Category Archives: Special Events

Walt’s Baptism

During the fall, Walt began asking serious questions about salvation.  Heaven has been a frequent topic of conversation since losing Pop, but Walt began probing further.  He’s been in church since he was in the womb, so the terminology has long been familiar and “Sunday school answers”  roll off his tongue easily.  But he had […]


Walt turned seven on Thanksgiving Day this year.  I couldn’t help but think about Thanksgiving Day in 2006 when I was a very rotund girl with a face that glowed something like a full moon.  I felt if someone stuck a pin in me I just might pop and go flying through the air.  Well, […]

Character Day

The first graders at Walt’s school had “Character Day” on Halloween.  It made for a good excuse to wear a costume while promoting an educational event.  At first, Walt agreed to be a baseball player.  Easy enough.  I bought a cute book that he loved about a cat who plays ball.  But then, the night […]

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 […]

A Trip Home

I had to do some continuing education and coordinated the class around a weekend where I could meet my friend Jo Carol for some early Christmas shopping, good food, and time for catching up.  Since I was going to be just a few hours from Tupelo, and my mother-in-law had been wanting to come out […]

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 […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

We celebrated Shannon’s birthday last week and decided to surprise him with tickets to a Rangers game.  None of us have ever attended a pro baseball game, and we really don’t have ties to a certain team.  From the looks of things, if you live in this neck of the woods, you better like the […]


Ben turned ten at the end of June.  Since we were still staying with Nana during that time, we decided to have his party at her neighborhood pool.  (Thanks, Nana!)  We rented the club house where all the boys ate hot dogs and cake, and they swam the rest of the time.  It was a […]