Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rounding out the first 90 days of 2010!

Day 84 – March 25

Just a cute photo of Oscar. He’s sitting on Lala’s porch across from our house. Typical Oscar…take my picture!

Day 85 – March 26

Ama was ready to go back to San Angelo and needed to be taken to Uvalde to meet Mandy. Since Mom was busy getting ready for prom, Howard and I took her. We picked up Oscar to tag along. He was a little shy with her, and doesn’t understand her since she speaks Spanish. But they got along just fine.

Day 27 – March 27

Just some goodies for the GT Bake Sale. I made several items, since Mary told me I had to make twice as much as usual since I had two kids in the group!! Thanks!!

Day 27 – March 28

We’ve never been to the Palladium in San Antonio, even though we’ve been wanting to for so long!! It was kind of a treat for the kids, for us to take them to see “How to Train Your Dragon” in IMAX 3-D. I was impressed with the theater on the outside, but it was awesome on the inside, too! And to be honest, even though the tickets were $15 each, the concession prices were reasonable.

We got to the theater an hour before the show started since it was opening weekend and we didn’t want bad seats or to have to sit apart. Well, we sure got our choice of seats!! The boys were pretty good about waiting. The seats were comfortable and I liked that the 3-D glasses came in kids’ and adults’ sizes so that we could wear them without them falling off. Not only was the movie great, but we really loved the IMAX 3-D experience and plan on going back to watch “Clash of the Titans” soon!

Day 90 – March 31

A local person came by the office today to bring this trophy he found. Actually he said someone else had it and traded it to him for a few arrowheads. This trophy looks to be about 95 years old and has three names inscribed of people from 1915, 1916, and 1917. We’re not sure what the trophy was for, but it may have been a writing contest and perhaps sponsored by the newspaper. I’m going to look for more information!


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

From new tires to blooming beauties...

(Previous posts just show day number whatever, but starting here I will also put the date and by next post will just use the date. It's easier to keep up with. The whole 365 thing is not exactly working out without some misses, but I'm getting most of the days in here!!)

Day 71 – March 12

Funny how we take simple things for granted. My suburban is only 4 years old, but it’s in pretty good shape considering the abuse it takes from a family of 5 and a couple extras here and there. I don’t pay as much attention as I should to the mechanics of the vehicle, but thankfully Howard does. He’s been looking around for a good price on replacement tires but 20’s are kinda expensive. I’ve had my old tires from the beginning, and luckily had not had a blowout, even though I wore the tread bald.

Howard took the suburban today to get the transmission oil and filter changed, hoping it would help improve the driving. While in Eagle Pass he was also able to find a good deal on the tires and had them put on. Nice, new, pretty tires.

Day 72 – March 13

Today is my baby’s 3rd birthday. Oscar isn’t a baby anymore, though. He’s given up his bottle and he’s in the middle of potty training. He’s 41 inches tall and 40 pounds. He’s stronger than kids his age and likes to hang out with his brothers. His blue eyes and sweet smile will melt your heart. Seems he can get away with anything. He loves to ask for chocolate candy when I pick him up from school. I think Whoppers are his favorite (perhaps because they are my favorite and I always have some in the cupboard).

Day 73 – March 14

We took the boys, Bubba, and Galayna to Eagle Pass to watch Alice in Wonderland in 3-D. It was really good. I had never understood the story behind it all until recently when I started reading it again and read some philosophy on it. But watching the movie really made it clear who and what everything represented. I especially liked when she rhetorically stated “lost my much-ness, have I?” Sometimes I wonder if I have lost my much-ness. Did I used to be much more than I am now, have more potential? The story is very deep.

After we got back home, we went to mom & dad’s to celebrate Oscar’s birthday with all the cousins (except Melissa and Diego who were with Edgar for the weekend).

Day 74 – March 15

I was so desperate to make a home-cooked meal, and I needed to use the turkey breasts that I’d had in the fridge for a week! Went all out and made turkey, stuffing (stove top), macaroni, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, and rolls. It was so goooood!! Of course, everyone loves when I cook so that we don’t have to eat out. And those boys sure did eat!!

Day 76 – March 17

I was watching a scrapbooking show at recently and the guest on the show was talking about photography and led me to Amazon for a lighting kit. The price was good, but I wasn’t sure if I would make use enough to justify the expense. Howard encouraged me to get it since the price really was good and said that once I got it, I’d have to use it! I really couldn’t resist after all. Every year I do the photos for the father/daughter girl scout dance and I always have to fuss over the lighting. This should help me take better photos if they’ll have me back this year.

