Friday, July 22, 2011

Class Registration

Dillon spent most of his day in Bryan today.
He went to register for his classes, which will start August 26th.
His registration didn't go quite as smoothly as he'd hoped.
He waited up until 12:01am on 7-21-11 so he could register on-line. Easy-Peasy, right?
There was some sort of 'hold' on his account which forced him to go to Bryan personally. Grrr.
Several people he knows going to Blinn had the same problem.
He did get classes scheduled, just not for the "ideal times" he had in mind.
Welcome to Real Life. :)

Part 2 - Jan, 2011 (Chronological Catch-Up)

January means it's time for the
2011 Stony Point Rugby Season

Looks are deceiving... it was FREEZING!

 Jared & Brittany decided to spread their wings and move north.
Way North... All the way to IOWA!
Several of Jared & Brittany's friends were here to say good-bye the night bfore they left.
Not an easy thing to say... so we're gonna stick with...

Brittany drove behind Jared and took this picture of Jared entering Iowa.
Isn't this a cute picture? 
Jared and Brittany were exposed to a very cold, wet & snowy winter.

Scott's weight keeps dropping!

 Look how Scott's pants have to be 'cinched' here!
Scott's losing weight very quickly. His stomach holds only about 4oz. so he doesn't eat a whole lot!

 This is a typical look after supper.

 This is one of the ugliest smocks I could find at the Salvation Army.
I sent this picture to Madison as a threat to buy it since she wouldn't shop with me that day.
Once in a while I send a picture smile to a random person.
Consider this a warning.  You may be the next one get a smile from me!

 The above picture is self-explanatory.

Molly was about ready to *pop* - or at least she looked like it.

The day Molly went into labor she was very lethargic.
She looked like this most of the day & one time I caught her sitting ontop of a pillow so she looked like a mama hen on her nest.  I suppose that's what the 'nesting' instinct looks like?  haha

About 8pm on January 20th Molly started having her puppies.
The County's Animal Shelter let us borrow a hard-plastic swimming pool so she could use it for birthing.

Molly let us sit quietly beside the pool and watch her giving birth.
And Dillon would remind us that it was STINKY (no lie, there was a distinct odor).

The vet told us we would probably have four puppies.
When puppy #5 came out we were amazed that Molly could hold so many!

Imagine how surprised we were when puppy #7 came out at 10:30pm.
That ALOT OF PUPPIES for such a little dog!

Molly is such a good mommy!  She instinctually knew how to give birth and take care of her puppies.
We had no idea how quickly we would fall in love with these little pups.
We spent EVERY spare moment in the 'Puppy Room' watching the pups.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scott's uphill climb

I feel like Scott is facing a never-ending uphill battle.
He was back in the ER early yesterday morning. 
Yes... another kidney stone. 
This time there was infection. Enough to get him to 103 degrees. 
Poor guy. 
Well... we had 4 good days without pain, 
out of the last 7 weeks. 
The never ending countdown

Friday, July 15, 2011


Scott & I saw the movie "THOR" today.
We really liked the movie!  I recommend you see it.
Normally I'm a cowboy kindof girl, but..... wow!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Update on Scott... the Sleepy Zombie

Scott had the 2 stents removed yesterday from his kidneys (ureter). Yay!
It's not a pleasant office-procedure so the doctor gave him a muscle relaxant.
That turned him into a sleepy-zombie.
He was given the drug yesterday morning at 8:30am & we were home 45 minutes later.
He slept until 4pm, performed a quick wedding, then went back to bed.
He slept until 9pm, ate supper then went back to bed.
Scott got up this morning at 9:30am & has existed today as a walking zombie.
I'm guessing he feels alot like this little bear....


I wonder where this Tow-Truck driver graduated from. 
Obviously not the Fire-Fighter Academy. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011


10 days ago Scott had 2 stents placed near his kidneys. He went to a new urologist who decided to get aggressive with the treatment & removal of Scott's kidney stones.  The diagram below shows where & how the stents are placed. OUCH!!

Scott has been placed in a study to see if we can determine what is making Scott produce so many stones & how we can get them STOPPED!
Wish him luck and hopefully we can get him started right away on some sort of treatment.
Tomorrow Scott gets these stents removed.

To my Mom & Dad

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!
40 YEARS IS A LONG TIME - That's so Awesome...
I'm so proud to have you as role models for a long-lasting marriage.
Thank you.

Anita visited us yesterday!

