Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our 1st Date...

Our church challenged families to have a 'Family Date Night'. One where we were to recreate our 1st date to show our children.

We thought this would be a fun experience. We had a great night walking down memory lane, as we shared the events with our kiddos.

Aaron and I had our first date in Dallas, Texas. He was living in Garland and I was a freshman at Baylor. It was the end of winter break, so I drove up to Dallas to meet him for the late showing of Titanic at The Grand. So since we are a good eight hour drive away from Dallas we decided to swing past the remnants of Little Dallas in our home town. This is how we started the story to our kids.

Here we are in "Dallas"
Since we were meeting we picked a location familiar to both of us, restaurant row. We were to meet in the parking lot of  Trail Dust, a popular steak restaurant. Instead Aaron met me in the middle of the road because I had just been rear-ended. 

Thankfully this event was not recreated tonight!  ha!

In the middle of the road in front of trail dust.

After exchanging information we left Aaron's car in the parking lot of a PSYCHIC shop and got back on the road to head over to the movie.

We were sitting at the stop light, on the same road that Aaron met me on, when a suburban SLAMMED into the back of my car. MY CAR WAS REAR ENDED TWICE! On the SAME road within the same hour! For real.

The second rear end. 
FINALLY we were on our way to the movie, Titanic. This was January of 1998 so Titanic was still a very new release. When we arrived at the late showing at The Grand, a huge movie theater, we were among thousands. By the time we got into the theater, the only seats available were in the very front row. That was 3 hours and 14 minutes of staring straight up at the largest screen ever. My neck hurt.

Showing the kids how close we were in the theater and how far up we had to stare.

To add to the adventure tonight we swung by the Titanic museum nearby. The kids loved seeing the 'replica' up close.


The kiddos in front of Titanic

After the movie we drove back to the PSYCHIC shop's parking lot so Aaron could get his car and we could part ways. In the parking lot under the glow of a PSYCHIC sign we had our first kiss.

First Kiss

Watching Titanic together

There were a couple of scenes that required diverting attention and having snack breaks with ice cream sundae making, but otherwise it was a great night.

I would highly recommend showing your kids your 1st date. Our kids ages 3-11 loved it!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Drive-in Movie...

Today was the first rainy day of summer.

Well really just wet and muddy, not so much rainy. Last night we had what the old timers would call a 'gully washer'.

So at 9:24 this morning we piled into the car in our jammies, most without shoes.

We are real hillbillies, ya know.

We were in search if boxes for a good old fashion 'drive-in'.

After we found our boxes at our own warehouse, thus the need to not be fully clothed and shoed, we headed home to create cars.

The kids got busy coloring, while I did chores. This kept them busy for well over an hour.

An hour of silence people!

Then they were ready to get comfy with snacks and settle into a movie!

It is a perfect rainy day activity.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Because it isn't just dishes...

I could have had the dishes cleaned up within ten minutes tonight.

Instead they took over 30 minutes.

You see I had a 'helper', who wanted more than anything to wash 'gishes'.

I am okay with a normal task taking more than three times as long because my three year old received so much joy from my undivided attention.

He was excited to help. Eager to wash every dirty thing he could find.

Those thirty minutes were not about getting the kitchen clean.

It was about letting my three year of know that I value his help. That even though he is small, he is important. That everyone should get their hands dirty and work.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Basketball Season Begins...

AJ had her first basketball game of the season today.

She plays in the 1st/2nd grade girls league at the local rec center.  This year she is playing with a great group of girls who are all 1st graders.

The girls had a great game today, but were outscored. 

AJ continues to amaze me with her athletic abilities.  She is a tiny little thing that just packs a punch.  I love watching her 'happy feet' as she hops around the court stealing balls and taking shots. 

She played an aggressive game.  Controlled the ball well and even sunk her first shot.  We are so proud of our "Little Stick of Dynamite".