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April 2016 - Socks is Ready for Bed

Posted: April 24, 2016

So we got home and I guess Socks must have really missed me. He was very clingy all afternoon and when we went to bed, he had to be right there on the pillow with me. He's my buddy, what can I say. I missed you too Socks, but you have to share the bed with the dogs!




April 2016 - Rick & Kelly's Adventures in Vegas with Friends

Posted: April 24, 2016

This is a rough collection of picts I collected from Moments and wedding picts of some of the activities Rick and Kelly did with their friends during their week long stay in Vegas. They did a lot of different activities, it was good to see so many people who were willing to make the trip and spend time with them. Congrats Rick and Kelly - let the memories begin!




April 2016 - Vegas - Breakfast, Sightseeing, Drive Home

Posted: April 23, 2016

Saturday morning we all met for breakfast at the Excalibur Buffet. Rick and Kelly were able to join us and spend some time catching up with Lee and Karen and Lindsey. Kelly had come down with pink eye in the last couple days, which wasn't good - it was really bothering her. We ate breakfast and spent the time chatting. I got a lesson in how to use Snap Chat, and we all experimented with animated selfies and such. Rick and Kelly left to find a urgent care for Kelly's eye, and we all said our goodbyes after breakfast since Lee and Karen were going to meet up with some old friends, Sean went with Rick and his friends to do some activities, and Kalyn and Lindsey planned to go sight seeing. We ended up walking across the street to the New York New York to check out things inside of the hotel and Hershey shop. We then moseyed across the walking bridge to the MGM, and started down the other side to the M&M shop and such. 4 floors of M&Ms, can't beat that. We wrapped up our sight seeing, and headed out of town for home. We drove for a few hours and then stopped at a Denny's in New Mexico for dinner. After that, we drove the rest of the night next morning to get home, arriving a little after noon. Quite an end to a great trip.



April 2016 - Vegas - Fremont St After Dinner

Posted: April 22, 2016

We taxied down to Fremont Street to check things out. I haven't been to Fremont Street in decades, so I've heard about the changes, but haven't seen it first hand. So the whole street is now covered with a roof that is a screen and displays advertisements, pictures, etc. They have a stage for shows, and zip lining the length of the street. It was a Friday night so it was pretty crowded, and there were several questionable persons out there (like Kiss in thongs and women in police lingerie). We walked the street and ended up at the Plaza. Its a shame that the old classic neon signs aren't more well taken care of and I really don't like the fact that there's big advertisements about strip clubs around those landmarks. Things have really changed down there - not sure its for the best. We didn't stay long but got to see what things look like today.



April 2016 - Vegas - Dinner @ Buca's

Posted: April 22, 2016

In the evening all the McCullough's got together for dinner at Buca de Pepo's in the Excalibur. Fine family dining. We were lucky enough that we were put in the Pope room - and got to eat with the pontiff, none the less. It was good to get to spend some time with the extended family, we surely don't get together enough and need to do more things like this. Dinner was great, and some of the photos they took weren't too bad either. So what do you do after eating a big Italian dinner? Go walking of course - off to Fremont Street and old downtown Vegas!



April 2016 - Rick & Kelly Wedding - The Reception

Posted: April 22, 2016

There were about 50-60 people who attended the wedding, and also the reception. Saw several people I haven't seen in years from Rick's mom's side of the family. The suite was really nice, and had great views of the strip down below (I think we were on the 30th floor?) There was a lot of catching up with Lee, Karen, and Lindsey, old family and friends, awaiting Rick and Kelly to arrive. They finally made it and immediately headed for cake (must have been hungry?) We spent a good 1-2 hours up there and things started winding down. Rick and Kelly had dinner plans with their friends so we said our goodbye's and well wishes and headed back to our hotel. It was a nice event - very enjoyable. We planned a McCullough dinner back at Excalibur.



