Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Walk-n-Roll for SB 2014

This past weekend was the annual Walk-n-Roll for Spina Bifida. Thanks to all the donations we received, we raised $1,100 for the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas!

Caleb was anxious to get through the 1/2 mile walk so he could start swimming. 

Every year the walk is held at a local water park. The boys love it because it has somewhat sandy beaches.

Caleb was under water pretty much the entire time. He barely comes up for air.

Taking a quick break to play in the sand. 

The boys had a blast and they look forward to this event every year. I'm thankful to everyone that donated. We are so blessed to have such an active SB chapter in our area. It is a privilege to show our appreciation by raising money.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

At MeMe's

We took advantage of the long Labor Day weekend by taking the boys down to the "farm" (aka MeMe's house). The boys love going there and it has been quite some time since we've made our way down there. We divided our time between staying out on the land and spending time at MeMe's house.

Someone is excited.

Benjamin was definitely in his element. He loved having all this open land to roam and run through. He was on a grasshopper hunt when I took this photo.

The boys met a neighboring horse and donkey.

MeMe has some land with cattle so we took some time to drive around and say "hi" to the cows. We also saw a gorgeous sunset. 

Hi cow.

Our mornings were nice and leisurely. It was a welcome blessing to have a break from our normal routine. 

Surrounded by nature. It really is just beautiful out there.

The boys got to ride around in Uncle Mike's truck.They thought that was pretty cool. Not sure what their poses are about.

He's handsome.

A little bird watching.

The cows were a bit curious about Benjamin but they were so skittish too. 

Benjamin was so excited because he found dozens of cicada shells. Seriously, we came home with a bag of cicada shells. He loved it...as you can see from his face.

The boys had such a great time.

This photo is hanging on MeMe's wall....

.....look like someone familiar? 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Walk-n-Roll for SB, Donations welcome!

Well it's that time of year again Our local SB chapter (which is awesome by the way) is gearing up for it's largest fundraiser of the year. The Walk-n-Roll!

Wheelie Awesome Team from last year!

If you would like to show Caleb your support and make a donation then click the link below!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Basketball season has started!

After the summer off, basketball season started back up this past weekend. Our Saturday mornings are now booked for the next 8 months.

It was really fun to see all the kids again, and we had quite a new faces as well. I'm really excited about this year. 

Several of our older players "graduated" up to JV so Caleb and a couple of other kids are now the oldest players on the team. I think it is going to be a great season for Caleb. I predict that he makes his first basket this season. He is so close.

Benjamin likes to work on his b-ball skills as well.

Drills. :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Homeschool....Our first week

We just completed our first week of homeschool for 2014-15! We started our school year a little bit early this time. I switched Caleb's curriculum this year from My Father's World to Tapestry of Grace. MFW was very much an "open and go" curriculum while TOG requires far more preparation and scheduling. I'm very excited about TOG but I knew there would be a steep learning curve (for all of us) so I wanted to get an early start. I didn't want to feel rushed right from the beginning so we are easing back into the routine of school. 

Our "First Day of...." photos.

First he turns NINE and now he is in THIRD grade! Someone stop time please.

And this one...in KINDERGARTEN! I'm so excited to see what this year brings for him. I chose MFW Kindergarten for Benjamin plus he will join in with Caleb on some of the TOG activities. 

My boys working together. 

Cutest thing ever: Benjamin open and closes his mouth as he cuts with scissors. Adorable.

It was definitely an easy week for all of us. My goal for this year is to "relax". I think I'm going follow a more "year round" schedule instead of following the ISD calendar. The Tapestry of Grace curriculum is so rich and full of different things that I don't want to rush through anything in an attempt to wrap up our year by June. I love that I can do that. I love that I can set our schedule however we want. If we are getting burned out, we can take a break. We can do whatever we want.

We finished off our first week of school with a nature walk. 

Caleb holding an ant lion (those weird looking bugs that form funnels in the sand).

Catching grasshoppers for our "bug jar".

I'm really excited about our school year. The boys will have one day a week away from home. I found a local church that has a wonderful program specifically designed for homeschooled kids. It's kinda like a co-op meets a Mother's Day Out. The boys will have a couple of classes, recess, p.e., lunch...kinda like a typical day in public school (just way more relaxed and only 5 hours). Caleb still misses some things about public school and I think this once a week program will fill that void for him. I think the boys are going to really enjoy it....and just maybe, I'll enjoy a few hours by myself.

Our school room. 
I made quite a few changes from last year.

So that's a brief look into our first week of school. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Caleb turns 9. NINE!

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this but apparently Caleb, my first born, turned 9 years old this past Saturday. As a parent you know it's coming, your kids will grow up. Every birthday seems like a reminder that my time with my kids is passing all too quickly. It's so bittersweet. Sigh. Since you can't stop the birthdays from coming....you might as well celebrate them!

Caleb woke up to a decorated kitchen table.

We always do birthday donuts. 

 This year we decided to do a low-key, easy birthday party for Caleb. He loves the water so we rented a cabana at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, invited a few friends, and had a day of fun in the sun. It was perfect.

He's 9 people. Nine. Seriously, how did this happen?

Having some underwater fun with his buddy Kohen.

 He wouldn't let us sing "Happy Birthday". Said he was too old for that. Oy.

This little cutie had a blast as well.

This kid knows how to eat a cupcake. Even got a little on his arm.

Well that's one way to do it.

We had a great day celebrating 9 years of the awesomeness that is Caleb.


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