Once July was over, it was time to start getting ready for the 1st day of school. But before we could do that, we needed to squeeze in a family vacation to Sea World (Note to self...never go to Sea World the week before school starts.....in one word - PACKED!). Inspite of the crowd, we still had a great time as a family. How many of you can say, "I went to Sea World for a whole day and all I did was see Shamu, ride one ride and eat lunch." ?
We discovered we have a PingPong champion in our family...who knew Cameryn would be so good!!!?
Then it was off to school. Summer is over and the pools are closed. (The public pools were closed to the Plemons' family a little earlier than the kids wanted. Right after Cannon's birthday in July, the boys got really sick after swimming in a nearby neighborhood pool. It wasn't worth the risk to get back in the water after the kind of summer public pools were having.)
Cal started 3rd grade and Cameryn started 1st grade.
Cannon started pre-school and absolutely loves it!! We accidently got started in a Mother's Day Out program (thinking it was pre-k) but quickly switched over to YCW. Cannon loves Miss Carrie and Miss Amy!
(Pics of Cannon with his new teachers to come.)
One week after school started, we were off and running with Upwards Football. One thing I love about Upwards is that they still teach skill while incorporating Christian morals and scripture. I also love the fact that we only practice one hour per week vs. the 2hrs 3-4 nights a week some of the boys around here are doing! Darrell is Cal's coach along with our friend Hector Hinojosa.
So September has been football every Sat. and school throughout the week. Darrell had to go out of town for two of the 4 weeks we had, but fortunately he hasn't had to travel too much.
When Oct. came, I was preparing to go on a Come before Winter Women's Renewal. Darrell blessed me incredibly by taking a week of vacation so that he could be home with the kids and take care of my day to day routine. It was a great week of studying the Bible like I have never studied, and also being refreshed physically, mentally and spiritually. It was a reminder of how important it is to take care of myself along with taking care of everyone else.
One week after I got home, Cameryn had a field trip on the same day that we were heading out to go camping with the Single-Parent Family group from church. Needless to say Darrell and I "divided and conquered".
Cameryn and I went with her 1st grade class to the Mainstay Farms in Cleburne. If you haven't been you need to go! We were so impressed how they presented the message of Jesus in with their presentation of their farms. This was the second year the 1st gr. teachers had picked Mainstay Farms, so I know they knew about the presentation. It warmed my heart to know my kids are at a public school that doesn't frown on such activities.
Cameryn and I joined the boys soon after school was out. We camped at a state park in Mineral Wells, and it was absolutely a beautiful weekend. The weather was great (a little chilly in the night); the kids did great; Darrell makes camping great; it was just a great time!
So that brings you up to date on the Plemons family. We still have the end of football season in two weeks, and Cameryn is in full swing with rehearsals for the children's Christmas musical at church. I promise I won't wait 3 mos to update next time...I don't have time to sit this long!
(If you are still with me here, then either you have nothing else to do, or you really care about what my family is up to.)
We are still praising even through our busy schedule!