Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cynthia's 8th Grade Graduation

Cynthia graduated from SMM on May 21st. It was a wonderful evening. She looked beautiful with her Taylor Swift curls. She was also honored several times for her academic achievements. The vice-principal also announced that Cynthia has won the Ann Kalmey Christian Scholar award. The announcement spoke of many of Cynthia accomplishments as well as read some wonderful passages from her letters of recommendation. The award comes with a $500 scholarship as well! At the end of the ceremony, Cynthia and her friend Megan sang a duet. I continue to be amazed by her voice. If I can figure out how, I will load the video to the blog as well. I think one of the best parts of the night for her was her grad present - a cell phone finally!

Pioneer Day

SMM has a pioneer day for the 4th graders every year. The kids and parents dress in period attire and learn to make candles, wash clothes the old fashion way, have a picnic lunch, etc. It is great fun and this year the weather was great! I had the costumes made when Cynthia was in 4th grade.

8th Grade Trip Preparation

Chris took Cynthia to Walgreens to get the necessary supplies for her 8th grade trip. She ran into several classmates that had the same idea.

Amanda is a soccer star

Amanda did not get to play much soccer this year due to the unusual amount of rain we had this spring. She does a great job on defense!

SMM Field Day

Rachel was in charge of the concession stand for field day. She did a great job. I did not know that it was going to be so hectic. There were 20+ kids in line almost the whole day. All the girls enjoyed the day.

Bruce's Birthday

The girls made a 3 decker cake for their grandpa Bruce's birthday celebration.

Dance Recital

Amanda Joins the Tennis Team

Amanda joined the SMM tennis team this year. She really progressed alot over the season and even won her doubles match at the end of the season.

Spanish Breakfast

Eleanor enjoyed breakfast with her classmates. The food all consisted of words they had learned in Spanish class.

Show Choir

Derby Day 2009

The Beavin girls enjoyed the Derby at their grandma's house. Amanda, Bridget and Eleanor created their own hats for the occasion.

Friday, May 8, 2009

1st Communion

Bridget's 1st Communion was wonderful. She looked beautiful. The mass was very special since Cynthia and Rachel were the cantors and Grandma Tess was a eucharistic mininster. The celebration afterwards was very fun. It is so nice to have all our friends and family at the house. A big thanks to Chris' brother Mike for helping with the food.

Mark and Britt

One of the best parts of Bridget's 1st communion was that Chris' brother and sister-in-law and their daughters came for a week long visit. We loved getting to know the girls better and visiting with them. Amanda especially bonded with her cousin Emma. I would like to say THANK YOU for making the trip. Bridget really appreciated it as we all did especially during such a busy time!!!! LOL Andrea

Bridget gets her ears pierced

It is a Beavin tradition to get your ears pierced for your 1st Communion. Bridget took it all in stride and she looked beautiful with her new earrings.

SMM Presents Oklahoma

Cynthia (Aunt Eller) and Rachel (dancer / farm girl) as well as the rest of the cast did an awesome job in Oklahoma. The costumes, set, dances, singing, lights, etc were just top notch. We are very lucky that SMM has such a talent drama teacher. Cynthia was very emotional on the last day because she loved being in the plays every year. By the way, Chris designed and built the farm house.


Easter was a fun day especially since Chris' dad has some real bunnies for the girls to play with. Chris' great niece seem to have a great time hunting easter eggs as well.

Spring Break

We were a little scattered over Spring Break. Andrea worked most of the week. Bridget went to Florida to visit Andrea's brother David and his family with Andrea's parents. Cynthia went to Brandson MO with a friend's family. The rest of us stayed home. One day they went to a fun park for some fun!

Beautiful Sky

There are times when a very simple thing really makes you stop and realize how wonderful nature is. One sunday afternoon I walked out the front door and saw a beautiful rainbow and awesome sky.

U of L in NCAA Regional

Since we were in Indy for Rachel's volleyball tournament we took advantage of the fact that U of L was playing in the Regional Tournament just down the street. Andrea's parents and Chris went to the game on Friday. Rachel went with Chris and Bruce on Sunday. Friday was fun as they won big. Sunday was a lost but still a neat experience.

Rachel volleyball team wins tourney in Indy

Rachel's volleyball team travelled to Indy for a small tournament. They took the Gold but also had alot of fun. We went the Cheeseburger in Paradise to celebrate.

Cynthia is 14!

Cynthia's birthday fell on the first Sat of Spring Break. She was leaving that Friday afternoon for a week long trip with her friend Melanie so we celebrated her birthday as a breakfast before school.

Busy Busy Busy

I love the blog because it allows the whole family to showcase all the important events in our lives. Since we are all so blessed however I am always behind on my postings. Since Cynthia's confirmation in March here is a small sample of the blessings we have had.

Cynthia's 14th birthday
U of L in the Regional Tourney
Rachel's volleyball tourney in Indy
Spring Break
SMM Musical Oklahoma
Bridget gets her ear pierced
Bridget's 1st Communion
Mark & Britt come home for a visit

Check it all out!


Monday, March 23, 2009


Cynthia was confirmed this weekend. Most of the family was there to see her special day. We are so thrilled she was willing to express her faith in this most wonderful rite of passage. Her Grandma Tess (Andrea's mom) was her sponsor. They did several service projects together in preparation. The Archbishop presided over the ceremony. I felt like his homily spoke volumes to the kids as well as me. Cynthia is pictured with the Archbishop as well as Fr Steve Pohl, SMM's new pastor.

St Pat's Day 2009

We all had a little fun on St Pat's day. Chris bought several green hats and fun items that we all enjoyed. I think Chris and Bruce had the most fun!