Sunday, July 31, 2011

Saturday with the girls

On Saturday, I was able to go down to the Lost Pines Resort for a day of fun with the girls. Tanna and Audra come down from Dallas and Lauren came over from Bastrop. Tanna and Lauren both had their kids. I wish the boys could have joined us. We floated the lazy river, got some sun, explored the petting zoo, and played in the bounce house. I think me and Tanna had more fun in the bounce house than the kids did!! The resort was so nice and the staff took very good care of us while we were there. I think we decided that we need to come for a longer period of time the next time we come! There were too many fun things to do and not enough time. I think my favorite part of the day was when the kids were playing by themselves and the four of us were able to talk uninterrupted for a bit. About nothing in particular really, just real life issues that women face and how we cope. We were able to share songs and verses that speak to each of us, in hopes that they speak to others too. I am so blessed to have women around me that have my same spiritual convictions and who I can talk freely with about anything!

Being silly

Ice cold drinks on another 100+ degree day

On the Lazy River

Me, Tanna and Lauren

playing in the sand

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to work

It was back to work for me last week. I am so lucky that I love my job and I love my coworkers. Having to go back to work was hard because I loved being a stay at home mom, but I think God set me up with the perfect job for my situation and my personality. Not only do I enjoy teaching 4 year olds and get the summers off to spend with the boys, but I also have great ladies to work with which makes it so much fun. This week was filled with a ton of training but also with us all catching up after being apart all summer. I am really looking forward to this year!

The whole gang!

Me and my co-teacher, Dora

Our director was so sweet and got us each a welcome back gift!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Adventure #9

Feather Extensions...the new fad. I'm sure we will look back in a few years and wonder why we were putting feathers in our hair, but for today it's the new fathion trend! So, earlier this week Baylee, Richard's daughter, texted and asked if I would take her to have feathers put in her hair. I have been wanting to do it all summer, so this was the perfect opportunity, plus I'd have a friend to go with me!! Baylee wanted to get 4 feathers and for it to be very bright and visible. I wanted just one feather and wanted to be able to hide it, since going back to work is right around the corner for me. There were a million different feathers to choose from. You're not only looking at color, but length and the way the feather hangs and how "feathery" it is. Once we decided, the lady clamped them in and that was it. So now we both are very fashion forward...and perhaps have given future generations reason to question what we were thinking. ;)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What do I know of Holy?

This has been my new favorite song for awhile now. Over the last several months I have really been amazed at all God does and did and made and says. I just can not fathom what kind of creativity it takes to create a hummingbird and also a whale or the kind of patience it takes to not destroy a sin ridden land or the the kind of love it takes to create me and then give me a choice on whether to love the Creator back.

I can relate to the words that say "Then I caught a glimpse of who you might be, the slightest hint of you brought me down to my knees" Just that one line brings back a flood of memories over the last years where God drew near and I was blown away. I know I've said it a million times, but for those in the middle of their worst nightmare it's worth repeating so you know there is hope...I never would have chosen the circumstances, but I would never trade the divine romance I found with Him in the middle of it!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Trip to Mansfield

The rest of the week in Mansfield was spent doing a ton of fun things!

*An afternoon at Hawaiian Falls with Tanna and Brylee
*Team Teaching Boot Camp with Tanna
*Dinner at Olive Garden with Laura
*Cars 2 with the boys and my sister
*Pedicures with my mom
*Swimming with the boys

It's always nice to get to spend an extended amount of time with family and friends!!

Boot Camp

Hawaiian Falls

Monday, July 04, 2011

4th of July

This weekend we participated in the classic 4th of July activities; baseball and the lake. I invited my friend, Richard and his three kids, Baylee, Koby and Kelby, to join us for a Ranger game and a day at the lake. Although the Rangers did not do so well on the night we were there, it was fun to watch the kids enjoy the game and the food and the vendors. Teague became very good at yelling 'Ice Cold Water' after the gentleman who was actually selling the water. He is definitely my little comedian!

Once we got to the lake, the kids hit the water and only came out in brief spurts to eat every now and then. We enjoyed going out of the boat and tubing and skiing and Blake put on a great fireworks show once the sun went down. I don't remember the last time I wasn't at the lake on the 4th of July, but I know there is no place I would rather be!! It was a great weekend!

Troy always enjoys the tube!!

Amber and I ready to get thrown off!

Baylee, Koby and Kelby had never been out on a boat or on a tube ride so watching their reactions and their excitment was fun. Kelby and Baylee both tried tubing and seemed to enjoy it! Baylee was even brave enough to let my dad throw us both around while going pretty fast!

Teague's first ride on the tube!

Blake showing the kids where the skis go in the boat.

The boys enjoyed snow cones with Mimi and Papa