A different kind of Sunday

Yesterday we did something a little different.  Actually, about 700 of us did.  Instead of showering up and putting on our Sunday best we put on work gloves, dirty jeans and matching blue t-shirts and hit the community.  Church outside of the building.  Being the literal hands and feet of Jesus to those around us.  Cool, cool, cool!

While there were dozens of projects going on around town, our family chose something we could do together and that was a little near and dear to us — cleaning up the fishing spots and lake shore around Lake Grapevine at Murrell Park.  It is one of the kids FAVORITE spots to go hiking with Daddy and it was neat to go there and give back.  We marveled after the fact that we were all so busy picking up trash that no one looked up to see the lake!  We were focused, we were busy, and we had a ball!

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Published in: on May 3, 2010 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  

The Leprechaun Trap

One of our school’s kindergarten traditions is having the kids build Leprechaun Traps to try and (obviously) catch a Leprechaun!



Ended up, she never did “trap” the Leprechaun at all, but he did go into her trap and steal her gold, replacing it with candy, and then went on to mess with the classroom pretty good!

Published in: on March 15, 2009 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday Peyton!!!

March 7, 2009 — Miss Peyton is 6 years old today!!


We started the day with her opening gifts from all of us.  She got a Wii Pet Dogs game from Grant, a whole box of Barbie clothes from Caroline, and a new “girly” Guiter Hero guitar and microphone stand from Mommy & Daddy!

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We then had to get ready for her friends to come join us for a Rockstar/Karaoke/Freeze Dance party!!!!

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Each girl got a guitar to decorate….

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…even Caroline!                                     And a tattoo

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We ate guitar cake and pizza


and the girls rocked the day away!



Happy Birthday Peyton!!!!!!   You ROCK!!!!

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Valentines Day!


We started our day off right with strawberry milk and pink heart shaped donuts!  The kids were excited to get little gifts as well as sort through their candy bags from school.

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

A night with the Ledbetter’s

Our good friends the Ledbetter’s only live in Richardson (about 50 minutes from here) but we have a real tough time getting together!  So after months of trying, we picked a date and went to their house for dinner.  They have 2 GREAT girls – Lauren & Anna Grace – and they are always so good to our kids.  This time they took our girls upstairs to play with them and little did we know, give them a makeover.  Caroline didn’t get too involved, but this was right up Peyton’s alley and she was proud as could be with her ‘new look’!  She made me take pictures before going to bed that night:


She was especially proud of the eye makeup!

She was especially proud of the eye makeup!

She still talks about how the girls commented on what nice hair she had while they were straightening it for her.  It made her MONTH, I think!!!

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

We’re Rockin!

Another big hit from Christmas was a Guitar Hero World Tour Band from Aunt Tam and Uncle Darrell.  We have spent the dark, winter nights honing our skills as a band and everyone is having a blast!

Peyton is our resident singer.  She is working up quite a repretoire of songs, with ‘Eye of the Tiger’ topping the list.


(not really....but she likes to pretend!)

(not really....but she likes to pretend!)


Their band is called ‘Unemployed Youth’ — sorry for the darkness of the video, but you get the idea:

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Day-After-Christmas, Texas style!

How do Texan’s spend the day after Christmas, you ask??   Well swimming, of course!!!

December 26th just so happened to be a 78 degree day so our neighbors, the Wagner’s, heated up the hot tub and invited our kids down for a dip.


Can’t do that in most places!!

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas 2008

The day started at 7:00am as usual, with the pitter patter of big feet hoofing it down the stairs to see what awaited them under the tree!!


The obvious first thing noticed was Peyton’s dollhouse!  She was very excited!  As was Grant with his big gift this year….a Wii!  Santa was a hero this year too, getting the kids the things they specifically asked him for — a pink kitty Webkin and a stuffed eagle.  How did he know?!?!  Miss Caroline chose to sleep in that day, but when she finally graced us with her presence she too was very excited to see her own dollhouse and lots of presents!  A really, really, really great day!!!!

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Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas Eve


With our good ‘duds on we headed to church for Christmas Eve services!  The kids did pretty well sitting through the service, since they are used to going to kids church.  What had them excited was the candle lighting at the end (they each got their own candle!) and that they either knew most of the Christmas songs or could read them this year off the big screen!

When we got home we got busy decorating the last of our sugar cookies.  Fun was had by all and the kid wine was flowing!!  It is amazing to me the mileage we can get out of a bottle of sparkling grape juice!  Turns any day into a party!!




After the fun, all kids got into Christmas pj’s and hit the hay!!

Mom & Dad had alot of work to do!!  This year Peyton’s big gift from us was a Barbie house.  I had spent the last few months working on it – wallpapering, flooring, and painting and fixing up alot of my old Barbie furniture.  It was definitely a labor of love for me, but that “labor” had to be carried down from the attic after hours and put all back together in the family room!!  Look for pics in a page marked Dollhouse!!

Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Other Nutcracker…

Peyton’s ballet class met for the last time of 2008 yesterday and showed the parents their version of “China Tea” from the Nutcracker.  I have to say – does not resemble in the slightest what we saw last weekend (at least to me)!
Peyton and her classmates
Peyton and her classmates

Here you can see the entire dance for yourself!!!


Published in: on December 19, 2008 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment