Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
So we're trying to get to know this new portion of the Cole family... James' family invited us to go boating with them this weekend since we all live in Round Rock. We had a great time getting to know them & their kids. We can't wait to do more stuff with them! The lake was very, very low of water & not many boats were out since it was 104 degrees. We had fun anyways!
I was teaching Ashley how to use the camera. I'm a great model, huh? lol
Ashley took the camera for some candid shots.
And this is what she sees when she's behind me. lol
Ashley tried to get a nice picture of her older sister, Sydney.
I didn't get to go to Six Flags too, so I left her this sticky-note birthday wish.... 15 'happy' birthdays for my 15-year-old. :)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I experienced a sad milestone with my car. Yes, the 10-year/100,000 mile warranty expired. Although I've only owned the car for 4 years I am successful at racking the miles up. That's okay... I love my car & will likely buy another Hyundai next time.
With the dry conditions here (read previous post) the snakes have been really making themselves obvious. They are searching for food... this little guy showed up in my neighbor's yard... it's a Red Stripe Ribbon Snake who will get about 18 inces long & eats frogs & fish.
July 2009 sets record for temperatures
By Juana SummersAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
July 2009 goes down as the hottest month ever recorded, Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose said Friday.
The previous record, with an average daily temperature of 89.1 degrees, was set in July 1860. Last month, daily temperatures averaged 89.5 degrees.
July 2009 had 26 days with temperatures over 100 degrees, and 42 days saw triple-digit highs so far this summer.
Highest temperature on a July day at Camp Mabry: 109 degrees, July 27, 1954
July 2009 rainfall total at Camp Mabry: 0.25 inches
Normal rainfall total: 1.97 inches
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday afternoon the Cole Family is doing the usual 'Guests-are-coming' cleaning, vacuuming, picking up, dishes... When I call to talk to John he announces that they'll be coming early! They'll be here after their show that night. Uh Oh. Now the Cole Family is doing the Super-Rush 'Guests-are-on-their way' cleaning.
Then we get the call. The picture below speaks for itself. Their van had a run-in with a guard rail. On the highway. On slippery roads. Behind a braking semi. In Houston. Crap.
Everyone is okay. The equipment sounds like it's going to be fine.
But they didn't make it to our house.
On the bright side we have a fantastically clean house & looks like the group found themselves a new van. :)
Sunday, August 2, 2009
For those of you who are familiar with the way Scott sings... close your eyes when Jared sings the solo part... doesn't he sound JUST LIKE Scott?!
Madison sang with Amanda on the song 'Dear Prudence'. Madison had the harmony so you can't hear her quite as much, but I think they look WAY cute in their pychadelic tie-dye dresses! (jump ahead to 1:10-1:17 to hear Madison's quick solo part!)
The kids also sang 'Because' but the incorrect tape was played as their back-up music & the music had vocals on it already! The vocals completely drowned-out Dillon, Jared & Madison so it didn't turn out so good. But A+ for effort!
He took a full-time summer position with a daycare - he is a 'teacher' in the after-school-aged (age 7-11) summer program. He has anywhere from 9-17 kids a day. The daycare hosts daily field trips which is where Dillon earns / enjoys his days... Movies, Bike Trip, Canoeing, Horseback riding, Swimming.... He's made really good money and has realized the influence he can have with these impressionable kids. Oh... the stories he tells.... Good & Bad....
Dillon has also been mowing yards in our neighborhood. He did some creative advertising & now takes care of 2 or 3 yards per week. He makes $35 - $40 per yard. Awesome!
His biggest goal this summer is to work on getting his driver's license (test is in November) and save money for a car. He's got ALOT of cash in the bank and looks at used cars ALL THE TIME. I'm proud of him that he's got a goal & has really worked on it. Good Job Dillon!!
"Because" is a really hard song because there's not much background music. "Blackbird" won't be too hard for Dillon since he sang it for choir last year, but Jared & Madison will have to keep up.
Here's a video snipet of the kids practicing "Blackbird" last night.
I'll take some video at tonight's concert & post them soon. Wish them luck!!
The funds raised will go to a non-proft charity that will purchase school supplies for underpriviledged families.
You are looking at my very own transparent pair of plastic tennis shoes. (Don't worry they're very well ventilated.) They cost me a whopping $3. I brought them home & immediately put them on with the only colored socks I could find... red Christmas socks. I'm going to have to rob some socks from Madison or invest in my own stock of colored footies. I LOVE these shoes.Of course I had to try on several other pairs to see if there was something I overlooked. This video shows a pair of heels that were worthy of video but not to purchase.
You may not be able to tell how incredibly pointy they are. The pointy tip was a good 2-1/2 inches past my toes. I felt like Glenda the Good Witch from Wizard of Oz might have owned these once.