April 2016 - Rick & Kelly Wedding - The Ceremony

Posted: April 22, 2016

So the day is finally here for Rick and Kelly's wedding. We got up and had some quick breakfast, then started getting ready for the big event. Everyone looked pretty snazzy all dressed up. We took taxis over to Planet Hollywood and browsed around a little bit. We found a Gordon Ramsey restaurant called Burgr which had a cool facade on it. We then went and found the wedding chapel area and waited around. We met up with Sean and Kalyn, and Lee, Karen and Lindsey showed up shortly after. We ran into Rick and his best men heading up stairs so they were all ready. Before too long everyone was there and it was Go Time. There was a red carpet interview area where we you could drop well wishes to the bride and groom - it was all part of the wedding package they bought - makes for a good wedding video. The ceremony was simple and traditional, very nice. Afterwards, we took the standard family pictures, spent some time mingling outside the chapel and then headed up to the reception suite to await the bride and groom after they finished their photo shoot with the photographer. Welcome to the family Kelly!



April 2016 - Vegas - Presidential Moments

Posted: April 22, 2016

OK - at Planet Hollywood they have a attached mall area like at Caesar's. We were walking around and ran across this Presidential theme shop - they had a White House podium and backdrop just like the one the prez does the press conferences from. I had a little fun with this and announced I was throwing my hat in the ring for the nomination. The next day, I annouced my running mate - Charlie. He promptly attempted to steal the show from me by stating he was going to take the nomination. I'm telling you, politics are cut throat!



April 2016 - Daytime Sightseeing Along the Strip

Posted: April 21, 2016

Thursday we got up and went over to Planet Hollywood to drop off Kelly's wedding gown. Afterwards, we started walking down the strip looking for somewhere to eat. We ended up at the Belagio and ate at the cafe in the Atrium area. I love the atrium and the way they put together a theme in there. This time its a Japanese Garden - really neat. The food was pretty good at the cafe as well. We walked around the atrium and went in some of the gift shops, and then we continued down the strip to the Caesar's mall. We walked around the mall to find the Animated Greek Gods show thought the kids would enjoy seeing that. We had to wait around about 45 mins to see it so we relaxed at one of the eateries need the show area. They have some pretty cool shops in this mall, I especially like the sports memorabilia shops of course. After the show, we headed out and back to the hotel to rest. Jack took the kids down to the midway and had dinner. Kalyn and Sean arrived in the evening and they hadn't eaten, so we went downstairs and had dinner at the Steak house. Everyone is here now - lets get on with this wedding!



April 2016 - The Strip at Night - Walking Back to Excalibur

Posted: April 20, 2016

After the show and Sharks game, Jack and I walked back to Excalibur. I took advantage and tried to catch some night shots of the strip all lit up - I love all the neon signs and hotel fronts. Its quite a sight to see. There have been so many changes to the strip over the years, its amazing the difference from when I used to come here as a kid. Anyway, night lights are always on in Vegas!




April 2016 - Watching Sharks vs. Kings at Planet Hollywood

Posted: April 20, 2016

We checked in to Excalibur in the afternoon and settled in. Jaquelyn and I headed over to Planet Hollywood so she could meet up with Kelly and the girls to go to the Brittany Spears concert and I met up with Rick and some of his friends in the sports lounge to watch the Sharks and Stars in playoff hockey. There was a Pin Up Pizza joint attached to the lounge that served really big slices of pizza. Of course, had to try that - it was pretty good. The Sharks beat the Kings which clinched the 1st round series for them in 5 games (finally got some revenge against the Kings) so they move onto the next round. The Stars are struggling with the Wild so they may need to go deeper into their series. After the game, the girls got out of the Brittany show which they said was really good. 2 wins in one night it looks like!



