Friday, July 6, 2018

18


Happy 18th Birthday R1!

How did we get here so fast. It seems as if I have been saying this a lot lately.  Eighteen years have come and gone in the blink of an eye. 

I remember holding you in my arms for the first time after you were born. The walk into school and down the kindergarten hallway to Mrs. Dunivant's class room, watching you get that first hit off of the baseball tee, the first time you ran out onto the football, when I let you drive my car around the neighborhood, driving you up to the school to see if you made the high school baseball team, and the senior walk with your classmates back at the elementary school (well that one was just a few months ago). 


 
These precious memories and so many others feel as if they just happened. 

But as you are just beginning the beautiful road ahead and while you begin to navigate your next life steps, just know that you will face a number of different experiences and here are a few things you need to know. 

1. Do not accept anything less than what you need. Find out makes you happy and learn to not settle for anything less.

2.  Create a list of things you want to achieve and work on making them happen. Dream big and find out ways to make them reality. 


3. Don't be afraid of failing, be afraid of not trying. You're bound to fail because reaching goals is never easy. Keep working on your goals and learn from failures. If you do not try, you might it regret it one day. Do not give up!

4. Listen to your parents and spend time with them. Yes we know you are an adult but learn to appreciate everything we have done for you. Know that we are and always be your biggest cheerleaders in life. We will always be your safe place to land. When you come to visit do not knock on the door, just walk in and right into our arms for a big hug.

5. Do not be consumed with technology all the time. Unplug. Enjoy the conversation of others around you. You will be happier for it. 

6. Make memories. Live your life and create memories that will last a lifetime. People come and go in your life, make the most of it and live in the moment. You have so much in your life that you have yet to experience. Just remember not to take a single moment for granted. Keep your eyes open and embrace everything that life has to offer. 

The next 18 years of your life will be even greater than the first 18. I promise!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Disney 2018

A month before R1 graduated from high school Hubs and I thought it might be a good idea to take a family vacation. We wanted to recognize his accomplishment. So we asked him where he wanted to go and one of his answers was Disney World and Universal Studios. 

We had been to Disney before in 2014 and thought well this time we could also go to Universal. So the planning began and let me say nothing like waiting till the last minute to plan a Disney vacation. I will also say this, Hubs did an amazing job. We got the hotel we wanted, the fast passes we wanted, and even the restaurants at the time we wanted. 

Hubs and I also decided not to tell the boys that we were going to Disney but rather that we were going to Gulf Shores, Alabama. We had been there before too so we thought that might work for a surprise. 

We left Saturday, June 16th and got halfway down the street before I blurted out that I needed to see I remembered to pack the box with all of the supplies. I made R1 get out and check and bring me the box. Actually the box contained our Magic Bands for Disney. R1 retrieved the box and got back in the car. At that point Hubs told them to open the box because it contained items needed for vacation. The boys were so shocked. R2 just kept saying over and over, WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY! R1 was a little more low key but he was just as excited. 

If you can't tell, we drove to Florida. Yep, drove. We stopped just outside of Tallahassee to spend the night because well we had made several stops along the way and we were all a bit tired of being in the car. Lets face it 12 hours in the car no matter how many stops you make is just to long. 

Anyway we rolled into Orlando early Sunday afternoon and then the fun began. 
 
We spent two days at Universal Studios and completely geeked out Harry Potter World. I can't even explain the attention to detail they put into this park. It is just like the books and the movies. If you like Harry Potter and you haven't been, YOU HAVE TO GO! R2 was so funny, while we were standing in Ollivanders Wand Shop he looked right at Hubs and said, "I've never felt so nerdy in all my life." But that nerdiness didn't stop him from wanting to buy a wand.
Escape from Gringotts with R1 and R2
 We spent the following three days at Disney. Since we had been before we knew what we wanted to see that we missed the last time and what we wanted to do again. We also had park hoppers so we went from park to park to park.
Traditional picture with a green army man from Toy Story.
Anything Toy Story and Peter Pan are my favorites. One of my favorite rides is Toy Story Mania located in the Hollywood Studios park. The ride is designed so you play virtual carnival games in 3D. There are 5 different games in all. We all rode it and I ended up wrecking my guys on the scoring part. So much so that I also ended up with the high score of the park that day.
Breakfast at Chef Mickey is a standard. There is no better way to start the day.
It was an fabulous vacation and I enjoyed all of the family time and the memories we made. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

He Graduates

May I present to you, our Class of 2018 Senior Graduate, R1. 

