18 April 2014

day 18: looking out

Days 16 & 17 were filled with lots of "old" and "new" as we worked on our Children's Ministry building...but I was too busy to take a picture, apparently.

But I'm on it today, and "looking out" fits in perfectly as I sit in the car on the side of a country road looking out at my Boy. He's out there capturing what he sees with his eyes and in his head with his trusty lens, and I love watching him work.

It's the little things that make me appreciate my many blessings.

16 April 2014

day 15: transportation

How fitting, as the 15th was a commute day. :)

On the way home, I stopped at Hobby Lobby to get Kayci's icing tip for the special Easter cupcakes she's planning to make at Ronny's. Bunny cake is our tradition, but we'll bend since she's so into cupcakes right now! Anyway...I got off track.

As I was leaving the store, something happened to me that has never happened before. A lady called out, "Excuse me, ma'am?" So I went over to her and she said, "Do you work at Region 4?" At first I thought she must have been a student from way back when I taught face-to-face, but when I found out her name I realized she was one of my recent online students. She recognized me from the pictures and videos I posted in the course! It was just cool, and so nice to put a sweet face with a name. What a fun way to end a long day!

14 April 2014

Birthday Boy

March 19:  DaddyBoy turned 39!  Imagine witty text here.  And no, that's not the coat we bought him--that's a $600 one he tried on for fun.


This was going to be a post about how the kids asked if they could earn money, so we brainstormed chores they can do to earn said money.  We're on payday #3 (started Spring Break) and so far, it's working great.  They're working hard!  Now, it means the bathroom gets a bit dirtier than I like before Kayci cleans it, and the dusting is about 90% awesome when Noble finishes...but seriously, what a great problem to have!  I would note that they take care of their "regular" responsibilities for free--some things are just part of being part of a family.  These are extra jobs that I normally do that they are taking on for pay.  :)

Scenes from Spring Break...

I never went back and filled in the text for this one...we had so much fun with Lynn & her family at the end of Spring Break. Seeing them two days in a row was priceless!

day 13 + 14

I'm going to cheat and not only combine the post, but combine the photos.  It was too easy to pass up!

day 13:  a favorite place + day 14:  living thing

Here are 2 of my favorite living things hanging out (as they love to do each morning during quiet time) in my favorite place, our bedroom.  I try to keep our bedroom clean and clutter-free so we can relax in here, but not doing laundry for a week equals a mountain of laundry.  You can also see the crap that hides behind our door when the door is open, but that's okay--we're good enough friends that you can see my messes.  And my dirty coffee cup.  And the receipts I need to file, because we are SERIOUSLY tracking our expenses this pay period.  (Did I tell y'all we're going through Financial Peace again?  I'm excited...we have a different focus this time, and it's nice not to feel like we're at the end of our rope.  Now if only that nice down payment would just save itself...)

I'm very grateful to be in Brenham today instead of on the road.  I'm grateful for our growing Children's Ministry, even though it means unexpected work this week.  I'm grateful for time with my Clarkson family this weekend, and Easter traditions.  I'm grateful for some much-needed time with my Boy.  I'm grateful for time to serve on the kids' PTOs, and for a job that pays well but allows flexibility for me to do things during the school day.  I'm grateful for that job that I still love after all these years.   I'm grateful for the Love Language Minute devotional that I'm reading through for the 4th year in a row, and how it still ministers to me day after day.  I'm grateful for friends, old and new, for my church family and for my real family.  I'm grateful for how God heals, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I'm just...grateful.  It's a good way to go into a Monday!

days 11 + 12

day 11: outside

Finally, finally...this year, the bluebonnets DaddyBoy & the kids planted are GROWING!  It's just a few in a flowerbed desperately in need of some work, but it makes my knuckleheads so happy to know that finally, they had a good bluebonnet year.  It's the little things, y'all.

day 12:  I ate...
...fair food!  Yep, that's right.  I'm classy like that!  We went to the Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill just to eat junk food for lunch.  In a word?  YUM!  It was overcast, and I feel like a big dummy because we all got sunburned (not very Kristi-like!).  But, it was a day that we spent time with just the 4 of us (hasn't happened in a while--it's been crazier than usual this past month) doing things that make us happy.  Spending time outside, playing with Daddy (Noble), shopping with Mommy (Kayci), and eating fair food (all of us!).  Oh, and the nap afterward was LEGENDARY.