Monday, March 26, 2012

lookin' up

There's something about photographs with your kid's eyes staring straight at you--yep, definitely a special something.
hay algo muy especial cuando los ojos de tu bebe te miran directamente a traves de la camera...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wee-ball

He wasn't all smiles when we had to wake him up at 7 to be there at 8 for opening ceremonies...
but he managed to actually smile for my camera--I was so happy!
 His shirt was 2 sizes to big. We had the wrong color pants and it was blazing hot,
and he fell in love with the helmet. 
 His first turn to bat. He's pretty good at it, too! 
He just doesn't remember to run to first and needs some guidance from Coach. 
 FIRST BASE! yay!
 And since Daddy picked #44 for his shirt, and his last name is Witty, he gets to bat last. 
He doesn't mind though, he had such a blast! 
 Weeball kids have to have their parents stand with them in the field, the kids need lots of rounding up...
 Me and JoJo hung out in the dugout. He's a cool little man.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Firsts

For his 18 month dentist check-up, we went to Kool Smiles. They are kid friendly and had this amazing video game on the wall to keep the boys occupied while we waited. 
This was Jo's first check-up, and let me tell you what a waste of time it was.
Paperwork: 20 minutes for both boys
Dentist time: 5 minutes for both boys
Worth it? NO WAY. 
All they did was brush their teeth, look around and tell me "no cavities"
Thanks, but no thanks dentist, I think I know how to brush & floss my kids' teeth. 

We went to the library afterwards to play with puzzles and Jump Start. Jonah still has trouble with puzzles.
SO, Gary and I have been discussing whether or not to chop off Jo's hair. 
Well, here's the end result:
First haircut. EVER.
I like it better this way. He looks like a toddler. No longer a baby.
Good. I'm tired of babies. I like a man who can help himself. 
His hair was so long you could pull it back. It was time to cut it off. 
I love his new look. He looks like a punk. 
One who would punch you in the face when your guard's down---Oh wait, he already does that.  
 We  busted out some glitter pens, buttons and paint brushes the other day. Jonah really hasn't held a paintbrush or know what glitter is. All he knew was that it was fun and that his fingers sparkled afterwards.
 Jonah is so good at it he even painted over Andrew's artwork....
At brother's weeball game, all smiles and cool 'hawk.
 (Andrew's pictures coming soon!)
 
The chubster and Jonah. 
wait....
:P

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jonah the Barbarian

This  boy loves water. Drinking it, playing in it, spraying with it, spilling it--you name it, he likes the water.
 It's wasn't even Spring yet and they were getting soaked outside. Ever since Gary started making homemade paper, the boys have taken advantage that the hose is turned on.
As a result, our youngest son has become...the WATER MONSTER!
 Spraying everything and everyone in his path and giggling like an evil viking!
 And when you tell him NO, YOU CAN'T GO OUTSIDE, this is the face you get:
Yep, he's a barbarian/monster/viking....

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Oh ye Dublin

Saint Patrick's Day! I remember a day when there were no kids involved, just a great day of chugging beer and enjoying music and getting burned by the scalding sun. 
Now, it's full of tweens and total chaos and beauty and nerves and gas mileage and kids and arguments and family...
My little sister was the main even this weekend, she was competing in our hometown's Jr. Miss Dublin.
She's only 12, but from the pictures and her gown, you'd guess otherwise.
All I can say is that I'm proud of her for her efforts to do what she set out to do. She was committed and humble and I couldn't have been more proud of her. 
Dawna endured about 5 hours of beauty torture and took it like a trooper.
Secretly, I think she enjoyed every minute of it! 
With proud parents. Although she didn't win the title, she received a sash for Most Ticket Sales---over 500!!! And the roses were from our sister, Caren. They were absolutely beautiful!
Somewhere in there, Moomie found time to get Andrew to help with cookie baking.
The next day, we headed early to the parade downtown and Dublin's St. Patty events...
And I was there too! Seee? Always with my best friend, my Nikon.
The weather almost ruined our good time--it was so overcast and windy!!!
We found a playful 9 month old Mastif...so friendly!
Our beauty queen was soon arriving in the Chamber of Commerce float. It drove by with Dawna "spreadin' the butter"....waving back and forth.
She was in sheer heaven!
Kisses from the nephew!

