Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy 16th Birthday

16 years???  How can this be?  It seems like yesterday this special gem made me a mom!
Cade is a jewel, a treasure!  He gives of himself unconditionally every single day.  He's Anna Claire's big buddy and she loves him so.  I'm so thankful for this young man and who he is becoming.  He loves the Lord with his whole heart and has a servant's heart.  May the Lord continue to grow him, protect him, and keep him!

         Happy 16th Birthday, Cade!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

State Archive Building Tour

Yesterday, some of our older kids from Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers went on a tour of the State Archive Building.  (This was the 3rd tour group from BCH.)  It was an incredible tour with much history from our great state of Louisiana.  However, I believe the tour was even better due to our tour guide, Dr. Hardy (our state archivist).  He was very personable as well as knowledgeable.  He engaged the children and kept their attention.  Dr. Hardy was filled with info and stories.

After our tour, some of our friends came over for lunch and play.  However, a couple of the moms were already back at our house watching the younger kiddos so the older ones could enjoy the trip.  Always good to network!  The kids enjoyed hanging out with their friends while the moms enjoyed a time of sweet conversation.
(Unfortunately, I forgot take any pics!)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Triple Date Night

Back in July, we had a triple date night with two of my closest friends and their husbands to my favorite restaurant, PF Changs.  It was a great night spending time with all these special people. 

The Gals....
aka The 3 Amigos 

The Guys

All of us...

I'm so thankful that the Lord has truly blessed me with some incredible friends which include several who were not with us this night.  
(A pic from my birthday celebration at PF Changs back in April!)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Back to School Bash

On August 28, we had our 2nd annual Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers Back to School Bash.  We had inflatables to accommodate the different ages of children that attended this event.  The kids and parents were able to enjoy a great day of jumping, playing, and learning.  

Also, we had Barn Hill Preserve come out with their mobile school presentation program.  They brought a white cockatoo, red kangaroo joey, coatimundi, ball python, blue-tongued skink, and bearded dragon for a 45 minute presentation on each animal.  After the presentation, they offered pictures which the parents could purchase with the joey, ball python, or bearded dragon and then printed while on-site at our event.  

Those who wanted to stay after the presentation brought their lunch for picnic at on of our homeschool families homes, the Lindsays, who so graciously opened their home for this event.  Thanks Craig and Candi for always being so hospitable and generous to us!

Here's to a great 2015-2016 school year!

BCH Moms Back to School Dinner 2015

This was our 2nd annual Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers Moms Back to School Dinner.  We had a great turn out.  In fact, it was a 100% turn out plus 1 extra.  City Cafe did a fantastic job hosting us.  We reserved their party for the maximum capacity of 70 moms.  
Yes, we had 71 wonderful moms together for one evening of food, fun, and fellowship.  We also had door prizes.  40 + door prizes due to the wonder generosity of many of our moms who have small businesses from home or love to craft.


Thank you to Angela, Anita, Chasity, and Jessica for helping with all of the door prizes and setting up for the event.  It looked fantastic!!!
Thank you Penny and Angela for providing the cake and mini cheesecakes!  They tasted wonderful!!!

Thank you to all of our moms/businesses who donated items for all of the wonderful door prizes:
Vielka's Jewelry Box - Vielka
Jamberry Nails - Annie
Quibby-Made - Melissa 
Paparazzi Jewelry - Anita 
Avon - Elisa  
Usborne Books - Chasity 
Danielle Aucoin Photography - Danielle 
Charleston Candles and More - Sarah 
Essential Oils - Starr 
Game Day Disks - Ms. Darlene
Flowers by Tara - Misty 
Cle's Creations - Cle - one of our homeschool kids
Micki's Pencil Palooza Writing Camp - Micki 
Melaleuca - Mandy 
Pampered Chef - Shanna 
Bands to Bracelets - Ian 
Seasonal in Louisiana/Kristie Stone Photography - Kristine 
My Kiln - Jaime 
Guitar Lessons - Pam 
Andi Lynn's Elderberries - Andrea
SBJamesPhotography - Baton Rouge, Louisiana Photographer - Suzette 
KDK Realty - Laura
Ava Anderson - Jennifer 
Gift Basket - Alexander's Highland Market
Hand-crafted Sign - Patti 
Hand-crafted Sign - Kate 
Photo Note Cards/Photo Frame - Robyn 
Cooler Bags - Amy
Thanks to City Cafe for doing an amazing job for our event!

Thank you to all the amazing moms who showed up and made it an AWESOME night with 100% attendance.  We max out their space:)  YOU ROCK!!!

(Hope I didn't leave anyone out.  If so, please forgive me!!!)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday

This fine young man made his entrance on 9-9-09 at 9 am weighing almost 9 lbs!!!

Asa is a joy.  He is very energetic and loving.  I can't believe he's already 6 years old.  He started 1st grade this week too.  Love this boy!  Can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for you!

            Happy 6th Birthday, Asa!!!

A Fun Night with Mom

 Back in July, I was able to take Anna Claire and Abram for a night of fun with mom while some of the older boys went with dad to a men's eat out with other men from our church and the other kids were out of town visiting family.

Abram was able to pick where he wanted to go hang out as long as it was in a close proximity of where we dropped off Rob and the boys.  So, he picked the mall.

Here we are before going in:

We went to the food court for dinner.  He picked Raising Cane's while I picked Greek.  Anna Claire ate a combination of our two meals:)  After supper, we rode the carousel.

Abram and I

Me and Anna Claire 

This was their first time to ride the carousel.  
(We don't go to the mall very often.)

Then, we walked to the play area so Anna Claire could enjoy some play time.

Taking selfies while Anna Claire plays...

We ended our night with ice cream for them from Chick-fil-a.  

It was such a special time.  So glad we were given this opportunity!