Rollerskate Skinny To Timebomb

By | Posted August 24, 2012

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Last night was amazing.  Simply amazing.

Another killer Old 97’s show.

Yes, another.  They just do such a great job every single time I see them, I can’t decide which show is best.

Okay, I admit, that show almost two years was probably the best ever…You just can’t beat getting tickets to a sold out show from Rhett Miller himself!

Last night was the anniversary show of Too Far To Care, an incredible, beloved album.  But for me it was a chance to FINALLY see the band with Chelsea.

Ten years ago, I introduced Chelsea to the band via Satellite Rides.  What 12 year old wouldn’t love Rollerskate Skinny and Bird in a Cage?  Of course, there was Question and my personal, all time favorite song, Designs On You.

She became an instant fan and over the years we’ve shared our taste in music despite our age difference.  We discussed each new album, and I sent text messages from the last several shows while she was in college.

You can only imagine the text messages that flew between us when I was able to meet the band with the boys.

When we heard the band was coming to Houston someone gave Lance tickets so he gave Chelsea two tickets to use.  We arrived right as the show started.

I could hear Timebomb.

And the guy at the window couldn’t find our tickets.

Do you think I went postal?  Maybe.  When Barrier Reef started, I finally shouted, “why aren’t we just buying tickets????!!!”  We did, and while Lance stayed behind to get over being slightly upset with me, I walked to the middle close to the front where I knew Cory was.  I’m sure he was more than annoyed to hear me scream my story in his ear while the band was playing.

Meanwhile, they found the tickets, and Lance got his money back for one ticket, they needed mine and I wasn’t going back outside.

Overall, an incredible show.  The band didn’t disappoint and played some additional songs and the ending: Timebomb again which was perfect because I had missed it.

Chel and I were like kids once we found each other.  The first thing we did this morning was text about the show and how great it was.

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Petroglyph National Monument

By | Posted August 22, 2012

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We took the kids hiking at Petroglyph in Albuquerque Sunday morning.  You can tell we’re inexperienced hikers because Lance and I are constantly calling out to the kids to be careful.  At one point BH climbed over rocks and I couldn’t find him.  Squirt and Goose followed, but still, I was pretty nervous.

Snax didn’t seem to mind this hike.

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Wordless Wednesday~ Oldest to Youngest

By | Posted August 22, 2012

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Hiking is just walking…

By | Posted August 21, 2012

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And it’s boring…

You would have thought we were hiking this instead of a child friendly trail.

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White Sands National Monument

By | Posted August 21, 2012

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We power drove after Lance got off work last Friday to Las Cruces, New Mexico so that we could go here.

Someone randomly mentioned White Sands thinking that we would be driving in that direction on our way to Durango.  We weren’t supposed to drive in that direction.

After researching White Sands, it became a must that we get there.

We were not disappointed in the least.

Before arriving, we learned about how the park was formed and the plants and animals that live there.  We weren’t prepared for just how nice it was.

We took a one mile hike in the hot, hot heat.  The boys loved it.  We forgot water.  For someone who loves hiking, I am not very good at it.  Who forgets water in the blazing heat beating down on white freaking sand???

We survived.  We saw animal tracks, took a great family picture and the kids earned their Junior Ranger badges as well.

A great start to our vacation.

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Vacation Notes

By | Posted August 20, 2012

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We just returned from vacation, and while the pictures will do most of the talking, here are some tidbits about the trip.

