Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weekend Recap - Blue and Gold Edition

This weekend was an absolute blast - but I feel like we crammed about 3 days worth of activity into 18 hours :)




Friday morning we kicked it off with jeans and jerseys :) 


I hosted a little blue and gold snack break for the middle school (blue gatorade and gold donuts - hahaha) and we ended the day with a pep rally before early dismissal...


.. the bleachers were full of our middle and high schoolers and it was such a cool moment because I remember when I first started and the school was about 1/3 of this size!

After school we started setting up for the dance that night and this is where I was for several hours until it was time to pick up the kids, give haircuts and get everyone ready for the homecoming football game.

Y'all!  I can't even with this girl and her first Homecoming mum.  A sweet mom of high schoolers repurposed one of her daughter's old mums so Griffin could be like the big girls.  I mean!


Mason's football team had to be there early because they were going to run through the tunnel before the varsity team.


A mom of one of the boys on Mason's team made all the boys these pins and you better believe it went into his memory box as soon as we got home! :)


We chuckle often about Griffin having big brothers and always being thrown in the mix with all these boys.  Homecoming dates in 10 years???  He's a great one and I'd totally be okay with that! ;)



You may be asking where Luke is during all of this... the answer is off with his friends :)  He hung with me for about 90 seconds before he was off throwing a football behind the stands with his buddies.


Look who we saw before the game!!!  Our favorite Homecoming Queen nominee! 


And last years homecoming queen was home for the weekend!


Four years ago I snapped this picture of two-year-old Mason with one of my 8th graders before a middle school powderpuff football game and so when we saw him before the game (with Mason in eye black and everything!) I had to grab another pic :)

I'm not sure who's changed more!!!  And so much fun that later that night he was crowned homecoming king!


Mason's teacher was at the game and Mason just about knocked her over he was so excited to see her :)


Showing off his pin...


Texas Forever, y'all!



The big moment arrived and the lil' stangs had their moment of glory :)



Can you spy my little guy?!?!?!


Football faces :)


My dad was at the game and was in the stands with Luke and Griffin while I was on the field with Mason and when we were done they had stopped by the concession stand and Griffin had had a....

... blue ring pop! Grandpas are the best, am I right? 


And y'all!  Look who was voted queen! Love us some McKinley!


We hung out at the game for a little while, but I took Mason and Griffin back home to stay with my mom (Luke and my dad stayed to watch the whole game) while I made a quick outfit change, swung through Whataburger and headed back to school to meet the DJ and set up a few last minute things for the middle school dance.

When figuring out what to wear it was, "what can I wear that is pretty much pajamas because I won't be home until close to 1 am" ;)


If you're going to eat a burger at 10 pm it better be a Whataburger :)



My favorite part of the dance was the photo wagon we rented... is this not the cutest photo booth EVER?!?!  The kids got inside and there was a sparkly curtain backdrop and they could get as many prints as they wanted.  SO FUN!


We had a couple of high school party crashers so we hopped in the photo wagon before I sent them on their way :)


And this was me at about 1 am after hosting 150 6th, 7th and 8th graders, cleaning up a strand of broken glass lights, confiscating over 100 glow sticks (that if they break can ruin our gym floor - hahaha) and listening to my fair share of Taylor Swift :)


The rest of the weekend looked a lot like this...


... we were all worn out and enjoyed some much-needed rest time.  

I love being a part of MCA for lots of reasons, but weeks like last week just reinforce for me why it's such a special place.  My little kids know and love the big kids and it's a completely different "feel" than the big, public school experience both Dave and I had (my graduating class was larger than the entire PreK - 12th grade student population at MCA).  It was extra special this year because all three kids are mustangs and was definitely one I'll remember forever!  

I'd love to know what y'alls Homecomings were like growing up... were mums a "thing" at your school?  Was homecoming HUGE or kind of a non-event?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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  1. It was a huge event at my high school and now my daughter is attending the same high school. I remember talking about it when I got to college and saying,"your school doesn't make a big deal about homecoming??'

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    1. So sweet that your daughter is at your old school! I love that!

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  2. I went to a public school, but it's a country school so it's really small too. Homecoming was & still is a huge event at our school (my kids are going to the school I went to :). I had no clue what a mum was until you explained it, but it looks like a fun tradition.

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    1. I love that your kids go to your old school - so special! And mums are so fun but definitely a "texas thing" :)

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  3. I must say you look as fresh as a daisy in that 1 a.m. picture! And oh, the memories your kiddos will have of Homecoming!

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    1. Ha! Hardly!!! It's the bad light in my closet :)

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  4. What a fantastic homecoming weekend!!! Just too many cute pics to count!!

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  5. You know I'm a big fan of homecoming!! And, MCA always does it right! So fun, friend!!!

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  6. Love your recap. I was laughing out loud when I read "give hair cuts". That's hysterical...Like I'm having the busiest day so I'll just add cutting everyone's hair to my list. Might as well :)

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    1. I figured it was better to just power through and stay busy than risk losing momentum :)

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  7. Looks like great fun! I'm from Indiana and "mums" are flowers you put out during the Fall season-haha. Homecoming wasn't really a big deal but we did have a dance afterwards. I think the missing piece was someone with your drive and creativity leading the committee.

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    1. We have those kind of mums too :) hahaha And thank you! So sweet!

