Saturday, April 16, 2016

Girl Scout Horse Camp

 The Brownies of Troop 45078. The older girls do horse camp on a separate weekend. This was a 24 hour camp. We arrived at 4pm, spend the night and checked out by 4 the next day. What a jam packed time it was too! We stayed in Cabin 6. Caitlyn, Madeline, Jennifer, Maddie, Izzie with Taylor laying across.

 Meet and greet with the other brownie troops.

Madeline, Jennifer, Maddie and Izzie.

 Smores of course.

 After dark scavenger hunt.

 Getting ready for bedtime.

 But time to play first. Izzie, Maddie and Jennifer.

 Maddie liked her cubby hole bed.

 Horse care class.

 Troop 45078


 The tire swing was a HIT.

 Taylor, Izzie, Jennifer.





 Art project.

 Maddie and Taylor.


 Maddie riding on Stretch...

 Izzie and Momma on Stretch.

 This is Stretch. Stretch is SO cool. He's a log with old saddles bolted to it on a flatbed trailer. But the trailer has different size wheels so Stretch goes up and down in wonky ways as he's pulled by the tractor. Coolest tractor ride EVER.

 Maddie on the tire swing.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

An unexpected stroll down Memory Lane

When I was in 4-8th grades we lived with a lady named Gladys. She had was sick and bedridden and my mom helped take care of her. Gladys grew up in Orange, Texas and on occasion we'd go and visit her family home. We'd say we were "going to Orange." She grew up in a mansion on a flower farm. I think they had oil money, but they were also into horses and Glady's Mom, Mrs. Betty, grew flowers as an extensive hobby.

By the time my sister and I got to meet Mrs. Betty, she had Alzheimers and was mute. She loved taking us on walks around her garden though. She'd grip our hand and walk my sister and I around and point to the flowers and grunt. She was very happy when she got to show off her flowers. She no longer took care of the flowers, a kind old groundskeeper did that. I'm blanking on his name right now, but he used to make homemade peppermint ice cream and there was always dixie cups of the pink stuff in the big deep freeze. Flo, the cook would let us steal as many as we wanted. Probably knowing there is really only so much peppermint ice cream one could consume in one sitting. 

Because of Mrs. Betty's alzheimer's they left the house untouched decor wise since the 70's. It was like stepping into a museum. For those that don't know, Orange, Texas is really close to the Gulf of Mexico. It's hot and humid. The smell of the place with all the old furniture (in pristine condition) along with the moist air, growing flowers and mildew that was growing here and there due to the climate will always be with me. I remember hot, lazy summer days sitting in the kitchen with Mrs. Flo just visiting the hours away. And on the walls of the kitchen and in the morning nook were funny signs and sayings. These plaques that hung on the wall had funny sayings like, "You are what you eat said a wise old man. If that's true, I'm a Garbage Can!" They cracked me up, they seemed so out of place in such a fancy place. But I am pretty sure that is where my love for old plaques, quotes and sayings comes from. 

I started my own plaque collection when we bought our own house and since then, every few years I add new ones that I find that tickle my fancy. This last trip to Texas, Mema bought me a few more to add to my collection. My new kitchen was just BUILT for plaques. There is a tray ceiling that was just begging to be filled with them. I almost have the perimeter complete. There is space for one or two more. I kind of like that empty spot, though because that means that I can always still keep looking. When I am looking for the perfect plaque, I'm remembering sweet Mrs. Betty, her beautiful home and her daughter's Gladys who will always be with me in spirit and Molly whose family is like my own. I'm very lucky to have known the Brown's and have them be part of my childhood.

 The one last spot...

 Izzie on her way to Music class. Her teacher complimented her on this outfit and she wore it to music like three times in a row. We finally convinced her to wear something else or he'd think it was the only thing she owned!

 Gardening Class.

 Lego Math. Perfect for learning Perimeter and Area.

Izzie practicing on her new guitar.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Back to Washington

 Our flight back to Washington wasn't until much later in the day so we let the kids play in the hot tub to kill some time. We had it set to a low temperature so it was warm, but not too hot for kids. The pool was still way too cold to swim in at the beginning of April!

 Izzie at the airport

 Maddie and Momma.

 Maddie and Izzie on the plane. They spent most of it playing video games. Thank goodness for tech!

 This ended up being a pretty miserable flight. It was past the girls bedtime and they were so sleepy, but yet, they couldn't sleep on the plane. Here they are trying, Izzie's sideways in the chair leaning on me. She had the beginnings of a sinus infection, but we didn't know that yet, so the plane ride was miserable for her. When we started our decent, both girls had ear problems.

 Ah... back at PDX airport. It was a whirlwind trip, I had a great time with family, but we were ready to be home and give John big hugs!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Getting the Visiting In

 Once back in Dallas we had a bunch of visiting to squeeze in. Here's Sabrina and Izzie visiting poolside.

 Grandpa and Maddie shooting the breeze.

 We met Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Dylan for dinner and to wish her a Happy Birthday.

 The next day was Friday and Sabrina was in school. It happened to be Family Fun day, so we surprised Sabrina at lunch! Second surprise of the week, she had no idea we'd be joining her for lunch.

 Grandpa showing Maddie and Izzie how to make a pen casing out of acrylic and wood.

 Grandma chatting on the front porch with Maddie and Izzie.

Watching insects that are skimming the pool water.