Tuesday, August 1, 2017

and July!

July started with our trip to Texas.  Daddy stayed home this year to work on a grant that was due that month.  So, the littles and I flew down to meet Connor.  They were great little travel buddies, and we had a fairly uneventful trip.  We were VERY HAPPY to be reunited with Connor...boy, had we missed him!

Parading it up for the 4th of July (on the 3rd, oddly!)

I'd like to do a little hunting in my parents' yard!

Me and my mini-me!

 Hanging with the Garvey family!

Making the wineberry jam!

Clay's parents brought us on of her dad's guns, which we taught Connor to shoot.  It was a bit of a struggle at first, mainly because he's smaller than us and the gun is a bit big for him.  However, he stuck with it and finally figured out the scope, etc.  It was so cool to see it click and then to see his excitement of checking the target!

Keeper camp!

Abby loving her field trip to the pool!

Picnic at the cabin...complete with cheeto fingers!

Phew!  Finally feeling a bit caught up. I am sure my mom has tons more pics of our Texas trip, but this should do for now!



June was another busy month.  Not as many pictures as May, but a lot of big things went on!  We started the first week celebrating Aggie turning TWELVE!  

We also grew our furry family with two new kittens!  Meet Cookie and Ginger!  They will hopefully help with rodent control as they get a little bigger and spend more time outside and down at the barn!

There were more baseball games!

And Abby started Gymnastics!!  She has had a lot of fun and is doing a great job!

More shootin'...
 ...and more time in the kitchen for this guy!

We finally confirmed that the bushes in our garden area are blueberry bushes and they did really well!  We picked a ton...made cobbler, blueberry lemon bread and blueberry infused vodka!!  The cobbler is in the freezer, so I cannot confirm how yummy that is, but the bread and vodka were both delicious.  (I mixed the vodka with lemonade...it was dangerously delicious!)

I love our sunrises!

Daddy went to Colorado for almost a week...we *may* have had ice cream for dinner one night!  Making memories!

Connor was THRILLED to discover our first eggs!

Big month for this kiddo...he got to fly to Texas all by himself!!  We drove him to Charlotte (he could only take a direct flight at his age) and Clay loaded him on the plane, and my parents were there to pick him up at the gate in Houston.  As I expected, he had no problems at all.  He had some sad siblings at first!

Someone was already missing his brother!

Exploring a park in Charlotte while Daddy gets Connor on the plane.

"Helping" mom make poppy seed bread.  I love the progression!

We discovered a new (to us) berry in our backyard...wineberries.  They are delicious!!  Abby was eating them faster than we could pick them.  We also tried our hand at wineberry jam and another cobbler.