Weekend at Paula’s

We loaded up Saturday, with Tom in tote, and headed to Dallas for a fun weekend with our friends Dave and Paula. Our first stop once we got there was lunch at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, Ojedas. Afterwards, we headed to Downtown Dallas to visit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. I thought the kids would enjoy seeing the dinosaurs and other fun things, but as it turns out, they were a little too young to enjoy many of the exhibits. We didn’t take a stroller so they had to walk and it was tough trying to keep up with everyone in a big crowd. Us adults all agreed the place was super cool and we would have loved to walk around, look at, and read about all the exhibits, but it wasn’t enjoyable with a 5 year old and FIVE 3 year olds. So we headed back to Paula’s to grill hamburgers and let the kids play in the swimming pools where they had a blast!


An interesting fact about this picture right here…the golf course in the background the the golf course where Steven proposed to me 11 years ago!


Sunday morning we loaded up and headed to the Ft. Worth Zoo. It was extremely hot and that made for another long day with the Six Sweet Seals. They enjoyed looking at the animals, and this time we took our big stroller so everyone was able to sit and we were able to keep up with everyone better, but the heat was killer. We lasted a couple of hours then headed back home. That night we grilled steaks and the kids played in the pool again. Playing in the pool was their favorite thing to do this whole trip!

Rayleigh cried 95% of the time we were at the zoo.

The monkeys were very entertaining and was everyone’s favorite animal.


โ€‹Back home and playing in the water.

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Monday we headed to DFW airport to watch the planes land and take off. There is a visitor area where you can listen to the control tower and watch the planes. There picnic tables with coverings so it was nice and the kids really enjoyed it. Afterwards we had lunch then headed to Paula’s for naps. That evening we headed to Addison for the Kaboom Town firework show. There was an estimated 500,000 people in attendance so we knew we had to get there early to get a decent seat. Thankfully the weather was mild and we found some shade to sit under and the kids did well. However, they did not enjoy the fireworks, at all! Afterwards, we sat in the parking garage for 2 hours waiting for the crowd to clear so traffic to move. It was a little frustrating sitting for so long but thankful all the kids went to sleep about 45 minutes into the long wait.


Kaboom Town

โ€‹We enjoyed our picnic, watching the airplanes put on a show, and playing outside while we waited for the fireworks.

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Tuesday we loaded up and headed back home. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


We had a wonderful time visiting with Paula and Dave. They are so good to us and treat us just like family when we stay with them. And the kids LOVE them. Even though our outings didn’t run as smoothly as we would have liked, we managed to have a fun time and I’m so glad we made this quick trip to Dallas.

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Independence Day 2017

Hey y’all! I hope you had a blessed Independence Day with your loved ones. Ours was pretty low key after our big weekend in Dallas. I’ll blog about that tomorrow.

So our day started in Dallas at our friends’ Dave and Paula’s house. We got ready, packed up, and were on the road by 11am. We got home around 3pm after stopping for lunch and ice cream. After we got home it was back to reality. We unpacked the van, Steven took a final for his summer class, I watched the kids and took care of stuff around the house. After dinner we popped fireworks with the family.

Our family picture turned out pretty good. 4 out of 6 kids are looking and smiling. #winning


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Tom went with us to Dallas. She’s the best! โค๏ธ


Dog pile on Dave. The kids love Dave. โค๏ธ


Heading home ๐Ÿก


We hadn’t seen Makenna in over a week so she got a special dog pile too. ๐Ÿ’—


Popping fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ





We put smoke bombs on the back of Brady’s tricycle and it was so funny to watch him ride around with smoke following him.

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We are so thankful for our freedom. We are especially thankful to the men and women of our military. Thank you for all that you do!

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Seals Summer Theme Weekย 

Hey y’all! Welcome back!

I’ve decided to take a long weekend break from blogging to refresh my blogging brain and just enjoy Independence Day with my family. I plan to be back blogging on Wednesday. So no worries if you don’t hear from me in a while.


So today I’m going to share our Seals Summer Theme Week with you—- Super Heroes. Our VBS was this week so I actually let the teachers at church do all the work for me this week. The kids learned about Abraham & Sarah, Samuel, Joseph, and Joshua & Caleb. They sang, crafted, and played with all their friends. They had a blast. In fact, they are already asking me this morning when are they going back.

Mia

Tessa

Gracie

Rayleigh

Can you guess which little boy refused to take a nap all week?????




It’s official, any time I want a super cute picture of Brady, I’m going to have to get Ryleigh to come help me. Isn’t this the sweetest picture ever?!?!!! Brady & Ryleigh have gone to church together since they were little babies and last year they went to PreK together. We love us some Ryleigh.
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Be blessed,
Michelle

Looking Back with Gratitude in My Heart

Facebook sure has a funny way of messing with my emotions. This memory popped up yesterday and man did it take me back to a time of lots of uncertainly, fear, and stress.

