Saturday, July 30, 2011

What Do You Do When Things Are Rambling Around In Your Head?

I keep finding myself planning events in my head.  Whether or not these events will ever happen...I have no clue!  Yet they keep rolling around in my mind. 

Ideas for this.

Ideas for that.

I should really contact so-and-so about doing this.

It's not like I am not already busy enough.  And it will only get crazier as football season arrives.  Yet, I find myself thinking about events I want to plan for work...for family...for friends.

I have already done most of the preparations for a contest I want to hold at the office.  {HINT: It is heavily connected to a certain football game that will be played on Thanksgiving weekend.}

I have an idea for a get together with friends that I haven't seen in, like, FOREVER!  As well as a big family event that I would really like to pull together for next year.

So, what do you think all this means?

Maybe it is just the result of cabin fever.  You know we get that here in the Deep South too.  It is just that ours comes in the summer and is due to the heat instead of the snow.  It is definitely too hot to be outside these days!

Well, thanks for listening to me vent.  I'll let you know how things turn out...or if it is all just a mirage!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Random Pictures From Family Vacation: Part 2

A View From The Hammock
Sunset On Lake Conroe
Telling Secrets
Excuse Me, Please...It's Time For My Close Up!

Until next year!  Goodbye from the lake!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Random Pictures From Family Vacation: Part 1

Snack Time!!!!

Diving With Daddy
Hanging At The Dock
Wiggle Eyes

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Break Out The Confetti, It Is Time To Celebrate!

Guess who is 4 years old today?

Nonna and Pappaw are wishing you plenty of lazy afternoon naps with your 'Best Friend'...
...many 'Cool Car' rides...
...and lots of smiles in the year to come!

Happy Birthday, Davin!!!!

We love you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Boys Of Summer

Brian, Will and Josh went into this year'[s lake vacation with one common goal in mind.


...and they succeeded.

Okay, let's get this show on the road!
...or the water, as the case may be!

Brian's first time up on skis!

Don't slow down NOW, Dad!!!!

Here comes Will -- up, up, up!

He's out of the water for the first time!!

Doesn't he look quite pleased with himself?
Josh is fighting to get the skis on

But then he skied for fifteen minutes straight!

Slow it down a little bit, Jim!
And now for the funny pics of the day! (Sorry, guys! These were just too funny not to share!)
I think that is called a 'WIPEOUT'!

"I'm done!"

Will getting drowned in his own wake.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Jim and I picked up a tube while we were in WalMart on Sunday evening. It took Josh and Will forty-five minutes to fill it up with air at the local gas station...and who knows how many quarters...but by Tuesday we were tubing!
Jim and Derrick, in the boat
Brian, Will and Josh, in the tube

This was my first experience in a tube.
I tried to lay back like Jim...but he is longer than I am, so it didn't work very comfortably for me.
But, boy, was it ever fun!!!!
I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much!

Kelli getting ready to tube.
She had dived off the boat to show Brooke that there was nothing in the water to be afraid of.

Maddux's first tube ride!
And he is not sure about this either!

Auntie (Bri), Maddux and Kelli...tubing on Lake Conroe!
They are waving at Brooke, who was crying on the boat.

Kelli and Matt
If I am not mistaken, I think this was Matt's first ride on a tube also.

Me and Will
I made him swear not to flip me off like he did his brother the night before!
I finally figured out that it is much easier to sit on the sides than it is to lay down!

Bri, Kelli and Will
Bri didn't last long.  Sitting in the bottom of the tube to keep from getting knocked off by her crazy siblings aggravated her prior injuries from the horse throwing incident.

So, we let the CRAZY two have at it.
It is dangerous to put Kelli and Will together at something like this.
Neither one of them have any fear!

Brooke's first tube ride with her Mom and Dad
She smiled before it was over...but she was so ready to get back in the boat when we stopped!

Kelli, Maddux and Matt
Enjoying the last ride of the day!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pictures From The "Jim-N-I"

That's what I call our boat. The "Jim-N-I" -- as in Gemini; get it?

Okay, enough bad puns and on to the pictures.

I warn you that there are no pictures of Meagan in this post, as she was not getting on the boat 7 months pregnant with Desi.  Nor are there any pictures of Kelli, because if Kelli went out in the boat...she was in the water! 

Josh, Davin and Derrick
Don't know what happened to Captain Davin from last family vacation.
This year, he wanted NONE of it!  He even said they went TOO FAST!
What has gotten into that boy?

First Mate Will
Again, he is the one whose job it is to get us launched and landed! 
Of course, that also means he never gets left behind at the house!

Matt and Maddux
Getting ready for Maddux's first boat ride!

Captain Jim
Man, he sure is handsome!!!

Maddux enjoyed the ride...even though he wasn't real sure about it.

Since the Jim-N-I is mainly used as a fishing boat, we did not have the mandatory red flag for letting others know that we had people in the water.  So, we improvised with one of Jim's t-shirts!

This was not Brooke's first ride in the boat...and she did NOT want to go!

But by the end of our trip, she was all smiles as she sat by her Pappaw!

Josh is part time Co-captain and part time First Mate.
And full time boat mechanic!  Ha!

Bri wasn't able to do much more than ride and lay out to tan, due to her still badly sprained ankle.
Last year, she was fresh off her walker from the car wreck that fractured her pelvis.
Next year we are keeping her wrapped in bubble wrap until after vacation!

Brian, enjoying the shade of the canopy on a hot afternoon.
He received a few boating lessons on this trip from his dad so that he could Co-captain too.