Friday, May 26, 2017


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; 
to me those have always been the two most beautiful words 
in the English language.” 
― Henry James

 Team Davis is SO excited that it's summertime!
We had a few fun surprises waiting on our littles when we got home from school today to celebrate the beginning of a season of rest and family fun.

With the downtime of summer, though, sometimes comes a need to set up some sort of loose structure so that Mom doesn't lose her mind, ha!  I want to enjoy a bit of rest and leisure time just as much as the kids do.

So a few summers ago, I started a system of chores and screen time rules that really worked for us, and helped prevent me from becoming the Screen Time Nazi or the Summertime Cruise Director.

I adapt it a bit each year to fit what the kids (and I!) need.
Here's this summer's lineup:

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

2017 Awards Day

This week, we celebrated Awards Day at Aletheia for each of our children.  1-3 grade has one ceremony, and 4-6 has another, and it's a little long but important, I think.  In this age of "everyone gets a trophy," I like that we recognize hard work and achievement.  My favorite part is that they give each child a character award, affirming a character trait they see in that child.  Last year, Tucker received Leadership and Lana received Helpfulness.

This year, Lana's awards ceremony was first.  She received awards for the spelling bee, playing basketball and softball, Tropicana Speech contest, Gold Honor Roll (all A's all year), and 2nd highest GPA in her class.  Her sweet friend Aubrey beat her by 4/10 of a point!!  Smart girls!

We really loved the character award she received from her teacher Mrs. Skaggs for Confidence.  When she was smaller, she was painfully shy - so much so that I had to create a reward system to encourage her just to look at others and smile at them.  The fact that she has blossomed into this beautiful young woman who delivers articulate speeches and is recognized for her confidence is just evidence of how God works in our lives, growing and changing us!

First and last day of 5th grade

Tucker's award ceremony was the next day!
He made us so proud with his Gold Honor Roll achievement, as well,
and his Character award for Respectfulness.

If I had to pick just a handful of character traits for my son to have, respectfulness would be at the top of that list, and it pleases us to no end that he is demonstrating that in the classroom!  The kind words his teacher had to say about him were a treasure to me.

We loved that they sang a portion of the Toy Story theme song for us!

Boy, does this little boy ever make us proud.
He is gentle and loving,
but crystal clear about right and wrong,
and will fight for his convictions to the death.
He's got a warrior spirit inside of him,
and yet he demonstrates such a attitude of self-control.
I can't wait to see what the Lord does with this one!

 First and last day of 1st grade

First and last day 2016-2017

I hope that this year, you made mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us. 
Make New Mistakes. 
Make glorious, amazing mistakes. 
Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. 
Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it.

Make your mistakes, this year and next year and forever.

― adapted from Neil Gaiman

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great Food Truck Race!

Team Davis LOVES watching The Great Food Truck Race - 
it's one of our favorite family shows!

So when we heard that the race was HERE in Pensacola,
we all geeked out and could barely wait to get downtown!
We stood in long hot lines, ate at every truck that was open for business,
and generally just acted like groupies.

Mine, Dan's, and Lana's favorite thing was the spicy grilled shrimp po-boy from Mr. Po-Boy's; we think their truck will win it all!

Tucker got to GET ON Southern Frenchies' truck and HONK THE HORN -
coolest thing ever, so he's rooting for them to win.

Either way, we are huge fans of the show and these trucks,
and love that Pensacola will get some air time.  We love our city!