Meanwhile, my gang of boys went camping with our
friends. Caleb’s friend from robotics
class, Lucas, came along so Caleb would have a friend. I’m pretty sure that camping trip will be a
big memory in both Caleb and Lucas’s minds when they reflect on their
childhood! Caleb is rarely as animated
as he was driving to and from Texas
for the camping trip. The boys were
nonstop with their chatting and fun. It
made my mommy heart so happy to see.
They dropped me off at the Dallas
airport and then continued on to their campgrounds. The first night camping was just the Rusch
family and the Hartshorns; that equals to 2 dads for the adults and 7
kids! The next day the Ericksons and
Hamiters joined in. There was good rock
climbing, but sadly, the lake was too cold to enjoy despite the hot
weather. The boys did manage to corner
an armadillo for awhile. After they
picked me up on Monday from the airport, we took a detour at Dallas before heading
home. It was so neat! There were actual preserved dinosaur tracks
in the riverbed! We were so excited that
the water level and clarity allowed us to see the footprints. They are not always visible. The kids even got to put their feet in the
tracks. The river temperature was ideal
and we all had a good swim. It seemed
like too much effort to go all the way back to the car after hiking down to the
river, so we just swam in our clothes.
It was the best finale and really made the camping trip complete. Dinosaur Valley
One weekend, we impulsively decided to try Frisbee golf out for the first time. We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to go again. It was a good mix of challenge, being outdoors, and family bonding.
The month started off with a trip to
. We woke up at 5am to make it to Houston in time for Ben’s
first appointment at 9am. We were
supposed to confirm Ben’s diagnosis of neurofibromatosis (NF1) at the eye
specialist at this appointment, but complications came up with Ben's insurance,
and we didn't get seen. We were
frustrated because we jumped through a lot of hoops to get the appointment and
to get it on the same day as Ben’s other appt.
Additionally, Jon took work off to be there and it would be difficult to
repeat everything. We found ourselves
with a few hours to ourselves, so we
headed for the Houston . We explored an area new to us, the Kemah
Boardwalk. It was still closed for the
morning, so we had the place all to ourselves.
We got to walk around the boardwalk and watch the seagulls diving for
their breakfast. We enjoyed our little
family and the salty sea air. It’s
always so refreshing to gaze at the ocean.
We made it back in time for Ben’s next appointment at the pediatric
dermatologist at the Houston Children’s Hospital. We are so impressed with the whole hospital
system. It’s organized and
efficient. They have cared so well for
us. The final result is that Ben's skin
spots have now been diagnosed as mastocytoma by the pediatric dermatologist. It’s benign and the dermatologist believes
that it has already peaked and should clear up on its own by puberty. They drew blood to see if the spots are
internal as well. They were not, which
is great, and avoids extra complications. The dermatologist said we do not need to worry
about it being NF1 and no further testing is required. She wants to see Ben again in 6 months for a
checkup. Praise God! Gulf
Blessings on you and yours!