April 2016 - Grand Canyon Day 2, Get to Vegas

Posted: April 20, 2016

The next morning we got up and had breakfast, then checked out of the hotel and headed back to the Canyon for some more sightseeing. We went to the visitor center and Charlie signed up for the Jr. Ranger program. We boarded a bus and went on a Ranger led fossil hike along a lookout point. Great views abound from this location. We saw some fossils and took our picture at a overlook - really neat. Haley got to meet a basset hound that was hiking in the area as well which made her day. We ended up going to the Gift shop and did some shopping, then we headed out to continue the drive to Vegas - plan was to get there by 3-4pm. Jacquelyn is to meet up with Kelly and her entourage to take in a Brittany Spears concert at Planet Hollywood tonight - oh boy!



April 2016 - Grand Canyon Day 1

Posted: April 19, 2016

After checking in at the Holiday Inn Express, we headed for the canyon for some late afternoon/sunset viewing of the west rim. The Canyon always amazes me, its quite a sight to see. We also got to see a California Condor up close on the point of a lookout spot. He was tagged for tracking and we got some good pictures of him. Charlie is turning into the next family photographer it seems, he took a lot of pictures. I just have to teach him not to take pictures of the back of my head! On our way back to the car we encounter an Elk drinking at the water spout in the visitor area - it wasn't phased by the people walking by and just continued to drink - pretty neat! Jack got within 4-5 feet of her (I think it was a female). In the evening we ate dinner and visited the gift shop in town (of course) and picked up a few items. Then we hit the sack for a good night's rest.



April 2016 - Driving to Vegas

Posted: April 18, 2016

After work this evening we loaded up the van and headed for Vegas to attend Rick and Kelly's wedding. We plan to stop along the way at the Grand Canyon so my expectation was that we would drive as far as possible this night and get to the Grand Canyon on Tuesday afternoon. We headed north towards Amarillo since I planned to take the I-40 route across. We stopped in Denton for some ice cream and continued driving until we got to the west side of Amarillo where we stopped at a rest stop for th night. It was raining, and a cold front was coming through (temps got down to near freezing!). We got a few hours sleep and then continued on driving west in the early morning. We stopped at the famous Cline's Corner for a break and did some shopping, then continued on. We stopped at an Indian Center for lunch and saw the metal dinosaurs out in their field - pretty cool. We got back on the road and made it to our hotel outside of the Grand Canyon in the early afternoon. Now for some sightseeing!



April 2016 - Rooster Selfies

Posted: April 17, 2016

So my two roosters are now old enough that they are starting to fight over the females which is not good. I've had to move Blondie into the green house to separate him from Red so they don't kill one another. I spent some quality time in the house with Blondie, and he insisted that he take some selfies for his friends out there. Here's some of the best of Blondie the rooster... Eat your hearts out all you hens out there... Also, we've collected quite a stash of eggs the last few days - production is going well from the hen house :-)




April 2016 - Dress Shopping for the Wedding

Posted: April 17, 2016

Rick and Kelly's wedding is only a week away so Melody needed to go dress shopping. We headed into Mesquite and started the search. Right off the bat we found a couple that looked pretty good for the occasion so Melody jumped on them. Kelly met us as well to drop off her wedding dress so we can transport it with us in the car when we drive out to Vegas. Hope we don't loose it along the way. Anyway, Melody got her dress so I think we're now ready for this wedding - bring it on!




April 2016 - Rangers Game vs. Orioles

Posted: April 16, 2016

So after our visit in Ennis at the Bluebonnet festival, we headed for Arlington to go to the Rangers game vs. the Orioles. Ken got us some seats in the Lexus Terrace which was pretty good seats. Matt was able to join us as well for the game. Rodie ran into the television roving reporter for Fox Southwest and got his picture with him, they had a really cool motorcycle at the entrance as well, and Charlie got his picture taken at bat in the Lowe's Home Plate booth. it was a pretty good game and the Rangers won so that makes it even better. Good way to end a long day...



April 2016 - Kalyn & Sean Get a Dog - Vardy!

