Thursday, June 30, 2011


Last week I was looking for something to blog about when I stumbled across Mama Kat's blog again. If you have not been there, she hosts a weekly writer's workshop. Where she posts prompts that you can choose from and write your heart out. I had fun writing my summer bucket list so I decided to meander over there again and see what I could write about. I chose prompt 5: 

We often spend time and energy talking about people in our lives we don’t see enough of. Describe a person in your life you are in contact with often. What do they mean to you?

Instantly I though, "I will write about ME!" I mean what better person to write about me than me? I am with me ALL the time, even when I don't want to be with me I am with me. 

Then I thought I would write about someone equally as awesome. Someone I admire, respect and love. However, I realized that I don't actually KNOW Betty White and I am not in contact with her...anymore now with the restraining order and all.

On to my third choice...Not to worry, third times a charm right? Believe me this person truly is a charm. I am extremely blessed to have this woman in my life. She is my BFF! We met about 5 years ago. I remember her saying, "We're gonna be great friends, I just know it." She was right. Our families totally get along and have fun with each other too. How lucky is that?

I love that she is totally honest with me and doesn't judge me. She is always there to listen to me even if she has just worked her third 12 hour shift, taken a sleeping pill, and drifting off into a deep slumber. She offers advice, comfort, and a shoulder to cry on.

This woman is AMAZING! She is beautiful inside and out. She has taught me what a true friend really is. I can only hope to aspire to be the kind of friend to her as she is to me. I love you Minetta and miss having you just down the road. I wish for you the best of everything this world has to offer and hope that you and your family find happiness and peace with this new adventure that you are about to embark on.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Bucket List

50 things I want to do with and/or without the kids, husband, dog, etc... I figure I/we have until August 22, the first day of school, to finish the list.
  1. Attend a pro baseball game.
  2. Spend a weekend on the beach.
  3. Have a pinata party.
  4. Read The Summoning.
  5. Read Hunger Games.
  6. Read Heart of the Matter.
  7. Read Where She Went.
  8. Get a real tan.
  9. Go to a water park.
  10. Go to Chuck E. Cheese.
  11. Start a Family Game Night.
  12. Teach Cooper how to shake.
  13. Figure out how to stop sweating in places unmentionable.
  14. Try at least one new recipe a week.
  15. Write at least one blog post a week.
  16. Go on a nice long bike ride.
  17. Go for a hike.
  18. Go to Space Center Houston.
  19. Go to Houston Zoo.
  20. Play paintball.
  21. Go to Six Flags over Texas.
  22. Go to National Museum of Funeral History.
  23. Have a big BBQ.
  24. Go fishing.
  25. Get a massage.
  26. Go bowling.
  27. Learn how to effectively coupon.
  28. Force myself to exercise everyday.
  29. Take my photography seriously again.
  30. Build an outdoor bench.
  31. Take a road trip without a planned destination.
  32. Put together individual 72 hour kits.
  33. Finish organizing my craft room/study.
  34. Get a mani/pedi.
  35. Plan and carry out a family service project.
  36. Try Geocaching.
  37. Make matching tie-dyed t-shirts for our cruise.
  38. Make a terrarium.
  39. Have a sidewalk chalk drawing competition.
  40. Go to the movies.
  41. Write letters.
  42. Perform random acts of kindness.
  43. Make a new craft every Tuesday.
  44. Take a nice long, uninterrupted bubble bath.
  45. Have a bubble blowing contest.
  46. Have date nights with the hubby.
  47. Make sun-prints.
  48. Have a watermelon seed shooting contest.
  49. Have dessert for dinner.
  50. Enjoy everyday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ugh! We have frogs, again!

Okay, okay! We only have FROG! But why? I hate frogs almost as much as spiders. They are slimy and they jump unsuspectingly. The worst part, the kids think they need to catch them and bring them into the house. NO! I think they secretly like seeing me scream like a little girl when they jump. Or hearing me freak out at 5am when I step on one on my way to the kitchen. Yes, that happened in Australia. However, we could literally have hundreds of them at night there and here we only have one here so I guess I shouldn't complain. But would be fun about that?

Thursday, June 16, 2011


The temperatures here have been hitting 100 or better everyday so the girls decided to sell lemonade. They made $8 in just over an hour. Good ole Country Time Lemonade is a hit here. Who knew???

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Newest member of the Gibbons family...

She is a 4 year old terrier mix rescue dog. She is so well behaved and trained. Cooper likes her and will share his bones with her but will not let her touch his toys.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Calling All Spies...

Are you ready to take a crash course in saving the world? In Cars 2: The Video Game, train to become an agent of C.H.R.O.M.E. (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations & Motorized Espionage) and take on dangerous missions, compete to become the fastest racecar in the world, or just use your spy skills in exciting, action-packed combat racing! Check out the link below for more info. Game is scheduled to be released June 21.

Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for this post. However, by spreading the word I have been entered to win a copy of the game.