Archive for the ‘Around the House’ Category

March 26, 2014: The 4th graders had to participate in the school’s science fair this year. They had well over a month to come up and execute a science fair topic. Z’s topic was “What to Water With”. Basically he grew three sets of beans and watered each plant with something different. He recorded his findings over a three week period of time. He was to create a journal and a display board showing his finding. What did he water with? Funny you should ask. Water, capri-sun, and milk were his choices. Everything was fine until the plant watered with milk rotted and the house smelled like SHIT. Literally! It smelled like SHIT! But we decided to powered through for science. Well, after three weeks of it, I couldn’t stand it anymore and that dang plant being watered with milk had to go! Of course my boy thought the smell of SHIT in the house was funny! Silly kid.

Back to the serious part of the project. The best thing to water plants with is …. water! Z did an outstanding job in his project! He got the top score he could get for his project! I am so proud of him!

2014-03-26 08.50.44 2014-03-26 08.51.01 2014-03-26 19.23.04 2014-03-26 19.28.18 2014-03-26 19.28.38


Kitchen Helper

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Around the House

March 17, 2014: Z wanted to help me make dinner. Veggies and scrambled eggs. I love my kitchen helper!

2014-03-17 19.39.38 2014-03-17 19.40.17 2014-03-17 20.06.20

February 28, 2014: Yep, these guys waited until last minute to get their cars made for the Pinewood Derby ūüôā Personally, I think these two work best under pressure and love to watch me self destruct because of the stress they cause me by waiting until last minute.

B makes Z take a major role in making his car each year. Z always comes up with his personal spin on what his car should look like. This year he wanted his initials craved out in the center of the car. What a great idea! I love his design! Z had to be very careful when he worked with the dremmel tool. SInce he carved out so much of the car, they had to load liquid weights into the back of the car. Hubby makes Z do the melting. I know I should be nervous watching Z work the torch but instead I am all in the way trying to get the perfect pictures. Because it is all about the pictures, right!

The other car shown below was B’s car, he named it “Biohazard”.

2014-03-02 13.00.59

2014-02-28 18.41.29 2014-02-28 18.42.17 2014-03-02 13.40.36 2014-03-02 13.41.22


February 14, 2014: Well it is Valentine’s Day! I have always wanted to get heart shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy’s so I insisted on doing that this year. I got Z a cheese pizza and hubby his creations. I also bought them a dessert pizza. Oh so tempting! But since I am on Weight Watchers and watching my food, I made myself some vegetable filled scrambled eggs. It was a nice Valentine’s Day with my wonderful family!

Earlier in the day Z was asked by our school’s vice principal to present Panda Express with an award as they are our sponsors for the Leader In Me program at school. I think he did such a great job and was so professional about it! So proud!

2014-02-14 18.29.46 2014-02-14 19.53.31

2014-02-14 16.16.15 2014-02-14 16.16.11


February 11, 2014: Now most of my blog is about Z and the fun stuff he gets to do but this time I just had to share something big that has happened to me. I started Weight Watchers in January 2013 and as of today, I have lost 69 pounds! I am beyond proud and thrilled! It has been a great journey learning a new healthy lifestyle.

I have had a black dress in my closet from many many years ago so I thought I would try it on to see if it was close to fitting again. HOLY MOLY it fit! I was so excited so I had hubby snap a picture really fast. Barefoot and everything!

Posted below is my before picture from November 2012 and the picture of me wearing the black dress many many years ago when I was thin and young. And the one from today. I am beyond thrilled it fits again!

My Weight Watchers leader asked me to provide her with my before and after pictures so she could post in the lobby of my meetings. What a compliment!

2014-02-11 15.02.09

2014-02-11 15.01.21 2014-02-11 14.53.28

Celebration pie!

2014-02-18 21.05.24


February 9, 2014: We had a feeling that it was going to snow overnight and it sure did! We woke up to the prettiest blanket of white outside! Ahh the look of fresh snow is gorgeous! But we didn’t get much and it quit snowing so we knew Z better get to playing in it before it melted. Z always loves to make a snowman so that is exactly what he and hubby started to do. I think the guy turned out pretty cool looking! The added hair is thanks to Echo and Shadow who got brushed. Great creation guys!

2014-02-09 09.30.22 2014-02-09 11.40.41 2014-02-09 11.41.52 2014-02-09 11.42.49 2014-02-09 11.57.02 2014-02-09 11.58.41 2014-02-09 12.00.05 2014-02-09 12.13.06 2014-02-09 12.31.39 2014-02-09 20.06.19


January 21, 2014: Z did such a great job at selling popcorn for our Cub Scout Pack’s fundraiser this past fall. Not only did he receive a ton of prizes and gift cards as a thank you for his sales, he was awarded a free ticket to the Council’s pool party. We attended with a friend in the Pack who also received the award. The party was at a community center where the boys were fed pizza and cookies before allowing then access to two huge pools to play in for a couple hours. One of the pools had a lazy river, water slides, and spray features. The other pool had diving boards. The boys had a BLAST playing in the water. Even hubby played with them a little. L and I sat in the bleachers watching.

I’ve included a picture of Z and hubby playing a travel game that our friends, the G family, gave us when we moved from Austin to here. I also included a picture of Z and his dog, Echo. She has the prettiest eyes! The last picture is Z after he made dinner for us. Over sized nachos rock!

2014-01-24 18.53.30 2014-01-25 18.19.35-4 2014-01-25 18.27.56 2014-01-25 18.27.57 2014-01-25 18.36.42 2014-01-25 18.36.43 2014-01-25 18.36.43-1 2014-01-25 18.38.42-1 2014-01-25 18.57.47 2014-01-26 10.45.17 2014-01-26 19.23.29


January 15, 2014: Z is in the leadership club at school and absolutely loves all the speaking opportunities he gets to do being in the club. This year the leadership club was invited to attend a school district board meeting. The club leader only selected 5 kids to attend the meeting and Z was selected. During the meeting each kid did a presentation about leadership and how thankful they were to be a Leader In Me school. Each kid also made and  gave each board member a thank you note. Z did such a great job presenting and his thank you note was for the school district superintendent. The board members were very impressed; as was I!

Z ended the day with a quick go-kart ride. He just loves that thing…..good purchase!

2014-01-15 16.10.19 2014-01-15 18.34.56 2014-01-15 19.00.22 2014-01-15 19.29.24 2014-01-15 19.30.22


January 11, 2014: I just love it when Z writes poems! I think he does such an awesome job! He can just whip out a poem at the drop of a hat. I love you Z!

2014-01-11 12.55.18


Needs a Makeover

Posted: August 8, 2014 in Around the House, Puppies

January 8, 2014: So hubby has gotten into a routine of walking the dogs everyday and the dogs absolutely love it! The weather is a bit cool so it is nice to them since they are black dogs and the sun and heat can be too much. But I must say, their dog walker needs a make over! BIGTIME! Tell me what you think :-).

2014-01-08 16.07.35

2014-01-08 09.47.01

Check out Shadow, the super dog. Looks like he is flying. Go Shadow Go!!