Road Trippin’, “Photoshoot”, and Memorial Day

Two weekends ago was insanely busy! Friday, my oldest sis and I traveled to east TX to spend time with/pick up our other sister. Then we turned around the next morning and headed homeward only to leave for OK, about two hours later, with the rest of the family. Crazy!!

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Road trippin’ sisters! πŸ™‚ And no, Abby wasn’t driving when this was taken– we were at a stop light. πŸ˜‰
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With the cousins in east TX πŸ™‚
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Sweet Emma-Grace πŸ™‚
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Playing “restaurant”. πŸ˜€
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I love this little girl to pieces!! πŸ™‚
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Say “cheese”! πŸ™‚
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This pic was taken at the hotel in OK, shortly after we arrived on Saturday night. πŸ™‚

So, let me give you a bit of background as to why we were in OK– my Dad has been without a permanent job for a little over a year now. The job he previously had was the pastoral position at a small church in north TX, where he pastored for approximately 20 years. He had been a pastor for 10 years before that. Because my Dad is so gifted in that area and he has a passion for the work that is involved in that, he has been applying for a job as pastor at several congregations. There have been a few that actually seemed quite interested in him, but the one in OK has been the most interested.— They even asked Dad to preach a “trial” sermon, hence the reason we traveled to OK two weeks ago.

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Dear sisters, sisters three. πŸ™‚
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Jaden-bug decided to join in the photos. πŸ˜‰
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One of the church elders (Mr. M.) gave us a tour of the building. πŸ™‚
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The building is beautiful— not overly decorated to the point of distraction, not too large, but not to small. I think Mr. M. said the building is only 5 years old or so.
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Mr. M. tells us more about the church’s history and about the congregation. πŸ™‚
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Then, Mr. M. took us on a little tour of the small-ish town wherein the church is located.

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My outfit Sunday morning. πŸ™‚

{The Outfit}

Chambray shirt: gift from my Grandma

Undershirt: thrifted

Skirt: borrowed from a sister πŸ™‚

Sandals: gift from my Uncle Abe

Bracelet: gift from Abby πŸ™‚

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Sunday, after Dad preached his sermon, the church hosted a large fellowship meal. We all had the opportunity to get to know a lot of the members. In the above photo, Joel is talking with Zach H.
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Phoebe and Jaden played with the air hockey table.
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I was disappointed that we didn’t take more photos during the fellowship meal (before most of the folks left). But we were so occupied with visiting, we quite forgot. πŸ˜› Oh well. πŸ™‚ Here Abby is talking with Mr. M.’s daughter, Kelly. She is a really sweet lady and she totally made us feel at home!

Skip ahead to *this* past Sunday. Cal and his girl (Claudia) came down, and being the analytical person I am, I noticed that Joel, Abby, Phoebe, and Claudia were all wearing gray, v-neck shirts. And all of them (except Claudia) had stripes on the shirts. So, I decided to change into *my* striped, gray, v-neck shirt to match them (I actually had originally been planning to wear that shirt that day, but I had changed my mind). And then I suggested we take photos since we were all matching. I mean, who knows when that’d happen again, right?! πŸ˜€ So we headed to a nearby park and snapped these photos.

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Joel, pretending to be a rapper. πŸ˜‰
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Classy lookin’ bro! πŸ™‚
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She’ll be my sister in just 281 days!!

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My gorgeous sis, Pheebs πŸ™‚ ❀

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haha, Claudia is the only one who looks normal. πŸ˜€
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My favorite. πŸ™‚
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Texting. πŸ˜€ Don’t you love my phone?! πŸ˜€

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Out-takes:

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With Phoebe’s “ghost” πŸ˜€
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I have no clue what Joel was doing– I was too busy capturing this hilarious looking moment πŸ˜€
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This bird decided to photo-bomb. I kid you not— he had been out of the view *until* we started taking photos. I could see him turning his head and watching us before that. It was like he was *waiting*, so that he could be in the photos. πŸ˜› It was rather funny, I must say…
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Caleb and Jaden joined us shortly thereafter
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Don’t they look like twins?! πŸ˜€

Memorial Day!!Β  It means: freedom, family, friends, food and fun. πŸ™‚ Every year for the past five years, we have done a huge get-together. We hold it at a local park, that way there’s always room for our ton of friends. This year was the largest, I think– like 80-something folks came– that’s because some of our friends brought some of there friends. Hey, I’m not complaining– it was awesome! =) Anyway, the day is always spent playing games (think volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, four-square, etc.), grilling hotdogs, eating picnic style, laughing, etc. πŸ™‚ Oh, did I mention getting to hold/play with cute babies?! πŸ˜€

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Waiting for folks to arrive. πŸ™‚ And grilling hot dogs
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Mr. and Mrs. S. converse with Dad while Andrew D. looks on.
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Phoebe has charmed little Miss Anatel P. πŸ™‚
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Anatel and her auntie, Sara πŸ™‚
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Break in between uf games
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Mom, Mrs. C., David P. and his fiance, Brittany C., and Holly H.

