Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Poor Dog

Clark woke up with an ear ache last night :(.  Grant was good to come down and tell me so I could go up and help Clark out.  He was up again about 6:30 with his other ear hurting.  I helped his other ear and had him rest some more... this time by Daddy who was still sleeping.  I didn't want him to get worse so I scheduled a Dr. appointment to get his ears checked out.  He had an ear infection and we went and got his prescription filled before heading home.  Since it's almost Valentine's Day there was lots of cool stuff at Walgreens.  He really enjoyed looking at all of the cute soft animals.  He even found a bear almost as big as he was! 

While at the Dr.s office they did his height and weight.  The nurse mentioned that he was really tall and then when the Dr. came in he said the same thing.  One our way out the Dr. said that Clark was as big as a 9 year old!  It's so true, he's a big boy! 

He was so cute sleeping by his daddy!

Clark with the cute bear!
He seems to be feeling better now so that is a blessing.  He is a great kid and it's no fun to be sick!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Harpy in Danger!

We went to the Dallas Zoo to do their Nature Exchange.  The kids spent quite a bit of time talking to the naturalist and turning in their stuff they had collected.  It was a colder day and there was literally like 20 people at the whole zoo.  It was crazy, but pretty awesome too!  They did ask us to stop with the naturalist stuff to come see their calves pick the Super Bowl winner.  It was sad that they were that desperate to get a crowd to come watch it.  I'm sure it was so important because it was being recorded for the news.  Anyway, once that was done we finished up a the nature exchange.

After that we walked around and decided it was a good time to stop for lunch.  At the eating picnic area there are cages all around the perimeter.  The kids saw the harpy eagle was stuck and hanging by her claw at the front of her cage.  They were very concerned and told a zoo employee who got help.  With so little people at the zoo it was a good thing the kids saw the danger and got help.  Who knows how long she was hanging there... and would continue to hang there waiting for help.

When we did the zoo talk about the harpy eagles last month the kids learned that this harpy eagle likes to get stuck like this.  That is so sad.  I think the worst part was watching them try to free her.  After several different attempts she was finally free.  It's just too bad that she will be stuck again :(. 

He started at the top of the cage, but couldn't reach well enough to get her talon untangled.

They got the big ladder to get a better angle.

 He finally freed her!

Lorna was so exhausted!  She fell asleep on the way home and slept for several hours afterwards.  I think she's been congested and hasn't been sleeping well at night.  She's such a cute little bundle!

Yay for awesome kids who love learning and helping animals in danger!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Crazy Hair!

Another fun Co-op dress up day!  We had lots of people participate this year for our crazy hair day!  It's fun to bond together as we act a little bit silly!

Or just plain crazy :)

Friday, January 27, 2017


Having such a huge older house has presented some interesting challenges.  One of those is how inefficient it is.  The house has a hard time staying warm in the cold winter weather and instead of buying new heaters we decided to try converting a fireplace into a wood burning furnace fireplace.  We really had wanted to turn the fireplaces into gas fireplaces, but the cost of that ended up not being as reasonable.  The wood burning insert will get nice and hot and can potentially heat a space up to 2500 sq. ft.  That saves us using our electric heaters as much giving us some good energy savings. 

The fireplace people came and installed the unit, but had a hard time getting the fire going in it (to demonstrated it for us).  They decided our large oak tree needed to be trimmed off of the chimney to stop the air drafting down it.  It was frustrating to get this beautiful fireplace and yet not be getting it to work properly. 

That night we went to work cutting off some of the branches that were causing the problems.  We worked as well as we could with the tools we had.  We determined we needed to bring in some smaller help.  Grant and Talmage climbed up the tree to get the last branches out.  Grant was nervous, but he hung in there and got the limbs cut! 

It is so nice to have a fire that actually produces some good heat!

Jeff reaching the branch with a saw.

Grant in the tree!

Fireplace is loaded and ready to go!

Fire now means HEAT!

Friday, January 20, 2017

First Swim

Well, just 2 weeks ago we had our first snow of the season and it is already time for the first swim of the season!  Seriously this Texas weather is all over the place!  We were in the upper 70's and the kids asked to swim so out they went.  Sandra likes to balance on her tube and try to not get wet... until she falls off.  She did that 6 times.  After the first it was all on purpose ;).  I told her she should just stay in the water and swim because that would probably be warmer than getting in and out of the water so often. 

I love that they enjoy the pool!  Hopefully we keep getting lots of good use out of it the rest of the year!


She's down

Swimming to get out

 And she's cold!

Cute Clark!


Lorna ... silly girl

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Big Kid

Talmage has been growing and growing, but really, he is also just growing up.   I have noticed that he doesn't always participate in what the younger kids are doing (no snow fun for him).  Well I was walking around the house and I turned the corner to the kitchen area... and there he was, sprawled out on the kitchen table!  It just made me laugh I had to take a picture!  In my head I'm thinking, Who does that?  Oh, but who understands what the teenage brain is dealing with and why they do what they do.  I guess I can imagine sitting on the table, but laying down like a model never even occurred to me.  I'm sure it was a comfortable position which is why he was like that. 

Talmage is really just a big kid... figuring out this whole "growing up" thing :)

Friday, January 6, 2017


This is our first snow of the season!  It is crazy how up and down the weather has been, but it looks like the family left just in time to avoid the crazy cold snow weather!  We weren't even sure we were going to get any, but early afternoon the flurries started and they kept going for several hours.  It was super fun and the kids loved playing in it!  Compared to everyone else in the country our snow was barely there, but that's almost the best part because it doesn't mess up our traffic or roads for too long ;). 

Here are some fun pics :)

 Starting to collect 

I think the pool looks pretty with the snow around it.  

Sandra loved the snow!  I think she may have liked it so she could come in and have hot chocolate ;)

Cute Clark


Mhari got frozen out and came in!

Clark and Grant with the huge icicle from our faucet. 
So happy the kids got some snow this year!