June 27, 2015

Our annual adventure in Texas is coming to a close...

Listening in:  DMIL cleaning her kitchen while the Pirate is watching The Princess and the Frog

View from the kitchen window: well really its a patio door and it is Fort Worth at Twilight

Joy in the little things:  knowing that Capitan America will be here in a couple of days

So, once again my little family finds itself in Fort Worth, Texas...a place that makes us all more than a little happy.  Of course time has flown and we haven't' even seen everyone on our list of people to see... we never do.  There just isn't enough time.  Our summer in Texas is coming to a close and this year for the first time...I am READY to head back to Georgia.  I have plenty of things to do when I get home but first I think it is always important to list what we have enjoyed while here in Texas.  I am usually so busy that it seems like we do nothing! So here goes:

Visited High Island
Walked on Crystal Beach
Road the Bolivar Ferry
Went to Graduation at Alvin High School
Graduation Party
Visited my Great Aunt LaJonda , Uncle James, Jimmy, Jarrod, and Peyton in Baytown
Road the 4-Wheeler
Went Mudding on the 4-Wheeler
Ate Mexican food!!!
Ate Whataburger
Went to Galveston Island State Park
Visited my Great Aunt Joan
Spent time with my Mom
Visited with Starla
Attended Summer Spectacular at The Hills Church of Christ
Went to Steel City Pops (yum!)
Visited Mee Maw and Grandpa in Granbury
Went Fishing with Great Grandpa
Played Cards with Mee Maw and Grandpa...I won...once
Went to Lone Star Park for the Horse races
FRONT ROW Tickets for Gary Allan
Spent Father's Day with my Dad
Saw my little brother's new house
Went to Church with my other little brother and his family
Went to Church at Fellowship and had the great pleasure of seeing Willie and Korie Robertson Interviewed and it was Awesome!!!
Went to Ennis and stayed with the Jones' and it was so great!
Drive in to see Inside Out and Tomorrow Land
The Pirate saw Jurassic Park in 3d
Went to see Cinderella at Bass Hall in Fort Worth.  Wonderful.
The Diva and went with Mimi to see Les Miserables at Casa Manana
Went to the Food Truck Park
The Princess and her Aunt rode bikes all over Fort Worth
Went Swimming
Went to Baseball games
Went riding on the Golf Cart
Went to the Mall
Went to Rosa's
Went to Estaban's
Went to La Brisa
Went to Salsa Limon
Went to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

And...we have 4 more days to go!!!  I am sure I missed something!  I always do.  No wonder I am tired!  Seriously!


March 22, 2015

A milestone...so to speak...

Listen in:  Hubby watching the news in our room

View from the window:  it is midnight so...no view to speak of

Pleasure in the simple things:  The Pirate came in to tell me he was practicing his Patience...our bible lesson from class this morning

Plans for the day:  tomorrow...to blog again

So, today is a milestone in my life.  It begins my final year in my 30's.  This may not seem like a big deal but I am not sure how I feel about it.  39.  I think I am sad.  I don't feel old.  I don't even feel like a grown up most of the time...
How are you supposed to act at 39?  I don't know.  I can remember being a teenager and I thought people my age were ancient.  Am I making too much out of this?

I decided (just now) that I am going to make 39 a year to remember.  I had a great friend who made a list of things to do before her 40th birthday.   That sounds like a great idea.   Except I can't think of anything.  What would you do?  Money and time is always an issue for me.  A single income family...so things that won't break the bank.  Send those ideas my way!


July 8, 2014

It,s been a year and life has moved forward

Listen in:  quiet hum of the ac, ceiling fan, and cat roaming around
Plans for the day:  organizing the study
Dinner plans:  Mexican I think
Beauty in the simple things:  the Pirate curled up in a ball with his blankie

So much has happened in our life since last year.  I have thought often...I should blog that but never made a point.  Well.  We are going to try this thing again! 

It is summer again.  Pools, Texas Road Trips, driving.  More driving.  Oh my word.  We are loving life!  Promise.  We did just about as much as last year.  Our days just stay busy. 

What is new?  A Lot.  First of all Captain America and I bought our first House!  It has been a long time coming.  A LONG time.  We are so very in love with our home.  I am still working to give it our touch but we have only been here two months...so it is coming! 

The biggest news other than that is.... drum roll.   We are homeschooling our kids this year.  The two little ones.  I am using K12 Georgia Cyber Academy.  Did I love the school they went to last year?  YES.  A lot.   Loving the school isn't the issue.  The issue is that My Diva has those pesky migraines and is absent almost weekly.  Seriously.   That often.  She is constantly playing catch up.  So, we are trying something new.  Not everyone in our family agrees but it isn't their child. 
End of debate there.

