As soon as I could function again, it was time to start packing for our summer family trip with Dustin's side of the family. We met them down near Kerrville and had a great time just hanging out, sliding down the dam, eating great food, swimming, playing dominoes, and watching movies. I love my in-laws. I really do have the best family!
Sometimes, there are just no words for Cameron. He thought this would be funny...and it was. (He does have shorts on under there.) Amy, please contact me immediately if Cameron would like this removed :)
I've never met a child who didn't LOVE Loren! She's just great.
Dustin's parents took the boys home with them for a couple of days so that Dustin and I could go to San Antonio and spend a few days with our good friend, John. I was uber prepared for this trip, so I bought tickets to Six Flags online and even got a parking pass so that we could avoid any delays. It has been years since I've been to an amusement park and I was just beyond excited to be going. Monday morning, we headed to the park full of anticipation and there was not.a.single.person to be found. Turns out....starting that very day, Six Flags was no longer open on weekdays. It was a very sad day for me.
Joke's on them because we still had a great time. We went to New Braunfels, ate at a hole-in-the-wall cafe, rented kayaks, and headed down the river. It was peaceful and relaxing and fun. The rest of our time we spent eating out, shopping, going to the movies, and walking around downtown San Antonio. It was great to spend so much time with John and it was really great to spend some time with Dustin and no kids!
We got home and I just felt kind of "blah" for a while. The weather cooled off and normally fall excites me to no end, but this year it feels different. I don't know if you are familiar with the winter we had last year, but it was cold...really, really cold. For a really, really long time. Really cold for a really long time does not bode well with a stay at home mom of twin toddlers. I could feel the depression setting in.
Luckily, it warmed right back up to the 90's and I haven't thought of it much since :)
Here are some things that I am really excited about this fall.
*I am excited about Ladie's Bible class starting back up. We have a great teacher this year and I am so excited to get to hear her. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control have kept me from it the past two weeks, but I have high hopes that I will get to attend at least a few times.
*I am excited to start taking Eli and Landon to the (free) storytimes offered twice a week here - once a week at the library and once a week at a local coffee shop. How fun.
*I am teaching Bible class this quarter. I have some real sweethearts in my class and I hope I can devote enough of my time and energy to this commitment to at least teach them something in the three months I'll have them.
*Eli and Landon turn 2 in less than a month. For several reasons, I wasn't going to have a big party, but I can't stand the thought of not celebrating them big time, so I made the decision and we're going ahead with it. I do love a party!
*My little sister is getting married at the end of October and I'm looking forward to that event. I love seeing lots of family and friends!
*Dustin and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary at the end of October. We had really planned on taking some sort of trip this year, but...it's not looking like it's in the cards. Hopefully we can at least do something small and special around that time. I love that man!
I was really excited to start our new, fun, filled with outings, schedule this week, but as fate would have it...we got sick AGAIN. Seriously...it seems like lately, we can just hear about something and catch it. I'm totally embarassed to admit this, but my children contracted Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. Disgusting...I know. So we've been stuck at home for 6 days and counting and I am about to lose my mind. I'm not about to take them anywhere if there is even a remote chance that this virus isn't completely gone, so we'll be in for a couple more days.
The best part is: adults don't normally catch this thing, but guess who did. Yep...me! So just like before, I called in sick and enjoyed a glorious day in bed.
Almost...I gated the boys in one part of the house, said a quick prayer for their safety for the remainder of the day, and passed out in an almost-coma. My poor children. I literally had to crawl from my bedroom to the kitchen to pass them a nutri-grain bar over the gate for lunch...at 1:30 in the afternoon. It was bad.
So, now you might understand why I've been absent. Who wants to live through that, much less write about it. The good news is...we're all caught up and I'll hopefully just have fun things to write about from here on out.