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!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Entrepreneurial Spirit

I love the fact that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in our kids.

Kirsten has made several items and has opened a store on Etsy. It's called The Messy Bun and you can find it here.

Right now she's only got cup cozies listed, but she's working on more.


Addison has started her own YouTube channel. I don't know if she'll be the 'next big thing' or not, but it's worth a shot, right?

You can find her here.

Oh, and just for the record, I'm a non-paid spokesperson.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Also in December

December was actually a busy month around here. Even aside from Christmas.

Early in the month, Dax's sister got married. With everyone being in the wedding, it was a weekend long event.

Rehearsal dinner....

Someone was thirsty!

Getting ready for the wedding....

We all get ready in different ways......

The wedding.....

(I'll update with pictures of the ceremony once I figure out how to get them off my camera -- gotta' love new computers!)

And the celebration after....

It was a lot of fun and so nice to be there and be a part if their special day.

The morning after the wedding we drove down to Galveston to take the kids to Dickens on the Strand. Dax and I used to go every year and we were so excited to be taking the kids. Unfortunately, when we got there, we were so disappointed. It used to be free to get in and they had so many great performances every place they could fit one. This year, they charge to get in, the performers were sparce, and it even felt like there were fewer vendors. We were so broken hearted. So much so that I don't think we'll go back again. The changes might make more money for the merchants' association, but it didn't make for a better experience.

After we got home, in addition to getting ready for Christmas, we also had to get ready for a visitor from out of town. Abigail's boyfriend came from Canada to spend some time with her. 

Here's their first time to see each other in person....


He seems like a really sweet kid and we've really enjoyed having him here.