Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thankful for Time

..... time to

- plan the upcoming school year and co-op day.

- look through old letters and writings and cards.

- stay at home and allow the kids to get themselves past boredom on their own: Lego building, Hogwarts robe sewn, The Little Princess listened to on Librivox, games played with Mom.

- spend time with neighbor kids.

- lie next to Phillip and chat. Or look at Facebook. Or read a book. Or discuss deep theological issues.

- think.

- relax and not add another thing to my list just because I have time to relax.

Oldest and Youngest

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fishing and Faces

Aupa bought the boys fishing rods and taught the kids how to bait their own hooks. So I don't mind taking them fishing now. I don't believe I've ever baited my own hook ~ at least not with a worm ~ but these kids took to it pretty well.

It was pouring down rain on the way to the fishing spot and I thought about turning around. But once we got to Boerne, it was only sprinkling, and I heard that the storm had headed to San Antonio. 

Phoebe made a pet out of this worm. I believe it's still in our fridge.

Phoebe is putting on her necklace from Nana with a ring from Momo. 

She's so goofy sometimes!

Elizabeth held a bake sale today and made a little money. She is really good at making yummy treats: Apple pie tarts, peanut butter fudge and meringues.

My two left-handers hard at work. They've been making Minecraft movie storyboards and movie posters.

Harrison spent some of his money on the neighbors garage sale. Like he needs more toys.....

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Louisiana or Bust

My parents and brother and his wife were all in Crowley for the 4th of July, so we headed over to see them. This really should be the last trip we make to Louisiana this year. It feels like we've gone every other month! 

So Uncle Mike has been dubbed "Uncle Weird" by Phoebe. He and Phoebe dish out sarcastic comments to each other. She told him about his Hawaiian shirt: "You really should be embarrassed to wear that."

Downtown Crowley. Love the flag.

Grandpa Black and Mrs. Ethel. We had another good visit with them. My mom has been able to spend quite a bit of time with them over the past months. A blessing indeed.

Aupa took the kids fishing at the pond on Uncle Gib's farm during the family reunion. It used to be a swamp. As a matter of fact, we were there 4 or 5 years ago and it was still very swampy. They've done a lot of work to clean it up.

A little slip and slide for the younger kids to enjoy.

This is the traditional 4th of July meal: Jambalaya cooked in a big black pot over an open flame. And that's the biggest spoon I've ever seen! It was like a paddle.

My cousin and her sister held a little facial Mary Kay party for the girls. 

Jayda and the kids hanging out on the swing at Momo's.

This was Harrison's meal on the way over. Two bites of chicken, maybe one french fry?, and ketchup. Mostly ketchup.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Phoebe Camp

We are plenty tired, but Phoebe and I are back from weekend camp at Tanglewood. We were the only ones from San Antonio ~ most everyone else came from Houston area. But Phoebe is very good at making friends and in no time at all had found buddies to hang out with. 

One of her favorite activities was swimming. She jumped off the diving board for the first time. She's extremely graceful like her father and I. Such a natural. The lifeguard finally asked her to stop. She was endangering herself. 

And she enjoyed making a game board for one of the small group activities. She's teaching it to Jonathan right now. And they're arguing. So good to be home.

I enjoyed camp this year. It was cooler with a nice breeze. I enjoyed visiting with everyone who was there ~ very friendly crowd. I loved the woods and the outdoors and being "away from it all." I was tired enough that the bed actually felt good and I slept all night through. And I enjoyed having discussions with Phoebe. They prepared lots of time for parents and children to talk about lesson points, and it was fun to hear Phoebe's perspective or hear her retell the story to me. Oh, yea, and we got to volunteer for a stage/skit thing where we had to eat gross jelly beans. I can still taste skunk in my mouth.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Harrison is Four

A Sunday afternoon at the Texas Transportation Museum and cupcakes at home. He's so easy to please right now!

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Swimming so far this year has involved the Travis kids quite a bit. We've had several water balloon fights and neighborhood sprinkler action as well. Lots of water activities for the summer.

The pool being filled with water. 

Cibolo Creek with a revamped Sinker II (or was it III?) which was renamed the Titanic something-or-other.

And the pool is filled!

These two would rather be in there own water container than in a very full pool of crazy swimmers. They stayed in this bucket for almost an hour! With no cross words between them. Pretty amazing.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Backyard to Love

Now that we have a decent backyard, I'm not ashamed to post pictures of when it looked indecent. Our backyard was pretty wild from the time we moved in.

There were some pretty wild flowers that grew in the spring. It made a neat space for doing nature study. Harrison probably felt like he was in a jungle.

Winter time made it bleak and bare.

It's mowed down here, but it's all weed nubs.

And here's the mighty farmer plowing it up to sow grass seed.

After the last few good rains, we can see the fruit of our labor. Grass is finally growing! And we have a little fire pit in the middle.