Saturday, May 31, 2008

What does a baby think?

I look at these precious little eyes and I wonder, what does a baby think? His little heart is an empty warehouse waiting for us to fill it. What we fill it with will shape his life and determine the walk he has with God. What a daunting task! How? I pray daily for my parenting--that I do what it is GOD is wanting me to do with my children. I look at Allen and Marymae and see the stages in their lives; sometimes I want a "stage" to pass but then quickly I realize that once that time is gone, I cannot go back. I am thankful I homeschool because I get as much time as I possibly can with my children. God is a very real part of our lives, but I often wish God wasn't just a "part" but the whole thing and that we somehow just fit into IT. Maybe that's the "how"--maybe that's what God wants me to do is make Him our life not just a "part" and then all will fall into place. How do you know when you're there? Am I close? Where do I start? Am I already there? Am I filling that warehouse like I should then?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Blast from the past

I have spent a majority of the day on a most important project. My grandparents gave me slides a few years back and asked that I make them into pictures. Well, I started, then stopped, then started, etc. I have restarted after looking in to having the slides made into pictures at Walgreens. It costs .99 per slide and there are hundreds, so it's back to the drawing board and I'm scanning these slides on my printer then uploading them into Picasa so that eventually I can send them to Shutterfly or somewhere and print them out. I keep thinking that there has to be a better way. It's a pain in the butt. I can only do four slides at a time and it takes three minutes to scan them and upload to the computer. Ugg! Anyway, this picture is me. Aren't I cute? (At least I think it's me--half these slides I'm doing have NO idea who people really are!)

Don't ya love that hair?

My sister snapped a couple of shots of Benjamin this past weekend before we cut his hair. Isn't it so cute? I put some stuff on it she had that makes it sorta stiff. Then I made it stick out everywhere just for the fun of it. He looks so cute in orange too. I think that's his color.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lake kids

Every year for my dad's gift for Father's Day, my family and I do a shirt for my dad. This year, we decided to do a lake picture of the kids all "lakey". They had been swimming and playing all day up at the lakehouse and we got them together and snapped a shot of very messy, dirty kids. I love it. In fact, it's one of my favorites because our children love the lake so much and they get to do so much with Paw Paw up there.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Benjamin's first haircut

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Benjamin's first haircut

We went and got Benjamin's first haircut today. It was NOT my idea. It was Jerry's. This is what Benjamin thought of the whole thing. It was sad! I was too.
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Look at those tootsies.

Marymae puts her feet up on the side of the tub whenever she takes a bath. She sit back and chill a little bit. Benjamin is often in the tub with her which means he'll be doing the same thing one day. Water will be on my bathroom floor for another five years at least--I think I'll be sad when it's gone.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tub water anyone?

What do you suppose is so yummy about tub water? My kids love it. Even Benjamin has learned to use the little cups to get tub water and drink it. Do you think something is missing in their diets?

What do you do with all your extra coat hangers?

I went through our closets and threw away a bunch of extra coat hangers. Is there a better way? Does someone recycle hangers? I don't know why we had so many, but, geez, we had enough hangers to fill this trash can full and then some. And, they were mostly little hangers. I felt bad just trashing them, but what else do you do?

Who's the silliest?

I decided to let the kids make silly faces at the camera (something they beg me to do quite often). After the kids made faces, Jerry and I got in on the act. Who would think a silly face could cause such a stir?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Grandpa is a pyro

My dad is a pyromaniac. Notice the bottle of lighter fluid he's squirting at the fire with my children sitting in front of it? You think I'd be all freaked out, but no, I'm not. My dad loves fire and so do my children. What a special moment--the sun setting on the lake, the peir on the left, the water nice and calm, the kids all looking contently at the fire, and then my dad with the bottle of "go go juice". Cool.
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This is a weather balloon

We had a field trip this week to the National Weather Center and got to send off a weather balloon. I took a picture of it to share with ya'll because I had no idea what a weather balloon looked like. It was about six feet tall and four feet wide when it left the ground, but it expands way bigger than that. It looks like a big condom (can I say that without being crude?) but it's white not clear. It's real rubbery looking. Anyway, it takes two hours to ascend and pop and come down. It comes down somewhere over the Gulf and send it's data back to the NWC. It was neat.
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What color are his eyes?

What do you think? What color are Benjamin's eyes? People ask me all the time and I honestly don't know. They're not blue, they're not green, they're not brown...I have no idea. What do you think? Maybe a grayish, brownish bluishness, eh?
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Boat rides always make him sleep.

