Sunday, July 31, 2011

And I Thought It was Just Our House that Was Weird . . .

This morning as I thought about what to write on my blog, I popped over to Foxnews.com. Then I had an idea . . . news of the weird . . . never blogged about that, so here goes.

News of the weird . . . (I have not researched these bits of weird news for accuracy, just enjoy the weird).

Besides my house's daily activity apparently there is abundant weirdness everywhere!

Here goes:

  • Rapper FAT JOE gets skinny . . . wonder if he will change his name!
  • WICHITA, Kansas – A lemonade stand that raised money for the children of Joplin had its biggest sale yet Friday. The kids of College Hill Elementary served up lemonade to George and Deven Holland, who paid with a big check -- $10,000 – to help young tornado victims get ready for a new school year.
  • What really happens to gum when you swallow it?As you can imagine, this is a question pediatricians often field. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson estimates she gets asked a couple times per year by a nervous child. Gum is broken down like other foods, but some parts (gum resins) move through your intestines after the sugars are absorbed,” said Dr. Swanson, pediatrician and author of Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Seattle Mama Doc blog. “While it might take a few hours or days longer than other foods to digest, it will eventually be expelled when you poo.” “No, the myth isn't true -- gum doesn't stick around in your stomach for 7 years!" she added.
  • INGMAN - A Kingman man is going away for 90 days after shooting his Camaro after the car refused to start and then refusing to come out of his home.The Kingman Daily Miner reports Lauriano Lawrence Lovato went out to his car April 13 and when it wouldn't start, he fired two rounds through the windshield and into the dashboard. neighbors called police and Lovato was eventually arrested after a lengthy standoff. Lovato pleaded guilty to one count of discharging a gun unlawfully within city limits and was sentenced to three years probation and 90 days jail time. 
  • TUCKERTON, N.J. -- A man is in stable condition after he was bitten by a timber rattlesnake in New Jersey's Pinelands. The 24-year-old Ocean County resident, whose name has not been released, stopped on Route 679 in Tuckerton and tried to use a stick to move the snake off the road. Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese told The Star-Ledger of Newark the snake squirmed free, wrapped itself around the man's arm and sank its fangs into his hand. The man drove three miles to seek help and was flown by helicopter to a hospital. Timber rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in that part of the Pinelands.
The last weird news . . . a video:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

CAR SHOW

What a wonderful Saturday we have had!!! 

We enjoyed a very laid back morning and then headed to a local auto show. The boys were thrilled when the saw all of the OLD cars! Randy, Katelyn and I enjoyed seeing them as well.
The temps were in the upper 80's and humid, so we wanted to get there before the place was jammed with people and the temps were at the high for the day.
We made a GREAT choice from what I hear from other people that went later in the day.

Katelyn took photos of our "field trip".
Then, I had a bit of fun with PhotoShop to add some fun effects to the photos.



One of the boys' favorites.


Love the vintage effect.

Cody call this one a "JOHN DEERE" truck.

beautiful Cadillac . . . I love that although EJ isn't in the photo, he is visible in the reflection of the car.

Today was a lovely day!

a LOVELY Saturday Morning

a lovely Saturday morning is upon us . . . well, maybe I exaggerated that a bit! lol
a warm and humid Saturday morning is upon us . . . THAT is a much closer description!

I have my second cup of coffee next to me.

Two loads of laundry are washing . . . 

The boys are playing nicely together . . .
Shhhhhh . . . please don't tell them I noticed!

We are listening to Jonathan Park Amazon . . . a drama on cd.


We love shopping at visionforum.com for great stories, videos, cds and toys!

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All of the above = a lovely Saturday morning!




Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our Day and Keeping Up with Growing Kids

This evening as I write, the house is quieting down . . . the kids have had their baths and are heading to bed. Soon we will be beginning school bedtime . . . I a certain they will be thrilled ~~~ NOT! lol

Today was a much better day than we have had in the last week. We all worked together to get things accomplished and I am pleased to say the boys got along for the most part.

I decided today would be a great day to tackle two of the bedroom closets. Two of the boys share a room and our youngest has his own room . . . so, three of the boys closets are cleaned, organized and purged.

Cody has grown a size and now wears size 5. EJ is a bit slower at growing and wears a 6. Cameron has moved up to a 7. Ryan wears size 8.

