Dripping Springs

After visiting Granddad in Temple, TX on Saturday we followed Craig and Fallon to their house in Dripping Springs, TX.  We had not been to their church in 4 and a half years, when Lylah was a newborn.  They recently built a new house on some land and we had never seen it… we feel so awful that we hadn’t seen it yet!  

Sunday morning we all got to go to their church where Craig is the Pastor.  He did such a great job preaching!

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The kids loved playing on their land.  They have a little kitty and a puppy and chickens! 

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Checking on the chickens…

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We wish we could have stayed in Dripping Springs much longer but Robin had to be back for work on Sunday.  We left their house mid-afternoon and made one more stop to see Grandmom and Granddad and then of course we had to make a very quick pit-stop in Waco.  We let the kids get out of the car for 3 minutes to see the Bears at the Bear pit!  We will be back in Waco in about 3 weeks for the game opener! 

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We got to see the new stadium from the highway- it is going to be unbelievable!

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The trip pretty much wore the kids out!  I wish I could say that they slept like this the whole way, but they did not.  Cash was very tired of his carseat and I don’t blame him one bit!  We figured out that we drove over 1000 miles in 3 days! 

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Great-Granddad

Robin’s Granddad, Jay, has been pretty sick for the past several months.  Several hospitalizations, several bouts of pneumonia, and congestive heart failure complications.  We decided we really needed to go see him before school started!  The week before we went to see him was his best week in a long time and we were thrilled to see him sitting up and talking!  He even got to leave his skilled nursing facility for an afternoon to get to be with family at Alana’s house. 

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Robin, his brother Craig, and sister Crystal got to have several good talks with Granddad.  

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It was so sweet to watch Grandmom helping him eat his ice cream and chocolate chip brownie.  She takes such good care of him! 

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The next day we were able to go visit Granddad again at his skilled nursing facility.  I’m sure we wore him out but it was great to see him smile so much when the kids did silly things.  

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We love you Granddad and are praying for you daily! 

Swimming at Pops and Gigi’s

On August 8th we made a trip to Texas, mainly to see Great-Grandmom and Great-Granddad.  Great Granddad has been sick the last several weeks and we wanted to make a trip to see him before school started.  To break up the trip we stopped in Arlington first and stayed with Pops and Gigi for a day. The kids LOVED getting to swim in their pool and hang out with Taryn and Zane!

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I love this sweet little picture of Cash…

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Cash has no fear when it comes to jumping in the pool!

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Kiddie Park

We made our annual family trip to The Kiddie Park on August 2nd.  We officially have a tradition of going to Bartlesville on tax-free weekend to shop at the Gap Outlet, then we eat dinner at Frank and Lola’s (so yummy), and then we head to the Kiddie Park!  

This year we went with our family, Nana, Judy, Ron, and Christi.  We had a great time!  Every year I forget to get a family picture… maybe next year! 

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We had a bittersweet moment this year when we found out that Emma was TOO TALL to ride on a few of the rides.  She almost cried.  Foster had to ride this ride without her.  He looks ok

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Next we rode the big cars.  This was Cash’s first ride at the Kiddie Park!

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Next we rode the little cars… we thought this car fit Cash’s personality perfectly!

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Next up was my favorite, the boats!

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Little airplanes…

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Daddy and Cash getting ready to ride the turtle roller coaster
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Cash riding the turtle roller coaster was by far my favorite memory from the night… he LOVED it… his face says it all!

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We had to keep Cash in the stroller most of the night… if we let him walk, he just bolted.  We may have to get a leash for him. 

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Emma and Foster loved the pirate ship! 

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I’m not sure what Emma is laughing about here… funny!

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Snack time!  Cotton candy and snow cones!

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It is tradition for Judy and Ron to ride the tilt-a-whirl with the big kids.  They love it!

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Cash was a trooper… it was WAY past his bedtime at this point!

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Last ride of the night- Foster rode the airplanes!

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We had such a fun night… until next year!

Soccer Camp!

