Football 2010

November 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm (Family, Fun Stuff)

Samuel and Coach Matt

Samuel played flag football this Fall. His previous encounter with team sports was Soccer in the Spring of ’07. I wasn’t really holding out high hopes, but a friend of ours was coaching, and this seemed like as good a time as any. I’ll be clear here, I’m not expecting Samuel’s University scholarship money to come from football. I’m thinking that my firstborn is more of a mathlete! He did love playing though. Samuel’s team only won one game this season, but he had so much fun every single week, and I attribute that to his coach. I got to see a lot of different coaching styles at all of the games we attended, and Samuel’s coach was amazing at including everyone and letting everyone try different positions.

I think the best thing to come out of this experience is that Samuel now understands the game. Now he can watch his Tigers with his dad, and get it a bit better. I don’t know if I’m a parent who is going to encourage a ton of sporting activities (let’s be honest, it’s more work for me!), but this was definitely a wonderful experience.

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Halloween 2010

November 8, 2010 at 10:01 am (Family, Fun Stuff, Road Trips)

We were in Crestview for Halloween, but I thought there was already an overload of pictures on that post, so here is my separate post dedicated to Halloween, which is odd because we didn’t even trick-or-treat this year!

I have been planning the kids’ costumes for almost a year. Let me rephrase that, I had been thinking about the kids costumes for almost a year. Everyone is loving Mario, and I thought that would be an excellent theme. William could be Mario, Samuel could be Luigi, Ben could be the yellow mushroom head thing, and Afton was going to be Princess Peach. I thought these would be super easy to put together myself. Some overalls,some hats, a church dress for Afton, how hard could it be? I know I could have bought the costumes, but they look cheap and are actually pretty pricey. So, after thinking about the costumes for almost a year, I headed out to Goodwill in search of overalls … the week before Halloween! I had no luck, and also no costumes! I also had to figure in that Samuel no longer wanted to be Luigi, he thought Bowser would be a better costume. Plus, we were also getting ready for our trip. Apparently even if you are thinking about a costume for a year, you are still able to procrastinate the actual construction of said costume!

A couple of weeks before Halloween, Samuel’s class was studying ancient Egypt, and so there was a lot of talk about mummies. I know it’s not the most original costume, but I was very happy. I spent $21 on long underwear, which the boys have been wearing for pajamas. I had a ton of muslin in my fabric collection and I had lots of Halloween make up that I bought on clearance last year.

Since Halloween was on a Sunday this year, I knew that we wouldn’t be trick-or-treating, but because of our trip we were also missing the ward trunk-or-treat. Originally we were planning on a trip to Disney, but when the shuttle got delayed, so did all of the Disney plans. Luckily, the town of Crestview has a Fall Festival, and we were able to dress up for that. There was also candy for the kids, but not too much! It was a great little bit of Halloween fun.

How's that for an extra cute nephew?!

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The Best Laid Plans

November 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm (Family, Fun Stuff, Road Trips)

Doug has been wanting to see a shuttle launch since they announced the retirement of the shuttle program. Originally there was a launch scheduled for September 15th. That launch got postponed in August, and so we started planning for the November 1st launch. The launch was set for a Monday and we were leaving on Thursday. We were heading to the panhandle to visit with the Crestview Roberts for the weekend. We were all going o head down to Orlando on Sunday night, do a little Disney visit on Monday morning and then head to Cape Canaveral on Monday afternoon. We would then head back  to Crestview on Monday night and head for home on Tuesday morning. This allowed us to miss only 3 days of Samuel’s school. This is important because at 4 days the school can file a misdemeanor complaint against the parents for truancy.

So, we left Thursday morning at 10:00, which was only a half an hour behind schedule. The GPS said that we should arrive in Crestview at 10:30 pm. This was obviously very optimistic and didn’t include any stops for gas or bathroom breaks. We did pack a cooler of lunches so that we wouldn’t have to make extra stops for fast food. We had sandwiches at a rest stop, which only cost us twenty minutes. We ran into some traffic in Houston because of an accident, but that was the only snag. We made excellent time to Baton Rouge where we ate with Doug’s grandparents. I made a quick trip to Walmart, because we weren’t going to make it very far without the diapers! Then it was on to Crestview. I think with the Baton Rouge stop we ended up in Crestview at about 1:30. Mike and Ingrid were up waiting for us, and Ingrid served us ice cream on a tray (she’s very much the Italian hostess in that way!).

On Friday morning we found out the launch had been delayed by a day. We were still planning on staying because we had scheduled in one day of cushion, but Ingrid and the kids weren’t going to be able to come because of school commitments. At this point though we were still all planning on Disney on Monday morning.

