What’s better than a teddy bear??

June 25, 2008


Pickles has adopted the kids stuffed pug toy. It’s his little “mini me”. He carries it around, plays with it, and last night he curled up with it for a nap on the floor. He used to be only slightly bigger than it, now he’s huge compared to it. Our little baby boy is growing up!


Party over here!!

June 10, 2008

We just booked the kids for their annual trip to Atlanta!!! My mother in law is so incredibly awesome! She not only takes the kids for us every summer, she even pays for the flight! They are leaving in five weeks for a 10 day trip. I don’t know what Tom and I will do while they are gone? Last year we went to Vegas- that was awesome… They are leaving the day before Tom’s 30th birthday, maybe we’ll just have a big kick ass grown up party!

They are super excited, it’s so cute they aren’t even nervous about flying alone any more. I remember the first time they went, I don’t think I slept for a week before they left! I was more freaked out than they were. McKenzie had her brave face on that day, and was really trying to convince us that she was fine. She was only 8, and it was only her second time on an air plane. Matt was 5, it was also his second flight and he was totally scared. They flew out of Dallas, and they would only allow one of us to go through security. Tom went with them, because he was the most calm about everything. He put them on the plane and waited at the gate for them to take off. After a few minutes Matthew came back up the ramp crying and he had to get him back on the plane. (that’s where I would have lost it) Once they were in the air they were fine, and they called from Grandpa Rhett’s convertible totally happy.

They have such a fun time every year. I’m so glad that Grandma keeps inviting them back! They stay at the house in Lilbun part of the time, where I understand they have a freezer with an unlimited supply of popcicles. They eat icecream for breakfast, swim in the pool, and cruise around in Grandpa’s Mustang. Then they spend some time at the farm in Royston where they visit with their great grandparents, drive around on the tractor, and play in the river. They also get to spend some time with their awesomest uncle Michael. I hope they know how lucky they are!! They come home totally spoiled, and very happy.

Our little travelers

Look out Ridge View Middle School!

June 4, 2008

I can’t believe McKenzie is going to middle school in the fall- it really doesn’t seem possible. I’m feeling very old, but very excited, and very proud of the beautiful young lady she has become. We got some really great pictures of her at fifth grade graduation, enjoy. Oh- I should add that McKenzie received the TAKS Excellence Award for her Commended performance in Reading. She also recieved the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement- signed by George W. Bush himself! Go girl!

McKenzie with Principal Abby Duffy

McKenzie and Rebecca say \'cheese\'

beautiful girl

Garrett, McKenzie and Caleigh- best friends

Matt’s busted up hand

May 27, 2008

So being the nice mom that I am, I let my husband and neighbor take our kids to a baseball game. Two men vs. 5 kids. They had grass seats, and of course, the kids were running around playing. My brilliant and oh so careful son fell and broke his hand. Proof that the men cannot be trusted with 5 children. 🙂 After a month, half a dozen trips to the doctor, three sets of x-rays, 2 splints and 2 casts Matt’s broken hand is HEALED!! We had our last follow up today with the orthopedic doc- she said it looks great. Here are some pictures of Matt’s broken hand journey…

Here’s Matt with his first splint on. This was 3 days after the injury. It only lasted a few days and we were back in the doctors office having it refitted because it was rubbing a sore on the palm of his hand.

This was cast 1.0- it lasted about a week until he managed to break it at the bend- not bad enough to break the hand, he had to break the cast too… can’t have nothin nice…

Here he is in cast 2.0- the thicker, heavier, and stronger cast- he couldn’t destroy this one. I got to plug his ears for him today while they sawed it off!

Yay! He’s got two hands again- now take out the trash boy!!

My favorite pug videos

May 23, 2008

I love pugs- they are so wonderful. These are some of my favorite pug videos. The donut one is so funny because their little curly tails look like donuts. The licking one is funny because pugs do have this strange licking behavior- they do it all the time! Anyway, enjoy!

Is it summer yet??

May 22, 2008

The kids have only six days left of school! I will be so happy when we can all sleep in and spend our days laying out by the pool. This summer is going to be very different than last summer because the kids just have so many friends on our block now. They should have no problem staying entertained. Hopefully we can do some fun things to keep them out of trouble too. I’m so sad that our roller skating rink is closing in June. Both of the kids learned to skate there, their little hands are painted on the walls from thier birthday parties, where will we go for indoor fun?? Hopefully the dollar movie theater stays in business!

