Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to Real Life

I may just have to get used to the fact that my blogs will be more infrequent for the next couple months. Sigh.

After posting last, I went back up to get the boys from Wonderwoman. She and Dad met me halfway--in St. Loius. The boys had stayed with Grandma and Grandpa for nearly a week and a half, giving me some much appreciated time at home to work on things in peace and quiet. On our way home we stopped by the Rocket rest stop in Alabama. Trevor was the only one interested in having his picture made (er, that's taken, for all you northerners).

Lest you be deceived by the boys' pants, let me tell you that it was miserably hot...I was dripping sweat within minutes. Those crazy boys just really, really like to wear their pajamas. It's one of the perks of taking a car trip in the Tolleson family.

Once we got home, we had a day to repack and get ready for our next little trip--down to Gulf Shores Alabama for an annual family reunion. The boys had a great time in the beautiful pools.

Lately, Trevor likes to play with anyone besides his brothers when he goes to the pool. He either likes to find a new friend, or play with a grown up. He had a blast throwing the ball with Tim...

Trevor's got on his sweet new prescription goggles.


William and Samuel enjoyed running all over with their cousin Judson. The went down the slide dozens of times. They're just getting on at the top here...

I learned that it's pretty hard to get a good "slide" picture, and gave up quickly...

I love this one, though...

Our condo was right on the bay, and Trevor was very insistant that I take a picture of the lights at night...

Here's a picture of our branch of the family at the reunion...I think it turned out great!

Once we got back home, it was time to get back to business. We are in our 3rd week of school, and are really enjoying it. At least, most of us are enjoying it most of the time. :) Math has been giving Trevor and William fits...mostly they just don't want to think hard. I understand. :) I guess that's part of the reason we have them at home, so we can work at working. If only I knew how to teach them to do that!

One day last week the weather was actually pleasant in the morning. We delayed school for an hour or so, so they could enjoy the day outdoors. It's cicada season again, and they enjoyed gathering as many shells as they could.

I overheard Samuel talking about getting enough of them gathered to sell. Cute :)

They were very excited to discover one cicada just emerging from its shell. Trevor came in to get the camera.

It was very cool to watch its wings stretch out.


Hopefully that's a rolly polly William has there?

We also started soccer last week. Here's Sam at his try outs. In a basketball shirt. :)

Tim is an assistant coach on Trevor and William's team, and Samuel is on Judson's team, since my brother-in-law is the coach there. It's going to be super nice to only have 2 teams to watch! Boy, next year all 3 boys will on separate teams. But I don't need to borrow trouble.

While I'm on the subject of soccer, may I explain a soccer gear mystery? According to William, if worn on the outside of your socks, everyone will be distracted by your cool shin-guards. You have to put them underneath so your team won't be distracted. :)

And lastly, one of my little joys of the week: a 2 inch long baby lizard that I found licking the dew off one of my plants. So amazing. God makes such beautiful things.

Here's hoping that it won't be another month before my next post!!!

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