|Eli at the train yard.|
Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Moore, Oklahoma. We have many on Eli’s facebook page from the state that we do not even know, but from whom we have received cards and letters during his treatment. Tragedy manifests in so many different ways, we are so sorry for the losses and heartache there.
|Field Day competitions.|
|Eli and Ford, one of his little buddies and deskmate. They|
were born just a few days a part, I remember.
We took a little overnight trip to Birmingham on Mother’s Day weekend to wrap up Caleb’s birthday and to have a little family get-away. He is a train man, so we took him on a much-anticipated train ride, which was a little lack-luster after a ride at Chattanooga when he was two. But, it was still fun and no one complained. And, you cannot grow up in Alabama without visiting the Vulcan. Hg had read a book that fictionalized a battle at the statue, so she was excited to see it in person. The next day we went to the McWane Science Museum. For my mother’s day gift, Vic offered me a new bike or a punching bag (he knows me so well), but I asked that we get to stay overnight at a hotel for our trip. He had wanted to save
money by cramming all of this in on a Saturday (plus the four-hour round trip from home), but the kids would have been so worn out, and we would have been so rushed at each location, and we would have just ended up fussing and fighting because of the aforementioned potentials. So, what better gift on Mother’s Day than to limit stress and dilute fussing and fighting, am I right, mamas? Plus, they love to spend the night in a hotel which we do not do often, so I picked one with an indoor pool b/c this would be Eli’s first chance to swim after having his line removed from his chest in December (I think, maybe). They did not have the heat on in the pool, but he and Abbey were determined to get in it. So, they got in and out of the pool and the hot tub. The next day we visited the children’s science center. Abbey has been twice
on field trips, but the others had only to hear about it. So, they were excited to have their own experience there. I was so glad to get away for mother’s day (even if it was with my kids!) because the weekend before I finally was able to witness the culmination of many months of preparation for a charity 5k for our school. The air horn blew at 8 a.m. and the crazy runners were off to the races in the rain! It rained –as in RAINED, not mist or sprinkle – horribly, solid the morning of the race. In all the years that I have been active doing this or that, playing ball or skiing or rafting, I have never ever been as wet as I was when I came home from working that morning. As I told some others, if I took a shower in my clothes I would still not
|TRU manager Jake helping Eli pick his cars.|
|Dino Dig at the science center.|
|I have enjoyed keeping the book for Abbey's team. These|
two guys not as interested as this pic depicts them as.