Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Fair Time

Like every October, the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo came to town. And like every time the fair comes to town, the kids are dying to go. Lucky for us, Mamaw & Papa volunteered to take the kids one Sunday afternoon.

Thanks Mamaw & Papa for another great year at the fair!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Haunted Catfish???

A few weekends ago we traveled north to Waxahachie to play in a baseball tournament. Since we didn't play our first game until Saturday afternoon, most of the team decided to spend the night in Waxahachie. One of the other families on the team discovered a "haunted" restaurant called the Catfish Plantation. The kids were pumped up, and maybe a little nervous, about visiting this haunted restaurant, but were none-the-less determined to see some ghosts!

The Ghosts of the Catfish Plantation-Cooper, Mason, & Maddie

Cason in the Catfish Plantation graveyard

McCray & Jackson, more ghosts on the plantation

Maddie, Jackson, Cason, & Callan kneeling beside the headstone of one of the people who actually lived on the Catfish Plantation and who is said to haunt the plantation today.

Because of the size of our party, we could not sit inside the house, but we were assured that the ghosts have made appearances on the porch. Callan, Cason, Luke, Braden, McCray, & Jackson pose for a picture while waiting on the ghosts.

The kids were getting very impatient with the ghosts, or the lack of I should say. So, Damon, one of the dads, snuck into the bushes behind the table where the boys were sitting. We kept their attention facing forward while Damon shook the bushes behind them. Once the kids noticed the bushes moving, they were sure the ghosts had made their debut.

And Cason wasn't waiting around to find out which ghost they were going to meet! They soon realized it was only Damon and then they were back to being annoyed with ghosts.
A sweet lady from New York, who had a table inside the house, came out to smoke a cigarette & started chatting with the kids. She told them everything she knew about the ghosts that haunted Catfish Plantation, and then invited the kids to go inside the house to her table to see if the ghosts would come out to play. She was one brave lady to take 9 kids on a ghost hunt! Again, they came back disappointed, and continued to be disappointed throughout the entire meal! These kiddos were positive they were going to see ghosts.
While we didn't see any ghosts and the haunted restaurant seemed like just another restaurant, the memories we made were awesome, and the food wasn't too shabby either!

Put Your Guns Up

If you told me that I would ever say "put your guns up," I would tell you that you were crazy! I am very indifferent about Texas Tech; I don't root for or against the Red Raiders, unless they are playing Baylor or the Ags. However, we have some friends, Larry, Stacy, & Levi Hobbs, who have their "guns up" every day of the year. These sweet friends invited Jackson to fly with them to Lubbock to watch Texas Tech play football. Larry's dad has his pilot's license & owns a 10-passenger plane, so he flew everyone to Lubbock and back. Jackson was so excited to a) get to fly in an airplane, b) go to Texas Tech football game, & c) get to spend time with his good friend, Levi. I was a little nervous about Jackson going because he had never flown before, but he was fine and a good time was had by all! He came home with a Red Raider jersey, a new Texas Tech t-shirt, and his guns still up. Jackson now has another college to add to his collection. When someone asks who we root for, we just say we are a family of many colleges:)
Levi & Jackson boarding the plane for the flight to Lubbock
Jackson waiting to take off

Jackson experiencing his first landing. I think his face says it all!
On the flight home, he got to sit in the cockpit with Mr. Hobbs. He even got to be in the cockpit when the plane landed. Jackson decided that flying is a much better way to travel! Thanks to the Hobbs for the trip of a lifetime for our little man!!!!