Thursday, March 1, 2018

February Finale

 Ashleigh was selected to attend the ACDA Honor Choir Southern Regional Conference in Louisville, KY. What an honor! She was able to grow in true beauty and song, as well as, use her singing talent and love for song and music during the week. The conductor, Dr. Allen Hightower, was inspirational and provided many life lessons too. (I was able to sit in on the rehearsals. I usually stayed in the morning rehearsal for about an hour.) Also during the week, Ashleigh with Mr. Bennett's(her choir director) nudge along with 46 other girls tried out for a solo. She was the soloist selected and WOW what an honor. She was able to get some "coaching" advice before the performance from Mr. Bennett also. Needless to say, Chris and I were proud parents. Dylan was a proud brother too. Ashleigh is thankful for the opportunity and says "my voice has even grown since we came here on Tuesday (this was her speaking on Saturday). What makes this more inspiring for me is that when Dr. Hightower was explaining this song and its meaning to the students, he described to the students true beauty is not what one sees on the outside-it is what is on the inside-paraphrasing Proverbs. Truth and Beauty along with God's Love

 Here is the you tube link to the full song You Are the Music

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Frenzy (part 1)

February in the Allen household was busy! Jim came to visit for two weeks and was able to help Chris with quite a bit of work on a 79 Jeep he is restoring. Also during the month, Ashleigh and I were able to go shopping together. We had so much fun! We went to stores that sold scrubs, to stores that sold clothes, to "girly" stores with scents and undergarments,  to the bookstore, and food ! We shopped at Hot Topic and while there we  ohhhed and ahhhed over Harry Potter, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, Wonder Woman, and so much more. We laughed, talked, and Ashleigh was excited about her new items, and a first occurred-she bought nothing at the bookstore (regretfully).  

Valentine's Day and the boys are anxiously writing out their Valentines for their classmates.

 At school, Austin and I participated in Jump Rope for Heart and I received a special surprise from Chris-lunch (which was breakfast from Chick-Fil-A) and sweet treats. My students were also generous and loving.

 Our church completed a five-week season of renewal. During this time, our church family and friends were rethinking our passions and priorities and committing to the transforming Grace of God's kingdom. What an exciting time for us to grow in God's love as our church grows too.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Choirs and DC

Ashleigh and other members of the high school choirs were lucky to spend a couple of days in Washington DC. I was excited to be able to go also. We were able to tour many National Monuments and explore.  While Ashleigh has been to Washington DC (with a school group in 8th grade), this was my first visit to Washington DC. 

Our first day began with a stop at the White House.

Lincoln Memorial on the first night-

Washinton Monument and Capitol
Ashleigh's signature pose on "holding" buildings and structures in the palm of her hand.

The choir sang at the National Cathedral and Ashleigh had a solo too. (I was recording during the singing, but my phone's data became "filled" during the song with her solo. However, I think it was a glitch because it worked after that perfectly. Anyway-It was recorded by the choirs and I will try to download and upload here.)
Here is an attempt link: National Cathedral Her solo is the next to last song.

Ashleigh as President

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

We got SNOW!

2017 in review

Pictures throughout 2017 

 Playing Munchkin on New Years Eve

Christmas Season 2017

Christmas comes and goes go quickly! This year our church held 4 advent services with the last being Christmas Eve morning and we also had a a Christmas Eve evening service. Ashleigh and Austin also had Winter Concerts with their choirs. We enjoyed Christmas carols and Christmas songs throughout the season.

On Christmas Eve, Ashleigh baked sugar cookies and the boys frosted them. Austin decided to leave the entire container of cookies out and have Santa decide which one(s) he wanted to eat. Santa also was responsible for using the plate and closing the cookie container. (Bright idea!)
Ashleigh also made coconut ball and peanut butter balls (some people call these buckeyes).

Christmas morning-The kids took turns seeing what Santa brought. We had breakfast, went to a movie, had a nice homemade dinner, but most of all we enjoyed our time with each other as family!
The boys got a tent from Santa (also known as fort).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Christmas in Ga

After a couple of days at Pappy and Grandma’s house, the kids are getting ready to go home. Playing in the driveway and movement is always a good idea before our drive. 

Spending time with my sister and her family was awesome! We talked and laughed and cried. We shared and ate. We played outside with the football. We played inside video games and put together a puzzle.