Monday, September 15, 2014

Birthdays, Reunions and Cousins Galore

We have been having a bunch of family get-togethers lately, specifically, with cousins!

First off was Baby Wyatt's 1st birthday party

The theme for the party was turtles, with matching decorations, party-ware and even the cake, which was made by one of their friends, matched the motif!

It is always great to see the little ones grow and play together.  I can hardly believe that the twins are running around getting into everything! It seems like not long ago, when they were such little things in their Mamo's arms!
Of course, when the older boys get there, there's lots of tomfoolery :)

A really grand surprise was when Allen and Anastasia arrived.  We had had no idea they were coming, and the little boy was so excited, he almost immediately invited them to come over to visit after the party.
Wyatt got his own little smash cake, which I think he enjoyed thoroughly :)

Of course, present-opening time was the highlight of the party :)

Next, was Max's 6th birthday party

Another reason for games, good food and CAKE! :) AND it also reminded me that in a short 6 months, our little boy will be 6 too! ARGHHHH HOW CAN I STAND IT???

There were cousins galore, and friends from church, and Max's kindergarten friends.

It seems like all little boys are into the Avengers at the moment.  Max was really sweet about sharing the action figurine/cake toppers and Jaxon got Captain America to bring home!
( Later that night he made me tell him every Avenger's back story..... good thing I knew them, after having watched the Marvel Cinematic Universe films while walking on the treadmill, lol )

Of course, the birthday party soon turned into a POOL PARTAY!  A friend's daughter, Sofia was very sweet in lending Jaxon her little swimming tube thingy, which made it a LOT more fun and safer for the little boy.

Of course, on the one hand, you have our little boy who hasn't spent much time in a pool, and then you have MAX the birthday boy, who is diving off cliffs!! Way to go, Max!

Last but not least, the hubs got a chance to catch up with some cousins whom he had not seen in several decades!

Elizabeth (Garrett ) was really sweet in organizing the whole thing and we met up with everyone for dinner at Al's Mesquite Grill.

The three girls, Dee, Debra and Candy, who were on a "girls' road trip" thingy, are the daughters of Leonard, Grandad's youngest brother.

We also caught up with cousins who lived in Abilene,

and got to celebrate Lin's birthday with him!

Monday, September 08, 2014

A West Texas Parade

The West Texas Fair and Rodeo is in town, and despite our last disastrous trip to a Parade, we steeled ourselves, tried to be brave, and made the trip downtown.

It was an unusually cool morning and day, with the high only in the high 70s.  It was overcast but did not rain/hail down on us, Thank God!

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We walked around a little bit, looking for the perfect spot to watch the parade from.  We tried watching from the Post Office, but the little boy was a little nervous perched that high, even if he was securely on daddy's back.

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We ended up on the street, up close to the action, which was wonderful.

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We saw every configuration of Fire Department vehicles possible.

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Everyone who participated was obviously enjoying themselves tremendously.  I think that was the very first time I had ever seen a roller derby team in real life and up close.

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I think one of the hub's favorite parts is the vintage cars procession.

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And of course, this being the West Texas fair and Rodeo, you HAVE to have horses and buggies and wagons.  It was fun to see how the riders obviously had a great bond with the animal they were riding.

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Jaxon and I had been reading books/doing school work on the pioneers and people who lived in the 1800's in the mountains and prairies, so it was great to see the wagons roll by.

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And then of course, there were the mascots.  I thought that the crash test dummies and the hot dog guy were a little creepy, but MATER was totally ADORABLE!

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Then came all the pretty ladies :)

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And all sorts of marching bands.
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I mean, ALL SORTS! Yeehaw!!!!

Friday, September 05, 2014


Ah yes, the new school year has started, and more importantly,

I am on top of the World!!


Yes, this is entirely satisfying :) Tom and Jerry on the "tube", a full breakfast.. I mean, seriously.

wOOt :)

sidenote: I didn't like the limited options Photobucket Editor had, and I didn't like the boxy way the photos had felt, and so I went back to Pixlr, and now the photos above have a kinda "Instagram"my look about them, which I like much better :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

GeekNerd that I am,

I have a current favorite font...

and it is the Pompiere... :) SWEET.

side note: it also means firefighter in Italian. Hmm. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Country Living

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So, at the crack of dawn, I'm woken up by loud POP POP POPs all over the place outside.

I'm thinking, "What the..", and then I remember ...

September 1st - the official start of Dove Hunting Season here.

Jaxon even tells me, "Mommy, I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep because there was a lot of popping going on outside".