Last night we went over to Andrew and Ashley's for Christmas with mom. Mom rotates between Ruston and Thibodaux (Ann's) each year. This year she will be in Thibodaux, so we had Christmas with her last night. The kids were sweet and had a good time. They also loved their gifts. Audrey and Abby got sparkle Toms and movies and Madeline got a Barbie house.
I have been horrible about posting. Let's see, we had a great Thanksgiving with the James side of the family. The cousins had fun playing with one another. Aren't they precious???
We had the girls pictures taken. Jenn Kilpatrick is awesome and did a great job....we love them!!
We are now getting ready for Christmas. I love our tree!! It reminds me of our tree growing up. It has ornaments that I made when I was little (thanks for saving them, Mom), ornaments the kids have made and just an assortment of others. I really wanted fat colored lights this year and I love them!! It reminds me of my childhood (I think we had lights maybe once growing up???). We bought a new tree this year and wanted one that was not pre-lit, but had no luck finding one. So, we have another pre-lit tree, but I just added my fat happy lights!! You can't really see the lights in this picture......
I just got back in town yesterday. I left Sunday to go to Baton Rouge for a conference/training. I missed my family, but Caleb did AWESOME!! He's just a great dad. So blessed to have him!
I have a couple of contract jobs that I do. One is for Pine Hills Child Advocacy Center. I am a forensic interviewer, which means I interview kids that have been sexually abused/assaulted and/or physically abused. I have been doing this since 2006. On Monday and Tuesday morning an expert in the field came to Baton Rouge to train interviewers from across the state. The training was really good. I think I have conditioned myself to not let what I hear/see bother me. We had to watch some interviews from my peers and watch one the trainer brought. WOW!!! It was really tough. Especially seeing interviews of children that are the same age as my kids.....REALLY TOUGH!
That was followed by 3 hours of ethics training!! BORING! How do you make that interesting??!!
I decided that since I would not be at work M-T-W why should I go Thursday or Friday?? Friday the kids get out of school early, so we will have the afternoon to play. This morning Abby's class went to the Townsend House pumpkin patch and then to the Arbor Assisted Living facility to sing and I tagged along. Fun times! I"ve included a couple of pictures of the field trip.
We have had a quiet weekend. I didn't get my camera out at all! Friday night we cleaned house (woohoo!). Saturday we just hung out around the house. That night Caleb and I had a party to go to for one of his friends that recently got married, so the girls stayed home with Allyson, the babysitter. Sunday, we went to church. After church, Caleb watched the Saints and the girls and I, along with Andrew and his girls and mom, went to Hillcrest for the kids to play. Sunday evening, Audrey had Sophia over for a couple of hours to play. Caleb grilled burgers and then we went to Eskimoe's for a treat. It was a nice, quiet weekend.
I know it is hard to see. I took this with my phone. Each girl took a baby to Eskimoe's and Sophia wore Audrey's sling just for fun. Silly girls!
I am going to go ahead and blog about our weekend because I don't plan on doing anything blog-worthy from now until bedtime on Sunday. Well, actually we will attend the first service of our new church The Bridge, formerly Christ Community Church and Crossroads Church. How cool is that??!!
On Friday, we had Mary Hope over to spend the night. The girls were very sweet and had fun. Abby and MH did not want to go to sleep. Such party animals!!
Playing the Wii
This is MH and Abby doing their "trick"
The weather was beautiful this morning!! The girls spent most of the morning outside playing. For some odd reason, they love to hang out in the back of my truck. They crack me up!! This morning they spend some time coloring back there......
After their time in the back of the truck, they moved to the backyard, they along with some of their "friends" to do a little swinging........
We went to the movie Saturday afternoon. The girls have been wanting to see "Dolphin Tale." What a great movie!!! We loved it. I teared up several times!! Audrey invited her friend Riley to come with us. They are so sweet together. On the way to the movie and on the way home, they read poems from "Where the Sidewalks Ends". So cute.
Disclaimer: I took this picture in the parking lot before starting the car!!