The last week of July Foster went to a soccer camp at Soccer City!  Foster is going to play soccer this fall so we thought it would be good to get in some practice before the season starts. :) He was lucky enough to have 2 good friends in his class, Nicolas from school and Brody from church!  

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Brody and Foster

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Emma was a supportive big sister and watched for 3 of the days. 

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Brody’s mom and I just about died when we saw this.  We thought Foster just had his arm around Brody.  Upon later investigation we found out that they were playing a game where you had to “connect” with someone.  Still pretty cute though.  

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Brody and Foster’s little brothers are about the same age… we weren’t sure they would be able to endure sitting through 3 hour camp so we got a babysitter for them for a few of the days.  On Friday when Braylen showed up, he and Cash were dressed exactly the same. :)  

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Pops and Gigi Visit

On July 24-26th Pops and Gigi made an impromptu visit to see us!  

One evening while they were here we decided to go to Incredible Pizza.  There is SO much to do there, and lots of opportunities to spend $$$. :)  After eating dinner we hit the games.  

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Foster has always wanted to ride go-carts and has never really had a chance.  He was so excited to ride with Pops.  Pops and Foster raced Emma and Daddy.  Emma and Daddy won! 

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After go-carts we played 9 holes of glow in the dark mini-golf!  

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We couldn’t leave without doing 15 minutes in the trampoline park.  It was so fun to watch the kids have so much fun jumping and diving in the foam pit.  They slept very well that night! 

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The next day Emma, Mommy, and Gigi had some girl time and Foster and Pops had some boy time.  Foster and Pops went to Bass Pro Shops together.  I know they had an awesome time.

The girls went to get pedicures and to the mall.  

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We had a great visit with Pops and Gigi! 

Branson Trip Part 2

Our 2nd full day in Branson was a very full day!  The resort where we stayed had a ton of fun things to do and we tried to take full advantage of all of the activities!  Our kids have never played tennis but have always wanted to play.  Robin used to play Tennis in high school and has wanted to teach the kids but just hasn’t had a chance… until now! 

This picture totally cracks me up.  Robin bought both of them tennis headbands before we left.  I found Foster’s sunglasses in the $1 bin, they look ridiculous on him.  

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This was a very funny moment.  I was taking the above picture of Emma and Foster when Cash clearly felt left out because he walked right in front of them and turned around and smiled!  He wanted to be included too! 

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Tennis 101 with Daddy:

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Cutest little ball boy ever…

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Even Nana got in on the tennis action.  

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Boom really wanted to play a whole round of golf but we just weren’t sure we had time for Robin and Boom to spend a whole day doing that…so we settled on the driving range.  It truly was a beautiful course! 

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After tennis and golf we went to Branson Landing for lunch at Cantina Laredo- it was so awesome!  After lunch we walked around in Branson Landing for a bit. 

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This fountain show every hour is so cool! 

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After resting that afternoon we decided to go play Miniature Golf at Dinosaur Canyon.  Our kids love to play mini golf.  This was a very busy place!

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Poor Cash, maybe you can play next year buddy!

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After miniature golf we went right across the street to Cakes n Cream… what a cool place! 

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This was the most sinful dessert ever: Funnel cake with ice cream and butterscotch syrup.  We devoured it. 

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The next morning we had to check out.  :( Time to go home.  We stopped by one of the resort play grounds to get some energy out before driving home.  Here are Nana and Boom swinging!

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Mommy with no make-up and looking very tired.  

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Branson Trip: Silver Dollar City

We took a small vacation to Branson with my Mom and Brother from July 14th-16th.  It was such a fun trip!  

My Mom rented a cabin for us near Silver Dollar City and it was just perfect.  The kids are already asking to go back!  

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On the first day that we got there we just hung out in the town and ate dinner at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner in the Grand Village.  The kids had no idea what to expect and Emma was absolutely mortified when one of the singers sat down next to her and sang right to her! After dinner we walked around the Grand Village and window shopped. 

