4th

We are in Utah for a little while trying to escape some of the Texas heat.  We were so excited to be able to spend the 4th of July with family.  We went to the Centerville parade with our cousins, who I was sure were going to beat my kids to all the candy.  Surprisingly, my boys gave them a run for their money.  Little Sam couldn't get it in his bag fast enough.  Luke was a champ and happy to sit in my lap and point out all the trucks and cars.  After sitting in the sun for over an hour, we were beat and went back to Grandma's house to play in the water followed by a BBQ and fireworks.  Aweome!
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blueberries

One of the things I like about living in Texas is the plentiful fresh produce available to us.  Last week, we went blueberry picking.  It went very similar to last year.  Wade picked about 20 berries before he started complaining about being too sweaty.  Sam picked almost half a bucket full, and then went and hid with his cousin where he ate about half of what he had picked.  Luke was happy to just be along with us.  He even got out and helped me pick.  Here's to a great start of summer...having all my boys home with me and no schedules!DSC01603_edited-1 DSC01599_edited-1 DSC01598_edited-1 DSC01597_edited-1 IMG_2732

Sea World

We took a quick weekend trip to San Antonio this weekend and took the boys to Sea World.  They had discounted passes for Texas residents, and we thought the boys would have a good time.  We were right.  They loved seeing all the shows and animals. The killer whales were their favorite (although the show was not nearly as spectacular as I remember it).   Even Luke was happy the whole trip, which is a huge feat itself.  
Funny enough, my boys favorite part of the trip was sleeping in a hotel and swimming with their dad at the hotel pool.  
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blue bonnets

Last week we took a trip to downtown Houston to take the boys pictures in the famous Texas blue bonnets.  I ended up pulling Wade out of school for the day, which I felt a little guilty about at the time, but am so glad I decided to do it.  I loved watching the boys explore the giant field of flowers, just having fun being little boys.  After pictures, we played at the park and had a picnic with our cousins.  And after that, I surprised the boys with a trip to the children's museum.  We had so much fun together.  I was totally unplugged from my phone and it made such a difference.  I got to take time to play with each of my boys, and they totally ate up the attention.  And do you know what, I kind of ate it up, too.  I'm going to try to be better about making moments like these, because they are growing up so fast.  DSC04674_edited-1

accomplishments

It has been a rough few months here.  I have been in a slump.  But Spring is here and we have made some changes around our home.  Things are looking up.  

Over Spring Break, I set a goal with Wade to teach him how to ride his bike without training wheels.  Wade is my child who is not athletically inclined.  He gets frustrated when things don't come easy to him.  We started by taking the training wheels and pedals off his bike to let him get used to balancing.  He can only barely touch the ground on his bike and it made him nervous.  He tried.  But it was hard.  And more often than not, he asked to quit.  He was frustrated, we were frustrated.  We all tried to give up at some point.  But between Wade, Phil and myself, we kept each other going.  And then yesterday, it clicked. video

It made my mama heart so happy to see him accomplish something that was so hard.  We couldn't get him off.  He just wanted to keep going and going.  Hopefully, he'll be able to look back to this someday when things are hard, and remember that he can do hard things.  

six

Wade turned six last week.  We let him have his first "friend" party and he chose a Mario theme...no surprise there.  We let him invite a few friends from church and school and it was honestly so fun.  It was fun to watch him interact with his friends and to get to see all of these little people's personalities.  Happy Birthday little buddy!DSC04634_edited-1 DSC04636_edited-1 Untitled-1 DSC04651_edited-1 
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goons

These little men....they can be complete goons sometimes.  If you could have seen the pictures I had to sort through to get this one.  Sometimes, being a mom is hard work.  Usually I feel over-worked, under-appreciated, tired, ignored, frustrated and pretty much like a broken record player.  But every now and again, I get a chance to stop and look at the big picture.  I get a glimpse of the men these sweet faces will become and am reminded of the gift they each are.  I am so thankful this Christmas to have my little family and know they are mine forever.  
 
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