Thursday, June 30, 2005

Paluxy Blues

today i don't think i'll use capitals b/c it hurts to type. this is a labor of love. we (kids & me) went with some friends today over to glen rose to dinosaur valley state park. it's a nice big park that strides the paluxy river. very pretty, but some of you may already know i'm not a river kind of girl. there were lots of slippery rocks that i fell upon (i think i slipped onto my rear 8 times, but i may have lost track) and, on one such occasion, tore a hunk of skin off tall man on my right hand. i don't think anyone else fell as hard or as often as i did, so i'm not sure if i had slippery soles or if i am just becoming highly uncoordinated. either way, i felt dumb. brandon had a blast, of course, but i'm hoping the trip will last him awhile because i don't think my body can take that abuse again. and do you know how often you type keystrokes with the tall man on your right hand? a lot, i tell you. but now i am home and smelling like a city girl once again. also, i'm very thankful for my homedics foot bath/massager and my homedics chair massager, too. both are doing a fabulous job right this moment as we blog. and don't hate me because i'm soft.

well, abby has officially broken her thumb-sucking habit. yay, abster! she's been off the thumb one whole month, so we don't think we have to worry anymore about her sucking it during her graduation ceremony in 2017.

the heezy is coming along nicely. looking to get in it mid-august still. sheetrock is up now. hopefully we'll get bricked next week. whoop!

Monday, June 27, 2005

Almost Famous

Well that was kind of cool, but I hope it wasn't our 15 minutes of fame, because it really only lasted about 15 seconds. At the Rangers game tonight (Midlothian Stars softball team...remember?), the little roving reporter guy came up and interviewed a girl on the team and Clay, Abby and I were on TV. Not the jumbotron tv, but the real tv...the one in your living room. Too bad if you missed it, because that just makes my 15 seconds of fame even more pitiful. I'll be sure to let you know, though, when the commercial that Abby's team is in airs.

Really, the kids and I spent most of the day at the ballpark, because the kids had a little church field-trip thingy there this morning where we got a tour of it. They got to sit in the dugout, go through the press box and other cool stuff. Brandon loved it, but Abby thought it was "boring". Either way, they both had a memorable summer's day. I think tomorrow will be more restful than memorable. In the words of JA, I sho' tired!

Last night was very nice. 15 people got baptized and lots of people from church were there for the big event. Clay baptized Abby and it was as tender a moment as I remember when he baptized Brandon. Then we had hot dogs and all the kids swam and jumped off the diving board to their little heart's content. Good stuff...I'm looking forward to doing it again in August! [great big yawn] Goodnight.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

A.E.H. and her very big day

So Abby was reading the kids calendar from church about fun summertime events that is posted on our fridge. She read that this Sunday night we're having a pool baptism at the W's and said to me, "Um, mom, we're having a pool baptism and we need to talk about that." Remember...I told you she prayed to become a Christian in December? Anyway, we HAVE had that talk and she is getting baptized at said date and location. She is soooooooooo excited about it~can't stop thinking/talking about it and reminds everyone she sees. Which is very cool and sets my mind at ease about her being able to remember the event later on. It is a huge deal to her, so I'm thinking it will be firmly entrenched in her mind for years to come. And I'm not even going to try to not cry. because that's just silly. I'm getting teary just blogging about it.

So have a happy weekend. I know I will. :-)

Monday, June 20, 2005

Medically Speaking....

They say that 40 is the new 30. I'm not sure what that means, but after recent drs. visits, it doesn't encourage me any as I head toward that milestone over the next several years. I've been told that I need to start taking calcium supplements because "you're not young anymore" by one kindly physician, and another recently enlightened me this way: "I know that you're not middle-aged the way you think of middle-aged, but medically speaking, you ARE middle-aged." well.

I'm sure that whole "40 is the new 30" thing is because of people like Brad Pitt (41),Tom Cruise (43), Brooke Shields(40), and Sarah Jessica Parker (40), but then...they started out more beautiful in the first place AND they spend the money to fix physical age-tellers, so I'm thinking they're not the best gauge for the rest of us.

