For the last year or so, my youngest has been addicted to soccer. Not sure why or how it seeped into his system, but it has. He will disappear for an hour or so and when I find him, he'll be outside practicing. If it's cold out, he'll go out for a while, come back in to warm up and then go back out again. I'm glad he's found something that he loves to do!
His practice has paid off. He's really good at bouncing and controlling the ball. I hope they do well in spring soccer this year!
He does crack me up with his funny facial expressions in just about every picture!
Winter continues this week as we had snow, sleet, ice and then rain...all in the same day. Welcome to winter in Tennessee! The snow started and came down as big, fat flakes. It didn't take long to cover the roads. I was able to bribe the punks into a few pictures! I love snowy pictures. They cooperated...for a few minutes.
Not sure if I like the black and white or color better!
Not to be outdone, his brother takes the bribe also!
Same problem as to color or black and white.
He's such a goofball.
And like his brother, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn! He aimed, he missed. :)
Since we finished the mile and a half in a little over an hour, we decided to hit a couple more on the way home. It day was too beautiful.
Foster falls. We didn't hike down to the bottom, but just stopped to look at it. Pretty soon it'll be down to a trickle again if we don't get some more rain.
Heading down the mountain...a beautiful patchwork of landscape.
Old Fort Archaeological Park has a lot of falls along their trails too
Step falls...and you wonder where it gets its name?! The last time we were here we could walk out on them. You'd get wet, but not swept over. So no walking in the water this time. It was just running too fast!
I love sunny days, but sun/waterfalls do not go together. It is so hard to photograph a waterfall without blowing it all out because of the brightness. But I worked with what I had.
It was getting late in the day, so we were hurrying our way through the last few...and even skipped a few because we were finally worn out!
You can get up close and personal at these falls also.
As long as you practice safe hiking, we can all enjoy God's gifts for many years to come.
The conversation went like this...(as daddy and Hunter were going to toss the football)...
"Hunter, you need to change your jeans, so you don't fall and put a hole in them."
Hunter: "I'll be fine, I won't fall" (Famous last words!)
Me: "Well, if you do, I'm going to put a Hello Kitty patch on them"...
Hunter: "FINALLY, someone understands me!"
Seriously, some days all I can do is laugh and shake my head! Guess who's getting Hello Kitty for Christmas?!
He just cracks us up ALL the time.
He did hold still long enough for a "good" pictures before going back to the football!Gosh they grow so fast.
It's homecoming week for the middle school and today is nerd day. Last night we put the outfit together and as he was going to bed, he said, (smacking his fist into his hand), "Let's do this, I'm gonna knock it out of the park...or as nerds say 'write it down on paper'"...WHAT?! Oh my goodness, I walked away in near hysterics! He is too funny. He's sure rocking nerd day today!
p.s. I tried a "pocket protector" and it didn't fly...apparently this "nerd" has standards! Ha!
I wish he had let me take a picture of yesterday's mix & match day!
It's been raining all day...LOTS of rain...and even a couple weird tornado warnings. But these pictures make me laugh and love the fact that my boys are still boys and want to go play in the rain.
Might as well let the dog have some fun...nothing like a smelly, wet dog!
This sweet, little stray dog showed up a few days ago, pretty beat up. Her neck is tore up from something and she's kinda skittish, but will stop and let you pet her. My animal lover was giving her some love. (The other day she was hanging with the kids at the bus stop and even got on the bus!) I hate that it appears someone dumped her here in town and hope someone takes her in and gives her a loving home, because she seems to have plenty of love to share.
The church youth took a trip to Nashville Shores last weekend. I was "requested" to go along...oh joy...but went...and the 4 mom's stuck together and had a blast. But holy moly did it knock me out all week. (And just an FYI...this girl will NOT be going camping with them next week. ;)
We've done several trips with the "new" church youth leaders so far and I have to say I'm rather impressed. They might be flying by the seat of their pants, but they're doing a great job. It also impresses me that no matter what they are doing, they take time out to worship. It may be 10 minutes or 20 minutes, but they stop at some point during their "fun" and have a message. Believe me, it matters...and it's awesome!
Imagine my surprise when punk #1 comes down with a GIRL! :) Funny how "I think" he was just giving her a ride because she didn't want to go down by herself...that's what I'm going to keep telling myself! ;)
I wasn't exaggerating about this angle with the camera...IT WAS this steep! Good heavens this thing was EVIL! How I got punk #2 to talk me into going down it I'll never know, but my neck has suffered because of it all week! Dang it, the things we do for our kids! ;)
Waiting on Hunter and Marc to come down before we head home.
We had nothing formal planned, just some baby pictures of sweet 3 week old Bella. While walking around the yard, I snapped some fun pictures of her big sisters. I love capturing more candid shots...fun, playful and natural...life.
A complete save...I loved this picture, but there were distractions, so I removed them so the focus was on the girls. I just wish I could decide which black and white I preferred. (I might do a before/after at some point) :)
Heading over to the raspberry bushes
I just love this...probably one of my favorites of all the pictures I've ever taken! "Sneaking" a raspberry while I hid behind a tree taking her picture.
We didn't want "cheezy" smiles, so we just told her to stand by the tree...
It works for both...the temptation was just too great, he had to jump. And he's so expressive and comical when he jumps, that you can't help but laugh. I love the muted editing because when taken in full sun, sometimes the harsh shadows can overpower a photo. I love this one.
We participated in our 2nd food drive with our church last month. For such a small church, it just amazes me on everything it does. From busing in and feeding inner city kids on Wednesday night to organizing the food drive. It's all about taking care of your community. We've been to larger churches that don't do it. They may do other things, but I love the fact that ANYONE can help...member or not...adult OR child. Because if we don't involve our children AS children...will they continue to do it as adults? I'm betting they will. I'm thankful it's here, because it saddens me that we still have to do food drives...and that the line starts early, before the truck even arrives.
Pallets of food to be sorted.
Local high school kids help.
We have a lot of fun and talk a lot of smack.
This truck was full of perishable food, so sorting was very important. Some of it was bad, which sometimes can't be helped. We also had a ton of bananas leftover...most were overripe. We picked through to hand out the good ones. These look like good bananas, but we think they were refrigerated, because they were VERY mushy/soft inside.
...which was perfect for...
Banana bread...I made 70 loaves! Everyone that helped out was offered a loaf and what was left was given to the church. It was nice to give back to those that helped!
Boxes being packed.
This was our 2nd food drive and I have to say, it was a very heart-happy day. The rain stopped when the delivery arrived, so our parking people stayed dry/happy, our organization was much better and we gave 220 food boxes to 471 men, women & children...and only 2 cars were NOT from our county. (That is a sad statistic!) We will be there in the fall when we do it again.