Monthly Archives: November 2013

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 […]


From the day Walt started karate (technically “taekwondo”), he’s been counting down the weeks until he could test for the orange belt.  Every two months he will be able to test for the next belt, as long as he consistently attends class twice weekly and passes off on the necessary skills.  So basically in about […]

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 […]

Nana & Uncle Grant Came to Texas

  Uncle Grant brought Nana to visit at the end of September.  It was the weekend before her birthday, so we were thrilled to be able to celebrate with her.  It was their first visit to see us in Longview since the big move.  While social media, texting, and email have allowed me to easily […]

Open House & Fall Tennis

Shannon held an open house at his office during September.  I didn’t get a lot of quality photos, but there were a couple of cute ones in the bunch.   Walt and Ben met “Good Neigh Bear” (get it? like a good neigh-bear?). And while bear took a break for some ventilation and cold water, […]