Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Can I just say...I love staying at home with my girls...and hate even the thought of going back to work :-)

A Visit at Lisa's

I mentioned in the previous post that my girls spent a week at my sisters, but I also stayed a week up there when I went to pick the girls up. Lisa's church was having VBS, so I signed the girls up there as well.

We had a lot of fun. Delaney only lasted one day at VBS, when she decided that being around too many new people was not her cup of tea. So each day, we drove Jacob, Emily and Kaytlynn off at church for 3 hours and then Lisa and I shopped and ran errands with Delaney and Grace.

Something else we did was each day we watched a different American Girl movie. I don't know if you are familiar with these, but each one is a story of a fictional character during sometime in American history. Julia Roberts is the executive producer of them and they are really well done! We watched Felicity (1775 during the Revolution), Samantha (1904 during child labor abuse and women were fighting for their rights as well), Kit (1933, the Great Depression) and Molly (1943 WWII). ALL FIVE kids ages 4 -10, both male and female LOVED these little if you are looking for good, clean, family entertainment...there ya go!

One night we went to see my dad's garden. He was so happy. He had filled it with carrots, onions, peppers, corn, many different squashes, pumpkins, green beans, and tomatoes. I am sure I am missing something, but that is the gist. The kids got to pick peppers and green beans and then we went home and showed the kids how to snap them. The kids just loved it!

Thursday evening we spent the day at my parents house and celebrated Fathers Day a little early. We had Ribeye, potatoes, and corn on the cob....Practically a perfect dinner.

Friday night, Lisa's church had a family day to cap off VBS. They had about 10 different moonwalk activities (some were mazes, others had water slides, and one was a Laser Tag game) They had bungee jump activities, rock walls to climb, petting zoo complete with a ring tailed Lemur, and Pony rides. They also had popcorn, sno cones, etc. for everyone to enjoy. The weather was perfect and the kids had a ball. The petting zoo was their favorite part because they got to watch a goat poop...go figure. All of that entertainment, and they sit there and stare at a goats behind while it poops. My niece even tried to "wipe" the darn thing with grass, until we screamed DON"T!!!! Quite embarrassing and funny all the same!

We left on Sat. Got stuck in traffic. Bad accident less than a mile ahead of us (Thank you God that we weren't hurt). It took more than an hour of not moving, before they could clear the road. The girls were so antsy that I treated them to dinner at the Collin Street Bakery. If you aren't familiar with the Collin Street Bakery...look them up. They have been there forever and make delicious cookies (though they are known for their fruitcakes). We got home just before hour before Father's Day!

It was a great visit and we wished that we could have stayed.

Again...Thank you Lisa for being such an amazing sister.

The Girls Went Away

My parents came for a visit one weekend. When they did, my sister suggested that I send the girls back to Denton while I spend my last week at work. I didn't know how well it would go, but said yes, thinking that in the worst case scenario, we could just meet half-way and go get them.

My sister and I used to spend about 2 weeks each summer at my Aunt Barbara's and Memaw's (my mom's mom). We loved every minute of it. I never go homesick. Now that I am older, I realize that that isn't always the case. Kids can't sleep or whatever if they aren't home in their bed. Well, lets just kids didn't miss me one DING DANG BIT!

I would call each night to check on them (and because I was missing them like crazy). I would ask each time...are you ready to come home. Each time the answer was NO MA'AM! It was kinda funny actually. Todd didn't like it too much, because he missed them more than I did. But the truth is, we were both working that week, so we only missed seeing them awake for about 3 hours a day.

They really did have a ball with their cousins. They played down by the creek at Lisa's house, they jump roped, played freeze tag, went to a jump and crawl space joint called Going Bonkers. They watched movies, made cookies and just had loads of fun. I'm glad they are back but I am so glad they got to go. Thank you, Lisa, for showing my girls such a good time and for loving them so much.