Monday, September 29, 2014

Entering Chandler’s World

As I’ve mentioned before, and it hasn’t diminished over the years, Chandler continually brings me flowers from the yard. This sweet child truly delights in finding pretty flowers and bringing them to me. A few days ago, he brought me a bunch of Lantana flowers. I quickly reminded him that he shouldn’t take flowers that I’ve planted; I want their pretty blooms to stay where they are.  He emphatically told me, “No, Mom, I found these in the yard where you didn’t plant them!” So he showed me how he’d found a small niche where lantana was growing wildly on it’s own. I was amazed. I hadn’t ever noticed it there before.


So, as a break in his school day, I grabbed scissors and a jar, and told him that for once, we would pick the flowers together. He was to give me a tour.  What followed truly surprised and touched me. 

He knew every crevice in our yard. He was aware of the smallest of flowers. He even had named certain areas of our yard, from the “snake farm” to the “deep valley.” He was vigilant in telling me when I needed to watch my step and be careful. His working knowledge of our land was astounding. I knew he spent a lot of time outside; but I had no idea what an observer and explorer he had been.




These were Chandler’s favorites.


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The sweet botanist.  EM170018

So, I took these photos, and I wanted to leave them here. Not only as a sign of something new I learned about my boy, but as a reminder to enter their worlds. How often I get so caught up in my world that I forget to enter theirs.  I will forever treasure this day when I got to follow him around and learn what mattered to him.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Yes, it’s been 1 year since I blogged last. Instagram and Facebook tend to work well for relating family stories and events. But for sharing multiple photos, I’m thinking this blog can still serve it’s purpose. So I’m going to skip the past year and leave that for another dozen later posts.

Last weekend, we decided to visit the Botanical Gardens because they have a Lego exhibit. What I didn’t anticipate: Regret. Anguish. Feeling like I could kick myself for not visiting this place (9 years) sooner! If you live locally, do yourself a favor and go see the gardens. And savor every moment. What a beautiful place.

Be warned: Your kids may become camouflaged in the giant Elephants’ Ears.


It’s refreshing to see so many water features in our drought-stricken land. 




Although the wonderful rain shower that came also added to that relief and ambiance. This was us seeking refuge under a 200+ year old dwelling. The kids thought it was amazing how short the doors were.

P9200030 My fave of the lego exhibits.



Oh the joy of the fans in the floor….

P9200080 (2)-2Chuck’s cool perspective on a water lily.


For a moment I don’t feel like they’re getting so big…

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Original poses by the Thier boys.

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We had a guessing game before we would read the sign for each lego exhibit. I think this bee took 17,000. I couldn’t help but feel panic that this sucker was going to fall to a devastating demise since he was hanging by a thread…

P9200130We found wildlife among the fauna!


P9200159Another favorite of mine. :)


This picture cracks me up! There’s an area with a bunch of hammocks, and Chance devised a way to make himself swing on it. He was having a blast!