Monday, September 26, 2011

Golden Triangle, Part 2

So, then we headed to Uncle Mike and Aunt Peggy's beach cabin! I wish I would have gotten photos of them while they were with us!

Chance, enjoying the water.

Chandler, enjoying the sunblock. Oh yes, he did!

Scoping out the area.

First sand castle for the summer.

Then it was back to Nederland to celebrate my brother's 18th birthday.

And getting toys, I mean, tools for his birthday!

Happy Birthday, Uncle Bubba.

The crew.

The silly crew.

The next day Chuck drove in after work, and took the sand castle building up a notch.

And lego building, too.

Then Granny came for the day, and we purchased some shrimp directly off the shrimp boat. Mmmmmmm.

The Grilling Master at work.

It's delicious!

Hosea, our old dog that Granny had pity on and has since spoiled rotten, came along. Yes, that was a long run-on sentence.

Maxin' and relaxin' once the kids hit the hay.

Up and at'em again, this time ready to surf.

Golden Triangle Trips

The gas industry can thank us for the month of July. We went back to my hometown area, not once, but twice. And the second trip included both cars…so really 3 times. But getting to see family…priceless.

My dear sweet (ex-step-who-cares-about-titles) grandmother was not feeling so well, so one day Big Daddy and Nana came to watch Charlie and Chance, giving us time to bring Chandler to Granny, and giving me the chance to sit at my grandmother’s feet for awhile. When we first arrived in town (it’s about 4.5 hours away), my brother and sister were there to meet us upon arrival. I love it when that happens.

As I arrived at the nursing home, Dodo (yes, that’s what we call her), was enjoying her first time for her great-granddaughter to sit in her lap. What a sweet milestone.

And the siblings met up for lunch before we got back on the road.

Thankfully, things started looking up, and Dodo was feeling stronger when we returned a couple of weeks later. We came down again, with the whole crew, and more time.

We had our usual meet up at Chili’s. And compared hand sizes. Charlie’s gonna be a large man when he’s grown…

The group.

And I’m gonna stop there…to be continued.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chance's Half Birthday

It started off as a typical birthday morning. Cinnamon roll included.
But in the weeks leading up to Chance's half birthday, Chuck had worked on a prop...

Which resulted in this fun photo shoot at Chance's Lego Birthday party...

I don't have many photos to show for it, but we were so thankful for all the friends (mostly boys, of course...since Chance still thinks girls are the devil...) that joined us! Here's my feeble attempt at a lego cake.

And the singing...Happy Birthday, Chance!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Third World Symphony

In the past few years my eyes have been opened to the mass amount of suffering around our globe.  The "third world" is much bigger than the first world.  And these people living in poverty are most often overlooked because of their lack of platform.  Enter Shaun Groves. He was a musical artist who made it big back in the early 2000s, and as he was just started to enjoy his success and wealth, God changed his heart. He put the dream home up for sale and went on a trip to the Third World with Compassion Int'l.  We've all seen the pitiful commercials and it's hard to believe that life is really that awful for people.  Like Marie Antionette, it's so beyond our comprehension that we might think "Let them eat cake!"  Yet, Shaun went on the trip, saw the hurt, and saw the hope that the people have.  He went on to lead more expeditions for bloggers in the last few years, which is how I came across him and his work. He and his wife changed (downgraded) their lifestyle so they could give more. He sees the complexities of the poverty, it's not just a matter of giving hand outs.  He's done these trips many times to many places, and changed his career from making money, to playing music if it meant he could ask for support for Compassion.  And really his mission is to motivate the first world to act, to give, and to be aware of what's happening beyond our borders.

So, for about 8 years now that's what he has done. Finally he decided it was time to write a new album.  So he created "Third World Symphony."  He's even on a blog tour, appearing on various blogs each day, telling his story about the album. Many of these bloggers have gone with him on trips, and it's neat to hear their perspectives too. I love how Kristen at "We are THAT Family" talks about how grateful she is that her trip "saved her from wealth." I can also testify that his journey has made me realize how very much I have, and how important it is to be a better steward of my resources. And to thank God for allowing me to live in America, and to pray for the suffering in the Third World.


So, if you get a chance, check out the blog tour. And better still, buy the album. It's good. But don't take my word for it, check it out here:
Third World Symphony by shaungroves

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Potty Trained!

So after months of working on it, Chandler finally became fully potty trained. We celebrated by giving him a little graduation gift. It is so nice to be done with diapers!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Granny Comes to Visit

In June, Granny spent her week vacation soaking up some love from her grandsons.
We took them to McDonald's and what do you think the adults do while the kids play? Compete with the happy meal toys, of course!

Mom got a full taste of the kid-life. We took the boys to story time at the library, then endured the heat to let them play on the playground.

This is Chance's creation with the toys at the library.

The next day we went to Sea World. It was HOT, but fun.

The highlight was that we all got to pet a dolphin calf.

The calf was enamored with my underwater camera.

Then we rested!

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