Monday, June 29, 2009

Judy's Book

Who wouldn't want a book of local secrets?

Judy's book has over a million nation-wide write-ups, reviews and ratings on local businesses to help you make informed decisions.

For someone who lives and dies by reviews, I just found heaven-on-a-stick.

And probably just put my other blog out of business.

Good times.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy Hour

Weston is a lover of the Sonic Powerade Slush.

We all actually have a love affair with the ice at Sonic, but truthfully, who doesn't? Truly, I think we'd participate in Sonic Happy Hour more if we weren't submerging ourselves in a bathtub full of ice cubes at the moment.

No worries. One of us did not succumb to the Urband Legend regarding losing a is just so dern hot in Houston right now that no one dares open any doors for fear of even a smidge of cold air escaping the house.

When it was time to pick out birthday gifts for Mr. Weston, I went in search of our very own Slushie Maker. Ah, the possibilities! We could make slushies out of whatever we wanted.

So today, almost a month after his birthday, Fun Laurie showed up and she busted the Slushie Express out of the box and made homemade slushies.

The boys were elated! Weston chose to make his out of Dr. Pepper and JT went safe with Ginger Ale.


I wanted to be more creative and try some fun fruit juice, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Not my day to pick slushie flavors.

I wish you could see them sitting on the back porch, looking like two old men at Dairy Queen swapping stories and tellin' lies.

Then, of course, they began blowing slushie at each other through their straws.

In an effort to fulfill our educational requirement for the day, I proceeded to offer a lesson about evaporation.

Um, yeah, sure I did...

You NEED a Slushie Express. 28 positive reviews on and more economical than a Magic Bullet.

Just don't try to make queso in it, K?

2 smiling boys can't be wrong, right?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


9 minutes can seem like too long to sit and watch two silly guys talk about something we all think we know, but deep down have not chosen to really believe.

Can't find a quiet place, sans kids, to watch? Watch it together. The Skit Guys made this skit span over all ages.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Who knew it would be cooler in Mexico than in Houston?

Not me.

Must have been the Hurricane Ike-like winds. That will keep the temperature down for sure.

We had a wonderful time while our kids took Boston and New York by storm. I think Weston only got lost once....and he wasn't really lost. He was looking at the 'appetizers' or advertisements all around Time Square from the restaurant located at the top of their hotel.

Of course he was.

Some observations from our getaway down South:

1. Having a strapped wad of 100 1's in your purse will definitely earn a special security search of your luggage in a Mexican airport. Drat. Foiled again. Guess we'll have to try different disguises than our khaki-short-wearing-surburban-couple choice.

2. Man & woman can live on pico de gallo, guacamole and chips alone.

3. I am married to a man than finds it almost always necessary to skirt the rules, in some way, to achieve his need for adrenaline, daily. When told to drive the high-speed boat in a straight line, he zig-zags when tourguide/boat leader isn't watching. Rule-follower, sitting next to him, was SO not impressed.

4. Winds that rivaled Hurricane-Ike keep the bugs away, move storms away at rapid speed and make for amazing waves to ride, but squelch any dream of capturing the stereotypical couples beach picture.

Look at the color of that water! Would you believe those skies never dropped any rain?

5. Guests possessing 'liquid courage' provide for dandy entertainment around the pool.

6. High school Spanish comes right back to you when you watch Dr. 90210 and CSI Miami with subtitles.

7. The white-man's-overbite is still alive and well in the Mexican Riveria.

I can honestly say the beauty of Playa del Carmen was staggering. Many thanks to Annie H.and her sweet Mom for the wonderful recommendation! We would go back in a heartbeat.

And snaps to my man for offering a real smile to capture the needed couple picture of the trip.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Leaving on a jet plane with the hunky man I married
nearly 15 years ago back next week!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Needle in a Haystack

I wish I had something new and exciting to brighten your Thursday, but VBS 2009 has sucked all the major brain cells and ideas right out of my head. That and the excitement and preparations of a pending vacation from life as I know it. Vacay baby!

Now....if I could just get over the drug cartels my friend happen to mention in passing, I'd be golden. I'm already over swine that's progress.

Moving on....Let's talk Father's Day.

It's a week from Sunday, you know.

As mentioned in my 3rd ever blog post almost exactly 1 year ago, I have the Father's Day tradition of taking a picture of me and the boys each year for Tray's office. I love to see how the boys have changed. If you only knew the bribing that goes on.

I still need to take our pic...I guess I'm holding my breath and waiting for my face to clear-up. What is an almost-36-year-old gal doing with acne? For the love.

