Sunday, April 16, 2017

Prom 2017

 Prom was last week at our school...Mary Dalton was SO excited to go to the Grand March...that girl LOVES dressing up and all things glamorous...so prom was RIGHT up her alley!   Jackson on the other hand went with the intent to have his picture taken with a few girls he's thinks are pretty...he LOVES a good looking girl...the girl above is our neighbor, Lindsey....

This girl is his "latest" crush...Graci Rae. He. Is. Smitten. She's even eating lunch with him for "Grand" Day." 
And his second favorite girl is sweet Annie...he marched right up and asked for a picture...God love him...
 Shana took a few pics while I was helping with the food! Jackson and Mallie are such sweet friends! 
And we can't forget PRECIOUS Brooke! Jacksons class has EIGHT people in it so they're all really close...these are 2 of his best friends!  
 Dalton and I chaperoned this year and of course he had to bring up his Senior prom in '94...and his teacher Miss Lisa...he's a mess! 
 
  
Jessica and I helped fix plates in the back and we seriously had the best time!!! We decided one day next year we are working in the lunchroom! :) Jessica is THE sweetest human you will ever meet! She was the best little 4th grade teacher last year to Jax! He's certainly missed her this year! 
 It's hard to believe another year is winding down! Another prom in the books! 

Spring Break Wrap Up

We wrapped up Spring Break with a few outings! My 2 still love going to Air Strike so we headed there in Thursday! They jumped, we had lunch and ran a few errands. 
 Mary Dalton went to spend the night with Whitney and we headed to the cabin. We left some pennies on the railroad track so we stopped to pick them up. Somehow, Jax had never done this and he thought it was super cool. We went out for Japanese with Sue-Anna and Razz! We LOVED having her in town!  
MD went to the coast in Friday to keep Razz on Saturday for Sue-Anna. She was so sweet and packed little treats and games for Razz to play with! She's going to be a good babysitter!!! 
We went to the cabin of course! After the boys hunted Saturday morning, dalton gave Jax a lesson in doughnut making... We fished Saturday and Sunday afternoon....

 Mary Dalton isn't much of a fisherman so we took advantage of it being just the 3 of us!!!

 
Sunday morning they hunted again...poor jackson was worn out!!! He can sleep anytime. Any place. 
 We ended spring Break with a beautiful sunset at the cabin...waited on MD to get home....and got ready to wrap up the last few weeks of school. 
 
I was kinda bummed we didn't do anything super fun or go on a trip, but this week at home is just what we needed!!! 

He Is Risen!

I've always loved Easter! Everything is so fresh and new! It's celebrating the resurrection  of Jesus! To me it's the best part of what we believe as Christian's...Jesus is alive and coming back. 
We've celebrated the past few years at the cabin...this year was no different. The kids dyed eggs and proceeded to have an all out egg war. We are good food...took an EPIC nap, and enjoyed our time together. 
Easter baskets were filled with nail polish, a cute monogrammed towel, make up bag, and candy for mdd...while Jax got bait, a hat, and lighter fluid...
Wish I was kidding! That boy LOVES a fire!!!  
The day was PERFECT filled with this  sweet crew! 
 Celebrating our King! 
Happy Easter from The Dowdys 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Break Days 3-4

Day 3 was SUPPOSED to be major bad weather so we stayed home all day and waited....thankfully it never got bad! We went for a walk and watched a TON of movies!!! We met Dalton for Mexican after work!
 We have LOVED having Razz in town!!! She is just the cutest little thing!!!  
 After being stuck inside Wednesday we were itching to get out! We made a trip to AirStrike and themall! MD went to Whitney's house and we met Sue-Anna, Sooz and Razz for Japanese!  I can't believe our break is almost over!!! Mary Dalton went to the coast for the weekend to keep Razz! This is her first "real" babysitting job so she is excited! The boys and I plan to do some fishing and spending the weekend at the cabin! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Break Day 2

