Friday, April 30, 2010


Getting things together for Friday Park Day and Waylon's hour-long swim in the creek.


Mahjong this morning, Bunko tonight!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Real Simple Magazine Daily Thought

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." ― Martin Luther

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jars Of Clay - Flood

We didn't take any pictures but we saw this band sing this song and others live at the State Capitol this afternoon in support of The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign kickoff. It was a really good show and a lot of money was raised.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

love bites

Waylon is a nibbler, especially when he's really happy.  Fingers and bums are his favorite.

Monday, April 19, 2010


As a family we're reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  We're on book 2 of 5.
Giselle is currently reading the Pure Dead series by Debi Gliori.  She's on book 2 of 6.
Paul's currently reading every Pokemon book that the library has in stock.
I'm currently reading all the books in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (and rereading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer for the 5th time).
Joe's reading some manual or another.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

more bugs

The second Chinese Praying Mantis egg sack hatched open this morning!

Monday, April 12, 2010

He's Here!!!

Waylon on his first morning, out cruising the property line.

Checking on the birds in the neighbor's back yard.

Making a second lap around.

After a hard afternoon at the park.

Learning what "dog tired" means - 7 am run, 8 am breakfast, play in the back yard, 10 am walk, car trips all over town, another walk, playing in the backyard, swimming and playing with other dogs at the park for 2 & 1/2 hours, pre-dinner nap (picture), dinner, help take out the trash, another run at 9 pm, and he put himself to bed at 9:15!

The insects

Here are the praying mantis pictures, as promised.  Look how cute and tiny they are!

The new dog!

Walon has arrived!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Praying Manti

The first of our 2 Chinese Praying Mantis egg sacks hatched today!
So, we're in the middle of school, I think we were just finishing History (Story of the World Volume 2), and all of a sudden Giselle shouts out "It's hatching!  My praying mantis egg is hatching!!"  After staring at it for a few minutes, we decide that it'd be better to let them all hatch out outside in freedom instead of in the mesh cage.  It took quite a while for them all to hatch.  I got some weeding done in the meantime.  The instructions said that from 20 to 200 would hatch, I think we got the 200 one!  Hopefully Paul's has just as many inside when it hatches in another few days. 
I took pictures but they were so tiny and almost see-through so they didn't photograph very well.  Not that that's stopped me from posting pictures before.  It's mainly that I didn't feel like downloading them onto the computer.

Monday, April 05, 2010


We're still giving Joe some time but the kids and I are going to explode if we don't have one of these by Memorial Day!

Seriously, aren't these the cutest dogs?!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Kids Love Swings!

A typical Sunday at the HOPE Farmers Market.

The Tornado

Two want it to spin and two don't want it to spin!

More Carnival


Saturday, April 03, 2010

not posting!

I sent a lot of great pictures from the carnival tonight but since none of my mobile pics are uploading STILL none of them are here currently.
We had a lot of fun!
I'll post the pictures here another day.

Friday, April 02, 2010

An early dinner at Romeo's 3-30

We stopped by Romeo's restaurant on Barton Springs after the museum for an early dinner.

Laguna Gloria with friends 3-30

A last minute field trip to the Laguna Gloria Art Museum with another home school family. A great way to spend a beautiful day.

+ one more kid 03-28

We added another child to the fun and ended up with 5 kids and 1 adult riding home on the golf cart

sunday at the park 03-28

The kids trying hard not to get sick from spinning too much