The Valley

We went to my old home a few weeks ago.  Not all of the family got to go, but never the less, it was a trek worth documenting.

Holly and I have had the privilege of working with my brother and sister-in law on their business and home projects. Sometimes I think they create projects to entice us to visit (it works).  I realized that it had been 3 years since we last visited, that’s just not nice to do to family. Shame on me.  The pool project was finished, so we had to come see how it turned out.

Anyway, we road tripped down to the Valley, stopping to see my Grandmother in Dallas.  It was her birthday the following monday, so our scheduled visit was just in time!


Then we drove down through Waco and stopped at Magnolia Market.




We finally made it down to the Valley, and there were many treats awaiting the kiddos.  Like ice cream flavored nail polish, lipstick (for Little Miss), and Glow Sticks, Nature books and such for “S”.


We swam till we were shriveled prunes and then we got back in.


The big kids played nerf gun battles till the bullets somehow disappeared.



I had to strong arm the kids to go to the beach one day.  They didn’t want to leave their cousins, but I knew they would love it once they saw the water.



We were able to visit two friends from High School.  After talking while our kids swam, I realized that Natalie and I haven’t seen each other since High School. It was nice to be able to catch way up, sharing condolences for both of our Father’s early deaths, and the many changes in life and family since 1996. Amparo and I still keep up and it was good for her to get to meet Little Miss.


More swimming (my brother, his son and Momma)


Chris took us out to McCook one of the last days.  I remember those long drives to team ropings with my Dad, and wishing I didn’t have to be there.  This was different, nice.  We went out to the deer lease and “S” was able to do some target shooting. He loved it and did really good.


Then the incredibly long drive home – ugh! We are flying next time.  (sorry for the up the nose shot)



Chasing Fireflies Costumes

The Chasing Fireflies catalog appeared in our mailbox 2 days ago and our kids have drug it around the house, choosing and re-choosing what they want to be for Halloween.  I told them I would make them each a costume because it’s too hard to lay down the cash chasing fireflies requires. These are there current choices ( they will change one this post is published).


  Rainbow Fairie Girl ( the rainbow furry boots sold her)

   Ultimate Stormtrooper

 Circus Strongman

We will see if I can pull these off; maybe if I start right now! 

If you would like to create excitement and mayhem at your house, go check out Chasing Fireflies