Our day started with pictures at The Orchards for the catalog! The kids picked out candy and pretended to shop. It's always cool to see the "behind the scenes" of a catalog shoot!
 Quick picture with Sooz before we headed home!   
Marti spent the day with Mary Dalton. Razzi came over to play, and I managed to lay out by my green pool for an hour and get my first tan lines of the season! I got ALL the laundry done and 80% of the house spring cleaned! Jax spent the day with a bad migraine...no fun for him! A bad front is headed our way and the weather gets him every time!!! Dalton had a meeting tonight, so after jackson was feeling better we went to Chic Fila and then got our first snow cones for the season! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Break Day 1

Spring Break started early this morning! Whitney spent the night and then we met the youth group this morning for a trip to Air Strike and then lunch at Outback! 
 While the kids were gone...they were gone the majority of the day...I rearranged our bedroom! I LOVE to clean and rearrange! Surprisingly I have never rearranged our room but I love the way it turned out! Seems cozier!!! Our day ended with bad weather...bad enough we had to wait it out in my closet! Thankfully it didn't last long and we never lost power! 

Marti is staying over tonight and they have had 500 batches of slime...why they love this I will NEVER know...but it's not social media and they're entertained! 

We don't have any plans this week! Hopefully relaxing and finishing up some projects around here! Perfect Spring Break to me! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Track Star!

Mary Dalton decided to run track this year! We were so happy that she chose to do this! I think it is super important to be well rounded...and sports aren't her thing...so I was glad she signed up!!!

 
I really think she was more into the social scene but either way...she did it and actually enjoyed it!!!
 
She was able to see friends from other schools and the bus rides were her favorite!!! I went to the first two but missed the last one of the season! 
  
She's already planning on doing it again next year!!! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tom Sawyer Opening Weekend ~

Well ~ we survived Opening Weekend of Tom Sawyer...and it could not have been better! These pics are from Friday night ~ I worked backstage Saturday night ~ but BOTH nights were awesome! 
Before the play Tom had to get a kiss from Becky Thatcher ~ 
I really wish we could pre-arrange a wedding between these two....
We ADORE Whitney Sue! 
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My dad came to town to town and fish and was able to see the play while he was here. Dalton's parents both came on Friday night, too! I did not get a picture of Sooz ~ but Mary Dalton quickly posed for a picture with her two Grandfathers...key word QUICKLY ~ she's at that SUPER fun age where we embarrass her and she prefers to act like she doesn't know us! ;) 
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Dalton came around back to wish Jackson GOOD LUCK before the play  ~
These two boys...I am so lucky they're mine! :) 
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The play was AWESOME ~ it was actually their first time to do the whole thing from start to finish without anyone interrupting them! Jackson had a BLAST!!! 
This has been a HUGE commitment and has taken a ton of time. The play is over 2 hours and he is on stage 85% of that time...hence, a TON of lines! He has only complained ONCE and that was when he had had enough of the director one night...and it was 9:30 pm!!! So all in all ~ this has been a great experience for him. My favorite part of the experience is that he has met people he otherwise would never know! They are all such good friends now! We are sad for the play to end because we won't see them anymore! Thomas played "Jim" ~ We all love Thomas! He is a GREAT actor, too! 
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Jackson has ALWAYS loved Whitney Sue, so the fact that she is playing his girlfriend in the play AND he gets to kiss her.....well, that may be his favorite part! :) 
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He has also got to be big buddies with Nathan and Caleb ~ they are going to 4H camp this summer, too ~ the boys are really excited about that! 
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And sweet Aunt Polly was one of my students...and her grandmother plays the widow...
He ADORES Aunt Polly, and the Widow is like a grandmother to the whole cast! 
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Emily actually plays the role of Sidney ~ and she and Jax work well together on stage! 
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And Jenna ~ oh sweet Jenna! This little doll has stolen our hearts! She is southern as southern can be and plays the role of "Mary." Jackson is going to miss her terribly!!! 
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He has practice tonight and then 3 more shows this weekend! He has "fans" coming to all 3 shows....and then we are having a cast party!
We are excited about watching him perform..and getting our lives back! ;) 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up ~ The Calm Before the Storm ~

