"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


This is what the roaring rapids at Six Flags will do to you:



We were so wet that the 100 degree weather didn't even dry us off. We were still dripping wet after three hours. Remind me to never ride this again.

Time Warp Tuesday

I actually remember several of my lunchboxes that I had as a child. I remember it being the most important thing I picked out before school started.

I am pretty sure this was when I was in first grade. I LOVED this lunchbox. The greatest lunchbox of all time.
The front

The back

I had this lunchbox in the fourth grade. I always wondered what would happen if I ate my sandwich while class was going on like the cabbage patch on the front of the lunchbox. I never tried it....I was a rule follower.

Hopefully Clayton will have great memories of his Scooby Doo lunchbox.

5 vs. 31

Here is where Clayton and I differ:
Mommy likes a cute, simple lunch bag that matches his backpack and will not clash with most of his outfits.

Clayton likes an obnoxious character lunch bag that looks like the mystery machine. It clashes with EVERYTHING. It won't even match the camo backpack.
So, who won? Well, Clayton won this battle. When I saw him nearly leap out of the grocery cart at our favorite establishment and shout for joy so loudly that all of the other people at the store could hear, I couldn't turn him down. It was love at first sight. He told me, "thank you one million times, mommy." My pleasure sweet boy. Although, inside, I was screaming. This doesn't match the backpack, this is hideous, why am I allowing such a fashion don't in my household. Will Glamour come after me?? Then, I looked down at my son, saw the joy in his eyes as he studied his luchbox inside and out, and I didn't care anymore. I just smiled.

Where is Oliver??

It is almost 9am and Oliver is still asleep. Crazy!! I guess the swimming last night wiped him out. I will just enjoy this quiet morning with Clayton.

Monday, July 28, 2008


What do we do when it is 104 degrees outside??

We swing....

....act very, very silly...

...look cute...

...we tickle our children...
...climb on Nonae and pretend he is a sea monster....
....laugh when Nonae (aka chicken legs) does amazing tricks...
.....then, we send a baby flying down the slide....
.....and last, we dry off and head indoors where it is 70 degrees.
Will we survive another day?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Dream Come True

We had a free evening, so we headed off to Six Flags. Clayton has been wanting to ride the "Aquaman" ride (or the Splash Water falls for those of us from generation X). We have never let him go, because we didn't want to walk around the park soaking wet. I hate that feeling!! Today he said, "If I could ride that ride, it would be a dream come true....it is the ride of my dreams." I couldn't bear to crush his dreams, so off we went. Me, Oliver, Joel, and Clayton all were soaked from head to toe. Then, flying solo, Clayton stood on the bridge to get totally soaked. He had the biggest grin on his face. I am so sad I don't have pictures of this.

We didn't have time to dry off due to a complete power outage of Six Flags. All of the rides were shut down. On the way home, still dripping wet, he said, "I think that ride was a bad idea." I look back and he is shivering. At least his dreams came true for a brief moment.

Where are Mommy's Keys??

.....Oh, of course, they are in the cozy coupe. The plastic keys just don't work the same.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Roughriders game

Joel went to the first youth event for our church. They went to the Frisco Roughriders game and he took Clayton with him. Joel said Clayton thought he was the same age as all of the youth. His dinner consisted of cotton candy and peanuts. He came home giggling so hard at something one of the boys had said in the car on the way home. After the giggling winded down into some hiccups, he got in bed and was asleep in minutes.


That pretty much sums it up!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Count Down

One month from today, my baby boy will start kindergarten. He does not like me to call him "my baby boy", but he needs to get used to it. He will always be....I tear up every time I drive past the school. I cannot believe it is coming so fast!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Joel and I are starting to read One Month to Live: thirty days to a no-regrets life. We decided to take this journey together so we could encourage each other through it and improve on our relationship with each other. For the first day it asks you to tell at least one other person that you are reading this book and in thirty days have them ask you how your life has changed. So on August 20th please ask me how my life has changed. I need some accountability. I am sure there will be a post on that day, so you may not even have to ask. I am very excited about this!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Time Warp Tuesday

Well, I actually feel like I am in a time warp. A BC (before children) time warp. We are going on our second date this week. What?? Yep, a second date. Marlene called and asked if the boys could go to Pizza Planet and spend the night with her tonight. So, no way will I be cooking dinner tonight. I take every chance I can get to go out to eat with out it being a huge ordeal...where I can actually talk to my husband.