Watching this green truck was so bitter-sweet this weekend...it's been in Dublin for as long as I can remember. And no, they weren't handing out free Dr. Pepper's--just shirts :)
Although Dublin is still trying to keep its head above water (more on this at the end of the post), this parade was the largest it has ever been. 
I remember waking up my siblings that morning and saying, "wake up or you'll miss the parade, it's never more than 30 minutes long"...
HA! This year I felt it would never end. Everyone was up to their eyeballs in GREEN.
Even the Cowboy Capital Roller Derby Girls were celebratin'!!!
And leprechauns and their queens roamed the streets...
Rancheros attended the parade too. 
They took about 1 mile of parade, you just can't exclude the Mexicans in Dublin--they're EVERYWHERE!
Once it finally ended, people started making their way around town and the park. 
We headed to Doc's Shop and it was FULL of PEOPLE from all over the place...
In previous years, they would give you free Dr. Pepper, but not this year!
And of course, we had to enjoy a delicious cola float while the others enjoyed their Dr. Pepper one.
(Disclaimer:  I am not a Dr. Pepper addict, I prefer my Coke).
Melody work[ed] at the shop and served us! She made her tutu too! 
Sugar high sweetness!

Then we headed to the City Park where the carnies were and had to ride some rides...
His first big-boy ride with Gary. He did SO good, but mentioned at the end, "ugh, my tummy hurts." 
Luckily, no vomit was spewed.
Dublin is so Irish, it even has clover grass!
For the first time, there was a Dog Show and we just had to enter the poodle, Scrappy.
And matching hats to make the judges "oooh" and "ahhh" 
 There was Tinker Bell who rolled in on her own Hummer and blinged the event off! Poor dog...
 And the Highland Games where all these Irish/Scottish events take place there at the park also.
This year it was better organized and had a lot more competitors.
And finally, we had to go home...we were so exhausted!
 
And the next day, I found this in our Abilene paper! It's so awesome to see the article and with our family friend, Melody, on it too! 
 
Now, if you know Dr. Pepper, then you probably know about Dublin. Many people only know of Dublin because of the famously addicting soda. They bottled Dr. Pepper in its original recipe for about 120 years and the unfortunate outcome of the oldest Dr. Pepper bottling plant made headline news earlier this year. The shop still sells Dr. Pepper, they just had to change their signage and stop bottling the original recipe. They even bottle their own stuff now! But they're still making do with a Dr. Pepper Museum and still going strong with tours of the facilities. But news came to me recently with plans for a new "loop" completely bypassing Dublin, and that's when I realized that our tiny little town is in peril!!!
All I know is that Dr. Pepper is what Dublin is famous for. 
That's what you do when you come to Dublin; you drink pure cane sugar Dr. Pepper. 
You go to the museum. You buy stuff. You learn its history.
After what happened earlier this year, there's been a gloom over the entire town. This parade, in a way, lifted people's spirits. It was full, it was happy, it was the best it's ever been.

Seriously, Dublin has been my home for more than half my life. And although there's nothing there for me, it will always be home away from my real home in Durango.
I remember always wanting to get the hell outta that place, it's so small and I'm such a city girl. It drove me nuts. But there's that feeling that you know the townspeople are so proud of this place and still want to keep it going and keep it going strong--it's all they have and all they've ever known.
So I really want to encourage you to visit my friends' project on Kickstart to see what a beautiful place Dublin is and how important it is to support its cause. It also supports local and small businesses that are owned by close friends and are crucial to the growth of Dublin.

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