Thursday, January 26, 2012

Buckaroos 2012

 Since I've been such a blog slacker you have not had the pleasure of seeing how fantastic my little Cheerleaders have been doing this year. We started Competitions back in November 2011 and we've moved our way up each time. You've never seen anything like a group of proud mommies see their baby girls come in 2nd out of 8 tough teams like we did last weekend!! Well let me tell you, we threw caution to the wind and celebrated like they had won the whole darn thing!! We took pictures like they were celebrities. We were basically asked to get of the floor. Haha! This team has worked their little tails off this year and despite size and some strength issues out of their control they have become as Coach Kara stated, "a force to be reckoned with." You gotta love that!
We are proud to be a part of the Cowboys Cheer Center family and I am proud to be a Cheer Mom. Ridicule should you wish, but since we started this adventure, we've experienced that Competitive Cheerleading is - athletic, challenging, rewarding, tough, fiercely competitive, character building, etc. - it is a sport folks! ;)
 Here are my sweet Cowboy Buckaroos at their last competition where they racked up that 2nd place trophy!
 Love this picture of my smart, sassy and energetic cheerleaders! 
Gracie, Clara Paige and Maggie
I will admit part of the fun for them is putting on the make-up. ha!
Check out these sassy yet cute-as-a-button dolls but don't let them fool ya. They are a team of hard working Cheerleaders! 

 The Pyramid! It looks great here don't ya think?!  They hit it every time at competition but it's been, shall we say, a challenge for the girls this year. BUT they are working on a new and improved one for the next competition b/c our girls are working hard and gonna rock it out next time with harder moves and a full extension (cheer talk-sorry)! They are tiny but mighty! I think we get extra points just b/c they are so darn cute. haha - but I'm biased I know!
This was our 2nd competition- placing 3rd out of 9 teams. Again, you would have thought we'd won nationals, we were so proud of them!!
 Not sure why this one is so small but this is after our 3rd place finish in December and let me tell you those girls were stoked! 3rd may not sound like much to you but out of 9 tough teams we were jacked up about getting that placement! I love how close all of our girls have become this year. They truly are a team and look out for each other. Isn't that part of what it's about? It is for us anyway. I cherish seeing the character building up in my little girlies!
Here are my girls with their awesome Coaches, Kaitlyn and Kara! Our girls wouldn't be where they are without this special duo! They have worked our girls hard but loved them much at the same time. I've been very impressed with the maturity and dedication they have given to our little ones. In the grand scheme of things our girls are the smallest competitors for our gym but so far have made such a big impact and so much of the credit goes to our Coach Kara and Coach Kaitlyn. Love you guys!

 Here's a shot of the girls waiting to begin their routine at the competition last weekend at the BJCC! Don't they look adorable? I have more pics but will have to load them and post again soon!
And here they are the 2nd Place team with their coaches!
It takes a lot of work, time and yes money for these little angels to get to this stage of competition but after all the tough and stressful practices and issues, it is so well worth it to see our babies faces shine when they do well and to know they are proud of themselves!! 
This is our 2nd year with Cowboys, we've made a home where our girls have grown in so many ways and made relationships that will last and I'm happy to be a part of such a fun and rewarding program. 

 We are a Cowboys Family!

More pics to come!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Just some good advice...

Ughh my life

I know I'm suppose to be keeping you up to date with my family's happenings but I just needed to take a minute to post a thought or two I found on Pinterest. (That's another subject I could spend a whole post or two on - Pinterest -ha) Anyway, I've found that worrying and over-analyzing things might be one of the things I need to seriously work on. I have lots of things on my mind and lots of people on my heart lately and I'm trying to keep my perspective clear so I can focus on what matters in my life instead of being bogged down with life and all it brings so I can be a light to those who are on my heart and around me. And I think the best way to shine is to pray with passion and be grateful to My Savior. Remembering our blessings and where they come from is so very essentially important to me right now and hopefully it is to you too. I fail consistently with this but remembering that I am not perfect and he still loves me strengthens me greatly. I am never alone!
I guess I just feel the need  to renew myself right now. Don't we all need that at times? I need to take moments each day to re-focus and remind myself who's I am and how important He is to me.

there are soooo many times I should have said this
I also opened up my Bible app on my phone yesterday and this what I read:

 " So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out." Romans 12:1-2

This is from the Message but isn't it an interesting way to read this passage? Being changed from the inside out sounds so amazing and refreshing. Letting God work in us is what he wants. Reading this helped clarify where my heart needs to be and how it needs to get there with these issues that are weighing on me.  There's so much more I could say but I just don't have time. Maybe another time. Sorry to have rambled but I feel better for having shared.
Have a Great Week Eveyone!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Yes it's True

I have let a New Year come and go and I've just fallen off the blog wagon. For someone who was so proud of her blogging accomplishments I have let myself down in the cyber world of personal blogdom. However, as I do not really make resolutions I do intend on doing a better job this year of documenting my families memories, journeys, adventures and accomplishments. It just seems life has take a turn for the busier and I'm finding myself either running from here to there, doing household chores or succumbing to my exhaustion. haha...
Anyway, here's to a fantastic, healthy, happy, drama-free, love-filled, Christ-seeking 2012 for my family and the same to yours!!!

This is just a cute shot of my girls back in the fall at Auburn. It has nothing to do with the New Year but I just thought you'd like to see their sweet faces!!