Saturday, April 12, 2014

Raybon reunion

We went to the Dunnam family reunion today.
We started off with a Bible devotion.
And prayer.
Then it was time to eat.
There were lots of people at the reunion.
I didn't know hardly any.

After a while Marty and some others broke out the banjo and guitar and started picking.
And the food kept flowing.
As did the conversations.

And the children played.
And explored.
And had a grand time.
Hunting for eggs.
And playing with cars.
And swinging from poles.
We tried to drive tractors.
And we made friends with family.
It was a wonderful day.
Filled with story-telling and singing.
And best of all it was time spent with family.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Field Day

Today was Field Day at Grace's school.
The festivities began with a fun run.
Fifth graders went first so we waited a while.
Then it was snack time!
Faith hung with Grace and some of the older kids.
Then water sports!
That was quite fun!
Meanwhile, Faith climbed a fence.
And Grace got soaked.
After that we headed over to the three-legged race.
And then the kids cooled off with a leaky cup race.
Grace's cup was extra-leaky.
But she didn't mind a bit.
She really cooled off.
While Benjamin used Faith as a road for his race car.
Then it was tug of war.
And those kids pulled with all their might.
And Benjamin had a meltdown.  He was hot and tired and let everyone know it.
Fortunately, the activities finally came to a close.
And we headed inside for lunch.  What a fantastic day.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


We found another snake in the pool today.
I was fairly certain it was harmless so I let the children play with it at arms length.
I want my kids to be fearless and they are.
They each wanted a turn holding the snake.
Here's a close-up of our little fellow.
It's hard to tell but I have confirmed all snakes in this area (with the exception of the coral snake) with round black eyes are non-venomous to us.  All venomous snacks (again with the exception of the coral snake) here have elliptical shaped (cat eyes).  This guy is harmless.
Grace was fascinated.
And so was Faith.  She really surprised me with her bravery/
We decided to keep him in an empty peanut butter jar overnight for further observation.  Then we will let him go over the fence.  I  don't mind snakes but I prefer them to live in the woods behind our fence instead of in our pool.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Playhouse sandbox

We finally did it.  We finished the sandbox!
My parents brought the playhouse we stored at their house while we lived in the condo.
We gave it a fresh coat of stain and matched the sandbox to it.
Then we loaded it up with 900 pounds of sand - 18 fifty pound bags full. I'll admit that I may have gone slightly overboard, but the beach is my favorite place in the world and I'm trying to bring a little bit of it to our house.  And yes, I plan on digging in the sand, too.  There's nothing better than rubbing my feet in the sand and relaxing and then taking a dip in the pool to cool off.  My idea of paradise. 
And I must say that I am thrilled with the way it turned out.
As are the children.
I see many, many days of our future covered in sand...
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