Here are some typical views around our house on any given Saturday morning:
Hannah dressing up like an “angel”
Nathan sucking his thumb
Can’t beat the weekends!
Last month we went to Canyon for my 10-year high school reunion over the 4th of July weekend. We stretched the long weekend into a whole week and ran up to Angel Fire to get a break from work and the hot Texas weather.
While we were in Canyon, we made it down to the Fair on the Square for the 4th of July parade. We had a great time, and Hannah was especially impressed.
Eager anticipation of the parade
The streets were packed. It is a pretty big deal
Some of the crew and cast of the Texas play in Palo Duro Canyon
Smokey the Bear even made an appearance which is pretty timely considering the extreme fires we’ve had this year
Like I said, Hannah really enjoyed her first parade. We decided to leave Hannah with Nana and Pappy in Canyon while we went to Angel Fire for the rest of the week with Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Jon Michael. We figured 4 on 1 for Nathan’s first trip to the mountains would make for a pretty restful week, at least comparatively speaking. It reminded us of Hannah’s first trip to the mountains when she was about the same age.
When we got to Angel Fire, we were a little disappointed to learn that the forest was closed due to Stage III fire restrictions. Basically all the state parks and national forests (any public land) was closed for hiking, biking, camping, everything. Since we couldn’t hike in the forest, we took several walks up the hills around town. These were the typical views from our walks – not a bad substitute considering the circumstances.
Jon Michael and I played golf at the Angel Fire course. It was the first time I have played there and the first time I’ve played in a long time. We had a really good time (JM won). Here is the view from the #6 tee box. 200 yd Par 3 and the green is ~250+ ft below the tee box. Pretty fun to watch that little white ball drop
We made the obligatory trip to Taos one day and got massages, shopped around, and ate at our favorite Taos Pizza Outback.
While we were on the trip Nathan found his toes just like big sister.
Another one of the casualties of the fire restrictions: outside charcoal fires were banned so we cooked our steaks inside.
Overall it was a great time with Rebecca and JM and lots of special attention for our little Nathan. We can’t wait to go back!!
Not sure if you can tell yet, but we’ve had a busy summer! I’m trying to keep up but I’m failing miserably. So I’m going to stop worrying about putting all these events in order. That’s right…I’m getting’ a little crazy! Let’s go back about a month.
All the way back to the Family Reunion. When the second weekend in June rolls around, there’s only one place you will find us (and about 150 of my relatives)….the Fling Reunion. Three words describe it…
and lots of Family…
Did I mention some of us are a little crazy?
This year, just like every year I can remember, we gathered at the lake and had a great time visiting and eating and swimming.
Mike led the auction.
We raffled off a beautiful ring and necklace made by Fling Jewelers in Bryan.
Aunt Margo made this beautiful quilt that sold for $600!! That’s Mama and Granddaddy Fling in the middle. I never got to meet them, but they left a legacy that long outlived their time here on earth.
The kids are always so proud of their trophies after the fishing tournament (even though I think they all get one)!
As always, I feel so blessed to be a part of this legacy and love that Hannah and Nathan get to experience it too.
Can’t wait until next year!
For Cousin Sam’s 3rd birthday, I decided to make him a fun superhero cape. My sister told me he was in to Power Rangers and thought he would really like a cape. I found an easy pattern here and attached a lightning bolt to the back.
Hannah was my model but she was a little wiggle worm. I couldn’t get her to stand still. These are the best pictures I could get.
Happy Birthday Sam! You make a great superhero!!