Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stingerette for a Night

At the football game on Friday night, Mallory finally got to go on the field with The Stingerettes! Mallory attended The Stingerette Dance Camp this Summer and one of the things they said they would  get to do after the camp was to join The Stingerettes on the field at the first home football game. Since we told Mallory she would get to do that, she has been asking when it was time so I was finally happy to tell her on Friday that today was the day!

We got to the stadium and looked for all of her other friends from camp. She got to wear her dance camp shirt to the game.

Heading off with her friends to head to the field

Mallory was even more excited that she would get to see Uncie and Caleb on the field. Uncie snapped this photo which simply sums up my child :) So silly!

They all lined up in their positions on the field and they all looked so cute!

It was also First Responders Night at the game so it was so neat to see them all recognized before the game.

Then, it was time for the Yellowjackets to run out 

I love this picture of her while the anthem was being sung

After the anthem was sang, it was time to come off the field. We attempted to get a group photo but this is the best I could get.

Mallory was with her Stingerette, Chloe, that she was with at camp. Mallory did not want to leave her and wanted to sit with her all night. She was very sad that she had to come back and sit with us but I know that means she loved it!

Nana and Papa came to see her make her Stingerette debut 

And of course, we loved cheering Caleb on during the game

My little Stingerette had a great night!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Labor Day Weekend 2016

We had a great long weekend and we were all ready for the extra day off on the weekend! I'm going back again and starting on the Thursday before Labor Day Weekend. Mallory had her first Open House so Brian and I went to meet with her teacher and see some of the things she has already done and learned since school started. She was more than happy to show us her room and all that she does during the day!

I volunteered for my first job as part of the PTA - popcorn anyone?!?

It was great getting to see her room again and her show us some of the things she has done. We had a great talk with her teacher who says she is doing great so it was a great night for all of us. I love getting pictures like this in her folder.

On Friday, I went to eat with Mallory for lunch for the first time. She was so excited when she walked it and saw me waiting for her! I loved getting to see her during the day and look forward to getting to have more lunches with her!

Saturday, we headed to the Cotton Bowl to watch the Yellowjackets play football! You can see they are working to get everything ready for the State Fair that starts in a couple of weeks!

The Estes Family ready to cheer the Yellowjackets on! I forgot to clarify I wanted us and the Cotton Bowl sign in the same picture but hey, I'll take it :)

The game started at 1:30pm and it was pretty warm, even in the shade. Rockwall played Rowlett and it was such a neat opportunity to get to play at The Cotton Bowl where so many great games have been played!

#11 is in!

This girl has got her nacho game down. 

We've been cheering Caleb on but can't wait to cheer Cade on when his football games start too!

It was a tough loss but it ended up being a good game until the end! It did not take long for this one to crash when we got back in the car.

Sunday morning, we went to church and I loved getting to teach on Hope with my Sunday School class. Some of them are going through some hard times and it was great to speak with them on this subject and to not lose their Hope in Christ! 1 Peter 1:3-9. 

After church, we headed to Pop and Mimi's house for lunch. It was great to visit with them and we enjoyed their burgers and banana pudding for dessert - yummy!

The one thing that Mallory looks forward to at Pop and Mimi's is riding in their golf cart. Cade, Caleb and she took many rides around the neighborhood in it and she loved it!

Sunday night, the boys came over and cheered the Longhorns to victory. They also enjoyed their favorite: French Bread Pizzas. Mallory was happy to have them over and be with them all night!

And on Labor Day, we did a whole lotta nothing and it was great. We relaxed, snuggled and enjoyed the rest before everything starts again on Tuesday.

I enjoyed our family time together this weekend so much and am so thankful for it! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yellowjacket Football

Friday night, we were all excited that Friday Night Football was back!!! The Estes Family loves all things football and love even more getting to cheer the nephews on as they play! 

I took this picture of Mallory right before the rain came pouring down. 

It rained on us most of the way there but cleared up right when we got there so it made for a very nice evening. Here we are ready to cheer the Yellowjackets on! 

Uncie helps with the blow-up run through so we got to see him before the game starts. Mallory was happy to see the Stingerettes since she got to go to their dance clinic. 

We found our favorite Yellowjacket - #11 as he warmed up

As the sun started to set, it made for a beautiful backdrop. 

Caleb gets to hold the football for when they kick a field goal so we cheered for him when he went out for his job.

Unfortunately, we were behind all game and HP was beating us but in the 4th quarter, we got to cheer again because our favorite QB got to go in and play a couple of possessions. He completed all his passes and had a good run too. We were all so proud!

We were all happy to tell him good job after the game!

Even though we started this year out with a loss, it will still be a fun season getting to cheer our favorite team on! Go Yellowjackets!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up

We finished up the first week of Kindergarten on Friday! We made it - and yes, I mean all of us! Mallory got to wear her spirit shirt on Friday so she was excited about that. She also was happy to wear her Haiti bracelet her Papa got her from his mission trip this Summer.

Every day, each student gets a color star in their folder based on how they've behaved that day and Mallory got this kind note from her teacher too! A great way to end the first week!

I'm actually going back to Thursday night for minute because I have to say how happy we were that we got to meet the newest member of The Lofland Family - Elias! It was also requested that I bring this below for Lyndsey - she was in need so I was happy to bring it to her :)

I remember how happy we were when we found out Lyndsey was pregnant so it was so exciting to meet Elias! Mallory and I both thought he was so adorable!

Congrats to our friends!

Back to Friday night, we headed to Highland Park for the first Yellowjacket Football game of  the season! I'll do a separate post on the game but this one was in her pearls and ready to cheer the team on!

Saturday, this is what we pretty much did: Rested and Relaxed.It was very nice and very much needed.

We did head out for some groceries and I took this picture because I was laughing at how she was standing with her hand on her hip just waiting for the garage door to open. :)

We made a cake Saturday night for Brian. Mallory likes to help bake and mostly for this reason: licking the beaters.

All weekend she had been repeating this poem that she's learned in school. I recorded so I could remember her little voice.

Sunday morning, we went to church and I got to meet with the parents of the girls in my youth small group. I can't believe the girls in my class are Juniors this year! I got to talk with the parents about things their daughters are going through and ways we can pray for them this year. I love when we do Parent Sunday and love being able to partner with them.

We went to lunch after church and Mallory found this old phone we had and has been pretending to take pictures and selfies non-stop. Here she is taking a selfie of her and Brian.

Sunday afternoon, Mallory and I worked on her first Kindergarten project together. She had to put pictures, drawings and write things about herself in the folder for when she is the Star Student. Parents were encouraged to help so it was a fun project for both of us to work on together. We both loved how it turned out! 

And that's a wrap!