Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My public apology

Please let this serve as my public apology to everyone who has had the misfortune of interacting with me this month. Aside from a particularly heinous period, I have been trying to rid myself of my Diet Dr. Pepper addiction, and I'm not doing it very gracefully I'm afraid. The thought of not having my daily (or, okay, twice daily) Diet DP makes me grumpy. The act of it makes me worse. My plan was to go cold turkey when we got home from Florida, but I have cheated quite a few times, which probably just compounds the situation. One step forward, two steps back kind of thing. I never have thought of myself as a substance abuser, but clearly, I have a problem. Which is ridiculous. And, embarrassing. But, they say the first step is admitting you have a problem. So, there's that. Apologizing for wrongs also figures into the 12 Steps, so maybe I really am on my way to kicking the habit. In the meantime, I will try to be nice to you if we cross paths, but I really can't make any guarantees at this point. Just know, it's (probably) not you making me crazy. It's the (lack of) Diet Dr. Pepper.

Monday, July 21, 2014

3rd Weekend in July

 Fun in Houston...
Clay's first visit to Rain Forest Cafe

Lots of fun at Bass Pro Shop

Celebrating this little doll's first birthday

Meanwhile at Nana Camp…
3rd hot dog at the Round Rock Express game

Biker boys

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Halfway to Seven

Today was Max's half-birthday, which means lunch at Chuck E. Cheese's was inevitable. The kids had a blast, as always! It's hard to believe this guy is already 6 1/2!

dancing with Chuck

raining tickets

My favorite Chuck E. Cheese picture ever!

just what he's been wanting

new camera

Friday, July 11, 2014

Horse Camp

Ruth spent much of this week in Heaven, which the rest of us call Horse Camp. They worked on various skills, played some cool games (like musical chairs on horseback), and just had a blast. She is already asking me about attending the camp again the next time it's offered in the winter or spring.

Ruth and Silver Bullet

pure happiness

leader of the pack

musical chairs

the cheering section

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Let it go

Two months away from most of our worldly possessions has taught us that we have entirely too many worldly possessions. We lived minimally while we were away, and even then, many of the things we had with us went unused. When we returned home, we found a house full of things that we not only don't really need, but many that we don't even really want and have just been too lazy to take the time to get rid of. The American culture is one of consumerism, which tells us we need more things to be happier. We've bought into it. Literally. And I just have to tell you, it is a complete lie. In fact, in our family, we are often finding the opposite to be true. There is an inherent burden to owning things. So, with a little time on our hands this weekend, we have taken a critical look at our possessions, and a great many of them are no longer with us or will soon be moving on to a better place. Every one of us, from oldest to youngest, has been in on the purge, and I can sense a lightening in the household. Just by removing some of the clutter, we have also located a few items that we actually do care about, like a misplaced passport, the title to our van and a long lost pair of favorite shorts. If you've been to our house and you've seen something you love, just ask. There is a good chance I will be willing to part with it. However, if you are deluded into thinking that adding another thing to your collection will bring you more happiness, I will caution you that it is not very likely.

First of many similar loads to make their departure

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Last Hurrah: Anna Maria Island

We are sad that our lovely vacation is coming to an end, but we made the most of our last full day with a little trip over to Anna Maria Island. We spent a very relaxing day at Coquina Beach, before heading over to the pier on Bradenton Beach for dinner. What an amazing vacation this has been!

Have palapas, will travel

Kick board King

picnic on the beach

Monster Max

ready to make the catch

a little rest, a little work

beach buddies


so salty

our little churro

At Cast N Cage, the kids got binoculars instead of crayons before dinner.

 The pier at Bradenton Beach

We had fun watching dolphins from the pier.

Ice cream at Cream

A little manatee love

Monday, June 23, 2014

Another Science Experience

Yesterday, we decided to load up the whole crew for the early morning trip to take Mimi and Grandpa to the airport, so we could visit the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. We were the first ones there and the last ones to leave! We had a blast learning about the human body, programing and playing with robots, seeing an IMAX show about dinosaurs, viewing the Florida night sky in the planetarium, testing our mettle on the ropes course and mixing healthy doses of fun and learning.

Now, that's a piggy bank!

news anchors


experiencing hurricane wind

the good people of Disasterville

high wire bike

brain child

learning about sleep 

assisting with a Tesla coil demo

trying out the bed of nails

Max's head on a platter

half Mom, half Ruth

Masters of the ropes course

taking the fun to new heights

little monkey

Max and Weston controlling the robotic arm, while Ruth looks on

Clay taking "Max" for a spin

programming lesson

Max and Max