Sunday, June 18, 2017

Branson Vacation

Right after Grace Ann was finished with school, we packed up the van to head east for Branson! The drive was beautiful, I think I am stuck in West Texas desert climate, so anything green looks amazing! All four kids were great in the car, especially with my tablet toting kids with no wifi in the car.

Russell had to stay home to work, but my parents decided to help out and join us for the trip.

We went to Silver Dollar City, The Landing and to the Titanic Museum.  We saw so much and definitely ate too much. And the best part of the trip, (I am getting old here)----THE WEATHER! It was so nice and comfortable. If we go back next year, which I hope we do, we will go back in early June.

And now to the pictures.....

 splash pad in the Fireman's Landing (SDC)
Grace Ann got to pick a clam/oyster to get a pearl and she made a necklace. 
She is getting so grown up....she has worn that necklace every day since we got back.
Can't believe she's almost 9!!!! 
 Davis taking his job seriously...getting rid of bandits.
 The big kids favorite ride...I screamed the entire time bc I hate getting wet!

 The view from our condo!
 selfie after dinner, clearly Emme is not in the mood!

 Build a Bear meet your competition---Ridermakerz
The boys made cars and designed extra details!
They loved it!
 Davis has landed in heaven! And with an orange car!
 Captain of the Titantic
 Bright smiles for this mommy's girl!

 She helps me so much! Just love these two girls!
 Hotel picnic!
Pit stop at B & N, but the real reason I share this pic...
He is just the best kid. Period. I learn from him on a daily basis and he teaches me patience and   
He is my joy on a rainy day, and my light and my hero. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Life lately....

I could start this post saying, "Oh, we've just been so busy...." but I am sure that you are already convinced that my life is always in some state of "busy."


This fall we were literally just surviving! I unpacked everything so quickly in August that I really didn't organize drawers and closets the best. But that's what happens when you are getting four kids into a new schedule in a new town, in new schools. You just do it. (Thank you Nike for your wonderful words of wisdom.)

We stayed in Midland for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was just the best decision for our family to stay put. I always have these grand ideas of fun trips to visit relatives, but it just doesn't come out so good. Thankfully, with Russell's parents here and Aunt Marcie, Uncle Keith, Jack and Gemma, our kids didn't even skip a beat that we didn't leave town.

After the holidays, we zoomed right back to school and getting into our routine again. Grace Ann began getting tutoring at school for dsylexia. We found out right before Christmas that she qualified for services and I am so grateful. After all the red tape I have gone through with Henry in an unnamed San Antonio school district, I was just so grateful that I didn't have to get ready to defend the why or what to get her help.  It was just easy and all the teachers and staff were so positive and willing to take my suggestions. I can not say enough how happy I was.

Again, for Spring Break, we chose to stay put.  Another good choice. The kids enjoyed just hanging out and I let them each pick out a place for us to eat lunch. They all got a turn, except Emme, I had to guide her a bit!

With school almost wrapped up, we are spending time outside riding bikes, working in the yard and trying to turn my grass green. This dang West Texas weather! Just kidding, I am actually loving the cool mornings and mild evenings.  We have had a wonderful Spring.

So, come on Summer, we are ready!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Grandmother Sebring's 90th birthday!

Last weekend, we traveled down to Corpus Christi to celebrate Russell's grandmother turning 90! What a special event to share with her! She has been such a sweet person in our lives and we are so thankful for her and the example she has been to us.