This takes me back to our first date....... Joel picked me up in his red pontiac grand prix (with red hubcap covers...awesome!!). This was the day after he had gotten his driver's license...so, that would be December 28th, 1992. We headed of to eat at Judge Beans, which does not exist anymore, and both ate chicken fried steak. Then we went to the Hollywood Cinemark and watched Forever Young with Mel Gibson. Joel remembers exactly what I was wearing. I wore a plaid blazer, black stirrup pants with black boots. He doesn't usually remember details, so I must've made a lasting impression. I wish I had a picture.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Movie Date

Date (noun): a social engagement between two persons that often has a romantic character.

It has been so long, I had to remind myself what it means. Grandpa graciously had the boys over so we could go see The Dark Knight with the rest of the world (literally). It has been several years since we have seen a movie together. I actually got to see a movie on the opening weekend.... Before it made it out on DVD.......and it wasn't rated G!!! We had a great time and the movie was awesome!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday Fun!

We had a fun day spending time as a family. We are often so busy that we don't have all four of us together. We rode the DART rail to the West End, ate lunch at the good ole' Spaghetti Warehouse and then headed to the extremely crowded Dallas World Aquarium. Luckily, we have a membership, so we just looked through the aquarium for a short time and then headed home. Mr. P was getting tired anyways.

Waiting for the train.

Here we go!
Tickling brother on the train."I eating nakes" (snakes)SluuurpTwo really cool looking lizards.A very tired and grouchy boyA very happy boy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuckered out

During our bible study this evening, Oliver climbed up on the couch and fell asleep...in the middle of a bunch of people talking. He has never done this. He is usually running until he is forced to go to sleep. This baby must of been exhausted. I never get the chance to hold a sweet, sleeping boy, so I cherished every moment.

Time Warp Tuesday

Does anyone remember the character Amelia Bedelia? In her books, she was a housekeeper, and her employer would leave her with a list of things she needs to do. For instance...one item on the list would be draw the curtains. So, Amelia Bedelia would get out a pen and pad and actually draw the curtains. Another, dress the turkey. Amelia Bedelia got out some clothes and dressed the turkey. Through out her day, she would think how odd the list was, but did them exactly as they say. Well, I am kind of like her. I have always taken things very literally. My friend, Stacey, actually bought me one of her books in college because she thought we were so much alike.

Here is one of my many Amelia Bedelia moments. I was making brownies in high school and the directions say MIX BY HAND. So, what does Erica Bedelia do? I am up to my elbows in brownie mix literally mixing it with my hands. My mom comes in the kitchen and asks what I am doing, and I don't think she has ever laughed so hard in her life. I was thinking how messy it was and thought that there must be a better way. My mom let me in on the secret.

This is a running joke that I still hear at Christmas time from my extended family. Oh, well, it keeps them laughing.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Camp Nonna and Nonae

Clayton is off to Camp Nonna and Nonae. He gets to spend the week with my parents and his cousins, Emily and Macey. He is going to have a blast. It sure has been quiet around here. I am sure it is the opposite at Nonna's house. See you on Friday, Clayton!!


Clayton has been wanting to learn to play the banjo for a couple of months now and actually found the banjo he wants at Guitar Center. Joel told him he needs to learn the guitar first. I came home and to my surprise, the lessons had begun. They were singing and strumming "Twinkle twinkle little star". The house was rockin'!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Spidey and Mr. P

It's okay, Spidey-man
(Patting Spiderman's back)
You alwight Spidey-man?
Go nigh nigh, Spidey-man (on the barbie stove...so nurturing)
Here's your banket, Spidey-man

Such care is given to the superheros in our home.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Favorite Breakfast

This morning me and the boys headed to the donut store. We LOVE donuts!! We had a great time. I have many memories of going to the donut store on saturday mornings with my Dad. Clayton told me I was going to the wrong one, so I am sure he and his Daddy frequent a different store. Oh, well, donuts are donuts.