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Waiting for graduation to start is most certainly fun times. Luckily we have cameras to entertain us.

Jess & Matt

Brandon looking like he is about to commit some sort of mischief

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…It’s Super Dog!!!

This dog seriously cracked me up. Bryan and Lindi have the sweetest dog, she positively smiles when you go out to give her some attention. Before heading off to Bryan’s graduation we decided to put out the sprinkler to entertain Collin. For some reason he wasn’t having any of it, but at least Macy had a blast.

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Without further ado, all of us in our camping & make-up-less glory!!

Back row: “Little” brothers Matt & Bryan
Middle row: Jess-(Matt’s GF) Kay-(little sis, Bryan’s twin) Collin-(nephew, Bryan & Lindi’s 1st) Lindi-(SIL, Bryan’s wife) Mother, Dad
Front: Brandon and Me

The only family missing are my older brother Jeff & Jessica, and their 3 kids, Noe, Joseph, and Matthew who live in Arizona and weren’t up to the drive. I can’t say that I blame them there.

I have a big family and it gets to be more and more fun each year with the new additions. I am the 2nd oldest of 5 kids who are fairly close in age. Jeff is 13 months older than me, Matt is 21 months younger than me, and the twins, Bryan and Katherine are 18 months younger than Matt.

Growing up was interesting to say the least. Jeff was kind of a bully, I was always moody, Matt was into everything, Kay was whiny, and Bryan was sick a lot (thus grouchy). It is a wonder that my parents never had a breakdown. But for all our faults we all turned out pretty well. We get along great and annoy each other a great deal less than we did growing up.

I enjoy seeing the dynamics of how larger families interact and evolve through the years. It was definitely a different experience growing up then many of my friends experienced. As crowded and loud as it could be, always having to share, having to sacrifice certain things, I wouldn’t change for the world. I am close to my brothers and sister and I truly love them all and count them as friends.

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The Texas Hill Country

A View From the Top
Matt, Me, Jess, Kay, Brandon

We are back from our camping trip in the hill country. We started out at Garner State Park. I have been there as a wee one but couldn’t remember much about it except that it had “mountain.” The above picture is from our half day hiking adventure. The weather was actually quite cool and the sun only came out a little. But we had a good time hiking, exploring, and making camping stables like silver turtles and smores.
Growing up with brothers, (and a really impatient father) I didn’t really get much of a chance to help set up the tent. Matt assures me that it wasn’t any fun to set up the huge bulky tent and that I was lucky to get a reprieve. I was happy to set up the tent that Brandon and I received for Christmas a couple of years ago. We have a simple to set up dome tent that sleeps 4 adults comfortably and allows a 5’10” person to stand up fully. I figured I should get used to setting it up as we would have to take it down to move to another park in a few days.The absolute best part of Garner is seeing the night sky. We live in a major city so we have horrible light pollution. In Garner you can see more clearly and if you look close enough you can see bits of the milky way. There were even shooting stars though I couldn’t seem to be looking up when any of them passed.

And none of our travels would be complete without Chu II. My mother gave her to me a year and half ago when we traveled to my brother’s wedding. I was really sick and had lost my voice and was feeling pretty rotten so she bought me a stuffed cat to cheer me up. Since then we have taken her with us wherever we happen to go and include some pictures of her. We are making a little scrapbook of her travels.After a couple of days in Garner we packed everything up and drove 3 hours to Inks Lake State Park where my brother Bryan and his family were meeting us. It was much too cold (IMHO) to go swimming there so we occupied our time with canoing and rock climbing at the devil’s waterhole. We don’t have any pictures of Inks Lake because our camera decided to suck the batteries dry and we didn’t bring our recharger. I will have to get some pictures from Jess and my mother.All in all it was a nice, relaxing trip though I thought we spent way too much time in the car. By the time we finally got home late Sunday evening my body had had enough and I was ready to collapse in my nice, cushy, warm pillow-top bed. The Chu made sure to let us know that she was so happy to see us. She made sure to let us know all through the night by pulling things off the desk and “going shopping” in the shelves.

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What a Weekend!

