Sunday, April 07, 2013


This is how Waylon likes to spend his days at the park.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

not gone

I'm not gone, I just haven't been posting ever since my Sprint pictures stopped posting.  When life makes it difficult for me to update here, well, I can take a hint.  I haven't given up and when Sprint pictures work again I'll be back with more adventures from our life.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My First Tattoo!

It's only a henna one, not real ink, but it was fun and I think I'm going to do it again.  I like that it wore off just about the time that I got tired of it!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bread Storage Wars

Giselle's Science Fair project for this year.  Not bad for her first one!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Small Appliance Death

Well, it took me 4 years to do it but I succeeded in killing another blender!  Yea me!  I bought the Krups blender back in June of 2008 and this morning it gave up.  Fortunately I have enough Green Juice made to last for 2 more days, albeit a little chunkier than I usually make it, so I've got some time to shop and ship.  Wish me luck.

Friday, August 17, 2012

"Bushfire" by Bindi Irwin - a book review by Paul

This book review is by my about-to-be 3rd-grade son who had to read this book for school in August of 2012.  Yes, I'm a mean homeschool teacher who assigns books and book reports all summer long.

Bushfire by Bindi Irwin

The book Bushfire by Bindi Irwin is about a group of people who have to help animals from a fire. The people in the story are Richard, he is a vet who is Rosie's dad. Bindi is the daughter of Steve Irwin and she owns the Australia Zoo. Rosie is Bindi's best friend.

At the start of the book, Bindi, her friend Rosie, and Rosie's dad Richard were hiking in the Australian mountains. They saw smoke in the distance so the rushed back home to help out at the animal hospital that Richard works at. Then they went to help out at the fire line. While at the fireline someone brought in a burn echidna and a burnt pregnant koala. The girls brought those two and other animals back to the hospital where they helped take care of them.

In the end, the fire got put out by rain. The momma koala died from her injuries but the baby survived and so did the echidna. Bindi and Rosie worked as hard as the grown-ups to save the animals. The animals were important to them so they were willing to work hard. Bushfire was a good book and I would like to read more of Bindi's Wildlife Adventures.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Farmers Market

We're home from the market and now to once again deal with trying to find a place for all of this:
2 dozen eggs
5 lbs cucumbers
5 lbs pipian squash
10 lbs heirloom Kellogg's Breakfast tomatoes
1 - 10 lb watermelon
10 lbs orange California Wonder peppers
5 lbs pears
5 lbs Juliette tomatoes
10 large onions
1 gallon of milk
and half a case of 2nds of heirloom tomatoes

I'll be saucing and canning the 2nds tomatoes just like last week.  I'll probably roast and can the peppers like I did back in 2008 - they go great with the jalapeno cream cheese from Full Quiver Farms.  And I'm going to cut and freeze the cucumbers to use in my green juice over the winter. So none of that needs to go in the fridge.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

Dinner with the family

Minifigs at Cheddar's

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dinner at the Texas Chili Parlor

Mini figs not included.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthday Doughnuts!

If you touch it, it's yours!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Way to go HEB!

HEB's house brand now has Texas Style Borracho Beans made with Shiner Bock!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Upside Down Dog

This time with a different friend.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Up-sidepdown Dog

And friend!

The Remains of the Day

Salt Lick on 1826

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Up-side-down Dog

As soon as he realized that I had taken this picture he rolled over and went to bed. Goofy dog!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now THAT'S a raspberry iced latte!!!

I hope it's still 4 shots of espresso not just 4 shots of raspberry syrup, which isn't really what I asked for!!

A proper Southern breakfast

By request - jalapeno & cheese grits, venison & pork link sausage, and a buttery yeast roll, and a fried egg too for one of them.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Upside-Down dog of the day

With his octopus! Seriously he does this himself, no posing of him by us.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Upsidedown Dog Picture of the Day

Stop doing school and pet me, please.

or at least let me outside!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Top 10 Pregnancy Procedures to Reject - Consumer Reports

Some awesome advice from Consumer Reports and since it's not a grading of actual products the whole article is available for free online!!

Top 10 Pregnancy Procedures to Reject - Consumer Reports

Friday, May 11, 2012

Upsidedown Dog again

Please let me go outside and play in the mud!!

Two Sides To Every Story

Tonight's full rainbow seen from the upper deck.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Upside down dog

The kitchen floor is not a usual spot for this.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

3 Bottles in 3 Days

Georges Dubeuf 1998 Milenage - too old, yuck, poured down the drain.
Santa Alicia 1998 Maipo Valley Chardonnay - too old, WAY too oaky, even made a gross wine cooler, poured down the drain.
Merwin Vinyard 2011 Rose of Pinot Noir 'The Crusher' - good and made an excellent wine cooler when mixed with Sierra Mist!

Hey, I'm a girl, I'm allowed to like wine coolers!!!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Upsidedown Dog

This time joined by Giselle's pug Webkin. 5/4/12

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Charizard I choose you!

Everyone has a favorite Pokemon, Waylon's happens to be Charizard. He also likes Raichu but Paul owns that one and he's not sharing!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Follow-up on purchase of RSVP Endurance® 1-Egg Poacher Set

This is the follow-up to my post on

When I was a kid we had an aluminum single-egg poacher which I used several times a week. Flash forward 30 years and I'm looking for an egg poacher for my kids to safely use. I first got some of those silicone poachers at Christmas but I had the same problems as everyone else - poor heat transference resulting in unsatisfactory eggs - and my kids almost got steam burns using them. I went searching on Amazon, saw that this poacher was liked the most and I bought it. Wow, this is one of the highest quality items I've ever received that was made in China. The pan and lid are heavy and stay where you put them and the poaching insert has a good Teflon coating. The handle is firmly riveted to the side of the pan and it's long enough that you don't burn your hand over the stove while using it. The handle on the poaching insert is small but since it's aluminum it says pretty cool to the touch - with my Kevlar hands I don't need a pot holder - but the handle on the lid can get pretty hot so use a pot holder for that one. The poacher insert has vents around the edge so it doesn't rattle while the steam escapes and the lid is heavy enough to keep the poacher down in case someone fills the pan too full and floats the insert. My kids are loving using it almost daily, so much so that I just leave it on the stove all the time. If you're only making two eggs, this is so much easier to use than buying and storing a 4-egg insert. It works best if you keep the heat on high until the water is boiling and then turn it down to 4 before you put the egg in. On my stove, 3.5 min makes a loose egg; 4 min makes a cooked but runny egg; and 4.5 min makes a soft but non-runny egg.

Upsidedown Dog Picture of the Day


Saturday, April 14, 2012

The bridge changes colors!

How cool is that? Austin needs one of these!

The USS Lexington

Our home for tonight!

Eating at Whataburger #2

Actually, it was Whataburger #3 but who's counting anyway?  Next time we'll go to the deluxe beach-side one!