Pioneer Day 2010

July 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm (Family, Texas)

Ah… the annual tribute to my pioneer heritage … snow cones, kettle corn and breakfast tacos! Now I don’t actually have any pioneer heritage, unless you count my Delta flight from Halifax to Salt Lake City, but the kids still like to go ride the ponies. (Actually, I like to take pictures of them riding ponies, they couldn’t care less; all they want is coton candy!) This year we got there first thing and we only stayed an hour thereby avoiding the insane heat that was last year’s experience. Perhaps I would have more fondness for this event if I was from Utah … or if they held it in November, but as things go it’s not a bad way to spend an hour on a Saturday.

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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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Our Week-end in Red Stick

April 6, 2010 at 9:23 am (Family, Road Trips, Texas)

Alright, so I know no-one actually calls it Red Stick, but I needed a title! We decided to head over to Baton Rouge for Easter week-end. I’m so glad our kids are good travelers, because 500 miles in a week-end could be daunting for some families!

We are very safety conscious in our family!

Cousin Emily hunting for eggs

We had a great visit with Doug’s grandparents and his brother Scott (along with his adorable family). We ate at the Country Club, went to the Farmer’s Market, the state capitol, and a little restaurant so Doug could satisfy his sausage po’ boy craving! There was also Easter egg dyeing, the hunt and a trip to the pool. I don’t know that we could have fit more into the time we had in Baton Rouge.

Strawberries from the farmer's market

How's this for cute?!

We also proved an urban legend along the way. In case you’re wondering, there is no actual mile marker for mile 666 on I-10. There is a marker that is yellow and black, but there are no numbers. I don’t know how many states even have a mile 666, but now you know, the highway department is a little superstitious!

At the state capitol

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Saturday at the Park

April 1, 2010 at 4:20 am (Family, Texas)

Saturday afternoon was about as perfect as perfect gets here. We decided to make the most of the day and headed out to Guadalupe River State Park. I had een there once before, but this was our first trip together as a family. We probably should have packed swimsuits or at least a change of clothes, but when you’re as spontaneous as us, there are no swimsuits in the van! Perhaps we should plan on spontaneity and just keep swimsuits with us at all times!

The boys loved the river. They would have stayed there and skipped rocks all day, but Doug and I wanted to walk a little bit of the trail. There was an assignment from the photography class about seeing something local, and I thought this fit the bill. Unfortunately, the boys weren’t up for hiking the way they were up for splashing in the river!

Once again I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I really love this place!

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What is wrong with this picture?

October 16, 2007 at 4:54 pm (Texas)



Ah, Fall … the crisp Autumn air, the beautiful leaves, the sandals and flip flops? This isn’t right! I love Texas. It’s great … really, but come on! I took the boys to a pumpkin patch yesterday, and by the time we left they were completely covered in sweat. That’s not how Autumn is supposed to be. I grew up wearing snow pants under my Halloween costumes! This year my kids could dress up as Tarzan! It’s just not right. I need changing seasons. I don’t even know if there is such a thing a soup weather here. I could serve Summer salads all year long! Some of the gardening catalogs suggest plants that bloom red and orange in the Fall so that you can try and fool yourself into thinking the leaves are changing color. This is kind of depressing. Some people get sad in the winter, well I get sad if there is no winter! Curse Al Gore and his Inconvenient Truth! (p.s. Who gets the Peace Prize for a documentary?)

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Who is John Galt?

September 16, 2007 at 11:38 pm (Random Thoughts, Texas)

After 1069 pages and two months of reading, I have to say that I don’t know if I really care who John Galt is, but at least now I know! If anyone else has read this, could you please comment on if you were as annoyed as I was that Eddie Willers was left behind? Hopefully I haven’t ruined anything for anyone who’s now in the middle of Atlas Shrugged!

Atlas Shrugged

Now, for the weekily re-cap:

  • Thanks for everyone’s concern concerning the bathroom situation. All is well with the plumbing. All of our bathrooms our now fully functional!
  • Word of advice: if anyone is in need of a passport for upcoming international travel, do not go to the only post office in the region that processes applications on Saturdays … on a Saturday. I spent 4 1/2 hours in a line yesterday with a 3 year old, 20 month old, 7 week old and a 36 year old. Not a pleasant way to spend the day! Of course, we fared better than the lady in front of us who waited, and didn’t realize she needed a birth certificate!

  • Note to self: how many times do you have to get lost in this city? Buy a map!

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