Life With Cason AND Molly

Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Fourth Of July From Beneath the Earth's Crust

This year we made our usual trip to Lubbock for the 4th of July. Since we didn't go on vacation this summer we wanted to do something special with the kids. We decided to take them to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. And to make it even more better, the entire Stunkard Family decided to join us! The 1 day that everyone could go was on July 4th. I was worried that it was going to be super croweded since it was a holiday but it wasn't bad at all! Carlsbad is about 3 hours from Lubbock. We were able to drive there and back in 1 day. It was dark on our drive back so we were able to see a lot of fireworks in several different cities. Especially since it was so flat. It was really pretty!

Beautiful New Mexico view with Cason, Molly and Ethan

The entire fam. Jake, Papaw, Granny, Travis, Tory, Cason, Ethan, Thomas, Ryliegh, Kim, Taylor, Molly and Toby

Spelunker Molly

Spelunker Cason

At the mouth of the cave. The kids were a little nervous walking down. 

We were all trying to not get pooped on by the birds that were flying over us.

It was actually pretty cold down there. The temperature was in the 50's. 

I am super proud of Cason and Molly. We had orignally planned to hike down into the cave which was about 2 or 3 miles. Then ride the elevator back up. When we got to the bottom, the line for the elevator was over an hour long. The four of us decided to hike back out of the cave. It was a very steep uphill 2 mile hike that was hard even for me and Toby. Poor Toby had to carry Molly on his shoulders about half of the way. But we all made it to the top! Yay us! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dance Recital

All school year long Molly took ballet and tap lessons to prepare for this one recital. She worked hard and her effort definitely paid off! 

On the morning of the recital we just hung around the house. Aunt Beth came to eat lunch with us and to help me get Molly ready. The day before I noticed that Molly had started sneezing and coughing but didn't think much about it. About an hour before we had to leave the house I was trying to fix her hair and put her make-up on. This girl lives for make-up and any thing girly. So when she started crying I new something was up. I thought she felt a little warm but hoped it was from the curling iron I had used. I decided to take her temperature and it was 102! I was so sad for Molly but I did something totally out of character for me. I gave her 2 choices. 1. staying home and missing the recital (that was what I wanted) or 2. taking Motrin and going to the recital anyways. Of course she chose 2.  We managed to get some Motrin in her, get her dressed and took her to her recital. I had to drop her off back stage about an hour early so I was expecting a phone call that she wasn't feeling well. It never came! She stuck it out and did an amazing job. We were even able to go out and eat afterwards to celebrate Fathers Day! 

Of course her temperature came back later that evening and the poor girl ended up having a double ear infection and pneumonia! BUT she had fun at her recital and that's all that matters!

Instead of paying ridiculous amounts of money for professional photo's my awesome dad took hers. They turned out every bit as good as a professionals! 

Molly performing her ballet dance.

Molly performing her tap routine

Bebe, Grandad, and Aunt Beth came to watch her. She was over having her picture made so I didn't get pics with anyone else. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Molly's Pre-K Year

This year was Molly's first year of Pre-K. She went to First Baptist Wylie Pre School and had Mrs. Pensky as her teacher. Cason had her in Pre-K too! Molly went to school Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30-12:30. She absolutely loved it! By the end of the year she was able to recognize all the letters of the Alphabet and their sounds, write her name and count to 30. She's a smarty pants!

Molly's First Day of Pre-K
Cowboy/Cowgirl Day

To say she enjoyed dressing up was an understatement. 

Molly went to Tap and Ballet once week all year. She was a good little dancer! 

Molly at her Christmas Musical at school. 

Christmas Party

Valentines Party. It wasn't always easy but we made sure Molly had someone at each of her party's. It was either me, Toby or Grandad and BeBe. It made her one very happy girl! 

Toby and Molly going to their Father/Daughter Tea

They enjoyed tea and cookies.

Molly at her Spring Musical

Myrna and Lance came to watch her! BeBe and Grandad were there too but we somehow didn't' get a picture with them. 
Preschool Graduation Day!

Of Course BeBe and Grandad were there. 

Getting ready to recieve her diploma. Due to an extremely bad hail storm a few weeks before, First Baptist Wylie suffered major damage. The electricity kept going out on her graduation day so they had to hold the ceremony in the foyer and have the kids stand on chairs for their parents to see them. 

Last day of Pre-K

At Kindergarten Round-Up. How is this possible???

Cason as a First Grader

Cason had a great year in first grade! His teacher was Mrs. Kelley and he loved her! His best buddy, Wade, was in his class as well as Luke and Jerrod. He started the year at a reading level 6 and made it all the way to an 18! He is doing well with his math facts but science is still his favorite subject.
First Day of First Grade!

Cason as Scaredy Squirrel for our Book Character Parade 

Thanksgiving Feast
Cason's Alligator Bank made out of recyclable materials. 

He lost his front teeth! 
Cason ran his first 5k with me and Wade
On your mark, get set, GO!

Cason received a Gettin Gritty award at Dino Beat.  Mrs. Kelley said, "Cason has shown true grit over the last few months by using his reading strategies to attack words. I am so proud of his positive attitude and determination to succeed. Way to go Cason!!!"

Cason at his Disney themed first grade musical. 
"Mom is sooo embarrassing" 

Cason and Wade at their first grade field trip. 

Cason, Wade, Jarrod and Dylan

Cason's handy hat. He had to invent a hat that would help solve a problem. His was the Fossil Digger Hat. He had a shovel and container to hold his fossils. 

Field Day
First Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony

He received the life saver award. 
Water Day Fun!

Last Day of First Grade