Monday, July 30, 2012

A first and, I hope, the last.

MK has started "two-a-days" for band. So, the Big Man, T. Willy and I went to our local water park without her today.

We had a really fun time. T. Willy is so brave, and that makes it a lot of fun. He and I decided to try one ride, and the Big Man chose to stay behind in the lazy river. T. did great, and we were having a ball, but sometimes we would get separated because one of us would get caught in a current while the other moved along. This happened a couple of times, and we always caught up with each other.


I had gotten to the bottom of the ride first and ended up on my way to the lazy river. No worries. I let other people pass me while I waited for him. Then a loud clap of thunder and the signal to get out of the water. (We've been 3 times this summer, and it's happened every time.) This wouldn't have been a problem, but I wasn't in view of T. I told the lifeguard (who was insisting that I get out of the water) that I just wanted to wait till my son caught up with me. But he was insistent. So I had to walk where the wall was low enough for me to climb out, but the whole time telling this lifeguard that I needed to find my son. Then I saw T. Willy walking down a path, so I was relieved that he was out of the water, but his path and mine were quite far, and he couldn't hear or see me. I prayed, "Lord, help me find him," and went to look.

I hurried to try to meet his path, but he was gone. I couldn't see him anywhere. Everyone was out of the water, so it was very crowded. A central area is the food court, and the Big Man found me there. I had to say words I've never said before, "I can't find T." The lifeguards started signaling their lost child call, and it was pretty chaotic because it was raining and people were everywhere - except for my sweet boy.

The lifeguards called for their supervisor, but I thought to head to the lockers, because it was an area he knew. And there was my sweet boy. He was as calm as he could be. I hadn't gotten to the point that I thought I wasn't going to see him again, but he is a very dear and sensitive little guy. I was just worried that he'd be upset, but to my great relief, he was just fine. His first words after I hugged him tight were, "Well, at least you know I can survive." And that prayer works!

Enough excitement for one day. It stormed and stormed, so we went to lunch and then came home.

Here's a picture of T. on Saturday when we were shopping. He was a good sport.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

This girl has skills!

Although MK doesn't have a new car, it's the newest car in our family, so it has some features that the rest of our vehicles don't have. It has a sensor that alerted her that she had low tire pressure. We couldn't see anything, but tonight we definitely saw that she had a flat tire. The Big Man was going to change it, but she said she wanted to learn - and learn she did. He instructed her, but she changed the tire pretty much alone. So here are some pictures.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


The Big Man was on vacation this week, and instead of traveling, we had a "staycation." We went to the beach and did a lot of projects around the house. The Big Man hung shelves in my closet, and it's already made a big difference. We bought new living room furniture and a rug and really enjoyed arranging it. We did not enjoy bringing it in the house whatsoever. (I almost ended up with the French doors I've always wanted.) We managed to get it in and hope it doesn't have to go out for a long time.

I started a new project based on something that I saw on Pinterest. We had a stark white wall, and I wanted to dress it up. It isn't finished, but I'll post what I have so far. It's a "family tree." The tree is up, and now I will be badgering, er, asking family to send me some pictures to complete the project. I'll post the picture first of my inspiration, and then I'll post the two stages I've done. Next, I'll get some frames and hang the pictures. The major differences from the inspiration are that I will be asking for group shots, not individual pictures, and my tree is tall not wide.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Beach Day 2.

We had another great day. The Big Man and I went to the beach and had a really nice time. The kids stayed home, and they occupied themselves. The beach was just as pretty today as yesterday. It started to rain, but we were ready to go, so it was good timing.

We are going back to Destin tomorrow, but this time we are going to try the water park. It should be a lot of fun, and we're looking forward to it. I hope to ride everything and then relax in the lazy river!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's a beautiful day.

We spent the day at the beach today. Oh my goodness. It was more beautiful than I can remember. We were out to our chests and could see our toes perfectly. No seaweed - perfect temp - fun waves.

After the beach, we tried a new place for lunch and had a great time there too. The Big Man and I are planning to go back to the beach tomorrow. I hope it's as nice as it was today.

On a sad note, our sister in law's father passed away today after a battle with cancer. We have a real belief that he is with the Lord, but they're hurting now, so we will continue to pray for the family. We will probably head over to New Orleans for the funeral as soon as we know the details.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ty can see clearly now....

T. Willy mentioned to the Big Man recently that he had a good eye and a bad eye. So we made an eye appointment for him. He went this morning, and it turns out that he is farsighted and needs glasses. He is very excited. I'm not sure that will last, but I'm glad he isn't dreading it. They may take about two weeks, so I'll post pictures when he gets his real pair.

So here are some pictures of our visit. The last pair of glasses is the pair he is getting, and they gave him a coupon for a free donut, so we stopped to get that for him. He is squinting in the donut picture because his eyes were dilated.

Here comes the (faux) bride.

MK and I went to a bridal shower on Saturday. Her boyfriend's sister is getting married next month, and we were happy to be invited.

They played "use toilet paper to create a wedding dress," and MK was chosen to be the model. She had a lot of fun with it - especially after our team won!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Happy 3rd!

T. Willy and I are missing MK, but she is having a great time. Yesterday they went to Atlanta and went to the aquarium and to the Coke museum. She loved both! Today she went hiking to Ruby Anna Falls, and they were going to go tubing, but the weather turned. So they stayed around the cabin.

T. Willy and I have been together, because the Big Man has been working some crazy hours. Fortunately, he had a really short day today, and he may have a short day tomorrow, so it's food that he has had some time off. His parents are in town, so T. Willy spent time with them today. I know he was glad to see someone else.

So here are pictures that MK has sent to me.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Welcome, July!

What a fun day! There was a "Family Day" at church, so T. Willy and I went over to check it out. They had barbecue and games and a bounce house and an inflatable water slide. T. Willy didn't know any of the kids, but he joined right in and had a ball. He was hesitant to climb the slide, and after a couple of stops and starts, I employed a strategy that I am going to use again. A friend posted it on her blog: one honest bite. So I encouraged him to try it once. If he didn't like it, I wouldn't bring it up again, but he needed to try once.

Well, he did it, and once was all it took! He loved it, and did it so many more times that I lost count. It was great that it had water, because I don't have to tell anyone that it is HOT out there! A water slide was just the trick.

If you know me, you'll know that I am a klutz. I completely mean that. I fall way more than most adults that I know. Today was no exception. I just tripped over my own two feet on the pavement. My knee was completely freed of its skin, and it's bruised and swollen. What I am most thankful for, it isn't the knee I hurt when I fell in November. I am just now able to put pressure on it, so it is a blessing that it wasn't the same knee.

MK has been keeping me updated. She is having a lot of fun with her friends. They went to a family reunion yesterday, and today they drive to Helen, Georgia. It's a Bavarian town in northeast Georgia. I looked it up, and I know I'll need to go there one day. They're staying in a cabin and drove into town tonight to try some authentic German food. MK shared "wiener schnitzel" with a friend, and she liked it, though she didn't love it. They're going to the aquarium in Atlanta tomorrow and maybe tubing and zip lining later in the week.

My sister in law came into town to spend the night. My niece is going to be a counselor in training at a nearby camp, so they are going to head over early in the morning. We had a nice dinner together catching up.

So, I'll include a few pictures of T. Willy playing today and some pictures that MK has sent. Have a great July!!!