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 wa 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 exise 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....



Roasted hot dogs....

Insane amounts of hockey fandom....

Being there for a very special wedding....

Birthday celebrations.....


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


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.



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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Not my fault....

I know it's been forever, but this time it's actually not my fault. lol My computer contracted a couple of really nasty viruses. There were two different ones that are new that each did a lot of damage in completely different ways. We tried for a couple of days to make repairs to no avail. Then we took it to the computer doctor and after he spent a week trying to save it, we had to concede defeat and wipe the hard drive clean and start from square one. Not only did we have to reload all of the programs for work, we had to go back and retrieve (thank goodness we had carbonite) all of the files and pictures that were specific to my computer. At this point we've spent roughly three weeks trying to get things back to regular working order again, and I'm still finding little things here and there that we missed. It's just crazy.

So, let's see. Where did we leave off?

For Halloween, since none of our kids want to dress up anymore, Kirsten and Addison went to the square in town and watched the little trick-or-treaters there. Dax and I love to go watch them each year, and I think that the girls had fun too. At first they told us that we were kind of creepy for doing it, but then they realized that it's fun to watch the little kids so excited in their costumes.

Here are two of my favorites:

How cute are they?!

Addison's concussion is all healed now. She was terribly disappointed at having to miss the final two games of the fall season. She's decided to go ahead and try out for the high school team, although there are apparently only 4 open positions. It appears that returning players have to go through the motions of trying out, but their team positions are reserved for them. Not sure I agree with doing it that way, but I'm not the coach so I don't get a say.

Abigail has started the skating class in order to play hockey. Not crazy about that idea, but she really wants to play. *sigh*

I looked at this picture that Kirsten took recently, and I can't believe how grown-up my babies are getting.

Hold on to them while you can!! They grow up much too quickly and long before you're ready to handle it. Heed my advise on this one, people.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The fun never stops!

On Saturday, while Kirsten and I made her costume for Friday's performance, Dax took the other three kiddos to ice skate.

He got them all set up and watched them skate for awhile, and then walked down to the music store. As it so often happens, while he was gone, Addison fell and cut her chin open. It wasn't bad (not as bad as the guy that was busy showing off when he fell, cut his chin open, bled all over the ice, and they had to stop the skating while they cleaned his blood off the ice.) She said it made her face hurt because every time she talked or smiled she could feel it.

Once they left there, they headed over to an elementary school Fall Festival where Addison was volunteering to help. They stayed there for about an hour or so, but they didn't really have much for Addison to do so they let her go home early.

On Sunday we were back out at the soccer fields. Getting there was a huge mess. The fields are new and are not on everyone's GPS on their phones. Two or three girls managed to get there with no trouble, but the rest of the team was lost. The team usually tries to get there an hour before the game start time, but the bulk of the team didn't arrive until about 5 minutes before game time. As it was, there were enough girls out that Addison's team didn't have any subs. It was a really physical game and as girls got hurt and had to sit down for a few minutes, they played with two less people on the field than a full team. Addison played hard but complained with having a headache.

Well, her headache lasted throughout the night on Sunday and all day Monday. I was suspecting that she might have gotten a concussion when she fell on the ice on Saturday. Then, on Tuesday she texted me that her head was hurting worse and that she was also nauseous. Yikes!! I was certain then that she had a concussion but was concerned that something more was wrong. So, Dax picked her up from school and took her to the doctor. The doctor confirmed the concussion but sent us to get a CT Scan just to be sure that nothing else was going on. The CT Scan came back clean, which is great, and she is to take it easy for a couple of weeks. We'll see if that drives her crazy or not. She's only got two soccer games left in her season so she's a little distraught that she might not get to play. She won't be playing this weekend for sure!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Well, I guess that's the excuse I'm going to use for not posting anyway.

We have been very busy since school started.

It's soccer season so we spend a lot of our weekends watching this...

....and this.....

But there have been all kinds of other things thrown in the mix too.

Wyatt is in theater and they've already completed one performance. He chose the Children's Theater so they performed for the elementary school students. He has a good time with it and it's good for the young kids, too.

Addison and Abigail are both in FFA. They recently held their biggest fundraiser of the year which is a wild game dinner and an auction. The girls had to work at the dinner, but my parents came to help me eat the food, and it was good. Here's some of the quail cooked on the pit.

I think they raised over $15,000 that night. It all goes back into the program so it's well worth the money spent.

Kirsten is busy with Show Choir again this year. They currently practice one morning before school (which is way too early if you ask me) and one afternoon after school. They will be performing at the elementary school one day this week. Then Friday, for Halloween, they'll be performing the time warp at the high school pep rally. Kirsten will be the part of Janet. We spent some time on Saturday getting her costume made for the part. I think she'll have fun.

Addison is also on the debate team. They have practice almost everyday after school for that. Then two days a week she leaves there to head to soccer practice. Those make for very long days. A couple of weekends ago she went to compete in her first competition. She came in 5th place. That's not too bad considering that she chose not to compete in the novice division and went up against contestants that had been competing for awhile. She got some pretty good feedback from the judges too. I think the biggest strike against her was that it was obvious that she was nervous. Oh well, there are many more competitions to come.

In addition to all of that, we've started with the parent taught driver's education. Wish us luck!! I'm so not ready for this!!