Monday, March 02, 2009

Choir, Mustangs, Food, Crazy CRAZY weather, and
SNOW (yes, Snow!!!)...
meaning it's a verrrrry photo-heavy weekend recap!



Yep, those pictures above were from a very exciting portion of our weekend--it SNOWED!!! It almost never snows in Alabama (seriously, we went through like a four year dry spell one time with no snow whatsoever), and when it does snow people take it so seriously it's as if a blizzard has blown through. We even get excited if it "spits" snow (small flurries that don't even amount to anything). And don't even get me started on how people take snow so seriously here that people don't know how to drive, schools and other institutions absolutely shut down, and people feel like they have to stock up on groceries for a week.

On early Sunday morning (around 2 a.m.), it started snowing and didn't end until after noon on Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful snow fall, with large flakes and lots of ground cover. It was more than we've had in years...so, naturally, everyone was extremely excited about it!

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

First off, let me show you two pictures from Delaney's participation in the Alabama All State Choir performance this past weekend. She went to practices on Thursday and Friday and then performed with the choir on Friday night at a local university. It was very impressive and we were SO proud of Delaney (only two students from her middle school made the choir).

If you look really closely, you can see Delaney on the front row at the very end on the right. (It's even easier to spot her when you see that she's the one girl on crutches. Yep, Delaney's on crutches...last Wednesday at softball practice, she was hit by a very fast pitch on her ankle. Thank goodness it wasn't fractured or broken, but x-rays showed that she has a deep bruise. She has been unable to walk without her crutches, even though the doctor said he thought it might be better by today. We're still crossing our fingers that her ankle will be better soon.)

The choir performed five songs (my favorite being a song from "Phantom of the Opera"). They were very impressive...


The night of the performance was EXTREMELY rainy (in fact, it rained cats-and-dogs all day Thursday and Friday), so we fought the rain as we came and went.

McKenna's boyfriend, Brett, went with us to the performance (I enjoyed hearing them argue about the merits and importance of sports vs. the arts. Brett is a baseball player, and McKenna is very artsy. I love BOTH of them, but it was funny hearing them spat back and forth about them). After the choir concert, I took some cute pictures of the two of them...

The original plan for Saturday was for Gary and I to split up during the day...me to go with Delaney down to an all-day tournament with her school softball team (even though she was injured, she was still going to be with the team) and Gary would be with Sydney for her parade and opening day for her softball season here in town. I was really upset about missing Sydney's first parade, but I knew that Delaney needed me too.

Well, remember the awful weather? It intervened again and saved us from running in separate directions. Delaney's tournament was cancelled, so we stayed in town to enjoy the excitement of Sydney being with her softball team.

Sydney decided that her team would be the Mustangs, just like big sister Delaney's travel ball team (Gary's her coach, so he let her pick the team name). For the parade, the girls were dressed up like cowgirls and Gary dressed up like a horse (believe me...Gary is crazy when it comes to these girls and we will act like a nut for them!). Sydney is SO excited about her team and I am so ready for the games to start this week...






Then on Sunday, came the big event...the Snow!!

We woke up to this sight through our windows...

And as soon as we woke up, we were outside in it...


I got a picture of Adrienne taking a picture of me taking a picture of her. LOL...

And of McKenna and Sydney making an impromptu sled out of a plastic swimming pool. I laughed SO hard at this, because they just ended up flipping on top of each other inside the pool...

Of our sad little attempt at a snowman (hey, it's more than we usually get!)...

Of some snowball fights...


Catching snowflakes on our tongue...

and of some of the beautiful scenery...


When we were outside, Adrienne mentioned that she was wanting to make loaded potato soup. That was all the motivation I needed, so I sent Gary to the grocery store for the ingredients and made a big ole pot of it (this is with it already half gone)...

and then spent some time in front of the fire...

Before the evening was here, the snow had all melted away. But for longer than usual, we lived in a Winter Wonderland and we absolutely loved it!!

It was a weekend jam-packed with wonderful activities and time with family. I couldn't ask for anything more.

12 comments:

Monogram Queen said...

Ah what a wonderful, wonderful week-end. I saw Gary was up looking at Snow Sat night/Sunday morning on Facebook.
I am glad we didn't get any but I remember the thrill of our first one. It is usually years in between snows for us too. So glad you enjoyed it and Congrats to Delaney and I hope her ankles feels better!
P.S. McKenna & Brett are just the cutest!
P.S.S. That horses head is CREEPING ME OUT! LOL

Gretchen said...

This post has so much to love, starting with Gary's horse head, of course. How funny! I've never seen one. Great pics of the concert, the couple, and the little Mustang. And...of course the snow. Very fun.

Anonymous said...

These are all just fabulous pictures. Looks like it was a fabulous weekend. Sydney is so cute and I cant wait to hear all about her softball games. (They are so cute playing at that age.)

Dawn Bibbs said...

Wow, looks like you guys have had a fun couple of days. And the snow just added to it, huh? Like I told Adrienne, I'm glad SOMEONE got to have fun in the snow. Jayla was sick so she only got to enjoy it from the window. I did take videos of that "fun filled" event, lol.

Hope Delaney gets better soon.

Cheryl Wray said...

Queen--yeah, the horse head was a tad on the creepy side! When it just "hanging out" here at the house, Sydney said that its eyes were following her and she made me move it so she couldn't see it. :-) I do not really like Winter, but the only thing that redeems it is if we have at least one good snow fall. But one is enough for me!

Gretchen--It really was a good weekend, all around!

Anon--We are SO excited about Sydney playing. That age is the best, for sure!

Dawn--Oh no! i hate that Jayla was sick through it all. That stinks!

Edleen said...

Wow! what a busy busy weekend for you! loving all the photos and that snowman...so cute :D

have a fabulous week ahead Cheryl!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Love, love, love you southern folk. . . using a kiddie pool for a sled. Now that's pretty creative :)

It's so cute to see how excited you all are about getting snow. We are so tired of it by March. We're happy someone is happy to see it :)

Blessings,

Sher

Andy said...

what fun snow pics and that soup looks yummy. i want some

Cheryl Wray said...

Ed--It WAS busy, but good...Hope you have a great week too!

Sher--We Southerners are CLUELESS about snow, so we LOVE it!!! :-)

Andy--The soup was really good. I'm gonna have to make another pot sometime soon.

Auburn Kat said...

It was nice to see other people get snow and not us for once! Then again, it's been in the single digits here this week with wind chills below zero. I've about had enough of it!

Maria said...

Wow, Cheryl, those are AWESOME pics! Sooo sorry about the crutches, poor Delaney! :(

Anonymous said...

hey cheryl its brett... yes i do read your blogs! (thats a compliment b/c you know i dont read much) the snowday was very fun even though kenna got mad at me for "leaving" her but great pics!!