Glasses, Jack & Zenie, and Shane & Joy

Hello, this is Xavier. So sometime in June we went to the eye doctor for a checkup. Pretty much he told me I needed glasses. So we went to Thomas Eye Care and we were not even in there for five minutes (Mom told me) and I had picked out my glasses. On June 30, I got glasses! I did feel bad for our 6th grade small group leader because we told him bro was the one that had glasses.

Enough about glasses. So we walk 2 other dogs besides Barney. Jack & Zenie are Golden Retrievers who are not as wild as Barney.

 So Shane and Joy were here at the end of May. We went to the Mercantile in Pawhuska and the food there is huge! We also played Catan & Cities and Knights of Catan.(bro won both!)

Barney & Video Games

Hello, William here.  In case you were wondering " Who's Barney?" well he is the Saint Bernard I walk[who is veeeeeeerrrrrryyyyyy obstinate]. I know he loves me a lot. How can I tell, I can tell by a) He wants me  NOT to leave (which can be a problem when you are trying to get out the door. b) when I ring the door bell he comes and paws the door.

OK now for the video games part,(which you don't have to read).  I just got a 3DS so I am having fun. Two days ago, I downloaded The Legend of Zelda: Links's Awakening DX and beat the first level and found the second level, the problem is I need the magic bracelet that allows me to lift heavy objects and I can not find it. To any one who has played this game, would you tell me how to find it? Thanks!!!πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ˜πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΎπŸ‘Ύ

Our summer

Hello! This is Xavier. Our summer has been REALLY fun! We 1) visited the Alamo and Sea World in San Antonio 2) this Wednesday we are going to Church Camp with our church, and, 3) going to the NAFWB competition in Louisville after camp. We  have only done 1 of the 3,and it has been a lazy summer. I Hope your summer has been or is going to be as fun as ours!

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Five on Friday {June 16, 2017}: Recipes

Here are five recipes that we made this week.  No pictures of the meals, but I promise they did happen!

Summer Berry Picking inspired the first three recipes:
1. Summer Berry Pie:
--this was delicious and I will add the recipe at the bottom.  I will definitely be making this again--maybe next week for a dessert competition fundraiser at church.

2. Blueberry Scones:
--(in honor of my friend Pat who has recently shared her love for scones with me)--we decided these tasted like really good biscuits with blueberries and they were also a hit.

3. PW's French Toast with Blackberry Butter:
--I maybe enjoyed these more than anyone else, but they were also good leftover and toasted in the toaster with some butter spread over them.

4. Alfredo Sausage Pasta
--one of the few recipes that I have 'made' up over the years and it is easy enough and good enough that it makes its way into the rotation fairly regularly.

5.  Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream with Oreos and Chocolate chips:
--I hav…

Thankful Thursday {June 8, 2017}

I am bringing this back at the request of William.

Several years ago, I spent a year recording One Thousand gifts after reading Ann VosKamp's book.  Even though I didn't always document on the blog, I maintained my gratitude journal for a few years. Then, it got set aside and packed away.  Before leaving to go to Quebec City with my students in March, I pulled it out and took it with me and have been maintaining the practice each day of starting my day by adding several things that I am thankful for.  It has been balm for my soul to recount God's blessings as well as to look back over the years and entries and see the graces He has filled my life with.  I am reminded over and over of Psalm 103:5 "...who satisfies your years with good things."

Here are a few things that I am thankful for this week:

Incredible weather--Oklahoma is notoriously hot and miserable, but so far this summer and spring, we have had pretty mild temperatures (some crazy storms, but not too mu…

starting fresh....

We had a visit last week from Uncle Shane and Aunt Joy and somehow in the midst of the visit, the boys pulled out the scrapbooks and the blog books and spent countless hours reliving their childhood.  Then, they started to ask me why I didn't blog anymore and when am I going to finish the Project Life books for probably 2015 and 2016.....all the questions!!!!  They told me they really loved reading Thankful Thursday and Tuesday's Tidbits, etc.

I have lots of reasons why I haven't blogged, some of them valid, some of them less valid perhaps. I think like all things, it has perhaps mostly been a matter of priority.  While blogging has never been my greatest strength, I am so thankful for the years that I blogged that allowed me record what surely would have been lost in the depths of my barely existent memory.  I certainly love that the boys get such joy reading the stories of their early days--they were pretty entertaining little ones.

This week the boys have been out gall…

This guy

A few weeks ago, they did a vision screening at school and William came home with a paper saying he had failed a portion of it and we needed to follow up with an eye doctor.  I couldn't believe it! They had their vision checked last year in January and didn't have any issues and he certainly hadn't been complaining of not being able to see.  That weekend, we happened to run into their eye doctor (who is also the dad of a classmate) at a restaurant and kind of mentioned it to him.  If I am being honest, I was hoping for him to say, "oh, those tests are often wrong--he is probably fine".  Instead, he said, you should probably bring him in.  So, we made an appointment and headed in last week.

As we sat in the room and they started showing him rows of letters to say, which he clearly could not see or identify, he casually mentions, "yeah, this is exactly like it is at school when I can't see the board!"  Apparently, he forgot to mention that to dear ol…