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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Calling All Octonauts! A Birthday Celebration.

We enjoyed a special cousin visit that included the kiddos' birthday bash.


Explore! Rescue! Protect!
The food table.


Veggie tray and fruit tray.
I got the cute food signs here.


I thought my "gup of fruit" turned out pretty cute!


The bait was really for me, but everyone seemed to enjoy it!


Buckets of chips!


The birthday boy!
(I didn't get a picture of the birthday girl, she was kind of hard to pin down.)


Gram and Pops with newest grandson, Crosby.


Cousins hangin' on the treehouse.


Kid table!


Cupcakes!


Our little captain!

The kids had a good time opening presents on their actual birthday.


It was happy chaos.


We went out to the lake for a little boat fun. Crosby loved it when the boat was moving, but when it stopped, the misery of the life jacket became too much.


8 months!
He is everywhere. Walking is just around the corner!


Cousin moment.


/The kids had a great birthday week! And as Mama is secretly boo-hooing about how they are getting older, they continue to grow and show me that there is nothing like watching them turn into the amazing people they will be.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Lovin'

Maybe "lovin'" is an exaggeration, but hey, we've got to find love in the simple things, right?

We live in Texas. Summer is hot. Such is life.

There are good things about summer though!


Turning 6 months is a big deal!


Trying solid foods (and hating them) is a milestone too!
We actually had to take a break and try again. He still isn't thrilled with food.


Watching Daddy work on the driveway. Yea no more red clay!



Bath! Love, love, love bath time!


First thing that comes to mind when we think of summer?
Cousin visit!


Cutting out cookies. Our sugar cookies are chocolate around here.


Such a fun activity.


My adventurous girl!


Crosby's first swim in the lake!
He's already such a waterbug.


Lake party!


Or two!


Best part of summer is the swimming!


Lots of water time.


Seven months!
When I took this picture he was just on the verge of crawling. Two days later he was full out crawling. Now he's venturing further and further. Mostly he's crawling, crying, and looking for me. Those stinkin' teeth make you cranky.


New kitty: Taco con Crema Agria.
AKA: Taco.
Unfortunately we lost our Pepperjack this spring. That's the way it goes in the country sometimes I guess. We have given his half brother Taco a home now. He is such a sweetie.


First visit to the peach orchard!


Family shot!
The reality of family picture taking is that it is impossible to get everyone looking at the camera at once.


Fourth of July party!
Multi-tasking - even daddies can do it!


Cheeeeeese!


Seven and a half months and already doing this!
Noooo!


We are half way through the summer and there is still so much fun to be had! Who says summers aren't fun? Even though it's hot, we still find ways to have a good time. And stay busy. Always with the busy. We have to remember to slow down and watch the chickens scratch around, listen to the bees in the garden, and the kids screaming their heads off in the next room. 
Some sounds are more soothing than others.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

The First Five Months And Beyond!

Life is moving along.

This post is long; including baby milestones, farm endeavors, and some travel stories.

Prepare yourself.


Two months old! Already such a chunk!


Sabrina is really getting into her sister zone. I love seeing her create her own way of being with her little brother.


Giving kisses!


Sibling shot!


Daddy and his baby boy.


The rolls! Had to capture him in all his rounded glory to immortalize it in the blogosphere.


Mama had a birthday. Shiner needs me to endorse their coffee ale because it has definitely become my favorite.


Birthday gift from Mom and Dad: coffee beer, coffee candy, coffee grinder, coffee infused wine, coffee syrup, and a gift card. Seriously, what an awesome birthday!


3 months!


Love that grin.
And the caterpillar arms.


In March, we went on a company/family trip to the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston. So much fun to be had on the beach!


Big group of kids riding waves.


Sabrina surfing.


View from the beach house.


Playing in the sand with Grammy.


Proof that Crosby had been to the beach! Needless to say, it was still a little chilly down by the water.


The rascals.


Brother sister.


Chase the seagulls!


Eating up the ice cream before we leave!


Four months!
Rolling from tummy to back, to the left and right!


And a week later rolling from back to tummy!


We have a couple of new additions to our homestead family. 20 chicks have hatched and we have about 36 more in the incubator. We lost all our chickens and ducks from last year, but we're getting serious and giving them a better pen this year. Hopefully we will eventually have eggs!


Bees!
Nick is getting into bee keeping. We have one hive he acquired from a log, and he has been learning tons about the whole process of keeping bees.


Unleavened Bread came swiftly as ever this year. We enjoyed a lovely Night to Be Much Observed dinner with family.


Steak! Potatoes! Cheeeese!


More cheeeeese!


Five months!
Wobbly-sitting in the boppy.


In love with the guitar.


Happy 9 years!
Anniversary/end of school camping trip included a trip to Waco and of course, Magnolia Market!


Line of kiddos, eight in all!


Playing on the outside turf.
The dads watched kids while the moms went in to shop.


Lots of pretty stuff!


We camped at Fort Parker State Park, just outside of Mexia, TX.
Here Ryder is standing on the fishing pier.


They had a lovely nature center at the park. The kids had fun learning about local wildlife.


Pose with a pelt!


Cousin slide shot!


Baby cousins Sadie and Crosby.


Cooling off in the river.


Mama and Crosby.


Daddy and Crosby.


Crosby's first camping trip!


Family shot at sunset on the pier.


Group shot!
Okay so we went a little crazy with the picture taking this trip.


Guitar time. Crosby loves to hear the guitar.


Sunset at Fort Parker.


Life has been busy as always, but filled with so much fun and fulfilling times.

To many more simple moments!