Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Trampoline Fashion!

Excuse Me? What are you doing???

AJ appeared in the house like this the other day. I had to do a double take! Um, where are you going, what are you doing? Not planning on robbing a bank are we???!

"NO MOM", "I want to jump on the trampoline and the wind is blow 60+ mph out there! I thought I'd keep the dust out of my eyes and the grit out of my mouth and nose." Why the hood? For my hair and ears off course!!!!

That kid, always thinking! So, loyal readers, all 19 of you! Don't let a 'little' wind keep you off your trampolines for goodness sake just use the correct safety attire!


PS I'm really up at this early hour!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


73!!! Can you believe, only 73 days Let me count the ways! ? Lets see, 73 is just over 2 months! How many more times can I use the number 73? Remember, this is our 25th anniversary cruise.

Seriously though, my first ever cruise, I'm soooooo excited, can you tell? Thursday was the day to book excursions. We are swimming with the dolphins. I have a love affair with dolphins (don't tell my husband!). I've managed to swim with them 2 times before and I'd do it a 1000 times more :) However, Tyler, Amelia, and AJ have never had the blessed experience. Kevin did in Mexico with me back in 2007. Only good memory of that trip!

Also, Kev, Amelia, and AJ are going to try SNUBA. Can you figure that one out? The kids are too young to be certified (at least here) for scuba, and Kev wants more than snorkeling. So SNUBA is the new thing! I'll send the water camera with them!

OK, one BUMMER ~ I'm in SHOCK ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I've been wanting to renew our wedding vows on the beach, Amelia and I in white sundresses, the boys in white shirts and shorts, all bare footed, nice and simple. Got the picture?

I talked to Disney, apparently to do this with them, you have to buy the complete package, photos, cakes, steam the dress, 50 guests, strawberries and champagne to the room, souvenir cake topper and cutter, and on and on it goes!!! The price tag for this you ask? $2,500!!!! Needless to say, we aren't doing it the Disney way!!

I'm going to go online, order the bride and groom ears, have them embroidered with our wedding date, and Kev has suggested that we write some vows and let the kids read them and do the photos! We can pick a spot on Castaway Cay that should work just fine! Amelia and I can wear our dresses over our swimsuits! Isn't Kevin lucky he married such a reasonable woman?!!!

So, 73 days and counting and much to do!!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Oh Joy! (Land)

How do you keep kids busy during Spring Break? Well, I WON tickets to our local amusement park, courtesy of our awesome oldies radio station, 98 Kool!! Thanks, Landon. I won 4 free armbands which equaled admission for 4. Awesome! (my life became very hectic last week, more later, so Amelia, AJ, and friends went along with 2 of my cameras!) Here is the fun they had.

Amelia, AJ, and Amelia's 'boyfriend' Zane!

This has to be an 'arm' shot self photo, but I love this one!!

Zane coming down the river!

Zane and brother Bishop on the aerial tram ride. See, 2 cameras paid off, look below!

Amelia and AJ on the aerial tram!

I just love getting my cameras back after the kids have them. Getting a kids perspective on the world is interesting. This is what you see looking down from the tram! Pretty neat I thought!

Bishop and AJ on some of the kiddie rides! Even though AJ is 11 he can still have fun!

And this is Landon King, the 98 Kool radio host that I won the tickets from. I've been listening to Landon on the air for the 16 years that I've lived in Lubbock! Landon is almost part of the family. We make special trips just to go say hi and see him when he doing a special broadcast!

Some may think this is weird, but when you grow up with a Dad working for NBC News in Chicago, you get to know all the radio and news people! I've always known my local radio personalities!

So, Landon, THANK YOU for making SPRING BREAK special for the kids. They had a great time and are still talking about it. Just wish my life hadn't been so crazy and I could have par taken!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mom's 85th

Last week Mom turned 85! We took her to lunch with some friends, gave her the complete Shirley Temple collection on DVD, and then had cake! Sounds like a party, right??

Tyler hates having his picture taken. Above is the best picture I think we got all week!! Below is the more common look we got!

Chris with Grandmother!

Amelia and AJ bring out the cake!

Life around here is still crazy. I hope to get back to regular posts.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day!

Well, it has been hectic here! Here is a friend who went to the extreme by dying her hair green for St. Patty's!!

AJ and Amelia are in the spirit.

Hope ya'll didn't party too hard!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Break??

Well it doesn't show well, but it was a blizzard when I took this picture!

