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A minivan full of people + 100 degree heat + a day full of shopping = children who are cranky and tired but are so wired that they don’t go to bed until 10pm.  That was our day yesterday.  Aunt Debra and Gordon went with us to go school clothes shopping.  We found really great deals at Once Upon a Child (both Houston stores) and came home with an armload of clothes and shoes.  Ben even got a new pair of cowboy boots for $3.50 to play outside with.  Ben’s prefers to just wear cowboy boots and shorts outside all summer long.  Now that he has outside boots he won’t tear up his new good boots so quickly.  Got to love Ben!

Aunt Debra took Madie to her section to look for clothes.  Mom may not like all of the clothes (Debra reminded me that Madie was not me or a little girl any more) but they were all appropriate and Madie swears that she will wear them.  I tried to put the Hannah Montana shirt back on the rack but Madie got upset  (she already has three other Hannah shirts).  I told her that if she wanted it that she had to pay for it.  She came to me this morning with the contents of her piggy bank counted out to give to me.  I didn’t even have to prompt her for it.  Very good Madie!

We are spending the day cleaning the house, washing clothes, and packing to go to Grandma Grace’s house for four days to hang out with Grandpa Himes so that Grandma and Papa can have some away time for just themselves.  We are going to have fun while we are there, so I hope that they have some fun too.

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After a full morning playing with our friends during playgroup at church followed by a picnic lunch, we (really me) decided to spend the afternoon running errands.  We managed to hit several really good sales at the Carter and Oshkosh stores and got everyone an outfit for the first day of school.  Our little ballerina/princess/cheerleader, Ainsley, says that she is only willing to wear dresses to school.  For those of you who do not know Ainsley’s personal dresscode, she will only wear bathsuits, dresses, princess costumes or ballerina outfits.  She has a dozen pairs of pajamas but refuses to wear them because they are not dresses.  She wears cheerleader outfits to bed and bathing suits under EVERYTHING!  It is an unusual dress code but it makes Ainsley special.  And she changes her names according to the outfit that she is wearing.  If you ever meet her, it would be best to ask her what her name is.  You will make a much better impression then calling her by the wrong name.

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Ainlsey is taking dance lessons.  She loves to dance and has been looking forward to taking dance all summer.

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The kitchen counters have finally arrived and were installed yesterday!  I am so excited.  I am one week away from a working stove again.  I have been without a stove since October (due to me starting a small fire and trying to arc weld my skillet when it made contact with exposed wires underneath my stove top).  Chris and a friend from church are going to install the new gas stove next week.  We are waiting to paint the cabinets until the weather cools off in October (hopefully), so we can paint them in the garage.  We have a lot of tile to install this summer for the floor and walls, but we are assured by others that it is not that hard.

One day the kitchen will be complete and our historically accurate kitchen from the 70’s will be brought into the modern era.  Then onto the rest of the house!  IMG_0052 My temporary vinyl covered plywood counter. My mother even loaned me a accurate to the decade electric skillet to cook in.
IMG_0063Thank you, Gene for helping us remove the rest of the counters.  It was nasty work!

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The new countertops and the new bathroom sink.  Chris dearly wanted a vessel sink.  I ran the water to prove that it all works!

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July 4th!

4th-1A day of rejoicing!  We all sang Happy Birthday America in the car on the way to the parade.  Fourth of July in Texas brings up an entire new conversation with my new Texans (former Nebraskans).  What are those other flags?  Is it Texas’ birthday too?  Why are they every where on America’s birthday?  Did George Washington make Texas?  Who is Sam Houston?  Then why are we not our own nation still?  On and on and on.  It made for a fascinating Fourth of July!

For years our children have ridden in the ambulance as a part of Patriotism Days in Geneva.  This year we went to the Friendswood Fourth of July Parade with all of our cousins.  Having never caught any candy themselves (because they were the ones throwing candy) they were looking forward to catching a “boatload” of candy.  But they don’t pass out candy at the parades in Friendswood (something about children getting hurt by running into the road.  I guess those cornhuskers make a tougher breed of children.)  We had lots of sad eyes about the candy, but the eyes turned to joy when they saw the marching bands, cheerleaders,  drill teams, tumblers, etc.  All of the parades that they had attended before did not have those elements.  They thought that was cool!  When Ben saw the tractors coming down the road he got excited until  they were done and he said, “the tractors in Texas are tiny.”  Of course they are in the non-farming town of Friendswood!

All in all it was a great day of parades, time with family, eating Texas barbeque, and the joy of being a part of something new and different.  We were sitting in Sunday school the next day talking about what we did yesterday on the fourth, and after sharing his day Ben says, “It was cool! But let me tell you about Nebraska, it is like heaven!”  I am so glad my children have joyful memories of our time there.  It is a year later and we are still adjusting to this new life in Texas, but it is days like this that make us thankful that we are right where we are.4th-2

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