Saturday, October 31, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Our hope was to create new friendships and build relationships. Our church just finished a series on loving your neighbors, so we stepped out in faith and God richly blessed our evening.
Our next door neighbor brought over his "Big Gas Grill" and we had hamburgers and hot dogs. I made my mom's famous chocolate sheet cake that was a huge hit. I cannot wait to see how this builds relationships on our street.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This is LE's favorite teacher. I read in her journal last year, Ms. Coffee is always smiling. She blessed LE with this beautiful head dress. She said she would rather see LE use it in her presentations than to know it was sitting in a closet collecting dust.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
My parents met us in SA for the night and took the kids to Bass Pro Shop i.e. the fish store, Chick-fil-A and who knows what else while Ben and I rocked out.
It was not the best concert acoustics wise, but at 59 the dude is still rocking. We had fun singing all of my favorite songs from the 80's. (Billy is featured monthly in my Wayback Wednesday class at the gym).
We were about seven people deep from the stage. I (at a whopping 4'10") even caught a paper plate he tossed into the crown. Why a paper plate, I have no idea.
When we met my parents to drop off the kids, I was wearing hole-y jeans and a tank top. Dad quickly chimed in that I was not dressed appropriately for a Billy Joel concert. BILLY IDOL, dad!! Parents.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Matthew did awesome, so much taller than when he was in pre-k. He scored two touchdowns and the game was back and forth all four quarters. Falcons came up with the win. We are definitely hooked, but hoping all six of us continue to to enjoy it from the sidelines.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
When we started planning our trip to Indy, we never thought it could be a destination vacation. It was a great city to visit, not to mention all of the fun things on the way to and back.
The kids did great. I planned lots of activities for the car ride, so they kids stayed busy.
I hope we get to plan more road trips for this family.
Friday, October 09, 2015
The highlights of our days were when the girls were chosen to participate in the bird show and of course seeing the giant pandas. Boo insisted we make a second visit to the pandas and we were so glad we did b/c the second time they were awake and eating bamboo.
It was a huge zoo and we walked almost five miles over the day. R2 met a friend at one of the exhibits and he joined us for the remainder of the day.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The girls participated in the junior ranger program and earned their second badge.
As we were leaving we saw a sign we were in Amish country and we were so excited when we passed a horse drawn carriage on our way to Nashville.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
It is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and it was full of hands-on activities for all four of the kids. There were multiple areas for us to explore, including Native Americans, colonial time, pioneer times and the Civil War era. Each area had people in character from that time period and as we interacted with them they never left character.
Both girls learned to use stilts, and LE even competed in a tomahawk throw. We made hand-dipped candles and learned how to use a loom. If we go back to Indy, we definitely be returning here and making sure to arrive earlier to get more time in each of the areas.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Sunday, October 04, 2015
I met the most amazing people; trainers, Parkies and their cornermen (care partners). I was hooked. Over the weekend I am sure I slept no more than three hours each night wondering how I was supposed to bring this back to Austin. On our drive home we were outside Waco, I was driving and Ben told me he believed I was supposed to bring this back to Austin also and would pay the affiliate fee to make it happen. I don't recommend driving I-35 with tears in your eyes, but I was overjoyed.
And God continues to direct our steps toward making RSB Austin a reality.
During the training, I felt God tell me Wells Branch is where I was supposed to be looking and I even had a shopping center pictured in mind. After several phone calls and closed doors mainly b/c of the lack of ac/heat in traditional boxing gyms, yesterday, we met with the owner of a local kickboxing/martial arts facility that agreed to lease a space to us. And you guessed it, the gym is on Wells Branch Pkwy in the shopping center I was originally imagining.
I have had countless friends offer to help in any way they could to make this happen, including one friend purchasing me a second heavy punching bag. So, I am hanging on for dear life on this white knuckle ride that God has us on, I sit in amazement how God's plans are indeed bigger than mine.