Thursday, September 30, 2010

Funny and True

I just saw this and thought it was so funny. When Matthew was at BYU he didn't date much, but spent his money on snow boarding and basically spent it on him. When we asked him why he didn't ask to many girls out his reply was, "Why should I spend my money on someone else's wife." We raised a smart son!

Thankful Thursday

Now I can function a little better since we finally got an email from Matthew. Three weeks is a long time to not hear from him! I am thankful for email though, it may have been a lot longer if it was just regular old fashion mail. I am so thankful that he is serving a mission, even if I do miss him. I am thankful for the blessings we receive as a family because of his service.

I am also thankful to Sister Powell, she works in the Santiago Mission home. She is from Dallas, but grew up in Houston, and has a brother that has lived in Katy and also works for ConocoPhillips. She has been a great help in answering questions that I have and I feel like I have a real friend in her.

We had a really bad football weekend this past week. All my teams(College and NFL) lost including Jacob's team. I am thankful though, that Jacob played well and didn't get hurt. they had a teammate break his tibia. No injuries is something to be extremely thankful for each week!

While at Jacob's game I was reading a comment on the bathroom stall wall. It said, Cinco Ranch Sucks Mortan Ranch freakin' rocks. I cleaned that up a little bit, but my point is they misspelled  the name of their school, it's Morton not Mortan. I am thankful my kids don't write on bathroom walls and that they know how to spell the name of their high school.

I am thankful for Dale. He is an incredible father and great husband, but he also does little things that are nice. He had the day off yesterday and he took my Suburban to get new tires so I could go and get my safety inspection sticker. After he got the tires, he went and got the oil changed and my safety inspection sticker for me. I would be doing that right now instead of writing on the blog.

I am thankful for prayer. It has really gotten me through the last few months! I'm also thankful that we live in an area that prayer is still accepted. A few examples are that school sports teams have team prayers before games and most recently Makenzie's basketball team was praying together before class for a classmate that was just diagnosed with Leukemia. The coach came into the locker room and all the girls were crying, she asked why, and they told her. she asked them if they would like to say a prayer, but they already had. There are still a lot of good teenagers out there! I'm also thankful I was able to go to the Temple and put this girls name on the prayer roll.

I'm really thankful that we have had some fall weather arrive. It's still in the upper 80's, but it is a dry heat and we are having cooler mornings for me to run in. This weather just makes me happy!  

I always have something to be thankful for, no matter how big or small it may be. I am truly blessed!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tropical Storm Matthew in the Caribbean

I wonder which Tropical Storm Matthew, in the Caribbean, the news is talking about???

Official Picture With The Mission President

Matthew and his Mission President and Wife

I haven't gotten an email from him yet, but got the email from President Lee that he is officially in the Mission Field.
Attached was this picture and a video that I can't open.
The letter from President Lee is on the Elder Smith blog.
I still would love to hear from him, but glad to know where he is!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jacob's First Temple Trip

Jacob was able to attend his first Temple Trip.
Dale was there but they already had too many adults going  so I didn't go since I'm not a youth leader.
I did make sure that one of them took a picture for me.  
Of course, the just got the fountain in the back ground and not the Temple.

Saving Mom Laundry.....Kind Of

This morning when I walked up my stairs I could smell something really bad!! By the smell I could tell it was some of Jacob's football clothes. I went into his room and in his hamper sat 3 pairs of very wet and ripe socks. I was gagging over the smell. I went and got a plastic bag to pick them up to put in the washer. I held my breath as I turned them right side out. They were washed all by themselves on the sanitary cycle. Later on I got to thinking, why were there only socks in his hamper, where were his clothes from yesterday, I had done all the laundry yesterday, but not the clothes he was wearing. I figured he just wore them to bed and left them on and took an extra pair of clothes to put on after his shower after football practice(he has practice at 6 am). When he got home from school I asked him if he had the same clothes on that he wore yesterday(he had a high school football shirt on and he has a bunch of those so I wasn't sure which one he had on yesterday). He said no. So I asked him if he took a change of clothes to school and he said no. After he thought for a second, he realized he did wear the same clothes. Thank goodness he took a clean pair of boxers and socks to put on after his practice. In his defense, he is really tired in the morning, especially when we leave the house at 5:35 am. At that time, I'm not all there either!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

No Email

I'm assuming Matthew was transferred out into the field today. No email. And checking your email every 15 minutes does not make an email come, at least not the one I want.

