Monday, June 27, 2016

A Girl's Weekend...

I spent the weekend with some of my most favorite people! We all met up in San Antonio, and had a fun little girls getaway with my mom, sister, aunt and cousin. We ended up staying at this amazing little place where we swam, ate lots of yummy food, relaxed and even went down some pretty intense water slides.

It has been two years since the last time we did this, but we have already talked about next year's trip, so I feel certain we won't let two years slip by again!











Most of the pictures are on my mom's phone, so these are all I have to show of our shenanigans, but I assure you, we had more fun than anyone there!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Another Tooth...

This weekend, Remi lost his second tooth (not counting the two he had to have pulled). He did it by himself, and he was so proud!! We waited until we got home to put it under his pillow so that Micah could see his tooth.

He had Micah write a note to the Tooth Fairy again, but this time, he decided she could keep his beloved tooth :)





Don't you just love the way Micah spelt 'Fairy'... such a guy!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Weekend In San Angelo...

Now that Summer has rolled around, the boys and I have more opportunities to visit my family for longer periods of time. We just got back yesterday, and our time was filled lots of fun and exciting activities.

We went and ate dinner at the new Twisted Root... which was super yummy...



We went to the newly fixed up area by the river and explored and played a little putt-putt...











Roen LOVES Nemo! He had been looking forward to seeing Finding Dory for a very long time and since we were in San Angelo when it came out, it was the most perfect time to go!









Probably our most exciting adventure was the Sonora Caverns. The three little ones wilted pretty fast- it was about a 2 mile walk through the caves- but Remi was in Heaven. He had my phone and was taking pictures of EVERYTHING. This might have been my favorite adventure as well...


Digging for fossils













And at the end of each day, these sweet little cousins did this...





I left my camera at home, so most of these cell phone pics are terrible... but they still make me smile :)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sleeping Babes...

It doesn't really matter how old they get, my sleeping children will always be precious...

In fact, my sleeping little boys may be even sweeter than when they were babies. Not having to worry about them waking up, or me having to get up to feed them and then knowing the reason they are sleeping so hard is because of the many hours spent outside being boys.

There is just something about the time of day when they have just fallen asleep, all is quiet in the house, the sun is setting... it is just so peaceful. And then, I go peek at my sleeping loves, kiss their heads and it's at that moment that I realize, they truly are the best gift God has ever given Micah and I.



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Reading...

Well, here is my first bunch of Summer Reading.

I have to say, every single book was fantastic!!

The first three books are part of the Shade of Vampire series that I love so much. These are books 25-27. Even though these books are simple and quick, I ALWAYS look forward to the next book release. The author, Bella Forrest, turns out these books so quickly- like almost one a month. I love this because I never have to wait long to get my hands on the next book!

The next book I read, was something very special that I hunted down. I love revisiting books that have made an impression on me. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is a book I read way back in 8th grade, right after one of best friends read it. I remember loving it so very, very much. So, I searched until I found the exact publication of the book I read in 8th grade. I love that this book is old, worn, reminds me of my childhood and now sits proudly on my library shelf. All these years later, this book still brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. Great books never tire!

The Obsession was a book recommended to my by my best friend. I knew going into it, that it would be a thriller, and we all know I love a good scary story, so I picked it up. This book was extremely addicting. I loved it!! After about the first 100 pages, I literally could not put it down!

The latest book I read, and my favorite, was also recommended by a friend. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. There really are no words to describe the beauty of this story. I cried my heart out as it came to an end and I don't think I will ever be able to forget these characters that seem to have made a home in my heart. The book centers around two sisters during the Holocaust. Oh, it heartbreaking, passionate, sickening and beautiful. It is a longer book, with smaller words so I took me longer to read, but please don't be discouraged. By the end of the book, it won't feel long enough, because part of the sadness is that it is over. If you have a sister, you need to read this. It is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Basketball Camp 2016...

Remi just finished up his very first basketball camp this week.

Roen was still too young, but next year he will be able to join the fun. Remi said that he liked baseball camp better because doing the drills at basketball camp was hard!

Here are all the kiddos...



And here is Remi and his sweet, little buddy..




Thursday, June 16, 2016

3D Writing....

A couple of days ago, Micah took the boys to Home Depot and Radio Shack to buy some parts for a project Remi wanted to build. While there, Micah saw this 3D writer and brought it home as a surprise for me. It is really fun, but I think the boys have gotten to use it more than I have!!





Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Sweet Little Purchase...

I recently made a sweet little purchase.

I have been eyeing embroirdery hoop art for sometime now, and finally decided on this sweetness. I think what I like most, is that is seems very old-fashioned... sweet, simple and something you might find at grandma's house.



I have the perfect wall in my bathroom that is home to this little gem. Every time I walk into the bathroom, I see it, and it makes me smile... it's the little things :)

Of course, I could have gotten an oval shape with the boys and Little Anne too, which would have been just as perfect, but sometimes I like to be reminded that in the midst of all the chaos children bring, there is still an 'us'.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Weather Watching...

I have always loved stormy weather. Rain, thunder, lightening... it all gets me excited. I probably should have been a storm chaser.

One of my favorite things to do when a big 'ole storm is rolling in, is to go sit on the front porch and watch the clouds. Sunday, the boys joined me. A cup of hot tea, a great book, my little side kicks... perfect Sunday afternoon!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sundays...

I love Sundays.

Once we get to church that is. Getting ready is almost always a circus around here.

I love getting up early, usually before anyone else- having the house to myself for a bit is aways something I savor. I love getting all dressed up in a dress in heels- because I am old-fashioned and I will always put on my Sunday best for church. I love getting to church, sitting down as a family, seeing friends, reading the bulletin, I love singing my favorite hymns, I love watching the boys put money in the offering plate. I love challenging myself spiritually, because we all know I am far from being a saint. I love that every Sunday kids ages 2-6 get to go up in front of the church and sing to the congregation... what a sweet way to get everyone settled and I honestly just love starting my week off with Jesus and my family.

Our little family of four has a bit of a Sunday tradition. Not always, but more times than not, after church, we eat lunch at Babe's. One of the boys favorite places to eat. I love that it is just us- Micah, Remi, Roen and I- because in my book, there is absolutely nothing better than chicken fried steak and sweet tea with the three people I love most!

Now, take a look at these little stinkers. Remi says the sun is in his eyes and Roen is growling like the wild animal that he is...



Pictures don't get much better than this, lol!!