Christmas in McKinney

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In October, Sean’s mom and dad moved from College Station to McKinney.  Because of our school and soccer schedule, we had not been able to travel to see their new home yet.  Needless to say, everyone was very excited to travel there for an early Christmas, once school was finally out for the holidays.

Even at 12, Gabriel said that he was too excited to sleep.  Summer and Ethan were equally eager to begin our road trip.

Scout had never been on that long of a car trip, so we did not know how she would handle it.  We should have known that she would do great.  As long as she is with us, she is always happy.

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When we arrived, we had dinner and presents.  Everyone had so much fun visiting and playing. It was a perfect family holiday night.

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The next day, we took a girls’ trip to American Girl.  Summer is Grandma’s only granddaughter, Aunt Jessica’s only niece, and my only daughter.  She was definitely the princess for a day, and she loved it.  I was so happy to treat her to a special day.

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On Monday, we went to Pin Stack, and everyone had such a great time doing a ropes course and playing games.

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We ended the trip with a game night at Aunt Jessica and Uncle Steve’s house.

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It was truly a magical holiday, and we all had such a great time.

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The Voice of an Angel

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Gabriel has an amazing voice.  Honestly, when he sings, it often brings tears to my eyes.  I am so happy that he is in choir.  When I am able to pick out his voice from the group, it makes my heart smile.

His winter concert was fantastic.  I loved the holiday songs and the festive mood that they created.

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I especially loved seeing my oldest boy all dressed up in a tuxedo for the first time.  It literally took my breath away for a moment because there was a brief pause, as I realized that he really is growing up so fast.  All I can do is continue to embrace the memories, holding on as tight as I can, knowing that, no matter what, he will always be my first born son, the boy who made me a momma.

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Our Soccer Boy

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Gabriel is one of the most determined, hard-working kids I have ever known.

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His dedication to something is sometimes a little intense because he pours his heart and soul into it.

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He loves soccer.  It is a fun hobby for him, but it is also something that he takes very seriously.  Sean has always said that he loves to see a player who hates losing more than they love winning.  At times, the losing part has been hard, and Gabriel has had to learn how to lose gracefully.  It is a life lesson, one that is an important part of growing up.

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This soccer season was full of ups and downs.  The ending was fantastic, when we won the championship.

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The beginning and the middle, though, were not quite as fairytale.

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Gabriel had a terrible toe injury that took him out of soccer for most of a month.

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In addition, his team struggled to win games, and the coach really struggled with remaining positive.  Gabriel is a kid who definitely needs positive reinforcement.

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However, as I look back at pictures, I see the eyes and heart of a champion in every single picture.  I am so proud of the lessons that he learned this season, and I cannot wait to see what next season holds for my soccer boy.