Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What We've Been Up To...

I am a little surprised that I haven't posted anything since Friday. Here's a brief synopsis of our latest happenings.
  • Robby and the kids fixed fence Sunday--you should see the cow skull they found. (I think there may be something to our bone business)
  • I have finished nearly all of our Christmas shopping; now I just have to finish all the things I'm making for gifts.
  • Sadie and Robby are finished with school until Monday--they are both very excited.
  • We'll spend today and tomorrow getting ready to go visit the family in Aledo on Thursday evening. This means the cats will go to the garage and won't be allowed back in when we return.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Free Dr. Pepper

I attempted to get my free DP on Sunday--but the computer was really slow. They did have an 800 number to call, but I didn't.
I read a story in the paper (should I say on the paper since I read it online?) today about Dr. Pepper giving everyone a free one. Go to today's post on Laura's Thoughts for more info. (It's actually Thoughts of a Stay-at-Home Mom, but I refer to it as Laura's Thoughts because, well, they're my thoughts.)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Spelling...and some changes

Please bear with me as I once again change my blog. I thought I had it exactly like I wanted it, then I tried to add some "widgets" or whatever those things are called and they didn't fit. I realized that in my attempt to be a little different and not change to "minima" before adding a background, I was limiting my widget capability. I'm working on getting font and colors that are easy to read with the dark background. I realize looking at older posts that T.S.'s blue conversation color may have to change, so bear with me--please feel free to leave nice suggestions.

So, the spelling part. Studying for spelling at our house is a chore. So I found this web site. There is also a widget on the sidebar. I figure it is worth a shot. The plan is to put the words in on Monday and Sadie will want to study them all week (by playing games). We'll let you know how it works. Let us know if this site works for you or is helpful.
I took the widget off of the sidebar--Sadie isn't too interested in this--we'll see if she is as her list gets harder.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How cute...

I've written before that it is time for the cats to go outside. But, could you send these guys out into the great unknown of the garage? They'll for sure have to go out before we leave at Thanksgiving. If you are wondering, that is Sadie's remote control dog. The cats love to cuddle up with it and sleep.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Yesterday Robby and the kids fixed fence in the pasture so we could let the calves and donkey out to eat. That translates into Robby fixed fence while the kids had a grand adventure and collected quite a few cow bones. They were so pleased to not only show me their treasure, but to unload it as well. Picking up bones in the pasture is something they do all the time, needless to say, there are quite a few bones around here now--more bones than Petunia could ever use. So, I asked the kids what they planned to do with them.
T.S.: "Sell them."
Me: "To whom?"
T.S.: "Santa Claus."

We'll let you know if the transaction goes through. You might have an opportunity to invest in our bone collection and selling company.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Sadie participated in a lamb clinic and jackpot today in Tulia. Both lambs placed second and showed pretty well. Sadie was excited to get a little prize money. We were really proud of her. The top picture is her showing Leonard (the one of Otis didn't turn out---I don't have a lot of luck taking pictures in barns.) The bottom one was a cute one of Robby and Sadie. It's a little fuzzy because I was far away.
Sadie and Robby had to validate pigs in Randall County after the lamb show--I imagine we have a pretty tired showman headed home right now.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Evening!

This is what our beautiful sky looked like this evening. I was going to take a picture of the very large, full moon, but my first few pictures were not great and then my batteries ran out and T.S. had a sticker (yes he was outside with no shoes or coat on). To give you an idea of how large the moon looks, T.S. said the following: "If it gets any bigger it will besplode!" (explode)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

T.S.'s Tall Tale

Every evening we can hear coyotes. I'm sure they are in the pasture, probably in the draw that runs through. It has been a quest for Robby and the kids to shoot one. T.S. was reporting he could hear them tonight. He came in just a minute ago and told me the following "tale."

We got the coyotes to come close enough that dad shot one.
Me: Really? I thought y'all were clipping lambs.
Yeah, it came up close and dad shot it. You should have seen how far he threw it after he got it.

long pause

He fed it to the pigs.
Me: Really? I think I'll go out and ask dad.
No, don't do that.

I wish you could hear him tell stories. He is really quite believable, until he throws in a detail that just doesn't fit. His facial expressions are priceless as well. I was thinking, "well, Robby might have shot one." I hope he keeps telling tales.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Honoring Our Heroes

Our school has a fabulous Veterans' Day program every year. We'll go see Sadie take part in that tomorrow. As part of the program, the 3rd-5th grade is having a poster contest. Here is Sadie with her poster.
Update: Sadie didn't win the contest. I'd like to say that all of the posters we saw were outstanding. The kids really did a nice job and I was impressed. We are hoping they do this again next year--we have some good ideas to use pictures of Sadie's PaPa and Great-Granddads on a poster.

Kitten Update

T.S. requested that I take his picture with Tiger this morning. The cats will soon have to go outside. Sadie and I keep pushing it back, but eventually it is going to have to happen. Three cats in a house with a lot of kids is more than a circus.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Get Your Guns Up!

Sadie has become an avid Tech fan (much to my dismay and Robby's pleasure). When I came home from Amarillo yesterday evening, Sadie had on her "Crabtree" hat and was watching the game. She has taken a great interest in Tech football and even has some knowledge of the AP Top 25. I guess I'll just be glad she is interested in a college and it isn't t.u.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Fun Day

We spent most of the day at the youth entrepreneurship fair. T.S. had a ball playing with our friend Wesley's toys. He and his family manufacture these. After a long day of being really good and playing hard--T.S. ended up like this:
(Yes, he is standing up.)
The students from Happy did very well--Maci placed 2nd and Wesley was 3rd. You can see more about The Happy Toy Maker here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

T.S. Says

This morning, T.S. was sitting with me when I was checking e-mail. He saw a picture of Obama:
"Is that Okabama? Did he win the Tech game?"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Highlights of the Day

  • T.S., C.W. and I ran errands and we all made it home. (I really contemplated leaving one or both at the dollar store or the bank or the polling place.) We also enjoyed a nice visit with Nonnie.
  • I voted--I don't think I've ever felt the way I did today in my many (we won't count them) years of voting.
  • T.S. has figured out how to get C.W. to do the things I ask him to do. "Look mom, I'm letting him 'help' me."
  • We have cow birds--those white birds that follow cows around. I went out to take a picture, but the kids were in the middle of the hay ring and the birds had mysteriously disappeared. (maybe tomorrow)
  • The boys and I enjoyed a healthy snack this afternoon--strawberry smoothies. (Jennifer, don't faint)
  • It is 7:05 and both kids are fed, bathed and in PJs. I'm definitely in the running for the coveted Mother of the Year Award.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


You may recall that several Sundays ago, I showed pictures of the fabulous craft project we were doing--paper mache pumpkins. Those pumpkins have been hanging in the bathroom waiting for the next layer of paper and well, they are sort or deflated.

Sometimes things just don't go as planned. Animals, homework and the busyness of our life got in the way of our craft. Oh well, just a reminder that we are normal here in the Bow Kingdom.

However, all is not lost, the kids have been painting everything from trains to Christmas trees the last few days and I've been trying my hand at casting resin.

By the way, the kids thought this was a fitting pose for the picture.