Sunday, June 18, 2017

Grandparents Visit #3

To wrap up the Fall 2017 Tour of the Grandparents (haha), my mom and dad visited us in late October. They drove down one weekend to, what else, see Connor play football and watch Kaitlynn do some tumbling.

I didn't manage to take many pictures from our adventures, but what I did capture was lots of indoor fun and games. It's no secret that Grandaddy LOVES playing games, and Connor and Kaitlynn are always easy targets to join him. On this trip, Grandaddy brought a new game with him called Uno Attack. We didn't understand why it wasn't working until we realized it WAS working -- it spits out cards at you and you never know who the next victim will be!


Kaitlynn and MeMe learning the new game.

More Uno Attack. Lots of laughs with this game.

Uh-oh, is it broken?

Nope, it's working as expected and making victims of us all, ha!

Quick pic before church.

We couldn't believe our luck, to have had visits from all 3 sets of grandparents in a 6-week period of time. We're so blessed by our parents and love every second we get to spend our lives with them!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Grandparents Visit #2

Next up on the grandparents visitation list (haha) was Jeff's mom Judy and stepdad Dave. They joined us during another busy fall weekend in order to take in some football and tumbling, and the kids loved sharing a weekend in their lives with Nana and Grandpa!


Kaitlynn's favorite activity with Nana is playing dolls!

She just loved showing and telling Nana all about her dolls and their accessories.

Even Connor had to get in on the action.

It was a beautiful October weekend when Nana and Grandpa visited, and Grandpa Dave took the opportunity to teach the kids how to carve pumpkins for the very first time. It's true that grandparents are WAY more fun than parents, ha!


All smiles for carving pumpkins.

Scooping out the seeds.

They were a little unsure of the mess.

Grandpa steps in on the carving action.

The final products -- perfectly spooky pumpkins!

The final touch was the candles on the inside. Loved our carved pumpkins for Halloween!

No fall weekend would be complete without a visit to the little league football fields to watch Connor and his Falcons team play. Nana and Grandpa enjoyed seeing their favorite little Falcon on what turned out to be a gorgeous day for football.


Group pic of the gang at Connor's football game.

We all couldn't believe how tall Kevin looked in these photos, ha!

Jeff with his Mom, so sweet.

The rest of the weekend was just as fun. We went to a lovely church service, followed by a wonderful "girls day" of shopping and lunch. Kaitlynn couldn't wait to introduce Nana to the joys of the American Girl store, ha! Jeff and Dave packed in more fun with a sunset canoe ride around the lake, and we concluded our weekend with the BEST beef fajitas in town (Lupe Tortilla, in case you were wondering)! We felt so lucky to have Nana and Grandpa for a visit and enjoyed the entire time so much!


Jeff and his sweet Mommy before church.


Nana spoiled Kaitlynn with an extra gift from her favorite store.

Jeff and Dave took a sunset canoe ride in the lake behind our house. We were impressed that they didn't fall in!!

Kaitlynn and her tortilla face at our dinner at Lupe Tortilla.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Grandparents Visit #1

Last fall, we were beyond blessed to have a special visit from all THREE sets of Connor and Kaitlynn's grandparents! We couldn't wait to host our parents and let them experience a weekend in our busy lives.

First up was Jeff's dad, Jerry, and stepmom Cheryl. It was their first visit to see us in Katy and we LOVED sharing our lives here with them. They were able to step right into our busy schedules, including football practice and tumbling classes. They even came up to the elementary school to visit the kids at lunch time. Such a treat for Connor and Kaitlynn to show their grandparents around and have them here for a fun-filled long weekend!

Watching the evening Falcons football practice.

Cheering Kaitlynn on at her weekly tumbling class. Even Kevin was able to make it!

Joining Kaitlynn at school for lunch.

She felt so special to have her grandparents visit!

Love this picture of Connor joining us for lunch. He only wanted to hang with us for a few minutes so that he could return to the kids' table with his friends.

Kaitlynn and Grandpa Jerry.