Abby has gone 2 straight weeks with NO thumb-sucking. This is quite an accomplishment for her~she's working toward one month and a trip to Celebration Station. I think she's really going to kick the habit this time, because she has shown a determination that we've never witnessed before. She needed a band-aid on her thumb for the first week (just the right one because the left one "tastes nasty. It's not juicy.") Before, this tactic has not deterred her in the least; she simply yanked that band-aid off as soon as no one was looking. But this time, she seems as if nothing will stop her from the bumper boats, and we hope, a newfound freedom from the thumb.

Also, we've found out that Abby's softball team won a contest the Rangers put on...send in video of your team and win fabulous prizes. They've won first place and get 50 tix to a game, their picture on the big screen AND a 30 second spot on a Rangers COMMERCIAL. She's very excited. And Clay took the video himself, so props to him.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Circle Yes or No

Well Brandon took 2 showers this week at camp and bought a travel size Scope mouthwash in the gift shop mid-week so he could avoid brushing his teeth from that point forward. And still, somehow, he came home with a new "girlfriend". Those preteen years are magical, I tell you. Actually, from the polls I heard as the vans were unloading, his personal hygiene was right on target with the other boys. Several proudly exclaimed that they had not showered all week and I know of one for sure who could not remember brushing his teeth after Monday. Bless every man who has ever endured a week in a cabin with 10 year old boys.

The "girlfriend" story is quite entertaining, too. I sat and listened to B, Z, and R at lunch telling me all about how she went to camp "liking" B and R. R decided to go ahead and ask her to "go out with" him one day, but asked B to stand behind him as his back up in case she said no. But, since he had purchased a package of Sour Punch Straws for her, she could not resist. It lasted 5 hours, or so I'm told, at which point B stepped in. She couldn't resist him either b/c Z had given her Sour Skittles, telling her they were from B. I asked B (because these are important questions) what made her his girlfriend since he said they didn't walk together, sit together, or talk anywhere except the "Canteen". He said it's because "I like her and she likes me." I give it another half hour.

A is on her way home from N&Ps house. I can't wait to hug her little neck! It's been a fun week, but now I understand what my mom meant all those times she talked about needing all her chicks in the nest and stuff like that.

FYI - Cinderella Man is a GREAT movie if you, like me, love true stories and can handle all the pugilistic bloodiness. Little Opie did well and I didn't even think about Russell Crowe throwing a telephone at that hotel employee after about the first 5 minutes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Insipid Insights?

Childless evening #2 provided me with so much blog material I don't even know where to begin. We went out to camp to visit Branman, which is a post all on its own, but I have other things on my mind at the moment. Then we went over to Ft. Worth for dinner with L&SA at Rosa's. It was, I might add, almost as wonderful to eat at Rosa's as it was to see our friends. I almost felt like we should push a bunch of tables together for Crestview, but it wasn't a Sunday night and we weren't in Midland. Anyway, our conversation produced so many possible blog topics: dredlocks, stepping in gum, and bug-swallowing incidents just to name a few. I have two such incidents of my own...took a drink from a can of coke once and ended up with a bumblebee in my mouth. Another time, I kept feeling something weird in my ear. My mom put drops in and out crawled a GIANT ant (ok, so I didn't swallow it, but it's still a good story).

But, again, I digress. What affected me the most was a question. We were talking about the blog itself when LA asked, "They're (blogs) supposed to be banal, right?" Now I'm certain he didn't MEAN to offend me, but the question has haunted me since, even causing me to question my very blogistence. I mean, BANAL??? You might need to look it up in your dictionary or at so you can know why I'm so distraught. But I can tell you it's not good. Ah well, perhaps he'll find mine not so lacking in originality and freshness and will redefine his opinion.

I'm off to lunch in Waxahachie with MLS. Catch ya' later~

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Everything Is Not an Anecdote

I forgot to mention that while we were in the West End, we came upon a young spray-paint artist. Now, I know that probably doesn't sound all that exciting, but it was really incredible. The guy was very young and had quite a crowd watching him as he quickly painted space pictures as a driving beat blared through his jambox. These pictures were so good I don't think I can describe it, but each one took him 5-10 minutes and it seemed as if he was just creating each new scene as he went along. We (incl. S&LsS and fam) were quite impressed, even thinking he should charge more than the $25 per picture he was getting. As we left, Brandon said, "That guy is unnatural." well put. And speaking of Branslam, he got his first homerun on Saturday during his end of season tournment. Yea, Brandon!

