Monday, November 30, 2015

Kicking off fall

To get us in the Fall mood, we rang in the season by making some yummy caramel apples.
Homemade caramel is always a good choice.
With all of those toppings, how could they not be delicious?!
Besides some indoor Fall activities, we spent more time outside enjoying the (slightly) cooler weather.
Her latest challenge.
More practice with her horse, Cheyanne. 
When all else fails, kicking a ball with mom and dad is always fun.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The closing of summer

This summer was full of fun memories and a few not so fun moments. E. J.'s very old sweet dog, Katie, passed away, which was a sad day for all of us. 
This was a little bit before she passed away. Kathryn asked for one last picture with her.
She grabbed her shovel after this and helped dad dig a grave.
Very sadly, exactly two months after Katie passed away, my first dog Madison died on Sept. 25. Both of the dog's deaths were unexpected, especially Madison's, but we were glad to be there with them when it happened.
Kathryn insisted on helping dig yet another grave.
While at summer camp, Kathryn sprained her ankle. She was attempting to do a handstand and that lead to a little injury, which clearly did not affect her spirit.
Poor thing has no personality.
To round out the summer, two out of the three of us got lice. I'm the second one after Kathryn brought it home from camp. Her camp recommended a lady in town who does an all natural treatment system after our attempt with the over-the-counter stuff didn't seem to work. She was wonderful and it did the trick for both of us.

Minus a few bumps, it was a summer full of wonderful memories!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Kathryn started karate this summer and continues to attend lessons each week. It's definitely her 'thing' right now because she's really enjoying it!
How cute is she?
That's her kicking on the right.
Kathryn's in the black helmet in the video below. She's a determined gal. Also note that it's not my shadow or voice you're hearing (there's a mirror in the room the kids are in so that can be kind of confusing).

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mustang Island

In July we took advantage of E. J.'s mom's camper and truck and headed to Mustang Island (E. J.'s truck isn't big enough to haul that massive thing). We had the BEST time and continue to talk about the trip. We'll definitely do this again!
I swear Kathryn was happy.
The rear view.
Five hours later - we arrived!
All set up at the state park!
Our living quarters.

Making our first meal after setting up camp.

Even though it had been a long day, Kathryn couldn't wait another moment to see the beach. Notice her classic Kathryn hand pose.
She touched some create and it squirted pink stuff on her!

First beach day!

We found a fun candy store in town.
And I found a local coffee shop!

Evening walk on the beach.
Day 3: we went to Corpus Christi for a day at the aquarium.

Super fun splash pad at the aquarium!

On the ferry back to the island!
We had a low-key night with take out pizza, a movie and smores!

A collection of our food from the week - we had a combo of grilling at the camp and eating out a bit!