Tuesday, July 22, 2014


This summer has been one of my very favorite summers ever.  We have been able to do so many exciting things.  We traveled quite a bit, but on the days we were home, we tried to be very intentional with our time.  Early in the summer season, I created a hashtag for all of my summertime pictures on Instagram, hence #odellsummerfun2014.   
Early in the summer, we had a wonderful visit with some very special people, Dr.  Bill and Miss Teresa.  They have been the sweetest encouragement to us and we just love them so. 
We did some Vacation Bible School hopping with some of our school friends.  The week before our travels to DC, we went to Bible School at the church where the girls attended and Story attends preschool.  They had so much fun!
Summer was invited to her very first spend the night party!  Such a big deal, and she had so much fun!
We spent several days at the playground and zoo beside our house. 
It was such a hot day!
Before hitting up the splash pad, we visited the animals and took our picture on the ants. 
And then our favorite, the splash pad.  Such joy on their faces!
Ice cream sandwiches are a tradition when we go to the splash pad. 
I love that they pose for me ;)
I took them all by myself to the movies, eeek!  We went to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  During the summer, you can watch a movie, get popcorn and a coke for $3.50!
We have checked out books from the library at church and enjoyed reading The Boxcar Children together. 
We ate ice cream for lunch at Bop's one day because anything goes in the summertime, right?
David and I got to have a date day thanks to Mr. Landon and Miss Katie.  We got in a workout on the trace before going to supper. 
Meanwhile, the children went swimming with Mr. Landon and Miss Katie. 
We took a day trip to New Orleans and enjoyed lunch at Camellia Grille and Sno Balls with our friends, the Baileys. 
We went swimming at the home of sweet friends. 
We celebrated July 4th with our church family.  Love my little firecrackers!
We enjoyed another day at the park with sweet friends. 
This has definitely been one of my favorite summer seasons ever! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Carter is 8!

On May 27, Carter turned 8 years old!  I can hardly believe 8 years have passed so quickly!  We had his birthday party at the zoo the weekend after his birthday.  The weekend before his birthday was Memorial Weekend, and we couldn't get the party room that weekend, so we opted to wait.  
Carter's classmates and church friends joined us for some zoo fun! 
It never hurts when little sisters have friends to play with, too! 
Summer and Tilly had a fun time celebrating their big brother! 
In keeping with our blog tradition, here is Carter's birthday interview:  
1. What is your favorite color?  orange
2. What is your favorite toy?  remote control airplane
3. What is your favorite fruit?  pineapple
4. What is your favorite tv show? Avengers Assemble

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  lunchables
6. What is your favorite outfit?  Overalls - I've never worn them, but I think they're cool!
7. What is your favorite game?  tag
8. What is your favorite snack? Ritz with cheese.  

9. What is your favorite animal?  zebra
10. What is your favorite song?  Roaring Like a Lion
11. What is your favorite book?  Mercy Watson
12. Who is your best friend? Peyton

13. What is your favorite cereal?  Cocoa Puffs. 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Jump on the trampoline.  
15. What is your favorite drink?  Punch from VBS.  
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.  

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My lightdream.  
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Cereal.  
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Taco Bell.  
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  A spy.  
We had a fun day celebrating our favorite 8 year old!  
Carter and Story had their well checks at the beginning of June, and we are so thankful for a great report.  To quote Doctor B: Now, Dad, you know that boys is going to be TAAAALLLL!  
Here are Carter's stats:  Height, 3'7" (95%); Weight, 40lbs 9 oz (80%); BMI, 15.44 (55%); BP, 101/68; Pulse, 102.  
Happy birthday, Carter Stokes!  We love you to the moon and back a whole bunch of times! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

PCS Speed Camp!

At the very beginning of summer break, the big 3 participated in Speed Camp at PCS for the very first time. 
They met every morning of the week from 9-12 and did various drills associated with track and field. 

Carter loves to run and can just go for days, so we knew that he would love camp! 

And our Summer is just very athletically inclined and built, so we knew she would be just fine, and she really excelled, too. 

