Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Patch fun


Every October, for the past 6 years, it's become a family tradition of ours to take Noah (and now Gavin and Taylor) to this little pumpkin patch in town to pick out pumpkins for Halloween.  It's across the street from Noah's school, so little man always keeps a watchful eye out for when they begin setting up all the pumpkins and scarecrows.  He loves Halloween…always has. 

We decided to take the kids last week after we picked Noah up from school and boy-- they were all so excited.  Daddy left the office early and met us there so we could enjoy this time together picking out our pumpkins.  The kids were giggling and laughing as they walked around touching and examining all the pumpkins.  Noah grabbed a wagon as soon as we walked into the patch and began his search for the biggest pumpkin he could find.  Oy!! Of course we had to talk him down to a smaller one at the end when it came to pay because they were so stinkin' expensive. :-)

It was really hot while we were there walking (sadly we don't get much of a fall here in the Rio Grande Valley like we used to while living in Virginia--it pretty much stays in the high 80s and 90s until January), but thankfully there was a breeze the day we went, so that helped cool us off while we walked around.

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We had a great time once again this year hanging out as a family at the pumpkin patch. Jody and I so enjoyed watching the kids run around together--laughing and giggling as brothers and sisters do while picking out their pumpkins. The kids are looking forward to carving them this week and getting the house all decorated for Halloween.   Good times…and blessed memories together.

 xo, jennifer

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Celebrating Pop and Janet's 50th wedding anniversary


We traveled to East Texas last Friday to our hometown for a special family celebration. My in-laws, Pop and Janet, were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and my hubby along with his two sisters (and their families) were all coming to town to celebrate this special occasion.

The festivities began Saturday morning when we all converged at Pop and Janet's house.  The cousins had a blast as always tromping around their grandparent's place …Noah always enjoys hunting for grasshoppers and spiders while he's there along with the fishing he gets to do with his cousins, Daddy and grandpa.

Taylor and Gavin had fun running around and playing, too-- but they always make me nervous when we're outdoors at Pop and Janet's because of the lake in their backyard.  I have to keep a watchful eye on both of them and make sure they don't run down to the water by themselves or get too close to the fire pit.  ;-)

Jody and I enjoyed visiting with all of our family…we couldn't believe how grown up our nieces and nephews are now--gosh--time flies by so fast.  I remember when Jody and I first got engaged…they were all so young.  Noah so enjoys getting to hang out with all of his "big" cousins as he calls them. :-)

We enjoyed eating lunch together at Pop and Janet's, watching the A&M game (even though they lost horribly) and taking some family photos of my in-laws with all of the grandkids.  Poor Pop is recovering from back surgery--he had it just 2-weeks ago--so bless his heart…he wasn't feeling so hot --but he so enjoyed getting see all of his kids and grandkids on this special weekend.  I think it lifted his (and Janet's) spirits to be with all of the family for their anniversary.

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Later that evening, we all headed to Longview for a celebratory dinner for Pop and Janet's anniversary at Johnny Case's Seafood Restaurant (their favorite restaurant) so it was the perfect place for us to celebrate their special day.  I'm grateful to my mom and dad who babysat Gavin and Taylor for us that night so Jody and I could enjoy the dinner with our family and not have to chase our two little ones around the restaurant the entire night.  :-)

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We had a wonderful time spending the day with all of our family and helping Pop and Janet celebrate their special wedding anniversary. What an amazing accomplishment to be married for this long….I'm truly grateful to be a part of this special family and for the tender bond that is felt when we all gather together.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Ducks and turtles

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Colors (ft. Norah Jones) by Amos Lee on Grooveshark

A drive through downtown Boerne is never complete for our crew unless we stop at the River Road park and let the kids get out and feed the ducks.  They LOVE IT.   This past weekend while we were staying in Boerne, we stopped to let the kids feed the ducks before we headed back home.  The weather was so dreamy...in the low 70s--a perfect day to hang out together along the riverwalk and feed all the ducks and turtles.

Taylor starts squealing as soon as her feet hit the ground...she immediately runs toward the ducks chasing them all the while exclaiming, "Ducky...Ducky!!"  Our little mama is pretty intense--it cracks us up!  Poor ducks...I think she scares them with her squealing---as soon as they see her coming I envision them probably saying to one another, "Oh crap..she's back!!".  Because they always take off running the other way!  ;-) 

Gavin and Noah love feeding them, too--and they also enjoy exploring the trail for lizards, turtles and other little bugs nestled in the grass and along the embankment.  We couldn't believe how many turtles were in the water this time...they were everywhere.  

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Family walk

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Down in the River to Pray by Alison Krauss & Union Station on Grooveshark

 After our day at the zoo, we headed back to our little 14-acre ranch in the Hill Country.
The kids were wanting to do some exploring on our property after dinner…
so we headed out the door for a little walk together.

Tay-Tay was hilarious…she took off running through the pasture as soon as we started
our walk…the boys went chasing after her and helped her get back on the path.

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Noah and Gavin were busy looking for lizards and spiders…
and Taylor had fun gathering and throwing rocks.

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It was so nice to be able to just let the kids roam around and play…
we're keeping our fingers crossed and hopeful that our plans work out  as we hope
and we can move up to this property by this summer and start enjoying life in the country. :-)
We're still in limbo as we await to finalize little Gavin's adoption…and can't move
until that is done.

Until then…we look forward to making more trips to our little Hill Country ranch and
staying for long weekends like this.

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