For someone who always tells everyone that “nothing much has changed” and “we’re boring,” We sure had a busy weekend.First we started by hosting dinner for a couple of friends of ours on Friday. Brandon told Brian that I would make my world famous stroganoff for him since Brandon is always heating up his “yummy” leftovers at Brian’s store.Then Saturday we tried to get up early so I could make my triple chocolate brownies for the season’s first afternoon BBQ and swim at my aunt and uncle’s house in Brenham. My brownies were actually a flop because I tried to do well for all the dieters by using splenda instead of sugar. I have used splenda a number of times in baking with great results. This time when I pulled the brownies out of the oven, all the butter rose to the top and was bubbling there. I felt pretty bad because they are so good and it was a waste of good chocolate. I suspect maybe my baker’s chocolate may have been bad. After that we drove back home and dropped my grandma off before going over to Brian and Rainy’s new house for a BBQ with some college friends we haven’t seen in years. It was lots of fun as we told stories of a legendary friend from college who didn’t make it over. I always seem to miss him, he’s hilarious and fun to be around.

Sunday was church as usual but with the time change we got really confused. We didn’t expect our cell phones to change automatically and we use those for alarm clocks. Well they did change at 2am and Brandon had set mine an hour early just in case, needless to say it was pretty early and I kept hitting the snooze. After church I spent the afternoon shopping with Dyan and a friend of hers. We walked all over the mall and had fun goofing off like a bunch of teenagers.

While I was shopping Brandon decided to spend his $250+ Walmart gift cards that he has accumulated over the last few years. He is now boycotting Walmart over some confusion with them saying they would hold something for him. So we are now the proud owners of a PS2 and Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II. He is currently out there still playing. So addictive.

This week will be a short work week for me. This coming weekend we are going camping with family in various parks in the Texas Hill Country. I am hoping for some beautiful weather, good exercise and the opportunity to take some good pictures.

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The Birthday Boy!!

Cutie Collin
“Oh, did you guys want some cake too?”

We ventured to the attic of Texas to help celebrate my dear nephew’s 1st birthday this past weekend. He is actually a Valentine’s baby, much to my tough little brother’s chagrin. It was so good getting to see them all again. Now that they live 6 hours away we don’t get to see them much. Bryan pulled out all the stops and made some awesome fajitas for all of the adults to enjoy. As you can see Collin much preferred HIS cake. He took to it like a champ, smashing both fists down in it as soon as Ann set it down in front of him. The cameras flashed as he smeared himself with the cake. He was really enjoying himself. When Lindi took the cake away he gave her a glare and a grunt as if to say, “Hey, I wasn’t finished with that.”He has really turned into Mr. Personality since we last saw him around Christmas time. He isn’t walking yet but he can stand by himself if he doesn’t realize he’s doing it. He doesn’t speak any intelligible words yet. He babbles with great intent to himself and anyone who will listen. He likes to wrinkle up his little nose just like I remember his daddy doing when he was a wee one. And he sure has a temper; (also like his daddy) we were treated to a throw-back temper but it didn’t last very long.The weekend was entirely too short and we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time visiting. Hopefully we will get to see them all in two weeks when we are supposed to be doing a huge group camp out in the hill country.

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I’m So Glad it’s Friday!

I am feeling much more human now, which is good because I have a packed weekend of running errands.
-I have to pay for my bridesmaids dress for Jeff & Jessica’s wedding. The dress is my favorite color and a great style for my tall, thin, wide-hipped body so I will definitely be able to wear it again.
-I also have to order a cake, look for decorations, and plan a menu of eats for Lindi’s baby shower.
-And then I plan to relax and maybe have a little fun since this week has been pretty rotten.
Hopefully this weekend I can get help from Brandon concerning this blog. I have figured out how to change minor things but would like to kick this thing up a notch. I learned a bit of coding in college when I had to design a website for class but most of the info I learned I have lost. He has designed several webpages and currently maintains his company’s website so I trust his judgment. Plus he is a good teacher, very patient with my stupid questions. 🙂 I do know how to post pictures but haven’t done so yet, I need to load pictures into my flickr account to be able to post. So hopefully this thing will start to look a lot better.

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