Bluebonnet Pictures

May 14th, 2013 by Rachel

I just realized I never posted our bluebonnet pictures. We did a mini-session with the amazing Shannon Morton. My mom and Woody came and joined in, too. Sugar’s pictures are my favorites, I can’t believe how grown-up she looks.

April in Our Home

May 14th, 2013 by Rachel

Better late than never! April was a busy month of wrapping up Classical Conversations for the year. Bud (and I) worked very hard in April drilling and proofing all of the memory work for the year. He proofed with me and two other parents, reciting all of his memory work for the year. He also proofed with our campus director and received the title of Memory Master. I am so proud of him! The proofing process was difficult, and we spent a lot of time working on it. It also revealed some weaknesses, but at the same time, I was so proud of Bud for persevering through it. We both were tempted to quit several times, but I am thankful we didn’t give up.

The big kids started playing soccer this month. Sugar is quite hilarious to watch at practice and during her games. She is more interested in running and skipping around the field. We are so thankful for her coach and his gift in engaging these little girls in something new for them. Her team is the Lady Owls. One day during practice, her coach sat them all down and was telling them they need to be aggressive during their game. He asked if they knew what “aggressive” means. No one knew, so he said, “It means you really, really want to get that ball. You want to get the ball so bad… so bad because you have to…” and Sugar jumps in and yells, “Feed it to the babies!” It was hilarious, but turns out, she has made soccer into an imaginary game where her baby owls are in the nest (goal) and she has to take food to them (the ball). It hasn’t really made her aggressive in getting the ball, but it is hilarious to get a glimpse into her mind.

Bud, on the other hand, is doing well with soccer. He loves playing and has been bold and aggressive and kind to his teammates. (I just realized I don’t have any pictures of him playing, I will remedy that this week!) He also ran his first 5K with Run for Compassion this month with Thomas. He finished in 35 minutes, and I still have a hard time believing it. He has grown so much physically and emotionally the past few months.

Thomas had to travel for a few days every week in April from trips to Dallas to San Francisco. It was trying, but I’m glad he is home now. The kids all came down with a nasty stomach bug. Sugar had it the worst, and remembering it makes me thankful for our good health since then! The first day after it started, I got a Netflix subscription, which the kids have enjoyed immensely.

Thomas, Speedy and I flew to Arizona for my grandfather’s 80th birthday party. It was great to see so many of my aunts, uncles and cousins, some that I haven’t seen since high school. I enjoyed getting some one-on-one time with Speedy (who did amazingly well on the plane, thanks to my iphone and the ipad) and getting to stay with my grandparents and giving them some time with Speedy. Speedy still says, “Ride Papa tractor!” daily. His few minutes on my grandpa’s four wheeler are emblazoned in his little mind. It was also nice coming home to the kids. They had a huge “Welcome Home Mommy and Daddy” chalk sign in the driveway.

A sweet little dog–part chihuahua–found us one day. She was the sweetest little dog, so skinny and sad, but great with the kids. She enjoyed several all-beef, organic hot dogs until we took her to the animal shelter. It was a difficult decision, mostly because we worried about the kids’ reaction. When we posed it as, “Would you rather keep the dog or keep Netflix?” and they instantly answered, “Netflix”, it wasn’t as hard of a decision.