Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Just living the dream

Dax was at a conference in San Antonio all week. It started on Sunday, so we celebrated Father's Day on Saturday night. We gave him his gifts, which is always good, but the best part was likely the ice cream cake!! We always love that.

I took the girls for a check up at the eye doctor on Tuesday.

By the time you get through all three appointments, it makes for a long wait at the eye doctor's office. The good news is that everybody got a good check up with no change in prescriptions. Woohoo!

But, since it's been a couple of years, Addison and Kirsten both got new glasses. I spent the latter part of the week with Dax in San Antonio, but we were able to get their new glasses on Saturday morning.

They're happy with them and that makes me happy.

On Saturday night, we went to see my niece get married. I can't believe that she's already grown up and starting a life of her own!!

It was a nice, simple wedding in a small chapel. It was nice to see a wedding that was more about the couple getting married than a show being put on.

We wish them much luck in their new life together!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Taking advantage

We've been taking advantage of summer where we can. Like I said before, we spent some time playing down at the river.
We cleaned the winter mess away and took advantage of our fire pit and roasted hot dogs......but I forgot to buy marshmallows.

The hotdogs were great! We also cooked some bananas, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows (I had those on hand.) You cut the banana lengthwise down the middle (don't peel it) open it enough to top it with chocolate chips and marshmallows, and then wrap it all up in aluminum foil. Place it on the coals until everything gets melted and gooey.

I wasn't crazy about the warm banana, but the gooey chocolate and marshmallows was great!

Hope all the Dads out there had a great Father's Day. Dax had to be at a conference on Sunday, so we celebrated on Saturday instead. He got gifts and an ice cream cake. And, really, the cake is the most important part. Right?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

School is out!!

Last Friday was the last day of school for the kids. After a week of finals they were ready for it to be over with.

Wyatt got home and set himself up in front of the computer to get his summer started.

With everyone home all day I needed to make sure the pantry was stocked, so I went to the grocery store and Kirsten texted me asking me to buy this magazine for her. I didn't tell her I bought it, I just sent her this picture. (I wonder why they think I'm nuts.....)
Abigail came home from school already starting to feel sick. She's got a nasty cold and cough. Why would anyone want to start their summer that way?
She's still a little under the weather, so on Sunday she didn't want to got with Kirsten, Addison, and I to hang out at the river for awhile. Wyatt was working with a friend and Dax also had to work, but he joined us a little later. It's nice to just stop and relax and enjoy the fun that's right here in our own community every now and then. Especially since Dax and I started working out again recently and seem to be both sore and exhausted more often than not. We're doing the Focus T25 workouts.......and I'm pretty sure the "T" stands for torture!!

It also doesn't hurt that we recently had some really good rainy days so the river actually has a lot of water in it. Gotta' enjoy that while we can!! By the end of the summer it usually only has little puddles of water.

Their days of pure relaxation will be limited this summer, though, because they have a lot to accomplish. We signed them up for College Prep and there's at least one course they'll have to finish this summer. This first one is a study skills course. Once they get that done, we'll start with driver's ed. (We are so not ready to be doing this! What happened to our babies?) We've picked up information from the state to do parent taught driver's ed and I'm looking into which course materials we want to use. I guess that all adds up to the fact that this summer will be filled with lots of learning, not much different than the rest of the school year. Oh well, we'll try to take advantage of as much fun as we can.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Memorial Weekend

It was a busy Memorial Weekend for us. (I know, so what's new?)

Addison had a weekend long pageant in Houston. I picked the kids up from school and then Addison and I had to pack the car and hit the road. She was required to check in on Friday night so we were doing our best to get there before 9:00. I think we got there at about 8:45!!

The competition was on Saturday morning and then there was a party for the pageant contestants on Saturday night. The party was a really great thing to do for the girls that were there because it put them all into a social situation where they got to know each other outside of competing. They also all had to bring goodie bags that they then went around and exchanged with each other. What a great way to break the ice! What's better than giving someone a gift?

I wanted to take a picture of her in her formal wear and asked her to go stand in the corner in our room (that's about the only place that the light made much difference) and I got this:

and then this....

I think I accidentally got this picture since it turned out to be rather good.
The pageant results were announced on Sunday. She didn't win, but we both learned a lot for competing in the pageants put on by this company. They're all different in what their expectations are. And, she wasn't terribly disappointed since she did her best and some of the stuff we learned at the last minute and had to adjust on the fly.
We got home on Sunday in time to hit the Memorial Rodeo which is kind of a tradition. Well, at least for Dax and I.  We feel like it's a tradition but we were down to only two kids going with us this year. Oh well, we had fun......see.....

Look at all the kids out there for the calf scramble!! But they all had smiles on their faces!!
The kids were off from school on Monday, but they had to spend most of it studying for finals. I don't think they were loving high school at that point.