It was our Tilly girl that we were not sure about.  She often tells us that her knees are tired when she has to walk a long ways, ha!  However, she shocked us all and loved speed camp and did really well. 

And this cute thing enjoyed having me all to herself for the week!  On the last day of camp, there was a track meet, so Story and I got to go watch all the action.  And while we were there, a torrential downpour took place!  Too fun!  Speed Camp will definitely be an annual summertime event!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tilly's Kindergarten graduation!

Tilly graduated Kindergarten on Tuesday, May 20th.  That morning she and the other kindergartners had practice and got to leave before lunchtime to go home and rest before the big night.  
Daddy got Tilly a cake from Jody's for her big achievement.  Tilly, being one of four, loves to feel special and loves to get to do things that the others might not get to do.  She especially loves being celebrated!  Don't we all, ha!
Tilly and I left before the rest of the group to head over to the gym a little early.  She looked so precious in her cap and gown.  
Tilly and Mommy.  
Tilly graduated with 85 Kindergartners from PCS.  During the program, she had a speaking part and did a wonderful job of saying her lines correctly.  She sang her little heart out, and if the biased momma may say so, Tilly really stole the show.  She was in the dead center of the group, and when she sings, it is so very precious to watch.  Tilly, we are so proud of the way you sang during your graduation program. 
Congratulations to our graduate!  We love you so much, Tilly! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

School's out!

This year, everyone got out of school for the year on different days.  
Story's last day of school was Wednesday, May 14.  She looks a tad different at the end of the year than she did at the beginning.  Our girl grew up so much this year.  
Story's class had their end of the year party at Kid's Rule, and I was so thankful to be able to go and spend the day with her.  Here is Story with one of her favorite friends, Olly.  
Summer and Tilly had their last day on Tuesday, May 20.  Summer had a wonderful year in T-one, and we are so very proud of her! 
Love this girl!
And our Tilly girl is an official Kindergarten graduate, separate post coming on the big event!
Tilly had a wonderful year in Mrs. Malone's class, and she matured so much.  We are so proud of you, Tilly! 
I love this.  Carter and Summer walking together on their last day.  
Carter's last day of school was on Thursday, May 22.  He had a great year in first grade!  
We are so proud of you, Carter!  Next year, we will have one in Pre-K, one in T-one, one in 1st grade, and one in 2nd grade!  They are really growing up way too fast! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Miss Katie gets married!

Being in the ministry, we have met so many people who have touched our lives and impacted us in a way that changes us forever.  Miss Katie is one of those people.  We first met her two years ago, when she came to our church as a summer intern.  During that summer, our family and I, individually spent a lot of time with her.  She has loved our family and ministered to our family in countless ways.  Mr.  Landon is also one of those people.  He began working as the children's minister at our church just before we came or right after we arrived, I really cannot remember exactly.  He was crucial in our son, Carter, coming to know the Lord in a personal way.  You can imagine that when Mr. Landon and Miss Katie fell in love and decided to get married that we would like that a lot!  
It was so special for our family to be a part of their wedding weekend.  Friday night was the rehearsal dinner and also Carter's last baseball game of the season.  We somehow pulled them both off!  
Saturday, we painted fingers and toes.  Well, the girls did anyways.  
Miss Sara came all the way from Alabama for the special day.  She even took Summer out for a little girl time that morning before the big event.  And before we knew it, the wedding bells were ringing! 
Miss Patience, a dear friend and Carter's piano teacher played at the wedding.  She is such a talented lady! 
And there they are, Miss Katie and Mr. Landon! 
Mr. and Mrs. Landon Adams.  
This was the first wedding for our children to attend, so it was a big deal and they were so excited.  I'm telling you, Mr. Landon and Miss Katie have made such a great impact on our family! 
Story with one of her favorite preschool teachers, Miss Jordan!
Story and Mallory, they are the sweetest of friends.  
My love.  He's pretty much my favorite.  I love going to weddings where he officiates.  It makes me remember all those years ago when we said, "I do."  And I would say yes all over again! Congratulations, Mr. Landon and Miss Katie!  We love you!