Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Will and Ben after church on Easter Sunday.  It was raining when we left for church so I couldn't get photos before and I took these after we got home.  Anytime I want photos of the boys after church, I'm usually giving this speech as we pull into the driveway , "Don't run inside and take your clothes and shoes off.  Let me get some photos."  That's normally followed with some groans and sighs, but I think they are figuring out if they will smile and cooperate, it will all be over much faster.  Even though photos aren't their favorite thing in the world, they posed and I got some good ones.

I thought the boys looked extra handsome in their Easter clothes.



After church we ate lunch with Mark's family.  Most of the Easter egg hunt had to take place inside because of the rain, but we hid a few eggs outside on the porch and sidewalk.  You can see that the cousins still had fun hunting eggs. It doesn't matter to them if it's inside or outside.


These photos are in no particular order.  Here are the boys before church with their Easter basket goodies.  Candy, cars, silly putty, baseball cards for Will, football cards for Ben, and a new Lego to share.  When Ben woke up he was so excited to see the Lego and ran into our room to wake us up and tell us all about it.  Will let us know that he got up at 5a.m. and saw it on the couch so he knew the Easter bunny stopped by our house.  

Easter 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

InstaLife January-March 2015

This is one of those blog post that starts with the warning of "get comfortable" because it's long and there are a lot of photos.  I had made a goal to get a blog post written with my Instagram photos for the months of January - March.  I should have written it for each individual month, but we've been busy with school, work, and life since the beginning of the new year.  We're also in the process of getting everything in order to build our new house.  Mark and I have already invested hours in the building process and we haven't even broken ground.  I had mentally prepared for this.  I knew once we made the commitment to start this process it would take up all of our spare time (as if that even existed working full-time and raising a family, but let's pretend like we did have some free time). Since I blog in my free time and that's disappeared, I haven't been very good about writing blog post regularly.  I know that no one is holding their breath waiting for me to blog, but this ol' blog is my place to save memories for our family.  If it's important for no other reason than that, then that's enough to keep me at it. 

Here's a glimpse at life for the first 3 months of 2015.  

January

The boys looking adorable in their footed pajamas drinking hot chocolate.

We attended a birthday party for our cousin at a local children's museum.  Will and Ben have a such a good time when we go there.  I wish I could remember to take them more since they enjoy it so much.

Ben blowing giant bubbles.

Will looks like employee of the month taking care of the check out like at the grocery store. 

Boys + Legos = hours of fun

We watched Paddington and it was too cute.

The elementary school hosted a reading camp out encouraging students and their families to read together.  The boys wore their PJs and I wore my sweats.  

Will had a check up with the endodontist to make sure his tooth is healing properly after being knocked out.  He got a good report!  Praise the Lord!  I wrote about his good report {here}

While we were in Frisco we stopped by IKEA.

Just a typical scene at the house--the boys playing on their DS.

February

This photo made me smile. I asked the boys to look at me and smile for a photo.  They both ignored me, and I have a feeling this is a indicator of things to come.  They don't like me to interrupt them for a silly photo. 

Is it Leonardo the Ninja Turtle or Ben?

This winter we've worked at the land cutting trees and burning brush.  This is the general location of where the new-old farmhouse will be.  We went to the land this weekend, but we won't be out there very much because the weather is getting warmer, which means snakes are becoming active.  I don't feel comfortable letting the boys explore once the snakes are out.  Since the land is so wooded, there are venomous copperheads.  I don't want any part of that.


Maggie took these cute pics of the boys on one of their adventures.


The boys getting their Valentines ready for their classes.


I wasn't able to attend their school Valentine's parties, but my mother-in-law went and took photos of the boys.  Here they are at her house with their Valentine from Mamaw and Papaw.

We attended a cute birthday party on Valentine's day--even though it was a "girl party" the boys had fun because Rachael's older brother was there.  They decided it was okay to go to a "girl party" if there were other boys.

Our Valentine's dinner wasn't at a fancy restaurant.  Instead we had BBQ at Rudy's.  


