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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Only in Texas

This past weekend at the Rodeo our Little Man decided it was time...

For years now Vim has been telling me that he was going to put Little Man in a Mutton Bustin'
competition. Up until Vim's home town rodeo I had never seen or heard of Mutton Bustin'. I didn't even know what a Mutton was! Well folks, let me tell ya...the first time I saw it, I thought it was a joke! I thought this can't be real, it just seems so cruel and redneck! But it is true and the Houston Livestock show and Rodeo has real life competitions. And my son said he wanted to do it.

For those of you like me, who are slightly clueless on what 'Mutton Bustin' is, let me explain. The rules: kids 6yrs and under, under 60lbs, and you have to hold on to the sheep 6 seconds to even get a score. It is kind of like bull riding for the young'ins. Never once did Little Man give it a second thought. Never nervous, never scared. MAN, to be young and fearless again! He held on like a champ and made his Mama proud! He didn't make the 6 seconds but came close. Once he fell off, he jumped up, brushed the dirt of, and ran out of the arena! Needless to say, he is ready to do it again. I think Vim is ready to buy a sheep and start training on the weekends. Until we get a sheep, Fletcher (our dog) will have to do (jk).

Here is a video my brother-in-law was able to take. (Yes that is me screaming in the background and my sisters and mom).

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's that time again...

As many of you know, Vim and I have been participating in the MS150 Bike Tour from Houston to Austin over the last few years. This year will mark Vim's 4th ride and my 2nd ride. The 180 mile bike tour will take place in a few short weeks on the weekend of April 12-13. All proceeds benefit the National MS Society's research and chapter programs. It is amazing to me how Multiple Sclerosis has personally affected the lives of so many individuals. MS affects more that 400,000 people in the US. The disease causes people to stop moving by interrupting information flow from the brain to the body. Honestly, I can't imagine what it would be like to not be able to move or to become blind.

We would both appreciate any donations, no matter the size, that you are able to give at this time. If you are unable to give financially, please do not feel obligated, but I do ask that you keep other riders, Vim and I in your prayers while we make the trek, and especially those with MS.

For more information on MS: National MS Society

To donate to Vim: Vim

To donate to Sarah: Sarah

Thank you!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My baby sister...

Yes, my baby sister is all grown up! She graduates from HS this May and will head off to Texas A&M (whoop!). Here are some of her senior pictures. She had them done by Pink Posh, the same photographer who did Shannon and Landon's wedding and our wedding.

P.S. Sammy, you are beautiful!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Just in case you haven't heard of this movie, check it out.
There's a trailer for the movie that you can watch on the website. It has Ben Stein in it. Looks great and hopefully will open up some discussion and get people to make a decision based on the evidence. We are not movie people but I think we will make a point of seeing this one.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I Voted Today!

Last night, as a good American citizen and an even better Texan, Little Man and I headed off to the Polls. As I wandered into the elementary cafeteria, I had flash backs of my Mom voting at my elementary in the little blue voting booths, with the punch cards and I realized I was old enough to be THEM. Last time I voted was in the student center at Texas A&M...I was a student then, a young fresh college student. Now, somehow, in just a few short years, I have made it to suburban-ite Texas, where mini-vans are flourishing, and I realized that I was just another 'soccer mom' standing in line to vote. My My, how the tables have turned....

ANYWAY, little man was standing next to me...

LITTLE MAN: Mom, are you going to vote?
ME: Yes
LITTLE MAN: Can I vote?
ME: Nope, you have to be 18 years old to vote. But one day you can vote.
LITTLE MAN: Can you vote for anyone?
ME: Yeah, you can vote for anyone.
LITTLE MAN: Well, I think we should vote for Shannon and Landon then.
ME: Shannon and Landon? (this is my sister and brother-in-law)
LITTLE MAN: Yup, I think that would be nice of us to vote for them.
ME: You are right, I think that would be very nice of us to vote for them.

SO we voted, and little man rode home with a sticker on the front of his bike helmet that read 'I VOTED TODAY!'