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January 10, 2011

I remember making ice cream soup on Babcia and Dzja Dzja floor… it was late 1980’s. Mom and Dad had made the trip to Dallas to cheer on their Fightin’ Aggies at the Cotton Bowl. Meg and I were bedecked in Aggie regalia and gladly slurping our Hershey laden soup. We would hoot and ‘Gig ’em’ when the TV roared an Aggie TD… Boo was a flicker away to join us in the not so distant future.

Little did we all know that the subliminal tact worked… very, very well. With two of us graduated and one holding a Big XII ring we are nothing short of what our parent’s were celebrating what was then THEIR team, which has now become OUR team.

It’s been a tough road Ags… Here’s to the next few! AGGIES FIGHT!

BIG thank you to Meg and Hillwood for making the tickets available. EVEN BIGGER THANKYOU to DUTCH for giving us his ticket so he could go to Houston and both babies could attend!

Lastly, THANKYOU to Mimi and PR for facilitating to our continued Aggie integration.

January 6, 2011

From Daddy and the three long haired boys…

We love you on this yesterday, and today, and tomorrow.

January 6, 2011

That statement was the one-liner that headed the college acceptance essay that I still retain in ‘MISC’ filings…

My family has seen three strong generations pass under those admin doors. Walk pass the Century Oak. Throw dominos on Northgate and learn each and every yell that is beckoned your way.

And, tomorrow at 7pm… part of that 3rd generation and the expectant fourth will boast ‘Farmer’s Fight’ and ‘Gig ’em Aggies!!!’ at Jerry’s World (aka new Cowboy Stadium) in DFW.

Yes, all FOUR of us ( thanks to an extra ticket becoming available) will be able to experience the 2011 Cotton Bowl.



January 3, 2011

Wishin’ ya TONS of ‘growth’ in 2011!!!

Oh my… we had so much fun… and we didn’t even start a grass fire with the fireworks! Whoo HOO!!! 😉

As always thank you G & GD for such a laid back amazing time!

Remember the lips a few years back? Well I figure a new wax facial extremity was in order for a few lasting holiday moments. This go round Grammy and Grandpa Dino were the candidates (phooey on the boys and their already grown in facial attachments).

BIG thankyou again, for EVERYTHING!

December 31, 2010

What?!?! Another decade gone by?

I’ve done this little personal profile every year and it seems it ain’t gonna change for 2010. It’s a fun way to see how Iwekidsfamily have changed through out the year. I asked the crew a few times their thoughts and got a lot of ‘PEPOWPE’, obviously they thought playing with G.I. Joes was more important.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Moved to Beaumont, got the heck outta there and moved to Midland, accepted my dream job(at this stage in life), Shae competed in a Strongman comp., I didn’t do ANYTHING physically challenging this year (hope to change…dang occipital bone), We didn’t stay up in AL for New Year’s, MaryAnn pulled her own tooth out, Trace said ‘I wuv you’…and other cutsey tidbits.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I have to give myself a BIG FAT FAIL on whether or not I kept my resolutions from 2010 because I’ve deleted the virtual page that held the info! AARGH!

  • So the best that we can give you is our new NEW Year’s Resolutions:
  • Put more into our vacation account.
  • Buy a happy-but-doesn’t-make-us-bitterly-broke house.
  • Take MaryAnn to singing lessons, and sign ‘er up for soccer.
  • Grow out my hair and keep it that way.
  • Start our first annual sister only trip.
  • Go or at least make the plans to go back to our place in Jackson, WY!!!
  • Learn to hunt with a bow.
  • Buy this bow in CAMO…not pink…. eeewww.
  • Kill a bull with that bow.
  • Share something special.
  • Get back in shape, maybe compete again in another PL meet, possible Oly??
  • Support Shae in his fitness avenues.
  • Continue to eat a healthy, mostly gluten free lifestyle. Our own modified version of Paleo.
  • Educate and teach MaryAnn gun/knife safety for her first deer.
  • Go to a cooking class.
  • Finish writing MAWJ’s book.
  • Continue to collect and record family events and thoughts through photographs and journal entries.

These aren’t all particularly lofty goals, but man, our lives are in such flux these days. It’s so hard to say what our situation will be—and what it’ll support in terms of time and/or money—a few weeks, months, or years from now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Not outside of the Internets.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

As far as persons go.. No. But we did lose two very, VERY, close family members this year. Kane, our miniature pinscher, and Vega, our French bulldog.

I know that by both Shae, MaryAnn, and myself they’ll be missed, but most of all by Mimi and PapaRed, who had so selflessly took them into their home and hearts when we didn’t have the room.

5. What countries did you visit?

This answer agitates me a bit more every year. Why ‘none’? See ‘add more to vacation fund’ above.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

A new truck that doesn’t guzzle down our dinero. A home to call our own. To read more, from both Shae, MaryAnn, and I. A better Ramit-type year. (That’s for you, Meg & D    😉  )

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October 5th, when I started my new adventure. 
November 13th when my first horizontal spudded. November 16th a personal investment transaction for our little family. NOLA in September.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Shutting down my defenses and allowing outside influence to suggest monumental advice.

Taking the advice.

Seeing the pay that my first horizontal returned. Nothing says ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ like oil on the pits.

Landing our new jobs. We worked hard for the opportunities, and while it’s not our dream career environment, (we all want self-sufficiency right?)  it’s perfect for our life right now.

9. What was your biggest failure?

As always, my biggest failures have to do with my sub-par parenting moments. But with additional outside help we can see the improvement.

Not enough set aside in our vacation account….

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Dislocated my occipital bone, which sucked. Severe stress mumbo-jumbo on my neck due to the constant state of staring at 4 computer screens all day. Thank you cprime for helping out with that… No thanks to you holistic chiro.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My C-prime bracelet. D700. Macro tubes. Illustrator. iMac. Our new gym equipment (gives us the freedom to work out when we want, and to let the entire family be in Dad’s workout videos). Long-term investments.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Groceries. Diesel. Bills.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Shae managing, me developing capital, Mawj losing her first tooth and going into kindergarten, Trace’s recognition of people, colors, phrases, and counting to 5. Dutch getting down on one knee. A November wedding in NOLA. Shae’s primo grill.

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?

One Republic ‘Secrets’, and all Thriving Ivory (love ’em)

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter for sure! and a weakling compared to last year.
– richer or poorer? financially better, and richer in terms of what we define as ‘wealth’

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Traveled. Duh. Read more. Spent more time as just Shae and Harper and not just Mom and Dad.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Being physically lazy. Drinking caffeine. Second guess confidence. Speaking before thinking.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

At Alta Luna with family. Same as last year.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Spartacus in spring and True Blood in fall. No question. As a familiy: NatGeo Life and Bobby Flay Throwdown and Iron Chef.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Ramit Sethi’s books and articles, re-read the Wilbur Smith egyptian series for the 3rd time (yes, they’re that good), currently it’s my ‘6 tips for healthy happy children’ and Shae’s ‘5 love languages’ and ‘The metabolic diet’.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Thriving Ivory. One Republic. Travis Matte.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

How to train your dragon, Despicable me, Tangled, Avatar.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I went to a awesome class given by Dr. George Asquith and came home to a clean house and amazing meal. I was 26.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning the lotto.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Ahhhh ha ha ha ha haaaaaa. “Fashion concept.” *slaps knee*

26. What kept you sane?

My little family. My mom, dad, and siblings. My camera and lens.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

A lesson I’ve re-learned over and over, but in just different forms. Work hard to play hard. And embrace change so you are able to see the growth.