We went through the clothing and went through the hand me down adventure. I am pleased, to say the least . . . three of the boys are fine on clothing through Fall. That is quite an accomplishment. I still need to go through Ryan's closet and assess his clothing for school . . . he made need a few things, but shouldn't be in horrible shape. Most importantly will be pants for him. He grows quickly and is stick thin . . . Lands End are our preference for his pants.

Katelyn has been searching for clothing here and there . . . she takes care of her own shopping now. I am thrilled she loves to shop!

The boys' lunch and backpacks survived pretty well last year . . . I threw them in the wash several times throughout the year and they stayed looking new. I did have to replace Ryan's though . . . his was pretty worn.

School supplies are purchased . . . all that we must purchase is gym and school shoes. A small pillow and blanket for Cody as well. I am thrilled we are just about ready in the school supply department.

Tonight I feel a sense of accomplishment and it really feels good!
It has been a while since my last post . . . I am never usually behind by more than a day. This past week had been "One of THOSE weeks" and one I really don't care to remember.

Stressful, frustrating, heartbreaking . . .
those words pretty much sum it all up.

Before I describe our "week" let me interject . . . I Praise God for His tender mercies each and every day.

Monday I went into work as usual . . . I knew I had plenty to do. The office and shipping departments have been slammed to the walls with orders ~ which is a GREAT thing. Along with the orders comes payments . . . also a GREAT thing . . . however, the balancing of deposits can be challenging . . . especially when there are over 100 in the form of mastercard/visa/american express/discover. The deposits generally go together in a batch at the end of the day . . . a settlement report is printed. 
Easy peasy . . . Right?

Well, generally that is true . . . however, being slammed this past week interfered with keeping track of what deposits went with which settlement report. Add that to the fact that the credit card processing center sometimes adds additional transactions from other batches/settlements. That all together equals a giant jigsaw puzzle of sorts for me when I am balancing the checkbook. Melissa tried to figure out the puzzle too . . . to no avail. I must interject . . . I loathe defeat! So, on Monday I went into the office . . . a bit frustrated as I tried to balance everything on the weekend . . . all day Saturday. Once in the office I spoke to my staff . . . we each had a specific task to do with the end goal being a balanced to the penny checkbook. (It drives me crazy to be off even a penny in any account.) Mid afternoon a HOOT was heard from my office . . . ONE of the accounts balanced . . . to the penny! I was thrilled! Accomplishment!!! 

I headed home from work to find that my boys gave Mrs. S quite a challenge for the day as well. I was less than thrilled and quite irritated with all of them. 

Forward to Tuesday . . . 

I am generally home on Tuesdays . . . Tuesday morning I was on the telephone with my Mom and learned the results of my Uncle Sam's tests. The news was not what everyone had hoped . . . Uncle Sam has cancer. He had been in the hospital since early Saturday morning . . . horrific pain. 
Tests were run and the hospital staff tried to keep Uncle Sam comfortable.
Mom was explaining all to me when Cody began ringing the doorbell. There was no reason for Cody to be ringing the doorbell . . . he simply was because like most children he chose to do what he wanted because Mommy was on the telephone. I excused myself from our conversation, went to Cody and told him to stop with the doorbell and get inside. I headed back to my telephone call. 
Mom and I continued our chat when I noticed the front door was open .  .  . we have a storm door, so no creatures were entering the house, but with the temps in the 90s we keep the house buttoned up tight. I asked Cody if we were going to keep the door open all day and let the heat inside. Cody went from the library to the foyer and pushed the door closed ~ from the direction he came, he could not have seen Beckett. What neither of us realized . . . little Beckett was watching out the window of the door. Within seconds the screams of an injured puppy. I ran into the family room to see what had happened . . . little Beckett came running to me screaming all the way. I picked her up and checked her all over to see what had happened. Apparently in her attempt to get from between the front inside door 
and the storm door the door hit her.

Beckett is tiny . . . 2 lbs 6 ounces.

Immediately I called our vet . . . she is wonderful. I took Beckett in right away. The vet assessed her right away . . . she was not in shock, no sensitivity in her tummy . . . however she was holding up her right back leg. Dr. J asked to keep her for the day . . . she would be sedated so she could be x-rayed fully and I would be called with an update. It was really hard to leave my puppy girl, but I fully trust Dr. J.
A few hours later the call came . . . 
little Beckett had a fractured rear leg. Dr. J was going to splint it and 
see how Beckett was before letting her go home. 

I picked Beckett up about 4:40 p.m. along with pain meds and instructions to watch for excessive swelling . . . if her little foot showed signs of swelling we were to cut off the splint. 
(Dr. J made a very pretty pink splint for Beckett.)

