May 2017

Happy Summer!

Michael, Gavin, and I started the month off with the quick family trip to Houston. You can read about our trip here. We had a great time, and it was nice to get away on a short vacation.

Gavin at Rocket Park |

Gavin at the Houston Zoo |

Gavin and I went to a Mother and Son bowling outing with some other mothers and sons from our church. It was Gavin’s first time bowling, and he wasn’t too interested in it. At first, he was excited and wanted to roll the ball. Of course, the ball didn’t go very far, so I had to help him with rolling the ball. It was fun, and it was nice to get out with other moms and kids.

Gavin picking a bowling ball |

Darinda & Gavin at Mother / Son bowling |

We celebrated Mother’s Day with a nice lunch out. It was a relaxing day, where we didn’t do much, but spent the day together. Those are great days.

Darinda & Gavin on Mother's Day |

Gavin’s most recent soccer classes ended. He’s pretty good when he’s paying attention… it’s keeping the attention of a two-year-old that’s tricky. It’s been a good way for him to learn teamwork, while having fun with other kids his age. Since he’s not too interested in the classes, we’re taking a break from soccer for a while.

Gavin at soccer |

Gavin with his Certificate of Completion for soccer classes |

Gavin and I have continued to work in the flower beds around the house. We’ve made a lot of progress, even though it seems to be a never-ending job. Good thing I enjoy working in the yard!

Flower bed and pool |

Hydrangeas |

Daylilies |

We had a quiet Memorial Day weekend around the house. We had Gavin’s Honey and Pappaw (my mom and stepdad) over on Monday. Michael grilled burgers and brats, and we all had a nice time visiting and enjoying some food and drinks. It was a cloudy and rainy weekend, but we did manage to get in a little pool time.

Pool time |

Michael and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on May 19th! We went out to eat at a local Italian restaurant to celebrate. It was a pretty low-key anniversary celebration, but it’s been a wonderful 5 years. Below is a photo from our wedding day.

Our wedding day |
Photo by Elizabeth McClung

April 2017

Happy Spring!

Michael, Gavin, and I started the month off with the Spirits of Oakwood tour. It’s a fun and informative tour that is held each year in conjunction with the Azalea Trails. Volunteers dress in period clothing portray local citizens that were buried in the cemetery. Sometimes the volunteer is a descendant of the person they are portraying, and they can give more information on the individual than you could find elsewhere. They change it up each year, so different locals are represented in the tour.

Gavin had his first haircut this month. He’s 2 1/2, so he went a long time before needing it cut. Michael cut Gavin’s hair, and did a great job!

Gavin's First Haircut |

Gavin's First Haircut |

One Saturday, we drove to Dallas to go to the vinyl record show. The show was located in the Richardson Civic Center, which is next to the library, so Michael and Gavin were able to go the children’s area of the library and play while I shopped. I found a lot of records to buy, so my little vinyl collection is starting to slowly grow. After shopping records, we went to The Flying Saucer restaurant to eat, and Michael and I were able to try some new beers.

Gavin at the Library |

Beer Tasting |

We had a happy Easter! It was a great day – Mass in the morning, lunch with family, and fun watching Gavin hunt for eggs and play with his Easter gifts. On Good Friday, Gavin and I dyed Easter eggs with his Honey. It was his first time to dye eggs, and I think he had fun. I figured he would lose interest, but he helped with all the eggs. On Easter Sunday, Gavin’s Honey and Pappaw hid the dyed eggs around their house for him to find that afternoon. Easter Sunday evening, I hid some plastic eggs around the yard for him to find. So, he had lots of eggs to hunt for, but I think he had fun doing it.

Dyeing Easter Eggs |

Dyeing Easter Eggs |

Dyeing Easter Eggs |

Gavin at Easter |

Hunting Easter Eggs |

Hunting Easter Eggs |

Hunting Easter Eggs |

Hunting Easter Eggs |

It’s crawfish season! We went to a crawfish boil at a local brewery, and enjoyed a couple of pints while there. Gavin and I love to eat crawfish! He ate more crawfish than I did, which is saying something, because I love boiled crawfish.

Boiled Crawfish |

With this beautiful Spring weather, we’ve been spending more time outside. We’ve been playing outside and swimming in the pool. Also, I’ve been working in the flower beds around the house… weeding and spreading mulch. It’s always nice to get outside more, and now that Gavin is older, he can help me with some of the yard work.

Flower Beds |

Flower Beds |

March 2017

Happy Spring!

We’ve been enjoying this beautiful weather. Since it has been so nice outside, we’ve been to the park a few times lately. With everything in bloom, it’s fun to walk around and look at the beautiful plants. Plus, Gavin enjoys climbing on all the rocks and playground equipment. We’ve also been playing outside more around the house.

Gavin at the park |

Gavin at the park |

Gavin at the park |

Gavin at the park |

Gavin playing outside |

Gavin on his ATV |

Early in March, Gavin ran his first race! Ok, it was more walk/run than run, but he did great. It was a 1K for kids, and he walked/ran the whole race. I thought we would need to carry him part of the way, but he was a trooper and finished the race. So proud of him!