BUT, if that doesn't happen, Laurie at Tip Junkie has some pretty great ideas of the homemade variety. I have to say that the D-A-D pic is my next plan of action if I can't get the money shot very soon. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Face it people...nothing is new under the sun. Why re-invent the wheel?

Never checked out her site? You are missing a blessing! She posts a bazillion different ideas from lots of bloggers by category.

And on that subject..have you ever caught yourself hunting for a previous post on a blog and feeling like you are looking for a needle in a haystack? Are you aware there is a search function built into the blogs on Yessiree....just type in a keyword for what you are looking for in the box in the upper left-hand corner and hit 'search blog'.

It's saved me hours of searching when I was looking for this killer Italian Cream Cake recipe and this super amazing getaway I might want to visit some day.

I just added hours to your life. Now you can re-watch episodes of Lost in an effort to actually figure out what the heck that show is even about. I prefer NCIS....everything is solved, neat and tidy, in 60 minutes flat.

Don't judge.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Deal To Be Had on Furniture

Royce Home Builder is closing up shop and they are selling all their furniture and fixins from their model homes and sales offices.

Here is the scoop: They have five large storage units of furniture and accessories filled to the ceiling and they have leased 3600 sq ft of space next to a retail store in Katy called Model Home Furniture, 613 S. Mason Rd, Katy, Texas 77450. More furniture coming Tuesday the 9th, as well.

They are trying to price everything right so that folks will find something they can't live without.
The sale started Friday, June 5th but I'm thinking there is still lots more to be seen and found.

The hours are Monday-Thursday 10-7 and the address is 613 S. Mason Road. The store is located about a mile south of the intersection of IH-10 and S. Mason Road on the east side of the road, adjacent to Fuzzy's Pizza.

Fill up the gas tank and head to Katy! There is a Chik-fil-A on Mason can grab a peach shake for the ride home.

Yes, it's almost always about the food for me.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

9 months later

Heck NO, I'm not pregnant!

I'm talking about what kiddos look like when they exit school 9 months after they start.

Pardon the cheese for a moment while I show you a picture
from the first day of school...

And then yesterday, as they left for the last time
as the new kid in school and a 2nd grader

I feel like I need to check for facial hair....what in the world changes them so much to show such a change in 9 months?

Here's to making a ton of memories in the next 3 months
and not just listening with my ears, but my eyes as well.

We plan to be doings lots of this..

even if our 'Stros seem to be having one of those seasons

Now if I can just find a spanky new camera to capture all the fun. Our current digital is struggling and is just flat letting us down in crucial picture-taking-moments.

Any suggestions? So far, we have our eyes on a Canon. You know I'm a research and review-reader. Do you have a digital SLR that you love?

Happy Summer, Friends!

And remember.....Wherever you are, be ALL there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Free Root Beer Floats

Sonic is celebrating the last day of school by offering free 10 oz Root Beer Floats from 8pm until Midnight on Wednesday June 3rd, while supplies last.

Wish I could offer you a fun link to click on, but the Sonic site is currently so overwhelmed by interest in their bold offer of generosity, that the site is frozen.

Which leads me to my next point...

I don't do crowds. I've even been known to just go buy Ben & Jerry's at the grocery store on free scoop day, just avoid the crowds.

I have IBC and Bluebell in my freezer as we speak. Only time will tell if Fun Laurie will talk I-don't-like-mingling-with-the-crazies Laurie into going tomorrow night. That is precisely why I don't do the day-after-Thanksgiving sales. Crazy people.

Happy Summer!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Movie Mondays

Summer brings a slower pace but the Type A in me still needs a plan and a wee bit of structure. Somewhere in the Woodlands, a family member is laughing her head off and praying that Fun Laurie would once again make a spontaneous appearance. I'm sorry, I don't really know the meaning of that particular 's' word.

I'm thinking my firstborn feels the same as he asked me what exactly we are going to DO each day this summer.

Apparently I missed the memo that I'm Julie, Activities Director of the Love Boat, for the next 3 months.

So, here's a start.

How 'bout taking advantage of RedBox's generosity and making Monday movie night? What a fun excuse to get ALL members of the family in the same room (not holding or connected to any technological devices) or an opportunity to reconnect with your spouse after the kiddos are in bed. They have tons of movie choices and lots of locations. You can even reserve a movie online. Seriously?

Today's code for a free rental is FM63H7. Just select “Rent with Promo Code" and enter the code above. You can click here to sign up to receive the weekly code via text. The Monday codes are only good through Midnight Monday, central time.

Might even be an excuse not to cook. Who really likes to even cook on Mondays?