Wow! The summer flew by in our household. It was filled with lots of busyness, fun, blessings, and change. I spent the first week of June and the last week of June in Victoria helping my mom with the riding camps that she puts on over the summer for her riding school. Both camps were full of campers and we all had a blast. We had both overnight and day campers, so needless to say, at the end of the week we were all pretty worn out. During the day James went to his cousins house for his “camp” and then came back and joined us for the evening activities. He thought he was VERY big and had a blast!
After the shaving cream fight.
The Wednesday before James and I left to go help with the second riding camp is the day I found out I am pregnant with our third child. I cannot even attempt to put into words the joy and excitement that JD and I both had at finding out this news. We have become so much more aware over the last year of how much of a miracle each child is. We just feel so blessed and I thank God every day not only for this child but for the fact that I am growing. I never thought I would say this after James, but I really can’t wait to get BIG pregnant.
At the end of June we finished up the last horse camp of the summer and JD finished his last semester of college! I am so proud of him and what he has accomplished. Through his undergraduate experience we had our first child, started a business, and went through the loss of our second child. Through it all he pushed through and never slacked off on hours (since Baylor charges a flat rate, we had to get everything out of it we could). I know it wasn’t easy and I am so proud of him.
JD finished his last class on Friday and came down to meet James and I as we finished up the second horse camp, and then we all left to go to the bay house to celebrate the Fourth of July. We had a great time with family and went to go see a fireworks show over the water. James LOVED to jump off the pier into the water at the bay. It was so much fun to watch him down there this summer, he never wants to leave.
We were only back home for a week before it was time to go back down to Victoria the next weekend for James monthly rodeo. He rides in the leadline figure 8 barrels, cloverleaf barrels, and goat slapping. He and 10 of his cousins all participate in the rodeo and they all have a blast. At the end of the series all of the leadline kids win a belt buckle.
Getting warmed up for the rodeo.
After the rodeo we got to return home for about four days before it was time to leave again, this time for Disney World! James and many of his cousins had been anticipating this trip since Christmas. His Nana and Papa gave any of their kids who wanted a trip to Disney World for Chirstmas. We stayed in the cabins in Ft. Wilderness and enjoyed every minute of it. The kids rarely got a nap and were up until midnight or later almost every night. We are definitely the type of family that has to fit in all possible fun. Since I’m pregnant I spent alot of time with the little kids while people were going on the “big” rides. It was pretty fun to watch them. They were constantly on sensory overload. Our last day at the park we watched the light parade at Magic Kingdom for the second time and on the way home on the boat that took us back to Ft. Wilderness I explained to James that we were leaving the next day. BAD IDEA! He became hysterical and cried the entire way to the cabin and into his bed that he did not want to leave. Through the fun there were also some bittersweet moments for JD and I. When we started planning the trip in November we all thought that we would have a 5 month old in tow. As it turned out we didn’t get to take Addie to Disney World, but we are so thankful for the time that we did get to have with her.
We spent one night in Destin on the way down. The sand was so white James kept calling it snow!
James loved all the characters.
We got back from Victoria a week and a half later and then had one week to pack up our entire apartment and move to Victoria. It was pretty much crazy. JD’s mom came down to help and we were so thankful for her. At that point in the pregnancy I was still dealing with so much fatigue and then to top that off I was coming off a trip where there wasn’t really any rest time built in. We worked steady all week and had everything ready to be packed up when people showed up to help us on Saturday. We had lived in Waco for all four years of our married life and I had been there 7 years prior to that. We were sad to say goodbye to Waco and all of our great friends there, but we were also glad to move to a place with so much family around.
A couple weeks after we moved to Victoria it was time to head back to Waco for JD’s graduation. His parents came down again to see him graduate. We were so thankful that they got to come. After watching his daddy graduate James kept telling us how he was going to do that one day. It made us all pretty proud. He also kept asking us when the basketball game was going to start because the graduation ceremony is held in the same place as the Baylor basketball games. We would tell him that there wasn’t a game to day and he would look at us and say, “they’re just going to say more names?”
James and JD with his parents after graduation.
Visiting the Baylor bears before heading off to lunch.
Since JD’s graduation we have gotten settled and at this point Victoria is starting to feel more like home. Last weekend we went to watch some of mom’s riding students at the Jr. High rodeo and then went from there to James’ first rodeo banquet. When he got called up on stage to receive his buckle he literally ran he was so excited. That boy is not shy at all! This weekend we are going to have a house-full of teenagers for Lifeshare weekend with our church, so as always we tend to stay pretty busy. But, as things are actually beginning to settle down a little bit, I am looking forward to beginning to blog again. It is my goal to finish my stories about Addie before this next baby comes. Hope you are all enjoying the beginnings of fall. Thank you all for your care and concern for our family.