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  8. Homecoming was a huge deal at my high school. Parades, parties, dress up days, pep rallies for schools & community, etc. We also did food drives for local food pantry & supplies for women's & children's homes with grade bringing most supplies getting a skip day! It was always a big hit & great way to give back to community. The town I live in now has the best homecoming parade. It is like mini rose parade. Each club votes a sweetheart & they have an over the top themed vehicle with fresh flowers & costumes & the works. So creative & fun & festive. It'd be right up your alley!

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    1. Love all the traditions and LOVE that y'all did so much to give back... just made myself notes for next year to try to incorporate some of your ideas! THANK YOU!

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  9. Mums were huge when I was in high school (in Arkansas) and it's an even bigger deal now! Girls wear them starting in pre-k, if not before and they just get larger and heavier... we live in a small town and the whole population comes out for a big downtown HOCO Parade. So many graduates comes home to celebrate. It's big fun! Looks like y'all had a blast!

    -Jaclyn Rose

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    1. So fun! Love that the little girls wear them, too!

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  10. All of your photos...so ADORABLE!

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  11. Homecoming was big here in Tennessee, but we did not do mums. I had no clue what mums were until you explained it a few years ago. We do parades and spirit week. Lots of fun! Looks like MCA does Homecoming right!!

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    1. We just need a parade! (but someone other than me needs to be in charge of it! hahaha)

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  12. Ohmgoodness gracious, that picture of Mason's football team all making serious faces is too cute! My homecoming growing up was a huge deal! I also went to a really big high school (graduated with 750). We had the game on Friday night, and yes, mums were a big deal. Then on Saturday, we had Varsity Review (a kind of talent show) and then the dance. Our dances were always a fun theme, not formal. I loved homecoming!

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    1. Wasn't it so cute?!?! Love the talent show part - how FUN!

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  13. Homecoming is definitely a big dea at my high school in a small town in Central FL. As in, the school closes early and we have a parade through downtown with floats...people come back for reunions from as far back as the 1940s. And they each have a float! I have as much fun at Homecoming as an adult as I did when I was in school! Lol. Luckily for me, HC was a big deal ar UF too. I know no other way. :)

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    1. We had a parade in high school too - but that was back when McKinney only had one high school :) We used to paint the windows of the shops downtown and everything - so fun! I think it's almost more fun to get to experience it with your kids ;)

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  14. At first glance, I thought your shirt in that second-to-last pic read "Momma Tired" - and I thought how appropriate. Ain't no tired like Momma-tired. :-)

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  15. Ha! Mums are flowers here in PA :) But our HOCO was huge too! Spirit week leading up to the parade (massive flatbeds with synchronized dances and all out decorations in a theme) and the football game and dance and king and queen. I still miss it at age 28!!!

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    1. We have the flower mums here too :) Y'alls parade sounds so fun!!!

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  16. Homecoming in Texas just can't be beat! I love it! I'm now looking at our local high school football schedule because you've convinced me my kids will have a blast even at a young age. Thanks!

    www.fourpointsmom.com

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    1. YES!!! It's so much fun and your kids would love it!

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  17. I love all of your Homecoming pictures! Homecoming was big at my school too and some of my best high school memories came from that week! My favorite homecoming tradition was the parade (okay, and the mum!). I still take my kids to the parade every year!

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    1. Me too! Dave and I started dating during homecoming week :) And YES to the parade! McKinney doesn't have one anymore and it makes me sad!

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  18. Homecoming was a bid deal but with 400 in a class you can definitely get lost in the commotion. I love the idea of sending my children to a small christian school but we've got a few years before that will happen. Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Totally agree! I graduated with over 600 and felt the exact same way. MCA has been such a blessing for us!

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  19. I had to google "mums", turns out it's a Texas thing. I've never seen/ heard of them before!

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    1. And now you can never "unsee" them :) hahaha They're something!

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  20. That photo booth is so cute and your kiddos are darling in their homecoming attire. Looks like a fun but full week for you all! xoxo ERIN

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  21. I went to a small private Catholic school and my kids are there now as well and everyone there is like family. The school goes from K3 all the way through 12th grade and it's SO WONDERFUL to know that our kids will be there until they go off to college. All of the teachers there are my old teachers, my old friends that I graduated with, or they are friends of my parents (my mom works in the church office there) and it's absolutely wonderful that we know everyone. As a matter of fact half of my old friends' kids are now going to school with my kids which is freaky and awesome at the same time. I wouldn't have it any other way! We are so thankful for our school family.

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    1. I love everything about this comment! Every. Thing :)

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  22. I can't even with this post!!! The cuteness overload is in full effect here with Mason and Griffin, I mean come on!!! They could not look any cuter if they tried...Mason with his hair and eye black, I die and Griffin with her Mum, ahhh! Looks like Homecoming was a blast!!!

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  23. What a fun homecoming weekend! I love all the cute pictures!

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  24. I just love the picture of Mason and his team with Texas forever as the caption (I love a good tv reference- #coachtaylorforever)
    I'm not lucky enough to be from Texas and my Homecomings didnt look anything like that but it just looks so fun! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. AH! You got the reference! YES!!!
      And you totally need to experience a TX homecoming at some point :)

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  25. My kids go the private school my husband and I both did, and he teaches there now. It is a amazing culture that is hard to describe to others. It is like our own community and so much a part of our lives and now theirs. Reading this post described our friday nights at games.

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  26. I have no idea what the mum thing even means- hahahaha. Homecoming was big- we had dress up days and a big homecoming court. But I don't remember ever having a homecoming dance. If we did, none of my friends ever attended.

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