Kaitlynn loved the attention from her grandparents.

Jerry and Cheryl picked a CRAZY weekend to join us -- right in the middle of football season. Connor just so happened to have 2 football games scheduled for the weekend that they were here, so there was lots of action and running around on the weekend. On the day of the games, we were experiencing record heat in the area which made for miserable spectator conditions. The grandparents were major troopers, taking it all in without a single complaint. We later commented on how great they were holding up despite the weather and hectic schedule. It was clear that Connor and Kaitlynn were lucky to have such "hearty" grandparents!

Love this photo of Jeff with his dad and Cheryl.


Grandpa Jerry and Grandma Cheryl with Connor at his afternoon football game.

Enjoying an evening swim to cool off after a scorcher of a day!

To add to our already crazy weekend, Jeff and I were so excited to be able to bring Jerry and Cheryl along with us to Sunday's Houston Texans game. It was their first NFL game and they picked a great one! There's just nothing like the energy and excitement of the fan experience at these games, and we felt so lucky to be able to share it with family.



Our tailgating crew before the game.

They were so cute watching all of the pre-game activities. Such excitement!

Jeff and his Dad.

Our crew at the Texans game.

Post-Texans game family meal.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kaitlynn's 2nd grade performance

You may remember when Kaitlynn performed her choir solo in front of the entire 1st grade class and their families last year at her 1st grade musical performance. This year, Kaitlynn's 2nd grade classmates put on a dance performance, and it was a night full of fun for the students and parents alike! Kaitlynn was front and center during the performance and loved every second!


Kaitlynn on the front row for the performance.

Big smile for her school WCE.

Kaitlynn and her classmates before the show.

Lined up in the hallway on the way to the gym. Love her teacher, Mrs. Ohmart!

Sweet friends.

Love this girl and her fun school events.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dab Your Ballot!

In the fall of Connor's 5th grade year, he decided he wanted to run for Student Council of his 5th grade class. This is another privilege reserved only for 5th graders and he was excited at the opportunity to campaign and go through the election.

The kids running for election were required to create a campaign poster and video using their slogan or any other ideas they had. At the time, the "dab" was all the rage, and Connor wanted to incorporate dabbing in his campaign video. For anyone that doesn't know what dabbing means, Connor would be more than happy to demonstrate, ha!


Connor loves to dab at WoodCreek.

After deciding to run for Student Council President, Connor settled on his campaign slogan: "Dab your ballot for Connor Courtright!" It cracked me up, and it was perfect for him!

For his campaign video, Connor decided to put together a video compilation of himself dabbing in various situations. He really wanted his video to be funny and make his friends laugh. We had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas and filming the video, with several different video clips of Connor dabbing in random situations -- eating breakfast, waking up in the morning, walking down the street, and even jumping into the pool. In the end, Connor was happy with his submission and definitely got some laughs from his classmates.

Connor didn't win the election for President, but his class was well represented by a great group of girls to lead the 5th grade. Instead of holding an office, Connor joined the Student Council as his 5th grade class representative and had a great time with the rest of the group. It was a neat experience for him, and he still has this super cool campaign poster at home!

 

Connor standing in front of his campaign poster while it was hanging in the cafeteria.
 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Playdates

There's nothing the kids enjoy more than having their friends over for some 1-on-1 play time. They are both constantly asking me to have playdates with their favorite friends from school, so we try to work those in as often as we can. Here is a collection of photos from some of Connor and Kaitlynn's fun playdates last fall.

Kaitlynn with her sweet friend, Addison, on an afternoon playdate.

And sometimes you just have to work in time for homework on playdates.

Dominique and Kaitlynn strike a pose during their playdate.

Pool time. Love these sweet smiles!

Libby and Kaitlynn enjoy some time together while their brothers played football.

Kaitlynn and Libby strike a silly pose.

And their other favorite pastime, playing with their American Girl dolls!

Connor and Parker shoot some hoops.

Connor with his buddies Parker and Jack.

Love this pic of Connor and Jayden at one of the high school football games.