Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thank goodness that's over

It was a long and very stressful tax season this year. I'm still not sure we've recovered.....possibly because there is still so much work to be done.

Some of what has happened in our lives:

Two of our dogs got into a fight. It was awful. They both had lots of wounds but one of them has to be in the hospital for a few days. She had a wound that had to be made even bigger because of the tissue damage which left a gaping hole on her neck.  It took a long time to get to the point where it finally started to heal. But once it did, it healed very quickly. Unfortunately, the vet told us that we will have to keep those dogs separated from now on.

In late March, my Aunt and Uncle were killed in a car wreck. It's always a shock to lose someone so suddenly, but to lose them both still seems unreal. It was good to see everyone at the funeral. I just wish it had been for a better reason. We have to make a better effort to see each other and to make sure everyone knows how much we care. It seems that we all get too busy with 'life' and all too often things get put aside when they're too important to do so.

After all the stress, it was all the better to have all of our family with us for Easter. And to take a little time to do this.






It's sometimes hard to understand why life works the way it does, but maybe it's not for us to figure out. Overall, it's all good.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When girls get bored...

You never know what you might find when girls, who are super fans of hockey, get bored. Dax and I came home the other night to find these all around the house.


That was on the front of the dishwasher.

This was at the light switch.


In the spice cabinet.


On the shower door,


And many other places in the house. 

These kids are too funny and we never know what they're going to come up next. Being their parents is such a blessing!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fun weekend



It's busy season at the office so we don't usually get much time away from the office. But, we had some friends come to see us for the weekend and it was a nice break.

The weather was gorgeous so we spent a day at the zoo. It was nice to be outside on such a beautiful day.



Addison had a sweet ride since we didn't want her walking on her hurt knee all day.

After we had seen all the sights at the zoo (and it wasn't just the animals that were sights to be seen), we headed to dinner.

We decided to treat them to something different so headed to Big Lou's Pizza for the 42 inch pizza. 




They were surprised at how big that really is. We just stuck with the 'everything's bigger in Texas' line.

The weather wasn't as cooperative the next day so we spent it at the house just catching up. We had a great time and really should do it more often.

In other news, Addison has been to the doctor and he released her to get back to playing soccer. Now if only the trainer at the school will do the same thing. It's okay though, he's just trying to keep her safe and I can't complain about that.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The days of our lives

Schedules continue to be busy. Obviously very busy since it takes so long for me to update this blog. Even as I type this, I am sitting in the bleachers waiting for a soccer game to start. Gotta grab the chances when I have them!!

Kirsten was in an art competition last weekend. She scored four points out of four possible. She was very excited about it and we're quite proud of her. She was not selected to advance to State, but she did great, especially for a first time.

Abigail continues with hockey classes. As she advances it gets more difficult. At the moment she and Kirsten are both sick so Abigail had to miss practice last weekend. 


Wyatt is struggling to decide whether to play goalie or not. I'm not sure if he really wants to be goalie or if he just knows he looks cool in the gear! 



Addison is on the bench for soccer right now.



We thought it was a very minor injury, but the trainer told her today that she needs to see the doctor. He says it shouldn't still be swollen at this point.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Off to a busy start.........

Our year is off to a busy start.....as we've come to expect.


This year we let the kids toast with actual champagne.

It was NOT a hit. lol

(Addison may have enjoyed it a little too much)

The kids went back to school and back to new schedules. Classes that they were signed up for weren't available anymore, changes for sports, and whatever else came along. It seems that circumstances are always forcing them to learn to deal with new (sometimes crazy) situations. But that's not always a bad thing.

Addison is playing soccer on the high school team so we've been seeing a lot of this....



They played in a tournament and finished in second place.



Abigail has been working on playing hockey. It's a long road to get there, but she's been dedicated.


She's about 5'3" and weighs about 80 pounds. I don't know if she's going to scare anyone out on the ice, but we'll see. Wyatt has also decided to give hockey another try, but he's thinking goalie this time. We'll see where that goes.

Kirsten is staying busy with all of her activities. She has Show Choir practice a couple of days each week and Business Professionals of America meetings once a week.

Last week Abigail and Addison both entered items in the County Fair. Abigail entered a photograph (she won a white ribbon) and a painting (blue ribbon). Addison entered some bar cookies and regular cookies and got blue ribbons with both. I think they were pleased with how they did.