Also, in preparation for our trip this coming weekend (and because it desperately needed to be done) I needed to hem David’s pants. They were just way too long and he kept having to struggle with the extra length and stepping on the back of the pants with his heel. I took out the sewing machine, which I happen to know how to use. Funny thing is that I bought it a few years ago so that I could sew on my scrapbook pages. And I’ve only sewn on one page in all these years when I was trying it out!!

So I cut and hemmed his pants, all without incident. I posted on Facebook that after all these years I could still manage to surprise Howard by using a sewing machine. Not sure if he was surprised or not, but I did a good job on the pants.

Day 77 – March 18

On our way to North Texas, and for years I’ve wanted to stop at the big rocking chair. I think the further we get away from Carrizo the more Howard loves me enough to give in to my little wants without protesting too much. This chair is on the side of the road at a store called Texas Hill Country Furniture & Mercantile. I didn’t get to look through the store, but they looked like they had some pretty unique items. I think there’s also a restaurant next to it – all out in the middle of nowhere (Lipan, TX near Mineral Wells). I wanted to have the boys climb on top and make a caption on the photo in reference to Alice in Wonderland when she ate the cake and became smaller. But Howard didn’t want any of us getting hurt so we took photos standing next to it. One of the ladies coming out of the store offered to take the photo for us so that I could be in it, too. Thanks kind lady!!

Day 78 – March 19

Well we weren’t really prepared to stay in North Texas if it was going to SNOW!! After visiting Joyce for a bit and watching the weather forecasts even Howard was convinced that staying would be a bad idea. I cancelled the hotel reservations in Wichita Falls and we came back south.

Howard and I usually hold hands off and on while we are driving. He wasn’t looking when I got this photo and posted it on Facebook that I beat him at arm wrestling. I thought it was funny.

Day 79 – March 20

We stayed the night in San Antonio so that today we might go to the zoo. No luck. The weather was cold and windy. We did get to go to the Witte museum and see the dinosaur exhibit. We also had lunch at Texas Land & Cattle, ran around town, and finally headed home.

Day 81 – March 22

Baseball season is upon us and the boys will be going into their respective divisions soon. As a warm-up and to keep them entertained, Howard took them out for batting practice with the tee and net in the yard. Of course, Oscar wants to play too. He watched the boys for a bit and took his turn. He did pretty good for his first time swinging a bat!

Day 82 – March 23

The view along I-35 on the way to San Antonio. Indian paintbrush flowers in the foreground and bluebonnets in the background behind the white fence. It is very scenic during the springtime to see all the colors of the blooming flowers. Howard took this photo on his weekly drive to San Antonio.


Friday, March 12, 2010

What a great week!

Day 64

Howard and David were at a birthday party this afternoon, so it was just Howard, Oscar and me for supper. The Lions Club was having a fish fry that we wanted to try, but Oscar still isn’t much of a fish eater. His new favorite food is corn dogs.

He had earned $5 for giving Howard a kiss and had his money in his pocket for safe-keeping. When I went out for the fish, I took Oscar with me and we went to Sonic for his corndog (and some tater tots)! The girl on the intercom said the total would be $5 and some change. Oscar immediately spoke up and said he had $5!! And he went to struggling to get it out of his pocket.

Day 65

The fly catchers snoozed for about half the trip to Uvalde. They’re funny!

Day 66

We went to Uvalde again today, this time to eat at Oasis. While waiting on Howard, I got this photo out of a series of not-so-good ones. I love that Oscar is laughing.

Day 67

While in Uvalde over the weekend, I was able to pick up some really cute cake pans. The first on makes a giant cupcake which I made for my friend Nelly for her birthday this past week. The second makes small square cakes. The third makes little bundt cakes, which I can totally see making some cute, cute cakes with! The last pan makes mini-muffins.

Day 69

This past week I ran out of my regular Tombow adhesive that I use for scrapbooking. I was having to use some that I’m not familiar with but that I had stashed in my stuff. Knowing that I really wanted to keep on a roll with my scrapping, I started looking online for refills. That stuff is expensive!! I finally found a supplier online who sold it for about $1.80 per refill (compared to $6 each) and was offering free shipping on order over $50. Well, I made sure my order hit the mark and I ordered 30 refills!! Hopefully, I won’t be needing any adhesive for a while. But if I do, I know where to get some more.

