to leave you with while we pack up our things and move into a new home in a new place. Luckily, this home is not two days from family. We will be closer and can be together in less than a days drive.. much better than the 16 hour drive we made living in Texas. Thank you for your prayers during this move.
Happy 10th birthday to our son, known here as Opie.. (but quickly in need of an updated blog name)!! We are so blessed to have him in our life! He is a joy and such a neat kid to be with! He spent his real birthday in a car with 8 people in it! We left Texas and headed back to Atlanta to spend some needed time in a brand new pool with Nana and Guka. The birthday boy was spoiled a bit at dinner when several waitresses came out to clap and sing to him with a dessert plate!….( this is after sitting in the back of the car for 10 hours)
Before we left town, we did have a party for him at one of the museums on Post. The Museum hosts a fun and engaging Scavenger hunt. They pass out a clipboard with a sheet of paper with about 20 pictures for the children to locate and identify. When you are finished, the staff “grades” the sheet and will even send the children back out if corrections are needed. Following the hunt, we went outside and enjoyed cupcakes and a few nice gifts. Happy 10th Birthday Son!
Also wishing my own dad a very happy birthday on the 22nd!! My dad has been celebrating for the last 30+ years his 29th birthday.. Happy birthday dad!
On the second day of the road trip, we stopped in a mall for lunch and a bit of leg stretching ( ha) and found a brand new Lego Store! Opie was thrilled!
.. he earned the piano back today after Breakfast with the multiplication and division flashcards. One day of not being able to play made him realize I meant business.
.. for him… Yesterday I had to “ground” Opie form the piano until he could recall his division facts without stalling… I told him when he could tell me instantly a math problem I call out he could have the piano back. I paralleled it to how “quickly” he is able to just go to the piano and play without thinking “Rondo Alla Turca”. He needs to be just as quick with his math. Instantly, he and his sister began holding up flashcards and making a pile of “knows” and a pile of “don’t knows”. This morning he is dying to get the piano back…
We figured out while driving to Georgia, why it looked different than before…. all of the Fall leaves were still on the trees. The Interstate was lined with every fall color imaginable. This is where I get “God’s Canvas” The world is God’s canvas. To me it looks like God took a paint brush and dipped it into the paint to get the brilliant colors that make up the leaves of fall, the sky and the clouds and everything around us. Usually when we drive to Georgia, it is over Christmas; by then, all of the fall leaves are gone. All we notice while driving are the bare trees next to the tall pine trees. ~~~~~~~
We stopped in Shreveport to visit with my Grandparents. The children love to go to their home and explore the music boxes, the wood carvings, and the other handmade creations in their home. My Grandfather, Dida, gave Opie a old pellet gun, one that he had been saving to give him for years. Opie was thrilled!
I didn’t have my camera for the wedding or reception, so I’ll wait to share pictures from that, but I do have a few from the days before.
John picked all of us up at my sister’s house to drive her and all of the flowers for the wedding party to the church. Here she is “squeezing” into the front of our Suburban in her beautiful ( full) dress.
Over the weekend, with the cousins in town, Nana and Guka raked leaves and let the kids all take turns jumping (and being dumped) into the piles.. I was trying the different settings on my camera, My favorite shots were the ones I did using the Sports setting. Then I spied a leftover spiderweb from the night in the iron fencing and used my up close setting.
We stopped by the EWTN station in Irondale Alabama. We were able to go in and pray in the sanctuary and visit the grounds. The station tour was going to start a little to late into the day for us this trip, so we’ll try to stay on our next pass through. The children overheard the lady in the Gift Shop say that Brother Leo sometimes does the tour, but since we were not staying, she offered to call over to the Friary and see if he was around. He invited us over, even though he wasn’t in his habit ( he was doing yard work). He was so friendly and was exactly like he is on the EWTN children’s hour. He brought out a few tricks to make analogies with the kids. He did the Curiosity box… asked Opie if he wanted to drop a coin in the slot.. and if he was curious to see what would happen….and POW.. it exploded ! His analogy was that sometimes our curiosity about somethings, like books and movies, can get us into trouble..
While we were gone, the shootings at Ft Hood called for our dear friend and priest, Fr Kevin to come to Ft Hood on TDY and offer ministry to the soldiers directly effected. The soldiers he worked with over last two weeks were those in line at the building that day. He was still in town when we returned and is staying with us. We love all of his visits here.
A few cute shots…
Opie, our soon to be 9 year old amazes us with how quick he is to think with reason and logic… Here are a few examples:
* Why does Home Depot need a “t” at the end… really it still makes sense spelled without the “t”.. Home Depo
* “Dad, what is the purpose of gnats?’ while throwing the baseball… dad replies, “well, they are food for other insects and birds”….. Opie tossing the ball again says.. “so basically they are just “flying snacks”
* Moonbeam is swirling her glass of water at lunch asking Opie what she is making.. a vortex?? a tornado??? “no, all you are making is a mess”
* “Mom, really, if you think about it, the two Presidential Candidates don’t need to vote for themselves, because really all that does is keep the number of votes exactly the same, just one vote higher each.. so its like they didn’t even have to vote.”
* Trying to decide whether or not to go to Wa**art or the local grocery store, I posed the question…. which one should we go to?? Then I reminded them how much I like the local grocery store because they always have coupons for “buy this, get this free”… Opie replied..”Well really, you end up buying things you didn’t really need just to get the free stuff so really you aren’t saving any money, I think we should go to WM”
Here is a photo from Opie serving daily Mass with his friends. He is in front of Father R.