Yesterday, while not feeling well, I was missing Matthew. I pulled up pictures of him. Then I amused myself by editing a picture of him. This is what made me laugh out loud by myself. I call it Party Elder.  
We were going to make it his facebook profile picture, but he can't see it so it would be no fun!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday Night Lights

 Jacob's football season is finally under way. They played last night and won 20-18. It wasn't pretty but it was a win. Jacob did a great job. He had quite a few nice runs. He only threw 2 passes, one was caught and the other the receiver stopped so it was over thrown. The coaches did yell at the kid for stopping, so it was more his fault than Jacob's. This was a frustrating game for Jacob since most of the kids on his team have never played football before. There are a few that have played but not many. Most of his old youth football team is playing on the A team and he is on the B team. He will tell you he didn't play well, but he did, especially considering he was with a "new" team. He did say he had fun though, so that's important! He is #7. He wanted 18 since that was Matthew's high school number, but we told him Matthew was #7 in 7th grade also.
I also got to be all official with a photo pass so I could go out on the field and take pictures.  
Jacob's fan club
Ready to take his first snap
The Jacob stance

Monday Night Lights
Leading the huddle

Jacob with his best friend Thomas. This is Thomas's first year playing football.
 We are glad they are on the same team!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jumbo Tron

This is our tax dollars at work! Actually, sponsor's paid for it so we get commercial  during timeouts at our games. It is also a district stadium and not a school stadium. It's very nice to have! It came in handy this week as we had our game on September 11th so it was used for a 9-11 tribute. 

Of course, I had to take a picture afterwards since we won.

This is our High School Choir performing the National Anthem.  I get chills every time they sing it.
You can't see it, but while they were singing, they had more tribute pictures up on the jumbo tron.
I wish someone had recorded the half-time show. Our band played God Bless the USA and the choir sang it and our dance team made a waving flag with their pom-poms. It was very moving.
After the game, both teams knelt together in a prayer(we still do that in Texas).

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm A Published Author

Well, my blogs are published....
Dale had my blogs from 2008 and 2009 made into books.
I highly recommend this to all my blogging friends. My kids love to sit and read and look at the pictures of them. It's pretty neat to see your blog in book form!
Thank you Dale!! 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What's in a Name

Yesterday I went to pick Jacob up at a friends house. This friends Dad is the defensive coordinator for our high school football team. When we were getting ready to leave, the Mom said, goodbye Jacob not Matt. I guess this is Jacob's name in this household. During a camp this summer, Coach Simmons's kept calling Jacob, Matt. His son would say that's Jacob not Matt so the name has stuck. I guess there are worse things he could be called.
The head varsity football coach actually calls Jacob, Lefty. Just waiting for Jacob to shoot off and tell him, "My name is Jacob".

Friday, September 3, 2010


I was just reading the announcements on the High School's website and found these two announcements by each other:

Theme Day
Friday: Maroon Out

Neon Day
is Friday, September 3rd. Wear NEON colors to represent that you are NEVER EVER ON NARCOTICS! Be drug free!

So, I was wondering if the girls chose to have Spirit or to be Drug Free today, because I don't think there is a neon shade of maroon out there!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Too Many Clothes

I thought it was time to go through all of Matthew's clothes yesterday. He had them all over the room, closet and both dressers were stuffed. Also one of the rods in his closet broke, probably  due to clothes over load.
I bagged up all the shirts and pants I know won't fit and donated them today, two big bags full!
He has more hoodies! The top picture is just of his hoodies and that doesn't include the ones his sisters have already taken or the ones in the wash.
I kept like 100 t-shirts. That's not including button up or polo shirts.When does he even wear that many shirts??? I did gather up all his school t-shirts to make him a t-shirt quilt.
He has plenty of cargo and sports shorts and pj bottoms.
He still has a drawer full of socks and another drawer full of boxers and spandex.
Under the bed is home to his many pairs of shoes.
Now to pack them up for the next few years.