Benjamin hated having to wear a life jacket. He screamed the first part of this boat ride and then decided it felt pretty good. He fell asleep soon afterward. I'm not sure if it was all the crying or if it was the rockin' of the boat along the water.
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Ya get the point?

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Cross tree

My aunt and uncle found this tree in the middle of the lake that looks like...well, you get it...a cross. Isn't it cool? They drove us over to it Sunday by boat to take a few pictures.
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My sister has experience.

Jerry and I went to Sam's with Benjamin and he was fussy! I searched the world over to find something in my purse he'd enjoy. To my dismay, nothing appeared to work until I found the infant's Tylenol bottle. I remember Sheridan telling me how much her kids loved to chew on the top of the dropped, so I gave it to Benjamin. Oh my, he loved that thing. When it's empty, I'm keeping it. Look how happy he is. Who needs toys?
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The face behind the idea

This is my friend Roxi who gave me the idea of growing my hair and cutting it for locks of love. We met in Rockport yesterday at The Strand and we both cut our hair and donated it to locks of love. Roxi's hair grows faster than mine so this is her second time to donate since I started growing mine out. I sent the hair in a padded envelope from Rockport yesterday after we chopped our hair off. If you're interested in donating your hair, go to www. and follow the directions for hair donation. You do it all yourself so you can cut it at any salon and send it in. They make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to chemo or allopescia--not sure I spelled that right.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Goodbye hair, hello swing

I did it. I chopped my hair off. Ten inches went to locks of love and I ended up with this. I think it's pretty cute. Although, I'm not sure I'll be able to fix it as well as the lady who cut it did. But, she said it'd look cute curly too which is good because I don't own a flatiron nor know how to use one. And, obviously, this is my natural color--kinda grayish blonde. I don't think I'll color it, though, too much upkeep. It was fun; now I can say I did it, but, honestly, I don't want long hair again.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Jerry and I

Jerry and I took an anniversary trip to Galveston last week. We left Allen and Marymae with grandmas and grandpas and went on a quick get away. Of course, we had Benjamin since he's still "on the tit" (did you see sweet home Alabama--that's the line from the bar scene). This picture is taken at the Moody Garden's rain forest area. We had a good time. I missed my kids terribly. We kept busy shopping and sightseeing. We really felt like a couple of old fogies. We went to museums instead of cool hang outs, but we really enjoy each other's company and we like historical and educational things. My favorite was the Titanic museum. It had actual things on display that they found in the bottom of the ocean around the Titanic. They also showed how the things were collected and cleaned for the museum. Cool, huh? They didn't allow pictures in that museum. I wonder why....

Peek a boo

Benjamin is trying his best to see out of his stroller.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Entomology team

We had a little celebration party for the ento team. I order a cake from HEB with a bee on it and I wanted the cake to say, "Congratulations! You're unbeelievable". Well, I get this call from HEB and the lady on the phone says, "Maam, I understand you want us to spell unbelievable with two ee's at the front, but why do you want us to spell it with an e in the end part?" I told her that's how you spell it and she said, "No, it's u-n-b-e-l-i-v-a-b-l-e, you know, unbeLIVEable". I told her no that it wasn't. That it's spelled unbelievable like believe--we believe in you. "Oh," she said. I picked up the cake and it said, "Congratulations, Your unbeelievable". You could tell where the i-e-v had been changed from i-v-a. I should have specified that Your should be spelled you're, huh? But, then, that may have been too much to ask for....hmmmm.

I found this

Benjamin found half an Easter egg in the car. He had a great time playing with it.

Education fair

Our homeschool group has an education fair every year to allow the kids to present some of the things they have learned over their school year. Allen always presents. Marymae decided she was going to present this year, too. She presented all of her art work. She spoke in front of an entire crowd of homeschooled kids. I was impressed. She spoke loudly and clearly and told everyone what she had done. You go girl.

Friday, May 2, 2008

20 years

I haven't posted this week because I couldn't think of what to say to express how it feels to be married for 20 years. Monday, the 28th was our 20th anniversary. What God has joined together, no man has put aside. Jerry and I don't love each other because it feels good; we love each other because God has blessed our marriage. God's presence makes love feel good. I am so thankful for Jerry; he is the only one who would have loved me unconditionally for this long. I am thankful that he has put up with my "psycho"ness and helped me to feel normal. I am stable because of him. I don't deserve the blessing of such a Godly man. We don't have it all together; we have so much still to learn, but marriage takes three--God, Jerry and me. I cannot imagine my life without Jerry. He's the best.