Beckett did well all evening . . . I checked her little foot every hour or two . . . everything seemed fine.
We went up to bed and I checked her foot one more time . . . it was badly swollen . . . the splint had to be cut off. Praise God for my wonderful husband with a steady hand. As I held Beckett, Randy very slowly snipped away the splint. Dr. J made a very sturdy splint . . . many layers to protect her little leg.
Beckett seemed to do well through the night and I called Dr. J in the morning. Beckett is protecting her leg by keeping it close to her body and doing very well considering everything. The decision was made to allow her to protect her leg herself instead of splint it again . . . keep her calm and quiet while she is healing. This morning she seemed to be feeling much better . . . plenty of kisses and she even began making her cute little noises again. She even growled as if to protect me when she heard a noise.
The plan . . . to have her leg x-rayed in three weeks . . . just keep doing everything we are doing now.

During the day on Tuesday I sat down with my boys over lunch and I talked to them.
My heart was breaking . . . my boys needed to know . . . life is precious and we must never, ever take anyone for granted. I explained to them Uncle Sam's illness . . . the boys became solemn.
I took this time to also tell them their behavior these past few weeks has been unacceptable
and that I want it stopped.

There will be NO more:
 hatefulness to one another . . .
name calling . . .
fussing or fighting with one another . . .
deceitfulness . . .
lying . . .
disrespect . . .
disobedience.

I know my children are not perfect and I don't expect them to be, But I do expect them to:

love and honor one another
get along
tell the truth
respect others
and obey.

Our expectations are not new to my children . . .
my children are simply choosing to ignore them.
It frustrates Randy and I.

I chose to end our "family meeting" by telling them that Randy and I both LOVE spending time with them and doing fun things. I then interjected that it is very difficult to do fun things when there is disobedience, deceit, hatefulness and disrespect from each of them in our home.

Today is a new day . . . Praise the Lord.

A new day to strive harder to be what God wants us to be.

Praying for God's Grace and Strength for our day.

Praying for Divine Intervention for Uncle Sam.

Praying for quick healing of Beckett's leg.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Isn't it TIME for School to Start YET?

You all may be feeling it as well . . .

Isn't it TIME for School to Start YET?

I thoroughly believe with ALL my heart . . . IT IS TIME!

My kids have been out of school since a little past mid-May . . . they began half days in mid-May.
IT HAS BEEN A VERY LONG SUMMER!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my kids and most of the time enjoy spending time with them . . .
that being said . . .
there are times I would rather not be with them.
Just keeping it real!

Now, be honest . . . do you thoroughly enjoy your kids every minute of the day?

I know the answer to that . . . Not exactly every minute and do you know what?
It is O.K.

Not even the very best mom in the world wants to be with her children ALL the time!

Summer brings children home . . . ALL DAY!

Summer brings the children together . . . ALL DAY!

Summer + children home + too much togetherness = Frazzled People

Now, I can hear some of you . . .

Just keep them busy!

Hmmmm done that . . . they still get on each other's nerves or MINE.

Just keep them apart . . .

Hmmmm . . . easier said than done.

Make them play OUTSIDE.

We have had excessive heat here . . .
much too hot.

Extra chores?

Yep . . . in fact, today we worked on deep cleaning our kitchen . . . even cleaned out drawers.

Extra school work - you know like summer school.

Doing that too!

Short of hanging each of them up on a nail away from one another . . .
I am guessing I just have to live with it . . .
at least for a few more weeks!

School begins on August 15!
Woo Hoo . . . Woo Hoo . . . Woo Hoo!!!

Can you tell I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?

School starts in . . . 20 days . . . Let the Countdown BEGIN~

Yes, I LOVE my children . . . All of them!

Just remember the age old saying . . .

Absence makes the heart grow fonder!




Friday, July 22, 2011

SOULEMAMA'S THIS MOMENT

SouleMama (this moment) {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

That time of the week . . . SouleMama's (this moment) time!

This week I couldn't decide WHICH photo . . . I LOVE all three!!!





Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fun, Fun, Fun 

Friends 

Today we were BLESSED with a visit . . .

Although the weather has been HOT, HOT, HOT our friends came for a swim in
our hot tub . . .

o.k. they really came to swim in the pool

BUT

the heat has caused the pool to become ultra warm
more like bath water than a refreshing swim . . .

The kids enjoyed the swim anyway . . .
such good sports!

