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I walked in and…

I walked in and Mom said ” Rose is ignoring me.” And I was like “Since when does Rose have horns?” Mom was like “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?!?!” 

This is a story from Ben. He’s been begging me to post it because he finds it super funny. 🙂

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National Junior Honor Society

Our son was selected to be part of his school’s National Junior Honor Society for next year. (If you don’t know what that is, go here.)

Our son's name is called

Our son’s name is called

David receives his certificate of induction into the NJHS

David receives his certificate of induction into the NJHS

I’ll be honest here: I was not an NJHS member in junior high.  I got decent grades, but I was not leadership material at that time and I was so shy that I would literally run away if you talked to me and I didn’t want to talk to you. My husband wasn’t part of NJHS either, but his school was small enough that they didn’t offer it.

Anyhow, I could not be prouder of my son. (I’m tearing up again as I type this.) He is such a good, smart, wonderful boy.

My NJHS member and I during the reception

My NJHS member and I

The ceremony was beautiful, the gym looked lovely, and they had a wonderful, encouraging speaker, too. Getting cookies at the reception afterward was an adventure, but all three boys managed to get them AND get back to me without spilling a drop of punch. 🙂

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The Muffins of Substitution!

So it’s four days until payday, I promised the kids muffins, and I’m out of everything I need. Items subbed: brown rice flour for regular white wheat (made them crumblier), yogurt for milk (made them tangier), baking soda+cream of tartar+corn starch for baking powder (I didn’t notice any difference), butter for oil (yum), and mini loaf pan for muffin pan (fun!). They practically aren’t muffins at all! But they’re yummy anyways. 🙂 BTW, I went here for help with the substitutions. Love that site!

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Cub Scout Camping

 

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The Camp Site – I’m trying to decide if it is really on a hill or if Nick took this photo while he was falling over. I keep forgetting to ask.

I, personally, didn’t camp with them (David and I spent the night comfortably at Nana & Pa’s house and had dinner with the cousins), but Pack 369 went out to Gilmer this weekend and set up camp.

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Our Boys’ Tent. It is small and warm.

My husband forgot the camera AND his phone the first night and they all came home the second night because Nick and I had an ETSO performance to attend, but they got pictures this morning, finally, when they went back to pack everything up to bring home.

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Silliness

Flying!

Getting back on The FlyLady bandwagon and getting my house/life/sanity under control. Spring Break was fabulous, but the cleanup is going to take a while. Have had a nice last few days at home. It is so good to finally be at home and get things done that need doing. I’ve updated my household notebook and finally put some of my lists in sleeves so I can use the dry erase marker on them. I love technology, but somehow my brain does not equate checking something off a digital list with crossing something out on a paper list. My brain wants paper.  What can I say?

Also had a fantastic time having coffee with a sweet, uplifting friend of mine.  Have I mentioned how much I love having coffee with people?  And that I will continue to call it “coffee” til the end of time regardless of whether or not actual coffee is involved?  Oh yes I will. BTW, I need more people to coffee with.  I am available during the day and will even make time for coffee with dessert in the evenings for all you working gals because I still love you even though you’ve gone off and left me during the day (boo hoo. sniff-sniff.)

Spring Break

When we were planning Spring Break originally, Nick wasn’t taking time off. I’d thought about going to see my parents or staying here…and then at the weekend we had a Teen Regional Weekend for church.  Plans changed.

 

Nick looked at the schedule and realized this was a great time to a) do our family vacation (a mini one this year due to other travel going on later in the year) and b) to go see the Magna Carta (on display in Houston). So we added that to the schedule.

 

Meanwhile I realized that my much postponed visit to see my bff needed to happen during that week, too.

 

So our break became one long car ride with interruptions here and there.

We started off our break with a Holcomb Family Dinner at Nick’s parents house.

Cousins all watching a movie

Cousins all watching a movie

Adults all talking about "boring stuff" (according to the kids)

Adults all talking about “boring stuff” (according to the kids)

Saturday, this happened:

There's free time! We should Bedazzle something! What do we Bedazzle? Our Phineas & Ferb shirt!

There’s free time! We should Bedazzle something! What do we Bedazzle? Our Phineas & Ferb shirt!

Saturday morning Pokemon obsessing

Saturday morning Pokemon obsessing

Floppy David is floppy

Floppy David is floppy

Then on Sunday we started the first leg of our journey… to College Station, where I spent a lot of time sitting around while the kids went exciting places, like the ice skating rink.

Ben & Greg start off pretty close to the wall.

Ben & Greg start off pretty close to the wall.

David is a speeding blur!

David is a speeding blur!

Now Ben's got it going on.

Now Ben’s got it going on.

I did break free and run off with Steph for a while to do some catching up and shopping. My favorite thing we saw:

I am absolutely certain that we do.

I am absolutely certain that we do.

While I was gone:

Time for Poker!

Time for Poker!

