hours time!!!! It was quite an assembly line. We had a great time helping and both Mary and Jordan can’t wait to do it again.