Day 70

This makes me happy!! I’ve been trying to switch out our old raggedy towels for new ones little by little. I had the blue ones and then got some brown. Last weekend I got a couple gold and a couple orange, as well as some orange bath mats. Then today I bought a fun, striped shower curtain that had all the colors in it.

I’m loving the brightness it brings to the bathroom. Before, the beige shower curtain just made the room boring. I know, it’s just a bathroom. But it’s where I start my morning routine and these colors make me feel happy, which is a great way to start the day.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Like a whole week's worth of catch-up!

Day 55

Woo hoo!! Got to do a little crafting. I watched Heidi Swapp on Ustream doing a live class, in which I followed along and made this envelope book. It was fun to have a little time to myself to make something.

Day 56
Got a call from daycare that Oscar had a rash and they were concerned it was chicken pox. I hate those calls cuz they make me worry. Not only will I have one child sick, it's guaranteed the other two will get it. And even worse...Howard never had chicken pox as a kid, so as an adult he is really not wanting to be around anyone with it where he might get it. This call automatically put him on guard.

I picked him up and took him to Dr. Doria. They sat us away from the general population, which was good. I really don't like sitting in the front with coughing, snotty kids. Sorry, but really, what parent wants to subject their kid to that? It wasn't long before we were taken to a room for evaluation. Dr. Doria said it looked like a heat rash and that he was fine. That was a relief.

Unfortunately for him, he was (over) due to get 4 immunization shots. And he knew it. And he was not happy about it. Elvia and I were able to keep him down so that he took 2 shots to each thigh. He yelled out a little and cried some, but overall took it very well. I gave him some Motrin at the office. Then Howard took him for some ice cream. The next day, though, he was pretty sore for a while. What a trooper!

Day 57
I am so loving these Scentsy candles. They use a light bulb instead of a flame, and the top part holds the scented wax. They are so pretty, and they smell so great. I'm just telling everyone about them!!

Day 58
My little driving buddy fell asleep on the way home from Eagle Pass. Just too darn cute not to photograph! But he was awake the whole way over there and almost the way back except for about 20 minutes he was able to doze off. He's a lively little guy even when he doesn't have to compete with his brothers for attention. But he's an angel when he's sleeping.

Day 60
Family meal: Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and Ceasar salad. These boys love big meals!!

Day 62
If the ham didn't ham it up, would I ever have any funny photos? Probably so, but he makes it easier. I don't know where he got this idea, but he got on his back and started bench-pressing as if he was really working out. Too funny Mr. Oscar!

Day 63
Every time someone goes to Crystal City, Dad reminds us to get pan dulce from Canela's Bakery. Well, here's what I got!! So good...


Valentine's Day Meals

Day 45

When you wake up to find your sweetheart making pink, chocolate chip waffles, you know it's gonna be a good day. Howard made us all waffles for breakfast and they were great. We spent the rest of the day lounging around the house, contemplating what the make for dinner now that we had a new, gorgeous barbecue pit. And this package of ribs was waiting for us!!

Howard smoked those babies for a good long while. The boys were getting anxious and hungry waiting for the ribs to be ready, too. But boy was it worth the wait. They were so tender that when you bit into them the meat came right off the bone, just like on Pitmasters! They were perfect, and a perfect ending to the day.

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Watching the game

Day 44

Just a quick shot of Howard in the stands watching the Harlem Ambassadors show at the high school. He and I were the only ones that went after a long day in San Antonio. We had a good time. Sometimes it's nice to spend some one-on-one time with my boys.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Superbowl Party

Day 38

This year we had some great friends over to enjoy Superbowl Sunday on February 7. All season long we had an ongoing rivalry (and a bet) with Ronnie and Tanya about the Cowboys' ability to make it to the playoffs. I lost!

So for the superbowl, Ronnie, Tammie, and Garrett, along with Tanya, Derek, and Erika, came over to watch the game. As part of losing the bet I had to wear a Cowboys jersey. But not just any jersey, the most dreaded "Tony Romo" jersey!!

We had such a good time cheering: I was for the Colts, and everyone else was for the Saints. At the end of the night, after quite a few drinks all around, everyone celebrated the Saints' win.

And not to forget the star of the evening...

Bought this baby the day before after eyeing it for several months and having to save up for it! Made some damn good burgers, but a good portion of the credit for that goes to the grill master Howard!!

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