Saturday, December 31, 2011


I very, very, very, very, very, very, very much dislike putting away the Christmas decorations. 

Boxes and bins are everywhere,
making me want to pull out my hair.

It that a haiku?

Probably not.

I'm Out.

The End.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I'm Back....

Christmas has come and gone and we are all snuggled back in our home....well, not Hubby and Harry, they are screaming and yelling at the Alamo Bowl, but me and Chip are here.

My Christmas pictures are on my camera that is also at the Alamo Bowl so I am not going to blog about Christmas.  I will instead tell you about the plumbing trials and tribulations of the holiday season.  They do not require can thank me later.

We arrived at Callie's house on Thursday evening.  Her kitchen sink started leaking almost immediately upon our arrival.  You know what that means...pull every darn thing out from under the sink until you get it fixed. On Christmas Eve, the shower drain in Megan's bathroom started leaking (severely) and left a giant soaking wet area on the carpet.  You know what that means...drag out the shop van and try to suck the majority of the water up, towels on the carpet, cut a hole in the sheet rock to see what in the tarnation is going on.  On the Monday after Christmas, Chip clogged up their downstairs toilet while taking care of his daily business.  You know what that means, a plunger and a bit of elbow grease was required.  On Tuesday, Megan's toilet overflowed.  More towels, more screaming and cussing.  We felt cursed.  As we were packing our car on Tuesday night there was some unexplained water in the back of the Suburban.  Seriously, no idea where the water came from.  Still a mystery.

All around it was a Christmas plumbing fiasco. Good thing George is a plumber.  He was going broke fixing his own plumbing.

Anyway, we arrived home yesterday after 14 hours in the car and Harry had to go.  I think you know what I mean by "had to go".  He was finally home and there is just nothing better than "going" on your own turf.

What do you think happened?

Keep in mind, it was mere minutes after we had emptied the Suburban, which was packed to within an inch of its capacity.  We had just hit the button to close the garage when I hear yelling coming from the vicinity of the bathroom.

If you guessed that the toilet overflowed, you would be correct.

Son of a ......

Harry was kind enough to pull seven giant beach towels out of the closet to sop up the water.  It probably only required one.  Two at the very most.

It is fun to do laundry though, so I didn't mind.  Not really.  I minded very much.

I have done eight loads of laundry today.  I am over it.

So, we are hoping that our plumbing issues are behind us and we can ring in the new year nice and dry!

I have tons to share about our holiday adventures and will try to get the pictures uploaded tomorrow!

Hope your holidays were great and you are ready for 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Buddy #18 and #19

Jim, we need a clean-up on Aisle 3!   

Here are a few pictures of the turmoil cleaning up from Buddy's antics earlier in the week! 

Toilet paper was wrapped thoroughly around the light fixture of the fan and was not coming down with out a fight.  Had to bring in the BIG ladder.   Can I please just tell you how much Hubby likes bringing in the big ladder?  It's not that much. Not much at all. 

So, it was not a simple feat, but it did get taken care of. 

Thanks for nothing, Buddy! 

He was hanging with the snowmen on Sunday night!  I bet they are a fun bunch! 

Looks like he made a couple of best friends.   Chip spotted him almost immediately. 

Last night, he was manning the rocket and trying to organize an army of Chip's Mens.  NOTE:  That is not a typo.  Chip calls them "Mens".  Always has.   And I assume he always will.

Wonder if they are staging a coup?  Surely these little fellows can't take over the house.  Can they?   Maybe it is an aerobics class.  Or perhaps, Buddy is singing a jingle for them.  Or announcing his candidacy for President.  

Hmmmm, I might want to sleep with one eye open tonight!

Buddy!  You better watch yourself Mister!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wild Winter Party

Here are some snapshots from Chip's Christmas Party.  (I'm a rebel, cause I am not going to say Winter Party)  Some 4th graders getting on their Christmas groove in Ms. Coleman's room.

Let's P-A-R-T-Y! 

Look at these cute, cute, decorations.

Twinkle lights, snowflakes, and cotton balls make a dreamy ceiling.   This is also what caused my awful embarrassing fall!  Yikes, that hurt!  Knee is still a little bruised, but my toe feels much better..thanks for asking!

Tables set up for the first activity, which is the craft.  Making an ornament out of pasta!  You know that is right up my alley! 

Glue them in place and put them in the hall to dry.  Took all of five minutes. 

Smile guys, this is fun! 

Chip is working hard.  Next up was a snack and the Left Center Right game, which I had never heard of, but it was so fun!  The kids loved it!  I am going to try to play it with the family at Christmas, but instead of using Hershey Kisses we will be using Cold Hard Cash!