Anyway, I finally have somewhere to be crafty...so that should be fun!  That's about all folks.

June 29, 2013

More Lesson's from the Road!

One thing that you learn while on an extended road trip with your kids is that an extended road trip with your kids is a BAD idea.  Really.  Really.  Bad.   Why? Might you ask...

Here are some of my reason's taking an extended road trip is a BAD idea...in no particular order:

1.  Single parenting.  I give major props to all the single parents and grandparents out there.  It is hard.  It sucks.  YOU NEVER GET A BREAK.  As in...I would like 5 minutes of peace.  Just five flipping minutes.   Is that to much to ask? Only five measly MINUTES!!!  Before I become the mom from that movie!  "No More WIRE hangers!!!!"  OK maybe that is an exaggeration but not by much! geez.  I miss Captain America taking some of the load.  A lot.

2.  Did you know that driving for long periods at a time will make your butt hurt?  No?  Me either. I do Now!!  I am kinda hoping for a sweet benefit from it and my body is tricked into thinking I did some squats or something but I imagine that isn't likely.  Bummer.   I miss the hubs driving and MY sleeping.  That is just a win win situation...I sleep, no sore butt, and the drive is soooo much faster.

3.  Kids fighting.  All the damn time.  That is all.

4.  The shear amount of junk my kids are allowed to eat.  Not only by me...because I am VERY guilty of this crime...but everyone else too!   Whine, whine, whine.  McDonald's will stop the whining?  Boom, making an illegal u turn and screeching in on two tires.  To SHUT it UP!   Ice cream for breakfast?  Apparently this is a THING at Mimi's house.  Who knew?  Not me!  So is a freezer full of ice cream sandwiches, corn dogs, and other microwavable goodies!  Happy, Happy, Happy kids.  Man they are going to HATE it when we get home!

5.  There is simply NOT enough time to do everything you might have imagined in your planning.  Never.  Here a week, two weeks, a month.  I will NOT see everyone I want to.  I will NOT eat everywhere I want to.  I will NOT do everything I want to.   I will be exhausted, run ragged, and frustrated.  That is a promise.
There will be Friends with their feelings hurt, family with theirs hurt, and dang it I can't do anything about it.  I can't.  I can only be in so many places at one time.  It is physically impossible to please everyone and I have GOT to learn to stop trying.

6.  Missing my husband.  I am not going to even pretend that this doesn't SUCK.  In the last couple of years since we moved to Georgia...we have had to depend on each other so much more.   Being away from him this long is seriously killing me.  I am ready to go  home.  Home is Georgia now.  Funny how that happens isn't it.

7.  Packing mishaps.  Now what I mean by that is that I packed WAY to much of this and not enough of that.  I really didn't' need to bring any of the Pirates toys but we did anyway.  The Diva and the Drama Queen have too many clothes and my Tahoe looks like Sanford and Son when it is fully loaded.  For Real y'all!  Not enough socks but thirty Super Hero Toys.  Packing Fail Mom!

8.  Spending Money.  Bye Bye, Bye Bye to my money!  Mom, I want this!  Mom, I have to have THAT!  Mom, lets go here.  Mom, I HAVE to go there!  Mom, Mom, Mom!!!!

9.  Sleeping on someone else's bed.  Really.  I don' t even have to explain this.  Right?  Sucks BIG Time!

10.  And Last but not least.  The DRIVE HOME.  I am in equal parts joy and dread at the thought of the drive back home.  Oh my GOSH is that going to suck.  Really.  It is.  But, the prize is at the end of the drive.  Whoop, Whoop.  We will be home!  I can't Wait!

However, just so you don't think this has been all misery.  Here are some of the great things we have done.  Ready?

Vicksburg Civil War Park
The Gray Homecoming
Ate at The Pelican Lodge ( a personal favorite of mine!)
Visited with Uncle Billy
Went to Ennis, twice
Watched Monsters University at the Drive in
Went to the Sunflower Fields
Looked out from Love's Lookout on hwy 69
Went to Aunt Lajonda's house
Went to Mamaw's House
Went to Aunt Monica's House
Went to Autumn's House
Went to Dad and Val's house
Ate at LaBrisa
Ate at my favorite Chinese resturant
The kids went to the Friendswood Concert in the Park
Drove Go Carts
Had Snow Cones
Went to the Imax
Went to the Fort Worth Museum of Science
Went to Leslie and Sharon's house
Got to check out Leslie's rock collection
Drove on a Back Hoe
Golf Carted to see the animals on the farm
Went to a Wedding
Went to Meemaw's and Grandpa's House
Went to Urban Air
McDonald's A LOT
The Drama Queen went to Camp
The Diva went to the Horse Races
The Pirate hunted Pirates
Watched Fireworks
Ate BBQ- Texas Style
Went to Elizabeth Crockett's Grave
Walked around Downtown Fort Worth
Went to the Dentist.
Went to Summer Spectacular
Went to NRH2O
Played at the TreeHouse.

