Jordan’s First Season of Football

Jordan just finished his first season of football!  What a journey it has been for not just him, but for Brian and I also.  I was very hesitant to allow Jordan to play a sport where the name of the game is tackling!  However, for two years straight he had begged to play!  He would come home everyday talking about how much fun he had that day in recess playing football.  Knowing his love for the game encouraged Brian and I to allow him to play his first season.

To prepare for the season, he attended football camp and learned some basic drills and skills.  Then, school started and the real season began.  The first few practices Jordan would come home happy and excited, sweaty, but happy.

Soon after the practices were under way, I had picked up Jordan from practice and he was visibly upset.  When I asked him why he was upset, he quickly responded, “The coach called us ballerinas!  It was so rude!”  I tried not to laugh for fear of insulting him and upsetting him even more – lol.  Knowing that the coaches were trying to teach the little guys to toughen up, tackle, and receive tackles, I started explaining this to him.  Jordan is a sensitive soul, but  eventually he began to understand that the coach was not being rude.

As we were approaching the first game, Jordan’s nerves were getting the best of him.  He was recognizing that there were several team players that were a lot better than him and that he wasn’t the best player on the team.  Knowing this, he assumed that he wouldn’t do as good of a job when put into the game.  He was so nervous that he wanted to quit and not even go to his first game.  It’s never easy to see your kiddo in a situation where they are uneasy and want to take the easy way out.  Brian and I both knew that to let him quit would not be what was best for him.  Cue the first lesson learned.  Just because you are not the very best at a task, and nerves set in, does not mean it is ok to quit.  Explaining this to Jordan, we were able to get Jordan suited up for that first game and cheer the Warriors on from the stands.

After that first game Jordan learned lesson number two.  It is just as fun to be a part of the team as it is to be “the star” of the team.  Brian and I had more fun watching our #9 all season stand on the sideline cheering on his teammates, knocking helmets, & slapping butts – lol!  In the end, Jordan’s total playing time for the season was minimal, but his time on the sidelines encouraging teammates was huge!  We reminded him of one of our church’s core values–everything is better in teams!

All in all, it was a great season with several lessons learned!  These were just a couple that stood out and have already had a big impact on Jordan.  We are so proud of him and for all of his hard work this season!  Jordan has already shared that he wants to play again next season.  Brian and I are excited for him and anxiously await to see him grow as a player!  Go Warriors!

Jordan turns 11!

October 23, 2001 was such a special day for our family!  It’s the day we welcomed our sweet baby boy Jordan into this world.  Eleven years later Jordan is continuing to bring joy into our lives…every single day.  He is really such a thoughtful little guy that seizes every opportunity to put a smile on our faces.  He is all about “birthdays!”  He counts down the days until his own birthday each year.  Knowing this makes us even more excited to celebrate him on his “big” day!

 

Jordan’s special request was to have a cookie cake and tacos with cheese dip from Las Palmas for dinner.  Those of you who know Jordan, know that he “lives” for Las Palmas cheese dip!  He was one happy kiddo at dinner time!  Although he loved his dinner, he did eat soooo fast because he was ready to rip open his gifts!

One thing about Jordan I love is how much he loves family night!  Every Monday is family night at our house.  Jordan’s favorite thing to do on family night is to play games.  I realized the other day that he has NEVER played Monopoly or LIFE!  So, yep, that’s what we bought him for his birthday…he loved it!

So, we played our first game of Monopoly as a family.  Jordan loved the game!  In fact, I lost count of how many times he said, “I love this game!”  Of course it was a school night, so we didn’t get to finish the game – Lol.  We took a pic of the game board and noted everyone’s money & property so we can finish next Monday night.

It was a great day!  We love our sweet Jordan so much and look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with him!!

Creative Hearts – April 2012

What a great night!!  It was a VERY productive night filled with some really cute projects and lots of laughs! Here are a few of the projects from the night…

Flip flop wreath made by Krista Dudte!

American flag made from wooden blocks by Heather McCalip!

Paper pieced owl made by Brenda Harte!

Family sign made by Ashley Lacy!

I was so excited to have my mom visiting from Dallas!  She made this cute cardboard scrapbook!

Flip flop wreath made by Twyla Hopper!

Welcome signs made by Dawn Burnett!

USA wreath made by Twyla Hopper!

