Wednesday, October 29, 2008

School Fundraisers

I'm not a fan.
I want to be supportive, I do, but I really don't need any more wrapping paper, cookie dough in a tub, popcorn or magazines.

This past week, Alex brought home the dreaded fundraiser info.
Boosterthon Fun Run.
Basically, the kids run laps around the 'Boosterthon Speedway' (a field with a bunch of cones) and they get friends and family to pledge dollar amounts per lap.  They can run between 25-35 laps, 35 being the max.

What?  No book to look through?  I don't have to feel pressure to buy something I don't need?  Now that's my kind of fundraiser.  It even gets the kids outside and out of school for a couple of hours.

So today is the day.  The Fun Run.  It lived up to it's name.
There was music, parents cheering, and some guy with a microphone that really helped make the run lots of fun.  He had the kids skipping, dancing, playing tag, even doing the limbo all while running their laps.

Here are a few pictures from today... 

Total Laps...35!
WOW!  Way to go, Alex.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Keith's dad has been in town all week visiting.
The only thing we haven't done is the beach so we decided to go today.

Keith, Alex, and Grandpa Harmon got beat up by the waves all afternoon.  The angry Atlantic was exceptionally angry today.

I, on the other hand, had the best time watching them, and everyone else for that matter.  What a great day for people watching.

People are so funny!

I watched two guys run into the ocean fully clothed with their boogie boards in hand.  Why did they think this was a good idea?  A couple of minutes went by and I watched them run up on the beach and strip down to their underwear then run back out to catch some more waves.  Hilarious!  I later saw them walking down the street in their undies carrying their wet clothes.

*Note to time I have the overwhelming urge to catch some waves and I am without a suit, just go ahead and start out in my unmentionables and keep my clothes dry!

Keith's dad got a hold of a skim board and thought he'd give it a try.  Ha!  Now, for those of you who aren't sure what skim boarding is - basically, you slide the board down, jump on, and the board skims across the water.  I was lucky enough to get part of it on video.

Thanks for the laughs Grandpa Harmon!

Friday, October 17, 2008

A letter from Mrs. Schuessler (Alex's teacher)...

Your classmates have selected you as a Royal Student!  You are kind, friendly and helpful.

Our Honor Code states that we are to love God wholeheartedly, serve others joyfully, obey authority, and work diligently.  Alex, your life exemplifies the Honor Code of TFA.

I am so blessed to have you in my class this year!  When I asked the students to write one girls' name and one boys name for a Royal Student the majority of our class chose you!  We select an honest, kind and caring person - Alex!  Congratulations!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

and The Royal Student Award goes to...


Alex received The Royal Student Award in chapel today.  Each class is able to give the award to about nine different students throughout the year.  So exciting!  The students vote on who they believe should get the award and the teacher ultimately chooses.  This award is a character award, so as you can imagine, we are so proud of Alex.  The principal, Mrs. Lail, tells why the student is chosen.  She said all kinds of nice things (to be honest, I can't remember what she said...what kind of mom am I ?!?)  They should send the letter home and when they do, well, I will not hesitate to tell you how wonderful my Royal Student is!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Home Study Complete

Keith and I had our last meeting with 'the inspector' tonight.
We meet with two other couples at a Barnes and Noble for about two hours.

She went over all kinds of stuff...
attachment, bonding, developmental delays, what to expect, how to handle comments that people will make, etc.

It was very informative and helpful.

Our home study report will now be sent to our agency so they can look it over and make any revisions they feel are necessary for translation.

Alex will be happy to know WE PASSED!

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Keith, Alex, Pepaw, Nana

Aunt Diane, Uncle Duane, Alex

Alex & Lego boy


Yes, that is a fish.  It does look a little like bait, but it's not.  It is Alex's big catch of the day!  Way to go buddy!  Nice fish!  I knew you could do it!

Friday, October 10, 2008



Keith's parents, aunt and uncle flew in yesterday to visit for a few days.

After we picked Alex up from school, he took them to the dock to do a little fishing.  Within the first 15 minutes, Pepaw caught a fish.  Alex was so excited.  He has been fishing off this dock for the last 3 weeks and hasn't caught a thing.

Alex spent the evening packing a snack and drinks to get ready for the early morning fishing trip he has planned.  We took him to buy some live bait.  Please Lord, help this boy catch a fish!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Go Hogs Go!
Today is the Arkansas/Florida game.

Keith and Alex had the opportunity to fly to the game today with some friends, Florida fans to be exact.  They were both so excited and have been waiting for this day for months.

Since I was going to be out of town, I set out Alex's clothes before I Arkansas t-shirt and just for fun, a Florida t-shirt.  From the picture below, you can see which way he decided to go :)  You can't blame the kid.  Florida is pretty good and with a guy like Timmy Tebow as a role model, well, he can love Florida all he wants!

They had such a great time.  Thank you Mr. Keator!

Alex getting ready to get on the plane.
This was the thing he was most excited about and the fact they ate Chick-fil-a on the plane, well, it just doesn't get any better that that!

Keith, Mr. Keator, Clark
(Am I the only one that noticed Keith holding a gator sign on Arkansas turf!)

Friday, October 3, 2008

BOYS girls allowed!

I flew to Dallas for the weekend so it is just the boys at home.
Nothing says boys weekend like CiCi's Pizza, Bass Pro and college football.

Keith took Alex to Bass Pro to let him pick out some fishing lures...a day I am sure he has been dreaming about for years!!  I think they fished everyday this past week.

I don't have to worry about them staying up late tonight because they are flying out early, early in the morning to Arkansas for the game.

Not sure what this has to do with fishing?