Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day weekend

This past weekend was a whirl wind of good times!

It started Friday night with Reese's dance recital. I'm so happy she loves dance. As much as I love shakin' what my mama gave me, that hasn't always been the case. I hated dance class when I was a kid. Hated it! I was left handed, therefore, I did all the moves backwards, so I was extremely embarrassed.

Apparently, that doesn't bother Reese. Ha!

When I was in middle school and we started having dances, I was terrified, so I decided to teach myself how to dance. How might you ask? By watching African Americans dance on tv, of course. Everyone knows they have rhythm. True story, just wanted to share that little piece of trivia.

Back to Reesey and her moves....

Reese's friend from church, Carly, was dancing as well. She is always so sweet and friendly to Reese.

Her first dance was to The Jackson 5 ABC.

All dancers performed to Move it, Move it before intermission.

Next was Under the Sea.

And lastly, everyone danced to To-de-ta, which she was totally into!

Grandma Cheryl knew the To-de-ta dance too!

At this point, Everlee was STARVING! So we went out to the van, and I guess once the song was over, Cru was being a little noisy, so Reese (still on stage) told him to be quiet.


We enjoyed a cookie reception afterwards, and Reese enjoyed being showered with flowers and gifts from all of us who love her so much!

Reese's dance teacher, Alesia

And to top off the night, Everlee explosively pooped her pants.....

and I had no diapers! This just happened a couple weekends ago at my parents house as well, and she ended up wearing one of Charlee's diapers. This time, I had one, just one, of Cru's diapers, so she wore it. But it gets better.....she pooped all the way up the back of her shirt, and the only extra outfit I had was a newborn outfit, which didn't even cover her butt, her size 4 wearing diaper butt! Poor thing. Good thing all this happened at the end of the concert!

Saturday was another jam-packed day. First, Reese had t-ball practice. It started at 9:00, so I thought (and hoped) her and Chet would be home by 10:00 since we were leaving for Russell for my cousin, Isaac's, wedding at 11:00. Reese and Chet didn't get home until 10:15, so between getting Everlee fed and dressed, Reese cleaned up and dressed, and Chet showered and dressed, it was chaos. Oh yeah, and lets not forget about little man. He needed to get ready too so he could go with Grandma Cheryl to visit Grandma Norma, which we were so thankful for - sitting quietly during the wedding just wouldn't have been his thing. Finding turtles was more like it!

We left about 20 minutes late, but that didn't matter because Everlee slept the entire way to Russell, which was a huge blessing since she hates her car seat!

The wedding was absolutely beautiful! I know I've rambled a lot in this post already, but I just want to record something else that happened. Recently, Reese was asked to be a flower girl in my cousin, Andrew's, wedding. Well, she must be taking it pretty seriously because as the flower girl in Isaac and Jaycee's wedding walked down the isle, she whispered to me that she did NOT do a very good job. I asked her why and she said that she didn't spread the pedals out. Ha!

It's a good thing she's taking her job seriously because at Isaac and Jaycee's wedding, my other cousin, Amber, asked her to be her flower girl next spring. She was so excited!

Isaac and Jaycee's reception was just as beautiful as the ceremony.

I didn't get a picture of the bride and groom because our time at the reception was cut short because Miss Everlee, although adorable....

had just had enough. And proceeded to cry the whole way home.

Our weekend fun wasn't over yet! When my dad was growing up, Memorial Day weekend was huge - family, tons of good food, and lots of laughs; he reminisces about it quite frequently. So at a recent funeral, his family decided to bring back that tradition. My aunt and uncle, who live in town, hosted it, which was nice after all the traveling we'd done the days before.

Festivities began at lunch time and didn't stop til dark. It was a great day catching up with family we hadn't seen in a while.

Reese and my dad's cousin, Glorie

Cru and my cousin, Megan

Reese and my cousin's fiancee, Marissa

Cousins - Merrill, Kay, Gaylord, Glorie, and my dad

My cousins - Emily, Andrew, Marissa, myself, Everlee, Megan, Amy, Reese, Chet, and Cru

My second cousins were there as well, who have grown up and started families of their own, which was wonderful for the kids. Reese had an absolute blast playing with her new friend/third cousin, Nora.

We can't wait til next year!

Told ya we had a lot going on! Needless to say, it was nice spending Monday getting caught up at home.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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