Sunday, May 03, 2015

Dyess Big Country AirFest 2015

The hubs loves aeronautics.

We were even at Kitty Hawk a few months after the 100th anniversary.

And so it was no surprise that the hubs brought us out to the Air Fest even though he hadn't been feeling too well for the past few days.
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We got there a little late, and so most of the acts had pretty much done their stuff.  
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We had also had the experience of getting caught in the massive traffic jam to and from the air show a few years back, and were perfectly happy parked with many others, along the perimeter/fence to watch the show from the back of our car.
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We saw a couple of acts, and then the grand finale, The Thunderbirds.  And yes, the little boy would certainly agree on that name, seeing how many times he held up his hands to his ears.
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They certainly did not disappoint.  I kept thinking about the wives and families of these men, and how they must have palpitations each time the men perform.
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I had forgotten that the Thunderbirds' segment went on for almost half an hour.
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They did all sorts of amazing acrobatics in the air,
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and were zooming all around us.
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The last Air Fest in Abilene was in 2012, and the last time the Thunderbirds performed here was in 2010. This time it was extra special because the Commander and Lead Pilot is from Abilene.
Don't make us wait too long till your next appearance, Thunderbirds.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another Cousin :)

Amy and Walter got the family together for a meal at Stephanie's house a few days ago, which turned out to be a "gender reveal" get-together :)
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The both of them had already found out the gender, and the reveal was basically for the rest of us.
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This would make it 9 little boys in 6+ years for the family/ies. :)
I love to watch the 2 oldest boys get along, whether it is rambunctious play, 
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or sitting side by side, quietly drawing.
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and the little ones are precious too :)
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Easter 2015

At least I am still in the same month!

This year, we went to several - this is starting to rival the Halloween festivities!

Egg Hunt #1
Action Zone, organized by City of Abilene

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Egg Hunt #2
New Hope Church

This one was down by the mall, with a bunch of activities outside.  The egg hunt was held indoors, after a short program on Easter for the kiddos.
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There were hordes of people, waiting for the start of the egg hunt, which was held in the auditorium.
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So much so, that they had to call people in by batches, based on the colors ( and numbers written ) on wrist bands they put on you at "registration".  We arrived a little late and so, very thick-skinnedly, went in with the first batch they called, without er, registering.
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After handing off the eggs to Daddy, who dutifully brought the basket back to the car, we were off to the next phase of fun. BOUNCY CASTLES and OTHER MASSIVE INFLATABLES!
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The little boy took a little train ride around the parking lot
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and saw some animals at a make-shift petting zoo.
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Egg Hunt #3
Southern Hill Church of Christ

We were lucky enough to have Allan and Anastasia with us when we went last year, and this year it was just the little boy and us.

We had to take a photo with the Easter Bunny, of course.  I do NOT like clowns, and for some reason, this costume was up there in the creepiness factor for me.
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Once again, other than the hunt, the main draw was the different inflatables.
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It looked like it isn't long before the little boy wouldn't be able to be on one. *BLEH*
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The egg hunt was divided into groups by age/grade and the little boy got to run about several times because they rotated through the groups about 3 or 4 times, and then a free-for-all at the end.
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I even got in on the action by jumping into one of the train cars with the little boy :)
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Egg Hunt#4
Hillcrest Church @ Abilene Christian Schools aka Grandad's Playground

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The egg hunt was in conjunction with a church-wide picnic, which for that day, had to be indoors because of rainy weather.
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The little boy is always excited when there are activities which involve people HIS size - though, according to his latest doctor's visit, even though he just turned 6, he's the size of an average 8 year old.
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It wasn't exactly craziness galore, but it was a fun change from the other egg hunts where the eggs were just scattered on the ground in plain view.
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This time, there were some in trees, up in the playground equipment and whatnot.
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He doesn't usually ask for candy, but he wanted to dig into some of that loot right away too :)
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Egg Hunt #5 ( last but not least )

I scattered some eggs around the yard, up in trees, in nooks and crannies, in flower beds and flower pots, just so the boy could actually HUNT for some eggs.
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Even the Wuss wanted to get in on the action
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Afterwards, we made and decorated some Easter motif cookies.  The little boy and I decorated Easter Eggs, but that can be found over at the boy's blog :)
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Friday, April 03, 2015

The Little Boy turns 6

The little boy turned 6 earlier this week.

I could go on about how surreal it is that 6 years have gone by in the blink of an eye, yet it seems like a lifetime ago that we brought him home from the hospital, but for now I think I'll just let the photos do the talking. :)

Birthday Party #1 with Ladies' Bible Class

Most of these ladies have known the little boy from the time he was the size of a blueberry inside of me, and have watched him grow up, week by week, to be such a sweet little man. :)

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This year was a Ninja Turtle themed year.  The funny thing is, the little boy does not know any of their names, and has never watched a single episode of the TMNT cartoons or any of the movies.  And yet, he just likes the idea of them or something. 
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It was worth the little extra work on the cake and presents to see his excited face as he came running into our room after class was over.
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He was thrilled at the cake,
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but really, he couldn't wait to get his hands on the presents :)  The ladies were very kind to bring fruits and awesome craft birthday cards, and a few even brought presents and gave birthday money!
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Birthday Party #2  Celebration with Family at Mamo's House

Judith was ever so gracious and offered up her backyard yet again so we could have a place to have the little boy's party.  It is just the most conducive place ever, with backyard space for little boys to romp around in, a shaded area with a picnic table, swingset etc. 
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Google is a good friend when it comes to coming up with ideas for themed birthday parties. :)
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I tried to keep it simple, with a few touches here and there, like the masks for the kids, special water bottle labels and a ninja watermelon. :)
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Judith had just finished painting the chairs that had come from Grandad's house, different colors and the little boy promptly sat on the green one, what with it being the TMNT motif and all. :)
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Before long, the cousins arrived and it was play, play, play.
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As I have said before, I am so thankful that the little boy has a cousin about his age.  There are only 6 months between Max and him, and so they just click very well together.  They are both interested in soccer at the moment, and so spent a bit of time kicking the soccer about. ( no pics, unfortunately - I must have been busy setting stuff up )
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At first they were all lightsabers and rifles, and then Max started showing how to twirl his weapon :)
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I mean, just look at those 2 together.
The LITTLE ones, I mean :)
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Of course, when you have all these little boys together in one place, you MUST gather them up for a photo :)
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It can be hard to get them all still and looking at the cameras at the same time, but they were all very sweet. :)
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And what is a Ninja Turtle themed party without PIZZA?
Well, to be honest, it would have been pizza whether or NOT it was a Ninja Party. 
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I am probably repeating myself, but I told myself that I would make a number cake every year.  The number 6 is a mite tricky, and I didn't even bother to cut out the "o" - opting for a piece of chocolate in its place instead.  Heh.  Oh, and I had ordered the figurines off of Ebay and they got here in time!
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I love it that Max was just as excited as well :)
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The little boy got lots of great gifts,
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and we asked Mamo and Uncle Jim for some batteries and were soon deep into the Minion Operation game. :)
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Birthday Party #3  Just the 3 of us

Birthday party #1 had been on the day we had bible class; Birthday party #2 was when family members could make it, and Birthday party #3 was at home on the actual day, with just the 3 of us.

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I didn't want to make yet another cake, what with there being leftover cake in the fridge and whatnot, and so I decided to go with an Almond Joy pudding pie.
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Boy, it was goooooooooood.
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Oh, and the little boy has already put in a request for an Avengers' themed birthday celebration next year.

Hoy. :)