Friday, July 8, 2016

Fourth of July Weekend

We spent the Fourth of July weekend in Livingston with my parents and Melanie and Clark.  We missed Mary Katherine so much but are so proud of her for committing to a six week mission trip this summer!

Mom had yummy enchiladas waiting for us when we arrived on Friday night, and she served the best Mexican chopped salad on the side.  When we got home and stocked up on groceries, I made sure to pick up all the ingredients to recreate the salad for us in Dallas.

The weekend was full of rest and relaxation, just the way we like it when we visit!  Mom and Melanie and I got to watch our favorite Food Network shows on Saturday morning, and we played lots of games: Yatzee, cards, Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, and even one round of Trouble that took us right back to childhood when we played almost every night with Dad.

I didn't take many pictures of all the delicious food we ate, but we feasted all weekend on lemon pancakes, breakfast casserole, brisket, smoked chicken, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, our family favorite "Jean's beans," potato salad, deviled eggs, pimento cheese macaroni and cheese, and peach cobbler.  YUM.  Oh, and I cannot forget the homemade popsicle selection - strawberry balsamic, peach, and watermelon.  Basically a pregnant girl's dream on a hot summer day!

It was such a great weekend full of much needed down time with some of my favorite people.  One definite highlight was seeing and squealing over the blankets and burp cloths my mom has been busy making for baby Betsy!  I love them so much!

And we picked up Betsy's first Beaufort Bonnet pajamas on our way out of town Friday, so we had to take those to show Mom and Mel!

We came back to Dallas on Monday the 4th and had a busy afternoon of stocking up on groceries for the week, yard work, and finally starting the overwhelming task that is putting together a baby registry.  So many options!

After a short work week, we woke up to devastating news in Dallas on Friday morning.  I was so shocked watching the scene unfold on the news last night just blocks from my office downtown.  The tragic loss of life is heartbreaking, scary, and just makes me so sad for our world.  Finding comfort in one of my favorite verses this morning - "I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."  Psalm 27:13-14