Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

round button chicken
~Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life~
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On Saturday evening, we ventured back to the university trails by the water with some friends.  It was a nice time.  We're grateful to be meeting some new friends.

I took the youngest three down to the seawall yesterday afternoon while Mary Clare was at ballet class.  I'd done this once before when Ellie was in ballet, so we needed to even it up!  They were happy to have this special outing.

I am constantly chasing Thomas down from these stairs that lead to the sidewalk and a busy street!

The kids all consider this a slide!

Yep, we've had some pretty warm days here in Texas this week!

Proud of their sandcastle.  These two blondies can be good buddies.

We found a chicken on our driveway on Saturday, but she hasn't come back.  We think she's "Hennessee the Hanukkah Hen" which the neighbors found in their yard on the first night of Hanukkah (they're Jewish), and now lives on the ceiling fan on their back porch.  We laugh when we see her wandering around their front yard, but were really surprised to find her in OUR yard!  My friends on Facebook got a kick out of the grill being in the background of this photo, like a foreshadowing.  But no, Hennesee did not end up there!

We went for a walk/bike/skate on Sunday evening and opted to stroll down the quiet lanes of the cemetery down the street (our neighborhood can be traffic-y!).  A good start to the Lenten season.  Tonight we went to Ash Wednesday mass at a nearby parish (standing room only!), and were reminded that "you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  We have a lot to take care of and enjoy while we're on "this side of the dirt" (as my aunt referred to this week on her birthday).

A blessed, Holy Lenten season to you all!


Lena said...

lovely pictures!

prayers for you and your dear family. may you have a fruitful lent.

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

*kate said...

Great pictures! What wonderful outings :)

Tracy C. said...

beautiful photos. How wonderful to have the beach right there. The chicken is hilarious! We have 3 backyard chickens and no escapees yet. I wonder where that one came from? And living on a ceiling fan? crazy!

Jill said...

It's so much fun to see your photos. It's like seeing a whole new world with the lovely beaches.

Walking through the cemetary near our old home was a very peaceful thing for me, too.

Great pictures!

Rich said...

I have relatives in that cemetery. Small world.

The beach pictures are neato!

Lisa said...

A chicken in your driveway - what a hoot! No cats bothered it?

A blessed Lent to you, too.

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