Saturday, August 27, 2016


$0.50 Frosty's are the best :)

Driving in for a BIG bite
Lillian and Cooper like vanilla and Madison likes chocolate

Happy Sparkles- Happy Momma

Friday, August 26, 2016

Baseball and Birthdays

It has become a tradition for Madison and Papa to attend a baseball game together to celebrate Madison's birthday. 

This year due to marching band practices the celebration was postponed until the beginning of August. 

Papa picked Madison up from school and they went straight to the game one Friday evening.

Great Weather, Great Company, Great Memories. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rain Showers and Car Naps

This is Cooper's unhappy face... it is rainy and his shoes are wet and its too hot to fall asleep.

And this is Cooper after we said he could take his coat off... one very tired boy.

Look at my Picture

Momma's little artists :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Marching Band

It is hard to believe that we have a Freshman in the house. 
Madison is off to a great start this year and thrilled to finally have classes and lunch with her dear friends. 

She also made the HUGE commitment to join the marching band. She is one of 293 students in the marching band program.

Madison began practice in the spring (on her birthday :) and has been playing 20 hours a week/3 nights plus Saturdays since, including a week long camp at Taylor University. 

Madison is marching under the same instructor and Beth and I marched with when we attended Avon High School and I am thrilled that she will experience the wisdom of Jay Webb. She is marching the Euphonium (very similar to her Aunt Beth's baritone) and is still among the few ladies in low brass.

She is also proudly wearing the infamous Gilligan-Band hat worn both by her Mama and her aunt :) May it bring her joy and luck this marching season.

This years marching band show is Appalachian Springs by Aaron Copeland (the same show (new arrangement) that I marched my freshman year.

Here is Madison's band performances for this year: 
Events with an * are subject to the band qualifying to move on to the next level. 
Most events are close to our home in Avon. 

August 20
Avon Community Day
August 26
Home football game
September 2
Home football game
September 10
Fishers Invitational
September 17
Lawrence Central Invitational
September 23
Home football- homecoming
September 24
Avon Invitational
October 7
Home football game
October 8
Center Grove Invitational
October 15
October 22
Semi State *
October 29
State *
November 5
BOA Indianapolis Regional
November 10
BOA Prelims
November 12
BOA Grand Nationals *

We would love to have any and all of you with us to cheer on Madison and if not in person then in thoughts and prayers for a tremendous year for the band.

Monday, August 1, 2016

1st day of school

Can you believe it.... summer is over and the school year has begun :)

Ready to begin another great year of learning.
Lillian- 3rd grade
Madison- 9th grade (Freshman)
Cooper- Kindergarten

Praying for an amazing year for the Sparkles filled with learning, friendships and fun :)