Hello Summer!

I haven’t posted in a week- we’ve been busy, but really it’s because I haven’t had much inspiration to write this week. But (mostly for me to remember, read if you want) here’s a recap of our week.

My goofy boys

Monday morning- we braved the dog park for the first time with all 4 dogs and Grayson. Yes, we looked like a circus act going and coming, but it really worked out well- Ryan and I got some excersise, Hank did his thing, and the girls followed us around the track like little ducklings. We are planning to make it a regular thing this summer. Monday afternoon I worked at Waggin’ Tails, and the boys and the dogs hung out at the house.

Tuesday- Grayson had an appointment at Texas Children’s with the neuro-opthamologist. I was pessimistic going into the appointment, but was pleasantly surprised. She took us seriously and seemed to really be interested in figuring out what’s going on with him. The problem is his nystagmus (his eyes shifting) doesn’t fit with the other possible diagnoses. She thinks he may have ocular albinism but isn’t sure. She’ll see him again in 6 months- wait and see, just like every other specialist. But, it was better than I expected. After our appointment, we went over to my parents’ house and got to see Peter and Megan who drove in the day before from Nashville. We miss them so much and it’s so much fun when they are here!

Wednesday- we had a great playdate in the morning with some friends from church, then in the evening I met some other friends at Pinot’s Palette, a painting studio where you bring your own wine and paint a canvas to take home. It was a really fun atmosphere- wine, friends, and painting- I’m all about it! I painted this for G’s playroom:

Today- we finally broke out Grayson’s swim trunks and got in the pool at my parents’ house. G was a little hesitant (scared?) at first, but I think he liked being in the water once he got used to it. Good thing we went swimming early, because the thermometer in my car said 102 degrees when we headed for home about 3:00. Welcome to summer, Houston. Oy.

Ryan and I both love softball, and the Women’s College World Series started today, so when we’re home this weekend, we’ll be glued to ESPN. We’ve watched 3 games already today. I am not a big sports-on-TV watcher, but I do love watching the WCWS and it’s our kick-off-the-summer tradition. We have 2 birthday parties this weekend- Grayson’s sweet friends Sadie and Sophia are both turning 1, and Sophia’s big sis Tessa turns 3 this week! We can’t wait to help them celebrate. Here’s a picture of the birthday sign I painted for Sophia using her teeny-tushy as the top of the cupcake. I can’t wait to make G’s (blue) cupcake in a few months!

Big sis Tessa did her handprints (with only 3 fingers painted) for her birthday sign:

We are so excited it’s summer! Ryan’s last day of work is tomorrow and then he’s FREE- well, for a few weeks anyway. We have plans for lots of family fun, and I’m excited to be able to work a few days a week while Ryan is off. Like I said before, it is hot, hot, HOT so I’m sure we’ll have to be creative in our planning activities- going to the park or the zoo isn’t going to be much fun at 100+ degree temperatures.
Happy Summer Everyone!


  1. Sarah on June 3, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Elizabeth, you are so stinkin' creative! I can't wait to get together and make plans for Larkin's nursery – and maybe you can help us get a butt print too! Lil' G looks like he's digging the pool – y'all come over anytime and the boys can splash around together!

  2. Erin on June 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Welcome summer!!! Looks like you kicked it off with a bang and will only be more and more fun from here! Whoo hoo for having Ryan home all summer, so great. Love the swimming pic, we love our floaty like that too…nice shade and they can bob around like a big kid. So honored that our bday art made the blog, we love them….they go up tomorrow for Tessa's big day…at three, you REALLY get the concept of your birthday!! The excitement is in the air!

  3. klinesincarolina on June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    What a great update! I love all of your artwork, especially the birds for G's playroom. You are so talented! I love the pic of him in the pool, he looks so cute and grown up. Miss you!

  4. Traci on June 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    fun times!!! I love reading all your updates. And Hannah, if you like E's bird art, you should see mine. ha ha ha!!! She put us all to shame with her masterpiece. She didn't say it, but even the teachers/instructors were taking pictures of her artwork. Yeah, she's just that good.

  5. Lee, Michelle, Cooper 4 and Allie 3 on June 8, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Love your paintings! Adorable!!! Lee gets home Friday10th, we've got to do some getting together soon!

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