Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Eli and Noah Visit

Even though the Andersons come out every Sunday evening for dinner...Eli and Noah don't get to come and stay very often. On Sunday, Aug. 14....right after church...we headed to San Antonio to pick up the boys. Sam and Audrey were flying to Arizona, later that afternoon, for a four-day-date :)
So...we had Sunday evening, all day Monday and Tuesday...then half of the day on Wednesday, with the boys. (I took them back home on Wed. afternoon- Evie met me there at 3 pm. Sam and Aud got home late Wed. pm) The funny story about Eli was him getting ice cream sandwiches and yogurt out of the refrig and taking them upstairs to eat in the bunk room. He was smart enough to be super quiet, early in the mornings...sit on the only bunk bed without bedding (just the plastic cover)... not spill anything... and told the truth when questioned.  He was not smart enough to get rid of the evidence :)
The funny story on Noah, was when I gave him a small bottle of Gatorade in the car, to drink on the way home. He never opened it at all, he carefully held it with both hands in his lap, all the way home. He said, "I can't drink it in the car- I will get it all over the place!" Wonder where he heard something like that?? :) On Tuesday evening, we watched a couple of movies. One was the "Ice Age". The best part was us, watching the boys, watching that movie- they laughed, and laughed. I got a few pics, but not very many...I was busy- lol. Sunday evening was rainy...the boys still played outside for a bit, in their Sunday clothes. Monday was rainy all day...that was pajama day...even to go outside and feed the wildlife. Ron was great help with the boys. The only time that he "checked out" on me was Tuesday morning when I was trying to get myself ready, get mom ready, and get the boys dressed and breakfast. Ron's shift that day didn't start until after mom and I left to go to the cancer center in San Antonio. (that trip wiped out the rest of the day). Ron did lunch and swimming by himself that day.

Some More Company

After the Berlings left, I had a couple of days to regroup, wash bedding, and shop for groceries, then Mike and Carrie and the boys came. We went to the Chinese restaurant for dinner on Thursday evening. Ron had his normal temple shift on Friday... and Mike and Carrie also went there for a short time. Friday evening, after Ron got home, there was evening-river-swimming :) On Saturday Andersons came out and we had some good cousin time, swimming, cooking, and games. Sam and Ron cooked salmon, chicken, and shrimp on the grill for dinner. Everybody spent the night Saturday and then they all went to church at Alamo Ranch. I didn't get any pics at all. Good thing Carrie took a few.

Colorado Visitors

Justin and Stephanie and the kids spent all day Sunday, July 31, driving to our house from Fort Collins/Denver. They arrived about 1:30 am on Monday morning. On Monday evening the Andersons came out for birthday cake for Justin. We had a quick couple of days of swimming, mule rides, river fun, and visiting with mom. Early, Wednesday morning, they headed back for an all-day-of-driving, again.

In the Yard

The last half of July was pretty uneventful. We tried to water the yard...if suffered pretty bad while we were gone. Everything survived...barely :) Finally, when the rains came (in August) things perked up pretty well. We bought some swings for the kids...although entertainment like that is pretty "old school"- lol. And of course, still pics of wildlife.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Aquarium

Okay...last post from vacation. Our last activity in Utah was taking the Christiansen kids to the Aquarium. Can you tell that I love the penguins? Then on Thursday, July 14, we flew back to Texas and made an attempt at normalcy...or peaceful...or boring, whatever you want to call our life- lol.