Then we moved on to the snowman relay!  Chip got picked to be the snowman and he had a team of three boys wrapping him in toilet paper and outfitting him with all the snowman accessories - hat, gloves, mittens and a shovel.

This is fun!

Laughing and smiling with toilet paper all over the place!

Give me the broom!  Hurry time is almost up!

BOYS win!  BOYS win! BOYS win!  They were so proud!

Then it was a snowball fight with all the white paper and decorations...the kids went wild.  We had to shut this activity down pretty quick!  

It was a great party and a good time was had by all!  

But the best part was when the bell rang and it was time for Christmas vacation to start!  There were smiles for miles around that school!  

Buddy antics from the last few days is coming up shortly!  

Good News Post

1.  Hubby's annual aneurysm scan came back unchanged!  He goes back again next year for another scan!  Double, triple, yea, yea, yea!!! 

2.  I am done with my Christmas shopping!  Will probably pick up a few more small things, but everyone on my list has a present!  Yea!

3.  My Christmas cards came in earlier than I was expecting and I have gotten them all addressed and stamped and will have them delivered to the post office today!  Yea!

4.  Wrapping is done for all the presents I have here in Texas!  Tons more wrapping to do when we get to Bama, but nothing I can do about that until I get there!

5.  I came up with an idea for my Lakeside visit in January!  The next visit is scheduled for January 11th and I was worried that it would sneak up on me with all the Christmas activities.  Valentine wreaths made out of coat hangers and felt!  I think they are going to be super cute and Lana is going to help me with the supplies while we are home for Christmas!  Yea!

6.  Yesterday was our 28 year dating anniversary!   That is a long time.  Our first date included dinner at El Palacio, a movie, then to feed the ducks at Big Spring Park.  I was a mere 17 years old that night.  That is only a year and half older than Harry is right now.  How is that possible???  

7.  Buddy has been busy!  Here are his latest shenanigans (surely that isn't spelled correctly!)

Hanging out with Brett Farve!  Wonder if he got an autograph?

Even better...hanging out with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus! 

He is gazing so lovingly at the sweet baby!  The Reason for the Season!  This makes me happy! Especially after the TP rolling incident left a wad of toilet paper stuck up in the ceiling fan.  No telling what it is going to take to reach that and get it out!

Hope your weekend has been wonderful!  I have pictures from Chip's cute little Christmas party that I will try to post later today!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Buddy Update #15

Buddy got us good this morning!  He TP'd the house!  There was a line of toilet paper all the way from upstairs down to the den, where he just outdid himself. 

Chip loved it so much and wants to leave it like this forever.  Harry came downstairs, took a look around and said "This is a little much."

Buddy left a note on the tree that said "Bring On Christmas Break"!  Last day of finals, last day of school!  Woo Hoo!  

Thanks Buddy!  Now round up some of your elf friends and get this mess cleaned up!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Five Random Tidbits

So many things that I need to update you on so I am just going to pound out a quick Five Random Tidbits so I don't forget:

1.  This week our little Chip was in the school wide Spelling Bee!  It is the Spelling Bee for all of the classroom spelling champions.   Chip actually finished second in his class, but the first place winner was out of town and so Chip was called from the reserved list into action.  He found out on Friday and the spelling bee was Tuesday.  We did a little cram studying, but with 400 words on the potential list, we hardly made a dent.  He got out on "apron".  He spelled it "aprin".  Say apron.  Do it, say it out loud right now.  It does sound like "aprin" doesn't it?  He was disappointed that he didn't do better, but came home with such conviction to win the school wide Spelling Bee next year.  He's a good speller.  He might just do it!  So proud of him.

2.  Harry is fifteen, which means people all around him are on the cusp of turning sixteen and starting to drive.  Two of his buddies are sixteen and within a week or so of getting their license they have both had a car accident.  They are fine.  Upon further consideration, I think they are actually the only two who are already sixteen and have their license. That is 100% of the boys he knows that get their license have had an accident within weeks of getting their license.  This is making me lose sleep.  This is making me an absolute nervous wreck.   We are skipping his birthday and we are going to do 15 again.  It will be better that way.

