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[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 06/15/2010 03:14

I Lost My First Tooth!

When we got back from Oklahoma last week, Hannah told me that her tooth was loose. She kept wiggleing it and wiggeling it. It was too small and smooth to grip onto, so I went with plan b. I got some floss and tied it around her tooth and yanked it out!

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 11/01/2009 01:10

Happy Halloween

Hannah dressed up as a princess and Andrew dressed up as a golfer. He liked the whole idea of walking up to people's houses and getting candy. Before the nights events we went to Hicks Airfield to eat at this little restaurant that sits right on the end of the runway. We were in for a treat because they had all sorts of activities for the kids to do. All the while, the big boys were flying their "real" toys and trying to drop water balloons in a little bucket at the end of the runway.

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 10/15/2009 01:00

Happy 5th Birthday Hannah!

Hannah had a princess themed birthday party this year. Anna was able to find a couple princesses to help celebrate her birthday. They put on a great show with games, balloon animals, and face painting. Andrew even got in on the princess action...

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 10/10/2009 00:51

Turn Around Don't Drown!

So there is a road behind our house that usually floods when it rains. I guess the water was a bit higher than usual, because when I tried to drive through it this time, my engine stalled and it wouldn't restart. A few minutes later the fire dept. came and took the kids out through the sunroof. I think they thought it was pretty cool.

My engine was hydrolocked and was ruined. I had to get a new one. It is a good thing my deductible was only 0. Too bad it took them over a month to install it and my rental car wasn't covered...

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 10/03/2009 00:44

The Great Wolf Lodge

For my birthday we took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge. That place is amazing. It has a little something for everyone. Andrew really likes the kiddie pools and Hannah LOVES the wave pool. Every time that wolf would howl, she would stop whatever she was doing and RUN (the life guard told her to walk every single time) to the wave pool.

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 09/27/2009 00:27

Going out with a BANG!

Richard R. Gode, Born: November 8, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Died: August 28, 2009

Attended HS in Claremore at Okla. Military Academy

Attended OSU in Stillwater, where he was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega.

Richard spent about 10 years in the US Army, 7 of which he was stationed in Europe.

He served with: 4th and 1st Armored, 4th Inf., 1st Inf. (Forward), 3rd Inf., and the 1st Cav.

Spent over 40 years in Scouting. As an adult, was an Asst. SM in Europe, Den Leader and WEBELOS Leader in Stillwater. Asst. SM in Stroud, and a Commissioner for Twin Mounds District Will Rogers Council. As a Commissioner, he served as a Unit Commissioner, Asst. District Commissioner, and as District Commissioner. He earned his “Associate”, “Bachelors”, “Masters”, and “Doctorate of Commissioner Science” from both the Last Frontier and Indian Nations councils. He also taught Commissioner Courses at Last Frontier, Indian Nations and Will Rogers’s councils.

Richard enjoyed working with kids in his job as well as in Scouting. When he was at camp, he taught fishing, orienteering and other skills.

Until arthritis set into his hands, Richard hand carved at least 5 “totem poles” for Will Rogers’ Scout camp. Richard also served on the Twin Mounds District Committee, as the Camping Chairperson, and as Membership Chairperson. The district earned the Quality District award during this time. Richard didn’t have money to donate to Scouting, so he gave his time, friendship, and expertise to all who wanted or needed it.

Instead of a traditional funeral, he asked for his ashes to be spread out at the OA tap out ring at Scout camp, and by spread I mean SHOT OUT OF A CANNON. I always thought they were joking when they said that's what they were going to do. I guess they weren't.

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 08/24/2009 00:08

Mmmmm... Cheese Frys...

I took the kids to Oklahoma for the weekend and we got to go to Stillwater to one of my favorite little stops. Eskimo Joes! The kids liked sitting "Up-High" and I loved the cheese frys. After eating, we went to my old fraternity house which is across the street from Theta Pond. The house mom gave us some bread and we fed the ducks.

[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 08/21/2009 01:32

You Gotta Be Kidding Me!

