Monday, April 3, 2017

Silly school time

I love that our school still includes play.  And I love that I have a rockin' awesome boy that isn't afraid to play.  We had a game to demonstrate how cougars and deer affect each other in the wild.  A cougar card had to land on 3 deer to survive.  If so, you could add another cougar to represent another generation.  And you doubled the deer that survived each time as well.  This boy was determined to have the cougars overtake the deer population.  :)

I know that's a lot of pictures.  But it's these days that I will always cherish.  These simple days at home.  With my boy.  Doing our school thing.  Man I love these days!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


We went to Nashville the last weekend in January for a late Christmas celebration.  We were there on Chinese New Year, so we went to a celebration that was being held near Vanderbilt.

It was fun, but they were not prepared for the crowds that had come, so we did not stay long.

We watched a folk tale about a stone cutter done with puppets.  Here was the mountain puppet.  

We stood in line to have Eric's name written in Chinese calligraphy.  

A lady was coming through the line writing your name on a piece of paper.  

I was impressed, though, when we finally made it to the man, he read the name off as Eric.  I had wondered if the symbols were just a representation, or if they truly were his name.  

It was fun.  I wish we could have stayed for the rest of the program.  However there was no stage, and Eric could not see anything over all the standing people (I couldn't either).  

Our small crew waiting on everyone else to arrive. 

Christmas gifts to take to Dexter's.  


This kid is used to working out every night.  He struggles some if he misses several days in a row.  So we found the fitness center at the hotel to be very useful.  Love that boy!!!!

You will have to look really hard, buy it snowed for an hour or two while we were there.  Heavy, big flakes.  

Tried to get a picture, but you really can't see anything except a little in our hair.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

School fun

I love when school provides fun activities to do along with the learning.  This week Eric had to make a shepherd's head piece and a Hebrew meal (of sorts.  Let's face it, we live in modern America, not quite gonna happen.)

We all had fun eating on the floor with our hands.  Although I did include one spoon for scooping out the yogurt initially.  I really didn't want to all be scooping with our hands out of it.  Yuck!

Gizmo was a little confused about us eating on the floor.  

He got a couple of pieces of cheese for his patience at staying off the blanket.  Cheese is his favorite. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New fish

One of our neon tetras died right after Christmas.  The other one has been pitiful, moping around, so we wanted to replace his buddy.  We decided to get several new fish today.

We went with two more neon tetras.  What was adorable is they immediately swam over to the one we already had and the three of them just swim around the tank together.  Too cute.  We decided on two in case another one dies.  That way there is still a buddy system in place.  Here are the three neon tetras getting to know each other near the volcano.  

We got another algae eater.  We tried a few times before, but they die right away.  Hoping this one can survive.  Once they make it a few days, usually they are good.  Here's Dusk checking out our new algae eater.

We got two guppies.  Here is the orange one.  

And if you look in the reflection to the right, you can see the blue one in this picture. 

So, currently we have 9 fish including the other two tetras, which I did not get pictures of.  Here's hoping they survive the transition!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


We used to have an amazing field in front of our swimming pool.  The kids had lots of fun doing dry land in that field.  Unfortunately the city owned the field and decided to build an amphitheater on that spot.  The construction was a major pain with swim, but it turned out to be a great spot!  The kids use the stairs for dry land, and I try to walk it when I'm there.  I was walking yesterday and caught a picture of Eric running up the stairs with a medicine ball.  His partner had to hold a plank until he got back and then he would do the same.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My heart

This boy is my whole heart in one package.  I have told him that since he was born.

We went to an early dinner yesterday.  I was hoping that we could start eating before swim, but then we had to eat afterward too, so that didn't work out.  Neither of us ate much of our dinner, so leftovers for lunch today.  Yay!

We tried Pho in December in Huntsville, and I loved it!  LOVED it!  So, I have been wanting to have it again.  Eric and I decided to go have some after his spanish class yesterday.  We had a great time, and I told him that I hope when he is a grown up that we can get together once a month for lunch.

He laughed, an offended laugh, and said, "I was thinking at least once a week."

Man I love him!  I love that, for now, he adores and wants to spend time with me.  

For now. 

And I will cherish every minute.

I hope we can do lunch every week. 

I'd love that!

Even more than pho!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Soccer Camp

So, Eric is doing his indoor soccer camp.  This was the third week he went, and he was rocking it.  I have no idea how many times he scored, but it was a bunch.  He usually puts himself as a defender, but last night he moved to forward, and he was all over that ball.