Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2016 Thanksgiving with the Morgans

For the first time in a decade or more, the Courtright family stayed in Texas this year to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the Morgans. We had a great turnout and felt so blessed to be able to join my extended family at the home of my Aunt Tina and Uncle Mackey in the Dallas area. It was a beautiful day and much-needed family time with the group.

My bestie cousin, Robin, and I doing some pre-Thanksgiving shopping.

Cousins Preslee and Kaitlynn were too cute all dressed up for the holiday.

Aunt Robin fixed their hair and they were just too cute!

My sister Michelle and her awesome family. Love it when the whole gang is together!

I didn't manage to take any photos of our Thanksgiving meal, but let me just say, it was QUITE the spread! Veggies, snacks, meats, and desserts galore. We enjoyed the day at Aunt Tina's so much. Despite missing our Michigan family this year, we felt so blessed to be surrounded with our extended Morgan family and catching up with everyone. It was an extra special celebration of life, love, and God's abundant blessings.

After our day of Thanksgiving celebration, some of us decided to stick around in the Dallas area for more fun and family time. We headed to the Fort Worth area to enjoy some attractions and the surprisingly chilly fall weather. First up was the Fort Worth zoo.


Kaitlynn is OBSESSED with zebras. She was so excited to see one in person!

The next generation of Morgan cousin besties - Kaitlynn and Marissa.

Connor in front of one of the large animal exhibits.

Feeding the birds was a fun stop at the zoo.

Precious!

Morgan cousins at the Fort Worth zoo.

Next stop was the famous barbeque joint, Cooper's. Yum!

Morgan cousins at Cooper's.

Next up was a visit to the Stockyards. This cousin love is a common sight with these two!

On our last day, we stopped by Uncle Jeb's fire station for a tour. So proud of him!

Our Aunt Tina is an amazing photographer and we never have to twist her arm too hard to get in a Morgan family photo session during our visit. She has a beautiful backyard and an incredible eye, so we set up some family photos before our Thanksgiving meal. These all turned out so great, so I snagged them from Facebook to post here.












With unexpected trials in our extended family on both sides, Thanksgiving took on a new meaning for us in 2016. We are humbled and grateful for so many blessings in this life, and we aim to cherish every moment that God continues to grant us with our loved ones.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2016 Fall Parties

The elementary school fun never ends around here. The kids' fall parties were changed up a bit this year into a fall carnival festival theme. The weather didn't cooperate, so the parties were moved into the gym at the last minute. But there was no shortage of fun (and sweat!) as the kiddos enjoyed every second with their classmates.

Enjoying the party with my 5th grader.

Connor and his 4 teachers from 5th grade. Love this group!

Kaitlynn and her sweet friend, Dominique.

A fall festival photo with my 2nd grader.

She was really into the games and competition!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mother Son Game Night

One of my favorite activities sponsored by our elementary school PTA is the Mother Son Game Night. With Connor's last year in elementary school, we were so excited to attend this event together. This year it was hosted at the new (and super popular!) trampoline park near the school. The PTA rented out the entire facility for all of us Moms and sons to enjoy for the night. Connor enjoyed every single second with his buddies and even managed to stop for a couple of quick pics with his Mom. I love this boy of mine so much! So blessed to have such fun and meaningful memories during his 5th grade year.








Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2016 Houston Texans Games

It's time for a recap of yet another season with our beloved Houston Texans team. Our hopes for the 2016 season were high with our new QB, but things went south quickly one interception at a time. Just like in years past, we always manage to have such fun enjoying the games regardless of our team's record.


Jeff enjoyed the Liberty White-Out game with 3 of his kiddos.

Love this.


Our Texans season tickets are always a great opportunity to spend time with friends and enjoy a special experience as a family. We take turns attending games and sometimes even have a chance to bring along great friends. Here's a photo recap from the season.
 

The tailgate crew.

Bad angle selfie, ha!

Another group pic from our usual tailgate spot.

Jeff and Connor brought along our neighbors/friends, Rob and Ryan.

Sweet Daddy and his girl.

This game was so fun with our three 7-yr-olds in the group.

These two!

A fun Toro sighting!

This is what happens when you leave your phone unlocked and set it down while going to the bathroom!



Our annual game with Tom and Jennifer.


Love the front row seats.

Our token cold game of the season. Brrrrrr.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

BizTown

Yet another awesome 5th grade experience for Connor last year was BizTown, which is a miniature "city" set up by the Junior Achievement foundation to allow kids to simulate working a job and managing their finances. BizTown is set up with all kinds of different businesses and storefronts, and the kids are assigned jobs based on their interests. They are given responsibilities and salaries based on their positions, and then they spend a day "working" in those jobs with all the associated financial duties. Banking, paying bills, and saving money are all a part of the BizTown experience, so it's a great learning opportunity for the students. They all fully embrace their jobs for the day and have so much fun running their own miniature city.


The 5th graders learn all about their upcoming BizTown opportunities and responsibilities.

Connor and his 5th grade colleagues.

Selfie with my boy during the BizTown job fair.

My friend Chrissy and I were in charge of City Hall at BizTown.

As a parent volunteer, I was assigned to work in the BizTown City Hall with the other city employees. We helped to assist the kiddos with their jobs and responsibilities throughout the day. And let me just say, our city police officers had SO much fun issuing tickets to their fellow citizens all day, ha!

Connor had the BEST experience at BizTown with his assigned role as the BizTown radio station DJ! It was right up his alley as the provider of entertainment to the town all day long.


Connor and his fellow radio station employees.

DJ Connor reads one of the town ads on air.

Picking the perfect music was another part of the gig.

My boy and I at BizTown.

I loved sharing this experience with my 5th grader!