Imagine our delight when our Waco kids came for a visit this past Sunday! Especially given that Waco isn’t exactly around the corner from Camp Lavon and good ol’ Dallas is smack dab in the middle of the route. But they were willing – and we were happy to have them come. To simplify lunch (feeding 8 folks in our RV was not high on my “fun things to do” list) we met a nearby restaurant to start our visit.
[Do you suppose it’s a proven fact that it’s impossible to get four little men to smile at the camera at the same time? I think Weston (front right) was working on his “how weird can I look” face, while Taran across the table was just over it. Man, I love those little boys!]
Although we’ve had some lovely cool-ish (for Texas anyway) days recently, Sunday climbed well into the 90’s so for much of the day we just hung around in the RV. It was a little crowded, but we set the boys up with the dominoes on the tile floor, and they kept pretty busy building towers or seeing how many they could line up to knock down! Every now and then one would wander up front and I caught this shot of little Anderson with the sun hitting him just right!
Eventually, though, we braved the heat and went for a little walk around the conference center. We checked out the lake front
and then ended up at the camp’s swimming hole where one of the camp families (also with 4 young’uns) was playing in the water. The boys couldn’t resist, and although there were no pictures taken, joining them for a bit of splash time was the perfect end to a hot walk. Once everyone was back in dry clothes, they loaded the van and headed back to Waco (with a quick stop at the DWF airport to pick up a friend – didn’t that work out well!). I snapped one last shot of this little guy –
who turns ONE tomorrow!! As the saying goes – #dontblink!
We don’t get many family visits when we’re on a SOWER project, so Sunday afternoon was a very precious time indeed! Thanks for coming along for the visit!
There are lots of things to love about our time outside of Waco earlier last month, when we spent a bit over a week with our youngest son and his beautiful family! Here are just a few of them –
We got to park in their driveway!! We had good power (no official hook-up just yet, but we had a more than adequate temporary hook-up), the slides were out, and almost every morning there was a little knock at our door by a couple of fair headed little boys wanting to come into the RV! Now in my book, our home is very utilitarian and there is not much for little ones to do. But that didn’t seem to matter. From the swivel chairs to the road atlas to the grapefruit spoons in the silverware drawer, there seemed to be no end of adventures in Lizzie.
We loved having them stop by each morning!
We got to teach them a new game – Pegs and Jokers (very similar to SORRY). It combined cards and fun ‘pegs’ and a bit of strategy, and many a game was played during our visit.
We left it with them and I hope they continue to enjoy it!
We (ok, it was mostly Gary) got to work on a couple of projects. Can you guess what he’s building?
Yep, a loft bed!
Weston was pretty stoked about that!
And then there was some outdoor work –
Helping out with some new fencing. Nothing fancy, just enough to keep the dogs home and the chickens (yes, there are chicks on order!) in the yard!
Of course, there was the Christmas Trampoline –
Now that was a fun project, and even more fun watching the kids get acquainted with this new backyard delight!
But regardless of the games that were played and the projects that were accomplished, the best part of our Waco Days was being able to spend time with these guys!
It was exciting to see them settling into their new (to them) home outside of Waco, and to hear them share their plans for the days to come! It was hard to say good-bye, but there’s a pretty good chance they’ll come to see us here at Lake Lavon since we’re not all that far away (in the overall scheme of things!).
Yes, our Waco Days are filled with wonderful memories!
So what do you do when it’s the last day of school even though it feels pretty much like every other day has felt for the last two plus months? You hit up Mr. Snow for some celebratory ice cream!
Welcome to kindergarten and fourth grade!
Then when you get home, you get to enjoy another beautiful Texas sunset as you keep an eye on the the puppy while Mom and Dad have the joy of getting 3 little ice cream stuffed boys into jammies and bed.
Until the mosquitoes get the better of you!
Sweet dreams everyone!
The pictures from yesterday were taken early in our adventure (like October 2004 early) at Providence Canyon State Park, aka Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon! Interestingly, this impressive canyon is less than 200 years old, having been formed by poor farming practices in the mid 1800!
Here is a little video from a local TV station that has a little more information!
We would highly recommend a visit if you are ever even remotely close!
And as a postscript from Tuesday’s post – here are those sweet boys waiting in the airport for my arrival!
Oh yeah. All the feels!