So I get this letter in the mail that says on or about 8/3/09 I "failed to stop at a red light" These are these Automated Red Light Enforcement cameras we have here around the DFW Metroplex. I thought that, "Well, maybe the light was yellow and I sped on through." I could live with that. Well, I go online to pay the 75.00 dollar ticket and see that they have video of my "offense" I watched it and couldn't believe what I saw. I made a right turn on the red light without stopping. I bet the truck behind me got a ticket too. 150 bucks for no work isn't that bad of a deal. Maybe I should get an Automated Wedding Video Enforcement Camera. At least I'd be home on the weekends.

[Mommy's Thoughts]Received 08/17/2009 03:03

Big School: Here We Come...Ready or Not!

So tomorrow is the day...that's right we teachers have to work once again. Hannah and Andrew will be starting their year at the DC tomorrow. Hannah is SUPER excited to be in the 4's. "Mommy, am I a tall 4 yet?" is ALL I have heard all summer. I don't have the heart to tell her that VERTICAL is NOT her strength!

Anyway, we went to Meet the Teacher on FRI. Hannah was glad to see that Emmy and Logan would be at her table. She can't wait. She promised me NO reds this year. "Mommy, last year I got 4 greens and ONE red." Um...her memory is not her strong point either!

Andrew...well, we met his teacher. Good thing is that it is Hannah's teacher from the 3's class. They moved her down for the year. She already knows how BUSY our little man is and she is ready. He just played and played and played. I had to PULL him out of there. He is ready!!!!

No, he hasn't napped on a big boy bed yet, but he doesn't need his cup anymore and he does have a backpack. What else do you need?

Here's to a great year!!! One free of reds, swine flu, and ear infections! Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

[Mommy's Thoughts]Received 08/09/2009 03:12

One WILD Day!

As summer quickly draws to an end, I am making a MAD dash to my to-do list. It seems ALL of the things that I had planned for us, hasn't happened (even though we have been busy). One of them was to do a MAJOR update on our blog. I has been a LONG time. Well, that hasn't happened yet so I moved on to the fun side of our list.

So in attempts to knock off a few more fun things off of our list, I decided it was time for a family day. With the heat blazing down on us, whatever we do MUST be inside these days. So where else to go? The mall...Grapevine Mills to be exact with lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.

The last time we took Hannah she was around Andrew's age. We went w/ K and Angie and Walter. She wasn't thrilled w/ all of the animal noises one bit. This time she was ready to go and even remembered when we took K.

Andrew just wants to go ANYWHERE. "Shoes, please." So he was game. However, when we got there, it was another story. He HATED the elephants. He sat quietly on the daddy's lap while Hannah and I walked around. "Elephants scare me momma."

Through the whole lunch, he was very scared when any of the animals started to move and make noise. Thankfully, the waterfall was drowning out his cries.

Enter the balloon man: He made Hannah a pink unicorn and Andrew this way cool airplane with a handle. They LOVED them! He saved the day! We left the cafe and walked around the mall w/ our balloon animals. Everyone loved the plane. It was pretty cool! Everyone was happy...until Andrew bit a hole in his handle and popped it...then there was crying. Oh, well...that is something we do every day, so no big deal!

Hopefully, with any luck, we will continue to update some passed events. We are getting TONS of requests (AKA...complaints) about the lack of news feeds coming out. We have been having server issues (AKA: just being lazy!). Hoping

[Pictures]Received 07/23/2009 03:05

Fun at the beach 2009

We took a trip down to Corpus Christi with Uncle Hank & Aunt Lizzy. The beach is always a good time and this year was no exception. We went to the aquarium and visited the Original Whataburger and took the "kissing" photo with its founder. One evening we went to a local ice cream shop, it was a big hit with Andrew.

[Pictures]Received 07/12/2009 02:48

Family Reunion 2009

We had the Balk side of the family's reunion in Quitman, TX at Uncle Marty's house. It's always fun there because they have a pool and lots of kids. We also went Striper fishing this year and had a great fireworks display Saturday nite and huge fish fry on Sunday afternoon.