Last night Clay and I went to see Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I liked it, but it was sort of weird because there's all this violent killing going on but it's really a comedy. It was strange to laugh, but we did anyway. I think we're going to see Cinderella Man later this week.

yesterday, I went to a drs. appt. near downtown Dallas, then drove across the metroplex almost to Ft. Worth to pick out appliances for the new house, THEN drove down to Sam's in Grand Prairie before heading home. The entire trip, portal to portal, took about 4 hours. (just in case you wanted to know how long that might take a person) I don't know why, but I found that knowledge both informative and interesting. However, a scene from the movie, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles may better express your thoughts at the moment. It's where Steve Martin says to John Candy, "You know everything is not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You're a miracle! Your stories have NONE of that. They're not even amusing ACCIDENTALLY!..........You know... you know when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea: have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!" I have to remind myself of that sometimes.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Rantings of a Quadruped

You might have wondered, "How long CAN a dog continuously bark?" I think I'm going to be able to give you the answer. Most days, we're awakened by this precious neighborhood dog's melodious rantings. However, today he seems extra determined to be heard. We're going on 2 1/2 hours at the moment, with no sign of exhaustion or laryngitis. Now I understand how you could be driven to consider soaking a biscuit in anti-freeze (I won't give up your name here) and tossing it over the fence. [note: don't worry activists and dogmanitarians, I don't think it actually happened. It was more of a pleasant dream I heard about once.]

So, no, I don't think I'll spend my first childless day in the house. Got B and Z off to camp this morning and A left yesterday with grandparents. Z wanted to go see Dallas from the observation deck at Reunion Tower so we ate in the West End and rode the elevator up last night. I kept looking around for A b/c it was really weird---her not being there. But we've already spoken twice and she's having a great time.

Anyway, I'm all done writing for the time being, so if anyone wants to do something fun this week, I'm all yours. Aside from a drs. visit in the big city today and some Welcome Week preparations, I'm footloose and fancy-free. happened remember that "If you blog it, it will come" theory? It sounds as if the dog has just stopped barking. spooky. I think I could probably get on Oprah or something with this newfound ability I seem to have.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Pretty Flowers

So we started summer small groups and I'm leading, along with KP and TC, the 11-12th grade girls group. We're going through the book and workbook "Every Young Woman's Battle". I'm looking forward to it for a couple of reasons.
A. good chance to get to know some girls.
2. never led a study on that particular topic before. As the kids get older, I realize more and more how important it will be for me to be ready to discuss such issues. And wow...parents never had to address "virtual relationships" as a subset of their sex talks before, did they?
D. Bible study is always a good thing.

I'm teaching in youth SS for the next 3 weeks as well, which also pleases me. 11th grade girls, and then the whole group, I think. Let's see, what else....we're having our own version of "The Amazing Race" on Saturday and I just found out that I can't be there b/c Brandon's baseball tournament conflicts. bummer, too, b/c I was looking forward to watching that pool challenge at the Wooten's! I think we need a Minister to Adults or something to put together stuff like The Amazing Race for big people because that would be fun. maybe. I mean, really...why should we have to wait until we're in the "Glory" class to have people plan group trips for us to go eat at Luby's and look at the pretty flowers?

Well, the sun is shining and the pool is calling my name. Before I go, a few personal notes...
SJ - Happy Birthday to you way up there in Portland, OR!
BD - posting just b/c I know you're waiting. :-)
SAd - pick up the phone
R&KJ - thanks for the invite; will definitely make that visit soon
SAs - ok, this time I'll come to have a Rosa's nearby, right?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

not a clever title in me at the moment

Note 2 Self: blogs about Michael Jackson and/or disgusting restaurants get no comments.

Today I wrapped up my week of dizzles so now I'm officially on summer break, too! Actually, though, I already feel as if we've had a month and a half of it! Brandon has football camp at the high school every morning this week and is loving it. Don't's non-contact and they're not wearing pads or anything. But he's loving the drills and is having a blast because he's sporty like that. And I love it when he comes home every day telling me about the obstacle course agility drill and other stuff. He has this big smile on his face as he describes every detail of the races that he's lost. It's almost like he gets a kick out of the challenge, even though he's smaller and not as quick as a lot of his friends. I've also noticed it in the pool where he races his buddy Rio every time they swim together and Rio has won every single time. Brandon always comes up smiling and says, "Wanna race again?" I want to say, "See who can hold his breath the longest" or something that I know he has a chance at. But I love that about him.