Saturday evening while the girls waiting on dinner, they sat outside with mini-pumpkins and decorated them with Sharpies. The weather has been beautiful today. We thought about going to the Tech game, but opted to just stay home and do a lot of nothing!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
The weekend starting with Caleb and I going to the movie for his birthday on Friday. Thanks to Ashley and Andrew for allowing the girls to spend the night. We went to see "Drive". I am surprised to say that I really enjoyed it. It has a lot of violence, but I liked it and so did Caleb. Being able to see Ryan Gosling on the screen was not too bad, either......
Saturday we just hung around the house and then went to a fish fry in West Monroe. The Twin City Classic Chevy Club is a HUGE supporter of Med Camps and they are just sweet people. They consider Caleb like family, so the 4 of us went and had a good time. Earlier in the day, I took the girls to Wal Mart. Audrey still had birthday money to spend and she decided she wanted a couple of CD's (ummmm...when did she get old enough to want to get CD's??). Anyway, she got Disney's Shake it Up and Victorious. Oh, the dancing that happened when we got home. Try not to be alarmed. Yes, I allowed them to dance on Audrey's bed (the sheets were being washed). That's just the way it is around the Seney house.
Sunday we went to church. Before leaving, I asked Caleb to take a few pictures of the girls. Abby was dressed cute, so I needed to document it since her favorite thing now is to NOT be cute!! She was less than thrilled to have her picture taken...
It really is a hard life for Abby.....Audrey, on the other hand was overly cooperative
After church, we went to Monroe to visit and eat lunch with LiLi. We also went to see the Lion King in 3D with Aunt Ashley and Madeline. Lots of fun! Don't they look so Hollywood??!!
I took this picture with my phone, so the quality isn't too great.
Yesterday was our anniversary and today is Caleb's birthday. No, I wasn't trying to give him help to remember our anniversary, although I have heard that from many people. I actually wanted to get married on October 6, but LSU and Florida were playing. Enough said. September 22 was the next possible for that worked for us. Anywho......the point of this post is to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CALEB!!! The girls and I love you bunches!! I hope you have enjoyed your day. One thing that should make you feel good about aging is that I will ALWAYS be older than you!! :)
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY SWEET HUSBAND, CALEB!! WOW, 10 YEARS!! YOU ARE A KIND AND PATENT MAN TO PUT UP WITH ME! LOVE YOU AND HAVE ENJOYED OUR DECADE OF MARRIED LIFE. IT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN EASY, BUT IT HAS BEEN INTERESTING AND FUN!! THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME!
We had a busy, but fun Saturday. We went to the pep rally, went to tail gait and went to the football game. Sunday we went to church and had pizza with Poppa and Honey. The girls really enjoy the football games. I am still a little bitter that Dad no longer has box seats that he and his family had for YEARS!! More than anything I miss the parking pass!! :) I never really knew what it was to park and WALK...oh, well, it doesn't hurt us to walk. Love you anyway, Dad!!
Here are a few pictures from the weekend from things we did around the house.
Audrey and Abby doing their "trapeze tricks"
Caleb took the girls to the library Friday afternoon. Audrey came home with 2 books and Abby 7!! Audrey was being really sweet to Abby Saturday morning and reading to Abby.....
And, the girls made tie-dyed cupcakes on Sunday afternoon. Audrey got the kit for her birthday and we finally took the time to bake them. The girls had fun and loved their cupcakes.
I really hope the rest of the week is not as crazy as today has been......so busy (at work). No fun!! But, on a positive note, Abby went to her fist tumbling class tonight. She told me "it was more than any other thing in the universe!" and the whole ride home she kept repeating "I am SO excited!!"
Well, the Seney family has enjoyed the cooler temps. So nice!!! Audrey got her cast off and is doing great. She wore a splint for a few days, but for the past week, she has been "free" and loving it!!! The bone is still a little bowed, but should correct itself. She started back to art on Tuesday. She LOVES art and is so glad to be back at it. She is doing great at school. She loves school....not so much the socialization, but the learning. Love our sweet SMART girl! She will be cleared to do physical things the first of October. She goes back and forth with whether or not she wants to go back to tumbling. She has agreed to try. We just don't want her to be afraid. If she goes a few times and genuinely doesn't like it, we won't make her go back. She shall see.
