Aug 23, 2014

Fun at the Safety Fair

We have had so many things to concentrate on lately! Teach is speaking in church on Sunday and we have a party planned afterward so today we cleaned the house, got groceries, and Princess made a couple hundred cookies. So when Drama Queen finally arrived around 5:00, we got ready to go to the Safety Fair.

Don't they look like twins?!
We weren't sure if they would cancel it this year. Last year the rains came and they put it off for a couple of weeks. It had been raining most of today and the fair is typically outside so we sent the Dog Walker up to see if anything was happening. He came back with the news that things were being set up but inside the Community Center this time.

It was fun but crowded! So crowded in fact that I didn't even think to take any pics inside the building. They had booths set up everywhere. We got a ton of free stuff including shirts, pens, pencils, sunglasses, bags, toothbrushes, calculators, Teach even got a flash drive! They gave us a hot dog and a drink and they had live music on the stage. My favorite freebie was a new flyswatter. I hope it works!

As we splashed through puddles and the drizzle on our way back to the car, I was glad we took the time to support this fun event put on by our city.

Aug 22, 2014

Teach is Finally Home!

It was a crazy morning! We got everyone up early and my sweetie made our favorite special occasion breakfast, chocolate Malt-o-Meal with lots of marshmallows. We still had all the smiley-face plates to put on the lawn before we could leave for the airport.

We were finally loaded just after 9:00 and we were off.

It's a 20-minute drive to the airport, but we already knew the flight had taken off about 10 minutes ahead of schedule and we didn't want to be late. The airport was a zoo! We found out later that there were 19 missionaries on that flight and all of their families were waiting for them to come down the escalator.

It took a while. We tried to wait patiently, but our eyes were constantly scanning for suits and skirts and name badges. After what seemed like forever, we saw that first name tag, but it belonged to an elder and his family was super excited to see him. Then a second elder came down. His cheering section wasn't nearly as big.

Then we saw Teach. She was crying and waving. I waited until she was about halfway down the escalator before I ran to meet her at the bottom. It was one of the best moments of my life. I hugged her for a long moment and then released her to share with the rest of the family.

After many tears and hugs, we finally left the airport. We didn't have to be at the church until noon so we had about an hour for her to become reacquainted with the house and the changes we have made over the past 18 months.

Her release was quick and simple. She interviewed with the Stake President and then she bore her testimony for us. After that she took off her name badge and we had a closing prayer. We drove back to the house and ate pizza and talked and talked.

Teach was worried because she had brought very few clothes home with her. She is also about 10 lbs lighter so most of what she left here wouldn't fit so I took her shopping. That took most of the afternoon. She was exhausted since she had to be up this morning at 4:00, but I couldn't convince her to lie down for a while.

We had tickets from the Read Today program that let us all into the Bees baseball game for free, so after a quick dinner we took off for the ballpark. We were a little late, but it was still a great time. We talked and giggled and enjoyed being together in the beautiful night air. I know I had other family members there, but we didn't see any of them. (Hope you all enjoyed the game!)

The kids even got 2 seconds of mini-fame on the Jumbotron for their crazy dancing!

I took Teach and most of the kids home after the 7th inning stretch. Bossy left with her family too. Only my sweetie and Sport stayed and the game went in to extra innings. They didn't get home until about midnight.

It was a wonderful, glorious day! Teach is sleeping in her own bed again. She keeps calling me "ma'am" which is a little weird but in a good way. She is mostly still the same sweet girl we sent out in the world a year and a half ago, but there is now a maturity and a confidence about her that I hadn't seen before.

A mission is a wonderful thing!

Aug 21, 2014

Ten Hours and Counting...

Dear Teach,

I am so excited to see you tomorrow! Almost 18 months without you has been so long. I wanted to make sure I don't forget to say some things to you.

First of all, I am so proud of you! I didn't have the vision or testimony to devote 18 months of my life to teaching the gospel before I was married. You have been a great example to our family and I'm sure to the other missionaries and people of Texas.

I love that you are so strong in your convictions and that you make goals and achieve them.

I know you have loved your mission, but I am selfish enough to be glad that you will finally be back home. The family has never been complete while you are gone. There is an empty chair at every party and I miss your sweet voice.

I can't wait to hug you and hold you and welcome you home.

See you tomorrow!


Aug 20, 2014

Lego Crew

If there is one thing my boys can always agree on, it is that Legos are awesome! Curly got a couple of new sets for his birthday last week and they just couldn't wait to begin putting them together. I love it when they have a common goal and they are playing nicely with each other.

Since Curly is just a 1st grader, he still has trouble reading and Sport often comes to his rescue. They spent a couple of hours building these cars and then driving them around the house. It's so nice to have them using their brains and their creativity.

When I was helping them clean their room and reorganize things last weekend, Sport made an interesting comment. Curly asked him if he wanted to keep the instructions for the Lego set he got for his birthday. Sport shook his head and said, "I always build it the way the instructions say the first time, but then I throw them away so the next time I can build it my own way."

He's definitely a master builder and a creative thinker.

Now if I could just get him to stop leaving those little tiny blocks on the stairs...

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