Thursday, June 30, 2011

We ♥ Daddy!

417 Magazine had a "Best Dads in 417land" so of course I nominated Dwain because he is THE best dad around. Boo to 417mag though because he wasn't picked as a finalist... but here is my entry....

“We only have a few years with them at home, and I don’t want to waste a day!”

My husband Dwain has said this hundreds of times, and even better, he models it. He is the best dad in 417-Land because he spends every possible minute with our four boys - instilling values and teaching them how valuable they are.

Even though he’s the busy owner of Creator Designs, Dwain takes the time to teach his sons the qualities that have made him successful. Every day the boys aren’t in school he takes them to work with him. He finds jobs for them to do and teaches them to work, but more importantly he shows them they’re an essential part of our life and business. While at home, he teaches them to mow, cut brush, pick-up after themselves and others. So many times it would be easier for Dwain to just get the job done by himself, but he ALWAYS takes time to share the value of hard work!

Never missing a day of reading the Bible or a Sunday of attending church is essential in our home. Dwain is “religious” about this! J He knows God’s word is the key to life and he wants the boys to know it well. Honesty is required. “Banners Don’t Lie” and Dwain lives this out as an example for our boys, always being above reproach in his business dealings.

His volunteer work takes him and his sons around the world. A few years ago, Dwain and Deacon, our oldest, made the trip to India to visit orphanages. Once back home he helped Deacon and others in our church raise the money for a new orphanage. He serves on the Board of Hopegiver’s International, helping kids who have no fathers.

Although work and church are priorities, recreation is never overlooked. Dwain is known as the best little league coach in town because he knows the sports and he is patient to all the kids. My boys are proud to have him as their coach! Hunting is another area all the boys enjoy together. Dwain would rather watch them hunt than hunt himself. They spend hours together shopping for guns, watching hunting videos, walking land to find the best hunting spot!

“Work hard, play hard”, fun is never overlooked by this Super Star Dad in 417-land.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Swim Meet (& video)

Our first swim meet in Springfield went well! Team Banner brought home 7 blue ribbons, whoop whoop! Enjoy this video, Jake was filming without my attention.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Deacon & Chapel

I thought these were sweet, I can't tell you what a good big brother  Deacon is!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day Weekend in Oklahoma

Daddy Dwain with all the boys for Father's Day.

My mom and I share a birthday and this was our b-day weekend, she turned 60 and I turned ????? :)

Bo & Papa, what is Bo thinking in this picture? My guess "I hope I get that tall!"

Can you see Bo in the top left corner?

Mom & Dwain discussing landscaping as usual.

Papa swimming with boys.

My sis, Becky & her #3 son, Wyatt.

What a nerd.

Cousin Walker & Bo

Cousin Weston & Jake

Papa gave Weston & Jake these helmets and I'm not sure they ever took them off.

They even ate lunch with them!

So cute!

Cousin Ezekiel enjoying one of papa's popsicles.


Kids everywhere all weekend!

Papa & Nammy and all eleven grandkids!

Me & my nieces, Tabby, Reagan, Lucy.

Where's Regina??? She must've been the only one watching the kids.
We had a WONDERFUL weekend, I loved every minute. I of course love my family so much and don't get to see them often enough. Jake said "Mom, can we move to Oklahoma to live close to our cousins?" I told him he could save his money and move there for college if he wanted, that after all is how I ended up in Bolivar... chasing cousins :)!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Please Follow - Fossil Watch Giveaway

Lauren, message me on facebook and give me your address, and male or female watch?
Congratulations and thank you. I found the winner by using

Hey friends. Some of you might know I have been working on a blog for Creator Designs. I started it in Wordpress and I guess I'm not smart enough to stick with it... nor do I have the patience to learn it. So over the weekend I re-created it in Blogger... Yay! I want you to check it out and let me know your thoughts. Also, PLEASE FOLLOW (bottom of the left column) because I don't want to officially publish it with no followers :( Thank you so much!!! Ok, and I'll do a giveaway, why not, right?! So, you MUST "Follow" the CD Blog and then put a comment on this one telling me you did and if you have any suggestions for it. The prize... a silver Fossil watch, male or female your pick (it has a tiny cd logo on it and I do mean tiny!) I will announce the winner on Thursday!

The new blog...

Friday, June 10, 2011

I ♥ My Camera Phone

Aren't camera phones great?! You can capture so many special moments at any time. They can also be weird, like if you catch someone taking a picture of you... "hey, I am not worthy of People of Wal-Mart just because I didn't do my hair!" Well, here are some random pictures I have had on my phone that I wanted to share.

Sleeping babies are the best!

There's a business in BoMO that has a cat ALWAYS in the window, the kids love walking by it. Here are the Fannins (our friends from OK) checking it out... you didn't know BoMO was soooo exciting did you?!
Jimmy Needham NEEDS a lot of hats! We print for the this artist and he must sell a ton of these because I see them up at CD a lot!
Grandpa's eyes were closed but isn't this the sweetest! He was just talking away to Chapel.

Our favorite restaurant, Brenda's Cafe serves Mickey Mouse pancakes... the best!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Whiffle Ball Days are Here

Gorgeous night for Whiffle Ball!

Seriously, you have got to come play with us!!! What does your family do for fun?
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