If you decide to come visit us & tell me you want to go shopping for some inexpensive clothes... and you're cool with second-hand stores...
You're going to end up with me at the Salvation Army.
Scott's half-sister, Anita, came to visit us yesterday & we couldn't resist a trip to the Salvation Army.
After our shopping excursion we had a great visit and shared a good supper,
But the highlight of the day was Madison's "find" of a tennis racket for $3.99. Whoot!

COME BACK to visit us Anita!
We really enjoyed your visit and can't wait to see you before you go back to Iowa.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Part 1 - DEC. 2010 (Chronological catch-up)

So December was full of... umm... Holiday, Family & a few random but wonderful things!

Of course we had a few musical tributes since we're a "Choir Family".
We participated in a FANTASTIC night of Christmas Caroling with the Stony Point Choir.  We started the night caroling at the local nursing homes.
 Here is Eric & Andrew being their jovial selves.  The lady in the background looks thrilled.

After the singing at the nursing homes we went to the outlet mall & sang as a small group - then joined the other groups for a large ensemble. Here's the whole gang below. We had a great time.

The holiday concert was at the Round Rock PAC. See Madison (the only blonde!) on the end?

The Stony Point 'Footnotes' Choir sang a couple of pieces at the Holiday Concert at the Round Rock PAC. It was a really cool collaboration of the SPHS Choir & Orchestra during this concert. Madison is in the front row, 3rd from the right. It's a beautiful song & I hope you'll listen to it all the way thru.

The Stony Point 'Footnotes' Choir sang at 'Grace Christian Center' in December. The Director, Annie Byrom, allowed a couple of choir alumni to sing along... so you can see Dillon & Amanda in the bunch. Listen for Madison at 17sec.

Scott spent almost 4 months preparing for the gastric by-pass surgery which his Endocrinologist (Diabetes Doctor) & his Bariatric Surgeon want him to have so he can get rid of diabetes.
Scott spent several days in a hospital in downtown Austin.  Here is the 'pent house' view from his room.  We enjoyed it but he didn't get much opportunity to sit & look out of it.  Understandable, right?

A 'side-effect' of Scott's surgery is Weight Loss!
Watch over the next few months how Scott's weight dwindles away...
The day of surgery Scott weighed 283.
This is a photo Scott had taken for a newspaper article in December, 2010.
This is how we all knew Scott.  Cute & Cuddly & Big Bear-like, right?

The WHOLE Gang! 
 G'ma & G'pa Brown arrived in Texas in early December.
We are very blessed to have them in Round Rock for the winter.
We celebrated G'ma Vicki's birthday at the Oasis overlooking Lake Travis.
Here is Jeannetta, G'ma & me.

Madison works at Carter's outlet store!
Madison started working for the temporary holiday season & keeps her job long-term.
Ahhh.... her first job!

Good-Bye Pink Penguin
Scott & I decided to sell our portion of the Pink Penguin to our partners.
We wish James & Andrea lots of fun and adventures as owners of the
Pink Penguin Frozen Yogurt Shop.

Merry Christmas - 2010

Here's the gang this year;
front row: Cody, Chelsie, Dillon, Josh
second row: Madison, Shelly, Jared, Scott & Brittany

And a goofy shot...
(really Jared??)

Christmas means we get creative, artsy & beautiful items from my sister-in-law Jill.

The Cole Family Tree is our original piece of art that Jill made for us this year.

Santa Claus brought the Cole Family a very cute little dog on the Eve of Christmas Eve. (12-23-10)
The story goes like this...
Scott & I bought a new (used) vehicle on 12-23-10.
When we brought it home that night we took Dillon & Madison for a ride around the neighborhood.
As we were backing out of our driveway this cute little puppy was standing in our driveway.
No one in the neighborhood claimed her.
The vet checked the microchip in her neck & she was registered to an animal shelter in West Texas... who did not have the name of her adoptive family....
It appears she's been 'DUMPED'.
We think she's a cross between a long-haired chihuahua & a terrier.
She's VERY CUTE and loves to snuggle on your lap.
We named her MOLLY.
We noticed something unusual about her after a couple of weeks....
STAY TUNED until next month....


Now what
Whoops. I accidentally washed Scott's wallet. And all the contents. Now that's some clean cash!

Well Looky There!
We have curbside recycling.  I like it.
Except those 2 bad-boys now have to fit into my garage. Somewhere.

The kids got portraits of themselves for Christmas & got them framed for us.
Very Cool.
We decided to elaborate on their sitting & add the whole family.
We decided this might not happen again for a looooooong time.

Weddings here & there