Sorry!

Time for Family Game Night at dinner time! We played “Sorry! Spin”, a different take on the traditional Sorry! Game.

And yes, we did have fruit and turkey bacon for dinner. We were going to have eggs too, but no one really wanted them.

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Even Jack got into the game!

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We had a good time, even though John won. Just kidding! It was super fun to hang out, play a game, and share a meal together.

It is the little things in life that make all the difference.

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This entry was posted on March 20, 2013. 1 Comment

Holiday Catch Up

It’s been a while since I’ve written.  Really, so much has happened, but there hasn’t been time to get it all down.  So, I thought I would catch up on everything that’s happened since Thanksgiving.

First, Miranda celebrated her 7th Birthday.  This is the only photo I have because the other ones are on my old phone that has been destroyed by water.  I think they’re on the SIM card, but haven’t been brought over yet.  Anyway, I made this beautiful cake for the party:

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Over the Christmas Break, Miranda and I had plenty of time to relax and sleep.  Oh boy, we slept a lot!!

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Yes, I take a lot of pictures of Miranda sleeping.  I can’t help it; she’s sooo cute!!

We also had some time to hang out, play games, and go to the movies:

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Christmas Time!  We had a great Christmas.  There were fun presents, family, and food.  We did the usual run around.  Early morning with just us, then over to my mom’s house, then over to my dad’s.  I meant to take more pictures on Christmas Day, but just seemed to forget.  I did get some of our morning at home, but slacked off as the day progressed.  I did manage to get a picture of Miranda with real-life snow when we went to Fort Worth to visit my Aunt Nanci and Uncle Matt.  On a side note – Colorado People – please don’t laugh, this IS snow to us Texans!  🙂

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We had a nice New Years Eve with my mom and sisters.  Then, it was back to school.  We are now back in the regular routine.  John was able to get some tickets to the circus this past weekend.  We all had a blast!  Miranda was able to ride a camel, which she said was so soft!  The show was awesome and the animals were great.

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Thanks for reading and checking out our pictures!  I’ll try to update more frequently!  🙂

Thanksgiving Break

First of all, I would like to say that I am extremely thankful to have a week off for Thanksgiving Break. Before the hustle and bustle of Thursday, I had some work to do. I painted two accent walls, one in the dining room and the other in the living room.

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It came out a little pinker than I anticipated.  I’m still not 100% with the color, but it’s growing on me.

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I love the green, it’s perfect with the decor of the rest of the living room.

I spent a whole day cooking and thanks to Pinterest, I made some delicious desserts.

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S’mores

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Mini Aple Pies

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Sweet Potato Pie

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Oreo Cake

Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food! We had a great lunch with my mom and sisters before heading over to my dad’s for dinner.

Miranda helped me put the Christmas Tree up on Friday.

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Yep, Christmas is quickly approaching. It was great to take time off to get some things done and hang out with my family.

Homecoming 2012

Being on the Elementary Cheer Squad provides many opportunities, the most exciting one is to cheer at the Homecoming Game.  For the first quarter, they were cheering from the stands.  The second quarter, they were on the field with the Varsity Cheerleaders!  How awesome is that?!

This entry was posted on November 4, 2012. 1 Comment

No More TV!

What a week…I feel like I have missed out on so much the last seven days!

Our pastor spent the past 3 weeks talking about community within the family unit and he concluded this series with the announcement of a Media Fast. What’s that you ask? Well, let me tell you. It means that we fast from all types of Media for a week in order to spend more time with our families. It’s a good idea for sure, but I was not excited to participate, neither was Miranda.  We spent a good deal of time talking about how it would work for us.  Basically, no TV, computer, or Nintendo DS for Miranda.  My list was a little more extensive, unfortunately.  No TV, computer, Facebook, Pinterest, Words with Friends, Netflix, Hulu, or e-mail.  When I made the list, it was a little embarrassing how much time I waste on media.  There were a few exceptions, of course.  Miranda was able to get online for her addition facts practice game, which is 15 minutes of her homework each night.  I scanned my e-mail every day in order to catch the time-sensitive items, mostly e-mail from Miranda’s school.

The first night, last Sunday, was no big deal for us.  We were busy with church, lunch, hanging out with PaPa (in which we actually watched TV, ironically, because we hardly ever watch television with him), then back to the church to help organize for a garage sale.  When we came home Monday night, I will say how strange it was to not turn on the TV.  Miranda and I ate dinner early and played games until it was time for her to go to bed.  I have to admit to “cheating” on Tuesday night when I watched “Batman Begins”.  (I made a promise to a friend that I would watch it and let him know what I thought.  I don’t watch superhero movies because I think they’re ridiculous and he assured me that I would enjoy this one because it was different.  It was okay, I guess.) I did wait until everyone was in bed and I washed the dishes at the same time, so I wasn’t intruding on Family Time, right?

Miranda and I played games and read together every night.  Towards the end of the week, she stopped asking when she would be able to watch her shows again.  She wanted to know what we were going to play!  I really enjoyed spending this time with her and I can see making some changes in the amount of television we watch.   I thought the “No TV” rule would be the most difficult part of the Media Fast, but it was actually the easiest.  I realized that I didn’t seem to miss any of my regular shows.  I only missed the background noise.  I talked on the phone a little more than usual and enjoyed Game Night at our Bible Study Group.

I found the week without my iPod absolutely horrendous!  My commute to work is an hour each way.  That means I sat in complete silence for 2 hours a day while driving in the miserable Austin traffic.  There’s only so much you can think about before you start to go nuts!  It was an interesting week, to say the least.

I do feel like I missed out on some stuff (after an hour on the computer this morning, I’m all caught up), but the memories of fun times with my family and friends will definitely give me some good reasons to continue to decrease my “media time”.

This entry was posted on September 30, 2012. 1 Comment

The First Tooth

Earlier this summer, Miranda had a great dentist visit.  She was a little nervous, but also pretty excited.

First they took some x-rays.

This freaked her out, but she sat like a champ!

Then the hygenist started cleaning the teeth.  Let me tell you, this lady was awesome with Miranda.  She had cute names for all the cleaning tools and explained everything in a way that Miranda could understand.

Miranda even got to wear Princess “Goggles” during the cleaning.

When the dentist came to check on Miranda, she gave us some pretty exciting news:  Miranda had 4, count them, 4 loose teeth!!  She said that all four should fall out within the next two months!!!  I knew then to make sure the Tooth Fairy had some extra cash lying around for the big day.

Now flash forward a couple of months.  In the middle of eating hamburgers at Bible Study, Miranda noticed that one of her loose teeth were missing!  We were soooo excited!  Well, except for the fact that the tooth was actually missing…

We looked everywhere, but we couldn’t find the tooth.  I felt terrible that one of my daughter’s teeth could possibly be laying around at a friend’s house, but what could we do??  We had bigger problems that that.  Miranda worried that without a tooth, the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t come and bring her a prize.

So, we decided to write a note explaining the situation and leave that under her pillow.

Bright and early the following morning, Miranda had $1.50 and a big smile.  I can’t wait for the other 3 teeth to fall out!

This entry was posted on September 9, 2012. 2 Comments