Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Tonight I was responding to an ad for a part-time bookkeeper. 
Madison: (leaning over my shoulder) Do you have experience with the Dewey-Decimal System?
Me: No. I'm applying for a Bookkeeper job, not a librarian.
Madison: But don't they use the Dewey-Decimal system?
Me:  No, they keep checkbooks and write checks & stuff like that.
Madison:  Oh!  I thought they "KEPT THE BOOKS" like a librarian at the library.

I'm still crying from laughing so hard.  Oh my.  True Blonde.  Funny, right? 

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm not sure what to think about the weather.  The sun was shining & we were up to 76 degrees yesterday.  Absolutely beautiful.  Tomorrow we have snow in the forecast.  What?!  I hope we don't catch colds. 

Financial Peace University

This is a TOTALLY amazing class!  Scott & have gone to 2 out of 12 classes for the Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.  We really feel motivated to
get a handle on our finances & get in control. This is a 'crock-pot' transformation though,
not a 'microwave' change.  Should be good.  Can't wait to see how we do.
12 weeks.  That's a long time, but we need it. 

more pics with family

Having fun at the Oasis!

very cool

The object in Rugby is to score a TRI (equivalent to a touch-down in football; worth 5 points).
In Rugby the person with the ball must TOUCH the Ball
to the GROUND to make the points, otherwise the TRI
is not counted. 
Scroll through these pictures really fast to see Dillon
score a TRI against Alamo Heights High School
last weekend in San Antonio.
We won this game 20-12.
Only 2 kids went to the hospital; one with broken wrist & one with head stitches.  
Crazy but FUN!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

visitors from Iowa

We enjoyed Scott's brother, Ed & Howard's son, Tyler while they were
here for a visit last week.  They did some site-seeing in San Antonio last weekend.
Here they are with their cousin, Allen, who lives south of Austin.
Scraggly bunch of guys, aren't they? :)
We had such a good visit with Ed.  We haven't spent quality time with Ed for years & this was a good time for Scott & Ed to get caught-up with each other & share life for a while.  We're so glad he came & Howie's extra glad he got to see Tyler for a little while. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This year's Senior Class (2010) from Stony Point did a fund-raiser for their 'Project Graduation'.  They sold tickets to the Capital City Comedy Club for an event last Friday.  The headliner was a guy named Mike McRae.   A little weird for a school-function-fundraiser because you had to be 18 to get into the club.  Obviously the content was NOT all family-friendly.  Nope.

We got 3 tickets with the intent that Scott, Howie & I would go.  But Scott had a terrible head-cold last week & decided not to go.  I almost had to go by myself but Jared saved the day by coming along. 

I envisioned a smoky, dimly-lit club with small tables & lots of drinks... Surprisingly THIS was a brightly lit (flourescent, I think) large room that looks like it was once a large retail store.  No smoking.  Which I actually really, really appreciated.  The tables were set up in long rows, so 20 people could sit at one set of tables.  So the possibility of sitting across from or next to someone you didn't know was pretty high.  Alternative seating were small (tiny) tables around the perimeter with 2 chairs in-bewteen each table... facing forward.  You couldn't turn your chair under your table b/c there wasn't enough room. 
Are you getting the picture that we were sardined into this place?
I got 1 mixed drink & 2 Dr Peppers for Jared & we decided to split a SMALL basket of nacho chips & salsa. The drinks were SO small; they were the size of a breakfast juice glass - WITH ICE.   So I spent $17.23 for 3 glasses of ice with a bit of liquid & a basket of chips. 

So you're wondering if the comedian was worth all the hassle?  Sorry to say, it was very lame.  I'm even sorrier for the family that bought & gave us the tickets.  What a waste of $15 per ticket.  At least it went to a good cause, I hope the Seniors have fun at Project Graduation. 

Videos posted on blog not playing...

I don't know if you are able to play some of the videos I recently posted.  I cannot.  I have contacted YouTube and Blogger.  Looks like they are working on a 'fix' for many, many Bloggers who have this problem.  So... bear with me for now & I'll try to post videos through another source for a while.  Sorry! :)

our little fireman!

Whooo... this pic makes me wooozie!!

Enjoying a day of Rugby

We all got a little sun - but Jared's cheeks & nose are the pink-est.
Stony Point won their game 2 weekends in a row! 
This is the first home game they've won so the win was very sweet.
We've been filming Dillon each game so we can start talking
scholarships with area colleges... wish us luck!
We were visited by a Road Runner yesterday!  In case you were wondering...
here's what it REALLY looks like!

Luckily there wasn't a Coyote following it! 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Madison looooves Classic Country music. Here she is singing Loretta Lynn's 'Coal Miner's Daughter'.
Sorry about the scratchy sound quality, but TURN IT UP LOUD & you'll hear her okay.

So... we're thinking American Idol?? :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rain, rain go away

So last summer we were in severe drought.  Now I am sick of the rain.  It's been raining for 2-1/2 days, even the lake levels are close to 70% full. We have standing water in the ditches & the fields.  Speaking of which... Dillon had rugby practice tonight & the field was one HUGE puddle.  I wondered if they'd even have practice since it was so gooey out there. 

Dillon got home just after 7pm (I don't even want to know what the interior of his truck looks like...) and completely stripped down to his underwear on the front porch then came running & screaming through the house.  "I'm so cold!  Look out!  I'm in my underwear!!"  Well.  That was entertaining.  I should have had my camera close-by.  hahaha

Monday, February 1, 2010

This is a late post, but I have to show off some of the
handiwork my Mom & Dad, Madison & I did while my parents were visiting us last month. 
We painted the bottom of the guest half-bath a bluish-green color & then did the top
in a golden-orange wheat color.
The chair rail really pulled the room together. 
Awesome job Mom & Dad! 
We also took Mom & Dad to their first rugby game.
They learned some about rugby & got to witness a gruesome hand injury & a little bit of blood. Ahhh... the
joy of rugby.  It's an aquired taste, I guess.
Here is a great group photo to end the week together. 
So sorry they had to endure listening to Jared & Dillon combat the flu while they were here - but
the bright side is that the boys were home more than normal & G'ma & G'pa got a good visit.

Team building

Two Saturdays ago Dillon's rugby coach planned a team building day at Enchanted Rock National Park.  They spent the day hiking 4 miles & climbing through caves.  Together. Literally. As in 'tied together'...

Action shots of Josh

A couple of weeks ago Josh (my cousin's oldest boy) played in a soccer tournament here in Round Rock.  We went to watch him & got these awesome action shots of him. 
Our new camera has a 'sport' setting & we can get 80 pictures in 3 seconds.  So I won't bore you with all 145 pictures we took of Josh... but these are some of my favorites. Good job Josh!


Our quiet little corner of the world is being invaded by tractors & workers. 
I guess it couldn't last forever. 
The workers came last Thursday & laid out the perimeter of the
foundation for a new house next door to us.
Madison was not appreciative of the construction noise at 7:30am.
I haven't told her yet, but it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Prayerfully we'll get a nice neighbor & it'll all be worth it. :)