Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween 2008

Landry had decided two months ago that she wanted to be Dorothy. I really don't know why she got that in her head. She has only seen about 10 minutes of the Wizard of Oz. But anyway by the time it was all done she had assigned out various parts that the family would be. We had a great time. The look on the folks faces when our whole family hit the door was classic.
From 2008-10 (Halloween)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Landry Dance Class

Landry is taking ballet class this fall. All of the practices have been closed session, but they finally had a parent observation class last week. It was super cute.
From 2008-10 (Oct) Landry Dance Class

Here is a video of their dance.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trip to Dallas - Neil Diamond

We hooked up with our friends Nellson and Melissa Burns and went to the Neil Diamond concert. We had a great time and got to see one of the all time greats at American Airlines Center.
From 2008-10 (Oct) Dallas Trip

Our whole family then got to head to the Dallas Zoo. The kids had a great time. They have a great kids area that they had fun in.
From 2008-10 (Oct) Dallas Trip

From 2008-10 (Oct) Dallas Trip

Then we got to see my grandparents. It was their first time to meet Ian and it was great to see them!
From 2008-10 (Oct) Dallas Trip

Finally we got to catch up with the Slaughters and the Denisons. The kids had a big time in the bounce house. Landry was so excited that the big girls played with her. She got to wear one of Cleo's High School Musical outfits.
From 2008-10 (Oct) Dallas Trip

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tri-State Fair

Jason and I took Landry and Ian to the Tri-State Fair a few weeks ago. We met our friends the Gleasons and had a great time. Landry and Caroline had a blast riding all of the kiddie rides. Landry even rode the mini-roller coaster! We found out Ian loves pickles (especially fried ones) while we were there.

Ian's first birthday

Ian turned one on September 25th. I can't believe how fast the past year has gone. Poor Ian is the runt of the family. He barely weighs 17 1/2 pounds and he is definitely a shorty. He can still wear 6 month old clothes without a problem. His pediatrician says he takes after me....but I hope he goes through a growth spurt soon (for his daddy's sake!).

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Trip to Kauai, Hawaii

We just got back last weekend from Hawaii. We went with our good friends Chris and Rebecca Gleason and had a great time. The weather was great while we were there as was all of the food.

A couple of highlights:
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt on the island which was absolutely gorgeous. They have some unbelievable manicured grounds with lagoons, pools, and some of the best restaurants on the island.
From 2008-09 (Hawaii) - Favorites

We went to a official laui at the hotel which was actually really good. I thought it would be cheesey, and it started out that way. But the food was great and they did a lot of traditional dances from the area - so we had a great time.

Next day we went on a snorkel, sunset dinner catamaran up the Na Pali coast. We got to see some great coastline - with some of the most dramatic coastline you will ever see. Downside - it was really choppy! So much so that we couldn't stop to snorkel - also there were some tiger sharks in the water, as evidenced by the sea turtles beaching. Jason was the only one that took full advantage of the all you can eat and drink option on the boat, as everyone else stayed near the back and close to the rail.
From 2008-09 (Hawaii) - Favorites

We spent at least of couple of days exploring the islands. We had a great hike to some waterfalls in Wiamea Canyon, drove around to the north side of the island and hit some beaches, and viewed the numerous waterfalls on the island.
From 2008-09 (Hawaii) - Favorites

The girls took a whole day and hit the spa toward the end of the week and Chris and I played golf on a great course at Poipu.
From 2008-09 (Hawaii) - Favorites

Of course, we spent alot of time hanging at the pools, sleeping on the hammocks, reading and relaxing. The hotel even had a great waterslide that we probably collectively hit about 78 times.
From 2008-09 (Hawaii) - Favorites

Here is a slide show of some of my favorite pictures:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Landry "bouncing" Ian - literally

This one just makes me laugh.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Nothing new just some pics

I haven't posted in a while so here is a slideshow of some recent pics . . .

