June ushers in the beginning of SUMMER in Houston. While it's not my favorite season of the year, we try to make the most of it. :) There's a lot we try to do inside to stay cool...
And when we do go outside, we try to make sure our activities include water!
Lots of backyard swimming with friends...
We took a weekend trip to Wimberley early in the month for the wedding of our life-long family friends' daughter Lindsey. Mom and Dad rented a house out in the country, so the first part of the weekend, we really enjoyed the property and some leisurely time in town.
The actual wedding took place at a beautiful venue called Old Glory Ranch. Every detail was just beautiful, and we were blessed with dry, mild weather, despite the calendar reading June 8. It was also so much fun seeing so many friends from our childhood and Baylor days! The picture on the bottom left is the beautiful bride with many of our friends from Tridelta days at Baylor - everyone else in the picture was pregnant, so there are really 11 of us in the picture. :)
I celebrated my 29th birthday - it was pretty low-key between two out-of-town weekends. I had lunch with the Deilys at Benjy's (yum) and got some typical grown-up birthday presents (like patio furniture, which was a combined Father's Day and birthday gift, curtains and new pillows.) HA. Believe it or not, I also had a queen air mattress on my birthday list. I am so exciting.
The very next weekend, Cason was in the wedding of his dear friend David Sweeney and his new bride Emily. This time we dropped Madeleine off in Cypress and went to Little Rock for the weekend. We were actually really excited to drive because we love road trips together, just the two of us. Madeleine would have made the seven-hour drive just a little more challenging. :) Cason and I decided we could "totally live in Little Rock." It has a lot of natural beauty, and it is big but not huge. Also, if anything is going to come to Arkansas, it would probably go to Little Rock. Anyway, we liked it. It was really fun to see all of his college friends, and the Sweeneys were his other family during those years, so we had lots of fun reconnecting. Congrats to all the newlyweds!
We closed out the month with a week of Vacation Bible School! The theme was Colossal Coaster World, and both Madeleine and I had a blast. I taught the same age group I had last year, but I was only with one teacher from last year - the rest of the girls comprised a new group! It was a lot of fun. Madeleine really enjoyed playing with some of my "leftovers" from activities I did with my students like the green moldable sand, and my mega blocks set-up for telling the story about Paul escaping through the wall around Damascus in the middle of the night. Madeleine learned her first Bible verse - "God helps me. I will not be afraid." Hebrews 13:6. Hey, you can put anything to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle."
Madeleine learned a lot about ocean animals in her Tuesday/Thursday class, and she has the crafts to prove it!
Finally, the last weekend in June we celebrated my sweet friend Amy's 30th birthday with a surprise dinner at El Tiempo. We didn't have a sitter so we brought M - would you believe she sat in her chair for two hours? She was the only kid there, so maybe she felt the pressure. Whatever it was, we were grateful because that is not her typical modus operandi. We also celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with a dinner at Backstreet Cafe. It was delicious!! Lots to celebrate in June with my birthday, Father's Day and our anniversary! Going to the mailbox was lots of fun.
June was a great month! The pictures below were just random ones on my phone I didn't want to forget - petting zoo day at M's school, a cute grocery store picture, puzzles with Daddy... I think the only one that needs an explanation is the middle picture on the right column. We were on our way to Madeleine's class on a Tuesday I think, and a tanker truck had overturned on a strategic ramp not far from home just before rush hour. Traffic was backed up EVERYWHERE, so we had to take side streets and it took us an hour and a half to get to church (vs. our usual 10 minutes!) Anyway, someone (understandably) had to go potty, so thank goodness we had the froggy in the trunk of the Tahoe! Thank you Jesus. These are the funny parenting moments I never want to forget, and word to the wise, always keep wipes on hand. I think I will carry wipes until all of our children go to college. I also completed my time at Community Cloth. With baby coming in the fall, it was best for me to bow out in the slow summer and let them get someone else on board before the craziness hits around September. I will dearly miss the organization, but I hope to stay involved in a volunteer capacity in the future. What a blessing it was to have this job for a year!