We returned from our trip last night. We had a great time relaxing in the mountains and then spending time with friends in Atlanta. We rented a cabin in Blue Ridge about thirty minutes out of town, up in the mountains. We were so excited about our cabin because we were on the river.
109 steps from the cabin to the river. At about 35 steps, you realized you weren’t even halfway done climbing, but the view was worth it.
We found the cabin on the Internet and talked with the owner several times before our trip about the different amenities. When we planned this trip, we weren’t worried about basketball, but then something happened: The Rockets made it out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in twelve years. Wednesday night was game 2 against the Lakers. No biggie we thought, the cabin has satellite. When we finally made it to the cabin, we had about thirty minutes before game time. We saw the satellite dish outside, and Lance went to get the channel ready, but after thirty minutes he gave up. We weren’t going to see game 2.
Turns out the owner had turned off the satellite because it only worked in winter when the leaves had fallen. I can’t describe how mad Lance was. He declared the trip a disaster, and we hadn’t even been gone a day. Our cell phones did not work, we had no Internet and no TV. I realize most people wouldn’t need TV while on a relaxing vacation, but this was the playoffs. Turns out the game was incredible with players getting kicked out and technicals galore. A new rivalry has been born, and we missed it, oh and my husband talks about this kind of thing for a living.
The next day we realized we could receive texts if we stood in a certain area of the cabin. So that is how my husband found out that the Rockets lost game 2 and how exciting it was. What was funny is the different versions we heard about the game. It reminded me of that game you play when you are a kid where you have a big circle and the first person tells a secret and the info is whispered all the way around the circle. By the time it gets back to the beginning, it’s a total mess. We heard six guys were thrown out of the game, when only two were actually thrown out, (I think). Lance got over it and even managed to have a sense of humor about missing game 3 and game 4. Right now the series stands at 2-2 so he will be able to watch at least two more games.
Lance and I are not what I would describe as outdoorsy people, but we love the mountains. I love to hike so even though very pregnant when we came here last year, I thought we would hike and see all the waterfalls in the area. We saw two snakes within five minutes and decided against that. This year, it was the same. Lance saw a dead snake on the side of the road and that stopped us picnicking by the river with the boys.
My favorite discoveries on the trip had to do with food, of course. Mercier Orchards had the most amazing fried apple pies. Yes, something you might find at McDonald’s only better. They were so good we stopped again before leaving for Atlanta. I might order these online. The other hit was a frozen dessert we found at the grocery store. I could not believe that Edwards Turtle Pie was so good. Thankfully, Edwards is carried in our local HEB so I don’t have to order that online.
On Saturday we stayed with my Goddaughter. She is 8 years old and just amazing. She loved Kobra and Baby Hulk really liked her. I love my Goddaughter so much. I have only seen her a few times, but each time I see her I am so proud to have her in my life. She is smart, kind and was interested in me and my family. One of my favorite things that she did was ask what I liked to do at home. She also gave me a Pandora bracelet. She has the same bracelet, and we have a matching charm, the Bible. She was really excited because as our charm collection grows, she thought we could continue buying matching charms. I thought that was so sweet. I wanted to see the pandas and gorillas so we took the kids to the zoo. I could have sat there watching the gorillas all day. The new baby panda was pretty cute too.
My Goddaughter received her First Communion on Sunday. This was a beautiful day for her, and she was so excited. She looked gorgeous in her dress and veil. I remember when she was baptized. She wore an amazing gown that has been in my friend’s family for years. In fact, I think the original is in a museum. It is so special for me to witness these events in her life. I hope she knows that I pray for her always and just how special she is to me.
This trip was such a blessing for me. I had time with my kids and husband, and then had the chance to catch up with a dear friend. I hate living so far from the people I love so I am so grateful for the times we do see each other.
Outside my window…the sun is shining. The morning was beautiful and the humidity low. It’s been so hot and humid that we really appreciate days like this.
I am thinking…of everything I need to get ready for our trip this week. My husband and I are taking the little ones to Blue Ridge, GA. While there we’ll stay in a cabin, then go to Atlanta to visit my Goddaughter who is receiving her First Communion this Sunday.
I am thankfulfor…a husband who loves to travel as much as I do and children who have a sense of adventure already.
From the learning room…it’s an easy week since we leave for vacation on Wednesday morning. Today the kids saw an opera, we’ll spend time next to a lake and end up at the Atlanta Zoo. (nature and science, I think.) We’re also focusing on Mary this month.
From the kitchen…easy meals for the next two nights, meaning cereal for me and mac and cheese for the kids.
I am wearing…my workout clothes…still.
I am going…to FINALLY buy my four almost five year a booster seat. I have waited and waited to buy one. It still has a five point harness, so I’m happy. Kobra is more than ready to move up to a new car seat.
I am hoping…my oldest son’s school trip to Washington DC isn’t cancelled due to the swine flu. He will lose it.
I am hearing…nothing. Three boys are all sleeping right now, something that rarely happens.
