Thursday, July 31, 2008


And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.We are the clay, and you are the potter.We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8

Last night Kaden had his first experience with Play dough. He wasn't really sure what to do with it at first.

He quickly figured out that it was fun to break it into tiny pieces.

He even created a representation of the Rocky Mountians. It was just a little too far East!

He also really enjoyed putting it in the container and then dumping it back out.
Though he greatly enjoyed the "Blue!" dough.....
Two colors are better than one!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mouse! Happy Birthday Sadie!

Today Kaden went to his very first Chuck E. Cheese Birthday Party!

Birthday Girl! 3 yrs old!
Sadie and I go way back. Her Mommy kept me when I was a baby!

Mommy almost missed it but due to Daddy leaving his wallet in my car, I got to take a long lunch and join them for all of the fun!

You might rememberour first experience was in a San Antonio CEC...not so good! The one by Grapevine Mills was awesome! Lots for little ones to do!

A few rides before the food came!
Not his favorite, he couldn't really reach the peddles and it was kind of scary!

Ride around the clock! When Mommy was little they had a ride kind of like this that she loved too!

Driving is serious business!

Yes, K was having as much fun as it seems! He rode this neigh about 5 times! He
spotted it the moment we went in! He was shouting Hee Haw! (K's version of Yee-haw)

Pizza time! I was busy keeping my eye on that big animatronic Mouse. I warmed up to him eventually!
See when the Big Guy himself came out, I even allowed a picture with him!

Is there something on my face? Yum Chok Cake!

More Fun Games and Rides!

This was a virtual kid roller coaster...K hated it! Sorry Daddy! Maybe when I am older...
I ride Bob!

Basketball! Daddy & I both need more practice!

Skee Ball! Harder than it looks! We only threw 2 balls in the other alley!

I climbed way up here

and finally got down!

Thanks for the Awesome Party Sadie!
Oh, and for my new rockstar "Eyes!"

Mommy, Me & Mickey D's!

Last night we were giving Daddy some time to work on his website...more on that later!

So Kaden and I went to Target to do some shopping and then to McD's to play!

This was a nice one with lots of things to climb and slide down. Kaden had a great time! Mommy bought a drink for $1.40 and got an hour and a half of air conditioned fun!


Climbing takes concentration!

The toddler tree....He liked it ok but preferred the big kid stuff

Caught in Mid step!

You can't really tell but I am very high up!

McKinney Fun!

Last Saturday we had a lot of fun visiting our friends in McKinney. Every year the Collins Family invites us to their company picnic, and even though I wasn't suppose to soak my toe for 10 days, we went anyway.

Here we are at the "Cary" (Caroline) and "Ott's" (Scott's) House

Kaden & Hannah had a grand time climbing the stairs!

A few pictures from the water park! Sorry it was getting dark before I dried off and grabbed the camera!

Sissy & Kaden
Daddy & Kaden
Thanks Sunbelt Pools! We had a great time! We will also enjoy our new towels!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Adventures with Daddy

Today Jon took Kaden to story time at Barnes and Noble. What a great Daddy!

The fun didn't stop there. On the way to Let's Jump..our new favorite place... they stopped at QT to get a Gatorade and saw this!

An airplane car!
Doesn't get any better than that!
*Impressive photo taken on a camera phone with ultra slow shutter speed!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

OOPS! Shocking story!

I learned an important lesson this morning. It was based upon being tired, trying to multi task and not thoroughly thinking through my great time saving tasks.

My alarm goes off at 6:15 and I quickly convince myself that I can sleep until 6:30. I was eating breakfast at work and I was taking leftovers for lunch so no extra prep time was needed.

10 minutes later I realize that I need to soak my foot for 15 minutes before going to work. Begrudgingly I get out of bed and head to the shower. I quickly bath and in the midst of rinsing off my Oil of Olay supreme creamy body wash it comes to me. I will simply bring my soaking pan into the bathroom and soak while doing my hair and makeup.

Some times I am so efficient I scare myself!

I get out, get pants yet, didn't want to drag them in the water.
I carefully measure my Epson salt and dilute with warm water.
I position it in front of my sink and begin doing my makeup. My toe enjoying the nice warm soak.
Though not as relaxing as sitting and soaking, it is effective none the less.

I finish my makeup and start to move on to my hair. As I am plugging in my hair dryer it occurs to me that I am standing in a tub of water.... and oh, yeah, I am holding a blow dryer.

Suddenly I see a problem....Images of warning tags fly through my head.. luckily before I turn on the blow dryer.

My soak was cut short but at least I didn't get a new hairdo.

Moral of the story: Never soak and dry!and Save your life not time!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just Another Manic Monday

Some of you know I am a bit accident prone....but yesterday was ridiculous! The day started out normally. I slept in instead of fighting my way through a bunch of junk to get to the treadmill. I put on my new shoes and headed off to work.

