S: 2009 - 2010
FC: Our Family Memories 2009 - 2010
2: I can't believe you are SIX years old!!!
3: This was a BIG 6th birthday celebration year for you!!! First, you had your best friends over -- the Bullocks and the Stubbs.... | ...then you had a birthday party celebration at school with your Kindergarten class....
4: .....then we drove to Houston, Texas for the next part of your birthday celebration at your favorite pizza place, Chuck E. Cheese !!! But there is still one more BIG part of this day yet to come.....
5: The Monster Jam
6: The Big Event of your birthday was the Monster Truck Jam!! It was awesome!!!!
9: Family Portraits in March 2009 Michael - 14 years old Matthew - 12 years old Carsyn - 6 years old
10: Vacation 2009 Grand Lake, Colorado
12: The first surprise was the Crowne Plaza hotel and dinner at Benihana. At this point, the kids thought we were vacationing in Houston.! | This vacation was full of surprises!
13: This was so fun! First time to be at a Japanese restaurant and have the delicious food cooked in front of them.
14: After dinner at Benihana, we walked to the Regency Hotel and rode the elevators up and down over & over! How fun!! Then we went to a fancy restaurant and shared a fancy dessert! Everyone made silly napkin faces!
15: The next morning, we were leaving the hotel very early, and guess who we saw in the lobby waiting to surprise us? Na-Na! She was going with us! Then, the biggest surprise of all..... We were flying! First time for each of the boys to fly! It was a 2-hour flight to Denver and we all loved every minute of it!!
16: At then end of your first flight, the pilot offered for you to see the cockpit of the plane!!
17: So much excitement already and it was only 9 a.m. in Denver!
25: We pulled over on the side of the road so Matt could climb on these rocks. It was across from the frozen Lake Granby. Next time, the guys will go ice fishing!
30: Well, it started like this.... We had such a great time the 1st day of snowmobiling that we had to go back a 2nd day and take Nana with us! | Carsyn and I were behind everyone, so you can imagine our surprise to first find Nana and Matt wrecked! | So, on mile 2 of our 28-mile trail, Dad decided to let Michael drive... | So I called Cary and Michael to tell them about the wreck, and they had wrecked too!! | ...And Nana had decided to let Matthew drive.... | We were escorted back to the lodge and the final bill that we thought would be $16,000 was a mere $462! | The Snowmobile Wreck!!!
31: We had an incredible time in Colorado! We played in the snow, rode snow-mobiles one day and wrecked them the next, loved snow-tubing, & enjoyed Nana being with us through it all!
33: it's always spring in our family
34: Matthew loves Nana Cake!! | Happy 12th Birthday Matthew! We love you!!
35: We went to Orange Beach with some friends from Spanish Fort, AL
36: Carsyn's Kindergarten Graduation Lumberton, Texas
38: Michael's last day of 7th grade | Matthew's last day of 6th grade | Carsyn's last day of Kindergarten
39: Happy 14th Birthday Michael!
40: MOVING DAY In August 2009, Daddy was hired to be the Worship Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana. After almost 8 years in Lumberton, Texas, God called our family to make this change.
41: So, we loaded up the truck and we moved to Ruston. This was our rent house where we lived for 2 months. | Ruston, LA or BUST!!
42: So the boys started school.... Carsyn - 1st grade at Glen View Elementary. Matthew - 7th grade and Michael - 8th grade at Ruston Junior High School.
43: And we began making new friends... | Suzanne Reid | Lynne Brazzel | Carsyn's new Sunday School Class
44: Ruston Jr. High Soccer Fall 2009
45: We found a new house!!! | What a blessing from God! This house had been on the market for over a year, and the price dropped significantly! What a dream! Sitting on 1-1/2 acres, it is perfect for our family!
47: Our friends from church helped us get moved in to our new home! Eric and Lynne, Linda Gort, Jerry & Sue Ann Houston, and many others were so generous! We were so thankful!!
48: Carsyn's 1st year of Soccer! R - Ruston P - Parks A - And R - Recreation
49: Michael 8th grade Band at Ruston Junior High | Band Director, Gary Teague and Michael
50: Nana & Papa Bill
51: Our 1st Christmas in Ruston!
52: Baking teacakes with Mom has become a Christmas tradition!
53: Christmas Day!! Ho! Ho! Ho!!! | Santa Claus must have thought the Tolar boys were especially good this year!!
54: Happy 7th Birthday, Carsyn!
55: Airplane Party!!!
56: Mr. Basco is a pilot who flies this airplane in Ruston. He made special arrangements for Carsyn and his friends to be able to see the inside of the plane!
57: I LOVE AIRPLANES!!!!
59: Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life.
62: February 2010 Our first RUSTON snow day!!! | We got 4 inches, but it felt like 40 inches to us! We had so much fun!!
67: Our first Easter Sunday in Ruston was spent at Lincoln Parish Park after church. The Easter bunny hid all the eggs and then we had a cookout! Great family time!
69: spring: a. The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to comprise March, April, and May. b. A time of growth and renewal.
70: We are so blessed with wonderful family and life-long friends who have come to visit us in Ruston to see our new hometown.
72: ...if the shoe fits.... The boys bought Dad a "Fart Book" that made sounds! We laughed for days with this book!
73: Happy Birthday Cary & Matthew
74: First, Matthew opened gifts! | Then we had a water balloon launching contest! Dad was the target!!
75: Matthew's friends: Ashley, Jack, & Reagan | This was the party where they all played "Chubby Bunny!" Dad won with 10 marshmallows in his mouth!!
76: summer days
80: Happy 15th Birthday Michael!!
82: Carsyn loved Mrs. Green for 2nd grade at Glen View Elementary in Ruston.
83: Matthew attended Bethel Christian School in Ruston for 8th grade.
84: Fall 2010 Michael 9th grade at Ruston High School
85: The Mighty Bearcat Marching Band
86: Carsyn's Salvation & Baptism Story At the age of 7-1/2 years old, you prayed and gave your heart to Christ on September 28, 2010! It was a Tuesday night, and you had been asking about "getting saved" for several days. You had actually begun asking about it when you were six years old and then decided to wait just a little bit longer. On this night, you were in your bedroom and Daddy went in there to pray with you for normal bedtime prayers. It was then that you asked, “Dad, can I please give my heart to Jesus now?” So Daddy called Mommy, Michael, and Matthew to come into your room and listen. Matthew began talking to you about what it means and how to become saved. You understood and then you prayed in your very own words and asked Jesus to come into your heart! After your prayer, we all hugged you and then you made some phone calls to share the good news! The first person you called was Aunt Ray-Ray (Rachel Bullock) because you wanted to tell Caden. Then you called Pastor Bill, Ms. Sandra, Nana & Papa Bill, and Na-Na. We are all so proud of you!!! On Sunday, October 24th, you were baptized by your dad at Calvary Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana. Rachel and Caden Bullock were there to celebrate with us all. Welcome to the family of God!
88: A beautiful Fall day at Lincoln Parish Park ~ Michael - 15 Matthew - 13 Carsyn - 7
89: Love this picture!! Cali is 10 years old here. She loves to go "bye-bye" with us anywhere we go, but especially when we go to the park!!
90: This photo was taken in 2001 at Grandma's house. What cute little guys!! Matthew - 3-1/2 Grant - 6 Michael - 5 | 2010 And now they are all grown up!! Matthew - 13 Grant - 16 Michael - 15 | B E S T C O U S I N S !!!
91: Carsyn the Great Knight!
92: Christmas 2010
94: A Christmas To Remember...
95: Dear Santa, I want one of everything