Stillwater Getaway

Earlier in the month we took a last minute trip to Stillwater. It started because Pete wanted the boys to help him “distress some wood” he’s using in the house they’re remodeling.  We had a hard time finding a place to stay and then Andrew was sick so we weren’t sure we’d be able to make the trip but by Friday morning everything fell into place.  We took the kids out of school for the day and headed north.

The highlight of our car ride was seeing a cropduster at work.  It was amazing to see how acrobatic he was doing his job!

I was really impressed to see the changes in the house. It is looking awesome as they update it 60+years.

The boys all banged on some wood and I think Derek had more fun than any of them beating up a board with chains and burning it.

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We of course played on and took some rides with Buddy Jr who currently lives a few blocks away at Uncle Zack’s house.  Anna came over to see us too! It was our last time to see her in Stillwater before she graduates and moves away. We will sure miss that extra sweetness of getting to see her there!

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We lucked in to a 3 bedroom cabin generously offered to us for the weekend.  The only catch, no furnishings. So we brought air mattresses and camped out.  I enjoyed this view I woke up to.

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Saturday we didn’t have any specific plans but we ended up with a fun-filled and busy day. We started by visiting 1 of the 2 huge transformers in town. The boys are really interested in these characters right now so they were quite amazed to see these huge structures.

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We went to the house to find Pete and he said we needed to go to the airport because there was apparently a fly-in today. He had been watching a multitude of WWII era planes fly in.  Madelyn and I hung back to play at the park but the boys got to climb in and around lots of planes and enjoyed every bit of it!

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We made it to campus as well which is my favorite part but somehow always cut short (in this case by naptime).  The boys know which building is the library but after Andrew asked, “are there really books in there?” it was time to take him on a tour.  I showed him my favorite quiet study room which is still as magnificent as I remember!  Then we went up a few floors to find the actual books at his request.

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There is a little any-age playground in front of the library which was ohh so fun for everyone!

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During quiet time, Andrew needed a book but hadn’t packed one. Lucky for him (and me!) I grabbed 2 books out of the Ronald Dahl collection I recently found at Costco. I had already started The BFG and gave him Matilda. He wasn’t sure he’d like it but since it was the only option he devoured it and tried his hardest to finish his book before I finished mine. Little stinker, he alllmost succeeded but not quiet.  When we got home we traded books. I love getting to discuss books with him and it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like due to my time constraints, his fast reading and varied interests.

Mass at St. John’s was neat because I hadn’t been to Mass there in a number of years.  On previous trips we have attended St. Francis, the other Catholic church in town.  The strangest thing about it was there were only about 35 people there.  At our huge parish at home with a church that seats 1500, this was quite a change but so nice and quaint.

We ended the day with a visit to the second transformer, Bumblebee.  These are at an auto body repair shop that has two locations in town and have become quite a tourist attraction.

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Sunday morning the boys played with Pete and Gramma while Derek and I packed and loaded.  Connor and Blake found rocks to be the best toy.

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Gramma offered to throw the football with Andrew and he of course couldn’t pass up that offer.  He was showing her how to trow a spiral.

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Then we headed home with tired kiddos to get to Andrew’s afternoon soccer game.  For an impromptu trip with very little planning we had a most wonderful time. It was very refreshing to me to get away and just have relaxed playtime for a few days.  Stillwater is such a lovely place and there’s always different, fun things to do there. We’re happy Pete and Gramma now call it home!

 

 

 

Happy Easter!

Our Easter morning celebrations began early with the boys digging into their Easter baskets.  IMG_8633

There were eggs hidden all over but we wouldn’t let them hunt until Madelyn woke up. During breakfast they kept spotting eggs in silly places and Connor especially got so tickled at the funny places he saw them like on top of a cup or with the bananas.  The joy he finds in little things is quite contagious! After some breakfast we let them loose in the hunt for eggs. They were all smiles before the hunt.

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But then they weren’t so sure after a little reprimanding from arguing over who found the egg first.  By this point Blake abandon the egg hunt in favor of having the Lego table to himself.

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And then this little one woke up to check out her basket.

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Bunny gummies first thing in the morning?!?! What could be better?

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Cousins Keaton and Tatum came over to play later in the morning then we had yummy lunch with them and Janice and Larry.

Janice prepared another egg hunt for all the kids.

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After all the excitement, we all had naps and then went to church at 5 in the evening. We got there early to take pictures with the hope that everyone would cooperate a little better. However, we ended up with a bunch of outtakes and not really any great pics. However, they do show some personality!  It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day but the bright sun didn’t help the pictures.

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Ohh well, we tried!

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

Update: I found this little gem from Derek’s phone. Apparently she decided to cooperate better for a picture when Daddy took her outside during Mass because she wouldn’t be still or quiet.

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Two Blakes

One day at lunch Connor was holding up fingers doing some basic addition.  I congratulated him on how well he was doing.  Then Blake pipes up, not to be left out, with “Look! Two Blakes!”

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He’s making the ASL sign for the letter B. We sign the kid’s names by using the first letter of their name.

Andrew’s birthday party

Andrew’s 1st request when I asked what he’s like to do for his birthday: go to a soccer game with some friends. Well, it was his lucky day because the FC Dallas home opener just happened to be on his birthday.  We had 2 sweet friends join us. It was so fun to see all the boys really in to and excited about the game.   With 8yr old boys this was the best pic we could get.

After the game we came back to the house for cupcakes and of course for them to play soccer in the backyard.

Huge thanks to Janice and Larry for keeping M & B so Derek and I could enjoy the game instead of wrestle/chase them.

Birds and Blessings

This morning at the park Madelyn was interested in the birds flying around and squawking so I showed her the sign for bird. She doesn’t quite have the dexterity to do it correctly yet but waves her hand by her chin. She’s so proud of her discovery and fun things to look for outside.

  
This evening it warmed my heart to sit with her while saying prayers before bed. She patiently waits with her hands folded and a huge smile for her blessing. (This is a pic from last week when she climbed on the table to sit next to Andrew although generally sitting on the table is discouraged.)