Sunday, July 16, 2017

Conjoined Mushrooms!

Such excitement while cooking :) They might even have been triplets, seeing how there looked like there were 3 "caps".

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Happiness is..

Discounts and Coupons at the Grocery Store, on things you actually need and buy all the time!
The little boy spotted this on my phone and added a few embellishments to the photo :)

Friday, July 14, 2017

4th of July Celebrations 2017

The powers that be somehow could not garner enough support this year for the city to sponsor a fireworks display, so we thought we would go to one of the nearby towns to watch theirs instead. 
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So we got into the car and drove toward Clyde Lake, where the festivities were being held.  With the city not having a show this year, we figured a huge part of the 117,000 people living in the city would try to go watch this.  We opted not to drive all the way to the lake, but to park by the side of the road on the way there, as we had done once before. 
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Little did we know that the place where we were parked only allowed us to see the tippity tops of some of the fireworks.  We decided that we would drive towards the lake and hopefully get to see SOME of the display before it was over.  Long story short, we drove the rest of the way there, made a U Turn and then started the way back, hopefully before the throngs got into their cars and started leaving as well.
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The little boy got to see the most, what with Daddy trying to maneuver in the traffic and me trying to help watch for people coming off of the curb.
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The next celebration we went to was at Hillcrest, for its Annual Neighborhood Parade.  We didn't manage to get the boy a patriotic t shirt this year, so he wore his Captain America t-shirt instead. I  mean, who could be more patriotic than Captain America, aye?
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The little boy loves to explore and that was exactly what he did while we were waiting for the parade to start.
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Look at what treasures he found... green acorns.
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Uncle Lin was there as well!
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The little boy got out in front to grab some of the candy that was being tossed to the on lookers, handed them to Daddy, and has promptly forgotten all about them.  He isn't too big into candy.
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After the parade, we adjourned to the Multi Purpose Room for home made and store bought ice cream and cookies!
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The little boy tried a few spoonfuls of a few kinds, but favored the chocolate ones :)
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After that, we stopped by the fireworks stands on the way home to get the little boy some XXL sparklers.
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That night, we went and got some of the fireworks that we had saved over the years. This was part of the stash that we had bought when we had gone back to the stands close to midnight in previous years and gotten them at deeply discounted prices.
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We live outside the city limits, and there was no burn ban at the moment.  Even so, we were very careful to watch all the embers and whatnot that we could.  Needless to say, the little boy had a Blast :)
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The next morning, we set off some black snakes, much to the little boy's delight to round off a memorable celebration. :)
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Poh Poh's Visit

It took a while, but it's chronicled here, here, here, and here :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Finally, this year we get to have some!
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Another year, birthdays and an anniversary :)

The hubs and I both turned a year older last week and celebrated another year of being together,
The little boy took the reins when it came to decorating and icing the cake, 
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and made us the loveliest card.

Then, the ladies at Bible Class helped us celebrate with an ICE CREAM CAKE!
That was probably the first time the little boy had had some, and he even wrote about it in his journal!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Well, whaddayaknow.

I don't normally do any of those surveys or quizzes people share on facebook, but I thought I'd humor myself a little and do this "What is your ideal profession" one.

And hey, whaddayaknow.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Poh Poh's Visit 2017

I can't believe 3 weeks have come and gone.
We drove my mom to DFW today, much to the little boy's dismay.  He had grown very attached to her, and was distressed that she had to go.

Especially when a last moment turn of events had her leaving over a week earlier than intended.


Photos to come once I get them organized :)

Saturday, June 03, 2017

What next.

First there was the Cow Rampage of 2017
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where a bunch of a neighbor's cows found their way through the fence into our compound,
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trampling on and breaking pipes/hoses - causing quite a manifold increase in the water bill this month, breaking a host of other things, trashing our little water plant pond and leaving a significant amount of patties in our yard etc.


Then, there was the hail storm that yielded hail THIS size.
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Double Oy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We get excited over our napkins around here..

especially when they have funny pictures and statements/questions on them...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Back in April....

It has been pretty crazy weather around here lately.

It seems like since my mom got here, it has been as if she has brought the Tropical Weather with her. It has been rainy for days on end, and rainy all day long.  Maybe she brought weather from Washington.

ANYWAY, I was looking through my "archives", and came across ones of the sweet little boy doing one of his favorite activities - wallowing in muddy puddles.

Once again, I present to you, Muddy Puddles Woods.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thinking back now..

Just remembering the time back in February when the dog wrenched my back hurtling down the steps, and I was pretty much an invalid for a couple of weeks, 
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And then in pain for a few more months.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Poh Poh's here!

My mom got into Abilene on Mother's Day :)

In fact, she got to do a double Mother's Day. She left Malaysia on Sunday morning, and arrived in the States the same morning!
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The little boy had been so excited over Poh Poh's visit that it was all he could do to contain his anticipation.
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She had had a really long journey and was hungry, so we brought her out for some Chinese Buffet :)
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She was totally exhausted after traveling over 24 hours on 3 different planes, but the little boy managed to present a bouquet of flowers to Poh Poh before she retired for the night.

The next few days was bonding time with Grandma, and her getting over jet lag.
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But we DID manage to slot in a welcome by the Bible Class ladies.
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And get to spend lots of quality time with Poh Poh
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Stephanie invited us over to her house for dinner, and Mamo and Uncle Jim were glad to be able to meet up with Poh Poh again as well.  
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Watch this space for more adventures with Poh Poh!