Friday, December 11, 2009

My daddy played Santa!

My daddy was asked to be Santa at a senior citizen center today. Some kids from local schools were coming to see the Christmas trees the seniors had decorated and sit with Santa. I took the opportunity to take my kids to see their paw paw dressed as Santa. My mom provided a couple of gifts so that Santa could hand them a present. We got there just as the bus full of kids was leaving so we had Santa all to ourselves! It was great. Marymae recognized it was paw-paw almost immediately but Benjamin didn't. They both had a great time and both got to see Santa take off the beard and hat and see that it was paw-paw dressed up. Then, we went to the mall to see the mall Santa. They liked that too. But, paw-paw made the best Santa EVER.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Don't ya just love dress up?

Gates (Sheridan's 3rd child), Harley (Bruce's 4th child) and Marymae all dress up at Grandma's house. They were "stooper" heroes.
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Don't ya just love dress up?

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Don't ya just love dress up?

She totally cracks me up with the combinations she comes up with. I love it!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Look how little they are!

I came across this picture of Allen and Marymae. This was taken right after we got her in November of 2004. Aren't they precious. They really liked each other THEN.
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Aren't they so cute?

We made these gingerbread men before Thanksgiving and I'm just now blogging about it. They came in a kit already cut out and cooked. I had to mix the icing and then I put it into baggies with the corner cut off and the kids got to squish it on and then add candy. Can you tell which one is Allen's? Marymae's? Benjamin's? Jerry's? Mine? We had a good time and we served them at Thanksgiving.;0)
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Black witch moth

My mom's neighbor (thanks, Phyllis) called us last week and told us she had a huge moth hanging out by her door. We journeyed over there to find this great specimen. We captured him in a 40 oz drink cup but had to transfer him to a square plastic container because he is so big. We promptly froze him and then pinned him. It is a black witch moth--one of the largest moths in Texas. It has a five inch wing span! It is remarkable. For those of you who are bothered by us freezing him (mom); remember, he will either end up in a bird's mouth or on someone's front bumper if we didn't. Now, we have this great guy preserved in our insect display case for people to enjoy for years to come.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Allen takes a scuba class.

Yep. He scuba-dove, scuba-dived, scubaed, learned to scuba dive in a homeschool coop recently at the Texas State Aquarium Sea Lab. That experience has spurred him on to want to get a real scuba license--that would be $165.00. I told him he could have that for Christmas, but he wants an XBox. Bummer. I think the scuba adventure would be more fun in the long run. Besides, who needs another gaming system? We have a Wii, a Playstation II, a PSP, and a Ninentendo DS. Why in the world would we want an XBox? I may have to get him what I want him to have for Christmas--the only problem; Jerry is a big kid also and wants the XBox.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

For those of you who are afraid to ask...

Yep. I'm still nursing! Yep. He's two and a half! Yep. He asks to nurse and even tells me when one is empty and he's switching to the other. I think it's hysterical and I never thought I'd ever nurse this long and think it's funny. Also, I have no intention of weening him until after the flu season and even then I'm not sure what I'll do. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm not joking when I say I'll nurse him until he's 10. No, I'm really joking. That is way too old. I think.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Brooms will stand alone during the fall equinox...

My sister called and told me a couple of weeks ago about this broom thing and I didn't really pay much attention to it when she called (no offense, Sheridan, I think I was asleep or something). Anyway, yesterday, I saw on facebook where someone posted a picture of their broom standing alone and I thought we'd try it (the phone call from my sister came back to me). Well, it's true.
During the fall equinox, the sun becomes parallel with the moon or something (you'll have to check that out for yourself because I don't exactly remember). You can stand a broom up and it will not fall. It can only happen during a few weeks in the fall of the year. It is rumored that an egg will also stand on its' end, but Allen and I couldn't get that to happen. But, we did manage the broom. The eggs were quite a mess. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We love the aquarium--that's why we're members

Although this one is not from the Aquarium, I couldn't help but include it. If one Coke is good, surely, two is better, huh?

I'm not sure what he's saying, but it is important!

Oops. You'll have to turn your head. Turtle--from the Aquarium--the kids loved him because he kept walking to them over and over again.
Marymae is all about posing!

Allen got to help train a dolphin in the underwater area. It was very cool. The dolphin could determine shapes--circle, square, triangle, etc. I was impressed.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

So I made these pies...

My mom's birthday was last Tuesday and I made two chocolate pies for her from scratch (except for the crust). Anyway, they came out really well despite my oven door breaking in the middle of it--I have two ovens, so everything was fine. When it's time to go, we load the children and the pies and head to Sheridan's house. We set the pies on the floor board under Benjamin so they wouldn't get stepped on and they didn't. He did take off his shoes and throw them on the floor before we got to my mom's house. This shoe obviously landed in this pie and I left it there for everyone to see. It was pretty funny. We ate it anyway. All the meringue stuck to the bottom of that shoe, so when we pulled it off, it left a "clean" area....Hmmmm.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Benjamin goes to the dentist for the 1st time!!

I am very religious about getting my children's teeth cleaned every six months. Benjamin turned two in April and when it was time to get our teeth cleaned yesterday, I had the dentist do his teeth too. He did swimmingly! (Good adjective, huh?) He got up in that chair like a trooper and opened his mouth and sat through the entire thing. He let the hygenist count his teeth, scrape a little, polish his teeth, floss and everything. Then, Dr. Perrin looked at his teeth and he did great and got a clean bill of dental health! (Even though he still nurses all night.):-) The picture below is of him getting his teeth flossed.

