Wednesday, February 26, 2014

At Granny and Paw-Paw's

Texas weather is so crazy during the "winter" months. With summer in Texas, you know what you are going to get....HOT! But winter here is all over the place. Example: this past weekend the weather was gorgeous at 70 degrees, today it was barely 40. Luckily we took advantage of the pretty weekend and headed to see Granny and Paw-Paw. The boys LOVE going there.

Caleb is so in to nature right now, especially birds. He loves birds, he loves watching birds and learning about birds. He sat at the table before lunch with a bird book in his hands while he watched the many birds outside the window. Granny and Paw-Paw have a wide variety of birds in their yard and Caleb loved it. He could not get enough. 

Peek-a-boo, I see you.

Caleb quietly and patiently waiting for the birds to visit the feeder.

Every time we visit Granny and Paw-Paw I envy all the space they have. Space outside. Space to play safely. Space to ride a bike or play basketball. The boys just loved all the freedom and space they had. I think I need to move out to the country. I want all that space.

We got to see some precious baby goats. They were only a few days old. 
Is this not the cutest thing you have every seen?

I really want a baby goat now.

I can't stand how cute these babies are.

I need a baby goat.

Granny and Paw-Paw have 2 dogs that the boys adore. I think seeing the dogs are the highlight of every visit. I think the dogs like the attention too.

Nikki is practically sitting on Caleb. He loved it.

Lots of hugs.

And kisses.

More hugs...or a headlock. 

Swinging high.

Caleb tried to shoot hoops while we were there but Sadie was obsessed with the basketball. Caleb mostly tried to keep Sadie from snatching the ball.

Too much outdoor fun wears a 5 year old out. He came and cuddled up with me for a few minutes to recharge his battery. I love those precious little freckles on his precious little nose.

Battery recharged, time to bike ride.

It's a shame Caleb isn't having any fun.

Thanks Granny and Paw-Paw (Nikki and Sadie too) for a great time!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Out and about in nature

The boys are still loving our almost weekly nature walks with our local naturalist. Here are a few photos from our recent walks.

These photos were taken at the brand new nature park in our area.
It was quite cold this morning, that's why the kiddos are all bundled up.

Love this face.

And this face.

Caleb learning some very important facts about this particular beetle. 

My kid was the only one brave enough to hold the beetle. Caleb loves these nature walks.

Benjamin enjoys the time outside but he gets pretty antsy at the sometimes slow pace of the walks. The other kids like to stop often to chat with the naturalist about the things they are observing...Benjamin just wants to keep moving. 
Action shot of him leaping off the bench.

He found some sticks and they instantly became light sabers. Everything is Star Wars, everything.

He's a fierce fighter. Watch out. 

You can see from the photos that the trails at this new nature park are pretty much made of dirt. Technically it's called "crushed granite" but it's really just dirt with some rocks. It cracks me up because the trails are considered ADA compliant. I learned a long time ago that ADA compliant does not mean wheelchair friendly, and these trails are not wheelchair friendly. Caleb really can't push himself on the trails so I do all the pushing for him. It's absolutely exhausting but I do it anyway because Caleb just loves these walks. Well, at least I get a good workout. :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day

Last year for Valentine's Day I surprised the boys by decorating the kitchen table and serving donuts for breakfast (a semi-rare treat in our house). They loved it so I decided to do it again this year. When the boys woke up this morning they found this:

...a pretty table, plus pink frosted donuts!

I also made each one a special Star Wars Valentine.

 Caleb's card

Benjamin's card

I know, I'm a dork...but I had fun!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nebraska Tournament

Caleb had a wheelchair basketball tournament in Nebraska this past weekend...we live in Texas. Nebraska is far away, so far away. Glenn and I went back and forth on whether we should even make the trip. It seemed like a really long way to go just for a weekend basketball tournament. In the end we decided it would be a fun adventure and we would get to visit a state that we have never been. So we went. Nebraska is about a 10 hour drive, 12 hours with kids.

We saw a lot of snow on our drive. There was a bit of snow in Oklahoma and a lot of snow in Kansas and Nebraska. Snow, snow, snow.

I was so impressed with how clear the roads were despite all the snow. Here in Texas we don't really know what to do on the rare occasion we get more than one inch of snow. The whole state pretty much shuts down because we aren't prepared for winter conditions. Kansas and Nebraska are prepared and they do a great job. The boys loved seeing all the snow plows on the roads.

We made it!! The boys did fantastic in the car. Seriously, they handled the long drive better than I did.

The tournament was at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Team huddle before their first game on Saturday morning.

Caleb throwing the ball in. Caleb was the youngest player on the team and the most inexperienced. It was really interesting to watch him play because you could tell he was very intimidated. I think it just takes time and experience to really build confidence. He'll get there. 

Watching the varsity teams play. Those are exciting games for sure. Wheelchair basketball is so fun to watch.

The tournament was a great experience for Caleb. It's always good to play different teams and see where your own team might be lacking. 

Benjamin was such a trooper the entire weekend. He was so good and so patient. Love that kid.

He's always happy when he's eating. I have no idea where he puts all the food he eats.

On Saturday afternoon the younger players had the opportunity to play a 6 foot exhibition game. The goal was only 6 feet instead of the normal 8 foot goal for the prep division. It was remarkable to see the change in Caleb's confidence when he was paired with kids his own age and size with a 6 foot goal! He totally changed. He was so confident and really played the game. It was so fun to watch.

Making a basket with the 6 foot goal. Nothin' but net people. Look at form and follow-through! Future pro right here!

After a full day of games on Saturday and one game Sunday morning, we headed home.

It's chilly in Nebraska. I've never seen this temp gauge fall into the single digits.

We had a really great time and we are so glad we made the long drive to Nebraska. It was fun to get a glimpse of a "real" winter. The snow was beautiful, although I learned that snow and wheelchairs are not friends. I think I would get weary of dealing with snow after a while. 

Our view leaving Nebraska and heading to Kansas.

More snow!

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