Then on Tuesday we drove down to Houston to tour the Houston Museum of Natural Science and to see the 1217 copy of the Magna Carta.

At the Magna Carta exhibit, there were many good things for the kids to do hands on.

At the Magna Carta exhibit, there were many good things for the kids to do hands on.

The chained books made the kids excited: "It's just like your Library screensaver!"

The chained books made the kids excited: “It’s just like your Library screensaver!”

The Writ of the Magna Carta (the instructions that travel with it)

The Writ of the Magna Carta (the instructions that travel with it)

The 1217 Magna Carta

The 1217 Magna Carta

The parts of this chair that look like wood are actually carved and polished stone.

The parts of this chair that look like wood are actually carved and polished stone.

TRILOBYTES are EVERYWHERE!!

TRILOBYTES are EVERYWHERE!!

Alligator?

Alligator?

Mineral that formed in the shape of a dragon

Mineral that formed in the shape of a dragon

We had lunch nearby at a place that only did sliders and sides.

We had lunch nearby at a place that only did sliders and sides.

Our skyline view

Our skyline view

These chili fries taste weird. Yeah, that's cause they taste like curry!

These chili fries taste weird. Yeah, that’s cause they taste like curry!

Sliders, sliders, and more sliders

Sliders, sliders, and more sliders

On Wednesday, we drove back to Tyler, dropped Nick off, then the kids and I drove to Quitman to visit the cousins at the park near their new house.

Teeter-tottering with the cousins

Teeter-tottering with the cousins

Wandering down the nature trail

Wandering down the nature trail

Sitting on the cute front porch of the historical building.

Sitting on the cute front porch of the historical building.

That's a really tall slide!

That’s a really tall slide!

On Thursday, we did a bunch of laundry, repacked, and headed up to Colleyville to see Kay. Unfortunately, she was unexpectedly still in Houston.  We spent several hours trying to amuse ourselves on our own before she made it back.

On Kay's trampoline

On Kay’s trampoline

In Kay's backyard

In Kay’s backyard

Then the girls had to go to gymnastics class (and yes, at this point we were wondering why we were even invited up, and by the end of the visit there was unpleasantness), so we took the kids to the park.

Climbing at the park

Climbing at the park

My spider boy

My spider boy

David in a teacup?

David in a teacup?

 

 

The sleeping arrangements were weird because the bed was broken.

The sleeping arrangements were weird because the bed we were supposed to sleep in was broken.

The next morning we had a muffin cook-off.

Iron Chef: Muffin Battle

Iron Chef: Muffin Battle

Our plan for the rest of the day involved the ginormous amount of books to go through and then take to sell at Half Price Books.

These are the books I'm taking home. There were about 20 other bags & boxes that I didn't take home, but did dig through.

These are the books I took home. There were about 20 other bags & boxes that I didn’t take home, but did dig through.

After Half Price, we went to Cost-co to celebrate Pi day the cheap way.

Happy Pi day!

Happy Pi day!

Then we went back to the house for movies and a frantic search for my debit card.

Sometimes it's easier to take photos of kids when they are facing the other way.

Sometimes it’s easier to take photos of kids when they are facing the other way.

In the evening before bed we had one final bit of happy Pi-ness:

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

 

Saturday we got up and drove over to McKinney for the Dallas UCG Regional Teen Weekend.

Church a la research center

Church a la research center

We had church and a Bible study earlier in the day, then in the evening there were separate dinners for the pre-teens/families and for the teens. After dinner, the teens had a dance and the pre-teens/families were left on their own for entertainment.

This is so obviously my kid. We sat across from each other and read. People thought it was weird. ;)

This is so obviously my kid. We sat across from each other and read. People thought it was weird. 😉

Savage Raccoon Greg

Savage Raccoon Greg

Sweet Owl Greg

Sweet Owl Greg

Rainbow Loom bracelet making station.

Rainbow Loom bracelet making station.

Our dinner companions

Our dinner companions

Touring the Heard Museum in McKinney

Touring the Heard Museum – they were sweet and let us tour as long as we had enough adults to take all the kids through. Nick and I took some extra kids whose parents were chaperoning the dance.

Our hotel for the night. Ben thought it was beautiful

Our hotel for the night. The younger kids and I went back early for sleep while Nick stayed behind and waited for David’s dance to be done.  Ben thought our hotel room was beautiful.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast back at the Heard Museum before going for a little hike on the nature trails.

The Heard Museum's Research Center

The Heard Museum’s Research Center

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

After the trail (which the kids didn’t go on because it was FREEZING!), we headed out to Garland to the Skatium.

Roller skating in Garland

Roller skating fun

David is a blur on roller skates, too

David is a blur on roller skates, too

After the skating, we had one last meal together before we left for home.

Lunch with friends at the roller rink

Lunch with friends at the roller rink

Greg and Theron

Greg and Theron

And that was the end of our Spring Break. 🙂