The theme of the weekend was Amazing Race. My friend Dena put together a whole race for everyone on Saturday afternoon. There were 14 teams of 4. I was in a team with Tricia, Jen and Hilde. My MIL and SIL ran with us and took lots of pictures. Wait until you see these!
Our team...the name was God's Favorites and our shirts said God's Fave.
Our first challenge was to walk on two boards all at one time. We had to walk from one side of the field to the other. This was actually one of the hardest ones...it was tough to work together like this.
Next, we had to race to the game room and put together a puzzle.
Then 2 members of the team had to walk across this log while holding a full cup of water on their head. If you fell off, you had to start again. Tricia and Hilde did it.
Hilde and I jumped in for the next clue. We had to paddle the boat and find the clue attached to the blue buoy. Well, I pronounce the word buoy as boy. There was a high school group that was also out on the canoes. I yelled to Hilde that we had to find a blue buoy (she heard blue boy). She thought this was going to be easy! We saw a boy in a blue canoe, and I was thinking blue buoyant canoe and Hilde was thinking boy in blue canoe and we asked him if he was a buoy/boy. Well, we kind of yelled it at him. He said yes...as if there were any doubt! Then we asked/yelled for our clue. He had no idea what we were talking about. And I'm sure he thought we were a little senile! I told Hilde the clue probably meant circle buoy which she was like okay, let's find the circle boy. I knew what I was looking for though and found it and we actually did this one very fast! And with a lot of laughs later we realized how confused we both were. Hilde and I in a boat is never a good plan!!
And then there was the zipline. Hilde had never done it before and I said I would go with her..only 2 members had to do it. Here I am, once the adrenaline has started to pass, on the way up thinking "what have I done??!!!!"
My awesome SIL realized my camera had video and was able to catch this terrifying ordeal for us. Listen as we pass the camera...that is truly a primal scream from the depths of our soul that you hear!
My dearest friends in the whole world and I.
This one was taken just for fun and turned out to be my favorite. Three totally different women, with three totally different personalities...God has truly blessed us with each other's friendship.
On the way home we stopped near Brenham to get the wildflower shot. There is nothing like the bluebonnets in Brenham.
Once back in Baytown, Mom drove me around to see how the city has changed in the 7 months since we left. I asked her to stop so I could take a picture of my favorite house. I can't tell you how much I loved this house...still do. It was the perfect house for us. I miss it terribly! Look at my pretty roses!
Sunday night we met back up with my girlfriends to have Mexican for dinner. I did a lot of eating of my favorite Texas foods while I was there!! I wanted to see all the kiddos and they were so sweet to take pictures so I could bring them home for the kids to see.
When I moved to Colorado our favorite baby, Hallie Mae, was not even a year old and still just a baby. Now, she is a walking grown up little girl! Oh, so sad! She was just wonderful though and let me hold her and feed her and love on her all through dinner. I think Jimmy was more jealous of this than anything else...we love our Hallie Mae!
And I truly do not have any words to summarize this weekend up. My husband did a marvelous job with our children (I'm pretty sure they are going to tell me to find a job so that daddy can stay home from now on!) and I was able to just sit back and relax and soak up the whole weekend. I cannot believe how many fears I have stared down with God this year and I feel blessed that I've finally calmed down enough to really soak up all of the blessings that have been poured into my life. It's good to be me. And my cup does overfloweth!