And we have another WEEK!!!!  No Wonder I am tired!  For Real!!!!

June 25, 2013

Lesson's from the Road Trip

In no particular order...these are some of the things I have learned over the last three weeks:

*If there is a rest stop in view...all of my kids will need to pee.  Even if they just did 3 miles back. EVERY SINGLE TIME

*We grow an awful LOT of corn in this country

*No matter how appealing the side trip is...one of my kids will NOT want to go.

*Gas is cheaper in Mississippi that anywhere else.  Period.

*The more rural theWal-Mart...the stranger the people inside.

*I prefer the company of my husband to just about everyone else on earth.

*Some things Never Ever Change.  No matter how far between trips you wait.

*Texas is Damn HOT

*Whataburger is worth the drive the first time you have it when you have not had it in a long time.  Not really so much the rest of the trip

*A full sized cooler will fit between the bucket seats in a Tahoe.

*The toys my son swore he had to have are just taking up space and ticking me off!

*It is worth the drive to Texas for my favorite hair salon, dentist, and doctor.

*Sunsets in Texas are prettier than anywhere ELSE on earth.  I am pretty sure of it anyway!

*Tex Mex is also sooo worth the drive!

*Kids keep growing even when you move away and you WILL be shocked when the little girl you left is a young woman.  Crazy.  Seriously. Crazy

*No matter how much you want to stop at a remote grave yard along the way...the destination definitely out weighs that desire!  Dang it.

I am SURE there are more revelations to come!

June 12, 2013

What's been going on in my world...

Hi Y'all, or You...

I keep meaning to update my blog but...ya.  I haven't.  So, what have you been up to?  Me.  ROAD TRIP.  We just had an Amazing vacation with my MIL and SIL in Fort Walton Beach, Fl.  Really it is to pretty there.  Not very crowded because everyone just "LOVES" Destin.  Well, if you did not know, FWB is just across the bridge from Destin.  Same pretty sand, Same pretty Water...WAY less people.  Win/Win if you ask me! We laid on the beach, we played in the pool, we ate some pretty good seafood.   Pretty good week all in all!   We always stay at the Four Points Fort Walton Beach and we love that hotel.  It is clean, pretty, and the grounds are well kept.  They have activities for the kid-lets and two pools.  Is it a 5 star hotel?  No.  Is it perfect for a family vacation at the beach?  Yes!.
We tried really hard not to get water poured on us!!

We boogieboarded

Played Sand VolleyBall

We settled on a boogie board vrs the desired Surf Board

We enjoyed beach side fruity drinks

We worked together building a Sandcastle

and we just sat and watched the waves roll in.  

It was a great, great week!!!!  

October 23, 2012

Things I miss about Texas

On the 18th of this month, my family reached our first Georgia milestone...one year as Georgian's...I thought it would be appropriate to mention...ok, whine about the things I miss from home. In no particular order they are:

1. Kolaches...fresh from the oven cheesy goodness. Especially the ones we got as kids from "One Grand Donut Stand". Those were the BEST!

2. Mom and Pop type Donut Shops. Where are they? And I am so very sorry... Dunkin Donuts is NOT one.

3. Bluebonnets, Indian Paint Brushes, Mexican Blankets, and fields of sweet rye grass.

4. Homecoming Mum's... Who knew this was a Texas thing!

5. Mexican Food and what I mean by Mexican Food is Tex Mex. Oh my word. There are not words to describe what they call Mexican food here. Just. Not. Words!

6. A Horizon. Nothing but trees here as far as the eye can see.

7.  Wranglers and Cowboy Hats.

8.  Twang

9.  Tuesdays with the McYaYa's.  Ok so this isn't technically a Texas thing...but it happened in Texas so it counts!

10.  Friends and Family close enough to drive over and visit with. 

Other than that...we love it here.  Texas will always be home but Georgia is getting there....well, if you let go of the desire to have decent Mexican food!