So, I realized something startling tonight. In my 31 years of life, I have spent 15 of them in Utah, 8 of them in Las Vegas, and 8 1/2 of them in Texas. And I realized tonight that I have become a Texan. This is sobering in many ways. I’ve always enjoyed living here, but I really love it now. For those of you who have never been to Texas, and don’t know a Texan, let me explain something. Texans are EXTREMELY proud of their state, and everything that entails. Let me tell you some of the things that I have learned while living here:1. Texans live and breathe by their sports. We have the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Houston Rockets. Can you name one other state that has that many high profile teams? Do you like college sports? We’ve got UT to cover that one. Of course, we do have the Texas Rangers, but we don’t talk about them much . . .2. Texans are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. You haven’t lived until a guy in a cowboy hat calls you ma’am.3. Don’t EVER tell a Texan that Alaska is bigger. Because in their opinion, Alaska doesn’t count because it doesn’t even touch the United States.4. If you serve a mission in Texas, it is not wise to infer in any way that Utah is better than Texas. You might get yelled at. In fact, I wouldn’t suggest even hinting that you like somewhere better than Texas. Us Texans don’t take too politely to foreigners who vocally state they prefer to be somewhere else. Just keep it to yourself. :-)5. While we don’t have mountains (one of my few complaints about Texas), there is more than enough stuff to make up for it. From the beaches down south, to Sea World, to rodeos, there is always something you can do, or somewhere you can go.6. Y’all really is a word, and people really do say it.7. Not all Texans speak in a drawl or twang. In fact, most of them don’t drive trucks with longhorns on them or have cowboy hats. Texans are actually pretty normal people, other than their obsession with their state.8. How many of you other states were your own country at one time? Yeah, I didn’t think so.9. Remember the Alamo. Does the Alamo have a basement? If you lived here, you would know. (Or you could just rent Pee Wee’s Big Adventure . . . “The stars at night, are big and bright [clap clap clap clap] DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS!” Come on, you know you saw that movie when you were a kid!)So, that is my list. I am now one of these people. I am fiercely defensive of my state, and I think it’s the best place in the world to live. So, whatever y’all do, don’t mess with Texas!
We are officially home from our 2nd annual Spring Break campout. My eyes are burning, my skin hurts when I go outside, my muscles are tired from all the hiking and after sleeping on the ground, my back hurts if I sit still for too long. I still have about 400 loads of laundry to do, and all I want is a nap. My kids are cranky because they’ve eaten an entire years worth of sugar in the last 48 hours, and they haven’t slept well. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything! We had an absolute blast. It was amazing to watch the kids get dirty (REALLY dirty) and play and hike and be kids. Here are some of the highlights in a handy, wallet-sized slide show. Okay, maybe I was kidding about the wallet-sized part! Enjoy!The Great Gee Campout
My life is crazy. I admit it freely. I run from 6:45 in the morning to midnight. I very rarely sit down and do something restful. It has gotten worse the last several weeks. Between working out every morning, running errands, housework, picking up kids from school, homework, dinner, baseball practices and art classes, I am just a little busy. Today, however, I had to get my air conditioning fixed in my car. I live in Texas, and last week it snowed, so this week I’ll need my air conditioning. (Seriously, on Friday it’s going to be 85 degrees!) But, that meant that I couldn’t go anywhere. Most people would find that annoying. Not me. I got to stay home and catch up on all the things I’ve been neglecting. Kelsey took a 3 hour nap. Then, my friend Suzanne called and wanted to take Adam to the park to play with her daughter. Can I even tell you how heavenly that was? I didn’t do anything exciting. I worked on the Easter party for Robbie’s class. But do you know how nice it was to do that without Adam asking for a snack every three seconds? Thank you Suzanne, for the break! And then, I didn’t even have to wait in car lines for 1 1/2 hours to pick up my other kids. Even better. Thank you to Maria for picking up my kids! So, I’ve had a day of peace, my house is cleaner, I had time to catch up, my car blows cold air again, and I’m not stressed out about Robbie’s class party. What did this cost? It cost a mere $770. Somehow, I think it might have been worth it. 🙂
Yesterday, because of the snow, Jon got to come home early from work. And then, he cancelled the visits he was supposed to go on. So we had an entire night together as a family, which is unheard of. The kids were SO excited! They all bundled up, and went outside to make a snowman. I have to admit, their snowman is much better than what I would have made.
