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Month: June 2011

Fondu’n Family

Fondu’n Family

Sometime late in the spring semester I read where straight A students would receive a free meal at “The Melting Pot” if they brought in their report cards.

So you know what I did? … I said …. “Girls, go study”.  And then I said …. “Go study some more”. 

Actually they are very self motivated so I didn’t really have to say that – and sure enough … they ended up with straight A’s.  (In all AP or Pre-AP classes!).  Apparently Bill did very well in school because if I had been in AP Geometry … well, I’d probably still be there.  I still don’t understand why I need to know how to figure out a math problem about a shape that has letters of the alphabet in it.  Ridonkulous I say!

So, Saturday night we went off to the celebration.  Caroline questioned why we would go to a RESTAURANT to cook the food ourselves over and over but by the time we started eating, I think she was a convert.  Having four kids huddled around two very hot pots filled with oil has the potential for trouble, but we did just fine.  Enjoyed it!

The straight A’ers:

Our favorite was the dessert!  Yumorama.

In other news … because there is ALWAYS news around here …

     * We had a SUPER week at Vacation Bible School last week.  I taught, the older girls helped and the two younger attended.  Savannah worked on the musical each day afterwards it it was great to see it performed on Friday night.

Before the musical there was a family fun night … who wouldn’t want to ride carnival rides on black asphalt at 4:00 in the afternoon?!  It was HOT.

While Savannah was at the musical practice Jacob played basketball with Camp of Champs.  There are no pictures to prove it, but rumor has it that he broke a 20 year camp record for shots.  That deserves a Woot! Woot!  Made his daddy proud!

Speaking of Bill … we did celebrate Fathers Day over the weekend too.  We went to church and watched as Brittany and Caroline and seven busloads of students took off for a week at Camp Tallowood.  Then Bill spent the afternoon watching the US Open while listening to Jacob BEG to take Bill bowling.  BEG!

So, at 8:30 last night we went to the bowling alley.  And 50% of his kids celebrated Bill like crazy!

It will be quiet(er) here this week with two kids gone.  We have one last swim meet, a few parties to attend and some kitchen boxes to unpack!

The Friday pick up of our campers will be here before I know it!

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What Tom Hanks and Bill Baerg have in common …

What Tom Hanks and Bill Baerg have in common …

They both made fire!
 
After waiting (what feels like forever!), we now have appliances in our kitchen!
For realz.
 
And for the first time in my life I have a gas stove.
 
There is NO WAY to describe for you how funny our first experience on this stove was … but trust me, it was funny.  My sister was on the phone with me for part of it and she said if we were video taping it we would have won money on “America’s Funniest Home Videos”.  
 
I knew the stove was installed but they told me the electricity to the appliances didn’t work yet.  So I told Bill I was going to go see if a neighbor could boil noodles for us so we could have spaghetti for dinner.
 
Then he mentioned that you didn’t need electricity to use a gas stove.
And I may or may not have said something like … “well how do you turn it on?”.
 
Then I said “duh” and we lit a match and threw it on the stove. 

It exploded and we screamed like fools. 

Then I stated yelling that Bill Baerg made fire.  And it was something like this at our house …

 

 

It worked perfectly and we high fived like crazy because WE. HAD. MADE. FIRE.
 
After months of microwaved food, sandwiches and take out … this fire was a thing of beauty.
The only problem was that I didn’t know where our pots and pans were in the garage.  So I called my neighbor and said I could boil my own noodles but needed to borrow her pot.
 
And I know for sure … a watched pot eventually does boil.  
 And Ragu has never tasted better than it did than it did on this night.  I’m pretty sure my sister thinks it is a crime against foodies everywhere that I would use Ragu on such a pretty stove but Ragu is how I roll. 
There you have it … our first meal.  A triumph indeed!
  

Oh, and see that box in the picture?  That is the dishwasher.  And once it is installed I’m going to yell … “I. HAVE. MADE. CLEAN. DISHES!”.  You just wait.

Paper goods and plastic forks will be but a memory!

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Too hot to blog!

Too hot to blog!

It’s only the beginning of June and so far Houston has set five heat records (of all time!) for this month.  You know what that means, right?

It means it is too hot to blog.

Not really … but it does mean we’ve been trying to keep cool.

Summer started with the traditional “Boogie Down Brittmore”.  That is where we all stand on the side of Brittmore Drive and throw balloons at the graduating 5th graders from our school.  And while everyone else was throwing balloons I tried to determine how it could be possible that next year my sweet Savvy Sue (Savannah) is going to be among the graduates.  Someone tell me how this happened?!?  It almost feels like there are entire years I don’t remember.  But the kids enjoyed it:





We even saved a balloon or two for when we got home!



There have been lots of trips to the pool …  some for fun ….


And some for swim team practices.  Our first meet was last night.




Each morning after practice Jacob hangs out on the sand volleyball court while his sisters swim:

I watch and pinch myself because it feels like I’ve moved to Mayberry.

We’ve also had a “schools out” sleepover:


And one day this crew showed up on my doorstep.  Before I knew it there were five little boys playing foosball (a neighbor gave it to us!).  They were loud.  VERY loud.  Much louder than a sleepover of girls.  Trust me.


LOTS has happened with our house too.  It is suddenly going very quickly.  See how there is no mantle above the fireplace?  Well, as of today, there is!  🙂

Exciting, huh?  The counter tops are due to arrive tomorrow and the floors next week and then there will be lots of pics.  And lots of rejoicing and the singing of “It is Finished” and “Hallelujah”, etc.

Again, trust me.

So far I’ve loved everything about summer.

Especially these chairs.  I’m still in love with these chairs.

They are especially nice for sitting in while we eat our Dreyer’s fruit popsicles every day.

We have to have something to keep us cool!  

Last time … trust me.

Signed,

Hot in Houston

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