Thankfully it's a 3 1/2 day weekend..............so I still have 2 days to rest after all that has gone on the past 1 1/2 days!
I left work mid-day on Friday and met up w/ Mark and the kids at one of my new favorite places - Buffalo Bros. http://www.buffalobrostexas.com/
|Cruddy picture quality - but that is a Western NY pic and Buffalo Bills poster! Love finding a little touch of home here in Texas!!!!!|
After lunch we headed to The Colonial. Thrilled to have free tickets given to us courtesy of The Henry House Foundation since they are fans of Kinderfrogs!
|Hanging out in the Henry House Foundation Sky Box. :) The kids had a great time!|
|So ridiculous - but this just might be my new favorite family photo. :)|
Really enjoyed my first golf tournament experience. It was one of those days where we ran into handful of people that were in love with Brianne. Of course - they commented that Bryce was super cute - but they focused on B. Loved talking with the girl that told me about her 33 year old sister who has Down syndrome - who lives on her own and takes the bus to work! Another girl gave Brianne a high five and then told me she has a cousin with DS....and then a lady ooooe'd and aaaaaah'd over Brianne (and maybe oooo'd at Bryce) - and told me she has a step-son w/ DS.
After the Colonial, Brianne and I headed to the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics. What a fantastic event to watch! It was great to see the athletes come into the stadium and fill the field. I can't really explain how I felt sitting there with Brianne on my lap.....knowing that someday she will be able to participate in these games. My heart hurt a little and I hugged Brianne close - excited about all that awaits in her future. My little girl has so much potential and great things await her!
|I think she had fun watching the parade of athletes!|
|LET ME WIN. BUT IF I CANNOT WIN, LET ME BE BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT.|
Saturday Morning - Mark took kid duty (thanks honey!) - and I headed back to the games as a volunteer at the Special Olympics cycling competition.
|These amazing ladies completed the 25K race!!!! And they did it with smiles on their faces!! :)|
I'm thankful that Bell Helicopter was out in full force at the games as volunteers! It was nice to meet other Bell employees that were out enjoying a day of cheering on the amazing athletes.
Upon getting home it was quality time with Mark and the kiddos. We are VERY excited about having some down time for the rest of the weekend!
|My first attempt at a French braid! Pretty proud of myself....details that it's wayyyyyyyy overdue! :) PS: Disregard the little boy in the background playing with a power cord - kid proofing is a never ending task in this house!|
Super thankful that Bryce took a nap with me while Mark and Brianne walked to the store to get dinner this evening! Being out at the games was fun - but exhausting!! Looking forward to the next 2 days - agenda includes relaxing and hanging out with the hubby and the kids! :) I believe I'm due for some down time!
--------------Updated on 12/17/12: Shared with Ellen Stumbo's Reading Prompt as one of my favorite blog posts of the year. Ellen Stumbo Reading Prompt