Saturday, June 30, 2007

A real house

I can actually begin to visualize us living here. Which I presume is a good thing since it will happen in 4 weeks. Give or take a few.

Living room
The boy's bedroom
The girl's bedroom
Master bedroom
Bonus space- my scrapbook room oh yes!!!

Kids & money

I saw a cute post over at Blogging Away Debt and I thought I would get a time stamp on both kids progress in the financial arena. Let's see how our teachings have taken root so far:

The boy:
1.) How old are you?
2.) Do you like money?
3.) What do you like about money?
That you can buy lots of cool things
4.) How much money do you have?
5.) How much money does mom and dad have?
I don't know
6.) How much money is there in the world?
About a million
7.) How do you get money?
Earn it
8.) What is a bank?
That saves your money
9.) If you had $100 dollars what would you do with it?
Save it
10.) How much money would you like?
All the money in the world and share it

And now for the girl:
1.) How old are you?
Three. But I am old enough, I watched it with Daddy. (She wants me to put the Superman movie on for her)
2.) Do you like money?
3.) What do you like about money?
Watching TV (One track mind)
4.) How much money do you have?
2 dollars but the money is at the bank. Can I watch Superman?
5.) How much money does mom and dad have?
I don't know
6.) How much money is there in the world?
Ten dollars
7.) How do you get money?
You get it from the world (Quite astute)
8.) What is a bank?
Where they pay our money
9.) If you had $100 dollars what would you do with it?
Put it in my purse
10.) How much money would you like?
50 dollars

Friday, June 29, 2007


I apologize for the terrible picture. I took it with my camera phone and only took one, so it's the best I can do.

Went to the Astros game last night with several coworkers. The timing was amazing because last night Biggio hit the 3000 mark in hits. The crowd roared every time Biggio was up to bat. The place went nuts when it happened and even I was caught up in the moment. Which is a big deal because I have carried a grudge against Biggio for 19 years.

I was 13 and begged and pleaded for my parents to take me to the baseball card shop where Biggio would be signing autographs. I had my baseball cards ready and waited and waited and waited. He never showed and I was absolutely crushed. Last night, they were giving away Biggio signed cards to a select few based on their seats. And no, I didn't win, so after all of these years, I will still carry on the grudge.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


I just received a phone call from the boy's extended day program that he is attending this summer. Normally my heart sinks when I receive a call because it usually means one of the kids is sick, injured, or in big trouble. Fortunately, it was a request from the boy to pick him up first as he had made something for his sister's birthday present and did not want her to see it.

It is so darn cute to witness day after day just how much those two love each other. Don't get me wrong, they fight like siblings most of the time, but they also look out for each other. What more could a parent ask for?


The insulation is in! It really changes the feel of the house, can't see through the walls anymore and it feels like walking into a giant bottle of pepto bismol. Inspection this morning and I am supposed to meet with the builder and the cabinet guy to start making decisions on all the trim. Drywall starts this afternoon or tomorrow.

I'm getting excited again now that I can see progress.

Update: Insulation inspection passed. The house was a three ring circus when I went by- insulation guy finishing, 2 guys working on the stone, 2 guys finishing up the speaker/tv/alarm wiring, and two guys starting trim work. Now that's what I like to see!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007


We made it through a slew of inspections last week- plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and framing. Insulation happens tomorrow with drywall due to begin Wednesday. The cultured stone is coming along nicely and should be finished in about a week or so. Meeting with a landscape architect the week after next to work out a plan. I still say it's a one in a million shot to be done by the end of July, but we will see...

Friday, June 22, 2007


The boy's birthday party:

And the ridiculous amount of toys (and no, this isn't even close to all):

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Inch by inch

Crazy, busy weekend like most. Met with the electrician to walk through some final details Saturday morning and then the boy's birthday party was Saturday afternoon at The Incredible Pizza Company. Sunday was a Father's Day celebrations and the family birthday party for the boy. We also spent most of our free time packing and even started the monstrous task of sorting through the toys, most of which will not be moved. We're getting there slowly, inch by inch.

Yesterday was the boy's actual birthday, so I skipped out a little early and we took the kids to Johnny Rocket's for dinner and walked around Town Square. Tricked him a little with his present by giving him a card and two pairs of pajamas first. He was not too impressed until we took him to the garage to show him his new basketball goal to be installed at the new house.

Not too bad to get three days of celebrating for your birthday!

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Apparently, I need to be more specific. I was preparing dinner and needed to set the table, so I asked the girl to take the tissue (kleenex, as we call 'em in Texas) boxes and put them in my bathroom. I finally called for her and asked her to please join us for dinner because it took her so long. I realized why when I walked into my bathroom- she had removed the plastic from each box and pulled out the tissue so each box was ready for use and lined them all up on my counter. Not exactly what I had in mind, but I did appreciate the effort!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Big tooth

Lost the second front tooth today! What a grin!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Snake bite

Friday, hubby and the boy headed north to work on the trailer park. The girl, myself, our dog and my mom headed south to their cabin in the woods. My father is working on developing property in the area and had left early in the morning.

After a bite to eat and a little nap, I awoke to my mom telling me to wake up. The dog's cheek was swollen and she was panting and drooling. Dad and I rushed off to find a vet in the nearest town- Hallettsville, population 2,772. In the waiting room was a woman and her dog, who was a mirror to my dog with the snake bitten cheek. After a quick check and a shot of penicillin and steroids, we headed back to the cabin for r&r. Fortunately, the remainder of the weekend was much less eventful and I came back rested.

However, Monday quickly kicked in and I was told at 8:00 am of an all day meeting I was supposed to attend at 8:00 am.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

DITL- my first!

I always enjoy when Jo features 'A Day in the Life', so I thought I would give it a whirl. Maybe next time I won't be too chicken to take pics of people....

5:30 wake up call
Time for a bath
Breakfast for me
Breakfast for the kids
Drop off the boy
Drop off the girl The builder needs more money
Finally at work!
Definitely need more coffee
Head out early to check out cultured stone for the house
Some options Late lunch
Pick up the girl- great work!
Pick up the boy- always a ham!
More work at home- this time I'm double calculating the HVAC requirements
I cooked, but I'm too tired to clean
One down!
At last, time to relax

Monday, June 04, 2007

Be careful what you wish for

I always wanted our house to be the place for the kids to gather. I like the idea of knowing where my kids are and what they are doing and having a house full of laughter and joy. Hah!

I have five kids in my house right now and I am beginning to rethink this brilliant plan.