Friday, June 6, 2014
The O'villers have finished another year of school!
Jon Kent is heading to fourth grade! He finished his 3rd grade year with all A's, no tardies, perfect attendence, and above average MAP scores.
Zoey is heading to third grade. She finished her 2nd grade year with all A's, no tardies, above average MAP scores, and the highest MAP reading score in her class.
Nathan is heading to first grade! He finished his year in kindergarten with all M's (meeting standard), no tardies, perfect attendance, music award, and knowing all his lightning words.
I am so proud of all their hard work this year. They pulled through the year after dealing with many new changes with me starting work and going back to school myself. They were champs and showed us they could handle things with grace.
Monday, April 28, 2014
We had a quiet family Easter. We let the kids do their baskets on Saturday, which is our tradition. The kids enjoyed their baskets and the weekend as a whole. It's great to see the kids gathering a better understanding each year as to why we celebrate Easter. We have a set of Resurrection eggs that we pull out each year. They always enjoy that, plus they have gotten to where they can tell me the whole story. Very awesome! So thankful that they are growing up knowing what Jesus did for them!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Six years have come and gone and you have blessed me so much. You are so full of personality! You constantly I have be laughing and shaking my head all at the same time. I am so thankful to be your momma and I am so glad you are my baby boy! Happy Birthday! Here is to many more birthdays for you!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
This year has brought one big change for me. I have reentered college. I am going back to get a degree in Elementary Educaution. So far, after a month in, I am realizing I am not as young as I used to be. The studying, remembering what I studied, just isn't coming as easily as it used to. Add in to that juggling a family and other activities.. It can be overwhelming some days.. a lot of days. But my goal is set and I am striving to make it. Hopefully in another 2-3 years it will be accomplished.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Not the cartoon.. but a real one!! Zoey, the animal lover that she is, was offered a free hedgehog. After some sweet puppy eyes to her daddy, she was the proud owner of Sonic Fluffdaddy O'ville. She loves him, and he loves... well... tolerates her.
Yes, I just thanked the teaming that I was born to cheer for, for losing the National Championship. I could just be extremely sleep deprived (it is 3am and I have been awake for almost 22 hours), but I think there is more to my craziness than just lack of sleep.
You see, I am a momma to three. My oldest just turned 9 and has finally gotten into football. Before this season he probably just thought he had a set of weirdo parents who clapped and yelled at the TV. But this year, this year he gets it. The bug that is college football has bitten him. He loves it and he especially loves all thing AUBURN. Now, because he has just figured out his love of the big orange and blue he was saved of the heartache that was our 2012 season. He didn't have to experience the loss, after loss, after loss, after.. I digress. He was fortunate enough to enjoy our "season of destiny". The LSU loss stung, but he was just getting into the season. It wasn't until the Texas A&M game that y'all hooked him (and woke the rest of college football up and made them take notice-- War Eagle!). After that it was win after win. He thought y'all were unstoppable. Then Geogia happened and I saw the first glimpses of his fantasy crumbling. But y'all pulled it out. Then again with Alabama. What an emotional roller coaster of a game! Again, I saw my son's competitive side over dominate his sense of good sportsmanship. Then the unthinkable happened. Ohio State lost and Auburn was heading for a national title after getting another SEC championship. My boy was on cloud 9. So for the next month he studied up on all things Auburn and quizzed me on all things Auburn football (which sadly I failed at.. I mean really, am I really supposed to know who they played in 1950 and if the QB was left handed or right handed?). For a full month, day in and day out, he talked about every game, every play.
Finally, the day arrived. Auburn vs Florida State. He was a ball of nerves, but it seemed we had the game locked up before the half. Then the unthinkable happened and we let the game slide through our fingers. No last minute "miracle", just the sting of a shoulda, coulda, woulda been loss. And boy did it sting. My boy was crushed. Crushed. Dreams of TP'ing our tree out front dashed. The reality of having to go to school the next day and face his friends replaced his dreams of walking in school a victor. Tears were shed, sobs were had... But then, a teachable moment. A chance to learn some humility. A chance to build a little character. It. Is. Just. A. Game. A game that I would have liked for us to win (I had dreams of TP'ing the tree out front, too), but why not learn and grow from a loss? So that's what we did. We hugged him while he cried, but told him also that it's part of life. You win and you lose. You fail sometimes, but you keep your head held high and try again. It's how you take a defeat that shows what kind of player you really are. And when you can take the good AND the bad is when you know you are a pretty great player. I want my son to be one of those players. Not just in a game, but in life. We'll get there, prayerfully, soon.
So thank you for allowing a loss to be a lesson learned. I know it's not a crystal football, but I think it's value is worth so much more.