John David Pate-3years old

James Daniel Pate-3years old

Monday, June 17, 2013

Memories in May

The month of May is always a busy time of year. End of the year celebrations and preparations for summer keep us going full speed. Spring sports and family gatherings are always a blessing to behold as well. We are thankful for our family and the memories we make each month.

Jenna, James and John David all participated in soccer for the first time. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed watching them run after soccer balls and ultimately score for the opposing team...LOL!

Claire completed her fifth season of softball and made the Oak Mt All-Stars team for the third consecutive year. We are super proud of her for all of her hard work and discipline  Our family always enjoys spending evenings at the ballpark. The sand pile, orange dirt, rocks and softballs that entertain all of our children become more of a blessing each year to me. I realize this time is fleeting and one day there will be no more ballpark evenings. Our ballpark family is special to us and we savor the memories we make with them each year.

Ellie made the competitive gymnastics team at Legacy this month. She is thrilled to be moving up with the "big girls"....we are extremely proud of her effort and determination. Summer workouts are three days a week for 3 1/2 hours. She is becoming quite buff to say the least! LOL!

Hanging out on the tailgate watching the boys play soccer! It was raining and we were all freezing...bundled up together! It was a sweet moment to capture.

And the rest of the cheering section! LOL!

James Daniel catching a ride back to the car...He said he legs were tired from running too much!

Our three soccer stars!

Mrs. Bri coming to watch the boys' last game. She is a precious friend to our family. The boys think she is related to us. We love her like family!

My dad was sound asleep...the boys were crawling all over him...He didn't budge. Too funny!

Boys working hard in the yard like their "Becky" does....lil Mose Howas for sure!

Last week of school....patio snack time was one of our favorites after school in the afternoons!

Could eat her up....sweet lil Jenna Kat!

Too grown...too fast!

Watching their Becky cut shrubs in the back yard!

Visiting Ellie's second grade class to see their baby chicks....real live hatched baby chicks. 

Mother's Day Tea with my Jenna Boo in her first grade classroom. So special to be able to spend that time with her. She was thrilled to "serve me tea and cake" and share her special Mommy book with me. Made me cry--of course!

Mother's Day...this was a special time for the kids to have with Granny Rosey. We are very thankful they have moved  to Alabama so we can celebrate special times with them in person...not just on Face Time!

Swimming for Mother's Day just seems ever so appropriate! LOL!

I am a proud Momma of these Five Blessings!

Ending Mother's Day piled up on the sofa watching home videos together with Papa and Mamaw. It was a beautiful end to my Mother's Day!

Lil Miss Gymnast. Ellie got her team warm-up suit! She was SO happy!

In the dirt with Becky's tools....Picture worth a thousand words!

Hanging out with her Becky. She said, "I sure missed those days of just us. And now he is back!"

Special Olympics eye screenings...this was our was an awesome day to serve together. Good job Dr. Rob!

Just a lil gas station stop on the way back from Special Olympics. 

The famous Mrs. Melodie....Boys love her like another momma! So thankful for her love and teachings in their lives. True gift for sure!

Took a break in the day to stop at the general store to have a snack. Then we prayed around the flag pole for our military. 

Playing with Becky...trucks and loaders!

Visiting old friends at OMES...this was Jenna's first best friend. Cannon and Jenna started daycare together at Ms Lee's when they were 4 months old. Now they remain good friends and we miss them immensely...

Ellie and a life long friend, Emma Kate! We truly miss this precious one and are thankful God united  our families many years ago. 

Mrs. Ronda...with four of the five!

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