Monthly Archives: August 2013

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 […]

The Karate Kid

Walt has been begging to go to karate for the past eighteen months.   Which means I won’t be nominated for Mother of the Year.  Seriously, without fail, every time we drove past the martial arts center on North Gloster Street, he announced, “There’s my karate place.  I wonder if Martin is still teaching.”  And […]

God Bless Texas

  We’re settled in our new home.  We’ve all been under the same roof just shy of two weeks, and it’s starting to come together.  I still have a couple of boxes full of books that have no place to go.  I’m debating on whether to buy a bookshelf or just put them in the […]

Saying Good-Bye

Good-byes are always hard.  Some people avoid saying the expression.  But the original meaning of good-bye is “God be with you.”  So as much as I hated to leave the folks I love so much behind, I said several “good-byes” during the days prior to the move.  I’ve been blessed beyond measure with precious friends, […]

Smith Lake

Gran and Granddad invited the kids to go to Smith Lake during the week of July 4th.  Gran and Granddad typically go each summer for a week with Shannon’s sister, Jennifer, and her family.  The boys were thrilled to join them for the week.  Anna Katherine had a commitment with youth choir (the homecoming concert) […]


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 […]