Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Years.....and Vacation Recap

Today is the 10th anniversary of my first blog post.  Kinda strange to think I've been putting thoughts, photos, and questions out into this corner of the internet for 10 years.  I know I don't write often anymore, but I do still read blogs, so maybe someday I'll come back and write here more often.

Wishing to rewind the calendar a few days to the cooler days of our vacation in Red River.  The 100 degree days this past week have just about done me in.....

Here are a few photos of a very fun week:

Papa and Grandpa helping Emily and Anna fish at the 12 & under pond in town


Emily's first fish.....she wasn't really so sure about it


Anna was a bit more excited with her catch!


Tuesday night Cowboy Dinner at Moreno Valley....yummmm!





 


the view from our house

Emily posing with Flat Stanley as we drove out of town



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ten on Ten - May 2014

listening to one of my favorite book series as I get ready for the day

wrapping birthday presents

Heather decided to take the girls to Lowe's and I went along to help - the girls had so much fun!

we had time to stop by the park on the way to lunch....the girls had fun swinging!

family lunch at Little Italy - one of our favorite places!

starting the girls early!

helped Daddy work on changing out switches and outlets - that is a much bigger job than it seems like!

ready to head out for Phillip's birthday dinner.....but first Anna has to clean up her room!

gyros for dinner at Niko's - a relatively new eatery in town

no present can be opened without help when there are two little girls around

Linking up with other Ten on Ten bloggers here


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mother's Day

As Facebook is flooded with photos and posts around Mother's Day this weekend, I need to say out loud that I have a love/not-so-much-love relationship with Mother's Day.   

I love my mother and greatly appreciate all that she has done and continues to do for me.

I love my grandmothers and am so thankful for the legacy they leave with me.

I love my sister and see and appreciate the way that she mothers my two spectacular nieces - even (or especially) on the hard days.

I love my aunts and cousins who are mothers and see and appreciate their relationship with their kids.

I have many, many friends that are mothers. They are smart and funny and kind and are raising their kids to be the same.

Then, things get fuzzy and painful.....

I think of my friends who lost their mothers too young.  Or even later in life.

I think of friends who have uneasy relationships with their mother. Or no relationship at all.

I think of my friends who have lost children.  As my great-grandmother Trietschie once said, "mothers aren't supposed to bury their kids."

I think of my friends who have never been able to have any babies at all.  Or not the second or third (or more) that they had planned. 

I think of my friends who, like me, desperately long to be a mother, but have yet to find their husband with which to start a family. (and please don't spend your effort trying to convince me how you can be a mom without a husband. I know it can happen - it is not on my radar).

And Mother's Day somehow becomes another somewhat ridiculous, fake holiday that often hurts more than it helps.....



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Weekend with Anna

Back when Emily was almost 3 1/2, she came for a weekend visit to my house in Richardson.  Now that Anna is about the same age, I started thinking about scheduling a fun weekend for us too.  And since I live in the same town and see her much more often, I decided that we needed to get away from the normal pace a bit. Plus, a visit to Build-a-Bear was part of Emily's weekend and I wanted to do the same with Anna.

So, Friday I took a half day from work and picked Anna up after lunch at home.  She's never ridden in my car before, so the first thing she said was how "amazing" my car is!  I packed snacks and few of the toys that I keep at my house for the car ride.  One is a mini etch-a-sketch.  Mom still has ours from growing up and Anna commented that it was "just like Pearlie's, only smaller."


We drove to Ft Worth and checked into the hotel. Then it was time to head out for the first part of our adventure!



We headed over to Ridgemar Mall - home of the closest Build-a-Bear to Abilene.  Anna, not surprisingly, picked out a puppy.  And, as I did with Emily, we put in two hearts - one solid red and one gingham - one for me and one for her!  Meet Spot (I talked her out of naming him Snoopy 2).


They also had a pretty great playground and carousel, so we spent a bunch of time playing.... 





We headed to eat dinner and then back to the hotel for the night.  A bit of a challenge getting a 3-year old to sleep in a not dark nor quiet room......so I tried everything I could think of.


The eye mask trick didn't work, but turning off the TV completely and me sitting quietly next to her on the bed finally allowed her to settle and go to sleep.

This morning we headed out for day two of the adventure.....to the Forest Park Miniature Train! We had to wait about 45 minutes once we got there before the first train left, but Anna was a trooper and didn't even complain about waiting. She loves trains so this was a grand adventure.  Through the first part of the ride she was pretty quiet and reserved.  Then she sat in my lap the last half and really came to life. 






After the train, we tried to find the duck pond in Trinity Park and drove through the Botanical Garden trying to find a place for Anna to "run and play in the sun" but everything was packed. So, we spent a little time walking through the Montgomery Street Antique Mall (Anna found lots of "treasures" that did NOT come home with us) then drove past Pearlie's junior high (Stripling). Since Anna was bound and determined to play, we found a neighborhood park for her to swing and slide and run.




By this time, I was starving even though Anna kept telling me that she wasn't ready for lunch.  We were close to a family favorite spot - the original location of Kincaid's Hamburgers on Camp Bowie - and thankfully it was after the super busy lunch rush.  A burger for me and grilled cheese for Anna - with a chocolate shake to share! - and we were ready to hit the road back to Abilene.

Home in time to eat supper, run in the yard a bit more, a long playtime bath and then bedtime for Anna.  Can't say that I'll be far behind her!  I don't have quite all that 3 year old energy!  But I sure am thankful for the time I am being able to spend with these sweet girls now as they are young. I know we are building a great foundation for a sweet lifetime love and friendship.

And in a strange twist of coincidence, Anna chose to wear the EXACT same dress for Sunday morning church that Emily wore when she came for her visit.  




Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

Easter Sunday ..... overcast and cool made for perfect weather to spend time outside after worship and before lunch.


 posing in the iris

Anna dominated the 3-year old egg hunt

as did Emily in the 5-year old hunt

then the anxious starting line for the combined egg hunt....

and they're off!

Papa and his girls....






and finally....the BOYS had to hunt for eggs! don't they look excited?



It was a great relaxing day of family, food and fun. And of course, the reminder that HE IS RISEN!