Saturday, April 1, 2017

P52 - Week 13 - Soccer Saturday!

Every spring and fall, I count down the days to the start of soccer season and this spring has been no exception to that rule. We're about a month into the rec soccer season here and things are going really well.

The Boy and his teammates got a new set of coaches for this spring and they are doing a BANG UP job with the kiddos! They have the whole team excited about playing. They are currently tied for the top spot in the division and if they can get all of the team to show up to the games, there isn't a team in the division that can defeat them!

As for me, I am enjoying the cool spring weather and the joy of watching my favorite soccer star take the pitch!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

P52 - Week 12 - Academic Accolades

It's a proud mama moment for me! The boy and his UIL programming team teammates had a GREAT showing at the district UIL meet!

Being this is his freshman year, he wasn't in the know when it came to opportunities like the UIL Programming Team (and they didn't have that even in the dark ages when I was in school). So it was a complete surprise to him when his Programming teacher invited him to join the team late in the fall semester. She gave him some sample test materials and advised him to read over them over the Christmas break. He did that and was ready to go when competition season began in the spring semester.

The team did a couple of practice meets and then they really made their mark at the district meet!

Wonder Boy finished 5th overall in the individual competition and his team took FIRST PLACE in the team challenge event! Wonder Boy is the only freshman on the team. He partners with a senior and a junior for the challenge event.

To say we are proud of him is such an understatement!

But the BEST PART BY FAR is seeing how much he enjoys the challenge. We know that it is this kind of drive that will take him far in this life! (not that we're biased or anything)

Friday, March 17, 2017

P52 - Week 11 - Belly Laugh

It's spring break here and I had thought I would be sharing a snap from one of our little adventures. This year we got the chance to visit a "Ninja Warrior" gym in Houston, had the meal of a lifetime at a Brazillian steak house, saw a couple of movies in the lap of luxury, and enjoyed quite a bit of time with friends. Not bad packing all of tht into a 4 day weekend (Wonder Boy was off all week, but we had to work Monday through Wednesday).

But despite the fun we had along the way, this little snapshot stole the show for me:

Mr. Mess here has the B-E-S-T belly laugh I've heard in a very long time. His twin sister, older brother, and father spent the better part of a day visiting with us. And all three of these young 'uns are just the most ebullient little folks you've ever met! Their zest for life, much like this bright and bubbly belly laugh, is down right contagious! (And I hope I never recover!)

I wish I had a picture of all 3 of them together, but it's hard to get a snap of even one of them as they are always on the move. And that's OK. It's just part of their effervescent personalities and I just cannot get enough of it! I hope we get to visit again REAL SOON.

Friday, March 10, 2017

P52 - Week 10 - Bully Ball

Our bulldogge babies recently got a new toy and we were blessed finally to have enough good weather to break it out for them. Wonder Mutt especially enjoyed this new toy (a Jolly Ball with a tug rope through it).

Toys don't last very long around our house. Wonder Mutt and the Puppy Princess are both quite accomplished at "seek and destroy missions" when it comes to new toys. But we've had pretty good luck with the Jolly Ball brand toys. They are also both big fans of tug ropes. So this toy seemed a pretty good fit for them.

I am happy to report, now that we've gotten the opportunity to try out this particular toy, that it is VERY GOOD for wearing out a couple of very active bulldogges! Thank you Jolly Ball!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

P52 - Week 9 - a Texas tradition

Spring has come early to Texas. In fact, except for one weekend in January, I think we skipped winter all together this year. But regardless of what that means for the many hot months to come, an early spring means early BLUE BONNETS!

Personally, I just love seeing the roadsides draped in this particular shade of royal blue. It's my favorite color!

I'm told, however, that this obsession with blue bonnets is definitely a "Texas thing." My better half is not a native Texan and he shakes his head as I swoon over the blooms each spring. He plays along when I drag the family out for pictures amidst my favorite flower and never makes a fuss about me wanting to stop the car each time I see a good-sized patch along the roadside.

I can't help it. It's a Texas thing and I'm a Texas gal!

p.s. this snap was actually taken on March 2nd, which happens to be the anniversary of when Texas declared independence from Mexico. Happy Birthday Texas!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

P52 - Week 8 - In Memoriam

This is not the image I really intended to share for this week. Signs of spring are popping up everywhere and that always makes for fun photos. Wonder Boy got to kick off his soccer season this week as well. And goodness knows, that is probably my #1 subject through the spring and again in the fall. But this snap of my dad at a memorial service for my great uncle is one I just could not pass up sharing.

Technically speaking, this is not even a very strong image. But I truly do not care. When I look at this photo, so many thoughts come to mind and I just don't want to lose that by filing this photo away in mass storage.

You see, today my family said its final good-byes to my great uncle. He and my dad were particularly close. My oldest brother is named after this uncle. And in turn, his granddaughter is named after my dad. I guess you can tell we were a tight bunch.

My dad read the obituary at the service and barely got through it. He's not an emotional man, so this struck me more than I would have guessed. My dad has always been this larger-than-life character. But in recent years, especially over the past few months, it has come home to me just how mortal he really is. It's not something on which I like to dwell, but it IS part of who he is today, and as such it is something with which I will have to come to grips.

In this shot, my dad is resting on the headstone of his grandfather's grave. And oddly enough, at least at this moment, he actually resembles my great grandfather.

Despite all of the sobering facts of a funeral, this day was actually a really good day for me. I got to spend time with family that I love, some of which I had not seen since we were small children. I got to laugh about the things we did and said growing up in this rather boisterous group. I got to spend a few precious moments with those that helped to shape me into the person I am today. And I got a reminder to hold onto the things that are truly important in this world.

So I share this image in remembrance of my Great Uncle. He is sorely missed. But I hope he knows that he lives on in our hearts and in our shared memories.

Rest in peace Uncle.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

P52 - Week 7 - Baby Bulldogge

Oh my ... where to start this week?

We got the chance for a return visit with Wonder Mutt's breeder and her latest crop of adorable bully pups. And while we got to play with all 13 of them, we focused our camera on just the 3 that still need to find their fur-ever home.

This sweet little lady you see right here is one of the trio that still needs a place to call home:

And I would be fooling myself and misleading all of you if I didn't admit that I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really want for US to be her family!

She's the runt of her litter and there is just something about her that resonates with me. It doesn't help at all that during her photo time that she decided the best thing to do would be to curl up right next to me and take a nap - sweet, tiny snores and all!

Wonder Dad has made it clear that we are a 2-dog family and as such we are currently at our limit.

But maybe this sweet little face would change his mind?