Sunday, July 6, 2008

PPROA Inaguration

In May I was selected as the new Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owner Association (PPROA) president. They just issued a nice newsletter that highlights it all. Also, a nice picture of the family on the first page.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Artist -> Princess

Landry told us today (while outside painting with Mommy) that God had made her into an artist. We agreed that God had, in fact, made her quite artistic. She then told us, "Yeah, but pretty soon God will make me back into a princess." Also true.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cow Creek Adventure 2008

Our entire family went up to Cow Creek this past weekend and spent time fly fishing, horseback riding, shooting skeet, and telling stories around the campfire. It was a great time - and a great chance to spend time together. Cow Creek is in New Mexico just north of Santa Fe near the Pecos Wilderness.

Instead of posting pictures, I will post this videa that my brother David put together. He did a great job editing on this one . . . you can check out the link to his blog here .

Friday, June 20, 2008

Landry's 3rd Brithday Party

Landry had her 3rd brithday on May 25th. We had a big party at our house.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Link-to-Cell Bluetooth Phone System

I bought this set sweet phone set for the house. I am super impressed by the panasonic KX-TH1211. Here is the review I wrote up for Amazon . . .

The KX-TH1212 is a great product. As far as phone features it has everything that I was looking for and needed:
1.) DECT 6.0 - my previous 2.8 gHz was interfering with the baby monitor and wi-fi.
2.) Call Waiting, Caller ID, Phone book, Intercoms
3.) Speakerphone
4.) Expandable (we needed 4 handsets for the house)
5.) Phones just need a plug

We did not need or want an answering machine. We use the Call Notes feature on our phone so an answering machine was unnecessary and bulky.

I LOVE the cell phone feature. I always leave my cell phone (usually by accident) on vibrate or in my jean pocket, or placed in the bathroom etc. Now once I am home, the home phone rings when I get a call on my cell. I set it up for a different ring tone so that I know it is coming from my cell.

The other bonus I hadn't thought about when I bought this is that the base unit can sit on its own. All of the handsets are independent. So I actually stuck the base unit in my computer area plugged into the land line. The phone units are spread around the house with only their charger nearby.

This is perfect to use at the ranch because we don't have a landline there, only cell service.

Very powerful service

This was from a service at our church a few weeks ago. Choked me up when I saw it live and did it agin when I watched this back.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Color of Ian's Eyes

Hmmm. After much debate over the little man's 7 months of life, We still don't really know. Sometimes they are green, sometimes hazel, sometimes grey. You be the judge!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Landry's Imaginary Friend

Landry's imagination is kicking into high gear. She now has an imaginary friend named Kurla. (this is spelled with a "K" as I was told very emphatically by my daughter).

We continue to find out more and more things about Kurla:
- She has pink hair (which is Landry's favorite color)
- She is Landry's sister, but they do not have have the same Mommy or Daddy
- She has a baby brother
- She likes to swing and go down the slide
- She has a doggy that has been sick lately

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Landry's New Swingset

Landry's birthday present came a little early. I somehow conned my Dad into helping put together the Trailblazer Adventure Playset that we bought at Walmart for $299. Overall, I am very happy with it. The wood is good quality and the instructions were very detailed. Overall, it took us about 8 hours to put it all together with a couple of breaks for lunch, etc. The holes were all in place and the parts seemed to all be there. The overall swingset is very sturdy once you put the anchors in the ground.

And, as you can see, Landry is thrilled with the swingset. She keeps telling us how much she "Loves" her playground. She will literally swing for a hour straight if you let her.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Ian's Baby Dedication

Ian was dedicated at Hillside Christian Church this Sunday. There were probably 25 or so new babies at the service that we went to, at least double the number that were there at Landry's dedication. It is mostly a ceremony for the parents, our promise to raise our children with Godly principals, with a love of Jesus Christ and an open request for prayer from the congregation. I personally thought is was very well done and we got a little plaque and the end of it the says "Ian, Precious Gift of God Dedicated this 4th day of May, 2008"" It quotes James 1:7, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights."

The family:
Momma and Ian:
The Kids:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Shannon locked out of house

I don't have any pictures but it is too funny of a story to pass up. Landry has recently taken to acting like a "doggy", which basically involves, crawling around on her hands and knees, barking, rolling over, etc. Pretty much acting a fool. As part of acting like a "doggy" you of course have to use the doggy door at every opportunity. So she thinks it is hilarious to go in and out the the doggy door. So, Landry and Shannon are outside on the the patio this morning. Landry decides to go back into the house via the doggy door. She comes back around to the back door, pulls it closed and locks it - leaving Shannon locked out of the house, with no keys, or way back in the house. Apparently, it took some serious coaxing to get Landry to unlock the door and let her back in the house!