Just because I love them so much.

We took a short road trip to East Texas to visit family. 
Family time is special and fun!

While we were there we saw the Texas A&M Singing Cadets.  I had never seen them perform, and they were very talendted.  This year they included a Frozen medley.  Olaf even made an appearance!

Me and my boy Will

I think Ben will learn to play chess before I ever do.  Will has been teaching him all that he knows.

Snow!
We had a fairly mild winter until the end of February and beginning of March.  I thought we wouldn't use our bad weather days built into the school calendar.  If we didn't use them we'd have 2 extra days off in the spring.  I was so sure we'd be off from school....BUT I was wrong.  Even though it looks like we wouldn't have school this day, we did.  This was just powdery snow.  That doesn't shut down school.  It's the ice that we can't handle in Texas.


The boys had a hard time going in to school without stopping to play in the snow along the way.

Look at this adorable candy store!  It's called Lolli and Pops.  The irony of this photo is that I took the boys there before they had a dentist appointment.  I guess we were trying to get our money's worth.  Since this was our first time to visit the store, we were given a tour of all the different candy sections and lots of free samples.  Can you tell we're enjoying it?  Like a kid in a candy store!

March

If you're reading along, you're probably thinking, Whew, finally made it to March.  

These two guys love them some cake pops.

Ben and Will had a sleepover at Mamaw and Papaw's over spring break.  Mark and I did fun stuff in Dallas since we had the day to ourselves.  Lunch at Twisted Root for Mark. 

A stop by West Elm for me. 

I didn't feel very good over spring break so this is the most exciting thing that happened.  I planted some succulents.  They are living happily ever after in my kitchen window now. 

A sweet friend passed on a box full of her son's old Legos.  Ben was in Lego heaven.  He and Will had a great time making all sorts of new creations and looking at all of the new mini figures.   

I LOVE that Will is reading chapter books now.  He's never had an issue with reading, but he's finally developed an attention span to appreciate good books.  He's read almost all of the Little House series and only has 2 books left to read.   Yay Will!  I can see a road trip in our near future that is dedicated to following the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I've looked and there are road trip guides focusing on this very thing.  I haven't told Will yet or he'll be asking when we leave.

Rain, rain, rain
This made me think of Seattle. 

Mark got some new glasses at Warby Parker, and the boys tried on sunglasses while we waited.
Ben looks he belongs in The Royal Tenenbaums in this photo. 

Will tried on a pair of sunglasses too.  This was more of a  Risky Business look. 

Something's fishy! Shopping after church at Cabela's 

It's rained so much that we haven't been able to play or practice for baseball much.  
The rain finally stopped, the sun came out, and Will had his first game.
He's having fun and playing hard.  This is just the beginning of baseball and... 

Tee-ball!  Ben had his first tee-ball game and it was pretty stinking cute! 
He even hit a home run. He's having fun and learning what it's all about.

My pride and joy! 

Since the weather has been so nice, the boys aren't allowed inside. 
They need to stay outside and play.

When the water hose comes out I have to tell them to come inside. 
 They'd stay out there for hours if I'd let them.   


I don't put a lot of photos of Mark on the blog.  He's a private guy and doesn't like to talk about himself so I respect that.  Every now and then I'm able to sneak one in.  This was a neat moment and I wanted to save it.  I'm terrible at math and it's something that comes naturally to Mark.  Thankfully Will and Ben inherited his math genetics.  They both have mathematical minds already.  Will was excited about a lesson his teacher taught introducing division.  He had some questions for Mark (notice I said questions for Mark and not me, I'd be of no help).  I like the look on Will's face.  He's taking in everything his dad is telling him.  Ben's even interested.  Of course, it's math so I automatically tuned it all out, ha!

Last photo!
Minecraft has officially replaced Angry Birds at our house.  I don't get it, but the boys do.  

If I wait another 3 months to do a massive blog post like this it will be June!  
What?!?
I promise to do better and hopefully it won't be that long.


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