Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013 Comes with New Beginnings

Ya know, it has been way too long since I have posted anything about our little world...but frankly it has just been busy.  But I can honestly say that 2013 has been treating us well.  It has come in with a bang and has brought along many new adventures for our family of 4 but all of the adventures are wonderful (no matter how much I complain).  I think the main thing that has changed is my focus. I thank God for all that pushed me to make this change.  I was so worried that I was going to hamper myself or put my kiddos in a place where they would be uneasy and uncomfortable.  The last thing I wanted to do was change their norm and unfortunately our norm was wonderful but it was in need of change.

So the girls started school at SAT in Hondo and when we went to visit, Ava told everyone when she walked in the door, "My mom said if I don't like it I don't have to stay." I guess we both need security blankets.  BUT the girls in this little class must not have heard what she said because they grabbed her by the hands and swept her up in their game and within 5 minutes I did not exist anymore.  And from that day forward I knew that our decisions were right and that this change was good.

Which brings me to today. The San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo just came to an end in San Antonio and in celebration of the event, Ava's class hosted a rodeo of their own.  Ava has been practicing rodeo songs each day for a month in preparation for this day, she picked out her clothes that she would wear (do ya think they resemble the Halloween post?), and she has been telling us about spurs and horses and barrels and all things rodeo each and every chance she gets.  So the day came and boy was it cute; and so so special.

Ava got to be the Texas Flag Bearer - what a wonderful role to have don't you think....

She was very very proud of her job!

And then the rodeo began with some barrell racing...
Some pole running...

Mutton Bustin....

And the clowns were on standby to help if needed during the rodeo

This is Jolee and Jaxson.  Jolee is one of Ava's very special friends.  These two are kind of like lost souls reconnected.  They have their own language and facial expressions and are just hilarious.  Ava tells me all of the time how lucky she is to have old friends like Grace and Julia to play with and new friends like Jolee.  I MEAN CHANGE CAN BE SO WONDERFUL WHEN YOU LET GOD GUIDE YOUR WAY!!!!
My sweet little Rodeo Cowgirl!

And if you are wondering about Alex...well she is just the sweetest, love bug you have ever met

 and the biggest mess you will find. 
Always watching us and following our every move...
but moving in stride with the changes and the craziness

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