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Vacation pics!

Okay… I’m new at this whole posting multiple pictures at once thing. Can’t figure out how to caption without altering the pic and since I uploaded these from home, I don’t have that option!  Simple enough, though.  The first 3 pics were taken on the Comal River in New Braunfels. The next 6 pics were from our bike tour of Austin, TX  (the 2nd pic of that batch features one of Austin’s homeless that decided to catch us at a red light and assist in narrating the tour!).  The remainder of the pics were taken at the Barton Springs Greenbelt in Austin – we took a cooler of beer and my brother’s two adorable pups with us.

Fun times! 

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My Husband is Awesome

He is.  In fact, I think I’ll run away with him!

Vacation time is near!  I’m so excited!

You know how those last few days of work before vacation just wear you down?  I think it’s the same thing with kids.  Those last few days before you’re about to get a break from them, they just get on your every last nerve!!  Unfortunately, I mainly mean Colin.  They’ve all been a lil’ stir crazy, but Colin has been balls-to-the-wall out of control most of the time lately.  He’s been destructive, reckless, and just…even more hyperactive than usual.  I think a lot of it has to do with the excitement/anxiety of camp coming up.  Yesterday, I bought the rest of what he’ll need for his week – sleeping bag, extra socks and undies, travel sized items, etc.  It occurred to me that with all three boys going in different directions for a week, we might not have enough socks and undies to go around!  I mean, that’s a minimum 21 pairs of each item of clothing.  And the boys have been outgrowing their undies and losing socks right and left, so it was time.

 Tomorrow AM, we’re dropping off Ryan with Rick’s brother – he and his son C (who is Ryan’s age) will be in town overnight, so the timing was perfect.  Then we’re taking Robbie (oh, excuse me – ROB) and Colin to the Special Needs Screening of Ice Age, followed by lunch with my mom, who is taking Rob with her after.

That will give Rick and I some time alone with Colin to pack his suitcase, talk about camp, etc.  The camp gave us a great idea: pack each outfit – one shirt, one pair of shorts, socks and undies – in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag!  That way, he can just grab a bag each morning and he’s ready to get dressed.  I love that idea.

I really think Colin’s going to have a blast.  I can’t wait to hear how it goes. 

Another great thing they do for the parents and campers is they allow you to pre-write letters and cards, etc, for your camper! You drop them off after checking him in and then they can hand out mail throughout the week without worry of letters not making it in time.  You can also email your camper throughout the week. They print off the emails and pass them out after lunch.

We’re even checking our pups into a boarder while we’re gone!  I’m still waiting for something to go wrong – I can’t believe how many different wheels are turning in the right directions for this to come together!

 

Once we’re all back together, we will only have FOUR WEEKS until school starts back up!  I can hardly believe it! We’ll come back from vacation and it will be time to start gathering school supplies and making sure everything is ready to go!

Going back to the title of this post… I want to brag on my guy for a bit. 

As some of you might recall (although I’ve taken down the posts) we had some drama with the neighbor behind us earlier this year.  Well, in the last couple of months, our shared fence had a panel come loose.  One of the posts broke off in the ground and the panel just kept falling over.

After a heck of a lot of inaction from the neighbor (we have actually run into each other a few times now – our dogs keep slipping into the other’s yard, etc), Rick decided to take matters into his own hands.  Yesterday, he went to Lowe’s and bought supplies.  He put in quite a few hours – and a couple of trips to the store – yesterday…and finished it up today.  I think he did a heck of a job.

I wanted to share a pic of his handiwork, but I’m having technical difficulties.  Just trust me – it looks awesome! 

 I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ll be around, but might not post again until we get back!

Siblings

No matter what the challenges, I’m so very glad Robbie has brothers now. Having siblings can be such a rewarding, maddening, wonderful experience. I should know! I was also one of three kids. I have a sister that’s 4.5yrs younger and a brother that’s about 6.5yrs younger. Our parents divorced in 2001. Since then, the relationship with our dad has been tenuous at best. About a month ago, he let down his walls and met us halfway. He finally opened up.

I got a call a few days ago from my sister asking if I could meet up with family on my dad’s side in a town about 5 hours from where I live. My dad was in town helping his mom move and we all wanted to meet up for dinner on Friday. Afterwards, my brother, sister and I would go stay in my grandma’s vacation home nearby. None of us could remember the last time just the three of us spent time together. No kids, no spouses, etc.

The drive was beautiful. Central Texas in springtime can be breathtaking. Wildflowers and green pastures in all directions. Winding through the hills on two lane highways going 70mph. Occasionally the speed limit drops as you pass through a town that time’s forgotten. Those towns tug at my heartstrings. Dilapidated houses and abandoned stores line the streets. Some towns have fared better than others. The town we were staying in falls in the latter category. Unfortunately, my grandma recently decided to sell this house and the surrounding land, so we’re trying to get some final visits in.

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Brother's puppy in front of grandma's house

When my grandma bought this house, we all thought she was nuts. This house was a disaster. She completely restored it. Furnished it with antiques, replaced broken windows with antique windows from other houses – the whole nine yards. This house is beautiful now. The land around it has been tamed so hikes to the pond are easy and beautiful.

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Side porch

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Pond

We headed to the house after dinner (which went very well) and had a few drinks while catching up. My sister’s boyfriend of seven years recently broke up with her. I didn’t know before last night. She’s crushed, but trying to keep her head up and she’s not really ready to talk about it. Just being together in that house – joking around together and having fun – seemed to be good for all three of us.

We crashed around 2am. At 7am, my sister woke me up. When I laughed at her for doing that, she said, “I wanted to spend some time together before you have to leave!”

The three of us went for a walk down to the pond with my brother’s pups. We each had a camera in hand – the flowers were in full bloom and the doggies were extra photogenic.

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My lil sis

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We walked into town for coffee, then back to the house to pack up and head out.

Through several moves, divorces, fights, parties, ups, downs and sideways changes…my brother and sister have always been there for me. I know they know that I’ll always be there for them, too.

I love my crazy siblings.

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