November 30, 2013
Rachel and I made a super fast and super efficient shopping trip this morning after breakfast at Panera. After that, Gary and I drove to the train station and took the train to downtown and met some European friends who treated us to lunch at a Texas BBQ place. The weather was perfect, so we walked to the Kennedy site and to the Cattle Drive statutes before they left. We then took the train to a city park and did a bit of birding–and I got a LIFER!! (female Red-headed Woodpecker)
Here’s the link to the photos:
November 28, 2013
To tell the truth, I was a little sad not to have all my family nearby today, but still happy and blessed to have good friends and almost-family to share Thanksgiving with. Click on the photo below to go see the Picasa web album with a few captions, best viewed in Slideshow mode.
I did get a cute photo of Micah in the email today, but I don’t even know where this photo was taken.
And I found this photo of Isabella with her Tia Lorena on Facebook:
November 25, 2013
I ran across this beauty while doing some internet shopping. Just what every potty-training toddler needs to keep his iPad, um, out of the way while he is busy.
Speaking of Micah and potties, his Daddy sent this photo recently:
Apparently they caught one too many doctors drinking out of the commode (comment stolen from Andrew)!
November 24, 2013
This weekend didn’t go entirely as planned, but not a bad weekend. On Friday evening we watched a movie that Isabella recommended–Monster’s University. Turns out she got too scared to watch it to the the end when she saw it!
Saturday lunch we served sandwiches to the church kids so they could eat before Christmas play rehearsal, so that kept me busy for a while. I then had to go through a host of angel costumes to make sure they fit our little darlings.
Then Rachel and I had a fun time wrapping Christmas gifts we had already bought–we’re getting an early start this year. Someone is going to have fun with all the styro peanuts like we did:
Today we did our Sunday School duty. Gary taught the Bible story of Samuel in his class. He related this funny story afterwords. He said he forgot the little girl’s name and so he asked her, “What was your name again?” He said she looked directly at him and said, “You know what my name is.” Ha! She got him! But then he went on to say, “At that very moment her name popped into my head–Whew! Dodged a bullet there!”
My class made a very nice Thankful wreath, but I forgot to take a photo of it! Maybe later.
Not sure what possessed me, but I decided we needed to do some serious housecleaning. Moved all the furniture out of the living room and then vacuumed and ran the carpet cleaner. Our 17 year old carpets are looking pretty sad, and cleaning them doesn’t really help much, but psychologically I know they are cleaner! That big old dictionary adds ballast to help the machine suck the dirty water out.
The big annual church Thanksgiving dinner was to have been this evening, but it was canceled due to possible bad weather. Yes, it is cold, but no, it didn’t need to be canceled. In any case, Carol invited us over and we ate a pre-Thanksgiving meal with her.
Gary also managed to “watch” football today:
November 21, 2013
It seems like we’re actually seeing a few fall colors here in Dallas this year. Nothing spectacular, but still nice:
And the miniature roses just seem to being doing great. But what’s up with this single flower that is half pink on a bush of completely yellow blossoms?
In other news, the madness that is a children’s Christmas play has begun. I’m the costume mistress learning how many different ways one can make angel wings! We had our first rehearsal last night and 24 kids, some of them high schoolers, showed up. More posts about that later, if it turns out to be a success.
November 17, 2013
Yesterday I made a pie for a memorial at church:
Then today I took a cake to church to celebrate the birthday of one of my students. My usual crowd wasn’t there today so we invited the high schoolers to join us:
I got to video chat with Isabella a little today (no photos from that), and also got a couple photos of Emma by email:
I love the look on Emma’s face. She loves her brother!:
November 14, 2013
The weather has been chilly, but sunny and inviting. Gary and I went birding together on Monday afternoon, then I went by myself Wednesday afternoon. Here are some photos (click on photos for a closer look):
The spillway at the dam, off Camp Wisdom. We saw a gorgeous Belted Kingfisher smashing down into the water to find something to eat.
At the lookout we found lots of water birds, and a White Egret.
Can you find an American Pipit?
Can you find a coyote?
Can you find a Swamp Sparrow?
OK, this is an easy one:
And in case you need to see how much Gary FORCES me to go birding at Cedar Hill State Park:
November 12, 2013
We had a Google Hangout with David, Sarah and kids the other day, so I took advantage of the technology and snagged a couple less-than-good-quality photos. This was our fist time to see Emma over the webcam.
It seems that Micah has gone the way of his cousin Isabella–they love to fiddle with the special effects:
What a pretty girl!
And one more photo snitched from someone’s Facebook–Isabella with her Tia Lorena.
November 9, 2013
I got a chance to talk to Sarah this week. They are all doing well. Emma, now 6 months old, is holding herself up in the tripod position. She needs to ask her daddy about those glowing eyes!
Maureen took the cutest video of Micah with a cat:
Andrew, Laura, and Isabella are spending the weekend at a cabin in the Poconos Mountains. Looks fun, but chilly:
Last night Gary, Rachel, and I attended a choral concert at Park Cities Presbyterian Church and then found one of Gary’s former students had won a prize for her unusual sculpture at the juried art show which opened right after the concert.
After that we went all out and had self-serve frozen yogurt at the local gas station:
November 3, 2013
I’m not at liberty to give details, but there is a situation of concern regarding Baby Hope, and this time it is not of a medical nature (though her medical needs continue to be many). Pray for God to undertake. Here’s a video of Rachel with Baby Hope from our visit on Friday.