Artwork made by Heather McCalip!

Jewelry made by Melissa Ring

Post it note holder made by Twyla Hopper!

Baby chipboard album made by Brenda Harte!

Whew!  That’s a lot of hard work in one night =)  The ladies did a great job!  I cannot wait to see what projects next month holds!!!  Hope to see you there!  Be sure and check out my Creative Hearts page for details.

Rainbow Party

A few weekends ago I styled a Rainbow Party.  I think this may be my favorite party that I have styled to date.  The colors were so bright and fun to work with.  There were so many possibilities with this theme that I had to refrain from “over doing it.”  I made the cute sign using elements that I purchased from Etsy at Kellymedinastudios .  The Rainbow elements that she includes in this package were very cute!!  The vase held Skittles candies.

Party Favors

This was a party favor for each guest at the party.  These clear plastic tubes were so much fun to use!  This was my first time to use them.  I simply filled them with Skittles candies, but they could be used for so many different things!  I thought they would be cute if used for an invitation with a rolled up piece of parchment paper inside for a little boy’s pirate party…Arghh!  If you haven’t yet stumbled onto Shop Sweet Lulu you can do so here www.shopsweetlulu.com.  This is one of my favorite “go to” sites for party supplies!

Rock Candy with Rainbow embellishments.  The rock candy is available in several colors on Oh Nuts! website found here.  This website has a lot of yummy party snacks and candy available.

Love, love, love these red nesting suitcases!!!  I found these on Shop Sweet Lulu’s website as well!  I will get a lot of use out of these for sure.  I found this cute idea for the rainbow Twizzler party favor on Pinterest.  The download is free and is available here.  The cellophane bags and chocolate coins were bought at Hobby Lobby.

Gable boxes were given to each guest to make it easier to carry their loot home from the party.  Embellish with rainbow labels, red cardstock, and a little ribbon…and voila!

Goodies eaten at the party…

I think my favorite thing at the party was the rainbow colored drinks.  I used red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple Gatorade.  The green was actually Mountain Dew that I added green food coloring to.

Door hanger

Door hanger made from styrofoam, straight pins, and balloons.  I left this on my door through St. Patrick’s Day as well 🙂

It was a very fun and colorful party!  I hope you, too, will throw a Rainbow Party and have as much fun with it as I did!!!!!

Ashton’s Vintage Ice Cream Party

Our sweet little Ashton is growing up so fast!  We celebrated her 12th birthday by throwing her a Vintage Ice Cream party.  Ashton actually picked the theme, and I was more than excited to run with it!  I loved all of the pretty, muted colors that she decided on…so soft and sweet.

Decorating for this party was so much fun – not just because I LOVE TO PLAN PARTIES (lol), but because this was the first party that Ashton has shown an interest and excitement to be involved with the party planning process.  She has such a creative heart!  So, I dare not take credit for pulling this one off all on my own.  She was a big help!

The first thing we did for the night was take all 9 girls to the opening of “The Lorax.”  It was such a cute movie!!!  I loved all of the bright colors throughout the movie!  To minimize the expense of taking such a large group to see it at our local IMAX, I used this adorable bucket that was given to me for my birthday from my sweet friend, Miranda.  I added the Lorax label and filled it with bags of candy and popcorn holders that Ashton made using our cricut machine.

This was so handy at the theater!!  We were all able to share the popcorn that came with free refills!  The movie was a success!

Next on the list was to treat the girls to ice cream!  Just outside the movie theater we have a Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream shop which was so convenient.

After the ice cream we headed home to open gifts and eat cupcakes!  Instead of making a cake, we took the easy way out.  We bought store bought cupcakes and made ice cream picks to decorate them.  In place of Ashton’s cake, we had her blow out a candle that we put in an oversized cupcake made to look like an ice cream…she loved it!

More treats the girls consumed throughout the night…

Ashton and I made goodie bags for each of the girls.  We scored some cute ice cream themed candies at the Dollar Store and made ice creams out of body loofahs and brown cardstock.

Additional Party favors…

The cotton candy ice cream cones were a party favor that each girl was given as they left the party the following morning.  This was the first birthday party Ashton has had with her new friends at her new school.  It was a great party and all of the girls seemed to have a great time!

Happy 12th Birthday, sweet Ashton!  Mommy loves you!!!!!!!!!!