I am so proud of this kid! He has accomplished so much in the four short years of high school. This past week has been a flurry of all sorts of events leading up to this day. I will admit that two of those days I was a crying mess. But on this night, not one tear fell. I just kept my eyes on R1 and smiled the entire time. Well, I looked at Hubs to but that was because he was a floor marshal on the same row as R1. Sorry (well I'm not really sorry) for the picture overload that is is about to take place. 

The processional in
Waiting to walk up on stage
The special hand shake with the principal, Mr. B
Receiving his diploma from a wonderful board member who has always supported him
The big bear hug given to the Assistant Principal, aka, Aunt T

The special congratulations dance moment between R1 and Hubs
He did it!
The celebration!
We are so proud of him!
R1 and his church youth leader, Jana
The grandparents
R1 and the BFF. This time he wasn't surprised
R1 and his baseball buddies, Logan and Jack
R1 and Mason, aka the Kings of Kilgore
R2, our future graduate, in 5 years

Friday, May 25, 2018

Class of 2018 Senior Walk

The school district where R1 attends school has a tradition of Senior Walk. It's where the kids dress in their graduation regalia and walk the halls of the elementary school. Kind of like a lets bring it back to where they started their school academic career.

The little ones are brought out and line the hallways waiting for the seniors to walk by and give them a hi-five. Also the teachers are waiting to hug their former students. 

It's almost bittersweet for me as Hubs taught at the elementary school for 17 years before moving to the high school. Most of the teachers have known R1 since birth. 

Today was senior walk for R1 and his classmates. I would like to say I held it all together but I did not. I was a crying mess. Just another bittersweet memory as part of his senior year. 

Here are a few pictures of R1 during his walk and his elementary school teachers. 

R1 walking the elementary school hallway for the last time
 
Class of 2018 and their elementary school teachers

R1 and his 5th grade science teacher

R1 and his 4th grade teachers
 
R1 and his 3rd grade teacher
 
R1 and his 5th grade teacher who just happened to be his dad

R1 and my BFF
R1 and his 1st grade teacher in 2018
R1 and his 1st grade teacher in 2006

R1 in 1st grade. His teacher had a bulletin board by her classroom door with all of her babies pictures from 2006. She even had their class shirt pinned on the board
 
This was one of my favorite pictures from the day The BFF gave him the biggest hug and a kiss on the check. Clearly he was surprised. Me, I loved it!
 

Monday, May 14, 2018

The End of High School Baseball

Friday night brought the end of R1's high school baseball season. We lost in game 2 of the area playoffs. 

Our boys played their hearts out and left it all on the field, however the umpires didn't help us any either. It was a tough series.

The boys walked off the field with their heads held high and straight into the dugout where they proceeded with a 40 minute hug/cry fest with one another. Then one by one they began to walk out to us parents who waiting just outside the dugout door.  When the boys were all out of the dugout more hugging and crying ensued this time with us parents. 

When R1 walked out of the dugout with red swollen eyes and tear stained cheeks I just grabbed into a big hug and he kept saying over and over, this is so much harder than what I thought. He never thought it would hit him this hard. R1 has played baseball since he was four and with most of these guys for 14 years. His season as a baseball player has come to an end.

One of R1's teammates put out a tweet on Twitter later that evening to all of the seniors.
And in true R1 fashion, he came back with a pun.

R1, your dad and I have loved watching you play baseball over the years. Your love for the game and growth as a player has been a joy to witness. This last season has truly been bittersweet. 
 
 
 
 
                             

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Senior Prom 2018

Oh y'all these senior year moments are coming fast and furious! It seems this school year has just flown by. 

R1 had his last home baseball game Friday night and we are headed to the playoffs this week and then on Saturday he had Senior Prom. 

I have to admit, he looked quite handsome in his all black tuxedo. His date was beautiful too. 
He and his date had a great time. 

So hard to believe that in 14 days he will be graduating. Time please slow down just a little bit.


 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Senior Night

This kid makes me so proud every day!  23 days until the next chapter of his life begins.

The best days are ahead of you R1 and I for one can’t wait to see where life takes you. 

I love you to centerfield fence and back!