Monday, October 20, 2008

Too much.

Festivals centered around pecans and hairy men, day trips to new places, my return to work, Beatles schooling, visits with friends and a wheezy kiddo... in the middle of it all someone turned 31 on the same day that another someone entered her 23rd month.

I've been a bad blogger and I have way too much to catch up on. So for now, here are a few pictures to catch everyone up -- many of them horribly messy and out of focus, but I included em anyway-- on what has been a busy month around here.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Patch


What was supposed to be a short trip to Sweet Berry Farms in Marble Falls on Sunday turned out to be just the opposite. Lesson learned= GPS really doesn't like anything involving farm roads and it'll mess with you if you attempt to go there.

The insane frustration was worth it. We got to explore a gorgeous area that we didn't know even existed out here. Even better, my dear friend Kayce was in town to enjoy it all with us. Just a great day spent together.

Lil was thrilled to feed the goats. Four days later, we're STILL hearing "mmmmm.... yummy goat food. It's good!"

They hayride wasn't as exciting.... however, the walk over was. We were asked to walk through a tunnel to get to it, and once we did, someone pointed out that hanging right over our heads was a baby bat. Yuck.


The whole pumpkin patch trip has been a tradition for me and Mike since pretty much when we first started dating. We're a little dorky that way.

Lil was all business about our big mission: to find our family pumpkins. I think my fall obsession has rubbed off on her just a little bit and I'm pretty happy about that.

I just love that she's big enough now to really enjoy things like this.

That's "Lily" that she's holding. She found it 2 seconds after we got there and wouldn't let go. It's lined up right in between the Daddy and Mama and Mimi pumpkins on our porch where it'll stay until we carve it on Halloween.

Ever since she was born, we've talked about traditions that we want to start with her during the holidays and this was one of them. So fun and a blast seeing it all through our little pumpkin's eyes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Remembering

Thinking of Ann today as she's laid to rest and making a promise that I won't take time for granted. I'll stop putting things off. Enjoy the little moments. I'll be a better friend and make more of an effort to get in touch with the people that I love. Be content with what I have. I'll try to let go and not hold grudges. Rejoice in the way things are. I'll write down memories and take more pictures that include me. I'll make the most of each day.

I'm remembering how I couldn't help but smile at my mom and Ann when they were together. How they would laugh until they cried and squealed at the sight of each other. Their realness. How they bonded over their mutual adoration of their kids and families. They didn't let distance get in the way of friendship. They savored every minute together.

More than ever I've been reminded of how blessed I am to be a mom and to have a family.

On the most challenging, longest of days, with Ann in mind, I won't take that for granted.