3.  Today, I was helping to decorate Chip's classroom for their "Winter" Party, which is really a Christmas Party, but you aren't allowed to all it "Christmas" at school, so it is called a "Winter" party.  That just makes me mad by the way!  Anyway, the theme this year is a "White Out" party, which means we covered everything with white sheets and white paper, hung white twinkle lights, snowflakes, and these cute little cotton balls strung on fishing line.  It was a bit of an ordeal, but totally cute, so I am good with that.  So, I am climbing up and down on this student size chair, taping huge sheets of white paper on top of some cabinets.  I step down from the chair, lose my balance, stagger and stumble, heading straight for a cluster of desks, the world went into complete and total slow motion, and I am sure I cussed as my knee slammed into the ground followed by the rest of my body.  Ripped a giant hole in the front of my sock and my big toe is injured.  Not sure how my toe was injured in the fall, but it hurts so BAD!  There were three other adults in the room with me - but thank goodness the kids were all out of the room.  They all came running over to help me, I was moaning and grabbing my knee and toe.  OW!!  I was mortified and it hurt!  My toe especially.  I think it is probably broken.  I am afraid to watch the evening news. It will probably say   "At 4:15 this afternoon, a seismic tremble was felt in and around the local area.  It registered a 5.2 on the Richter scale."   So embarrassing.  I am sure my knee will be black and blue in the morning.  I am going to take some Aleve and a hot bath and figure out how I can ever show my face in Ms. Coleman's classroom again. 

4.  Harry made a 91 on his Math final.  That is a Christmas miracle. That gave Harry very respectable semester grade! Way to go Harry, we are so proud of you!  Then......he took his Chemistry final today and wrote in ink instead of pencil.  Apparently it is against the rules to write in ink on a Chemistry test.  He said he asked a really smart kid next to him and that kid said it was fine.  It is not fine.  His teacher is being kind enough to let him go back in the morning to transfer his ink answers into pencil. That is so much nicer that giving him a big fat zero for writing in ink.  What up, Harry?!?!  Brilliance followed by a little brain fart?  I know.....his brain isn't finished developing yet.

5.  I made some cute chocolate covered pretzels for the high school teacher's "Winter" treat day.  They were so fun to make and looked great.  I wish I would have taken a picture, but I didn't.  Remember that mess I made in my kitchen with the fruit tree?  That was child's play compared to the mess I made with these pretzels rods.  Dark and white chocolate, sprinkles of all kinds, baggies with chocolate, chocolate was hardening on spoons, hardening where it wasn't supposed to harden!  YIKES!   It was an epic disaster, but I would totally make them again!

That is all I have for if it wasn't enough!  Tomorrow is FRIDAY!! WOO HOO!!!  Christmas Break.... BRING IT ON!!!

Buddy #13 and #14

Wednesday morning we woke to find Buddy in the back of our little Christmas truck.  Apparently he had ridden through a blizzard to get to the North Pole and report to Santa.  It was snowing so hard that he brought back a trail of snow with him.  Poor little Buddy, he needs a winter coat to endure that kind of weather!

I do hope maybe next time that he comes through the garage so he doesn't track so much snow through the house! 

This morning we found him happily sitting on a box of crayons. He had been busy overnight drawing a self portrait.  I think he did a great job! 

I wonder if Buddy knows that tomorrow is the last day of school before Christmas break?  There might be a party in the morning!

Check back in tomorrow to see what Buddy has up his sleeve!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Here is the Wikipedia definition of Parkour a method of movement focused on moving around obstacles with speed and efficiency. Originally developed in France, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping. Parkour practitioners are known as tracers.

Here is my definition of Parkour:  Doing crazy stunts, throwing yourself into things, jumping over stuff, basically being reckless until you break something or injure yourself or someone else.

Here are some pictures of the tracer yahoos in action:

Please note that we were SUPPOSED to be putting up the outside Christmas lights when all this was going on.  Ask me how much we got done?   No, on second thought, don't ask.

I love that in most of these pictures, my little Chipster is in the picture, trying to get off the ground.  He has the will, but maybe not the means to do some of these crazy stunts.  The one of him by the front door, standing on the window sill and leaning on the column just cracks me up!  He is an up and coming tracer for sure!   Also, please note that Harry was able to climb up the outside of the house pretty far, but could not figure out how to get down.  Boys!!!!

So, Hubby is scaling buildings, leaping into trees in a single bound, basically wowing the boys with his agility.  Then he leaps out of the tree, gets his leg stuck in a step ladder on the way down and damn near breaks his ankle.  He did manage to escape unharmed, although I do think he damaged the ladder.  He is hard on ladders.

After, all the parkouring had settled down, Hubby goes to get the mail.  Do you know what happened?  He jammed his thumb reaching into the mailbox and dang near ripped his thumb nail in half. Comes home bleeding and cussing.  So to recap...he climbs up the exterior brick wall to the second story of the house with only his hands and spiderman skills, scales trees, leaps and touches rooftops, runs on the side of walls, but he gets injured getting the mail.

Next day, we take the boys to JumpStreet and they are going to try out some parkour moves on the trampolines.  Looks like fun, so Hubby joins them for the first time.  He pulls a hamstring.  Seriously.

Me....I am just shaking my head.