Well, here we are, more than half way through the year & I'm just now sitting down to write my first post for 2015. I wish I could say it was because a bunch of great things were going on. Unfortunately, this first 6 months have had more than it's fair share of tough times. Rich & I, both, lost our Father's within 5 months of one another. Along with the passing's, there were many ups & downs that go along with those... illnesses, hospital stays, memorial services, sadness, etc.
With that being said... it hasn't stopped our beautiful kids from growing; changing; learning... just becoming amazing human beings.
We started the year with school; play-dates; arts & crafts, library time; playing in the rain & reading books.
We lost Rich's Dad late in January...
Richard Carlson Anderson: November 17, 1948 to January 31, 2015.
Richard; Rick; Old Man; PopPop... no matter the name, we will keep his memory alive by describing him to Jett & Delilah as a loving, caring & kind Grandfather. I'll never forget one afternoon, when the twin's were about 2yrs old & Rick was over for a visit... Delilah kept bringing him books to read. One after the other. He just sat there patiently, pulling her back into his lap, reading every word.
We began February by watching the Superbowl with friends & family. Rick must have definitely been smiling down as the New England Patriots won their 4th Superbowl. After the game, the kiddos were so beat that they & their buddy, Owen, snuggled up in our bed to watch Frozen.
March was a super busy month... I made some cosmetic changes to our family room; we had playdates; we took our monthly trip to visit Grandaddy; Rich & I managed to get out for a date night with Kevin & Angela on St. Patrick's Day to the Alamo Area FOOLS bash; did a little shopping; lots of playing; & even a "venture" with Grandy:
Easter fell in April this year. I made the twins custom shirts to wear to school & then, since Rich worked on Easter Sunday, we celebrated with family, neighbors & friends on Saturday afternoon. After a yummy, special breakfast & searching for baskets, everyone came over for lunch & dying/hunting for eggs.
We had our first, real emergency scare... Well, I did! Jett slammed his thumb in the car door. It wasn't broken but it sure hurt. Eventually, he lost his entire thumb nail. But, he was a brave trooper!
Have I mentioned that Delilah has a style of her very own?
The first week of May we took a trip to Texas City to pack up & bring home some of Grandaddy's things, to decorate his new room at the assisted living facility. While we were there, we enjoyed a nice, peaceful breakfast on the beach.
At school, Jett & Delilah filled out these questionnaires. I LOVE their answers.
Billy Alvin Stringer: March 6, 1938 to June 25th, 2015.
On July 1st we headed off to Boston to spend a week with Rich's family. It was tough for me to leave but it was a much needed distraction from mourning my Dad's passing.
Although Jett had already taken a plane ride when he & Rich flew to Boston last year, this was Delilah's very first time. She did AWESOME!!