Sunday, March 11, 2018

Some weeks are hard

This was a hard week to get through.

Started off having to make car repairs on Sunday. Not fun, but Avery worked on it and got everything working like it should.

He went back home on Tuesday. I always feel so bad for him and/or Abigail when they travel, because there is no quick route between the two towns.

Abigail came down with a stomach virus. I took her to the doctor on Thursday. Unfortunately there wasn't anything they could do. Abigail just had to wait for it to run its course. She has stopped running a fever now and is feeling better, thankfully.

Dax and I have had to attend two funerals this week. That's a bit tough.

The most challenging part of all of it though, has been trying to keep a positive attitude.

I'm looking forward to a better week this next week.

Friday, March 9, 2018

More late stuff..........

I think somewhere along the way, I managed to never post that we got our final child out of braces in November last year.

I don't know who's happier.........her or us.

Okay, I'm sure it's her, but still.

Anyway, more stuff that I failed to share earlier. We had our first annual gingerbread house building competition. We competed in pairs and it was a lot of fun.

The winning construction:

And from above. (Ignore the headless gingerbread man. His head was used on another more ominous looking house.)

The poor winning house fell apart at least five times during the construction process. But then days later when I threw them all away, all that icing had actually cemented it all together and it didn't even chip in the trash can.

There was a two-story house in the development.

A little A-frame model with a tree out front.


This house looks pleasant enough from this view.

But if you look closely, the gingerbread man's head is at the peak on the front of the house. Although, the tenants are nice enough to try to warn would be trespassers.

 This is the house that Dax and I built. Based on the others, we played it a little too safe.


All in all, we had a lot of fun. We could spend time this year practicing our techniques, but where's the fun in actually being good at this? Ha!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Our Time in Vegas

Gotcha! Bet you didn't see this coming again so soon!

As I said in the last post, Dax and I headed off to Las Vegas for our annual continuing education. We are generally there for 11 days.

Yes, you read that correctly. 11 days in Vegas. That's a long time to be there y'all!

Anyway, we rented a car for the first couple of days because we have extra time on our hands. The year we decided to go check out Mt. Charleston. It was great up in the mountains.

This trip was far different from any of the other trips we've made. During one class a man was trimming his toenails, and in another people were taking selfies (with a selfie stick) while the speaker was giving his presentation. What?! Have we abandoned all forms of etiquette and good manners?

Dax found himself catching an elderly woman as she was passing out because she couldn't catch her breath. She clung to him until help arrived. It's so fortunate that we were there to be of help when she needed it. He also helped another woman get help after she had fallen and hurt herself. It was just crazy! I told him that the ladies were really falling for him this trip! Ha!

We met several people while there and made some new friends.

And we even managed to squeeze some learning in there!

Overall, it was a good trip. However, it takes longer for us to recover once we get back home.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A long overdue update

It has gotten to be the new routine around here that I post, apologize for having been so long in between posts, think I'm going to be better, and then don't post in forever.

So here goes................

Sorry it's been so long.

I'll try to do better.

Wyatt has finished his first semester in college. He did quite well, As and Bs. And because of that he received a substantial amount of funds from the Texas State Guard. That makes all of us quite happy. being a part of the State Guard has been a really great thing all the way around. It's been a terrific confidence builder as he learns leadership, a time for Dax and Wyatt to do things together, and has now helped fund his education.

At the end of his first semester, he decided that sports medicine was not going to be the right choice for him. He's now switched his major to History with thoughts of law school later. Truthfully, I think after growing up with three sisters and finding himself outnumbered in most disagreements, he's looking to use all those pent up arguments. What better way to do that than as an attorney? At least that's my theory.

Abigail got her braces removed at the end of November. She's the last one so we are DONE! Now that's cause for celebrating!

At the beginning of December she headed off to spend the holidays in Canada. At the same time Dax and I headed off for our annual continuing education classes in Las Vegas.

Friday, August 18, 2017

After graduation

So, there was no time wasted after graduation. Wyatt will be attending Texas State University to get a degree in athletic training. He will be living at home since the school is local. His orientation was the first week in June! They didn't give me any time at all to adjust to him graduation before I'm forced to deal with the fact that he's starting college. Come. On. People. Work with me here.......this stuff is hard.

Anyway, parents also had a two day slap of reality to attend. It was good to see, though, that the school is ready and excited for Wyatt to be attending. Look at what they did.....

Isn't that nice of them?

Addison cracked us up over it. There was a story in the news of a family in the Houston area that has quads that will also be heading off to college. One of the girls will be attending Texas State University also. Addison was telling Wyatt about it and that he needed to look her up. We asked her for more info about the girl and her response was that she had long dark hair. HA! That should make her easy to find. Only about 75% of the girls we saw on campus at orientation had long dark hair.

Abigail left at the beginning of July for an extended stay in Canada. She left with a one-way ticket, so I'm not sure when she'll be back home. At the moment, we're hoping for September.

Addison got a job at a local assisted living/memory care facility. She's working the 2nd shift, so we don't get to see much of her at all. But, so far, she seems to like it.

With Abigail gone and Addison working, the rest of us headed to the coast to relax a bit. It was much me.

Kirsten's boyfriend (Wesley) has now left for basic training in the Coast Guard. We took this picture and sent to him to let him know we were thinking of him, even while we were out having fun. We're thoughtful like that.

Ok, I'll try to be back sooner rather than later with more updates. The summer is rushing right past us.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Playing Catch Up.....Again

I know!!!

I'm behind yet again. It's amazing how quickly time passes.

The kids all got to graduate from high school. Family was able to make it to the ceremony and we were all quite proud of them.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fast Forward.......Prom

OK. I have no idea what all has happened that I'm leaving out. Maybe I can add it as I remember, but don't anyone hold your breath on that.

So this year was senior prom. After the cost and stress of the dresses, make up, nails, etc., I've told the girls that they need to just head to the court house when they decide to get married. Oh My Word is it crazy!

Abigail and Avery

Addison and Jacob

Kirsten and Wesley

Wyatt's date was running late so she missed getting to take pictures at our house before everyone headed to dinner.

Here's a group shout of our crew.

They clean up pretty good.

This year has just seemed like a whirlwind of activity. It's all gone by too fast.

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


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 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?