Friday, May 1, 2020

March and April, 2020

March and April were certainly not what we expected!  As school, events, trips, and plans were cancelled, we "sheltered in place" at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, just like the rest of the world.  Though we certainly miss normal life and were so sad to miss out on the fun plans we had for spring, we have also enjoyed the blessings that God has given our little family during "quarantine season."  Here are a few pictures from the past couple months...

The boys built a "turtle habitat" behind the fence.  :)


We've spent a lot of time on our back porch this spring, reading, talking, playing, etc.


It is such a blessing to have a park right behind our houses, complete with a disc golf course!  The boys play every single day.


"Homeschool."  Eli has been incredibly diligent in his school work during this unprecedented season,


The tent has gotten a good workout this spring as well!  With camping trips cancelled, back yard camping is the next best thing.



Lots of walks...


Backyard camping...


Disc golf galore!



Dining al fresco...


The boys catch MANY turtles in the creek behind our house.  


We had a Seder dinner with the family before Easter.  It was really meaningful!


Eli has been doing guitar lessons via Zoom.  He mastered both "Yesterday" and "Blackbird" by the Beatles and treated us to a concert.


Elizabeth and CJ come over every week for "social distance lunch."  :)  We love that time together!


Baby turtles!


Ice cream treats...


More turtles...


We still did our normal Easter traditions.  Egg dyeing...


And an Easter egg hunt...



And Easter morning pictures, in t-shirts this year instead of church clothes.  :)



We had a huge storm on Easter evening and enjoyed sitting outside to watch it.


Lots of movie nights!  :)  


Online guitar lessons...


More camping in the back yard...



Cooper and Eli made this "bed" in Eli's closet and slept in there one night.  :)


Hank LOVES the fact that we are home so much more than we used to be!  :)


Three years ago Eli got a tiny box turtle named Eliot for Christmas.  He escaped from his pen and has not been seen since...  until last week when Eli and Timothy found him in the woods behind our house!  :)  They thoroughly enjoyed taking care of him for a few days, until he escaped again. :)  He was born to be FREE!  :)


As an early birthday present, Eli got a KITTEN!  This is Mabel...



She's super sweet, and we've fallen in love with her!  Eli is taking great care of her, as he does all his many animals.



At our homeschool we allow pets.  :)



And that wraps up these crazy past couple months!  We send our love!!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

February 2020

February was the best!  We had some fun with family and friends here in Texas, and then Eli and I got to spend a week in MAINE!  

This is hard to see, but I love the light...  Eli and two friends (the Howards) playing out in the park one afternoon...


Super Bowl 2020!  :)  Eli was very happy that the Chiefs won!



Terrell actually got a little tiny bit of snow one day!  This was on our drive to school one morning...



To celebrate Valentine's Day and my Dad's birthday, the three of us plus Mom and Dad went to Texas de Brazil for dinner.  We love the salad bar!  :)



Alrighty- now the good stuff!  :)  During Eli's winter break, Eli and my mom and I went to Maine to visit my grandparents and have some winter fun.  We had such a great week!  We got to do lots of fun winter activities that we could never do in Texas, ate great food, and, best of all, just got to enjoy lots of time being together with my grandparents.  These are out of order but here goes!  :)

This is on a frozen lake!  Eli and I took a long walk out on Hiland Lake, and we all enjoyed the winter "carnival" type thing that was going on there that day.  People even jumped into the lake to raise money for a charity!  EEK!





Eli and my mom:




On the last day that we were there, it snowed about 7 inches!  All day long we just played outside- it was magical!  This is at Moose Pond, where my grandparents live.



We built a pretty amazing snow cave!  Eli and my mom carved out the first entrance, and then I joined in for entrances number two and three.   After three days of work, we had a really cool cave that all of us could actually fit inside of!  :)



We went snow tubing!



My grandparents and Eli at the famous snow cave...



Four generations!



LOBSTER ROLLS!









Back to snow tubing...



Working on the cave...



We went to a really fun place called Nestlenook Farms, where we snow-shoed and ice-skated!





Playing in the gorgeous snow.  We were literally outside from about 10am until 6pm, with breaks for food and warmth.  :)







In Texas, Eli ALWAYS wears shorts and a t-shirt.  He swore that he would not need a "puffy coat" in Maine, but we proved him wrong.  :)  And then we forced him to stand outside in bare feet and his normal Texas outfit and act like he was hot.  :)



Ice skating at Nestlenook Farms.  It was a giant outdoor rink, and Eli and I had such a memorable time.  (And I only fell once!  :) )



It was a PERFECT week that we will never forget.  I'm so grateful for that special time with my mom, my boy, and my dear grandparents!  

And now we're back in Texas, where it's 70 degrees and all the trees are flowering.  :)  Bring on spring!