Just when I thought baseball was over, we find out Brandon is playing for the All-Star team. We don't know yet if he's going to get to play or is an alternate who has to be there all the time but just sit the bench, but he's excited about it anyway.

The house is looking good. They're supposed to stain the concrete today; we'll check it out tonight. I'm glad we're here with the peezy for the summer, but it sure will be nice to get everything out of boxes in a couple of months. I think it will be like Christmas for the kids, especially for Abby who has probably forgotten all the toys she has that have been missing.

ummmm, guess that's it for now.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

There's a manatee in my macaroni

Is anyone besides me sick of opening your home page day after day to see Michael Jackson's picture and name under"Front Page News"???? I'd just like to say, WE GET IT ALREADY! And speaking of our world's strange fascination with weirdness, I ran across this article and thought you should know(just in case you're ever looking for a place to eat in Taiwan):

Out There: Toilet Eatery Bowls Diners Over
Sunday, June 05, 2005

•Foodies are feeling a little "flushed" about a new restaurant in Taiwan that serves them food in pint-sized toilet-bowl dishes.
And, yes, the food is designed to look like something that belongs in pint-sized toilet-bowl dishes.
Restaurateur Eric Wang's theme eatery, called "Marton" — named after the Chinese word for "toilet," matong — has become quite the popular one in the southern city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest, since its opening last year.
You see, at Toilet, the food isn't served on boring old plates. No, no, no. The meals "bowl" diners over as they arrive at the table in miniaturized Western and Asian-style porcelain thrones.
And Wang doesn't stop with the theme. The venue is a bottomless pit of toilet tricks and treats.
Nestled in the teeny-tiny toilet bowls are squishy offerings like curry chicken rice, chocolate ice cream and anything else that reminds one of, well, the real thing.
Patrons seem to love it.

WOW, and I thought it was stepping out to eat at PF Chang's. You can see the rest of the story here,2933,158641,00.html if you're so inclined. I also learned from another "Out There" story that there's a new phenomenon sweeping this 15-minutes-of-fame-starved sightings. Yeah, you heard me right. Taco Bell has even devoted a page called the "Food Sightings Museum" ( where people can be heard about the Virgin Mary they saw in their Stuft Burrito. weirdness, i say. But on the other hand...maybe I should be staring at my food a little longer.....

Friday, June 03, 2005


Well the summer has certainly begun with a flurry of activity. Had a great week with the extended fam. Got to check out the new Market Street area in The Woodlands...very chic...lots of upscale specialty shops and kewl restaurants around a grassy, waterfally, statuey park where classical music wafts about the air. Also toodled over to Dave's Pepper Palace in Old Towne Spring so I could stock up on my favorite dip mix (I'll eat some for you, my Midland small group friends!) And Clay and the youth had a great time at camp, too. We're all back home now and are enjoying a peaceful rainy day indoors. Since I'm in a rather thoughtful state, let's have a list, shall we?

Things I've Learned (or have been reminded of) So Far in the Summer of '05:
*Pepperoni Rolls are a timeless food favorite.
*Family get-togethers on the less-celebrated holidays are the best because whatever tradition occurs is a result of your own doing.
*The Woodlands, TX is my favorite place on the planet.
*Cell phones are a wonderful invention so you can talk to your youth minister husband when he's at camp and you're not and you can even send him a picture on his phone to make him smile.
*There's a Pier 1 Kids, and it's very cool.
*Sometimes you have to drag your kids out of a swimming pool when their eyes are bloodshot and fingers are wrinkled because it's quite possibly the most treasured kid activity known to mankind.
*You can have fun on Monday nights even after 24 has ended for the season.
*You can travel from Midlothian to Houston to Austin to Waco to Midlothian in about the same amount of time it used to take you to drive from Midland to Houston (or even less if you followed the youth choir tour bus.)
*Brain tumors...I'm trying to think of another word besides that one that AL says I shouldn't use and "stink" just isn't strong enough.... (thanks for the tea and Starbucks visit JK&LB...looking forward to next time with M, too!)
*The hectic schedule of youth ministry in the summertime is a small price to pay for the intense pleasure of seeing teenagers commit their lives to Christ.

looking forward to week 2...