Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When the cat's away.....

Tax season is over, but we're so busy that there's little time to relax. But, I knew I HAD to post something new when even my own children started telling me it had been too long since I had updated the blog.

Between late nights at the office and soccer practice which runs until late in the evenings, the 'cats' have been away quite a lot lately, which leaves the mice plenty of time to play.

This is what they were doing when I got home the other night.....


I just never know what I'll find when I get home. That's why we're so thankful that they're good kids!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Just stopping and taking a deep breath

It's been a busy last couple of weeks. The past week has been crazy busy and emotionally draining. Some days it seems like I need to be in fifteen different places all at the same time. But, I guess that's the life of parent, right?

Addison was in another pageant at the end of February. She was supposed to play in a soccer game in a town several hours away, but that got cancelled. She would have hated to just stay home and let us take it easy for a change, so she went ahead and registered for a pageant.

I guess that was a good thing since she won!

With this win, she will once again be doing a year of service and volunteering. Can't complain about that.

Kirsten is in show choir and was busy with that during the week too. They will be participating in a festival the first weekend in April so she had practice during the week. The group also did a two-day 'camp' for elementary age school children where they taught them a few numbers which they later performed in a show for their parents. She loved it! She enjoys the choir and she really likes working with the younger children.

When I was dropping her off for the camp, Wyatt and Addison were doing this:

(lunch money shake down.....or two smart alecs)
They're such rule breakers!
In other news, my Dad had surgery last week to remove a cancerous prostate. We had planned to be there for the operation, but the weather caused the highway that we would be traveling one to be closed. However, there were some complications and he had to go back into the hospital (where he still is) so three of the kids and I went late Saturday and came back home late last night.
Dax's Mom has a surgery scheduled for later this week, so he'll be heading to Houston to be there with her.
The concern for those we love coupled with the busy-ness of daily life is enough to be exhausting. But then add to that some emotional hurts inflicted by family members that are selfish and uncaring, and it just made for an overwhelming week. I guess the time has come to put some people behind us and move forward. There can only be better things in our future when we let go of those that hold us back and drag us down.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Busy, busy, busy

It's just crazy that it seems like we're always so busy, but I doubt we're busy doing anything that people are interested in reading about here.

The kids are so busy with high school. They've spent the last couple of weeks in small groups writing plays for their English classes and there are plenty of other projects being worked on (all the time) it seems.

Addison was in another pageant last weekend. She won the title of Queen for her age division. But, I think she was most excited for winning the photo contest for 'Daddy & Me'.  She got a cute crown for that too.

Here's her entry.
(They don't look much alike, do they? Ha!)
Props to Abigail for her mad photography skills. She went to the pageant with us and was also thrilled that the picture she took was the winner.
Soccer practice continues. The first game is next weekend. Kind of looking forward to watching Addison out there playing again.
Kirsten has been busy painting a pair of sneakers. It's hard to see, but she zentangled them with a white paint pen. They turned out really cute and she spent hours doing it.
Besides her award winning photography, Abigail has also spent some time in the kitchen. She made some trail mix to take to school with her the other day.
I don't know what trail she's going to use that on. Did you notice that there isn't a single thing in there that's healthy? She didn't even bother to throw in one lonely peanut!
Wyatt has been busy mastering his gaming skills in his free time. Go figure! A teenage boy that likes to play video games. Who would have guessed that?
It's tax time so things have picked up at the office and that keeps Dax and I VERY busy.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Been awhile......

It's been awhile since I've sat through a soccer practice for Addison.

Her knee wasn't well enough in time for her to make the soccer team at school so she's decided to play on a select team for the spring. I think she really enjoyed being out there playing again. I guess we'll see where the season takes us.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Out and about

We started the Christmas Break from school with kids taking turns being sick. So, by the time they were all feeling better and Christmas Day with all of its chaos had passed, they were all suffering from cabin fever and ready to get out of the house for a bit.

We went to the mall so that they could spend some of the Christmas money that they received. While we were at the mall we saw a new film star and Abigail was lucky enough to take her picture with him!

Okay, okay.....yes, it's actually just a big stuffed Olaf from Disney's Frozen.

