We spent the day near Fredericksburg at a friend's house. Between the two families there were 8 kids, 6 and under!! It was a day full of mischief, fireworks, laughs, no naps and lots of fun. Thanks for a great day Thomas & Melanie!The kids: Blaise, Madelon, Jax, Will, John Paul & Anna-LauraThe girls - the other two were on mommas' hips!The other "kid"Mom and Clare

Texas X 1,000

The gift to Will from Nana became our family's obsession for 3 whole days! The Texas 1,000-piece puzzle looked easy...until we started it. And, after all that work, we're still missing one piece. If you find it, you get to put the puzzle together again!!Day 1: Will hard at workDay 2: Daddy hard at workDay 3: Will taking all the credit

Boys & Guls

Today, we split the "team" in half. The boys (Scott, Will, John Paul and Papa) all made the trek to College Station for a basketball game, Aggies vs. Rice. You start to question if the land down under has officially frozen over when you're more excited about Aggie basketball than football...They had a super fabulous day. And, the highlight was getting pictures taken with the yell leaders. Duh, of course!! As a former yellboy himself, Dad was pretty proud, too.The ...

I love my husband

Have I mentioned lately just how much I love my husband? He took down all the outside Christmas decorations...with no complaints!! And, if the looks of the neighborhood are any indication, Christmas is officially over. But, we still have our traveling wisemen and they don't arrive in Bethlehem until Epiphany Sunday, January 6. A couple of years ago, we started that tradition and the kids love it. Every night we "move" the wisemen and the kids have to find them. ...

December 28: 6 Month Update

Hard to believe our little Clare Bear is already six months. Of the first 12 months, I think 6 months is my favorite age. They're happy, not afraid of stangers, SLEEPING and not yet mobile. We gave her a first taste of rice cereal on the anniversary and she lapped it up. In fact, she tried to feed herself!As a sidenote, I had to share this story from yesterday. It's one of those, "You know you need more sleep when..." ...

Christmas – Part II

On Christmas Eve, we made THE cookies for Santa. Baking cookies with the kids is kind of my thing. I love baking and it reminds me of my 4-H days with my mom...After Mass, we headed home and had a fabulous (if I do say so myself) seafood/shrimp dinner with pasta and garlic bread. This is a new family tradition. All we heard from the kids was nothing but forks hitting the plates. We might try this for breakfast. As ...


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