Sunday, December 15, 2013

Kaelyn's Christmas Program

Last Thursday night was Kaelyn's Christmas program at school.  It has been years since she has been in anything like this so she was very excited.  When the kids got out on stage, Kaelyn started waving and waving as soon as she spotted us.  I saw her trying to point out where we were to one of her classmates that was standing next to her.  :-)
Mrs. Hammond, the principal, doing announcements while the kids get into place.

(For Mama and whoever else was teasing Kaelyn about Paw Paw being as cute as Logan: Logan is in the row right behind Kaelyn two boys over looking at her out of the corner or his eye.  :-)

Motions to one of the first songs.  You can see the intensity on Kaelyn's face.



This amuses me.  She obviously noticed that Kevin was taking a picture and looked right at him and smiled great big.  :-)

Out of all the elementary/TCAP (autism program) kids, Kaelyn was definitely one of the most enthusiastic performers.  I love her enthusiasm!

"This is Bizarre! This is berserk!"

The story line of the program was a group of kids that were supposed to be acting out the Christmas story but they get the wrong costumes.  So instead of having wisemen, shepherd, and angel costumes etc., they got cowboy, pirate, and cheerleading costumes.  They decide to improvise and the three wisemen end up dressed as cowboys.  The third graders all came down and put cowboy hats on while everyone sang the wisemen's song.


Kaelyn stepped over a little and accidentally stepped down on the first step.  She lost her balance and nearly fell down the second step.  Fortunately, she caught herself so she didn't become a tumbling cowboy.  :-)

At the end of the song, they all took their hats off and threw them into the crowd.  :-)

The "angels" ended up with cheerleading costumes in the story so they proclaimed the good news of Jesus' birth in cheerleader fashion.  Kay got to be one of the kids who came up and helped do the cheerleading part of the song.  She was so excited when the music teacher offered to let her be one of the cheerleaders and she took her "job" very seriously.


Singing one of the last songs, "A Christmas Love Song".

Singing the last song.

Oh yeah, one more thing: I think that we were the only parents whose kid bowed enthusiastically several times when the audience was clapping and clapping at the end of the program.  :-)  Well done Kay-girl, well done!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Sorry y'all.  One more blog full of soccer pictures and then I will move on.  Some of these were fun action shots where Kevin used the continuous shoot mode on the camera as Kaelyn was kicking the ball into the net.

Running for the ball.

The kids in Kay's level were all lined up waiting their turns to practice kicking the ball into the net past the goalie.  Kaelyn's buddy Ross had just kicked it here.

Action picture #1

Picture #2

Picture #3

Picture #4

And... picture #5 - all the way into the net.

Going in for the goal.

The kick.

Kaelyn and Ross

Snack time

Snacks after play time.
(You can tell she's tired out here.)

Looks across the field, sees us on the sideline taking pictures, gives us a big smile.

Water break.

Kayla and Kaelyn.

Kaelyn, Ross, and buddies.

The last night of soccer is a big picnic, face painting, and trophies and awards.

Kay and Ross looking at their trophies and ribbons.

I love this picture (really just because of how cute Kaelyn looks here).

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hello Again.

You don't even want to know how old these pictures are that were in my "blog" folder ever so patiently waiting to be blogged.  They go all the way back to the TOPSoccer season which was the end of April through the beginning of June.  But I had to start again somewhere and it was the easiest to just post these.
These pictures are a collection from all the Fridays that she had soccer.
Getting outfitted up on a Friday night.
Number 36 with her buddy, Kayla.


Kaelyn, Nikki, and Ross
These three were all in the same class in Kindergarten, First, and Second grade and they were good buddies last year.  This year, they are all three at different schools.


Kicking the ball in and out of the cones.
Last year, Kaelyn didn't get a whole lot out of soccer as far as learning how to play.  It was still good for her and she enjoyed it but she really did better keeping her focus and actually trying to do the drills this year.

I'm pretty sure that throwing the ball up and catching it was NOT part of the drills but the fact that she only got distracted a FEW times was good for her.  :-)

Talking with one of the coaches for her level.
Each player has a "buddy" but there are actual coaches that direct the activities.
(I think this picture is really cute by the way)

Kayla and Kaelyn



She worked hard this year.

We had gotten a new camera right around the beginning of soccer season.  We got a really nice one because it was the last of that model in the store. It was marked way down because it was the display model.  It was so cool to try out the nice zoom and action shot features when Kaelyn was out on the field.



Nikki, Ross, and Kaelyn again with their buddies.

Heading back out to the field after a water break.

There goes my big girl.  :-)



Group activity

Nice action shot - though I'm not sure why she's HOLDING the ball.


Running hard

Talking with her buddy.
Pleasant evening at the fields.