Then inside for lunch and Angry Birds!

Beckett meet Gracie . . . aren't they so cute?

Gracie is a natural beauty!

Rachel and Emma . . . Rachel is a beauty too . . . Emma ~ not so much.

This is Cody, Ryan, Sam, Sarah and Gracie . . . Ryan is showing them Angry Birds moves.

Lovin' the faces in this photo!

Gracie won this round . . . the look of accomplishment on her face!

Big brother Sam tries to help!

Beautiful Sarah . . . she won't look at the camera either. Ryan is watching Sarah's moves!

The lunch of Champions . . . McDonalds and La Gondola . . .

Jake is lovin' his nuggies.

Such a happy bunch!

The table was full . . . Gracie, EJ, Cody, Rachel, Sam, Ryan, Jake, Sarah, Cameron so, Sarah S and Katelyn were at the breakfast bar.


The kids were all pretty well behaved and got along great! It was a lovely time together and no one wanted to leave . . . I love that!

I am quite certain we will be getting together again real soon and this time . . .
we will make it an all day event!

What do you think W Family????

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME . . . AGAIN?

By now you might have watched the Happy Birthday song video sung by my sweet Dad . . . If not, I will give you a minute to check it out HERE! It is also posted on youtube AND facebook. Gotta get him a bit of exposure . . . he is talented! Yep, his talent is making other cringe and laugh at the same time! Seriously though, those in our family and office have all come to not only expect, but wait with anticipation at when my Dad will sing Happy Birthday next. Bless his heart!

 I LOVE YOU DADDY!


Normally, I just call him Dad  . . . or Buzzard (that explanation will have to be another time), but tonight . . . Daddy just fits. You see, today was my Birthday . . . it is hard for me to believe . . . today I turned . . .

What? You didn't think I was really going to tell spill the beans, did you?

Anyway, I had a LOVELY birthday!!!
It was filled with LOVE, HUGS, KISSES, CARDS, GIFTS and Happy Birthday's galore!
I certainly feel blessed!
Thank you all!!!

Now, in true birthday tradition on my blog . . .
Random things you may or may not know about me . . .

  1. I don't have a favorite color.
  2. I have a NEW favorite brand of undies . . . Thanks for the recommendation Stacie!
  3. I have a hard time finding the time to finish books that I am reading. I am half way through about 10 books . . . nope, not kidding.
  4. I don't like to talk on the telephone unless I am chatting with family or close friends.
  5. Telemarketers drive me CRAZY!
  6. I love veges . . . cucumbers are one of my new favs!
  7. I loathe long toenails . . . that one threw you, didn't it?
  8. I have never been a morning person . . . even when I was born . . . born in the evening! (although, Beckett wakes me early every morning)
  9. I crack my knuckles . . . always have, even though Mom warned me not to. Sorry Mom!
  10. I am enamored with life in the 50's. Everything seemed so much easier back then.
  11. I do not like America's Got Talent or other shows like it. Not interested.
  12. I am picky about the cleanliness of my car. 
  13. I have always dreamed of playing the piano.
  14. I loved camping as a kid . . . NOT at all as an adult, but did enjoy arranging a camp  out for my man and boys. I also smiled when I snuggled in my nice comfy bed with air conditioning . . . Randy and the boys were outside in the tent roughing it in the backyard.
  15. Balancing the checkbooks for home and work are weekly tasks for me . . . I am obsessed with balancing to the penny EVERY time.
  16. I want to learn to shoot a handgun . . . with my Mom and Katelyn. Will probably look like Lucy, Ethyl and a tag along!
  17. I like to fish with my boys . . . even though they always seem to plink their bobber right next to mine after I have caught a fish, they tangle lines and use too many worms. lol
  18. I find classical music relaxing . . . if I am in the right mood.
  19. I tend to over plan meals . . . cook enough for an army.
  20. I love raw cookie dough . . . Katelyn's sugar cookie dough.
  21. I actually wore a dress/skirt twice in one moth . . . a record for me.
  22. I love planning get together parties/cook outs, etc. The cooking part is awesome too.
  23. I am thrilled when I don't have a lot of things planned during the week.
  24. I used to chase my sister Jeanette with daddy long legs . . . not the spider, just the legs.
  25. Jeanette and I used to have slap fights . . . until she started slapping too hard. Sorry Mom, you probably didn't know about that. 
  26. I rarely will make a recipe EXACTLY as printed . . . I always give it a little JuJu pizazz!
  27. I was on a softball team as a kid . . . we only won ONE game.
  28. I am creeped out by snakes, rats and opossums
  29. I ran over a skunk once . . . he seemed to be with me for quite a while  . . . nasty.
  30. I cannot swim while wearing a life jacket and blue jeans.
  31. I flipped a jet ski while my sister Jeanette was riding with me . . . I had promised her I had never flipped a person or ended up in the lake. I hadn't until she rode with me. Sorry Sis!
  32. I am spoiled . . . I know, it is hard to believe . . . but it is true! My Momma spoils me, My Daddy spoils me, My Husband spoils me!
  33. I say, "REALLY, You are going to CHALLENGE Me!?!" to my boys. I actually have said that saying so much this summer that my five year old is now saying it to his brothers. It is hysterical!
  34. I Love to watch Laverne and Shirley, I Love Lucy and Andy Griffith.
  35. I like to watch scary movies  . . .  in the dark.
  36. I don't like to travel, but love impromptu day trips.
  37. I am a home body and always have been.
  38. I graduated from High School in 1982.
  39. I drive with my seat so far back my toes just touch the accelerator peddle. I like my space.
  40. I can usually fall asleep within minutes of laying down. It is a gift my Dad has too.
  41. I don't like anyone messing with my feet.
  42. As a teenager, I had a crush on Shawn Cassidy. Remember the song . . . Da Do Run Run?
  43. I don't mind that my hubs puts little boxes of night crawlers in our fridge to fish with.
  44. I hate drinking soda from a can . . . give me a glass with ice please.
  45. Lazy days with my family are some of my favorite days.
  46. I am a daughter, sister, grand daughter, niece, wife, momma, aunt, great aunt and friend.
  47. Today I am 47 years old . . . and I don't feel any different than I did yesterday . . .                                           
EXCEPT MORE LOVED!