Posted: April 16, 2016

Kalyn and Sean adopted a dog today! Her name is Vardy, and she's a spaniel mix (so Kalyn thinks).She's named after a soccer player I believe (Jamie Vardy - leading goal scorer this season?), not sure on the whole back story on this. They adopted her at a Petsmart, and Kalyn spent time with her in the socializing room to take her for a test drive. She's a pretty smart dog I think and should be a good fit for Kalyn and Sean. Congratulations for the the new addition to the family! Hope you checked with Winnie before bringing Vardy home!



April 2016 - Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis, TX

Posted: April 16, 2016

This weekend we traveled back to Ennis to attend the Bluebonnet Festival. They had live music, and vendor booths, a car show, kids water games, and a petting zoo with some exotic animals. The whole town square was taken up with the event which was pretty cool. Afterwards, we stopped in at Dairy Queen and had some lunch before heading out to attend a Rangers game in the evening.




April 2016 - SJ Sharks Preparing for the Playoffs

Posted: April 10, 2016

Its that time of year again - NHL Playoffs start and the Sharks are in. Given their track record, the hopes are running mixed given there's alot of talent on the team, but they always seem to underperform. Hoping this playoff run will be different. So, I bought my Teal City scarf and I'm ready to get this show on the road. Fogers crossed everyone stays healthy and they play their best hockey pf the year. I did my brackets and I have the Sharks playing the Stars for the Western Conference finals so hopefullty we could go to some playoff games here in Dallas. Go Sharks!



April 2016 - Dallas FC vs. SJ Earthquakes

Posted: April 9, 2016

After dinner it was a short walk across the streets to Toyota Stadium to watch a soccer game between FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes. It had rained a little before we got there but the skies were clearing and there was no more rain the rest of the evening. We got there early enough to see the teams warm up and we had some great seats this game. Half way through the game we found out that Rick and Kelly and some of their friends were at the game as well. We were almost in the same section! The game was close and ended up in a 2-2 draw. After the game, we met up with Rick and Kelly and their friends and went to a Whataburger in Frisco for taquitoes at 11pm. It wss a good way to end the day before the long drive home.



April 2016 - Frisco S.T.R.E.A.T.S Festival

Posted: April 9, 2016

After the zoo we headed north to Frisco to try and find a street festival I had seen on Facebook where they brought in different kinds of food trucks for the public. We were planning on going the the FC Dallas game that night so I thought this would be a good place to eat prior to the game. We parked and walked over to the parking lot/city block where they were all set up and we started checking out the food options. There were all kinds of different ethnic foods, specialty foods, deserts, and drinks. I ended up buying a refillable tin mug from a soda vendor - the root beer was fabulous! Some of the different trucks were already sold out for the day (the festival opened at noon) so Melody ended up trying some Cuban food and I had some Vietnamese food I believe, and we tried a local beer along the way. The BBQ truck was the most popular and had the longest line. They had some other vendor booths as well to check out but we didn't stay long after eating - had to head for the game!



April 2016 - Lego Animals at the Dallas Zoo

Posted: April 9, 2016

This weekend was the last weekend to see the Lego animals at the Dallas Zoo so I had to go. They had several different scenes around the grounds that were pretty amazing and tooks hundreds of hours to build. They had a snow lepard, a peacock, deer, a tortiouse, butterfies, polar bears, spider, - and they were all really cool. We started walking around the zoo some more after watching the cheetah show but it started to rain so we called it a day and headed to the car. We still haven't see the other side of the zoo where all the african animals are on display. Gotta go back again!




