Also, last May, before we realized that our "early" summer was going to be a record-breaking drought, I set up the slip n slide, and let the boys enjoy the simple pleasures of water play... Meanwhile I took photos with the sniper lens from far away, safe on the porch, away from the action.
Charlie had just turned the nozzle to "jet" and I tried to warn him to NOT shoot that into his mouth...
This was about .02 seconds later.
Oh, and BUBBLES! Another of life's simple pleasures. Thanks to the wonders of pinterest, I found a great bubble recipe...
1 1/2 quarts of water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup liquid dish soap
And then, instead of a wand, why not tape together 3 or 4 straws? The kids love blowing bubbles this way!
Although I don't have many photos to show for it, there's one thing I want to remember: Charlie's reading milestone. Last year, Charlie's school did a reading program that required them to read 250 books on their own over the school year. Essentially, one to two every school day.
The first semester was rough. It was very difficult to get him to read because he'd get frustrated with how slow of a reader he was. Charlie's personality is that he wants to be able to instantly master whatever he tries to do. If he can't, he gets very upset, cries, throws a temper tantrum...(he has his mother's patience, God bless him!!) So day after day this went on. Eventually I let it slack a bit because it was so tough on him.
But then in February sometime, he just seemed to "get it." All of a sudden, he could read well and quickly! It reminds me of how we struggled with potty training when he was 2-3 years old. Once he hit his stride, he tried so hard to catch up on the reading goal. He was reading 3-5 books a day sometimes. But, alas, I misunderstood the deadline. I thought it was the last day of school, but it was actually 2 weeks prior. So he didn't make his goal. :( But he came very close, and I am so proud of him!
This Easter we "celebrated" the resurrection in a way we've never done before.
We spread the ashes of 3 of Chuck's grandparents into Lake Travis, rejoicing that we will be reunited when the Resurrection of Believers comes.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
First we met up at Chuck's Aunt Binnie's house for lunch and let the kids get the wiggles out.
My guys were so excited to see Lacey! We've missed her since her one year run at UTSA.
Going out to the dock.
Binnie and Yvonne (Chuck's mom) The ashes Binnie is holding is both of their parents.
While it was emotional, you can tell that our kids weren't quite old enough to "get it." And in a way that kept things from being too sad. While we miss them, we're thankful for the hope we have in Jesus that we WILL be with them again.
Just after the Henderson party we headed to Austin to celebrate my birthday.
Really, it was a birthday week for me. Monday, my girlfriends met for dinner at my favorite restaurant. During the week Chuck installed my birthday present: a new stereo in the van, complete with a built in dvd player for the kids and a rearview camera for me!
Then, after the Easter party, we met up with a guy who sold us his fisheye lens (thank you, craigslist!)...
And we went on to meet up with my family for dinner.
Big Daddy is such a sport - Charlie weighs over 60 pounds!
Chuck, through a fisheye.
We bobble-headed everyone. My nephew Elijah.
Then we went to our hotel. My Aunt Vickie works there and had gotten us the nicest room, and even had a rose waiting on me there for my birthday.
Charlie, just waking up.
The fisheye view of breakfast.
Our view of the hill country.
The greatest gifts for my birthday were God-given...although I didn't get a decent group shot.