Gavin & Michael in a race |

Gavin with his race medal |

Gavin finished his first session of soccer classes. He did well with it, so we enrolled him in another session of classes. Hopefully, he continues to enjoy it and learn a few things.

Gavin at soccer class |

Gavin at soccer class |

Gavin ready for soccer |

Gavin at soccer class |

Gavin at soccer class |

Gavin and I went to the Discovery Science Place. We had been before, but it had been a long time. Gavin loved it! He had fun with a lot of different exhibits, but his favorite was the space exhibit. He loved it! He’s very into space stuff, and didn’t want to leave. He had a blast!

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place |

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place |

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place |

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place |

This time of year is the Azalea Trails. The azaleas in our yard were looking good this year, and they seemed to be looking good all over town. There are different events held in conjunction with the Azalea Trail… one of these events is a quilt show. Gavin and I went to it with my Mama. We go every year, but we didn’t stay long this year. As you can see from the photo below… Gavin looks like a little boy that was dragged to a quilt show and isn’t having much fun. He did well, especially considering it wasn’t exactly that exciting for a two year old.

Azaleas in our yard |

Tyler Quilt Show |

Darinda, Gavin & Beverly at the quilt show |

February 2017

Happy Mardi Gras!

February was a fun month for us! We stayed busy with some fun activities and family time.

Gavin’s enjoying his soccer class. He does start to lose interest about half-way through the 30-minute class. Basically, he has the attention span of a two-year-old! He pretty good with kicking the ball, but he’s not great at following directions. Shocking, I know.

Gavin playing soccer |

Gavin playing soccer |

We took Gavin to see his first movie – LEGO Batman. He really liked the movie… he’s really into Batman, especially LEGO Batman. He likes other superheroes too, but Batman is his current favorite. For the movie, he sat in his seat for the first half of the movie, but sat in my lap for the second half. He did talk some during the show, but it was saying things like “Batman” or “Joker” when they were on the screen. It was a successful first movie trip, so now we know we can add going to the movies to our list activities.

Gavin & Batman |

I took Gavin to the Center for Earth & Space Science Education to watch a show called Earth, Moon, and Sun in the dome theater. It was a short show, but he loved it. He watched the whole thing… didn’t say much, other than the occasional comment about the moon. I think I watched him more than the show, and he had a smile on his face most of the time. He’s really into space stuff (rockets, astronauts, the moon, and the planets). The planetarium offers a few different shows, so we’ll be going back to see the other ones. They also have a small exhibit hall. They had an exhibit about the ocean, which isn’t something Gavin’s really into right now, but he liked the boats and coral displays. For other fun day-time stuff, we’ve been going to playgrounds, storytime at the library, and swimming in the pool. The weather has been nice lately, so we’ve been able to do more outside activities. The pool water is too cool to swim in, but we turn the heater on in the spa and Gavin can play in there. We just make sure we don’t set the water too hot and he can splash and play for a long time in the warm water.

Center for Earth & Space Science Education |

Gavin at Center for Earth & Space Science Education |

Gavin on the fire truck at a playground |

Gavin at World of Wildlife Museum |

Gavin in the spa |

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with brunch on Sunday. We went to a local restaurant that offers a nice Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, Gavin was not excited about the outing, so we didn’t linger too long. On Valentine’s Day, Michael sent me a beautiful arrangement of roses.

Valentine's Day roses |

One Saturday, we visited a local brewery that we hadn’t yet tried. ETX Brewing Co. is family friendly, so we took Gavin with us. The beers were good and we enjoyed the atmosphere. We’ll definitely be going back!

Beers at ETX Brewing Co. |

We celebrated Mardi Gras in Jefferson, TX, at the Mysteries and Masquerade Mardi Gras parade. It was Gavin’s first Mardi Gras parade. He wasn’t so sure about it, but once he discovered the beads, he loved it. He loved it so much, he took the beads off his Mama, Honey and Pappaw, because he wanted to wear ALL the beads. He was pretty weighted down with beads by the end of the parade!

Gavin & Michael at Mardi Gras parade |

The Rainers at Mardi Gras parade |

Gavinand his beads at Mardi Gras parade |

Last week, we went to a local barbecue joint that we go to fairly often, but this time we went on a night they had a band. The band was playing the blues, and Gavin loved it. He danced and danced. We’ve been avoiding going to places on nights they had live music because it’s usually more crowded, but now we know Gavin likes the music. I’m guessing we’ll be going to more live music places so the little man can dance.

January 2017

Happy New Year!

Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately. We’ve been staying busy with other things, and blogging has taken a backseat. I hope to post more in the coming months. For now, enjoy these photos taken over the last month.

Photos top to bottom:
– Darinda celebrated her birthday. We went out to eat and enjoyed some yummy BBQ at local restaurant.
– The weather has been all over the place, but we managed to squeeze in some park playtime.
– Gavin started soccer! He loved his first class.