Posted on November 22, 2013 by braddog
For the past 2 years, I’ve been on a regimen of healthy eating and exercise. One of the ways that I’ve managed to drop ~70 lbs and keep it off is that I’ve eliminated a lot of variables from my diet. In fact, most nights of the week my dinner consists of an apple and peanut butter. It’s not sexy, but it’s satisfying and fairly healthy as long as you don’t eat the whole jar of peanut butter.
So with my birthday this week, the family asked if I wanted a cake. That’s definitely not part of my regimen, so I said no. But when I got home from work on my birthday, the girls made me close my eyes while they got this out of the refrigerator. They sang happy birthday and I blew out the candle.
Yep, Happy Birthday to Me!
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Posted on November 6, 2013 by braddog
This is Mackenzie singing the National Anthem at the Wolf Branch basketball game last night. It’s a tough song to sing, especially when you’re singing it a cappella in front of a couple of hundred students, classmates, and parents. But she nailed it!
Nice job kiddo, I’m proud of you.
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Posted on October 26, 2013 by braddog
Madison attended the Homecoming dance last weekend. It’s her first big High School dance. She had a friend over to get ready. The girls took over the basement for hair, makeup, and dressing. Then Madison’s date, Patrick, arrived and we had the obligatory photo shoot.
A little twist to the Homecoming festivities was a surprise birthday party for Patrick. Madison, Carie, and Patrick’s parents conspired to surprise him. It looks like they had a good time.
Here are a couple of shots and, as usual, a link to the rest.
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Posted on October 25, 2013 by braddog
Just wrapped Mackenzie’s final fall performance at Wolf Branch Middle School. Once again, she had a blast and I took a lot of photos. Here are a few of my favorites and a link to rest of the set.
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Posted on October 11, 2013 by braddog
One last item event as part of Mackenzie’s birthday….theatre tickets!
The girls went to the Fabulous Fox Theatre and saw Evita last night. I (fortunately) didn’t go, but here are a couple of craptastic cell phone pics from the event. By all accounts, they had a super time.
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Posted on October 4, 2013 by braddog
Well the month of September has passed and that means we’ve completed the celebration events for Mackenzie’s Birthday. She’s turned 14 on the 28th and I’d say she had a pretty good birthday. She kicked off the festivities with a party at home with a dozen or so of her friends. We kicked the boys out around 10:30 and the girls slept over. I’m not sure they actually slept, but they were here all night. I finally got to bed around 4:00am.
We spent the actual birthday with a quiet dinner, cake, and presents at home. She got some new luggage for her 8th grade class trip and other travel that’s planned next year, and theatre tickets. Stay tuned for more on that.
Here are a few shots of the festivities.
The Birthday Party gang
The traditional chocolate cake for the family party
Happy birthday, kiddo! We love you.
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Posted on September 17, 2013 by braddog
It’s that time of year. School has started and the Marching Lancers are in full swing. Once again, Madison is a member of the color guard and our weekends are chocked full of football games and marching competitions.
This past weekend was the first competition of the season. Belleville East hosted a marching competition and competed in another. Carie was able to get some shots of Madison and the Marching Lancers during their exhibition performance at the Belleville Marching Competition.
Here are a few shots and a link to a few more.
The show is called “Transformations”. Note that Madison’s costume changes during the show:
Oh, and I even get in on the act. I volunteer with the crew to move the band to their events and help get their percussion gear onto the field.
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