Well ~ this was our last "down time" weekend (if you can call it that) before we are FLOODED with events! I mean ~ FLOODED. We are going to be going 999 different directions for the next two weeks ~ Tom Sawyer officially starts this Friday, so this week Jax has rehearsal every night until 9; Mary Dalton has dance practice, a competition next weekend, solo, and TWO track meets that are both out of town, Dalton is swamped with meetings and deadlines...not to mention hunters are coming for hunting season, and I have to attend the STAR teacher dinner, work the Chicken Q at our school, and chauffeur everyone to their events ~ Lots of fun things and exciting, but I am trying EVERYTHING in my power to be sure that they are resting and staying healthy!  

Anyway ~ here is a peek at what's been going on lately ~ 
TOM SAWYER is taking up a good bit of our time ~ or mine and Jackson's but he has LOVED it. He is super excited about this weekend and I can't wait to see him in the lead role! :) 
 
I texted this pic to my friends and said, "So, this is 40...." I had some issues and had a mammogram and then was sent to an oncologist (which had me nervous!) but thankfully everything was normal. I will just go back in a year and continue to see him...which I am thankful for! I feel like IF there was an issue he would be able to identify it fast! 
FYI ~ don't wear a dress when you are getting the girls looked at...I was in my panties in this gown and could not decide whether to keep my wedges on or off ~ I went with on even though I felt like a stripper....
Very Strange to be in panties and shoes only...waiting on a DR you have never seen...
The joys of being a woman! :) 
 
Friday could not get here fast enough!!! We went straight to the farm! We had exams all last week and that alone will wear you out! I was SO SO SO proud of Mary Dalton!!! She did GREAT on her exams!!!
As soon as we could on Friday, we headed to the cabin! 
Since we are still doing construction, Jackson LOVES to burn the scrap wood ~ 
He had a nice fire going...
  
Seriously ~ I waited ALLLL week for this ~ 
This view, a glass of wine and a stack of magazines....HEAVEN for me! 
 
Saturday, we went to AGS to pick up a few things. Mary Dalton had on this Ole Miss hat and a guy asked her if she went to college there ~ Ummmmm....I know she doesn't look 12, but she sure doesn't look  18+ to me!!! Anyway ~ her day was MADE! She will probably wear this hat everyday now! :) 
 
After we got back, Jackson was dying to drive...the little thing did a great job! He was a little too confident for me! I was getting nervous! 
 
Sunday was day light savings ~ We slept until 10! Whoops! 
It was MUCH needed though! We had a delicious breakfast and then headed home to get ready for our busy week. Miss Priss sent this to me on SC ~ Never mind "happy" is misspelled! ;-) 
 
Not sure when I will blog again, but I can assure we will have a lot going on between now and then! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Danza 2017

Last weekend was Mary Dalton's first dance competition! We left early Friday morning and headed to ATL to do some shopping! First stop was Houston's for lunch! It did not disappoint! 
 
We have a tradition of sitting in the lobby and watching everyone check in ~ T.K. was our waitress last year and she remembered us! She was so sweet! :) 
  
Saturday morning the comp started! 
First up ~ tap! 
LOVED these costumes! 
  
Solo was next ~ I know she is mine but holy smoke! She looked beautiful and the costume that Anna Grace made her for her?!?!? Stunning!!!! 
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Mary Dalton & Anna Kate before solos ~ 

  
Trio was next and these girls were ON FIRE!!! They were AWESOME!!! 
 
Jazz Group ready to perform ~ 
  
Last dance of the day ~ Production! 
 
It was a long, busy but fun day! She is such a fun age and can do her own hair and make up so that helps a TON! I love our times together! :) 

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