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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fun Filled Week End



 The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs at the community theatre

Natalie found a single showing of this great play and invited us along. Tom was reffing so Charlie stayed with Z and Piper and even Michele and Wyatt came along. We loved it!

We had front row seats and Wyatt was a bit scared of the stage set up before it got started.


T-ball and The Playground

Baby Z and Piper

Thomas usually covers the Saturday games as coach but he had a funeral to attend so Tom had to take a couple of hours off of his job with the Ironbirds to cover it. He was having such a good time though we ended up playing three innnings instead of the usual two for the 4-6 year olds.

I threw Michele on bench duty

With our Nik


We have such a great playground at the end of our street.


 Picnic at the Duck Park

He thought he should hold her hand to be safe.

He loves being a big brother. He asks about the other baby we had while he has been with us, wondering if he'll be back. It breaks my heart. He also mentioned his 'cousin' to the women in the church nursery. When I asked him what cousin, he said, Sami. I got choked up. This poor kid needs a forever home.

He loves his 'boo'noculars

Tom works ( I shouldn't say work because he enjoys it so much) Sundays during the spring and summer. I like to take the kids out, it makes the time go faster.

Not sure how much longer he'll be with us. He's having more and more behavioral issues that we feel a trained family would be better suited to handle. There is no end in sight for him returning home.

A week end away for our Texas sweeties

 The Family Support Group sponsored a trip to new Mexico for the families of the 219th.

They wanted to share in the hotel room.

Green Grass!

Thank you Jen for sharing your days with us. What did we ever do without our phones?


Friday, April 26, 2013

Leaving Texas

My last full day in Texas we decided at the last minute to not do anything. Jen and I  took Lily shopping and to get a steak for lunch while Shawn let the big kids play together one more time then took them to a movie.
Had a great time with two of my girls. Bought Jen her Easter outfit. She's much easier to please than she was as a teenager.
Silly girl wanted to wear my glasses to read the menu.

Shopping wears a girl out. Maybe it was the quick high from the blue ICEE.

Then we met up with the rest of the group after their movie at the playground in the mall

The next morning we were all kinda down

We had such a bonding day the day before she didn't want to leave me.

I think she felt how sad I was getting. She got very upset when I left, crying and saying she wanted to come with me. I thought it was going to be Jack who was upset because he was telling Sami how far it was back to Maryland. To Sami, it just took a few hours to get to Texas. It took Jack five days to drive and he understands the distance a bit more.

Lunch at the airport.
At the airport gift shop we spied the confetti eggs we had gotten at Wal Mart to take back. We paid $1.84.
We had to get a new coloring book at the gift shop for ONLY $4. Nothing like a new coloring book, snack and drink from a gift shop.
She's an old hand at this flying thing now.

I did have to hold her to get her to nap though. I didn't mind.

I wish we could have gotten a video of her seeing her family when we got off the plane. She was so excited. Ella was glad to have her back!

The next morning she slept in a bit but things were back to normal for the most part.

He loved the outfit I brought back for him.

Wyatt liked his too. You can't really see his vest since his is black. I loved these vests we got at The Saddle Blanket souvenir store but it wasn't until later I noticed they were made in India, oh well.

While Charlie and Michele were visiting and Tom was taking Ella to school we got the phone call placing our little 'Z". So much for vacation.

She looked so sad those first few days. Couldn't get her to smile and she very rarely would look up.

So back to normal for the most part. Always something to do. Next trip to Texas will be June 12th and Tom will be taking Ella and then she will be flying back by herself so that she can spend some extra time there. I love my family!