April 2016 - Bluebonnet Hunting in Ennis, TX

Posted: April 3, 2016

On Sunday morning we got up and headed for Ennis TX to travel down the Bluebonnet Trail. We stopped in downtown Ennis to eat lunch at Hilda's Kitchen which was interesting. Then we took off and headed out for the Trail. The Bluebonnet Trail is a old country road which roams through the back country outside Ennis where there's farms and fields full of blue bonnets. We came across a small stop in the middle of the Trail where they sold a variety of antique items, and they had an old car and barn/corn silo which was a pretty neat background for a picture. As we traveled father down the trail we stopped and took pictures with the flowers, we saw long horns, and we stopped at a small winery called Spring Hills and bought some libations. As we got farther down the trail near the end, we found some large Welsh Horses (I believe) where the owners put out barrels of oats for you to feed the horses. They are huge! We also fed a lonely donkey on the other side of the road. When we got off the trail, we saw the other end of the property that the horses were on - and there was a mare and her colt, sleeping in the pasture. What a way to end the day!



April 2016 - Vintage Dinner in Weatherford

Posted: April 2, 2016

After the birthday party at Marty's, Melody and I headed for Aledo to meet up with Hadie and Ken for dinner and to spend the night. We went to a restaurant in Weatherford called Vintage, where as part of the restaurant building they have a car museum. The food was pretty good, and the cars were as well. Of note they had a Lincoln Continental that belonged to LBJ and a few other interesting old cars. It was a pretty cool themed eatery - I'd like to go back again! Afterwards, we searched for somewhere for desert and ended up at AppleBee's for chocolate lava cake and ice cream - Yum!




April 2016 - Ethan's 7th and Brooklyn's 2nd Birthday

Posted: April 2, 2016

Joe and Marie stopped in for a few days to visit as part of their most recent journeys. We went to Marty's house on Saturday for a BBQ and to celebrate Ethan's 7th Birthday and Brooklyn's 2nd. There was a pretty good gathering of friends and family, with plenty of kids running around playing. There were plenty of cup cakes and food to go around. The kids are growing up fast - don't blink! It was nice that Joe and Marie were able to join in the festivities - its always fun to spend time with them.




April 2016 - April in the Garden

Posted: April 2, 2016

The garden is off to a slow start this season due to all rain - we haven't been able to plant all the vegatables that we normally do. Our broccili and Caulaflower are doing well and we've started harvesting. The lettuce continues to grow well and we're having fresh salad. This is the first time we've grown caulaflower, I didn't even realize we had a head growing until Melody showed me one day. The flowers around the yard are starting to blossom out and the Wysteria is going crazy again this year. Hoping we can get the full garden planted soon and get things going!




April 2016 - Roosters Crowing in the Morning

Posted: April 2, 2016

I was up early this morning and while feeding the chickens, I was able to capture them crowing. These two try to outdo each other quite a bit, its like a competition. They are fun to watch when they get going...




March 2016 - Toni's Visit

Posted: March 30, 2016

So Toni got to spend a week with us visiting, and touring, and shopping. Really she came to see all of us - that's what's important to her. Here are the pictures we took with her while she visited. I hope you hads a good time Toni! We're glad you could make the trip to see us!




March 2016 - Celebrating Chris' Birthday

Posted: March 27, 2016

After celebrating Easter, we switched gears and set up for Chris' birthday since he was going to be in town. Mamaw went a had a special Dallas Cowboys cake made for him and we got Dallas Cowboy themed party supplies for the occasion. Its not often we get to celebrate Chris' birthday down here anymore, when he was a kid he had his birthday at Mamaw's quite a few times. Happy Birthday Chris!




March 2016 - Easter at Our House

Posted: March 27, 2016

Easter was at home this year, and almost everyone came out to our house. Jack took eggs home Saturday night and had the kids color them, while we waited for the Easter Bunny to arrive. We planned to have 10 great grand kids over during the day - so we needed to be prepared. Chris and Lisa and the kids came down from NE for the weekend which was nice, everyone else local came by. We had quite a spread of food, and the easter bunny left baskets for all the kids, mom made her easter cakes (continuing what Grandma Schaefer used to do). We then had a easter egg hunt around the house which was cool, played some basketball and the kids drew all over the driveway in chalk. it was quite an afternoon. I'm glad everyone was able to make it.



