Posts Tagged ‘kids’

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

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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!!

Is this terrible?

April 28, 2008

So, this weekend I went to a 12 hour scrapbook event. It was the only thing I wanted for my birthday and it was awesome! I packed up all my stuff, and had big ambitions of getting Matthew’s scrapbook current. I had over 2 years worth of pictures to get through, and knew it would be a big job. My motivation? Get this done and I can work on the dog’s book!! So, 25 pages later, Matt’s book is current! First time ever that I can say that! Kenzie’s book is still a couple years behind, but the Pug scrapbook is looking GOOD!!

My favorite story of the day? My neighbor, Dana and I rode together- she told me this story on the way home- so funny. She was working on her little daughter’s book. She was doing this beautiful layout from Leah’s adoption. They were in Korea after the ceremony and Leah is dressed in this beautiful Korean gown. The layout was perfect- all in reds and pinks with Asian looking flowers, really pretty. Meanwhile I am going through the Pug’s bluebonnet pictures. The older lady across from me said, “Oh that is so beautiful!”. Dana said she almost said, “thank you”, and then realized that the lady was looking at my damn dogs and not her gorgeous layout!! What can I say? Pugs are awesome- no one can resist their wrinkly faces!! 🙂

Ok, one about the human kids…

April 19, 2008

Get \'em Matt!
Tom was giving me a really hard time for not including the human children more frequently in my posts. So, here’s one for the kids! We had games today. Matt’s flag football team got beat pretty bad, but they had a good time. McKenzie’s soccer game was really intense- it was a no score game until the last quarter when her team scored! They won 1 to 0! It was a gorgeous day to be outside, sunny and hot! They have been outside the rest of the day with their friends- I think we are all ready for summer!

This place is a PUG STY!!!

April 16, 2008


I’m overwhelmed. You should see this house.

I am serving on the RRISD Citizens Bond Committee. Our meetings get longer and more stressful every week as our deadline approaches. Last night we heard from our Ad Hoc people about how much everything is going to cost and what it will do to the tax rate. We’re trying to keep our tax rate at $.34, which is not going to be easy to do considering we are looking at a $300M + bond package. Now is the hard part of trying to cut the list down. Our district is really in need in so many areas, it’s hard to say, “yes spend the money here, but no, don’t spend it there.” I wish we could just give all the schools what they are asking for. I just know that I’m going to be crushed if we do all this work and the bond doesn’t go through in November…

So, I’m still thinking about all of that, I have 11 loads of laundry to do today, and the house is so messy. There are dog toys, chew bones, ripped up tissue and stuff everywhere! I can’t get mad at them though. It’s days like this when their big googly eyes and squishy hugs make me smile the most. I love my pugs- they just make me happy! On the other hand- the human children are going to have some major chores when they get home from school!! 🙂

Pug Play Dates

April 13, 2008

The pugs had a rough day today.  The human kids had sports all day long, then we went out to dinner with friends.  This meant that they were alone most of the day.  Because they are little toots and can’t be trusted, this also meant that they were confined all day.  To make things worse- we ran out of bacon treats.  Bummer.  To cheer Pugsley up, I reminded him that LAST Saturday was his day to play in the park with his friends.  Georgetown has a great new dog park, with a small dog section reserved.  Round Rock just got a new one too, but we haven’t been there yet.  My favorite thing about the Georgetown one (Bark Park) is that it has this great double gate system so you can let your dogs off leash and not worry too much about them sneaking out.  Here are some pics of the Austin Pug Club playing at Bark Park.  Can you pick out Pugsley?  They all kind of look alike!

Mr. Pugsley is GROUNDED!!

April 10, 2008

We have a good sized back yard, all fenced in with a privacy fence.  There is one gate in the front that we keep locked with a pad lock to keep our dogs safe.  Apparently we’re going to need more than a lock…  The gate is 6 years old, and the bottom hinge is broken- the screws have come out of the wood.  Today when the kids got home from school they wanted to go out and play.  Matt was walking around the side of the house to meet a friend and saw that the gate was pushed open at the bottom.  He ran through the house and opened the back door.  Tink and Pickles came running in, but no Pugsley.  We went out and looked around, no Pugsley.  We jumped in the mini van to go look for him.  I could easily see that he had pried the bottom of the gate open just far enough to wiggle his fat butt out.  Thank God the other two didn’t follow!  We get half way around the block and there he is- standing in someone’s flower bed drinking out of their little fountain!  I was so relieved, and so happy that he was safe- then I was just mad at him for running off like that!!  So, he’s grounded until further notice, and so is daddy until the fence is fixed!

Bluebonnett pictures

April 8, 2008

The human kids made it into one of the pictures- have to write that on the calendar.  LOVE my kids, but I seem to take many more pictures of the pugs- probably because they don’t complain about it!  There is a beautiful patch of bluebonnets right by the house.  We took a bunch of pictures this weekend, they turned out so great!

Little Pickles thought that the bluebonnets smelled good enough to eat- I don’t even know how many I pulled out of his little mouth.  He had to hop through them like a little bunny- they were as tall as he is!

Mr. Pugsley was just happy to be outside in the sunshine.  He’s quite the outdoorsman!

What could be cuter than these handsome little boys??

Pug Discovery

April 8, 2008

Laundry- so much laundry.  Up the stairs, down the stairs, back up again.  Gives the Pugs lots of free time.  The human kids are both in sports right now, so we have a big gym bag with all their equipment- cleats, shin guards, mouth guards, balls, and of course snacks.  The pugs found the package of gold fish crackers in the gym bag while I was upstairs folding laundry.  By the time I came down with the next load, they had eaten half of it!  They are thinking life is good right about now…  Discovery is fun, especially when it’s also delicious!