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Abby, Caleb, Joel, Mrs. P, Abby Y.
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Mrs. C., Mom and sweet Allison A. πŸ™‚
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Dad was really enjoying himself, I think! πŸ™‚

The S. family sent us some of their photos that they took on Memorial Day. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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Josh N.’s epic catch
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Isaac D. and Joel— practicing their self-defense skills πŸ™‚ Don’t you think Joel is so cute in that hat? πŸ˜€
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Joel, and Daniel D. give a self-defense “demo” to some of the other guys

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Baseball
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More ultimate frisbee and this time, Caleb P. makes the epic catch πŸ™‚
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Rachel, Simcha S., Sara P., yours-truly and Claudia B. (my soon-to-be-sister) chatting πŸ™‚
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Mother’s Day

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and boy was it busy. πŸ™‚ We started off the day with Bible study and prayer as a family. Then Abs and I started on a special lunch especially for Grandma K. and Mom. πŸ™‚ Our aunt and her family arrived around the time we started eating, and the fun began!

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My parents, being goofy. πŸ™‚ BTW, that onion is from our garden!

Abby and I stayed up until 1am that morning, baking four lime cheesecakes. Yeah, call us crazy. XD But with this warm May weather, it’s so much better to bake late in the day. Anyway, it was totally worth it, though– they tasted heavenly!

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We also had Key Lime ice-cream together with the cheesecake. πŸ™‚

Then, Abby, our cousins Rachel and Rowena, and I went on a little adventure (a.k.a photoshoot). That was fantastic! However, they kept trying to convince me to be in some of the photos, but I honestly prefer being the one taking photos (not being in them). Ha, you probably can’t tell that from all of the selfies I post. πŸ˜‰

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Almost as soon as we girls got back from the photoshoot, my parents, siblings and I headed to have a picnic with Caleb, Claudia, Miss Lily B., Miss Ileana G., Maddie G., Junior G. and Isaac D. We went to a local park and weather was just perfect for it! =) The only thing over-shadowing the occasion was the fact that Phoebe wasn’t with us. 😦 I miss that gal! :,( But, looking on the bright side, she will be back for a visit in just a few days. Yay!

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Cal and Dad
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The guys (Isaac, Joel, Jaden and Junior) decided to throw around the tennis ball. πŸ™‚
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Telling stories from *certain* Kautt children’s adolescence.
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Jaden and Junior – buddies
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Me and my Mum ❀
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Claudia and Maddie
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Mama dearest! ❀
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Joel, Abs and Isaac chillin’ πŸ™‚

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Playing a crazy game sort of like volley ball. The goal of the game was to keep the ball from touching the ground, *while* hitting it around as many times as we could. Needless to say, there were no few laughs! πŸ˜€
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Go, Maddie!
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I actually hit the ball! x)
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Miss Ileana “serves”

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Photoshoot {Abby, Rachel, + Rowena}

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to do another impromptu photoshoot– with my sis, Abby, and my cousins, Rachel and Rowena. πŸ™‚ It was fab! Crazy awesome thing was— I had no idea what kind of outfit my cousin Rowena was bringing (I had asked to do something dressy). So when they arrived I looked out the window and saw that she brought a pale pink outfit. Well, cogs started turning in my brain, and I remembered that I have a pale pink vintage fascinator hat that I’ve been wanting to use for SO long (but hadn’t had the chance) and thought it might just go with the outfit my cousin brought. Sure enough. She brought an outfit that went with it so perfectly, it was as though we had planned it. πŸ™‚ So, say ‘hello’ to the vintage 1950’s cousin of mine! πŸ˜‰

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Rowena

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Take time to smell the roses…

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This is one of my faves of her πŸ™‚

 

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Rachel

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Cousins – Rachel and Abby

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I was persuaded to join in a few of the photos. πŸ™‚
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Double trouble. πŸ˜‰

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Thank you, Abby, for taking the last three photos! =) You did a fab job– quit telling yourself you didn’t. πŸ˜‰ Also, thanks for chauffeuring us to the location. πŸ™‚

Tagged!!

Thanks, Eden, for this tag.Β  It has been a pleasure writing up the answers for it. πŸ™‚ Eden sent me these 11 questions to answer: 1.Β Β  Favorite person in history and why?Β Probably Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for his brave stand against Adolf Hitler during WWII. 2.Β Β  Favorite scents?Β Rain, freshly cut grass, desserts baking in the oven, etc. […]

A Concert + A Day Trip

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Abby, Phoebe and I went to a concert performed by the contemporary Christian Australian band, For King and Country. πŸ™‚
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Joel, playing the mini xylophone
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Joel and Luke, the lead singers/band members who are also brothers. πŸ™‚
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Luke does an amazing drum solo

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After the concert, we drove around in downtown Dallas (the concert was held there), and spotted this beautiful steeple. πŸ™‚

 

This past Sunday, my parents, Jaden and I took Phoebe out of town, so as to help our aunt who recently had surgery. She’ll be out there for a while, and I already miss her a LOT! :,( But, at least we got to see cousins, aunts and an uncle when we dropped her off. πŸ™‚

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Jaden had a lot of fun digging with our little cousins– Zak and Emma-Grace πŸ™‚
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I love this little girl! ❀ She’s so sweet, feminine but tough and soooo cute! =)
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Look at those eyes. Oooo… and those curls!! =)
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Tiny feet carrying such a huge personality πŸ™‚
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My little buddy, Zak

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Dad has a theological discussion with our friend, Tracey.

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The very picture of cuteness πŸ™‚
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Last photo with my best friend and sister/”twin” ❀
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Aunt Jen ❀
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Emma-Grace gives Aunt Jill a hug– so adorable!!
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“Hurry, we need to tickle this little guy to get him breathing again….” We were playing para-medics or something XD

 

Yesterday, it rained- a LOT. And I took some photos of the plants, covered in droplets of water. πŸ™‚

 

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Wandering Jew
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Cheery flower πŸ™‚

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