Sunday, January 7, 2018

A New Year and a New Job!

Matt has been thinking about this for a long time, and he has finally made it happen. January 1st, he officially started his own law firm, Compton PLLC.  He's got his office all set up and is excited to see what the next year brings.

Go Dad!


Christmas is always wonderful, and this year was no different.

We continued our traditions of gingerbread houses,


gift giving,

and lots of loot!

But really, the best thing of all is just being together with all of our family.  We are so blessed to have such a loving family. It makes my heart happy just seeing all these pictures and thinking of all you wonderful people.

Thanksgiving and Snow! in Houston!

Thanksgiving was extra special this year because my entire family got to be together for a few days.

One day, we had a lovely picnic and walk through Spring Creek Park.

Another day, the girls stayed at Nana's for our semi-annual Tea Party

while the boys went out bowling. Fun Times!

Another day, we all went to the zoo together.

We so wish everyone lived closer so we could do things like this more often!

Early in December, we woke up to a super surprise. Snow!!!!

Now, it has snowed a few little sprinkles in the nine years we've lived in Houston, but nothing like this!

We did our best to scramble around and find mittens, hats and warm socks so we could enjoy the snow before it melted by lunchtime.

The kids had so much fun playing in it, but they did get pretty frozen. We made several pilgrimages outside, intermingled with trips back inside (complete with cocoa) to warm up cold fingers. 

  (The poor kids in public school still had to go to school, but Ha! Our kids got to enjoy the full extent of the event. Way to go Homeschooling!)

We took off lots of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas just to enjoy the nice weather this time of year. We spent lots of time outside exploring different parks.

 Pundt Park is a new favorite because we discovered, just off the trail...
 a huge beach perfect for playing on....We just have to stay away from the water and any alligators that may be swimming around. It's probably the perfect place for them to sun themselves.

Our friends, the Mohontys, introduced us to anther great park, Kleb Woods. We had lots of fun exploring the nature center, historic farm, nature trails, and swamp.

Also in November, we mourned the passing of yet another of Matt's birthdays with sackcloth and ashes.  At lease, he pretends to mourn while all the rest of us are celebrating. We love this man!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fall 2017

In late August, Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area and dumped a huge amount of rain (30-40 inches).  Vast swaths of the city were flooded, including part of our neighborhood. Many of our friends were flooded, some even having to be evacuated by boat.

We didn't have any problems at our home, so we were blessed to be able to help out others who weren't so fortunate.  Matt spent many days "mucking out" people's homes. The flood waters were incredibly foul, and everything that got soaked needed to be thrown away. Homes had to be torn out down to the studs. The smells were awful. Everything had to be piled in the front yards waiting for weeks to get picked up. Instead of driving down a street lined with neatly kept houses and yards, you would be driving down a street lined on either side by huge piles of garbage.  I couldn't even bring myself to take pictures it was so sad. The amount of devastation was really shocking; it was like living a bad dream.  Even worse for people who actually got flooded!

Our good friends, the Litherlands, were one of those families. We loved having them stay with us off and on this fall as they have cleaned out and rebuilt their home. 

Because of the flooding, our Homeschool Co-op had to cancel the first six-week session (because our building got flooded) and our second session was held at a park. We spent a lot of time outdoors....

which we all loved!

This little man is now a big four-year-old. We had birthday cupcakes at Nana's house.

Aunt Sarah and Uncle Ben were even in town to help celebrate! 
(They were here for the weekend to help muck out houses. )

We also went to the Space Center for the last time before our membership expired. We love that place!

In October, we headed to the "Oil Ranch" for a field trip. They have so many activities! And it was so fun!

Riding horses...

Milking cows...

Petting goats....

Riding the train...

Swinging...(I know the picture looks like she isn't enjoying it, but she didn't want to get off this thing!)

Feeding cows on the hay ride...

Picking out pumpkins...

Sadie's birthday was next, with a costume party.

The kids got to decorate their own "monster cakes."

I made a "monster melon" for it too. --I thought he turned out pretty cute.

We also took a trip to the zoo to help celebrate.

This beautiful girl also got to be baptized. --I can't believe my little girl is growing up so fast!

In November, we were able to make it to "School Days" at the Renaissance Festival. There were lots of really cool demonstrations

like a replica of the Gutenberg printing press,

spinning and weaving,

and of course, armor!

Other cute pictures:

Annie still has to have Lovey and Foxy wherever she goes.

Sadie started piano lessons.

Ada's haunted castle.

Michael's castle. (We're studying the middle ages in school right now.)