Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring 2017


Photos from March, April, and May

We played a lot of baseball starting in March and continuing on until May.
Ben was number 17, and Will was number 8.  
Ben played coach pitch and Will was on the 10U team with kid pitch. 

Over spring break we went to 3 different nurseries looking for flowers and plants for our yard. 

I started a new flowerbed and naively thought I could finish it in a week or two.  
Two months later, and it's not finished yet.   

At Open House this year, Will did a living history museum presentation.  He chose Moses Austin.  At first I thought it would be a challenge because he's an obscure figure in Texas History.  Will made the comment, "Mom, you're the only one who knows who he is." I told Will that's because I am a Texas History teacher and that no one else would.  At first I panicked about the costume, but then we decided the costume would be easy since no one knows much about him.  Will was able to dress like he wanted to.

Ben's class had a fun space theme for Open House.  This is an alien he created. 

We planted bluebonnet seeds in the fall, and we had some small bluebonnets come up! 

April 8th the boys went to the coolest Nerf gun party for their cousin Sam.

April 9th the ladies from my church and I hosted a vintage cowboy themed baby shower for a sweet couple that attends our church.  I enjoyed having it at our home and decorating for the shower with the ladies from our church.

Spring Decor on the mantel 

April 16, 2017
Our first Easter in the new house.  
Holidays have been extra special this year.

We hosted Easter Sunday lunch for Mark's side of the family,
Easter egg hunt for the kids

We watched our niece Maggie compete at the Regional and State Tennis Tournament

Regional Tournament in Tyler, Texas

State Tennis Tournament in College Station, Texas

We walked around the campus of Texas A&M.
I've already tried my best to persuade the boys to choose this as their future university.
For now, this is where they both want to attend college.  Whoop!

Mark got a new mower.

We've been grilling out and eating meals on the back porch.  
Or if we say it as the Europeans do, we've been dining al fresco. ;)

May 1st 
Ben performed in the 2nd and 3rd Spring Musical and the theme was school spirit and Tiger pride. 

May 6th 
Will and the Intermediate Honor Choir participated in the Sandy Lake Fun Fest Singing Competition.
They performed songs from The Sound of Music.

The boys and I made slime.  We followed a video I saw on Facebook.
There were terrible storms that afternoon and evening and it was a good distraction.

That's all for now.  There are several things I've left out.  I still need to share photos from our end of year awards assembly, the last day of school, our niece's graduation, and Mother's Day.  
I'll get around to it.  Thanks for catching up with us this spring.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dallas on Friday

My dear friend, Kayreen, was visiting Texas last weekend.  We wanted to see Dallas since we're usually in the suburbs north of Dallas or even farther north where I live in the middle of nowhere.  The perfect place to visit in Dallas was the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff.  Kayreen and I have traveled together before and she made the comment that the area reminded her of the Haight in San Francisco.  It's been almost 15 years since I've been there with her, but I agree that it's a good comparison. We had pizza at Eno's, which was a good recommendation from a friend at work.  My favorite shop was We are 1976.  They had a friendly staff and great collection of prints.

We had cold brew coffee at Cultivar before heading home.  It was recommended to Kayreen by the people at Slate in Seattle.  

It was a wonderful, spring day with a beautiful friend.  I wished we lived closer and could hang out more often.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

God is faithful

Psalm 36:5
Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, 
Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies.

God is faithful regardless of our circumstances.  
He is constant.
He is steadfast.
He is in control. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas Eve and Christmas 2016

Christmas Eve and Christmas 2016

The photos are jumbled up between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I shared some of my favorites from the two days.

This could be one of my very favorite photos of the boys ever, and it was taken on Christmas Eve night.

Making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

A Christmas Eve selfie while we watched A Christmas Story

The boys always track Santa on the NORAD Santa Tracker, and when they see he is in the U.S. they know it's time to go to bed.

Christmas Morning
Santa found our new house.


 Back to Christmas Eve
Mark's family celebrates with a Christmas Eve breakfast.

Back home on Christmas Eve
We had to say goodbye to our Elf Pets
Last year we adopted a Reindeer named Speedy, and this year we added a new pet.  We adopted a St. Bernard that we named Jingle.

Also we said goodbye to our Elf, Bill, until next year. 

My guys

Our family on Christmas Eve 


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