Getting Outside

The past couple years I have wanted to get a State Park Pass – but every year it does not happen.  This year, I decided to make it happen!

So, today we headed out to Purtis Creek State Park to get a park pass, collect some seeds, and get outside!

The boys collected seeds from the native plants on the trail there, so they could put together a seed collection for a Texas Brigade project.img_0988

Peter’s pic of a native plant that quail eat and live in – cool close-up.img_0989

Jacob taking some pics too while the others are exploring.

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Anna even found a friend.

I am looking forward to a year of seeing as many state parks as we can!!

Family

Every Christmas Eve (or just about every) we get to spend the day as a family with Robert’s brothers family, my in laws and us.  So fun to have so many years of memories of that day. Our kids at Candlelight service, eating somewhere, and lots of smiles.

 

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This year, there was no Jacob, as he was not feeling great.  It was a last minute decision to stay home, he was dressed and ready to go.  Before we headed out, he did open one present early.  This boy was DYING to get his hands on a CD of the Hamilton play.  I made sure his Grammie got to see the delight on his face when he opened it!

 

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Even got a picture of us. With an adorable photo bomber.img_0959

Sweet girl cousins.

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Boy cousins.

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The birthday boy – with a sweet Bloody Mary made by sister in law, Lisa.

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Betsy getting a pic of the treat!

It was a fun day, and another year of family memories!

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving {AKA Redneck Thanksgiving}

Yes, you read that right.  We enjoyed a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving this year – Redneck Style.

Since we did the turkey and sides on Tuesday with the whole family, we were thrilled to accept the invitation for Taco Salad and Guns for today!!  Robert was working, so he did not join us.  Jacob was dropped at the airport earlier this morning on his way to DC.

So the rest of us headed to the Cook Corral for some fun!

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I admit, dropping my boy off at the airport, to go with 28 strangers to DC was kind of hard.  He was extremely anxious about going with people he has never met, flying without any family, and the whole idea of this trip.  His anxiety caused me to almost lose it as I was already anxious about his going too!  But I kept things under wraps, dropped him off, and headed to Larue for some food, friends and guns.

You know you are at the Redneck Thanksgiving when you spy this:

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You had your pick of rifle or pistol depending on which range was open

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There was lots of fun had!!  The guys shot skeet, pistols and a few other rifles.  Daddies helped the younger ones.

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This was Peter’s pistol shooting – 100%

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Can you see all the shells on the ground?  This is when the younger men arrived (aka teenagers) they sure had some fun!  The clays had no chance against these guys!img_0626

So much to be thankful for, friends, their family, and then a gorgeous sunset.

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It was a good day!

{I cannot believe I did not take a single picture of food! We loved our easy Build Your Own Taco Salad bar}

Commit to Bring Your Bible to School October 6

Celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

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