I will also add this video from a few nights ago with Landry blowing a horn and making Ian belly laugh. Ian thinks that his sister is the funniest thing ever, and just beams when she is around. Landry continues to pay little to no attention to him, but seems to be getting better - especially when she gets a reaction like this one!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Afternoon Bike Ride

We loaded the kids up last week in the trailer that Shannon got me for Christmas. This was an adventure in itself. I had to go get my moutain bike worked on since it was in some amount of disrepair and put the trailer together. But the kids loved it. May try and make it a weekend ritual. It was good exercise too!

Somebody always has fun reading her books!

A shot of Ian on the close up!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Snowy goes to time out

Landry informed us that Snowy had been mean to Giraffe and she had been placed in time out. Apparently, she gets the idea of the consequence. She is getting much more creative in the crazy stuff that she comes up with!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Updated Easter Pics

These are from our trip to San Antonio, plus some favorites from the easter egg hunt, plus a funny video right after Ian and Landry got their Easter baskets. Landry was trying to be sweet and show Ian his new book, but I can't help but laugh when she yanks the book out of his hands.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Sunday Message

We went to church with the Laissle's at Bandera Road Christian Church(The church that rocks!) and they lived up to their name. They have an rocking band that was a lot of fun.

They played this video which I tracked down on the web. Pretty good stuff.

I think this is done be a group called Igniter Media.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Isn't he cute?

Ian is now five months old and getting so big so fast! He is trying to sit up and is very busy. Now, if he would just sleep through the night......

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Greenways Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is almost here and the kids got to enjoy a fun neighborhood Easter Egg hunt on Saturday.

Santa Fe

We took a great family trip to Santa Fe last weekend. Shannon parents flew in from San Antonio and my parents went with us a s well. We rented a house Just north of the main square area that was absolutely gorgeous. Big bay windows and great views of the city.

We had great weather for the weekend. We were able to mess around in town, do some shopping, and of course the art galleries. Jason skied on Saturday on a gorgeous day with now clouds in the ski.

We were surprised by a little bit of snow before we left so we got to play in the snow at the house as well.

A slideshow of the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

4 months of maintenance down . . .

Lots of folks have asked how my Dad is doing and I haven't been very good about keeping an update on this site. We are officially in the no news is good news state so there is not a whole lot to report.

The good news is that it has been 4 months since he started his maintenance drugs. There are some side affects during the time he is taking them - general nasueau, itchy skin, but all manageable. 4 months down also means 4 months of monthly blood checks where all of the lab work is looking normal. He will continue this course for the next 8 months and then do a full reevaluation.

Overall, Dad looks great. He is back playing raquetball every day at the athletic club and doing a lot of travleing with my Mom. Most of the time he has a normal appetite. Although, his hair has come back for the most part - he opted to keep it shaved, sporting the bald look around town. I think it is more that he realized his bald spot was bigger than he thought!

Thanks to all for the many prayers for our family. We are ever thankful for the amazing support that we continue to recieve.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Daddy's Little Girl

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ian rolled over

Ian is starting to roll over, which is kinds cool. Here is some new pics of him.

Landry reading to Ian

Landry is turning into a great big sister. She really wanted to read him a book last night. So we loaded him up on her lap and she tried to "read" him a story. She got very disappointed when he wriggled out of her arms.

First day of preschool

Landry started preschool this week at First Baptist. She was very excited and it was all she could talk about. She had a big time and we think it will be really good for her to interact with the other kids. They actually already moved her into a little bit older class because she is ahead of the curve - can we say prodigy?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Christmas Pageant "The Journey"

Jason and Ian were both in the Christmas pageant this year. It was a revamped version that folks could walk through and experience the journey of Christ. Jason was a Roman soldier and had a great time playing the part even though it was outside in the freezing cold. Ian was Baby Jesus in the birth scene.