Fred received an award from our alma mater, Union University. The entire family showed up in full force to help him celebrate. I even had my hair done...and this is the only picture I have. Whoops. Next time he receives Young Alumni of the Year, I'll try harder.
I caught this sweet moment one morning very early before school. Jack has to wear a tie on home basketball game days. Clayton was helping him tie it. Maybe they do like each other?!?
Jack had a basketball tournament in Benton, Kentucky one weekend around the first of November. He is talking to his coach and his good buddy is in the picture too.
Since we were so close to Paris we had to stop. Bless B's heart. He has to be a good friend to stand that close to Jack. Jack had to be RIPE. He had had those clothes on since his game that morning.
Every other year Fred and I try to get away...far, far away...together. This time we chose Estes Park, Colorado. He hiked and had a blast.
We came really close to this pack of elk while we were hiking. Fred kept hiking. I was not that calm. In fact, I started labor breathing and was frozen with fear. Those things are HUGE when you are standing that close to them. Fred assured me they were fine and were not going to bother me. I assured him they were looking at me. Eventually I started walking. I told Fred to write this on my tombstone, "He said, 'Trust me.' and she followed." I'm happy to report all is well and we made it back to the hotel that night.
We flew in and out of Nashville because Tennessee Baptist Convention was in the area. Tennessee Baptist Convention is work for Fred. Me? I just go to see my friends. We had a blast together.
Andrew has had two Oops You Forgot Your Manners club meetings. He looks so cute when he's all dressed up and ready.
Clayton made it into the All West Honor Choir. He lost his voice after practicing all day, but he still went to the performance. There were so many in the choir and I was sitting so far back that I had to draw on the picture to point to where he was.
Later that evening, he went to his first high school dance. Currently, Clayton attends a 9th grade Academy so it doesn't really feel like he's in high school. About an hour before this dance I discovered that this dance was with the entire high school, not just the 9th grade. To say that a little panic set in is an understatement. There were 1200 students at that dance. Oh mercy.
We drove Clayton and his friend to Seer Shack (a local burger place) and let them eat with two other friends. The rest of us ate at Lenny's, which was next door, and waited for them to call us. They hung out at our house until the dance started at 8:00 pm. 8 pm!! That's so late. It didn't wind up until midnight. Thankfully, Clayton's friend's mom picked them up. You know Fred and Jennifer were tucked in their bed!
Thanksgiving morning we left Memphis early to run in a Turkey Trot. Actually the three biggest boys ran, Andrew and I walked, ran, held hands, and talked the entire way.
Then we enjoyed Thanksgiving day at Mimi and Tee's. No turkey was consumed. We had steak. Yummers.
The day after Thanksgiving, we hit some trails in Jackson and really enjoyed ourselves.
We got back to our house for a little cleaning...
We celebrated White Christmas at church. Our first Sunday at Ellendale we did this Christmas tradition. It's hard to believe this is our 4th year to celebrate.
Andrew had his Christmas program at school, but I didn't get any pictures. The lighting is terrible and he is on the back row of the program of all the classes. Just picture the cutest 2nd grader you ever saw and know that that's what he looked like.
Funny story, some other friends of ours were there and they knew we were in the limo. They told us that the rumor was going around that Justin Timberlake was there in his limo. It was not Justin. It was us. Fast forward to Saturday morning. I'm sitting with a friend telling her about Christmas City. She says, "I've never been to Christmas City, but I just read on FB this morning that Justin Timberlake was at Christmas City in a limo last night." Ha! Again, that was us. Funny how rumors get started.