Saturday, January 20, 2018

January 21st

It has been a cold, nasty week here in San Antonio. We didn't really do much of anything. I read a book that I got from the 50 cent box at work called Etiquette and Espionage. Turns out it was a teen fiction book about a finishing school that trains assassins and intelligencers in a steam punk version of the early 1900's. It wasn't bad for a kid's book. If the library has the sequel, I will probable read it, but I wouldn't run out and buy a copy. This one will be re-donated back to the 50 cent box.

Friday I finally got in to see the oral surgeon about the lump in my face. They informed me that it appears to correlate to the tooth where the root canal was done and bumped me back to the endodontist that did the root canal. Take good care of your teeth kiddies. They also notice something odd in my sinus cavity that is unrelated to the other problem, so I will be visiting my PCM for a referral to an ENT. Did you know that an ENT's official title is an Otorhinolaryngologist? I actually learned that in ROTC during my freshman year at SWT. It came up on a list of potential careers in the military and I had to look it up. For some reason that little nugget of information seems to have stuck with me.

We woke up on Saturday morning to a much milder day and the government shut down. Since Dennis and I both work for the government, that was a bit of bad news to start the day, as now neither of us are being paid. I have every faith that Congress will get their heads out of their rears and pass something before payday rolls around, so I am trying not to jump on the freaking out bandwagon just yet. FYI to members of Congress... I will be voting for whomever runs against you in the next election.

Summer had a friend over to spend the night and they decided to take advantage of the warmer day and take some pictures at the Pavilion next door. They are quite literally the only pictures we took this week.

Next week should be infinitely more exciting. What will most likely be Paige's last ever high school swim meet will take place on Saturday, Summer starts cheering for basketball, and there are several other fun and exciting things on the calendar. Until then....

Monday, January 15, 2018

Texas UIL State Cheerleading Championships

As a freshman, Summer was selected to be an alternate for Steele's competition cheer team. She was a little bummed to find out that the budget would not allow the team to take any alternates with them to the competition. She learned several girls' positions, though,  just in case. At the first practice back after the Christmas break, the coaches called her into their office and asked her if she would be willing to fill in as Knightro, the Steele mascot. She was unsure, but ultimately, it provided her an opportunity to go to the competition with the team, so she decided to take it on. 

It was definitely more of a challenge than she realized, as there was no choreography written for Knightro and the costume was DEFINITELY not made for a 5'3" girl. She overcame the costume issue by leaving off the boots that she couldn't walk in and added some clandestine lifting of the helmet into the routine so that she could see where she was going. Since she had already learned the cheer routine, she incorporated some of it and came up with a routine for Knightro. Oh, and she had it competition-ready in 3 days. 

Sadly, this is the ONLY pic I got of her as Knightro. She was hot and sweaty and NOT having it.


She found another pic of herself in the Knightro suit!

The team left for Ft. Worth on Thursday morning. They had a nice team dinner and some quality team bonding time on Thursday night and then got up Friday morning ready to hit the mat. The team had never cracked the Top 20 at competition, so they were really motivated to hit their routines. Their motivation and hard work paid off! For the first time in school history, the Knights placed in the Top 20 at Prelims and moved on to finals. They ended up placing 18th overall, an improvement of 16 places from last year! We are so proud of these kiddos!

Ready for a night on the town!

Summer and Abel at PF Changs

And of course... she had to buy herself a shirt!

Here is their performance at finals. Summer is in the Knight suit in the back

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cedar Fever Has Arrived in the Hill Country

Fresh from a bout with the flu, I give you....


Chessie Smile

Our Shelby has recently discovered her "smile". This is in no way a face of aggression. She is simply trying to convince Paige to share her sandwich with her. It is so funny. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Prom Dress Shopping

Prom season is upon us and since Paige is a junior this year it was off to the outlet mall for some prom dress hunting. We were there for a few hours and she tried on a half dozen or so dresses. Finally she narrowed it down to three.

2nd Runner Up was this red dress with the beautiful embroidery down the back

1st Runner Up was this pink and black dress (mom's favorite). She reminded me of the old Bob Mackie Barbies in this dress.


This beautiful blue dress. She feels like a total princess in this dress. It has pockets and it's twirly and when she sits down it makes her look like a cupcake. We knew the minute she put it on that this was the one.

A Brief Update

Since our trip to Aggieland, it has pretty much been life as usual with a few things thrown in.

Valentine's Day

Summer's Cheer Banquet

Fun with Tornadoes

Lunch with the Sharps in San Marcos

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Aggieland Saturday

Yesterday, we took Paige for her second college visit, to Texas A&M University. Texas A&M is her first choice and target school and I don't think yesterday's visit did anything to change that. :) Yesterday's event was Aggieland Saturday, an event designed to introduce high school juniors to the A&M experience. We spent the majority of the day in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, learning about her options for majors and paths to Vet School. She went in knowing that she probably wants to major in Animal Science, but she was also intrigued by Wildlife and Fisheries. We got a lot of questions answered, came up with some whole new ones, and thoroughly enjoyed our day in College Station. 

This is Jenny. She is an academic advisor in the Animal Science department. She also used to be Paige's babysitter when we lived in Del Rio. Talk about six degrees of separation!

The Centennial Oak

Logan drove up from Katy to hang out with us for the day. He's an Aggie alum and was full of information for us. He definitely enriched our day. Paige and Logan both were very excited to get a pic with Reveille.

Kyle Field

The famous Aggie ring

Who knows, maybe one day we'll be standing here with Paige on her own Ring Day!