Category Archives: Random Family Fun

Indulge me, please. I’m having a moment <3

Yesterday was the last day I will wake the two little ones to go pick up their brother from Kindergarten.

I fueled them up with some serious carbs because we had to be at the school by 4:40 for the big spring musical extravaganza production of…Go Fish!

It was, as you would imagine, a delight to watch 60 plus 5 year olds in various homemade fish costumes sing and yawn and wiggle and do hand motions through a series of songs and corny jokes around an ocean theme.

No pics…sorry…I just soaked in every single minute of the whole thing…

when I wasn’t helping keep Emmett from falling through the auditorium chairs or apologizing to the man in front of me when Joel kept patting his back…

ahhh…the memories.

Afterwards, all four grandparents were invited to join the family for ice cream.

In the innocence and lack of self-consciousness that is still tenderly possessed by our little man…

he proudly wore his fish hat for the whole party.

And I made it a point to mark this in my heart.

As a mom I didn’t realize how fleeting these stages of childhood really are.

Like our Rachel, I was busy pinning stuffed shark fins to a t-shirt while trying to clean a pacifier with my spit and hold the middle one off from grabbing my camera.

But as a grandparent…I understand the moments better.

I understand that it is sacred worship to just sit and watch.

To entrust how much I will miss his carefree lack of self-consciousness and exuberant displays of affection into the hands of the Father who loves him and will guide him from this stage into the next.

I know he will most likely one day laugh at how precious we thought he was with ice cream all over his cute mug….

I know I won’t be able to scoop him up in my arms much longer.

I know the days and years that are ahead will move him into an adult and he will forget so much of these days that are my best days ever <3

I thank God for the circle of love that surrounds him and I pray for him to somehow find a way to embrace his inner fish-hat self…

that he will not ever grow so old that he forgets the joy of just being who he was created to be….

Loved by His Father….loved by us <3

 

 

 

Weekend recap

Happy Monday…don’t you love that saying up there in the picture?

We did a lot of little things this weekend that added up to where we are today.

So here’s a few to share.

We ran the 5K and I found out it is a lot easier to run when you have actually been able to train for it…

we finished with pretty good times for each of us. My personal best…out of the two I have actually participated in…L.O.L….seriously…

and…

our pre-race pep talk from the fan club helped too.

On Saturday we went up to watch these yahoos…

so mommy could attend Hearts at Home and daddy worked.

When Graham asked me near the end of the day why his mommy had to go to a meeting today, I told him she was learning how to be a better wife and mom.

He looked at me like I had two heads and said she was the best mom ever already.

Agreed.

The band of brothers braved the cold to cheer G on in soccer…

We found out that no matter how many times you load them into the car in a given day..

Joel has his shoes and socks off and lost before you even put the car in reverse.

And apparently he is ambidextrous when it comes to ice cream…

 

Other than that we did yard work…took a couple of naps…and…

I got new sunglasses…

Best. Weekend. Ever.

Hope you all are having a good start to this week!

See you tomorrow <3

What I did on my Easter Vacation…

I used to love to write those essays in school…yes, I am one of those who actually liked English class….

so without further ado…

I went to Texas to see this guy…

We ate some good food…

all healthy, of course…

and met our quota for carbs…

We visited Texas Hill Country…

and I praised God for the measure of healing He has given to him as I watched our son climb rocks and run and hike hills and scare the living daylights out of me again…

We checked out the downtown areas and the graffiti park…

and I praised God for a pretty little gal with a can of black and a can of gold spray paint who left her mark as I watched…

I rode shot gun in a golf cart on Easter Sunday as John served the parking lot ministry offering rides to members and guests at the late service of his church…

and I thanked God for fruits of the Spirit in this kid-that-we-miss-so-much (and who isn’t really a kid but you know how mom’s are)..kindness…goodness…gentleness..patience…joy…peace…all of ’em…and then I thanked God again.

We met up with a long-time friend from home who also moved to Austin…

celebrated the Resurrection…

had Texas BBQ…

and then it was time to head home ….

And as I flew over the most amazing clouds…because seriously…how can anything this beautiful just be moisture????

I watched the sun set…

and I thanked God <3

I hope you had a blessed Easter.

Now it’s off to catch up on laundry and work and Monday….I will see you tomorrow <3

 

 

Five reasons…

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

I love this holiday so much and so I thought I would share five reasons before I go dig through my closet to find something green to wear …

#1. Ok…green…because after winter it’s just refreshing to see green

#2. I love Notre Dame and Russ and John are Celtics fans…so … go Irish

#3. It’s a holiday you don’t have to decorate for. NO gifts to buy or cards to send. And everyone can celebrate…Irish or not.

I actually do have Irish in me, thanks to my grandmother who had the best name ever….Emma Grace Tate.

But even if I didn’t, on St. Patty’s Day we are all invited to be Irish for the day. <3

 

#4.  Come on…Shamrocks?

What’s not to love about that cute little plant?

#5. Irish blessings…and here is one just for you today…

May God give you….

For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For every care, a blessing,

And a promise for each trial .

For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,

For every sigh a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer <3

God bless you all…have fun today…wear green…have a shamrock sugar cookie…smile…and I will see you on O’Monday <3

A slice of life on the journey

First a little bit of floral loveliness just for you….

Because it’s snowing here…

S.N.O.W.I.N.G.

Ahhh…the Midwest…where you get all four seasons in a week, year round…

This weekend we spent some time with this girl…

having some excellent food…

and visiting the Degas exhibit at the art museum where the only picture I took was…

because…I can still hear the voice of the children’s librarian reading this in story hour with a squirmy couple of little Reimer’s on my lap.

And this one…

because…

Best. Day. Ever.

<3

Happy Monday!

Now go put your snow boots on and conquer your world <3