Thursday, July 10, 2014

Going Ape With Father

We spent time with Fr. Tom and his mom.  We wanted to see his new parish and rectory.  I think my kiddos are going to miss his old parish more than he will. 
 



After our tours Mrs. Keller treated us to our favorite fast food that we can't get in Houston.  Steak N Shake was so yummy.

Then Father took the kids zip lining.  His mom, Sugar and I chatted while the rest of them zipped in and out of trees.  The kids loved the idea and I was thrilled with all the safety measures that were in place.  Go Ape! did a great job and provided a fun course.




















 








 As always we owe Father a huge thank you. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On The Road To St. Louis


After renting a truck and packing it up, J and Pooker prepared for a fun stay at home with the younger crowd while Goobers, Bear, Sugar, Possible and Jumba piled into the car for an adventure
 I am worried that as the driver and parent I got the crazy half. 

It took us forever to get out of Texas.  Once we got out of Texas we made great time and got to St. Louis around 2 a.m.  This group slept most of the way.  Bear was still recovering from his Haiti trip so that I understood, the rest were preparing for an amazing Catholic Conference.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Two Year Old Twins at Play


Watching the girls at play is so different that watching a singleton at play.  These two year olds are thinking up things that the others did years later.  I wonder if the twins are just smarter than the rest of us. I suspect it is more that the two minds are better than one  and they have so many ideas coming their way from older siblings.  These girls spent about two weeks obsessed with building steps.  They did this using the drawers from an Ikea Shelving Unit that we used for their toys and clothes when they were a baby. 
 
 
The drawers are sitting empty right now because these two mess makers are in the "unpacking everything in site" stage.  Until that passes we leave the drawers empty.  The girls found a new purpose for them.  Day after day they would get the drawers out, drag them into the living room grunting and groaning as they did it and then create steps.  This lasted for two or three weeks.  The first couple of days we didn't stop to take a picture of it because it was just part of the mess of the day in the living room.  I then started trying to get a couple shots each day.  The steps were different each time.  The girls would talk as they built, designed and played.  I loved listening to a conversation I could not understand.  I was happy to see them helping each other when the tall drawers were used and free standing.  They would have one on the ground and hold the others hand as she climbed so high and then back down. 
 
 


























As quickly as the phase came it also went away. 


I guess I will not forever have drawers all over the living room and maybe they will not grow up to be famous architects.  They have moved on to jumping . . . That really was interesting.   One thing is for sure, they are never bored.