Hannah had a dance showcase to demonstrate what she has been learning in dance this semester. Here is a video of her performance. We are so proud of her!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
If you’re wondering why we are catching up on blogs, it’s because we are on day 3 of being iced in. Here are a few pictures outside:
These roads are not driveable
Even though it looks like snow, this is really just about 2-3 inches of ice and sleet. The kids tried to play in it one day
Afterwards we warmed up by the fire
Church was cancelled this morning, and TXDOT is asking motorists to stay off of Tarrant County roads until 6am on Monday so the ice can be removed. The forecast today is a high of 37, so hopefully some of this will melt off.
While we were Angel Fire, we decided to cut down a tree in the forest and bring it back home. I found a pretty decent tree down the hill from the cabin about 150 yards. Here is the adventure chronicled in pictures
We are glad to report that the tree is still alive and doing well! Special thanks to Pappy and William for their help retrieving the tree and carrying kids.
We went to Angel Fire for Thanksgiving and had fun visiting with everyone.
We had lots of good food
Hannah had a photo shoot on the deck
And we got in the hot tub
The kids did some sledding
And drank some hot cocoa
The trip did not come without consequences though. Jennifer slipped on the ice and bruised her tailbone. Then we went over to ski Red River, and I crashed on my first run. I went off a ledge towards a mogul run and the landing was blind. As soon as I went off, I saw two huge ice boulders right in the landing area. I bit it hard, lost my skis, did a front roll. I ended up spraining my thumb, neck and ankle. I did a couple more runs and then decided to hang it up for the day. My thumb is still not really functional yet. Thank goodness we had Bill and Sally there to help deal with all our mishaps.
Hannah said, “Daddy, why didn’t you just stop and think and go a different way?”
Good point. Maybe next time I will.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
In early November, I had a work trip to Raleigh so Jennifer came along, and we made a long weekend of it. The weather was nice, and it was the perfect time for the fall colors. We had some good NC pork BBQ and southern food while we were there. Our favorite place we ate was a chicken and waffles place named Beasleys. The collard greens were pretty amazing…..
The highlight of our trip was a visit to Duke. I have always been a Duke basketball fan, and even thought about going to school there, so watching a game at Cameron Indoor was on my bucket list. I bought tickets to their season opener on Craigslist, so we went over for the afternoon. We visited the gardens and the chapel and walked around campus some before the game. The campus was gorgeous, especially at that time of year.
I took Jennifer on the scenic way back to the car, so we had to stop for a rest. It turns out being pregnant with your 3rd child really takes it out of you. The gardens were very impressive, so we didn’t mind taking our time.
After the tour, we headed over to Cameron Indoor. The students were there hours before the game having a party complete with beer, pizza, and a DJ. It was a pretty fun scene.
We honestly couldn’t tell which building was Cameron Indoor. It was pretty small and looked like all the other buildings on campus.
The stadium is very charming….small and cozy, wood trim everywhere, snack bars like you would see at a high school. Just a neat atmosphere. We thought it was small from the outside, but it was really small once you got inside. Notice the students are packed in their section and going crazy, over an hour before tipoff.
Here was the view from our seats
And here is Coach K. The students bow to him every time he walks by.
I bought this t-shirt for $5 in the campus bookstore.
While we were having fun in Raleigh, the kids were in Evadale and Devers. They had lots of fun with Mimi and O. They got to ride animals at a local circus…
They also had fun playing around the house.
It was a nice weekend away but we were glad to get home and see the kids.