Today I've been busy filling out paperwork so that they can start Early Start College classes in the fall. WHAT?! This all happens so much more quickly than you can even imagine.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

While in Vegas....

Tried posting this earlier, but it never made it. So... here it is....

While we were in Las Vegas, Dax and I did take a little time away from the accounting excitement to do some other things too.

We spent some time at Red Rock Canyon. It's always so hard to believe that it's as close to Vegas as it is. It seems like worlds away.







This was the view from one of our rooms. (We had to change rooms a couple of times.) 


 

I also saw this!


That's a wonderful idea!! They should have these everywhere!!

One completely awesome thing that wee were lucky enough to be present for was a welcoming home to wounded warriors. It was so touching to be there. I just wanted to tell them all that I'm sorry that we asked that much of them.

 

And just before leaving, we also saw Santa. 

 

I hope he hit it big!

But we were exhausted when we got home. And there is too much to do to get much rest for awhile. I'm just so grateful to my parents for coming to stay with the kids so that we can even get away to do it.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year


I hope everyone has started their new year off in a good way. In my own family, we have lost a very kind and loving lady, and for those saying their last goodbyes, it's a tough way to start the year.

2014 was a mostly good year in our house. We all have things that are less than perfect, but life is good.

There were pageants....


Rodeos.....


Banquets....


Roasted hot dogs....


Insane amounts of hockey fandom....


Being there for a very special wedding....


Birthday celebrations.....



Volunteering.....



And overall fun and general silliness....






Here's looking forward to a great 2015, and wishing the same to all of you!

Friday, December 26, 2014

A great holiday

I hope everyone had a great holiday. We had a house filled with family and it was wonderful. There were lots of laughs, food, and gifts. We are definitely blessed.


Earlier in the week we went to the Trail of Lights which is a fun part of our Christmas traditions. Local groups and small businesses put together their own little booths of decorations which include lots of lights and cute photo props.



Then on Tuesday we spent a couple of hours at the DMV. I swear it takes more paperwork to apply for a driving permit than it takes to buy a house! It was crazy. But, Addison and Wyatt felt like they were ready, so they went and took their tests and now we have two drivers with learning permits. Kirsten and Abigail are going to go on Monday. Dax and I are still a little in shock with how quickly it seems like this has all happened. It's looking like our new year will be bringing even more changes as our babies continue to grow up. How do we keep that from happening? lol


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thanksgiving

Wow! I never got around to posting about Thanksgiving.  Dax and I leave the day after and are gone for 10 days getting in a big chunk of continuing education hours. As you can imagine, it's crazy at the office when we get back. And this time of the year is always full of activities anyway.

So, we were short a few people this year for Thanksgiving. Dax's parents had an emergency come up in the extended family so couldn't be here with us. Their absence was definitely noticed. Thankfully things there are better now.

Kirsten and Grandma made these cute little turkeys.


I didn't manage to get it in the picture, but ine if those little turkeys has his head on upside down. Poor thing.....then we ate him.

After she did such a good job on the turkey's, we put Kirsten in charge of hors de vours.


She's really just slicing Little Debbie snacks. I guess we'll give her an 'E' for effort. 

I did make these crackers this year. I like to try something new each year.


They taste delicious and are super easy to make. It's a Ritz cracker wrapped in bacon with a little brown sugar on top. Then you put them in a 250 degree oven and bake them for (here's the kicker) 2 HOURS. But, trust me, they're worth it!!

All in all, we enjoyed ourselves. We ate too much, but the food and the company were good.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Sweet 16

The kids turned 16!! How in the world did that happen? Times goes by so fast, but it's been a blast this far. We're so fortunate!

The day started with balloons. Lots and lots of balloons.

Before:



During:


And after:

Now that was a lot of balloons! Dax and I used little hand held pumps to blow them all up, but our fingers were sore for days afterwards from tieing all those knots.

We let the kids skip school that day so we could spend it having fun. We took them to do a little shopping, then to a favorite Chinese food buffet.


Then we followed that up with a hockey game to see the Texas Stars play. It was great. Our seats were close to where the players came out of the locker rooms so the kids got to give them high fives. They loved it!!


It was teddy bear day, so after the first goal by the home team everyone throws stuffed animals out into the ice. They are gathered up to be donated to charities for children. They collected over 3,000 animals!! Awesome!


Then they had the kids names on the jumbo-tron announcing their birthday. They thought that was pretty cool too.


All in all it was a great day.