Sunday, June 5, 2016

while I waited...week 22

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 22
This first week of summer is in the books!  We slept late, stayed up late and stayed in our pj's longer than we should - but it sure was fun!  We've also continued to watch it rain. It's been a weird Texas summer so far - lots of rain and very mild temps.  We haven't even been to the pool yet!  But, that hasn't stopped us from making memories - here's what happened last week, while I waited...

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Lots and lots of sleeping!
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We celebrated Maggie's one year gotcha-day and surprised her with a new toy.
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Colby and Holden worked on sibling bonding...
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On Tuesday, Long Way Home posted a message on social media looking for someone to help wrangle puppies for radio show interviews.  I texted them to see if we could help and they quickly said yes!  We had to get up early Wednesday morning and go pick up these cuties at the vet and quickly make it back to the radio station.  Totally worth it!!!
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These puppies were part of a litter of 10 found in a cardboard box in East Texas.  Long Way Home took them in and we are happy to announce - all ten have now found their fur-ever home!!!  Rescue.Love.Repeat!
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 Holden was definitely the puppy whisperer of our group but Hope loved lovin' on the puppies.
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And while all the puppies now have homes, it didn't make saying goodbye to them any easier. :(
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On Thursday, Emmy came over for the day and the girls loved catching rain drops on their tongues!
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We also made a trip to Lowe's for a fun little craft project.  I love the way Colby is looking out for them!
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This fun project has been on my craft radar for a while.  I knew when Emmy was coming over that it would be the perfect way to spend our afternoon!
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The finished product!!!
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And, since it was Thoughtful Thursday, Hope decided to give hers to our neighbor!
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Thursday evening the girls and I went to dinner with Shelly and Carly.  Shelly captured this sweet pic of the girls saying goodbye since it will be a couple of weeks before they see each other again.
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When it's National Donut Day and the bigs are still asleep, you get to enjoy first dibs on donuts!
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After a morning of last minute things to do, we were loaded up and headed to Austin to drop the bigs off at the airport!
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We stopped for lunch and I couldn't help but snap a pic of this sweet pic drawn by those sweet dimpled hands!
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And, just like that, they were headed into the airport - I'm the one following behind them fighting back the tears with a lump in my throat!
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We were at the airport with plenty of time to spare so Holden thought it was the perfect time to pull out her selfie stick - and I'm so glad she did!  Sure am going to miss my party of 5 this week!!!
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This wasn't the first time for the bigs to go away by themselves but it was the first time we've put them on a plane alone.  And, it was just as hard as I thought it was going to be!!!  But, thankfully, I've got God on my side and He gave me such a peace about it.  As much as I wanted to argue the point, I knew that no amount of worrying was going to change anything.
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Colby and Holden definitely get along about as well as you can imagine.  I have been praying that this trip would bring them closer and I saw a glimpse of hope when I snapped this pic.  Notice how Colby didn't just get on the plane - he was actually waiting on Holden and asking to help her.  Be still my mama heart!
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See her face?  Mine looked exactly like this #onlyslightlyworse.  Saying goodbye is tough!
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But, you want to know what's SO cool?  Getting a little message from God that you feel was just for you.  You'll have to look closely but this little rainbow popped up about 30 minutes after we left the airport.  It truly lasted as long as it took me to notice and then it was gone.  It was like a gift from God!  A promise that he was going to watch over our kiddos and keep them safe.
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And, just as we drove into College Station, another faint rainbow!
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But, that didn't stop me from stalking the flight app to see exactly where they were and how much longer they had to go! :)
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Colby posted this pic to his social media and I couldn't help but share!
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They arrive to California and I promptly get 8 pictures texted to me of Oracle Arena - home of Colby's favorite basketball team, the Golden State Warriors!
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Saturday found them supporting their cousin, Tucker, at his baseball game.  Notice the teen who thinks he's SO funny by standing behind the fence. #he'snotfunny
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Meanwhile, back in Texas, I FINALLY got Netflix and joined the land of the living!  I couldn't wait to text Katy and Shelly and let them know I would finally be able to join the conversation!
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Back in California and these two were in heaven!  Holden is such an animal lover so she was in her element with all the baby chicks while Colby only managed to take out one fence while riding motorcycles.  Really hoping they won't need the medical release we filled out before they left!
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On Sunday, Colby went to a football mini camp at the University of California at Berkeley.
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When Mike's mom sent me this pic, I could tell he was a little nervous.
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Once checked in, he was ready to go!
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Back in Texas and we were telling this sweet girl goodbye. :(  Each summer till the kiddos turn 10, they go to my parents to take swimming lessons for two weeks.  This just happens to be Hope's session.  I'm not sure Mike and I have ever been home without kiddos for this long!
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 So, how do we spend our first kid-free evening?  At Aggie baseball, of course!
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It was a gorgeous Texas evening - and the perfect way to spend our time while we are waiting to see the kids again!

I'm really glad you stopped by!  Have an extraordinary week!  

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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20 comments:

  1. Sweet, sweet times with your littles. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Just enjoy and know that they are having fun and you and Mike get to have a little rest too! Never hurts to get a break now and again! My nephew, Holden, is being aggressively recruited for baseball by Cal Poly, Cal and UCLA! He is going to be a senior.

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    1. Eek! I'm a little late replying to my comments! They had such a great time in CA and are already looking forward to next summer! How cool that you have a nephew named Holden! I think it's a great name! :)

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  3. You're a wonderful Mama!
    Sorry I haven't been by to see ya in forever!
    Inspire Me Monday reminded me to get on over here!

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    1. You are the sweetest! Glad to see you back! Stop by again soon!

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  4. Love the flower pot craft! So many great memories

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    1. Thanks, Keri! It's a super easy craft too! Those are my favorite! ;)

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  5. I am glad that your two are enjoying my neck of the woods. Nice pic of Oracle.

    Why am I always jealous of Texas A&M's athletic stadiums, they are so nice and modern.

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    1. They had a fabulous time, Patrick!

      Texas A&M is definitely upping their facilities game! Blue Bell is a great stadium! Thanks for the compliment!

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  6. The week will go fast and your party of 5 will be back in your arms. Hang in there pretty lady!

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    1. Yikes! I'm behind on commenting (again!). I vow to do better!!!

      The big kids had a fabulous trip! They are already talking about staying longer next summer! ;) We still aren't a family of 5 - hopefully Wednesday night and I'll have everyone under the same roof!!!

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  7. I love how your family helped out with the puppies! We volunteer at a shelter and as wonderful as it is to see them get a good home, you also miss them. Love those puppy cuddles. Enjoy your time alone and then when the kids come home, it will be even better!

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    1. We loved being able to help out with the puppies and hope we can help out more in the future! You're right - those puppy cuddles are the best!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  8. Oh! I love so many of your pictures! It would be hard to choose, but I think the sibling bonding one is my favorite! And, I loved how Colby was so attentive to Holden as they boarded the plane. What a sweet, sweet family you have!

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    1. Haha! The sibling "bonding" was one of my favorites too! ;) I was so proud of Colby! He doesn't like it to look like he really cares about her - but he does! And now I have proof! :) Thanks for your sweet comment! You're the best! Hope you're having a super day!

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  9. My heart was so enthralled with thinking about your darling kids that I forgot to mention that I love your pineapple pots!!! Love it, love it, love it!

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    1. Thanks! It's a super easy and fun craft - those are the best kinds!

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  10. What a wonderful week. I love that precious photo of your daughter crying after saying goodbye (to both the puppies and siblings). So sweet.

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    1. She has the sweetest, sweetest heart! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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