Thanks everyone!







A BIRTHDAY SONG FROM MY DAD!

So . . . today was my birthday. It is a tradition in our family that my Dad sing to each of us . . . in his own special way! Today, I video taped him. He is definitely ONE OF A KIND! I sure do LOVE him!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Today, we stayed busy . . . INSIDE! The temps reached 100 and the heat index 116.

HEAT Advisory is in effect . . . all week.

We stayed busy with this little cutie . . .




The boys made little G a car out of a box. They drew wheels, decorations and even a steering wheel.
Plus, every race car driver needs their name on their car . . .
so little G's name is on the sides.
The boys were his engine.

Mom was here . . . 
she is Mia's favorite!


I think the feeling is mutual!

Little G is a sweet little guy . . .










Little G got REALLY sticky from his lollipop . . .
bath for him!





such a lovely day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

KATELYN'S LATEST DRAWING

Katelyn's latest drawing . . .

"Jack Sparrow"
Pirates of the Carribean



I am simply in AWE of her talent!

Katelyn has opened up her own Etsy store . . .

drawsblackandwhite

and also has an email for those interested in talking with her about a custom drawing . . .

Sunday, July 17, 2011

HOT WEEK WITH LETHAL TEMPS . . . PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

A HOT week ahead!
That is what the weather peeps are predicting.
Apparently, actual temps are to reach between 93 and 100 degrees.
Heat index from 105 - 115 each day.
We have an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ~~~
through Friday!

PEOPLE . . . if you live in these areas . . . 

BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE!!!

CHECK ON FRIENDS AND RELATIVES!!!

ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY!!!

DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR ANIMALS IN YOUR CAR . . .
FOR ANY REASON!

ALWAYS LOCK YOUR PARKED CAR!!! 
Children often play hide and seek inside autos and will DIE in these temps!
It doesn't take long for vehicles to heat up and the temps become lethal!

Also be very careful not to overheat!!!

The symptoms of HEAT STROKE are:

According to Mayo.com . . . Heatstroke symptoms include:
  • High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
  • A lack of sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin usually feels moist.
  • Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
  • Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
  • Racing heart rate and strong pulse (tachycardia). Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
  • Headache. You may experience a throbbing headache.
  • Neurological symptoms. You may have seizures, lose consciousness, slip into a coma, hallucinate, or have difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying.
  • Muscle cramps or weakness. Your muscles may feel tender or cramped in the early stages of heatstroke, but may later go rigid or limp.
When to see a doctor
If you think you have heat cramps or the beginning signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, first try to cool yourself and replenish your water and salt levels. If your condition has progressed past heat cramps and heat exhaustion and you feel any of the symptoms of heatstroke, seek immediate medical attention.

