Wednesday, June 23, 2010


June has been WILD and productive all at once.
Our Completed Punch List:

Finished our game room
Resurfaced our entire driveway
Built new deck outside Erics' workshop
Groomed the entire property; trees, flowers, weeds etc.-ourselves
Launched our first seasonal camping trip
Hosted Uncle Gary for a week
Finished Gavins' swim lessons
Hosted a big ole party!
Had a big ole hangover!

Do you remember that ugly ass room over our garage? Well, we finished all 1,100 sq. feet of the game room and other than one liquor cabinet and a few touch ups-it looks spectacular! We added a bar, bar sink, full bathroom, carpet, TV, big ole fan, mirrored closet doors and code-specified handrails on the stairs. We were tired of contractor traffic and elected to do the finish work with our own hands; caulking, painting, baseboards, trim etc. Our new ping pong table will find its home here in the winter but for now is on the patio providing us with some family entertainment.

We broke in the room BIGTIME with 14 thrashing kids and all of our close friends over Memorial Day. The kids ran from the game room, to the golf green to the playset for hours. We didn't really know where Gavin was all night-now that is a good party. We served plenty of Aunt Becky's cape cods and enjoyed all the potluck goodies that friends brought over. Maybe thats why we didn't really care where the hell the kids were or what they were doing! We have a great house for summer parties-bar none. Add that to the killer weather-80 degree days, 50 degree nights and we understand why all the Texans come here during this season.

Gavin is strangely excited about toilets lately-the new one upstairs means he does not have to pinch a turd to run downstairs and the portable one Grandpa Tim bought, but never used, was a novelty while camping. We have camped for years without a pottie, but man was it nice after a few cocktails-no climbing in the woods with a kid, a headlamp and a shovel! Our first camping trip is always close to town so we can assess the camper following a long winter outside. Eagle Creek was peaceful and we had a huge area all to ourselves-except the wonderful surprise visitors early Saturday morning. The wild mustang herd came through and despite Gavin's presence across the creek, the bedded down for a rest. So cool to see completely wild horses. Friends stop by while we camped to have a beer, feed us and go hiking with me. We really rested up and slept like rocks.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Only In Texas

can/would you do the following;

1) Skunk hunt with your Papa (see Gavin below with a flashlight.)

2) Watch a man find Christ while getting baptized in a livestock watering tank, in the back of a Ford, in a public park.

3) Be joined on your morning run by 4 dogs and a goat that comes up to your waist.

4) Look at the under-belly of an emu while you drive through a 2000 acre Wildlife Refuge~while feeding them.

5) Buy a merlot ice slushy and take it shopping with you.

6) Sweat while doing nothing.

Needless to say, we had a great time with Mema and Papa, Becky and Dave. We loved both of their new homes for different reasons; My Mom and Dads' is quiet and full of remodeling opportunities for two do it your-selfers and my Sisters' is right in Plano on a 1/2 acre lot with an enormous patio and pool. We spent time at both and had fun all around. We missed Eric but he golfed, and did chores, and golfed some more. He also got to sleep in...a rarity around here.

The best part is that all of them are very happy to be relocated and within driving distance of one another.

Mema and Papa dropped everything to play with Gavin for four solid days and they even put a swing up to give him some place to play while we made meals etc. Not only did we hit the Wildlife Refuge but they took us to Granbury lake where Gavin made fast friends and had a blast two days in a row...Just playing in the water. We wore Papa out as did the heat and the completion of his new shed/ramp for the new lawnmower below. The boys did not need to cut any grass but Papa was happy to just drive Gavin around.

At Beck's we had no camera and she was glad for that...historically averse to having her picture taken. We swam after every meal, she took me to buy some new running shoes and also to a historical farm where Gavin played in the old schoolhouse while Bec's did her VP thing via Blackberry. We could have stayed much longer and just hung out around the pool with drinks and a very excited kid. We were grateful to her and Dave for spending time with us, despite their work schedules. (Congrats to Dave on his new job!)