Sunday, March 28, 2010

Maxwell's Second Soccer Game.

Maxwell had a much better day at soccer today. The game was a little earlier in the day and he had had a little more sleep. He still fell on the ground a lot (we are not sure what that is about) but he also did a lot of running, kicking, and even assisted in scoring two goals. He is having fun and that is what it is all about.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

So... I designed a knife.

Okay, I know this post is for the males in the audience, at best, egocentric at worst - but here we go anyway.

A while back, one of the bulletin board I frequent (Blade Forums - Wilderness Survival) had a contest (one of the members hosted it) where I happened to win 100 dollars credit toward a maker of my choice.

To make a very long story short - it turned into me taking two of the makers designs (Maker - Andy Roy of Fiddleback Forge) - and sort of blending them. I had a prototype mailed to me and after a LOT of thinking, sketching and changing - I sent back a drawing with specs to the maker.

Andy hit the execution out of the park and sent back a knife that is really nice to use. I thought I would show you all the knife I designed - called the "Arete".


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Break 2010!

This year for Spring Break (the kids being a little older and Lambert doing SO much better) we decided to road trip it a bit. We took about a 4.5 hour drive to two Texas State Parks: Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Cleburne State Park. We were supposed to be in Cleburne for two nights - but do to rain on the drive in we pulled up short in Waco and stayed at a Holiday Inn (with a pool!). Got all checked in, paid my bill, and realized I forgot to ask if they accepted dogs.

Turns out, after a little recon, that they did not. So, what to do? Stuff your dog into the kids clothing bag, tell him to be quiet, and sneak him passed the front desk, of course.

The hotel was nice, the kids LOVED the pool, the beds were nice and our suite had two T.V's. Kids slept great.

Next day we were on our way to Dinosaur Valley State Park. We did some hiking, crossed a few rivers, and saw a few really cool dinosaur foot prints in stone. Most were covered by murky water from the rain the night before. But fun was had. We had lunch at the park and moved on.

We set up at Cleburne - and the kids played while I did some fishing. Max joined me for a bit - but we didn't catch anything. No matter - off to cook smores. I split some cedar (that I was allowed to pick up from the park) and made a nice fire.

That night it god COLDER than expected (we saw 40's on the news - well - we GOT 32 or so). But the kids were happy - and all was well.

We got up the next morning and did some Geocaching - found a few - and hiked a little more. Packed up - and headed home.

Some memorable quotes from the event:

"This is some really bad music!" - Max while at a restaurant where someone put Micheal Jackson's "Beat it" on the Juke Box.

"Can we live here?!" Lambert and Maxwell after seeing our hotel room.

"Since you found the Geocache's today dad - you should take this." - Lambert while holding out one of the two quarters that he got from one of the Geocache's.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Maxwell's First Soccer Game

Maxwell had his first soccer game last Saturday. He had a great time - well at least for the first half of the day. They play 3 on 3 on a little field with little goals and no goalies. There is no score kept and every kid is allowed to cycle in whenever another kid gets tired or the coach decides they need a break. I love the game, the coaches have heart, and the parents really care. Maxwell had a blast until he got tired. You can see at the end that he went very dramatic and fell all over the ground - but that is natural at 4 and we were VERY proud of him.


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Lambert had a Ho Down!

To celebrate the Houston Rodeo, Lambert's Kindergarten class had a good ole' Ho Down. They made a Horse, Vest, Star and Cowboy hat.

Lambert led the parade when Amy got the photo's.