Monday, November 25, 2019


So, it was kind of a weird weekend.  I got sick while I was at work on Wednesday.  By Wednesday night I had a fever that was somewhere between 101 and 102.  So I stayed home Thursday and went to the doctor.  I took a flu test, and I tested negative.  Then she told me that she thought I had the flu, anyway, and put me on Tamiflu.  Anyway, I felt sick for a few days.

Mom and Dad took the kids on Saturday.  They got to go to Mt. Playmore, and it sounds like they had a good time.
Amy had been coughing and sort of suffering from a cold, as well.  We used our free Saturday to take a big nap and to rest and recover.

Raylan serves as tour guide for Kiddo in the exotic wilderness of the
Mt. Playmore playscape

Just a shot of some of the color in our yard as the trees are changing colors.

We really did not do much Saturday.  We watched The Mandalorian and went to Central Market to get some dinner.

On Sunday the kids returned, and we were happy to see them.  Kiddo took a big nap.  We played with Raylan and then played with both of them once Kiddo was up.  The weather was nice, so we were mostly outside.

chalk art

using the bucket swing while he can still squeeze into it

With Raylan inside, Kiddo cautiously approaches the cardboard house....
And that was really the whole weekend.  I skipped band practice on account of both Amy and I still not feeling great.  We've all been coughing and sniffling to various degrees.  Winter is here!

Hope everyone has a good week.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Quick update today.  Things have been very busy!

On Friday I had a diversity training (which was good).  I got home, and Raylan wanted to go out for dinner.  Not only did he want to go out for dinner, he specifically wanted to go to Tarka for Indian food.  On the drive to Tarka, halfway there, he told us he had changed his mind and wanted pizza.  We still went to Tarka, though, and he and Kiddo both liked it.  Afterwards we went to Dairy Queen for some ice cream.

Howling as the post-ice cream sugar rush hits.

On Saturday I played with the kids at the house in the morning while amy went for a jog.

Raylan scales the crape myrtle

Kiddo and Raylan do some swangin'.

In the afternoon we went over for a playdate at Cesar, Sue, and Dorothy's house.  Evie, Sam, and Charlie were there as well.  We walked to the park, and the kids had a lot of fun.  We also ordered some pizza and watched the UT - Iowa State game (UT totally blew that one with some stupid penalties towards the end and some just downright dumb play at various points throughout the game).  It was a fun get together for kids and adults alike.  Raylan was very sad to leave.

Evie, Raylan, and Kiddo on the see saw (with an Amy assist)

Pizza party!
On Sunday Amy took Kiddo for a jog in the stroller.  I took Raylan for a bike ride.  We rode 2.33 miles.  Raylan is back to using training wheels because he forgets how to stop and crashes (the balancing is apparently the easier part for him).

Bike ride on pause while Raylan tries to make friends with a neighborhood cat.
He rolled around on the ground and tried to act like the cat.  Weirdly, it
sort of worked.
Uncle Ryan stopped in for a surprise visit on Sunday afternoon.  Kiddo was sleeping, but Raylan was excited to see him and to have a short chance to play with him.

Sunday evening I played acoustic guitar music with Frank on our front porch because band practice had been cancelled.  We had a good time and even occasionally sounded good.

And that was about it!  Have a good week!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Update; Veterans Day

First of all, yesterday was Veterans Day, so I want to thank my dad, Greg, Jerry, Amy's Uncle Jeff, and any and all other veterans out there for their service!
Thanks to all of our active duty and former service members for keeping us, our country, and and our families safe.

In terms of our weekend, it was a good one, but I now realize that I did a really subpar job of shooting any pictures this weekend.

On Friday night we took the kids and went to Olive Garden for dinner.  It was nice.  The kids were good and ate all their food.

On Saturday morning I took Raylan to his soccer game.  Mom and Dad met us there to cheer him on.  It was his last game of the season with the Tiger Sharks.  Raylan played a good game and seemed to have a lot of fun.  He's really enjoyed soccer this year, and it's been fun to watch.
At the end of the game, Coach Josh handed out some medals and said a little bit to each kid about why they deserved a medal.  Raylan got praised for learning to really follow the ball and keep after it.  He went from not really understanding soccer to getting a couple of goals this year!

Tiger Shark team photo!

