Sunday, July 17, 2016

while I waited...week 28 - carpools & Pokemons

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 28
I can describe last week in two words - carpools and Pokemons!  This week the kids have been involved in Strength and Conditioning camp, Creative Arts camp, multiple dance practices, we've volunteered at a couple of places, and Holden ended the week with a camp performance.  I counted up and between Monday and Friday I made 17, yes SEVENTEEN, trips into town.  And, this doesn't include the four trips Mike made, four trips that a sitter made, and five trips that Shelly made.  Thank goodness for carpools! Oh, and there was LOTS of Pokemon-ing in between!!!  Here's a look back at our crazy week and what I did while I waited...

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 28
 Carly and Holden were in Creative Arts camp all last week.  Carly's special interest class was Cupcake Design and Holden's special interest was Jesus Loves Uke.  Nope - not a typo!  She took an intro class learning how to play the ukulele!
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 Love this big smile that I just happened to capture as she walked into camp the first day!
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 Yep, the Pokemon Go bug has bitten Colby!  On Tuesday he decided to ride along with me all day so that he could catch more Pokemon!
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 He stopped playing long enough to go pick up Hope at dance practice.
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 On Wednesday, a few of our Young Men's Service League members met to sort donations at the food bank.
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 And then there was more Pokemon-ing in the afternoon!
I saw this on Instagram and knew that Colby would definitely want to go...
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 I had NO CLUE how many other people would be there too!  
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 People milling all around Kyle Field with their heads buried in their phones.  It was quite comical to me!
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 Last week I shared about working on creating a habit of loving others.  Since we were on campus, we decided to leave a few pennies for people to find so they could make a wish.
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 I absolutely love spending time with this kid!  On Thursday, I shared a post on my feelings about Pokemon Go.  It just might surprise you!
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 Every once in a while, I see a glimmer that these two just might end up friends one day! ;)
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 For Thursdays love challenge, we dropped off magazines at Meals on Wheels.
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 Thursday evening Colby and I joined our YMSL group but this time, we were at a local food pantry.  We worked together and were personal shoppers for those that were coming through the pantry.  We had just worked at the food bank the day prior so it was really eye-opening to see the full cycle of how donations come in, are sorted, distributed, and eventually given to those in need.  This was definitely one of my favorite volunteer experiences!
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 I love the concept of this group - moms and sons serving together in their communities!
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And look who I ran into!  Gloria!!!  I had no idea she would be there.  She hugged my neck and held my hand the whole time we caught up.  The last time I saw her was at her husband's funeral last year.  She mentioned that she was going to visit his grave site when we were finished so I asked her if she wanted Colby and me to go.  She said absolutely so after we finished up at the food pantry, we followed her to the cemetery.  I cant't say enough about this magnificent woman!  She is definitely an example of being the hands and feet of Jesus!  
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 After we told Gloria goodbye, Colby and I headed for an impromptu date night.  Yes, he was still Pokemon-ing...
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 And then the pizza came!  It's a sure-fire way to get him to put his phone down! ;)
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 On Friday, we went through the bank drive thru and dropped off these goodies!
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 Friday evening was the "world premier" Creative Arts Camp performance! :)
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 215 kiddos - I can't imagine how they pulled this off in one week but it was such a cute program!
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 And these two besties are definitely my favorite!
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 When we were with Gloria on Thursday, she was unhappy with how her husband's grave site looked.  She had been paying someone to take care of the weeds but they just weren't doing a very good job.  I mentioned to Mike that I knew we had all the tools and that it shouldn't take much time.  He gave Gloria a call on Friday and told her that we would be there Saturday morning.
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 She was so happy with the finished product.  It was so cute because she kept referring to Mike as her "son."  As we were saying goodbye, she grabbed us and prayed over us like no one else ever has.  We had set out hoping to bless her and she blessed us ten times over!
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Saturday evening, Shelly and her family came over and I didn't take one.single.picture!!! #bloggerfail  We had fajitas (Shelly brought me these gorgeous sunflowers!) and afterward the girls and the dads were playing games so that left Shelly and me with Dillon and Colby to, you guessed it, drive them around while they Pokemon-ed!  It sounds silly but we had so much fun listening to them be, well, boys!
This week kicked off one of my favorite series at church - at the movies!  They serve soda and popcorn (yes, at 8:30 am!) and our pastor shows clips of a movie and then points out biblical truths.  Today's movie was McFarland USA.  Fabulous, fabulous movie!

The key verse was:  Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)
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 After church, we drove out to a small farmer's market.
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This little hill was a favorite of our bunch!
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 Remember I told you that Holden took a ukulele class?  She convinced Mike to buy her one and we had to take it back today to get it tuned. ;)
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 I definitely am NOT ready for school to start but I do enjoy shopping the back-to-school sales on school supplies!
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 We even had Holden grabbing the deals!
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Check out our haul!  OfficeMax/Office Depot have the BEST weekly sales for school supplies.  We stock up and it lets us donate a ton of things to the kids' schools.
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I ended my day in the best possible way - hanging out with these two as we biked around campus looking for Pokemons!  We started in the middle of campus, biked all the way to the front of campus, and then went ALL the way across campus to the complete opposite end.  I think we biked close to 5 miles just in and around all the buildings at A&M.
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 I'm a little partial but they are just so darn cute!
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 And I had to snap this picture - it was like a vision of their future.  I realized just how close they are to biking across a college campus as college students!  These next four years are going to fly by, I just know it!
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 Speaking of four more years, I couldn't help but make them take a pic with the class of 2020 sign!
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And here we are back at the truck after loading up our bikes and before we grabbed a late dinner at the Dixie Chicken.  This was the perfect ending to a crazy hectic week!

How was your week?  I hope it was a great one!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

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also linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston and

and the ladies from 100 Happy Days
KateAlisonLinzee, and Valerie

14 comments:

  1. I love following along on your boys Pokemon adventures! ...question: do you have a link to the printables you post on here? Just curious! Would love to participate in all of these donations etc! Thank you! Have a great week!

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    1. I don't have a link to my printables but that's a great idea! Let me look in to how to post them and I'll share! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you've had a super week!

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  2. Love how well you support the things they love! :)

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    1. Ah, thank you! I've found it's definitely the way to their heart!

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  3. What a fun week! Do dish on this farmers market I'm unaware of?? I swear you McBerty's are always finding the hidden fun.

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    1. Here's info on the next farmers market - http://millicanreserve.org/event/motg-8-21-16/. It's small but they said the one in October is the "big" one. ;) I got an email about it and thought it sounded fun!

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  4. Wow, you've been busy! I love all that you and your family are doing to help serve and spread kindness. I, along with my Small Group, are going to be helping at a food pantry for the first time this Saturday.

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    1. Hi, Terra! I'm so glad you stopped by! You guys will absolutely love helping at the food pantry! We've spent lots of time at our food bank but it was a great experience being able to help people. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

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  5. Sounds like a busy week filled with wonderful, fun, family memories.

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    1. Oh, yes, busy and fun-filled! It's truly never a dull moment over here!!!

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  6. Delightful! Who's not into Pokemon? My three not so little ones love it, and the bonding is great! Thanks for sharing again on #FreshMarketFriday!

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    1. It has been so fun to share Pokemon with the boys! I'm not playing but I'll take them wherever they want to go just to spend time with them!

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  7. I am so impressed with all of the service that you and your family do. You are an inspiration to me.

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    1. Ah, thank you so much! It's truly something we love to do! Bonus that we get to hang out together while serving!!!

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