Category Archives: Ben

Catching Up…Spring & Summer 2014

Well first of all, I’m happy to announce that I actually remembered the login password for my blog.  It’s been that long. I don’t ever feel pressured about this blog, because it’s a hobby.  But when I printed the past couple of years’ posts into blog books last spring, it reminded me how much I […]

Over the River and Through the Woods

The day after Christmas we loaded up the vehicle and headed to Mississippi.  And when I say we loaded up, I mean we stuffed ourselves, our dog, our luggage, and a pile of gifts into a compact SUV. We made even the Brady Bunch look more comfortable, riding on those camping trips in their 1960s […]

Christmas in Texas

This was a year of new traditions for our family of five.  For the first time in twenty years, we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day away from extended family.  We decided we would have more time to visit if we waited until after the holiday to make the trip back to Mississippi to see […]

Thanksgiving 2013

The kids got out of school early on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  So we loaded up and headed to Mississippi.  Shannon worked through the following Wednesday, so the kids and I stayed in Tupelo until Wednesday evening and met him in the Delta at his folks’ house that night. About three days before leaving, Shannon […]

Decking Our New Halls

While some folks would be terribly upset with us, I will go ahead and admit that we decorated our home for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving.  That’s right.  I said it.  Knock me down.  Spit at me.  But in the spirit of thankfulness, peace, good tidings, and Christmas love, I say just embrace it.  Some like to […]

Christmas Break Begins

So Christmas break officially started two hours ago.  Actually school gets out at 1:30 today, but the teachers “encouraged” parents to take their children home following the class Christmas parties this morning.  I remember fonder time when parties were at the end of day.  Now they have breakfast for their parties.  My middle child volunteered […]

Pumpkins, Fall Fest, and Trick-or-Treating

In light of the fact that Halloween was on a Thursday this year, and the new fad on social media is TBT (throwback Thursday), I thought I should start with these. A pirate and his parrot  (2007) A princess and a frog  (2004) Last weekend the kids carved their pumpkins.  Which meant Shannon and I […]

Fire Ant Festival

I’m not sure of the exact history behind this event, but the website states that “East Texas has long been home to one of the peskiest critters in the south…the fire ant.” So, why NOT have a festival to celebrate that?  The city of Marshall hosts this festival on the second weekend of October each […]

Tennis Tradition

My Dad introduced Ben to the sport of tennis when he was about seven. I think I was the same age when Dad put a tennis racquet in my hand.  We were never a very serious tennis family growing up, but we liked it. I played only one tournament as a kid, but I had […]

Western Days

This neck of the woods celebrates an annual event known as “Western Days.”  The kids’ activities at school during that week revolve around Texas culture and history.  On that Friday, they all wore their best western duds. We made a trip to Cavender’s for some boots and cowboy hats.  And the boys were fascinated watching […]