A day at the mall wore us all out, but the next night we went out for pizza. We decided on a BIG pizza.

The size of that pizza is not some trick of photography. That sucker is a 42 inch pizza!!

Here's Dax taking a bite out of a slice.

We went to a place in San Antonio called Big Lou's Pizza. We had a lot of fun and it's good pizza to boot!

Now that the break is over, it's good to get back into our routine. Don't get me wrong, I love having the time with the kids at home and the days away from the office, but it gets hard to remember what day it is and what needs to be done.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christmas Flashback

We were looking at old pictures and video over the Christmas season and happened across this video. We had forgotten about it, but it's one of our favorites.

These kids are so funny......then and now!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Very Merry Christmas!

I hope that you all had a great Christmas season! We've been crazy busy, but it's all been a good kind of busy.

We started off our Christmas time off with Addison volunteering again at the Ronald McDonald house in Austin. This time we were making stew for lunch. This is part of the charity work that comes with one of the pageant organizations that she participates in. I think it's a great thing that they require something so good from these girls. Unfortunately, it's usually the same handful of girls that show up for the charity work.

I did lots of cookie baking for the boxes of cookies that we deliver to our monthly clients. As usual, we ended up with a lot of leftover cookies so we've all gained weight and are also sick of cookies, but I'm sure we'll get over that!

We had a wonderful Christmas spent with family with lots of thoughtful gifts, food, and laughter.

I hope your Christmas was merry as well.

Monday, December 16, 2013


I  can't believe how quickly time passes. Or how busy we are, but I feel like we weren't really doing anything interesting.

Anyway, I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that my babies turned 15 last month. That's just crazy!! It seems like just yesterday that I was finally coming to terms with the fact that we had four babies at once. Now they're practically grown.

We celebrated their birthday in the morning before school. We had to do it that way because Kirsten had asked for concert tickets to see Hunter Hayes. The concert was in Dallas on Friday night, so right after school on Thursday I took her to meet her Poppy (he met us half way) to go back home with him. Her Aunt 'Manda took her to the concert and they had a fun 'girls' day out.


They had a good day for the most part. They were all upset that they had to go to school on their birthday because they've never had to before, but they survived it.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's show time!

Kirsten is in show choir (think Glee) this year. They preformed at the Veteran's Day program on Monday and are scheduled to preform at the pep rally tomorrow morning. But, as luck would have it, Kirsten got sick last weekend. By Sunday night she had all but lost her voice. She still sounds terrible and doesn't have much voice at all. But the show must go on so she's just mouthing the words.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

An interesting idea

I was contacted by someone from Kairos Life about their website. It's basically like a digital time capsule online. You store your digital images and memories with them and they deliver them to the designated person on the designated date. It sounds like a really interesting concept.

Anyway, they contacted me because they are going to be testing the process soon and are looking for people to sign up (at no charge) to help them beta test.

Here is what they have to say about their site:

 "KairosLife.com is a place for families to save digital memories and heirlooms for kids and loved ones. Then digitally deliver those keepsakes to them at a predetermined date in the future, kind of like a digital time capsule or gift.
Our founder recently lost a close friend who passed suddenly without warning and was again reminded of how quickly life can be taken away, at any age.
He woke up one night with the idea of this site.  He is a father of three and was thinking about the memories we want to keep forever - and how could they be stored, kept for the future, and delivered at just the right moment to have the greatest impact.
How does it work?
  1. Upload photos, videos or letters from your PC or mobile device to a “KairosMoment” which is the album or capsule that will be delivered to your loved one on a future date.
  2. Tag your loved ones to that KairosMoment and set a reveal date when it will be delivered.
  3. As the reveal date approaches, if desired, other family members and friends can share their thoughts on that KairosMoment to add to the memories for that loved one.
  4. Then on the reveal date, the loved one will get an email notifying them of a KairosMoment that has been unlocked.
We are still polishing up the site and are giving complimentary memberships to people who can help us. Just visit www.KairosLife.com and enter your email address.
 If you think it sounds interesting and you would like to help, click on over and give them your email address.