Monday, May 30, 2016

Home of the Brave

On this Memorial Day 2016, I am honored and humbled to be a citizen of the United States of America.  I am blessed to be living in a country where I am free.  My children are given an education and we are able to practice whatever religion we choose.  Today, I am so thankful to the soldiers that have lost their lives to give this right to me.  I am thinking of and praying for the children that have lost their parents and parents that have lost their children fighting for the freedom of me and my children.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Favorites

This was Olivia's first week of summer break.   She played and played!
She was watching a movie in her pjs at noon one day!
Clint's parents came to see us.   We had a great weekend with them.

We bowled on Friday night.
We spent the day in Wimberley on Saturday.
We sat around our fire pit that evening.
Olivia caught a frog.   She loves all animals!
We have been watching the voice and the girls have been inspired!

Ava had field day.
Olivia was bored, so she worked.
Neighborhood fun!
The girls built houses.
Clean them!!
Monday, May 23, 2016

Desires of my Heart

"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."  Psalm 37:4

This week I am going to memorize this verse and then I am going to own it.  I am going to trust that God has given me the desires of my heart.  In some way......even if it doesn't look like I want it to look or turn out the way I picture it......He will give me those desires.

I am going to trust that God is big enough to keep his promise.  I am going to let go of my doubts and fears......and move forward......trusting in a God that is so much bigger than me!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Friday Favorites

We had a special week:
Olivia finished 3s Preschool.   She has one more year of preschool.   My heart is sad at the thought of this.  I want my littles to stay little forever!
First Day/Last Day Comparison
We were blessed with amazing teachers. Mrs Leigh and Mrs Mariah were so loved.   Olivia was blessed to be in their class!  
Ava had her gymnastics trophy ceremony!   I am so proud of this girl.  
She has no fear and has fun no matter what she is doing.
My sweet girls had a party of just them.....and their pets!
They made a surprise picnic for our dinner.
I am giddy about summer starting!!   Be sure to read my previous two posts......healer and summer bucket list!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016


When hurts come my way, I often seek earthly comfort.....time with a friend, self care, fun times or a yummy dessert.  Those things are all wonderful, but they can't truly heal.  When I give that hurt to God, He is the ultimate healer.  He brings comfort that no earthly pleasure can provide.  Our hurts are wounds and the one that creates us has the best medicine available.  He knows exactly what we need. His physical healing may not come on this side of Heaven, but it will come and regardless of outcome, He can provide comfort.  Whatever you are holding on to, give it to the Lord and let Him shine his light on it.

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."  Psalm 147:3

"This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears.   I will heal you."  2 Kings 20:5

Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer Fun

I've declared this summer to be our "Summer of Fun".  We have a few trips planned and very few camps/VBS.  Mostly we are just going to be hanging out, so we made our bucket list today.  I am going to keep the jar on our counter and pick a card a few times per week.

This is our list so far:

Weekday Fun:
Hill Country Galleria Splash Pad
Zilker Park.....train and canoes
High Five.....bowling and laser tag
Horseback Riding.....Ava added this one.  I will have to do some research!
Barnes and a book and Starbucks treat
Walnut Creek Park....and lunch at Santorini Cafe
Brilliant Sky Toys......and lunch/playscape at Hat Creek
Barton Creek Greenbelt.....hiking and playscape
Krause Springs
Painting with a Twist
Good deeds.....have girls buy flowers and leave them on people's door step....drop off lunch for someone, etc.
Get Snow Cones
Children's Day Art Park......Wednesday Mornings
Sweet Berry Farms
Foodie Kids
Kiddie Acres
Rollie Pollies
Yogurt Planet and Shops at Hill Country Galleria
Bikes at Lakeway City Park
Dick Nicols Park
Round Rock Express Game
Austin Science & Nature Center
Austin Zoo
Waco Zoo
Dinosaur Park
Austin Aquarium
Slip N Slide in the backyard
Chuck E Cheese
Play for All Abilities Park
Mt. Playmore
Emma Long Park
Kids Movie at the Theatre

Weekend Fun:
Family Camping Trip
Zip Line over Lake Travis.....we did this once for my birthday and it was awesome.
Rent a boat........Ski Shores, Just for Fun
Ski Shores Cafe
Pious Pizza in Dripping Springs
Fredericksburg.....lunch and shopping
Austin Beer Works
Jester King Brewery
Breakfast at Cafe Lago
Ice Skating at North Cross
Bob Bullock Museum and IMax
Gnarly Gars Restaurant
Blue Hole
360 Amphitheater
Duck Tour of Austin
Hamilton Pool
Wimberley Market Days
Inner Space Caverns
Barton Springs Pool
South Congress........Home Slice, Hop Doddy, Big Top Candy, Shopping
Bats on South Congress
Chez Zee Sunday Brunch........magician and face painting
Deep Eddy Pool
Top Golf
Mount Bonnell Hike
Barton Creek Greenbelt
Movie House Eatery
Zilker Botanical Garden
Blues on the Green
Water Playscape at Brushy Creek Park
Shoal Creek & Pease Park
Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park....Sunday evenings

Summer Dates:
Cooking Class at Central Market
Alamo Draft House
Hula Hut
Cross Water Marina.......Aqua Fly
Towns Lake - Kayak / Stand Up Paddle Board
Esther's Follies
Poodies Roadhouse
Wineries.......Duchman, Fall Creek, Flat Creek, Bell Spring......lots in Spicewood, Dripping Springs and Wimberley
Ski Shores Cafe
Crystal Creek Moonshine

Ava and Olivia helped with ideas and the cards.

Friday Favorites

The girls got to have their first swim of the season at our neighbors house.   They were so happy!

It has rained a lot lately.  This photo is out of our playroom window.

We tried to rescue a bunny that Daisy caught.   We communicated with a vet and tried our hardest, but she was too injured.  

Olivia's Preschool photos turned out super cute.

I Heart Radio Country Music Festival was awesome!!   My highlights were Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and The Bachelor's Ben and Lauren.   I am a huge fan!!

The girls eating cucumber and celery.   Who knew that just needed some ranch dressing!
Uncle Mike got us tickets to Disney on Ice and it was so good.   The girls love seeing all the princesses!!

We brought our sweet friend, Avery.

Playing babies is how we spend a majority of our time at home.

I love listening to Christy Nockels.  Love!! 

I had such a nice Mother's Day celebrating with my sweet people.  We went to church, brunch at Jobell's in Wimberley, shops in Wimberley and a glass of wine at Duchman's Winery in Driftwood.  Home for naps followed by pizza and Amy's Ice cream.  Good food with my favorite three people equals a perfect day to me!  I am so blessed and honored to be "mom" to these two sweet girls.

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