  • With seven people traveling, we mostly drive.  So yes, we drove to Colorado.
  • No, my kids don’t watch television much while we drive, in fact we don’t have a television in any car we own, nor will we ever.  (I am sure I will regret this statement one day.)
  • They watched one movie on the computer the entire trip, that happened on day 2
  • My kids are freaking rock stars.  I’d like to really call them fucking rock stars, but I don’t think you are supposed to refer to your kids as fucking anything.
  • 38 hours total in the car.  Crying time for Sunshine?  40 minutes.
  • I’ll say it, she fucking rocks.  (But we all knew that.)
  • The kids listen to music, books on audio, read, draw, talk, check out scenery
  • Our favorite time as a family~ Would You Rather cards
  • Lance and mine~ trivial pursuit.
  • We played the 80’s version this time.  It was a tie.
  • LZ and I also play guess the artist; our car had XM, and I kicked his ass this time.  Every time I win, he always tells me that Solis would kick my ass.  Then I remind him that he always knows the 90’s shit songs while I get all the 90’s Lithium ones.
  • I loved listening to XM again.  There were songs I hadn’t heard in years.  Some I will probably never hear again, which is more than fine.
  • I don’t love it enough to ever subscribe again.  XM Radio still sucks.
  • I made three full batches of cookies for the trip.  Plus two loaves of Pumpkin Bread.  Most of it was gone by the time we arrived in Colorado.
  • I worried a bit about the fact that the whole family would be together in one house.
  • It’s hard to some degree to parent with your own parents around.  Mine go two ways: one thinks the kids are fine no matter what they do, the other parrots me while I am disciplining.
  • By the end of the week, the one that thinks the kids are fine was over Snax and his BS.  Of course, now he is back to thinking Snax is perfect.
  • I didn’t yell at them all week though.  I think I should pretend my parents are around all the time.
  • On the subject of parents, I have some pretty great ones.  And not just because of their generosity.  They both have that down perfectly, from money to time.  Really, it’s the fact that they are generous enough to me and my brother to take a vacation together.  Anyone who has divorced parents or has been divorced knows this is huge.  Huge.
  • Is it terrible to admit that the one time I heard my brother fuss at his daughter I was kind of relieved?  If only because it always seems like Lance and I are the only ones who fuss at their kids.
  • We only had to pull over once so a kid could pee on the side of the road.  All other bathroom breaks came at scheduled stops.
  • Highlights from the week include: my mom zip lining and my dad riding a horse, Goose going first zip lining and deer just walking down the street close enough to touch.
  • Really, the big highlight was getting to wear a freaking sweatshirt and walking outside to a beautiful view of the mountains.
  • I think everyone had a great time from my dad to the baby girl.  Not a bad thing!

Truthfully, if school wasn’t starting next week, I would be planning our next vacation right now.

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The Final Leg

By | Posted August 20, 2012

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I’m documenting our vacation backwards.  For today.  Tomorrow I’ll probably skip back to the beginning, but I was just so anxious to see the photos Lance took today.

And they are great.

The Dallas Arboretum is such a beautiful place and with the Chihuly exhibit, it’s even better.

I’ve been dying to see this garden exhibit for years.  Despite frequenting Chicago, Atlanta and St. Louis fairly regularly over the years, I have missed this exhibit in each of their gardens.  Once I found out the exhibit was going to Dallas, I wanted to see it so badly, I suggested we celebrate our anniversary there.

I was so torn between seeing this exhibit and White Sands on the way to Durango.  I gave this up, but somehow managed to convince Lance to stop by on the way back to Houston.

 It’s so beautiful and though pretty hot outside, we enjoyed the exhibit.  The boys managed to keep their hands to themselves.  Mostly.

I even got one more family picture, not really Christmas card quality, but family nonetheless.

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A Fitting End

By | Posted August 19, 2012

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I have much to document, but little time before our wonderful adventure ends.

I love vacations.  Small, big, but in general, I like an actual destination.  It can be San Antonio or something like Colorado.  I just like to “do things”.   Spending time together is important, but I feel like you can spend time doing stuff together.  (Plus everything is a learning opportunity to me.)

I have wonderful memories of vacations growing up.  Lance says my memories are evident in my planning and my desire to make vacations “perfect”.

It’s true.  Vacations were the best.  I remember the drive to California, stopping at Carlsbad and seeing a tarantula walking, hitting the Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon, Circus Circus in Vegas before getting stuck on the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland with my dad (can you imagine just how mad my dad was sitting at the highest point of the ride for over an hour waiting and waiting…) San Fransisco and Lombard Street, the Redwoods.

That trip was in second grade.  One trip.  Probably my favorite ever, even over Europe.  Maybe it’s the divorced parent thing, I don’t know.  I just know my vacations meant so much to me and instilled a love of traveling that has yet to stop.

I have a lot of hopes for my kids, one is a sense of adventure.  It might not be the same as mine, but I hope they enjoy this beautiful earth, whether they travel down the street or across the world.

This trip was really good, some great memories and fun times.  Was it perfect?  No.  I had to change plans more than once, but I am getting more flexible.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.

As summer comes to an end, I am grateful for this chance to spend time with my kids, my parents and brother.  And always, with my wonderful husband.

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19 Months

By | Posted August 9, 2012

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Sunshine, I’ve been keeping your monthly updates private.  No real reason, but sweet girl, this has been such a big month for you.  I just have to share.

The big news!  You walk!

