Thursday, August 25, 2016

15 Years

I had visions of a beach or pool for two days somewhere "away" celebrating this date and also the fact that L&L are going to make it to 20 this year....
 
Truth be told I'm a little sad we are not.... but on the flip side.... I guess I haven't lost my ability to dream big :)
 
This was, for me, maybe, one of the most challenging years thus far. Outside influences, behind closed doors situations, parenting, dog-parenting, health-wise, emotionally and physically. But at the end of the day....it's still all about YOU baby. I check myself and still am in awe that this is the life we get to live, in the place we live it with the people we live it with.
 
You spoil me still and take care of your "girls" like nobodies business. We all know we are well-loved and your patience seems never-ending....
 
I don't actually need a "get-away"....I really am just as content laying on the couch after the gals go to bed moving through all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights in one summer....because I am right next to you and it is the only place I want to be.
High-five on a job well-done this year and intertwine those fingers with mine for the journey ahead.
I love you baby.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Days of Summer....

Chemo....



Cousins....


Creepy Colored Pool...





CRAZY!!!






I love SUMMER!

Monday, August 22, 2016

50 Years

In my extended circle, friends are giving up their marriages all around me....I'm so thankful for the example of the CountryRents and for my sweet in laws.

There is not a place in my being that doubts these two would still be together today celebrating 50 years together if God didn't need Dad back....
 
 

Happy 50th Mama....
 
 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Miss O Celebrates "4"

So because we came home early there were some definite blessings... we were able to see THESE guys and to celebrate with the "W" Crew as they anticipate Miss O turning four!


We were not sure how Miss B would do bowling with one arm but she was a TROOPER and did it all by herself!

We LOVE the birthday girl!!!


Sweet Friends!


Silly Friends! :)

A job well-done on the cake!!!


one to print for sure!

Such a fun time glow bowling and celebrating with this crew....


Happy Birthday Miss O! We just love yah!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Go to the end of the cemetery....."

our new PTSA president told me at our summer meeting a couple of weeks ago about a place she heard about and had taken her youngest daughter....

Tamarah was up for an adventure so after some errands we explored the back woods in the "big city"

we got to the end of the cemetery and couldn't believe what we saw.... 3-4 turtle/frog ponds.... and then.....
 


something I have never experienced in my LIFE....you let your eyes adjust to the murky water and you start to see small black painted turtles swimming towards you....

and then you see dirt moving on the bottom of the pond in smoky swirls....

and big GIANT snapping turtles start poking their head's up....

all the dark spots you see are turtles....


there was one point where two of the snapping turtles came right up and out of the water fighting... that was Miss B's favorite part.....


I have NEVER seen anything like it....


the girls thought it was so crazy and cool!


then we took a walk around the path that goes all the way around the turtle pond being very careful to be quiet... we saw all kinds of frogs

turtles sunning themselves....

and even a great blue heron giving himself a BATH... such an unexpected fun spot with wonderful girls!!