Day 1 Spring Break: Rain, hail, sleet, snow. Yep, typical Texas weather!! But not typical SPRING weather!!!!

I want S-U-M-M-E-R !!!!!!!!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Go Mitch Go

This was the Whitaker family. The little boy was Mitchel. I've never met this family, unfortunately, I never met Mitch and I never will. Leukemia took this wonderful little boy from our world at the young age of 10.

Why am I blogging about this? Because about 18 months ago Mitch's Mom asked 40 women to run a marathon with her to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Those women in OKC ran the marathon in AZ in Jan 2009. Now, they are planning on doing another marathon in San Francisco in October 2010. Only this time my niece, Stephanie, has asked me to join them! I'm honored, scared, and excited! I really feel led to do this. I'm not a runner, in fact you usually have to drag me to the gym! However, this is a horrible disease and no one should have to go through the pain that I'm sure Tracey went through.

So, I asking for every one's support. Every little bit will make a difference. I have a button at the top of my blog, TNT. If you click it, it will take you my fundraising page and tell you how to make a donation.

Thanks everyone!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mad Scientists

Want to see what a volcano is like? Look below! AJ received this cool Mustafar volcano kit for Christmas. So, you know we have been a little busy, we finally got around to trying it out! I had to make a special trip to store, I guess I should say Kevin had to go to the store, to get Club Soda for AJ. OH, and Alka Seltzer!

I sure wish I could get video to upload to blogger! I've tried so many times. Sorry, I go through the steps, think it is done, no luck. This volcano has 3 tubes and instructions for 3 different experiments so you can see how the different amounts of chemicals react.

Measuring and mixing!

This was the best reaction! I like how we can see Obi Wan and Anakin!

This was actually the 1st reaction and wasn't that impressive! I got the pics out of order!

Anyway, it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Star Wars Birthday!

Are you tired of hearing about AJ's birthday yet? Well, some of the things I ordered from Thinkgeek.com didn't arrive in time for the family celebration.

For example, the light saber flash drive! This flash drive connects together and glows just like a light saber!!

Chinese food anyone?? These chop sabers will slice through food in nothing flat! They are available in Yoda green or Darth Vader Red!!


Monday, March 8, 2010


In a revolt to AJ turning 11, I had those blonde highlights put in! Please forgive the picture, I can't take self portraits! It is really very subtle, Kevin said it was a minuscule revolt! Don't know why I can handle having a 22 yr old, but I can't handle having my 'baby' turn 11 ! But, after I did this, Amelia really wanted some. So Saturday, we went back to Dana.....

Here is Amelia:

What radio station have you picked up?

Looks like they are going to be pretty!

The final product. Cut and highlights! Nice and subtle, just the way I like it!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

I've Lost My Mind!

I'm not athletic, not a sports person by any means. I hate running, end of story, but I've decided to do a 1/2 marathon!!! WHY???? To raise $$ for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society research. I'm joining Stephanie, my niece, and TNT to help fight this horrible disease. Come next week, I'll have my paper work and be signed up. Then I can set up my fund raising page with TNT and I'll be asking people for support.

I've never done anything like this, but I feel compelled to give of myself and help find a cure. My niece's friend lost her 10yr old son to leukemia. No one should have to go through that. My father passed from Cancer.

I've already started walking, so whether I walk, run, jog, or crawl, I'm going to San Francisco in Oct. and do this marathon. I will need all the help I can get!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Birthday Palooza!

Well, I'm borrowing the word from my niece! AJ has had a great 11th birthday celebration. Celebrating early didn't offend him!

AJ with a couple of friends at Logan's Steakhouse!

How can you not want to take pictures when you have this to work with?!!!! He is such a ham!

A blanket that I 'made' through Snapfish. It is awesome!

A big hug for Gramie!

My baby isn't a baby any more!

A happy birthday boy!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lending a Helping Paw!

Due to Kevin's work schedule, NO, I couldn't arrange it differently, we 'had' to celebrate AJ's birthday early! Gizmo was willing to help wrap! She got in the middle of things and had my ribbon everywhere!

When I left to pick up AJ at school the ribbon disappeared. It went all the way down the stairs (15) to my scrapbook room!! Gizmo must have had fun. The cat played while the mouse was away!!!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sign Garden!

So I'm a little late with this post, sue me!

Last Saturday while birthday shopping, Chris, my oldest and myself noticed all the election signs. Chris coined a new term, a sign garden!!! I thought it was funny!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


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