Around the house…just getting ready to take four boys to the mountains and send one to DC. Trying to make sure we have everything we need before we leave.
One of my favorite things…taking a picnic with my kids.
A few plans for the rest of the week…relaxing and spending time out of Houston.
Today I went to my niece’s First Communion. What an amazing day for her, but probably more amazing to me as an adult. I remember my First Communion, but I don’t think I realized the importance of that day. On Good Friday, I tried to explain to my 4 year old this gift, but I think I just confused him. Maybe not, now during daily Mass, he points and says, “look, the Body and Blood.” My niece looked so proud and happy today. I pray that as she grows older, she will truly realize the beauty of today. My oldest son is starting to realize this. He is a bit like me when it comes to religion: follow the rules. So during the Mass, his main concern was that none of the kids were partaking of the consecrated wine. I noticed too, but was not going to say anything. I had to make him promise not to make a comment about it to the rest of the family. He was so upset that these kids did not fully participate. I tried to explain that they did fully participate, but I don’t think he really believed me. (The joys of a having a teenager, they know EVERYTHING.) Although like him, I think they should have had the consecrated host AND wine.
It seemed like all the kids on our side of the church were girls. Beautiful girls wearing their white dresses and veils. And it made me so sad for our girls. I’m not emotional at all, but today it hit me: Our lost girls. I know I’m supposed to be happy to have kids in heaven, but really, I’m not. I’m selfish and want my girls here on earth. I want all the things these moms have with their girls. I love the family we are raising, but I miss the other kids we should have had as well, and today, I especially missed the girls.
As I was feeling sorry for myself, I was reminded of the girl next door. The beautiful 15 year old girl next door who asked me to attend a mother/daughter luncheon with her. Her mother passed away when she was very young. She has an amazing father and extended family. She has other women to look to, but she picked me! What an honor. This girl is amazing. She loves my boys and will come spend time with each of them. On her birthday this year, she took Kobra from me and showed him off to all of her friends. Frankly, nobody wants to hold him because he spits up nonstop. She knows this and it didn’t matter to her. And when he did spit up on her, she just got a new bib and kept holding him. She will take walks with the boys and chase after them for me, talk with me while I bake and call me to talk about her boyfriends.
I can never take the place of her mother, but I am blessed to have this almost woman in my life. And so very honored to have her include me on a day that must be very difficult for her. Maybe my little saints in heaven are smiling down on me.
1. After seeing what I had set out for him to wear for the day, baby hulk screamed “I don’t want to be handsome.” He equates handsome with church shirts.
2. After getting in trouble Goose said, “it’s not my fault when you yell at me, it is your fault.” He’s right, we can only control our own actions, not those around us. I hope he remembers that when he is older and losing his temper.
3. “Where is Turbo’s retired jersey?” (Turbo is a mascot.) “Is it true you were going to name me Kyle?” “How old do you think those little dippers (break dancers) are?” All said by a 14 year old at a flipping Rockets playoff game.
Happy Baptism Day, Squirt! Tonight, we celebrated our oldest son’s Baptism day. He was actually baptized on April 19th, but due to a hectic schedule this week, we haven’t been able to celebrate this important day until tonight. Just like a birthday or other holiday, we celebrate each child’s baptism yearly. We have a special dinner on our wedding china, look at pictures from their special day and light the Baptism candle. About a month after lighting his candle, my oldest son always asks when he gets to light it again.
After my son lit his candle tonight, my husband prayed for him and for us. I wish I could repeat what he said because it was so beautiful. He reminded us that God bestowed grace into our life that day and that we became members of the Body of Christ, how important it is to live a life of faith and when we fail to ask for forgiveness and know that with Christ we can do anything. I know that I depend on the grace from my baptism daily, although sometimes it seems like I turn my back on that grace. Thankfully, I had a reminder this week to open my heart and allow that grace to work within me. As my son grows older and faces more challenges in life, I pray that he too will open his heart to God’s grace. I love you so much, Squirt and wish I had a picture from that day to share with everyone. (I didn’t have a digital camera back then!) You were so proud to be baptized. May God bless you always, Squirt.
Since I can’t get into facebook and keep track of “friends” I haven’t seen or thought about in years, I decided to try out another “in” thing: blogging. I’m not a good writer, but I do love to talk/brag about my family and friends. I have always kept a journal, although I suppose I’ll be a bit more selective about what I share on this site. I hope to share a glimpse into our family life. Just getting started on this blog has taken several hours because I’m not very good with computers. Despite getting ready for the draft this weekend, (if I knew anything about computers, there would be a link to the NFL site at this point), my wonderful husband helped me fix the layout so that I had a burnt orange background. Thanks, baby!
I’m wife to Lance, mom to a troupe of four boys and one girl. I'm Catholic, a wannabe homeschooler, obsessed with Children's books, Snoopy and the Texas Longhorns. While I haven’t really converted Lance, he lets me watch games in peace, has been to the National Championship Games with me and knows not to invite people over when I’m watching a game.