A spring break trip to Texas

March turned out to be a busy month with us spending a week in Texas visiting Mimi & Popaw.  Before we left, however, we managed to get in school and find ways to entertain ourselves when it was too cold to play outside.  This is a “game” they came up with on their own.  (Don’t worry…. Momma hid the “ammo”.)

Keeping it "gangster"

Keeping it “gangster”

We have discovered LOTS of advantages of homeschooling, one of which is that we can do school literally anywhere… like Starbucks!  By March we were starting to find our “groove” with our schoolwork, and it was nice to see Liam’s smile return.  During the first half of first grade, he lost that “spark”.  Learning became about frustration, not about fun.  He lost confidence in himself.

For spring break, we traveled to Texas to see Mimi and Popaw for a much-needed break from housework and homework!

Liam has started to show a lot of interest in who his great-grandparents were and the history of our family.  Time to pull out the old scrapbooks!  Popaw even pulled out pictures and more from his days as a professional race car driver.  (Why, yes!  I came by my driving abilities naturally!  Haha!)

Not too shabby, huh?

Not too shabby, huh?

 

I love visiting some of the local stores in Eastland and Comanche when I get a chance.  As they say, “Junk makes her soul happy“.

Priceless antique?

Priceless antique?

Our trip to Texas gave each of us some much-needed down time to unwind and just do nothing.  For Rocky and Gracie, it meant lots of snuggles and belly rubs.  Turns out they love it when the boys visit!

Someone's tired!

Someone’s tired!

Mimi took us for a little retail therapy, and as usual, she made sure the boys had some new clothes and shoes for spring.  When it was time to pack up the car and head home to Texas, there was no room to spare in the car.  It reminded me of the days when I would return to Texas Tech after a visit home.

With Liam no longer in public school, my days of having some time to clean and organize the house without a helper (distraction) are gone.  It’s not often that I get a chance to reorganize a cabinet, but when I do, it makes me happy to pull out my trusty label-maker and have at least one small little part of my life organized and alphabetized while the rest of it is messy and topsy-turvy.

They found the hidden pacifiers I forgot about.

They found the hidden pacifiers I forgot about.

Cullen has his own system when digging through drawers and cabinets: to find something he’s not supposed to have and make a mess with it.  Such as Desitin!!!  Unfortunately, I did not get a pic of what he looked like when we discovered him covered in Desitin but let’s just say it was VERY MESSY.  He’s watched his brother style his hair with hair gel, so Cullen decided to do it too when no one was looking.  Only he grabbed the Desitin instead of the hair gel.  I didn’t think we would ever get it all out of his hair, and we still have a spot on the wall in the bathroom where it took off some of the paint.  But, boy…. was he sure proud of himself!

We love getting to visit one of the special families from our church.  One of the brothers has a cow that he has leash-trained, and the cow will even let kids ride on him.

Giddy up??

Giddy up??

I got to put on my “artist hat” and make some new signage for our church.  A team of us ladies accessorized the Welcome Center and coffee bar.  We also added some new directional signage to help visitors find their way around.  For me, it was just nice to finally put some of my Pinterest discoveries to good use.  😉

Don’t let Grumpy’s expression fool you.  The Easter Bunny visited our house, and both of the boys loved their Easter baskets full of goodies.  No pictures of an outdoor egg hunt though.  It was a cold, rainy Easter morning in Green Country.  Thankfully, the Easter Bunny was able to hide eggs throughout the house.

 

This is what a happy boy with new sneakers looks like:

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First visit to the Tulsa Zoo

It’s funny.  I thought once I was a full-time wife and mom I would have more time to do things I enjoy like blogging and reading.  Haha.  Joke’s on me.  I go for days (or weeks) without opening up the trusty ‘ol laptop, and since I hate typing emails or anything long on my smart phone, I don’t get around to sending as many emails to friends, looking online for inspiration or getting on this blog to actually post something.  

With kindergarten right around the corner, Mimi and Popaw traveled up from Texas to visit last week.  We had a wonderful time and took Popaw to the Tulsa Zoo, which was the first visit for us all.  We really enjoyed it – especially their dinosaur exhibit.  Well, actually Liam really loved it.  Cullen wasn’t a big fan of the dinos!

Liam found his favorite dino - T-Rex!

Liam found his favorite dino – T-Rex!

Cullen just wanted out of there!

Cullen just wanted out of there!

I’ve mentioned it before: I know our move to Skiatook was a complete God thing.  Our family is meant to be here.  This time last year I never would have thought we’d be living in Oklahoma.  While I had hopes of one day being a full-time wife and mom, we didn’t know how that would happen but here I am.  My days are very full with appointments, trips to the library, lots of playing, lots of hugs and quite a few trips to the snow cone stand outside of Tractor Supply.  It’s hard some days too.  Liam has physical therapy and we’ll be starting occupational therapy soon – we’re having more good days than bad, but the bad days sometimes make me want to crawl in a dark closet and just cry.  I’m in the process of having my professional license as an Interior Designer transferred from Texas to Oklahoma and needed a passport-style picture for my application.  I actually said to Jeff yesterday that we needed to get it done after church since I would have my hair fixed and make-up on, both on the same day.  I haven’t yet stocked my closet with only yoga pants, however, because I have to have pockets.  When carrying Cullen, my purse, Cullen’s backpack and the bag of drinks/snacks, those pockets are a must for the car keys!  

Cullen is up from his nap and Liam’s episode of “Mighty Machines” is drawing to a close so it’s back to “mommy duties” for now.  I have a baby to snuggle.  🙂

Mimi and Popaw, we loved your visit and can’t wait for you to come back up north of the Red River again soon!

It was hot and humid when we stopped to have a snack next to the elephants.

It was hot and humid when we stopped to have a snack next to the elephants.

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