On Friday the cousins all played and then we went to the Air Force Armament museum. This was a lot like the Air Museum that we went to in Shearwater last year, but they had way more planes outside. The kids loved it, and we were having a great time with Mike and Ingrid. After the museum we had a little Wendy’s picnic at a park while Ingrid went to a Symphony rehearsal. We took the kids home, and a sitter came so that we could meet Ingrid for a late dinner in Destin. THe boys were super excited that their cousins get to watch movies at night, which meant that they could stay up past their normal bed time.

We ate at what I think is Emeril’s favorite restaurant in Destin. There was live music and snails, plus some very yummy dessert. We then went home and fell asleep watching the Mentalist!

On Saturday there was tie dyeing, Halloween carnivals, a performance of Madama Butterfly, and a late dinner at Applebees. I don’t know how we stayed awake, because it felt like non-stop action! On Saturday we also found out that they delayed the shuttle until Wednesday, so we decided not to make the trip to Orlando. We decided to start the trip home on Sunday night.

Sunday we had church and then Ingrid threw a fancy party for Samuel’s birthday since we kind of ignored it! There was hula- hooping, parachute marshmallows, eyeball spaghetti, cake and ice cream. Then there was a second feat of roast! We got packed and left their house a little after 9:00, which meant that we didn’t get in to Baton Rouge until after 2:00am. Everyone crashed hard! We had a great visit with grandma and grand-dad on Monday morning, and then we headed home. Except for the rain the drive was smooth. So far we haven’t need a dvd player. The kids are great in the car.

We even made it home in time to watch Dancing with the Stars … if only we hadn’t canceled the cable!

Thanks Ingrid and Mike! Hopefully we didn’t wear out our welcome too much, because we might be coming back in February!!

p.s. Just so I don’t forget, there was chess and a panini press and probably a million other wonderful things that Mike and Ingrid did for us.

pps The shuttle got rescheduled again!

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Back to Raising My Own Children

October 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm (Family, Fun Stuff)

My Dad and stepmom were in town last week and it was utter bliss … well for me anyway! I’m pretty sure it doesn’t count as a vacation for Bill and Ellen! My dad had a long list of things he wanted to do while he was here, which included:

  • 5 Guys Hamburgers
  • Lunch with Samuel at School
  • 2 meals at Popeye’s
  • Sonic
  • Birthday Shopping for the kids
  • Combined birthday party
  • Date night for Doug and Sarah (!)
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Movie Night with the boys
  • Steak Dinner
  • Chuck E. Cheese


If you know my dad at all, it’s not surprising that most of this list is food related! I’m happy to say we got the entire list done plus a lot of extras! My dad got up and made Samuel’s lunch and took him to the bus stop every morning. He also picked him up every afternoon. There were football games and practises, plus he changed almost all the diapers and did almost all the laundry. I cannot express how unexcited Doug and I were to get our kids ready for church on Sunday. I don’t know why my dad doesn’t want to live closer so that my kids can enjoy this bonding all the time!!

Thanks Dad and Ellen for an awesome week!

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Girls’ Week-end 2010

August 31, 2010 at 9:51 am (Family, Fun Stuff)

The whole group the night before the cruise.

Before my sister left for BYU we decided to have a fun girls’ week-end. There were a lot of hours spent deciding where to go and how to get there, but in the end we decided on a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. Hello relaxation! You’re probably asking yourself why I needed relaxation time after my trip with Doug, but I actually considered this a charitable thing. Everyone else needed relaxing! My life is relaxation all the time; I was just going along to show them how it’s done!!

That's right, we're famous for this!

Attending this adventure were me, Christina, Jessica, my sister-in-law Julie, my Mom, and my step-mom. It was quite the group. I don’t want to go around tooting my own horn, but we were recognized all over the ship for our mad karaoke skills (Christina and I were back-up dancers!). There was snorkeling, touring, shopping, much eating and dancing, and so much laughing. It was a great week-end. I was always jealous of those girls who could go off for week-end trips with their girls, and now I know I was right to be jealous!!

Did I mention there was rock climbing?

I could not have done this trip without Doug being so happy to let me go, and also my friend Diane who watched all the kids so that Doug wouldn’t have to take any time off work. There was even a day where the AC broke. They were troopers! So, I highly recommend girls’ week-ends. Feel free to invite me along if you need a relaxation coordinator!

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A Summer With Aunt Jessica

August 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm (Family, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized)

I know you’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been, and I want to tell you! I have lots of things to post (actually, I probably only have about three things to post), and I’m starting with my little sister’s month-long visit. We were very fortunate to have my little sister, Jessica come nanny for us this Summer before she headed off to her freshman year at BYU.

The boys had so much fun with Jessica every day. She played Mario with them and helped them build their train tracks. Probably the biggest help to me were the daily visits to the pool. The boys got so much stronger this year, and that was because we went to the pool every day that we could. I could only go to the pool so much because I had someone to help me watch the kids.She was a huge help to me, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she won’t have a better job next Summer. She’s been gone less than a week, but the house feels much emptier!

