Monday, October 27, 2014

Luna Trip

Every Labor Day weekend, the Gibbons family gathers at the head of the ditch in Luna, New Mexico.  I hadn't thought much about it until my sister mentioned going that weekend.  All of a sudden, all I could think about was how much I wanted to be there.  Husband had to work, but it was only a 12 hour drive.  Surely the kids and I could do that, right?  For two days in the mountains?  With my family? 

I set my mind to it.  We were going.

Husband thought that maybe he should take some time off and go along.  He didn't like the idea of us driving across two states by ourselves.  He was probably right.

I drove most of the way.  Tony can't drive at night if his life depends on it.  He just gets too dang sleepy.  Trouble was, he couldn't sleep while I was driving because every little bump in the road made him jump.  Whenever I swerved to miss a bunny (which was ridiculously often) he would wake up saying, "Are you ok?"  So, when he did drive, I had to stay awake to keep him awake.  Bleh!  It made for a rough drive, but we made it by morning and then of course I was too excited to be there to sleep!

My mom and the kids arrived later that day.  We hadn't told them we were coming, so it was a surprise.  My mom's first response was "You punk!"  I loved just being able to be with her for a short while.  I miss that mother of mine.

The kids had fun playing with my cousins and with Anzlie, the other great-grandchild of the bunch.  There was plenty of dirt, mud, a creek, crawdads, and ring pops (supplied by Grams and Papa, of course).  We ate lots of yummy food, enjoyed cooler weather, and just plain had a good time.  

Now, next year we have to go again for Grams and Papa's 50th anniversary!  Woohoo!  Hooray for a wonderful example of love and dedication to family!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Does Your Bed Ever Look Like This?

Does your bed ever look like this by morning?  Or even halfway through the night?

Husband is convinced that when Baby #3 comes around there won't be any room for him anymore.  Luckily things have been a little better lately.  This is a rare occasion, rather than the norm.  We've also gone over a week with no bedtime accidents for Hyrum!  Woohoo!  We still have to wake him up in the middle of the night, but it is totally worth it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FHE Baseball

One of the things we love most about the house we're renting is how close it is to everything.

Library 0.25 miles
Wet Zone 0.75 miles
Baseball/Football/Soccer Fields 0.2 miles
Community Center 0.7 miles
Park 0.75 miles

What more can a mom and two kids with no car ask for?

So, FHE at the baseball fields is a pretty easy thing to do.  The kids had a blast, we got a little exercise in, and we were covered in red dirt by the end of the evening.

Monday, October 6, 2014


My Hyrum is just the best.

First of all he is a stud muffin,

He's also an author and illustrator.

He memorizes poems like a pro.

And he's a fan of ice bucket challenges.

We sure do love this kid.  He gets better every day.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mesquite Rodeo

Grandma and Grandpa Brown are always ready for sharing adventures with the kids.  This time we made a trip to the Mesquite Rodeo.  It was fun, despite Lindi wanting to have free reign of the bleachers.  My favorite part was watching the only legal form of child abuse in Texas (putting your kid on top of a sheep and letting it run free)!  The announcers made the whole night enjoyable with their wise cracks and jokes.  I loved it!

Something I want my kids to always remember is how much their Grandma loves horses.  She shared the following with us:

In high school, my uncle LN Johnson gave me my first horse, Cannonball. To have a horse of my own was a dream I had from the time I knew what a horse was. Cannonball was a reject because he was too slow and none of LN's kids wanted him. He was just an ugly plow horse. What they didn't know was that he had a specific skill set. With that skill set, we rose to the top of the high school rodeo world and my senior year, we won the regional championship and later that same year won the district 4-H championship and advanced to the state championship. Not too bad for a girl that had to borrow a saddle and rent a horse trailer. We competed against girls that had very expensive trailers with their names painted across them and their saddles and bridles and clothes were beautiful. Their trailers were pulled by color coordinated pickups. We would drive up with a very humble, ugly trailer pulled by a paneled van. We were an eye-sore but we could compete and win against all those fancy high dollar horses. It was a miracle.

I love that.  I love it because she was passionate about it and she was good, but she was forced to be humble.  I want my kids to always strive to be the best, even if they aren't the fanciest or the richest.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dallas Arboretum

One of our August activities was to take advantage of the Dallas Arboretum "Dollar Days."  In other words, we fell for the "It's so hot we know people won't come for $15 or even for $2 so come for $1!"

It was ridiculously hot, but we had a great time and there were plenty of places to cool off.

We started off by doing a science experiment.  We used a refractometer to measure the amount of sugar in three different flowers.  Based on our results and our knowledge of bees, we selected which flower a bee was most likely to visit.  It was simple, but fun.  We got to use real life science equipment and a scientist was there to lead us all along the way.

They had a fun water area where you could get wet and learn about turbines, water wheels, etc.

The Children's Garden was huge and we probably only saw half of it before we left to see "Planes 2" so we'll have to go again another day.  We also really enjoyed the other areas of the Arboretum.  My favorite were the decorative peppers.

Lindi got all tuckered out.  Hooray for our hiking backpack.  Best Christmas gift EVER.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mini Golf

One of Hyrum's summer reading prizes was a free round of mini golf.  It was the first time he had ever been and he sure had fun.  It took him a while to finally understand how to hold the club.  Even then, he thought dragging the ball was a much more successful way of getting the ball in the hole.  It was fun to watch him enjoy himself and enjoy a beautiful evening out.  I got a few hole-in-ones, including the final hole, so I was pleased.  Lindi rode along happily for a while, but discovered that running around the course was so much better.  She kept us busy.