Random Summer Pics

Okay folks, you have made it through all the posts from the summer! This last one is just random funny pictures that I wanted to include but don’t get a whole post to themselves.

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We checked out our storage unit one day. Found some treasures. Found some things we wondered why we kept. :)

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T started crawling when he was 11 months old. This is the space in front of the townhouse we stayed in.
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E discovered she likes jello while we were home this summer. She also likes Luby’s. Like her momma.

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Cutie pie in leg warmers!

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These two spent lots of quality time in the car together. E likes it better when he is right next to her. Isn’t this sweet of them holding hands?

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I ate a ton of these this summer! Yum!

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Sweet baby in a swing!

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Doctor Visit

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We snuck in a doctor visit to our old pediatrician while we were in the states. They got lots of shots for their one year and four year old checkups! Thank goodness Nena got to come and help! Suckers and stickers and Fruit Loops help too!

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Celebrating Early

Since we were in America close to T’s birthday, he got to celebrate a little early.

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Someone is excited. He doesn’t know what it is yet, but it looks good.

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Can you tell he thoroughly enjoyed it?

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Visiting California

We were so glad to get to go to California for a week to visit family. C’s grandparents live there (the kids only great-grandparents), as well as two aunts and one cousin. IMG_6435

Playing with Cousin Ian.

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At lunch with Granddad.

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And Nanny.

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Playing with Aunt Laurie.IMG_6389

Group shot!
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Looking at a calendar with Nanny.

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When we visited them last time at their home, E was 16 months old and she liked riding on Nanny’s scooter. This time Granddad had one too but she was a little shy about riding on it. On the last day, she finally did. She was given this costume for her birthday, and she wore it almost the whole week. Of course everyone in their assisted living facility enjoyed seeing the little princess going everywhere.

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There are lots of artists on this side of the family. E enjoyed painting with Granddad.

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Reading with Granddad.

We had a great time visiting family!

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C’s Birthday

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It was fun to get to celebrate C’s birthday in America this year. We had lunch with my parents and his mom.

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Baylor’s New Stadium

A long time ago, I realized from the Baylor alumni emails that go out, that we would actually be in Texas when the new stadium opened. I thought it would be awesome to get to go to the first game! Well, alas, it proved difficult for us to find tickets to that game, so we bought tickets to the game the next weekend. We bought two tickets, I should say. While I felt a little bad depriving my kids of the game day experience, I figured I would enjoy the experience a bit more sans offspring. So my parents happily agreed to keep the kids while we went. And T cooperated by learning to take a bottle before then.

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After a stop for lunch at Schmaltz’s (the best sandwich ever! Like Scholtzskys but better times a 1000!), we headed over to campus and our first stop was to visit the place where “our swing” used to be!

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(Flashback to 2003)

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Then we visited the Burleson Quad and the echoooooooo.

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We got over to the stadium and found our brick.

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And then headed inside the stadium, just in the nick of time, before the deluge began! The red cell hovered over the stadium and it rained a lot for about an hour.

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Luckily we found some friends to hang out with.

We had tickets in the front row of third section, but the view from there was actually really good. After halftime, we moved down to the second section and sat with some friends who had empty seats beside them. Then in the last quarter, we moved down to the first section and sat with some other friends who had empty seats beside them.

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It was a great game and so much fun to see the new stadium!

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Taking the kids to Waco

Waco holds a special place in our hearts. C lived there some growing up and after high school, and we both lived there in college, and I taught there one year after college. There are sights to see, people to visit with, and places to eat. Some of our favorite “hole-in-the-wall” places are in that town.

We headed up for the day of the first football game in the new stadium. We had tried to get tickets but couldn’t. I still thought it would be fun to be in town for the “atmosphere” of the first game.

We got into town about 2 pm on game day (the game didn’t start til 6 pm). We parked and walked over to the stadium area and man, was it hot! We found the tailgate of our church we attended in college, visited with a few people and then walked towards the stadium. The crowds were getting heaver and we were hot so we left after that. We got Bush’s to-go (our favorite chicken place) and headed to Papa Steve’s to watch the game in air conditioned comfort while the children went to bed early! That’s the way to do it, I tell ya!

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I was glad to see the festivities, and knew we would be back the next weekend with actual tickets!

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We stayed with “Papa Steve” as everyone calls him. We sure missed Gigi Jan!

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Swinging!

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Papa Steve made his famous fajitas on Memorial Day and had his kids over and some other friends. These two sweet girls are born just a few weeks apart and have almost identical names. IMG_6302

I guess her momma and I have pretty good taste in names. :)

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The next morning we headed over to campus to see the sights. We showed the kids the tree and place where the swing used to be where we got engaged, the SUB, the Bear Pit, and visited one of my old professors in the new building for the School of Ed.

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Then we headed to Vitek’s, for a “Gut Pack”, which starts with fritos and then is topped with sliced sausage, followed by pickles, onions, jalapenos, shredded cheese, chopped beef, beans and barbecue sauce. Yum. (Although I don’t get the pickles, onions or jalapeños.)

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The last day in town, we visited with these guys. Sweet friends who have kiddoes very close in ages to ours. The girls had a blast playing and the boys and fun sharing cheerios.

Thanks for a good trip Waco!

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Railroad Museum

On one of the days of our beach trip, we headed into town to check out some of the local attractions, including the Railroad Museum.

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It was so hot outside looking at train cars, so these two waited inside and snacked.

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I liked the inside of this mail car. But then I do really like mail.IMG_6121

My dad was a railroad engineer for 40+ years. He worked for Union Pacific at the end, so this is like trains he has driven. I’m glad E got to see these with Pappaw.

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Sitting in the caboose.

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Beach Part 2

Most of the time at our beach house trip was spent with my parents and C’s mom.
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Nothin like a little morning snack with your cartoons.

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Everybody playing spades.

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C had a drawing lesson from his mom who is an artist.

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Gigi brought a little mini birthday party for E.

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My lovely momma!

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Here you can see the wall of sea weed!

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The artists

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Doing a little 3D beach painting with sand.

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By this day, the seaweed wasn’t so bad.

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Here is a picture of the house we rented. It was only a block or so away from the water.

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Hats are required!

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Texas is so muggy our cameras kept fogging up when we would go outside.

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On the last day, my dad took E fishing, and she caught something!

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And at 11 am on the way home, this is what happened. So tired from a week at the beach. Mom was just about this tired too!

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Beach Part 1

We planned a week at the beach for our “vacation” time while we were in the states. We invited a few folks to come down for a day or two of it and had our families come the rest of the time.

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This little guy seemed to like his first beach experience.

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The seaweed was crazy! The guys dug a path through it to the water one day. On other days, it seemed to not be so bad and we could walk in the water’s edge a little more.

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The house had four bedrooms and a great porch.

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We had lots of fun, even if beach time with little ones can be a lot of work!

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