"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Monday, May 11, 2015

May Days

I am bound and determined not to go as overboard with sharing this month as I did in March or April. Goodness! I'd only planned to highlight a few days a month, but I got carried away the last two.  I think I have enough in these first eleven days of May!

1 -- First Friday concert in Graham: walked around with Michael and Andrew then RAIN!  Came back here for luggage, and then the boys went to Purple Penguin

2 -- to Tanger with Zach; Michael and Will came over to shoot Michael's new air gun, fly Will's drone, and shoot a few baskets.  Papa and Zach came for a few minutes, too.

Michael on the ground

The drone I named Benny

Defense, Zach and Bagel!

Good shot!

Zach's last day of being three!

3 -- Zach's party at the park; Zach stayed with me and Andrew for awhile after the party; bought Domino's pizza for him (OK, and me)

Zach is FOUR!


Sophie loved tapping her shoes on the floor

Yum. Cake!

New bike

He thought this was so funny

4 -- Steph, Will, and Mike dropped by before heading to the beach; to Tanger with Zach

headed to Texas, too

5 -- SWM flew to Dallas from Myrtle Beach; kept both kids for awhile

6 -- to the museum with Zach; to NC DMV for tag renewal and then on to ALDI

Zach enjoyed playing with a new friend

"Isn't this pretty?"

Um, he squatted a bit too far

and then he got in the sand

Sandy, wet boy

7 -- Zach at my house for the morning and early afternoon; to Walgreens for free 8x10 pics; to Hobby Lobby; Girls' Night Out at Chili's 7-11 with Melissa, Sharon and Laurie

Zach and Bagel

8 -- to Tanger with Zach

He chose to wear his snow boots

hung "Little Hooty" in the tree for Zach to discover

9 -- to Green Cove, Damascus, and Abingdon, Virginia so Andrew could ride the Creeper Trail

Green Cove
Abingdon, Virginia

Andrew riding

Selfie in Abingdon

10 -- left Abingdon for Damascus and then on to Valle Crucis and a hike at Rough Ridge overlook; home around 6:15

I noticed some blooms on my newly-planted rose bushes

Andrew hung up this tree face that we got at the Mast General Store

11 -- played a long game of hide -n- seek with Zach; saw a black snake while push mowing the yard tonight; a bird started making a nest in my clothespin bag (!!!); hottest day of the year so far (87° F)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April: last half

Remember: click pictures to see them bigger

17 -- to Crossnore and Blowing Rock with my mom

18 -- Valle Crucis with my mom; home around 5:45 PM

20 -- Sophie's 1st birthday

Megan sat her down for pictures, and Sophie's toes scraped the icing...yummy toes.

The profile of a girl who was given a smash cake

You are allowing me to do this?!

Sophie is one!

21-- Sophie's birthday party at the park

Michael, Zach, and Bagel

These fellows worked hard to get Sophie's car put together

The puppy used to be Michael's, but he passed it along to Zach.

Zach wanted a turn

Happy birthday, Sophalina!

It was such a gorgeous day so I decided to keep Zach at the park for a while after the other family members left.  He found these "weeds" growing in the sand, he pulled them out, and "planted" them in the row shown behind him.  He actually did two or three long rows.

"I'll put a Papa one with a little one so he can take care of him."

He saw this dad playing with his daughter, and they graciously allowed Zach to join them. Another child joined them later.  I discretely took this picture as Carlee was doing her math homework with dad helping and the two other children (Zach and Ellie) looking on.  Zach did not want to leave!

The Homework Club

22 -- dentist appointment

23 -- children's museum with Zach

Even I painted this time!

Zach "helped" some older children build this

24 -- Sophie and Zach for part of the day

I love Sophie's confident look

Resting in our "train"

Tired little girl

25 -- Andrew planted two knock-out rose bushes; train display and Dogwood Festival in Mebane (didn't go due to cold rain); Zach and Daniel sleepover fun (drawing, watching YouTube videos)

One of my new rose bushes; pic taken from steps since it was raining

26 -- The house got down to 62 degrees so I had to turn the heat on due to the cold, rainy weekend...brrr.  No air conditioning on in the house so far in 2015.  Daniel kept Zach as part of their sleepover so I didn't visit Zach today.  Zach cried when Daniel left. Will brought Michael and Brycen over to play "21."  Abby and Andrew joined them.

27 -- Mema's first birthday in heaven (she died last July 13). First birthday since she reunited with sweet Pop (he died June 8, 2012, and his birthday was April 8 -- I thought of him then!).

Mary Elizabeth Kay b. 1923

as a teenager in South Carolina

Mema and Pop moved to NC in July 2009 due to health issues

celebrating April birthdays at Daniel's house - 2010

Happy birthdays!

27 -- lovely day so besides remembering our sweet Mema, we went to see crosses in the big cemetery in Graham, played at the playground and crossed the "pond" at Burlington City Park, and went by Blessed Sacrament to see the outside crosses before going to visit NeeNee, Michael and Will!  Fun day! (post/pics here)

28 -- met Zach at the children's museum (stayed 2.5 hours), to Chick-fil-A for free birthday ice cream (and ate a little lunch while we were there), to Joe Davidson and Beth Schmidt parks before coming back to my house

He made a window for his house

Picnic outside with Bagel

no nose :)

29 --another fun, full day with Zach: children's museum and hanging out at my house (read books, played on 'tree house', swing, watched Mr. Tuck till the soil, rode the wagon, saw the horse, told each other we were tired of one another...stuff like that.)

Also!  I watched from my computer in North Carolina as Samer turned 30 at midnight in Germany which was, of course, April 30th there, but only 6 PM on April 29 at my house!  Andrew got home just in time to witness this as well! :)

30 -- hung out with some of my favorite people, Sophie and Zach; also was able to drop by and get a picture with Michael (we are going out tomorrow since he was going to see the new Avengers movie with some friends)

Well, hello there!

Books for my birthday!

Sometimes I like to begin a big and/or "deep" book on a milestone day such as my birthday or the first of the year.  I will read a bit most days, but not fly through them as I do lighter books.  Guess which one I decided to begin today?  

Happy birthday to us! (pic from 8/2012; Germany)

I can't believe four months of this year are already done!