Raylan gets a medal!  Despite his strange, pained
expression here, Raylan was VERY excited
about his medal!
After the soccer game Saturday morning, I took Raylan to get his flu shot.  I had bribed him to behave for the flu shot with a promise of ice cream, so afterward we went to Dairy Queen.  He was very good.
Saturday afternoon I watched the Longhorns play Kansas State.  We somehow managed to win that game despite some ridiculous errors and bad plays.  A win is a win, and I'm happy to take it, but even in this win it was clear why we were never going to be contenders for a national title this year.  Texas still has a fundamental lack of discipline and consistency that drives me nuts.  We have great athletes, and on one play we might have beautiful execution, while on the next play, our heads clearly aren't in the game, and we make a stupid mistake.  Like I said, it's frustrating to watch, especially when it's clear that we have the skill and the talent to be a much better team.
Oh well.  We won!

On Sunday I took the kids to the park in the morning while Amy exercised.  The weather was beautiful, and we had a good time.  We played on the playscape, played on the swings, and kicked a soccer ball around.  Also, we stared intently into storm drains....

There is nothing in this one, either....
On Sunday afternoon, once Kiddo went down for her nap, I went for a bike ride.  It was great weather for it.

Clearing the noggin with a bike ride to Ladybird Lake
Sunday evening Frank came over and we played out acoustic guitars on the front porch (Reed was out of town, so no practice at his house).  We had a good time.

On Monday Amy and I both had the day off for Veterans Day.  Amy and I went to the gym, and then went to see Terminator: Dark Fate.  The movie was fun, and we had a good time.  During the movie, a cold front had blown in, and the day turned wet and very chilly (it was in the 40's during the day and below freezing over night).  My mom picked up the kids in the morning and took them to Catch Air.

Later, we drove out to Steiner Ranch to have dinner with Mom, Dad, and our kids.  Amy brought a lasagna that she had made the day before.  Mom provided salad and garlic bread.  It was all very good.  It was a nice dinner, and we had a good time.

And that was the weekend!

I'll try to take better pictures next weekend.....

Monday, November 04, 2019

Halloween; Update

Hey! Hope everyone is having a nice fall!
We had Halloween this past week, and it was a good one.
The kids were with my parents most of the day on Halloween Thursday (going to swim lessons and having a fun grandparent day).  In the evening we all met up at our house, picked up some pizzas, and headed over to Ryan and Jamie's house to go trick-or-treating.  My parents went, and Dick came over, as well.
It was pretty cold on Halloween this year (it got down into the mid 40's).  Raylan switched up his costume at the last minute, and was Batman (he was Catboy from PJ Masks for the party at my office).  Kiddo was some sort of combination of Wonder Woman, a ghost, and an unidentified, masked character that only Kiddo understood.
We hit some houses and collected some candy.
In an awkward/sweet moment, at one house, a woman wished Raylan a happy Halloween and gave him a big handful of candy, and he just looked up at her in his Batman mas and responded with, "I love you."
She looked a little surprised, but said thanks.

Batman Returns

Putting in the work.  Racking up the loot.
We made it home, and Amy gave Kiddo a bath and put her to bed while Raylan sat on the front porch and gave out some candy to the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.  Raylan got a kick out of handing out candy and wishing the kids a happy Halloween.

That was about it for Halloween.

On Saturday Raylan had a soccer game with the Tigersharks.  He scored two goals!!  I got one of the goals on video.  Maybe even more important than scoring goals, he kept his head in the game a little better this week (although he did stop to collect some especially nice acorns at one point).  Anyway, I was proud of him.  He tried really hard, and he seemed to have a lot of fun.

Tigersharks Assemble!

On Saturday afternoon we went to a birthday party for Raylan's friend (and classmate), Lowry, over in Mueller.  The weather was beautiful, there were a lot of kids from his class there, and the park was really nice.  We had a good time talking to parents and watching the kids play.

Raylan helps Dorothy summit a challenging peak

Raylan "supervises" the cutting of Lowry's
birthday cake

The kids roll down a nice, grassy hill.

On Sunday we went out to breakfast (La Posada), and then took the kids over to ride their bikes in the big, open parking lot at the Burger Center.  We'd been telling Raylan that he needed to practice riding.  He insisted on training wheels, and he told us he didn't want to crash into anything (he has a hard time braking), so we took him to the most wide open space we could find.

Amy helps Kiddo and Raylan practice their bike skills.

Later on Sunday we mostly played outside (we had great weather all weekend).  We got groceries and got exercise (taking turns).  Both kids actually took naps (Raylan has had a bit of a cold, so he actually passed out).  We played a little bit inside, too.

Another one of Raylan's cool marble runs
Sunday night I had band practice.  It ended up being just Reed, Frank, and I, but it was a good one.

And that was the weekend!