Friday, May 23, 2014

I need to "Let it Go" --Friday Favorites

Y'all, I'm having a real hard time with this end of the school year. Last week was Carleigh's 6th grade choir pop show. She sang a solo, which I wanted her to sing for me beforehand, but she wouldn't. I just wanted to make sure she was comfortable with the track we downloaded and that she knew where the entrances were, etc. She would hear nothing of it. I was a little bit nervous. Oh.MY.GOODNESS.GRACIOUS!! Sister did not disappoint! She was amazing. She walked out on that stage and owned it! Sixth grade!!

Bad shot, but here Carleigh is with her choir teachers

Here's a couple of minute snippet from her song

Cora and Luke were playing outside the other day, and Cora broke out the hippety hop ball. I remember playing with fun! Seeing the kids playing on them brought a smile to my face. 

Carleigh had her last dance class of the season this week. While she was there and Luke was at an end-of-the-year choir party, Cora and I ran a couple of errands, then stopped by the spray park for a little fun before Carleigh's class ended. She had a BALL!! She has such a sweet little spirit. She came over to where I was sitting and told me thank you for taking her there...warmed my heart!

Carleigh's dance recital was last weekend. I can't even tell you how beautiful she was. I'll have to post more on that later to give it justice, but here's a snippet...

oh my {heart}

Here are a couple of my favorite links from the week...

A great article from the Power of Moms about teaching our kids the importance of Memorial Day. I think Memorial Day is so important, and I am disappointed, to say the least, that our school district decided the holiday should be a bad weather make-up day. I'm looking forward to sharing with our kiddos the importance of Memorial Day.

The Power of Moms also recommended a summer learning program called Brain Chase that sounds totally up my kids' alley. I can't wait to check it out and order it.

A friend of mine sent me a link to the She Reads blog. I'm excited about reading this summer. My boy wants me to read Summer of the Monkeys to him, which completely thrills my soul. I LOVE that book. My fourth and fifth grade teachers read that book to our class, and it is one of my favorites. {heart} I'm finishing up the third book in the Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers. Her books are so good. I love historical fiction, and these books send you right smack dab in the middle of the action. 

Y'all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Oh my, Carleigh did a smash up job on that song. Plus its from one of the best movies ever. She is a beautiful ballerina. Love the pictures of Luke and Cora both awesome action shots. Love your kiddos. Thanks for sharing. .

  2. The boys and I LOVED listening to Carleigh sing!! Such talent.
    I appreciate all the links here for good things to read - I just reserved Summer of the Monkeys at our library - I'm not familiar with it (maybe I should have been, as a fifth grade teacher...) I wonder whether Tuck is old enough to appreciate it? He loves listening to chapter books.
    And also, we made the thai chicken recipe - and LOVED it. We did not make enchiladas, to avoid the tortilla part, but instead wrapped the mixture up in romaine lettuce. It was so good, we used the leftover coconut milk/sweet chili sauce and recreated the meal with shrimp a few nights later.

    1. Aw, thanks, Jenni! She will want to strangle me when she learns I posted that video clip. But, I was so proud. :) I was in 4th and 5th grade quite some time ago, so it's okay that you aren't familiar with Summer of the Monkeys. I learned just this morning at the library that the same author wrote Where the Fern Grows! I never got around to making the Thai Chicken Enchiladas! I need to make them your way. Sounds great. Hope you have an awesome weekend.


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