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.

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, January 7, 2018

Resurrecting the Page

In keeping with my NewYear's commitment to "do better", I want to get back into finding time to scrapbook. In order to do that, I thought I would dust off the ol' blog to try and help keep things organized so that when I go to journal something, I can remember the details.

We started off the New Year here at Casa de Haggis with the flu. Flu A to be exact. Needless to say, it was not a rambunctious start to the year. I actually came down with it first, with Dennis coming down with it a couple of days later. It was awful. I am still only about 75% after being down for 10 days. Thankfully we are all on the mend and well enough that all the flu bedding and blankets have had a nice scalding hot bath in bleach water.

 It was icy cold (low 20's) on NYE, so our annual HOA approved fireworks show was a short one.


We rang in 2018 with party blowers and kid wine tucked in under nice toasty blankets

The carpet here is Casa de Haggis is builder's grade, which means by the time we were in the house for 6 months, there were already significant wear patterns. Dennis has been wanting to replace it with tile for a while now, so since it looks like we are going to be here for a few more years, I finally relented. We picked out some very nice wood-look tile and he started demo once he was back in the land of the living post-flu. I'll post more updates as the project comes along.

During demo in the breakfast area, Shelby's kennel has been relocated to the living room. She has started pushing her nose through the bars and "smiling" at us when we eat dinner in the living room. Gotta love a Chessie smile!

Between the cold weather and the flu, we have been cooped up in the house for a week. The weather was pretty mild today, so we headed to Landa Park for a picnic and some fresh air. It was SO NICE to be outside. We also took Shelby to her first dog park, and let her get in some good romping around. She played very well with the other dogs until one started getting a little aggressive and then she was perfectly happy to just run around by herself.

 The moment a guy came walking by with a puppy

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!