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The next morning we woke up bright and early and went to Silver Dollar City.  Our kids had never been and the last time I went was when I was a little girl.  It has changed so much.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day- in the upper 70/s and 80’s.  

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Riding the tea cups with Uncle Boom.   Boom spun our tea cup VERY fast… so fast in fact that Mommy blacked out at the end of the ride and it took me about an hour to recover. :(  I think I am getting old! 

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Even Cash got to ride a few rides!  He was always a bit hesitant when the rides first started but he quickly started laughing and having fun! 

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Nana was such a trooper, she stayed with Cash most of the time.  I think the only rides she got to enjoy were the carousel and the train! Nana loves the carousel.  

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I love this picture from the log ride!  The kids loved this ride and wanted to ride it again and again.  

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We only spent 1 day at SDC so we tried to ride as much as we could in 1 day.  Several times the big kids (Me, Robin, and Brandon) split off and rode the big roller coasters.  We rode all of the big rides!  At the end of the day Emma and Foster rode the Powder Keg with us…. I’m not sure they knew what they were in for but the had a ball.  

We look forward to going back to SDC in the future, it was such a great day.  

Passing the Swim Test

I have a love-hate relationship with the swim test at LifeTime Fitness Center, where we swim each summer.  They have a rule that if you are under 12 years old you have to stay within 10 feet of your parents unless you have passed the swim test.  The swim test is a 25 meter swim the length of the pool without stopping, touching the wall, or standing up.  Every year we have encouraged Emma to try to take the test but she has been hesitant.  FINALLY, on July 11th with the encouragement of our sweet neighbors and good friends, Bridgette and Brylee, Emma took the test!  Brylee had passed her test weeks before and kept prodding Emma to try.  Emma said no about 50 times.  We had finished swimming for the day, gone to the car, loaded the car, and Emma said, “Mom, I’m ready to take the test.”  SO… I unloaded the 3 kids, put Cash back in the stroller and we walked back to the pool!  When Emma decides something, you just have to go with it!  She walked right up to the lifeguard desk and told them she was wanted to take the test.   She jumped in the pool without hesitation and swam the whole length without any problem.  In the meantime Mommy was crying.  In part because I was so proud of her, in part because I finally had 1 of 3 kids that I would not have to watch like a hawk in the pool!  

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The lifeguard, Rachel,  that watched Emma take the test was SO sweet.  God knew that we needed someone sweet and encouraging that day.  

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Emma and Brylee BOTH showing off their bracelets!

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Swimming with 3 kids is stressful, but totally worth it.  I love these 3 more than words could ever express. 

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Swim Lessons

This summer we really decided to focus on getting our kids swimming well.  Emma and Foster have both taken swim lessons every single summer since they were babies, but they still didn’t have confidence in the pool.  We have tried pretty much everything in the way of lessons: private, group, laid-back, firm.  A friend of mine recommended that I do a full 4 weeks of lessons, two back-to-back sessions.  She told me that with her kiddos they would just get the hang of swimming at the end of 2 weeks and then lessons were over. Makes sense.    We decided to give the 4 week lessons a try!  We also went to a new place where Emma and Foster could take lessons with good friends Aubrey and Landon.  The kids LOVED the lessons.  They looked forward to going every single day.  Let me just say we could NOT have done the 4 week lessons without Nana.  She took the kids to and from lessons, and sat in a hot locker room for 2 hours every day.  We did afternoon lessons so that we could still do Pre-Smak and VBS at church in the morning.  Cash naps every afternoon so it just would not have been possible for me to take them every day. Thank you thank you thank you Nana for investing so much time for our kids!  Robin and I got to go 2 Thursdays to observe what they had learned.

Here are Emma and Foster in the locker room before lessons one day.

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Emma, Aubrey, and Landon are in the middle right.  Foster was in a later class with younger kiddos.

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Here are a couple of videos of the kids swimming.  Emma is first, Foster is second.

 

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Big brother Cash cheering his big brother and sister on!  He actually clapped each time they swam.

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