I love this time of year, hectic as it is. They have all their little end of year parties and stuff. Last week was field day, if I never see another can of Nacho Cheese it will be too soon! I’m that crazy person who signs up to work all day and gets put in the concession tent. I didn’t even get to take pictures of them playing with their friends. This was McKenzie’s last field day.

It’s such a bitter sweet thing knowing that my baby is going to middle school. She’s been at Double File since Kindergarten- it’s been such a wonderful school. I’m really glad Matt has a couple years to go- I’m not ready to say goodbye to DFT! I’ve already signed up to stay on as Fundraising Chair for our PTA- it will be my 2nd year on the executive board. It’s so much work, but so rewarding too. I wonder where they will put me to work at Ridgeview? I know I’ll do some band booster stuff for my little clarinet player. I’ll be busy promoting our bond package for the November election too. I would just hate to think that after all the hard work we’ve done on the Bond Committee putting it together it would fail because of voter ignorance. RRISD is going to be in trouble if the bond doesn’t pass- I think $300M is a fair price for a good education!

Here they are on the first day of school- they have grown so much this year. I’ll have last day pics up next week. Kenzie looks so pretty in her graduation dress…

My new do

May 20, 2008

This was the best Mother’s Day ever! Tom sent me out with my sister for a day of pampering. I had my first ever professional facial, because I’m 30 now and need to take really good skin so I don’t get old and wrinkly! It was wonderful, and they hooked me up with some nice organic make up too- good stuff. We went to lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory, one of our favorite places. Then we went to the mall. We didn’t make appointments for our hair, we thought we would just wing it- bad idea because it was prom day! We finally found this little salon tucked in a corner by the Sears- Stewart and Co. I looked around to see if anyone looked qualified to deal with my hair, that’s when I found Brad. Here’s this room full of women and in the very back corner there is this tatooed, pierced up, freaky looking guy who I just knew could handle my curls. I asked if he could work me in and he took me right back. He removed my soccer mom pony tail, looked at my hair, and I told him to just fix it! I think he gave me the best cut and color I’ve ever had. He’s my new best friend- and I will follow him where ever he goes! Check out the random layers- all razor cut, never touched me with scissors. Note the red brown base, looks so natural with perfect caramel highlights- and not one grey hair in sight…


May 18, 2008

It’s Pickles- I am so confused. So the woman took me to the doctors office- we’ve done this before, only this time she just left me there. So they poked me and stuck something in my butt, then they gave me some medicine. I took a nap and when I woke up my front legs were shaved and there were stitches where you don’t want to have stitches… I just know something is wrong down there, feels like it will never be the same again. Then when I came home they wouldn’t even let me play- I had to stay in my crate for hours- no running, no jumping, no nothing fun. I don’t understand these humans… the only good part was that they felt sorry for me and let me sleep in their bed a few nights. Their bed is so comfy, and I do like to cuddle. I guess I’ll forgive them, I just wish they would let me bite my stitches!


May 13, 2008

Poor Pickles. He’s at the vet today getting neutered. I don’t know what we’re going to do without him overnight, I miss him already! He won’t be ready to pick up until 10:30 tomorrow! He’s been such a perfect addition to our family, we really got lucky with that little cutie! I’ll have an update posted in the morninig.

Now Pickles is Grounded!

May 4, 2008

We had a big party last night. It was the Fiesta at Casa Baum for Cinco de Mayo. I wasn’t allowed to call it a Cinco de Mayo party because we’re not Mexican… whatever. So we had a house full of people, everyone was eating and drinking having a great time. I had the dogs put up in their little room because some of the kids at the party were scared of them, and because I didn’t want to take a chance of one of them getting out the front door and taking off. I eventually did let the boys out to potty, and to show off a little. Next thing I know, Pickles is drinking someone’s beer! He had set it down to play on the trampoline with his son and when he turned around Pickles was lapping it up! I had to talk to him about the dangers of under age drinking, and now he’s grounded until further notice. I guess I’m glad it was the baby dog and not one of the kids! =)