It was during this time, three years ago, that I really thought we were going to lose Rayleigh. She was so, so, so sick. In fact, she was in heart failure. I remember holding her before her surgery wondering if it would be my last time to hold alive. We experienced lots of ups and downs and scary moments during the quints NICU stay, but I I have never been so scared in all my life as I was when the medical team came to take Rayleigh back to the cath lab. Walking to the waiting room was tough. Sitting and wondering what they were doing to my baby was agonizing. They gave us an estimated time of how long the procedure would take and when the doctor walked in earlier than expected, I was scared. I didn’t know if that was good news or bad news, thankfully, it was all good news. Rayleigh recovered quickly. The surgery had immediate positive results.
Today she’s a healthy, happy, and thriving little girl.

While all this was happening with Rayleigh, Tessa was back in the NICU at Dallas Children’s Hospital. So I had 2 babies still in the NICU at Baylor, 2 babies in the NICU at Children’s, Brant at Paula’s house in Dallas, and Brady (who was only 2 years old) was back home (3 hours away) with family members. Talk about loosing your mind, I honestly don’t know how I didn’t lose my during that time. I’ve always believed in the power of prayer, but it was during this time, in particular, that I really felt the power of prayer. I was so scared, but prayers and God carried me through.

Tessa had surgery to have a feeding tube placed and was released from the NICU again. Both Gracie and Mia had their surgeries to have their g-tubes placed. After a couple of days recovering, we were able to bring them home. Rayleigh, who originally did the best after birth, was our last baby in the NICU and wouldn’t come home until the end of July. But…we got her home and for that I’m forever grateful!

I look back at these memories with so much gratitude in my heart. God was in control the whole time. He guided us through this experience, putting the right people in the right place to help us when we needed it most.

So, I want to spend today in prayer. Leave me a comment on my blog or Facebook page, text or call me, send me a private message, however you want to contact me, do it. Tell me what you want me to pray for and I’ll start talking to God on your behalf.

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Seals Summer Theme Week & Weekend Recap

Last week was the first week of summer so our theme was Summer Fun. The kids enjoyed playing on the slip n’ slide, went to a jumping at iJump, and enjoyed picnics. We also took the quints to their first movie (and Brady too).

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Saturday the kids enjoyed some time with loved ones and I cleaned house.








Sunday was church and the kids are super excited that VBS started last night!






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Be blessed,

Michelle

Random Picturesย 

Hey y’all! Happy Friday!!!! Hope you’re week has been fantastic!
Here are a few pictures of our week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brant giving me kisses.โ€‹

โ€‹Rayleigh & Brady

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How is it possible that this picture of Brady was taken 5 years ago!

Me and the girls

Mia & Gracie

Mia is the messiest eater ever!

Gracie taking selfies at church.

Tessa

Tessa taking selfies. lol

Brant and Aunt Kris

Daddy and Rayleigh

Gracie & Rayleigh with Daddy

Aunt Kris & Brady Boo
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Be blessed,

Michelle

Flat Seals Goes to Guatemala

Hello people!

Tom here. The Flats Seals and I spent a week in Guatemala for a medical mission trip and I’m here to give you a snippet of our fantastic week!

We traveled out of DFW straight to Guatemala. The flight was about 3 hours and the time difference is only 1 hour. We then had to take a bus from the airport in the city out into the mountains where we stayed for the week.

Our medical team consisted of around 25 people and included physicians, practitioners, nurses, interpreters, and techs. For the next 5 days, we traveled up-down-around-and through the mountains to remote villages to reach the most needy. We would roll into town, set up our stations, and get straight to seeing the line of people waiting on us.ย We had long, hard days but helping meet the needs of so many people (physically and spiritually) was a blessing that was worth every drop of sweat.

For lunch the villages would cook as sort of a ‘thank you.’ They brought their best and prepared it all morning. It was really good, even the Flat Seals liked it! Considering the chickens would walk around our clinic and then disappear, I would say its the freshest most organic chicken soup you’ll ever eat! ๐Ÿ™‚

In total, we saw 1,258 patients, filled 4,114 prescriptions, gave 159 referrals to the next group that is coming for surgical procedures and making glasses!, fitted 132 pairs of reading glasses, gave 578 bibles, 690 gospel tracts, handed out 30 suitcases of shoes and clothes, and saw 250 professions of faith! WHEW! God is so good!

The last day, the medical team got the opportunity to visit the school and received 150 sweet hugs as a reward for our service. If a heart could burst, that’s the moment it would have. Thankful for this incredible week, the memories made, the family gained, the sweet souls of Guatemala and their beautiful country, and especially for our awesome God.

WHAT A WEEK! We enjoyed a movie on our flight home, arrived safely back to Texas, ate a good ole cheeseburger and we’re already daydreaming about our next adventure..

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Be Blessed,

Tom