2015, here…we….GO!

Yes, that WAS said in the best Joker voice I could type. I know, I’m a nerd.

We had a good end of the year. Caleb got a job with the same company five minutes from home (which after 5 years of driing an hour one way is pretty stinking awesome) so he’s been loving that. Also the raise that came with it! God has definitely taken care of us this last quarter and we were able to pay off a few small loans/creditors. It always feels so good to see that 0.00 on a statement!🙂

Also he’s a vehicle swapping maniac, so he recently traded our Deville for a Nissan x83jckei something that he says is pretty much the best car ever. The brakes failed on him a few weeks ago and thanks to God, he made it home safely to take my vehicle. Of course, now I’m stuck at home, but it’s a small price to pay for his safety.

Alisa is doing really well in 1st grade. She’s reading quite well, although she acts like she’s gonna D.I.E. every day during her lesson. She really likes her penmanship and math, so maybe there’s hope for the child after all.😉 She lost her first two teeth in December, and she’s very proud of the hole!

Hannah is in preschool and doing just fine. She’s still the daintiest little child ever, which directly contradicts her personality because she is some kind of wild. I’m not really sure I understand all the dynamics that go into it, but we just take it one day at  a time.

Rebekah is turning 3 on the 31st of January. She weighs the exact same as Hannah, which I find fairly amusing. She’s obsessed with loose teeth since Alisa lost hers, and she’s just a sunny little happy girl who makes our hearts happy. She still refuses everything even vaguely veggie related. She’s almost completely potty-trained, and I’m aiming for the end of January to be really 100% done.

It’s been a very mild winter this year and I’m ready for Spring, as usual. I have visions of growing tomatoes and basil and onions and lettuce! Thankfully I know it’ll be here before I can even imagine so for now I’m just pinning all sorts of garden ideas.😉

That about wraps us up for the end of this year. What have you all been up to?

Summer 2014

This summer we’ve:

Planted pear trees
Planted pear trees
Cooled off in crummy pools
Cooled off in crummy pools
Attended weddings
Attended weddings
Wore pretty dresses
Wore pretty dresses
Bought an aquarium
Bought an aquarium
Also other things
Also other things
Learned everyone is allergic to something
Learned everyone is allergic to something
Snoozed in high chairs
Snoozed in high chairs
Stood in front of giant leaves
Stood in front of giant leaves
Tomatoes
Grew lots of sTomatoes
Made pickles
Made pickles
Drove this
Drove this
Grilled
Grilled
Had eye surgery
Had eye surgery
And this
And this

And yes, these are wildly out of order. Sue me. 😉

October 2014

I figured it was about time to update the ol’ blog. It’s been a busy-and-yet-not-busy summer. It’s felt strangely fast and packed and at the same time kind of laid back and meandering. I can’t make up my mind which is more accurate. I am quite sure, though, that the summers are much shorter and quicker than they used to be as a kid. Time sure has a way of speeding up the older you get.

I went back and read my last post from August – yes, it’s been that long – and so I figured I’d pick up where I left off last time.

Rebekah came through her surgery like a champ. Michele stayed at my house with my girls because (if I remember right?) Alisa threw up the previous day and I didn’t want to drop them off somewhere and expose anyone else, and I obviously couldn’t bring her with me to the surgery center. The surgery lasted about an hour and a half, and of course as she came out of anesthesia she was realllllllllllly unhappy. I sat and just held her for probably an hour or more while I settled her down enough to drive home. Her eyes look fantastic and Dr. Musgrove has bee really pleased with her progress. They cut her prescription in half so she scored some new glasses too!

I visited my grandmother last week in Temple. It’s always a blessing to get to spend time with her. She’s 86 now and had both knees replaced this past year so she’s getting around better than she has in a long time. We also got to visit with my uncle John and his wife Joyce, so it was a fun week. John treated us all out to a Japanese Hibachi restaurant, and let me tell you, it was AWESOME. Not just the food, which was phenomenal, but getting to watch them prepare it right in front of you literally. It was really really fun.

 

We attended Kim’s wedding this past Saturday (the 25th) in San Marcos. It was simple and almost entirely family in attendance, and it was very nice. They held it in a gazebo outside and the fresh air was wonderful. Afterward the whole group went to Saltgrass Steakhouse for lunch and the cake.

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Caleb made a few moves at work. He went back to the Marathon refinery in TX City, as the head surveyor. It was a HUGE raise, and we were thrilled about the raise while still severely disliking the hour+ drive. Then Homer told him they were coming to Freeport to work in a new construction site (about 3 years worth of work!) so he applied here and ended up with almost the exact same pay while working just ten minutes from home! We couldn’t be happier. There’s more overtime than they even would choose to work, but being this close to home makes up for it. We are so thankful for the way God takes care of us!

We’ve officially been in schooling mode for more than a month and it’s going quite well. Alisa is doing Math, Reading, Phonics, and Handwriting in her first grade work. Hannah is learning her letters, numbers, and shapes in preschool.

We had the privilege of having an old friend from Alaska, Noah George and his wife, at our church Sunday night. It was wonderful getting to visit with them and we had them over to our house Monday evening for dinner and fellowship. We’ve been keeping up with his ministry through their prayer letters and now get the privilege of supporting them on the mission field.

I’ve been debating leaving Facebook for a few months now, and finally made the leap last night and deleted my account. There are a few different reasons for leaving, but it has very little to do with other people and a lot to do with personal struggles. I’d be happy to have anyone’s phone numbers if you’d like to keep up with me!🙂

So that about sums it up for me. I’m working towards a Christmas piano recital (fingers crossed) with my students. Looking forward to seeing my parents and sister (again) at Thanksgiving in a few weeks and some good food and fellowship!

So what has everyone else been up to?

 

 

August 2014

Calm yourselves, people. And by people, I mean you, Bek.

Apparently I managed to remember my blog address (miracle) and was still signed in thankfully, because if I’d had to think about a password I’d have just given up and let it be gone forever. Seriously. I never remember passwords unless I have it written somewhere.

This summer has been very hot. Very long. Very different. Very sad. Very hot again. 

Caleb’s company got booted out of the Marathon refinery so he and Homer went to the next-door BP plant to do a new construction project for a few months. That’s a few weeks from being finished and they’re crossing their fingers and hoping that they will be able to move to the plant in Sweeney – about half as far to work, and it’ll be Fridays of overtime too.

We’re going to start Alisa in her first grade work next week if we can find the books we need this weekend. I’m a little excited and mostly nervous about starting a new year of schooling. Kindergarten wasn’t too hard but it did have it’s challenges on my patience and forbearance. 

Hannah is going to be starting her Preschool work this year, too. I had originally planned to do it last year but abandoned that notion after two days. She wasn’t ready. She’ll turn 5 in the middle of this school year so I think that works out better anyway.

Rebekah is scheduled for her eye surgery September 5th. Same doctor, same surgery for the same problem Alisa had. Hopefully she’ll do as well as Alisa did in recovery and alignment. 

We are celebrating our 9th anniversary this weekend. Doesn’t seem like I’ve been gone for 9 years or married that long, but God has blessed us. We’re looking forward to a weekend in Houston without ankle-biters. 

This past summer, I grew probably 35 gallons of tomatoes. I was giving them away by the bushel just to keep them from going bad. If I get that many next year I’m going to can – salsa, rotel. spaghetti sauce, whatever. Make tons of tomato soup.

Lydia left Freeport and is married. Kimberly is engaged and living in San Marcos. It feels weird without them.

What’s gone on for you this summer?