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Rio Turned 7!

My handsome blue boy turned 7 on the 17th! It doesn't seem possible. It wasn't that long ago that he took that long trek from Texas to Tennessee with Vanessa.
He's officially a senior now but thankfully hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
Happy Birthday Rio!!
(He wasn't cooperative for pictures so these are the best I could get lol)

River Trip

Living History Museum ~ Dian Fossey

McKayla portrayed Dian Fossey at school last Friday for the student-led conferences. So very proud of how well she did. This is her 3rd year doing it: she was Pocahontas for Kindergarten and Betsy Ross for 1st grade. Thankfully, he picked her person to represent, which saved me a LOT of headache! lol He chose Dian Fossey, so we checked out her book "Gorillas In The Mist" from the library, found a $1 gorilla and borrowed a button up shirt from her cousin. Tada!
So very proud of how well she did. You can tell she's getting braver with each "show". This time was even easier since her teacher gave her a paragraph to read, so she put that inside her book where it looked like she was reading from the book. 😁

Visiting Donkeys

Was visiting my sister-in-law one day and had to go visit their Donkeys. It's a Momma and her baby. They originally got them as guard animals for their sheep but have since sold their sheep. They aren't completely tame but will gladly accept feed from your hands. lol

Wordless Wednesday ~ Peaceful

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy Heart's Day!

Today was McKayla's Valentine's Day party at school. They were having a contest with their original, handmade Valentine boxes. McKayla didn't win but I still think she did a great job!

3rd Grade Cheerleading ~ 1st Game of the Season

Cheerleading season is upon us once again.  

McKayla started to worry when 4th & 5th grade squads were formed and she still hadn't heard about 2nd & 3rd. The computer lab teacher took pity on "her" girls and volunteered to be their coach b/c she couldn't let them miss out on cheerleading.
Getting a coach and squads together so late made us scramble. Tryouts were November 3rd and first game was just weeks away. Uniforms had to be rush ordered. Practice sessions crammed in. So on and so forth.
Luckily, there were quite a few 3rd graders from last year's squad who knew most of the cheers from last year and could help the 2nd graders one-on-one. (Coach N. calls these gal's her Seniors and that thrills McKayla.😃)  So that helped in the cheering department.
Uniforms should have been simple even tho they were rushed but illness prevented them from being completed in time for our first game. Skirts and briefs were done but the tops still needed finishing, w…