Saturday, April 8, 2017

It's a New Year!

I can't believe it's already 2017. I still remember all the Y2K hysteria like it was yesterday. Slow down!

We made our way to Dave and Busters again. But now Dax has found something new for his wish list.


They have larger than life Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots!!

And we celebrated the new year in typical Verleye fashion. Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows around a fire.


As you can see, the kids could barely contain their excitement.........




We were really looking forward to getting the year off to a great start, both at home and at the office. However, the powers that be had a different idea all together. Dax got the flu, and he got it good. He wasn't even able to make it into the office for the first two and a half weeks of January. Then three of the others of us passed around a stomach bug. That just starts the year off with us already being behind.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Holidays

We celebrated Thanksgiving in the usual way, good company and too much food.

As is our custom, Dax and I headed to our conference in Las Vegas the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our flight was uneventful, but our luggage suffered greatly.



That is two different pieces of luggage, too. We had to replace it while we were out there.
The check in at the hotel wasn't any better, but thankfully the rest of the trip improved from there. We had class all day, but enjoyed our evenings.

I almost forgot! Somewhere in the middle of all of this Dax and Wyatt joined the Texas State Guard. I'm so proud of my guys!


 

We got home in time for the crazy that is the holidays and year end. 


Avery came to stay with us again this year. We did our best to keep him looking festive and in the holiday spirit.

He's a good sport to indulge us this way.

OK......that's really all I can remember at this point. :0)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It was a big one.....

The kids celebrated their birthday in November.


And, it was a big one.


They turned EIGHTEEN!!!


I still don't think I've come to terms with it. I still feel like they're about 8 or 10.


Because they've been telling me that they weren't birthed, they were removed (because I had a c-section) for years, I ordered this cake for them.




I still can't believe that they're 18!!

We went and did what they like to do most on their birthday.........shopping. And had dinner. They like that, too.

And, I figured it would be my last opportunity, so I made them do this.

 
 
And I do mean MADE them do it. They weren't interest at all. But after suffering through labor for months, it's the least they could do, right?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fall Happenings

In September, Dax and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. My how the time does fly.
Even though it's an incredibly busy time at the office, we snuck away for the day and celebrated us. He was a big winner, and I was hoping for something really special for our anniversay.


And look what he got me!

We went the Texas Renaissance Festival. There's no telling what you'll see there, but we always have a good time.



Addison and Abigail decided on a theme for Halloween. 



They're pretty funny. Their Aunt 'Manda said that it figures that Addison would be the one in charge. Ha! She's not wrong.........

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

And then back to school.....

We had a great time at Disney and with the other things we did. But, as usual, it's always good to get back home.


The kids headed off for their first day of school. This is what I got when I asked them to let me take a picture.

 

Always the comedians. I can't believe it's their senior year!!! Where did the time go?

 

Homecoming came around quickly, it seemed. Kirsten and Wyatt were the only ones that chose to go.

They had a good time.

Meanwhile, this is what our house is looking more and more like.

 

Who could have imagined that a piece of ice could be so interesting?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fun at Disney

We spent a week in Florida and 5 days at Disney for our vacation. It was Kirsten's turn to choose the vacation destination, and nobody was surprised that she picked Disney.

We spent pretty much all day everyday at the parks. I think we hit them all. Although, when we were at Epcot it rained quite a bit which shut down many of the attractions.



This poor girl got so sick while we were there. She felt terrible on this day. I think the next day we went to Animal Kingdom and she felt too bad to even make it. It really sucks to be on the vacation of a life time and not be able to enjoy it.

 

Someone was very excited to get his very own Chewbacca mug at lunch.


We even had dinner with the princesses. Kirsten was so excited to get to go inside of Cinderella's castle.


But this was on the day that Abigail was so sick, so Avery went in her place. Who can blame him? He got to hang out with princesses and have a great meal.



It was really a good time. It was exhausting and seemed to fly by all at the same time.


I took this quick video on the drive home. As you can see, everyone was pretty tired.




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Too long again

I know. I know. It's been a really long time. But in my own defense, we got new phones and I had to get anything off my old phone. Then I had an update all typed in and I can't seem to get back to it. The drafted post is there, but I can't open it. Me and technology....get outta here.

The school year ended successfully. Wyatt was inducted into the National Honor Society. We are just so proud of all of our kids.

Still no new drivers. There has only been a little bit of interest with the other three, but hey, they have Addison to chauffeur them around.

Once more, my kindness was not repaid the way I wanted. Another of our cats had kittens!! That gives us a total of 11 cats around here. I've become the crazy cat lady without even trying.

Abigail went to spend most of July in Nova Scotia with her boyfriend, Avery, and his family. She really enjoyed it, but doesn't think she could live there. It was good for her to see what it might be like to live in other places. When she left there, she and Avery and his mom Jen, met us in Florida where we spent a week at Disney.

The rest of us took a few days driving to Florida.


We did a little high fashion shopping on the way.


We stopped at an alligator farm.



We also did a swamp tour in an air boat and saw a whole lot of alligators. The tour was with Swamp Fever and they were fantastic.


We finally made it to our destination and got to see Abigail again.....but we sure missed her on the way.





Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It's been so long

Oh my!! I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. It's been busy around here, that's for sure. We survived tax season, and it wasn't nearly as rough as last year. I hope there is never another one like that.

We caught these two stray cats that have been hanging out at the office.

The larger one (on the left) repaid our kindness by having three kittens. Nice, huh?

There was recognition for the soccer team and their parents at the last regular season game. Since Wyatt is a trainer I got to be escorted onto the field by him.

 
 
He also received a certificate at the year end banquet for being the Trainer of the Year.


This guy came to visit and was curled up near our back door. Don't like seeing them at all, and like it even less up close to the house.


Prom happened. They all looked great and had a good time.




One of those cats that we captured bit me. But, with a tetanus shot and a long round of antibiotics everything is all good now.


Addison got her driver's license. That whole ordeal was a nightmare. Maybe I'll post about that later. There is more that has happened and I'll be back a little more quickly to get all caught up.




Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Taking the good with the bad

Just for the record, I have been trying to post this update for a week and have had one problem after another. Fingers crossed that it works this time.



It's that time of year again. We are full on into tax season, but life still demands our attention. Sometimes it's a little overwhelming.

Addison and I recently spent the weekend on the coast. I took her to meet up with some friends to go watch a hockey game. The view from our room was quite nice.


She and Abigail also competed in the county fair's life skills division. Addison made a lot of food and Abigail entered some art work. There were blue and red ribbons received.

One of the entries that Addison made was lemon marmalade. It's pretty good stuff, and we've still got several jars.


Kirsten competed in an area art competition and received a score of 4 out of a possible 4. She was thrilled. Then they lost her artwork.....which did not thrill her. But, word is that it has been found so we're just waiting for them to let her know when she can pick it up.

Unfortunately, there's also been bad. While Addison and I were at the coast, one of our dogs got really sick and Dax had to rush her to the emergency vet. However, her kidneys were failing and he had to make the tough decision of putting her to sleep. Even when something is irreversibly wrong, and you know it's for the best, it's still a hard choice to make.

Then, less than a week later, Abigail had to make the same choice with her guinea pig. He had developed a tumor that could not be removed and that was causing more problems and it was obvious he was suffering. 

We still haven't gotten adjusted to their absences. 

We look forward to better things, and now it's time to start planning for Junior/Senior Prom.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Exciting Opportunity


Addison recently received an exciting offer, which she gladly jumped on. She'll be a regular blogger over at Hearts of Hockey.

She is beyond excited and her first post is up here. Go check it out. I'm sure she'd love it!