He is getting introduced to Mr. Thirsty in this one. He liked the sucker thingy--thought it was funny.

Polishing. He ate the polishing stuff.

Counting/scraping teeth with a pick and a mirror. He did great.

Him with his bib on. These were out of order. They started with the bib and then went up.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Julie and Julia

I went to go see Julie and Julia, the movie, about a month ago with friends from church (picture above is my buddies). It inspired me to buy the cookbook by Julia Childs Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Well, I decided to make one of the recipes. Oh my, it is obvious Julia didn't have children because there is NO WAY she could have made all those recipes with small children in her house. I made Beoff Bugeo9iedkfjieksa;jfdlj (whatever) and it was very good, but it was a challenge. There were so many steps and so many pans to wash. Each thing was cooked separately and then added all together at the end. I was wondering when we were eating if I couldn't just throw it all in there in the beginning and let it all cook that way. I have looked at her other recipes but haven't had the umph to try any more. Maybe I'll lend it out so as to not have wasted the money....Hmmmm.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Upon being called out...

As you know, I got called out. You know what that is right? Called out means I got told. You know what that is right? Called out means I got told which means someone made sure I understood that what I did was wrong or offensive. I've been thinking about that a lot lately because it takes some serious courage to call someone out, doesn't it? Courage and willingness to love you enough to discipline you even if you're afraid it might offend or make the person mad. I was thinking maybe we should call each other out more often. Don't you think? If we actually had the guts to call people out when we know they needed it and we did it properly (out of LOVE), I think we could actually make the world a better place. Don't you know of someone who needs to be called out? I do. So, this is my challenge, call them out. Go to them in love using scripture and encourage them to change their ways--call them out because it shows the greatest kind of love--a non-fearful, let-me-show-you-the-way kind of love that will hopefully change them for the better. We could all use a good calling out now and then, don't you think? I know I needed it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

These boots are made for walkin'....

Benjamin loves his boots. He wears them as often as he can. I tried to hide them because I got tired of them being on him all the time but yesterday he remembered he had them and asked to wear them so I let him. He wore them to the ball game last night.

He is such a silly boy. He likes to ride around in Marymae's doll stroller. He spills right out of it.

More boots...this time with his pajamas. I've never had so much fun with a kid in all my life. He's awesome.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oh Crud! Why am I such a moron?

Yep. I goofed again. I am a sinner, a helpless soul who cannot get it right. I'm thankful my God loves me so much and made people around me who love me also--even enough to come to me and correct me. You remember that post? The one entitled "Remember that Post?" Well, it was a scathing, anger filled post about the goings on at our ex-church. (It is still up but modified somewhat). First, I shouldn't have called anyone names--it's so 3rd grade of me. Second, if I want to BE the church then I have to try to be like Jesus and He wouldn't have sinned in anger. Last, I honestly felt like my blog belonged to me and that what I write is for my friends and family and that they would "get it" because they know me so well. Unfortunately, I didn't consider the gossip and the hype that would occur when word "got out" about what I wrote. Oh Crud! So, here I am, a helpless soul trying to gather the hurt back that I didn't mean to inflict on random people who read my blog. Shoot! What's a sinner to do? First, if you are one of the folks who read my blog and were hurt by it, I am sorry; please forgive me. I spoke in anger. Second, I left the post up (but revised) because the truth is the truth and Jesus spoke the truth in order to convict people who were sinners. And, finally, my blog is not intended to hurt people in any way; it is a place for me to vent and to be the honest person I am. I am not a "cookie cutter Christian" so I am not going to pretend to be perfect. I'm not even going to try to convince you that I even remotely have it together so don't think you're going to come to blog and read peace and love and joy all the time. My blog is mine. And, if you don't like something you read on MY blog, then close it down and move on. Don't keep reading just so you can disagree and go talk about it to someone. And, you know me, if you have a problem with something I've said, pick up the phone and give me a call (as outlined in the Bible), I'll be more than happy to talk to you about it. There, now, I've said all I feel like I need to say. So, in the words of Forest Gump, "That's all I've got to say about that."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Concan 2009

On our annual trip to Concan this year, I turned 40. To celebrate my 40th, I went off a rope swing! Woohoo! It took me about 20 minutes to get up the nerve but I eventually went off and was really glad I did.
My brother, Brandon and his wife Stephanie, bring all of the kid's birthday presents to Concan every year. Benjamin got this submarine and he loved it. He still says, "Uncle Brandon gave me this."
Marymae and her twin cousin, Austin. They both have white hair and the same personality. Can you tell?

Big group of kids!

Benjamin goes for a ride of Daddy's shoulders.

Concan 2009

We go to Concan every year with my family. There is a group of about 60 or so that go. We stay at Neal's Lodges in Concan and spend the days on the river. The kids love it! I do too. This year, I wanted the kids to bring me heart shaped rocks and I bribed them with ice cream if they did. Here is our ice cream stop one night at the Neal's store. We went every night we were there. I got a lot of heart shaped rocks and I was broke by the time we got home!
Harley, Marymae and Henley

I turned 40 the first day we were there. This year, we did Concan a little different. We met Jerry's family up there on Sunday and stayed at Frio Acres with them and then on Wednesday, we went to Neal's. So, Jerry and I and kids spent a full week on the Frio.

Benjamin and Marymae enjoy a Diet Rite on the steps to the river.

Benjamin liked my birthday hat!