Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Christmas to Remember

We had a great Christmas this year. For the first time EVER Brad was actually off work for the entire weekend. It was great to have him home and be able to enjoy time with family without working around his crazy sleep and work schedule.

On Christmas Eve we spent time at my mom and dad's opening gifts with my family. It snowed that day so the kids had a great time playing in the snow. Then Christmas day we stayed home and opened gifts and gutted Grace's room to make space for her big gift from Santa - a new loft bed. Santa actually had to get extra help with her gift this year, so he asked my brother, Brandon, to build the bed. He did a fabulous job! Grace was thrilled and it looks great. Then on Saturday we drove to Oklahoma City to spend a few days with Brad's family. We really enjoyed our time spent with all of our family and the fact that Brad was able to enjoy it all without worrying about work.

We're home now and I am trying to spend as much time as possible sleeping in and hanging out with the girls. We all go back to school next Monday so we only have a few days left to soak it all in. Grace starts basketball soon so I am sure there will be posts to come of her hitting the court. And Lily will turn 5 in a month. It's hard to believe that she is already 5 - not a baby any more!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thanks Randi Ann!

Thank you, Randi Ann for the tip on how to get a signature at the bottom of my blog posts! This is cool!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ballet Recital

Gracie had her first ballet recital last night. She has been taking lessons for a little over a month now. I'm not sure if ballet is her thing, though. On the way home last night she asked, "What's next? Can I take gymnastics or play soccer?" I tried to explain to her that she could keep taking dance lessons and she would get even better and have more recitals. She didn't act interested at all. So, we'll see . . . this may be the first and last ballet recital that I have to post. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Family Fun

September has flown by. We have been busy with school, soccer practice, ballet lessons, and even a small dose of the flu. Yet somehow we have managed a few fun outings. On labor day we were all actually home together (a rare treat for the Rollmann household) so we took the girls to the botanic gardens and then bowling. It was nice to spend the day together since there are so few times that we actually get to do that.

Last week, I took Grace to her first concert. Keely and I took Gracie and Chloe to see Superchick and Barlow Girl. It was nice to have a girls' night out. Made me feel a little old, though, surrounded by screaming teenagers at a concert. But we had a great time regardless.

Today was Lily's first soccer game. For the first half she stood on the field, just stood there as the ball went by . . . and all of the kids went by . . . she just stood there and watched. She finally warmed up, though, and began to at least run in the same direction as the other kids. I'm not sure if she ever actually came in contact with the ball, though. Apparently that is normal for 3 and 4 year old soccer. There wasn't a moment of the game that our team didn't have someone crying that they wanted to play or that they were tired and didn't want to play anymore. And no one seemed to have any idea which way the ball was supposed to go. It was quite entertaining to watch. And the big hit were the cookies and juice that they got to have after the game.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Back to School

The kids have been back in school for two weeks now, and so far it has been a pretty smooth transition. Grace is in the 3rd grade and it is Lily's last year in preschool. Life has been busy as we adjust to waking up early, packing lunches, doing homework, etc. Grace's teacher this year is Mrs. Crawford, who I have known since I was a little girl. She was actually the best friend of the older sister of one of my best friends . . . so we grew up together. She is a great teacher and I know that Grace is going to have a fabulous year in her room. Lily has the same teachers as last year in the preschool class and is actually back with most of the same kids. She seems really glad to be able to play with her friends again.
My principal, Paula, is back at work. She and her husband are home from the spinal cord rehab hospital in Colorado. (Well they are sort of home . . . their house isn't remodeled yet so they are staying in an extended stay hotel in the meantime.) It has been WONDERFUL to have her back again! Please continue to pray for Russell and Paula as they transition back into life at home. I know that they covet your prayers as they adjust to a "normal" life, including her being back at work. And pray for me - that I can continue to support her in whatever capacity necessary as we serve the students and teachers at our school.
Up next - Grace will start ballet in 2 weeks and Lily starts soccer practice this week. We spent the day running around town shopping for shin guards and ballet slippers . . . never a dull moment!

The Fresh Water Fish Hatchery

As we wrapped up the summer, we took the girls and Chloe to the Fresh Water Fish Hatchery in Athens, TX. It was a great day trip and worth the drive for anyone with kids who would enjoy catching fish.

We started with a tour of the exhibit area - lots of different tanks with glass walls so that we could see the fish up close - GIANT fish.

Then we went into the theater where a diver is actually in the water with the different fish and can talk to the audience while he feeds them live bait. It was great! They let the kids sit up front right in front of the glass and they got to ask the diver questions about the fish.

Then we went outside for the tour of the hatchery tanks and to walk through the nature trails back to the stocked fishing pond. At the pond, they provide poles and bait so that everyone can fish. Gracie and Chloe both caught fish within 10 minutes of casting out.