Thanks Jessica! We all miss you here.

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Celebrating the 4th of July

July 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm (Family, Fun Stuff, Texas, Uncategorized)

Since the 4th fell on a Sunday this year we got to celebrate all week-end long, finishing at a neighbor’s pool party on Monday.

We were determined not to spend another Saturday sitting around the house so we looked to find out what was going on around town. The only problem was the non-stop rain we had been receiving all week. The weather led to the cancellation of the church breakfast, so we had to improvise. We found a fourth of July festival in Schertz. You know it’s a great day at the fair when everyone is crying in the mini van!!

We did a few rides, got a snow cone and bought some kettle corn to take home. We thought about getting lunch, but we’d had our fill of Schertz by this point so we went for some wings.

On Sunday we had church, and one of the funnest things for me was listening to Samuel sing along to “America the Beautiful.”  Sunday night we went to the mall parking lot to watch the fireworks from Six Flags. Thanks to Dixie and Alex we had a great spot. They got there nice and early, and my boys had their first experience sitting on top of a mini-van! (This required a few phone calls to Doug, who was home with the younger two, two make sure everything was safe!) This was a great show. The only problem was the half an hour it took to get out of the parking lot!

On Monday we made an early morning visit to Mr. Cheese, and then  a friend had a pool party in the afternoon. Is it just me, or are those things sometimes more stressful than fun? Watching 4 kids with varying degrees of swim ability is a little scary for me.

All in all, we had a nice holiday week-end. More often than not we’ve been out of the country for the 4th of July, so it was nice to just kick back and relax this year.

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How I’m keeping track of my Summer Vacation (Thanks to Sharleen!)

July 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm (Crafty Stuff, Family, Fun Stuff)

I have been trying to think of ways to keep the boys entertained, and I thought a big to do list might help them keep track of stuff they wanted to do this Summer. We spent one FHE writing down everything that everyone wanted to do. I put it all in a little notebook, but that didn’t really help the boys. Them one day I came upon this lovely idea and tutorial.

I’m not much of a Photoshop expert, but my sister-in-law Sharleen works wonders with the PSE. I sent her a quick e-mail with a link, and look what she created for me:

Don’t you wish Sharleen was your sister-in-law? She sent me files that were formatted to a 12″ x 18″ size,  and  they were all ready for me to upload to Costco.  I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an 11 3/4″ x 36″ (?) frame … at 50% off and then I wrote everything write on the glass with a dry erase marker. I’m pretty much in love with this project!! I’m planning on calling Sharleen again for my Articles of Faith project!

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Afton turns 1!

May 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm (Family, Fun Stuff, It's a Girl, Uncategorized)

Someone isn't in love with her crown!

Last Saturday was Afton’s 1st birthday. I don’t know quite where the year has gone, but it’s definitely gone. Normally I’m not a big fan of birthday parties for 1 year olds, but we were doing cupcake week over at the other blog so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone! It ended up being the perfect amount of fun for the kids, and there were just enough cupcakes to go around! Afton has been an amazing joy to have in our home. The boys all love her to pieces, and she pretty much has her daddy wrapped around her little finger!

Enjoying the chocolate cupcakes!

Just one of the many flavors of cupcakes!

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Doug’s Big Day!

May 28, 2010 at 6:59 am (Doug Stuff, Food, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized)

I don’t know what it is about my husband; he’s not the most social of people, yet every year he wants to throw a big party for his birthday. One year we did fajitas and another year we did Turkey Legs. Last year we did something small at home because Doug was still using the cane, but this year we made up for it!

Back in August we watched a Man Vs. Food episode from San Antonio. This involved a 6lb cinnamon roll, and a 30 lb pizza! That’s right, a 30lb pizza! Obviously you know where I’m going with this! We got 8 people together and headed over to Big Lou’s for 42″ of dough,  meat, and a few veggies! We also had breadsticks just in case we were worried about not getting enough carbs! We definitely could have used two more people to finish off the pizza in the restaurant. It’s hard to imagine that a pizza that takes an hour to cook is going to taste good, but it really was yummy … once you got over the massive size! I don’t know if 42″ pizza is something that I could ever do again, but it was definitely a fun night!

I think everyone should do a little research into what the Food Network says  is fun to do in their town! I check them out a lot when we’re about to make a road trip so that we don’t just end up stopping at McDonald’s when we’re ready to eat!

I will say though, that I didn’t understand the restaurant’s bathroom situation. There were two toilets in one room. There was one door to the hallway, but no doors inside the bathroom. I’m pretty sure you were supposed to lock the door. I don’t care if there were people waiting when I got out!

What was left!

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