CALL 911

Friday, July 15, 2011

COWBOY NIGHT at OUR house!

Like most BOY Moms, I am ALWAYS on the look out for great ideas to keep my boys busy. I try to keep life interesting and fun for them . . . making MEMORIES is high on my priority list.
I want my kids to remember Wonderful and Blessed childhoods later on in their lives.

Recently, I had an idea . . . I saw a little book that inspired me. The book was called BUD & ME and was a true story . . . I ordered the book, a tent, some cowboy type cups, plates and spoons (metal) and planned a very special night . . .

 . . . last evening was the BIG night ~~~ COWBOY Night!

The boys were THRILLED and EXCITED ALL day long.

We prepared things throughout the day, little by little and around 4:00 p.m. we began our Cowboy night. First on the agenda . . . read the first capter of Bud and Me!

The year is 1909. The new century is still in its infancy. Enter five-year-old Temple and his nine-year-old brother, Bud, who ride from Frederick, Oklahoma, to Santa Fe, New Mexico...alone. And this is only the beginning. In a span of four years, the Abernathy Boys will travel more than 12,000 miles by horseback, automobile, and motorcycleas part of an unforgettable expedition. An exciting true story of courage and adventure! (from Vision Forum.com)



Temple and Bud Abernanthy
As I read, the boys listened intently . . . their eyes as big as saucers.
Temp and Bud's Daddy actually caught wolves with his bare hands . . . and
there was a picture to prove it!
Little Temple and Bud set out to have an adventure . . . they were little guys, but that didn't stop them.
Just as Bud and Temp had an adventure, so did my boys . . .
After the first chapter of the book, it was time to take the BED rolls (sleeping bags and pillows) outside to the tent (coleman) that I had already set up.
You could feel the excitement in the air.

NOW FOR SOME PHOTOS . . .

Cameron was helping Daddy and I get the fire going.


EJ made sure the dogs had water . . . Kamie was waiting.

 The Tent ~ a Coleman 8 person, put up in one minute tent.

Time to help Daddy get the fishing lines ready.

Ryan looks a little like Huck Finn . . . Don't you think?





Did Huck have a little brother???

The smoke didn't seem to bother the boys.

a nice fire and dinner

Cookie the camp chef (a.k.a. Katelyn) put together a nice pot of
cowboy beans and rattlesnake (hot dogs)
known in our house as Beanie Weenies ~ home made
as you can see, it is warming by the fire

bread, beans and "rattlesnake"
EJ is enjoying his in a metal cowboy mug.

Ryan is enjoying his grub too!

Our smallest cowboy is eating his beans and rattlesnake,
 down to the last drop

yummo

Cameron is on his second serving of beans and rattlesnake . . .
dipping the bread was yummy too.
A canteen filled with water is on his belt.


 Now to fish . . . Stick, Fishing Line, Hook and worm . . . 
Let's catch some fish!

Ryan is trying to figure his fishing equipment out.

Daddy is taking a little time out for R & R.

Two of the boys are beginning to fish . . .

and it wasn't long before . . .

Fish # ONE!

Cody was THRILLED!

Not long after came more fish . . .
Here is EJ with his.



and Ryan with his first fish.


and then . . .
a BASS

Cameron's first fish.


and Cameron's BASS


Ryan had already had his shower and Cameron caught another fish.

Goofy faces

 a nice fire


the tent is all ready 

Complete with kids

and a nice "blow up" bed for Daddy to sleep on
Cody didn't want to sleep on it because it might just 
"REALLY BLOW UP!"




 I read them 1/2 of another chapter . . .
Bud & Me

Then, the daylight was growing dim . . .
Daddy zipped up the tent to keep the bugs out and the kids in.
The night turned a bit cooler with a slight breeze.

Katelyn and I were commenting that we were certain they would be coming inside within an hour or two . . .

Well, we were partially right . . .

Cody was marched inside . . .

apparently the youngest little cowboy wouldn't chill out.

Daddy wasn't ready for any nonsense . . . he was tired and had told Cowboy Cody "at least 400 times!"
(a direct quote from Daddy)

The remainder of the campers slept in the tent through the night.
Randy was up and headed toward the house a little after 5 a.m.
the boys followed shortly . . .
Momma was NOT amused at the early risers.

All in all . . .
everyone had a wonderful adventure.
The boys did want to know if we were going to eat the fish they caught . . . ahhhh NO!










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