Yes, I am well aware that it has been at least two weeks since I last posted. I really didn't think that I had anything to post about since we have been in the same routine. However, as I look back over pictures we have taken, I was wrong! A LOT has happened, and I'm not quite sure how it slipped my mind...but it did! First, congrats to Mark's dad and Wendy on the engagement. Mark, the kids, and I are very happy to welcome Wendy into the family!! Abi has already found another name of endearment for her, Tink, because Wendy loves the character Tinkerbell.
Abi and Mark at Dad and Wendy's house with their puppy, (yes, PUPPY!) Alex
Wendy and Cooper
This year I moved from the preschool ministry at church to the children's ministry. I must say, it's a completely different world. I co-teach first and second graders with a good friend, Taunya. Surprisingly, my job this year requires a lot more energy than did preschool. The kids and I get to church extra early every Sunday to prepare for the morning lesson. I like this because it gives the kids an opportunity to help out and serve where they are needed. Of course, they are no stranger to the early Sunday mornings. Austin and Abi both regularly go early with Mark to do technical productions stuff. I think Austin is now completely trained on how to set-up and take down the cameras. He LOVES getting to help dad, or Diddy Kong, as he and Abi both call Mark these days.
Abi and Austin doing their part to serve
If you didn't know it, fall little league baseball is in full swing. Austin has played 4 out of 10 of his games for the season. I am really glad that he chose to play baseball this season, even after the option of getting to play soccer or basketball! I secretly wish he would stick with baseball because I LOVE watching him play. He has been playing short stop, which from what I can gather, is a pretty important job. So far this season, his team has won 2 games, lost 1, and tied 1. Austin has also made lot of new friends on his team. The Coach's son made his first home run in the last game! We are thinking Austin will probably play spring ball in a more competitive league than he is now. This is a big decision because of the cost and mostly the time it will require. Right now, Austin can have up to 3 practices or games a week (between the two) and there is no solidity to the schedule. As you can imagine, our schedule has been trampled on! Not only has Austin made new friends, Mark and I have too. Which is nice!
Mark playing catch with Austin before one of his games
Austin in action!
In all of this madness, Mark and I managed to have a date night during Parent's Night Out. We had dinner at a new mongolian grill...and it was DELICIOUS!!!! We ended the night early, picked up the kids, and went home. We were expecting two very special guests: Jimmie and Jacalynn (my brother and niece). Although Jimmie stayed with us, he had drill for the Army reserves at Ellington on Saturday and Sunday; so, Jacalynn was the only one with us during the day. When Abi woke up on the Monday morning after they had left, she said,"I miss baby Jacalynn"! She sure does love her cousin!!
Snapped a pic on the way out the door for our date!
Jacalynn, she's so sweet!
Abi, Austin, and Jacalynn Saturday morning before baseball practice
Abi and Shawny hanging out Saturday night
Austin and Kenzie on Saturday night
Abi and Jacalynn in their matching dresses I found for them!
My three favorite kids
This past Tuesday, Austin, Abi, Cameron, and I went to the Health Museum. We had a TON of fun!!!
Fitting where the liver goes
This 27 foot long rope, is supposed to be comparable to your intestine. Cool, huh?
A hologram in the eye section
This was Austin's favorite thing from the museum, a skeleton that moves on a bike next to you as you pedal.
A section on DNA and genetics where I discreetly avoided the 6 very vivid life size models of the miracle of life
A 4-D movie, 'Planet You' was VERY cool
Mindball, using brainwaves to move the ball in the middle
Moving the ball Abi-style