Abby. Oh, my! What do to with her? She is something else. She is so independent and head strong. The first full week of school was really hard. She cried every morning before school...thinking of some excuse not to go. This year she is staying all day. Last year she stayed only half a day and then spent the afternoon with Mrs. Shelly. This year, we have a precious sitter, Kacie, picking up the girls and bringing them home until we get home from work. It is working out really well. The girls love her, but they also miss Mrs. Shelly. She has kept the girls since Audrey was 6 months old. It is just going to take time to get used to the change. Also, Abby has declared that she no longer wears cute clothes. WHAT?? She has a closet full of precious clothes and insists on wearing one pair of denim shorts and old t-shirts that Audrey slept in...OLD!! I have finally given up. I know it is really silly, but it really bothers me!! Pick your battles.....She starts tumbling class Monday and is very excited. The child has more energy than she knows what to do with. Hoping tumbling helps.
Church starts back Wednesday night. Caleb and I have small group at our house and the girls will go to M&M's (missions and music..I think??). They are excited and so are we.
We have a busy weekend with the Tech pep rally, tailgaiting and football game.
Well, yesterday the weather was on and off raining. The kids were able to go outside some between the rain storms. I think the highlight of the day was kayaking in the ditch behind the Miller's House. Here is Steve and Jack......
The rain is worse this morning. We really will be stuck in the house today. Family bonding time!!!
So, the Seney's decided to trek down to Thibodaux for the weekend...just in time for TS Lee. It looks like we will not be leaving the house because of all the rain. Last night, the kids entertained themselves with the Wii. Enjoy the pictures!!
Also, in breaking news, Ann finally joined facebook. The weather makes people do crazy things, I guess!!!!!
Last night my SIL, Ashley, invited me to her Girl's Night Out. We went to KaCee Loe's (as in KaCee's Sugar and Spice) and decorated cakes. Now, many years ago in a previous life, KaCee was the HR Director at La. Methodist Children's Home where I work. About 8 years ago, my friend Jan and I went to her house and she allowed us to decorate cakes. Apparently, mine wasn't anything outstanding because I don't remember it. But, I remember having fun cause I was with my friend!! Anywho, back to last night.......I purposely drank a glass of wine before I decorated my cake so that if it turned out terribly, I could blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol. The whole time I was decorating it I was thinking "I really just want to eat it. That's all!!" Anyway, here is the finished product........
And, here are the cutest little girls in the world looking at their momma's handy work......
We had a nice lazy weekend. Not sure I am ready for it to end.........I have a busy work week that I am NOT looking forward to. Yuck!!
Friday night we went over to Andrew and Ashley's for supper. The girls love going to play with their cousins. Abby and Madeline played fairly well and Audrey enjoyed playing with baby Julia.
Saturday the girls and I went to spend the night with LiLi. They always have fun at her house. She reads and reads and reads to them and they LOVE it! Audrey said that even though she can read, she would rather have LiLi read to her. So sweet!!
Sunday. we just laid around the house....cleaned a little; napped a little and then had pizza with Poppa and Honey. After dinner, Poppa and Honey gave Audrey her charm bracelet they have started for her. For 1st grade, she picked an artist's palette for her charm. We joked that she could get a cast charm for 2nd grade. Poor thing!!
Here she is showing off her bracelet
A little closer look........
Sweet Abby got a "fancy" Ariel necklace so as not to be left out
It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes I catch the girls being really sweet to one another. I saw it this afternoon and had to capture it!
They really are sweet girls!!
Hope you have a great week and hope my flies by!! We are headed to Thibodaux for the weekend and cannot wait to see Nanny, Uncle Steve, Emma and Jack.
Oh yea, Audrey has an appointment with Dr. Blair in the morning. We are hoping she gets her cast off. Fingers crossed.......
The following sequence of pictures crack me up. Initially, I was trying to get some pictures of Abby before she went to school today. Today was her first day back at WMS. This is her second year in pre-school. She was pretty excited to go back. Instead Abby and Audrey thought they needed to have pictures with Grover. He wasn't a very willing participant..........
And here's Abby.....
Such a SWEET and PRECIOUS little girl!!
Abby will be going to school all day this year as opposed to half a day as she did last year. She is so excited! She is especially excited about her new nap mat and lunch box......you know the important things!!