Yes, you’ve been trying to walk for most of the summer.  Back in June, you were taking about 4-9 tentative steps.  Then you just kind of stopped.  Seriously, I didn’t know when you would start again.  You kind of liked crawling around.

Then right before my birthday, you started with the slow steps again.  And on my birthday, you were more sure of yourself, until you just took off.

And now, you walk as much as you crawl.  I find you standing up all the time.  You are still a little Frankenstein, but you don’t fall over.

And so what happened once you began to walk?  You moved up  a room at the gym’s child care.  I couldn’t believe it.  It’s summer, it’s a busy time at the gym.  Yet, they still moved you, assuring me that you were ready, that if you were overwhelmed, they would let you come back.  I asked won’t you miss her?!  It’s one room over, the rooms are connected, you can stand up and see them, hear their voices; clearly, they can see you.  But still…I know they love you, they told me “we had her 19 months, it’s time”.

And it made me more than a bit sad to think of you growing up, moving on.  They commented on how they love the little babies, move them to the next room and soon the kids fly past them barely waving hello.

Clearly, it won’t be the same with me, your mother.  You won’t be moving on from me anytime soon.  Yet…Life demands that you grow.  That you take new steps. As you start something new, you leave something behind.  I know this, I’ve watched it with each child.  But as the baby in the family, it does pull the heartstrings more than ever.

 Saturday, at the boys’ basketball game, I didn’t have to hold you.  You wanted to walk around and tease us from where you were playing.  Yes, playing.  You are sort of a mini me about mess.  You’re just not a fan, so often I find you dumping items out only to immediately put them away.  You will interrupt your brothers to put away their toys.  You love the castle, and I can already picture you playing with the doll house you’ll be getting this Christmas or maybe the red kitchen.

The sweetest thing you do is your response to “do you love mom?”  You say “love momma.”  I must record that.  Must.

I do wish you were a bit sweeter with other people, like say Mimi and Grandpa, maybe your father!  Baby Hulk.  Here’s a secret I told BH, you are all the same.  You all wanted me.  In time, you will go straight to them without needing me  Even now, you go to them, but only on your terms.

You are so possessive of me that if someone touches me, you push their hand away and say “uh-uh”.  The boys all shout, “she’s not just your mom.”  (I love it, a couple of them are getting a taste of their own medicine.)  You hate for anyone to push the shopping cart or to share me.  It’s sweet to me, but oh so frustrating to them.

You communicate to me so clearly.  To others, not so much.  You know exactly what we say to you.  It’s an interesting thing for a parent to realize that you understand every single thing we say.  I’ve known it for a year.  Your dad is still amazed.  We can all certainly understand when you don’t want something.

Sweet girl, you continue to light up our lives.  You are amazing.  Your smile and excitement makes me happy when I’m sad.  I love who you are, and I love watching your personality emerge.

I’ve been trying my hardest to find a doll for you.  You deserve a doll.  I was ready to go all out, spend whatever it cost, but let’s be real, I don’t want you to get freaked out by a doll. And so many dolls are kind of creepy looking.   So I will search, perhaps ask some people with girls.

Little girl, I love you with all my heart.  Congratulations on your steps!

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Hear Our Prayer

By | Posted August 8, 2012

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A friend gave Goose a prayer board on his First Communion.  This was his first prayer…

Sweet.

But I thought the entire family needed to be in on the action.  I moved the frame to the dining room, the one place where we meet every single evening.  Together.

And here are our prayers for this week.


Two of the prayers will stay with us.

One: A happy, happy prayer, both in thanksgiving for the gift of life and to maintain a healthy pregnancy.  With our history of miscarriage, praying for pregnancy is a serious thing.  My children, even Squirt, have no idea of our history of miscarriage, but they are good prayer warriors.  A random fact, I remember finally telling Chelsea in college about it- A sure sign of crossing the threshold to becoming an adult.  I digress…there is joy.  So much joy for my friend right now.  So we pray and will pray until there is a safe delivery.  Every. Single. Day.

The other, a prayer for healing.  A friend has lymphoma.  He has had several varieties of cancer.  That sounds flippant, but I don’t mean it to be.  He’s beat cancer so many times.  Right now, he’s sick.  We saw him today, and he looks weak.  We will pray until remission comes.  I have a wonderful healing prayer that I say for him.  I beg His mercy.

Thanks to my friend who gave Goose this gift.  It truly helps our entire family.

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