And then, this morning, I was doing Kelsey’s hair and wondered “Does she have enough hair for pigtails?” Yep, she does. So cute!
I was at the gym yesterday morning, and was watching the news. One of the guys started talking about the chance for winter weather. I assumed he was talking about Chicago or Detroit or somewhere where they actually get snow. Then I realized it was our local guy. Wait a minute . . . we had snow on Monday. There is no way it’s going to snow again. This is Texas. But, if there is one thing I’ve learned about Texas, it’s that it likes to keep you on your toes. So, in March, when it should be spring, we are in the middle of a blizzard. The kids ventured out for about 15 minutes, and we got a few pictures. I’m sure there will be more!
That’s right, it’s buy one get 3 free on the Gee family blog. Instead of a blog about one thing, you get one blog about 4 things! I think that’s a pretty good deal myself. Here goes . . .1. Sunday, Jon and I were lamenting the fact that it hasn’t snowed or iced or really done anything this winter. So what happens? IT SNOWS! It didn’t last very long, and it was mostly melted by this morning, but it still counts.
2. Mom, I did my civic duty (as did Randi and Jon) and went and voted. It was kind of interesting because I voted at the fire station across from our church building. Since there is no parking at the fire station, everyone parks at the church. And since that is outside of the distance markers, there were several people there campaigning. I saw one lady with a Hillary Clinton sign, two ladies camped out in chairs with Obama signs, and several people for local elections. Now that the primaries are over here, hopefully the phone calls will stop!
3. Last week we went to the zoo. We love the zoo. Nothing terrible exciting, but I took this adorable picture of Mary (my niece). Isn’t she cute? Here’s one of Adam, just for good measure.
4. It’s official. Today is Day 30. The kids asked all 30 days. We are getting a pet. Now we just have to figure out what that is . . .
When Robbie turned 2, we thought the perfect present for his birthday would be a dog. After all, what kid doesn’t love dogs? So, we adopted a little puppy we named Snickers. Snickers lived with us for one week. She was way more work than either of my kids. I was up all night with her whining, she wasn’t potty trained, and the one time I walked out in the middle of the night to get her and stepped in, well something gross, is forever ingrained in my memory. After that experience, Jon and I decided that we didn’t really want a pet. Any time anyone brings it up, we joke that we already have 4 pets.Of course, as time has gone on, the kids have gotten older, and now desperately want a pet. So, Jon and I came up with this brilliant plan. We told the kids that if they REALLY wanted a pet, they had to ask for 30 days in a row so that we knew they were responsible enough to take care of it. That wasn’t the real reason. The real reason we wanted them to ask for 30 days in a row was that they would never remember to do it. At least, that’s what we thought. We’ve had a couple of times where they asked 5 or 6 times, then forgot about it. But, today was day 27 of their latest effort. They not only never forget, but they ask several times a day.So, we’re getting a pet. I’m still trying to convince the kids that fish are great pets. But I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Frankly, we don’t have a great track record with fish. We killed one of Randi & CJ’s that we were watching while they were on vacation. How hard is it to take care of a fish? Emily really wants a gerbil. Robbie and Adam (at the moment) want a dog. At least Adam doesn’t want a monkey anymore. I’ll settle for something that doesn’t stink and doesn’t shed all over. Any brilliant suggestions? We have absolutely no idea, other than we’re not getting a cat. (Robbie’s allergic, and we have friends who can’t come over if we get one.) Better yet, anyone have any ideas on how to talk 3 kids out of getting a pet?!?