These shoes are very exciting because I have literally been searching for months for new brown shoes. All you size 6-8 shoe wearers don't understand but to find something in my size that minimizes the size of these clod hoppers is much harder than it seems. I know there are many other large feet women out there. So why is it that they only seem to get 1 or 2 pairs of size 10 shoes in each style? They must always be the first ones bought because they are NEVER found on the clearance rack. Exept for the nine inch heels that could double as an ice pick. Why do designers not realize that people wearing a size ten probably need little to no heel! The second problem is that I refuse to pay a lot for shoes. I just can't do it.

Anyway the shoes were great except it seemed that they were bothering my toe. More on that later.
Well so for lunch. I had planned on eating left over brisket taco but Frank, my lunch buddy at work, didn’t bring anything and swore this was the only day this week that he needed to go out. He convinced me to go to Peter Piper Pizza because they supposedly had a $5 buffet.

On the way to the car, I tell Frank that I will drive because my car was only 1 flight down and his was 3 flights up. As I was saying that I had new shoes that weren't quite broken into stair climbing yet, my heel gets caught in my pants cuff and I nearly fall down the stairs scraping my elbow in the process.

Luckily between the tender flesh on my forearm and Frank grabbing my arm from behind I managed to avoid a broken bone.

Yet another installment in the random injury journal!

Then we finally get to PPP they are closed.

We spot a Pizza Hut and assume that they still have a buffet. Trying to get there I accidentally pull into the Whataburger drive thru and have no other way out other than waiting for the 3 cars in front of me or backing up. Something you may know I do so well. Not so much. Thanks to franks guidance I manage to back out o fthe curvign drive thru. We finally make it to Pizza Hut and No dice. We would have to wait 30 minutes to get a pizza and we had already used a majority of our time driving around. In the distance we spot a Cici's. so that's where we went. Not great but cheap and open!

Fast forward to 7:30 PM.

I had just returned from dinner with my world traveler sister-in-law who had just returned from Africa the previous day.

Meg and I settled in to watch Project Runway form last week and I decide to cut my toe nails. Hopeing it might help relieve some of the pain I have been noticing in my right middle toe. As I start to cut I realize that I have an ingrown toe nail. fabulous right. I hope my digging and clipping will help.

Fast forward to 8:30 PM
I get on the treadmill for the first time in a while...too long. With every step the pain in my toe is worse. Upon close inspection I realize that it is red and swollen around the edge. Sign of infection..not good. I remember that Carenow.. Lord Bless them... is open until 10. I quickly sign in on-line hoping to nip the problem in the bud. I know these things can go wrong fast. 5 minutes later I am on my way. Surely there won't be anyone there. Wrong. There were about 6 people in the waiting room and one guy in Triage who had cut a tendon in his thumb
Awww memories! ** Warning following photo not for the weak stomach**
ok ok I took it down. It was grossing me out too!

Angie's thumb vs a vegetable slicer circa November 2005. Sorry...just scroll quickly!

Anyway after a quick history, I get some shots in my toe and the nice lady cuts "a wedge" out of the side of my toe nail. I didn't watch, couldn't feel it but knew it wasn't going to feel nice. I was sure I would be at work today but took the doctor's note from the nice lady anyway.

I got wrapped up and drove home. Calling Jon and Meg to tell them about my excitement.....

Fast forward to 1:15 AM

The shots and pain meds that I took 2 hours previously.... have worn off. Throbbing pain is radiating from my toe to my nose. I manage to hobble to the kitchen, I get some (3)Tylenol and get back in bed. After arranging my 5 pillows in several fashions attempting to get comfortable The meds finally kick in..... an hour later.

My alarm goes off and in walking to the bathroom I realize there is no way I can walk the 2 blocks from my parking garage to my building...never mind ascending the stairs every time I needed to use the restroom.. You all know that is a lot of times.

I email my work, take more Tylenol, arrange my pillow mountain and go back to sleep.
It was definetly a Monday!
The good news is... my new shoes weren't the culprit. Thank goodness because having to continue my hunt would have really hurt!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lots of new posts!

I have been behind but have finally caught up! Keep scrolling to enjoy all the fun!

Sorry they are out of order!

Jumping with Zach!

We are the Rhodes' Family and We love to Jump! Last week we took Zach, prior to baby Chris' arrival to jump with us.

He did pretty good but I wouldn't say it was his favorite place! Dont' worry we will keep trying!

Ready to jump!

Still smilin! Right before ascending the slide!

Cute boys!

Zach sliding with Jon! Again excuse the eyes!

All good Jumping sessiosn end with a snowcone!

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Happy birthday PPAW!

PPaw, the birthday boy!

Last Saturday PPaw turned 64! He and Bubba came up to visit and to celebrate! We did some shopping, some swimming and some eating!

Kaden waiting patiently for cake!

Blowing out the candles. Yum Fudgie the Whale! I highly recommend!

PPaw, Sissy, Bubba, Me and Kaden!

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Welcome Baby Christopher!

Last Friday Kaden's buddy Zach finally became a big brother!

Christopher James Richards
8 obs. 13 oz, 20 inches long!

Don't know why my face is so washed out. This girl needs some tan!

Sweet snoozin' boy. We have been told that he has quite a set of pipes!

Jon and Chris!

Kaden and Zach were more interested in the cars but they will soon be excited to welcome Christopher into their circle of friends!
Congratulations Richards' Family!
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