So, here is an attempt to get caught up, with more posts to follow and a renewed sense of commitment to blog regularly. But who knows...
In April, the Shell Houston Open was held at our golf club. It's a fun time of year to be a member at Redstone and we always enjoy getting to go to the tournament and the member events. Our other favorite part is getting to see friend Jonathan when he comes to play in the tournament. We were sad that his family didn't get to come with him this year, but still enjoyed getting to spend some time with him. He let Ben play a few holes of the tournament course with him during the practice rounds and it was a lot of fun.
On the last day of the tournament, one of the cameras picked up Ben swinging his club at the course and it ended up on ESPN sports center, The Golf Chanel and in the tournament's closing credits on NBC. We had no idea and it was pretty fun to be watching tv and see Ben show up!
The boys are growing quickly and time seems to be passing so much faster with Joe than it did with Ben:
Ben is a great big brother and is really sweet to Joe (most of the time!):
In May, I celebrated my 33rd birthday. Rusty surprised me with a visit from my mom's sister, Dixie who lives in Atlanta! We had a wonderful visit and the boys really enjoyed getting to spend some time with their Mimi D:
Ben and Mimi drinking their morning hot tea:
Ben liked to help Mimi D work:
Dixie made my birthday cake with my grandmother's special chocolate fudge icing recipe. And she taught me how to make one of my mom's favorite dishes while she was here as well. It is so neat to have that connection to learn about my mom, even though I never got a chance to learn those things from her before she passed away.
Birthday dinner at The Tasting Room:
Mother's Day was special this year because we participated in our church's baby dedication Sunday. We stood before our family and our congregation and committed to raise Joe to know the Lord.
I have to admit, it was a bit bittersweet. You know Mother's Day is a day full of emotion for me. And baby dedication Sunday used to be so hard for me. Especially when it was on Mother's Day. I always hated it when churches did that and made a point not to be there. But, here we stood with our little family and while praising Him for this gift and the honor to stand there, my heart was hurting for those that were sitting in their seats, hurting. A place where I will never forget.
Grandpa (my dad) and Joe:
And because it is so blazing hot outside, we have done LOTS of this:
And that is all I have in me for one day. But it is a start!