March 2016 - Pioneer Square in Dallas

Posted: March 26, 2016

Next we stopped at Pioneer Square right down the street from the Omni. This park area has a really cool status layout of a long horn cattle drive built in a diorama fashion crossing a small river bank. There's something like 30 bronze statues of the long horns, each detailed like a real cow and the cowboys driving them. Its part of Texas Heritage in this area, cattle used to be brought to Dallas and Fort Worth - I believe the Chisholm trail was right around the metroplex area (I'd need to check my history on that). Anyway, its a cool display of what it was like back in the cattle drive days.




March 2016 - Toni in Downtown Dallas - Flying Pegasus

Posted: March 26, 2016

When we got done with Spaghetti Warehouse, we drove to downtown and showed Toni some of the sights. Our first stop was at the Omni Hotel and the original Mobile Oil Flying Pegasus out front. Its a Dallas landmark from days gone by (great story about how they found it and restored it - click here). Its a must see for anyone visiting Dallas (I think). Wish we could have seen it at night with the neon all lit up.




March 2016 - Spring Birthdays Family Get-together

Posted: March 26, 2016

After Charlie's soccer today we all loaded up in the car and headed into Dallas to meet all the kids for our b-annual Birthday dinner celebration. We have so many people now we bunch birthday dinners together twice a year - more economical :-). We met in our usual spot - Spaghetti Warehouse in Dallas - this year was a little special since Toni was her to help us celebrate. We had a good dinner with everyone and had our usual waiter (he's a nice guy). Presents and cake were on the agenda as usual as well. It was a nice outing - always fun to get everyone together. Happy Birthday to the Spring family members!



March 2016 - Charlie Soccer - Hawks vs. FC Canton

Posted: March 26, 2016

Its Saturday and time for soccer again. Toni came in from Alaska on Thursday for a visit so she got to go along and watch as well. Charlie had a good game but I got distracted by a couple geese at the city lake that were wandering around. Really neat, and not too aggressive. Boy can they honk! I split my time being taking pictures of the game when Charlie was in and the geese, couldn't decide which was more interesting today :-)



March 2016 - Celebrating Mom's 79th B-Day

Posted: March 20, 2016

Mom turned 79 this year and we celebrated by taking her to brunch on Saturday at Cracker Barrel with Ken and Hadie (her favorite restaurant). On Sunday evening we all got together at the house for cake and presents with the rest of family. Mom had her eyes worked on a short period of time ago to help correct cataracts and such. She had her left eye done one month and the right eye the next month. Hoping this works for her. Happy Birthday Mom!



March 2016 - Charlie Soccer vs. Canton Tornadoes

Posted: March 19, 2016

Charlie's spring soccer season is in full swing now and more kids enrolled that ever this season. The league expanded to several teams in Charlie's division so they don't need to travel to play other teams as much which is a nice change. The kids are getting old enough now to understand the concepts and actually work together as a team to play their positions for the most part and organize and drive for scores with passes and such - great progress over past seasons. Charlie does well at this soccer and seems to really like it. The coach he has is pretty good, switches the kids around so they all play the different positions both offense and defense. This should be a good season for the kids. It was a little chilly this morning, especially for March, but we persevered through it - what troopers we are!



March 2016 - Lettuce Grows, Turning the Garden

Posted: March 14, 2016

Winter garden is still growing - the lettuce we planted earlier in the year is going well - looking forward to eating some of this before we have to pull these out. Its also time to turn the dirt in the big containers and get ready for planting. I bought some fertilizer with peat moss in it to try and help the dirt. We've been getting a lot of rain this year so I hope this will help replenish the dirt we have in the buckets. We've been putting coffee grounds and such in there all winter - I hope this will make some good growing dirt. We'll see...




March 2016 - Daylight Savings with the Chickens

Posted: March 14, 2016

This weekend was daylight savings so I got to spend some additional daylight with the chickens. Up until now Its dark by the time I get home from work at night and the chickens are in the coop for the night. Now I can check on them when I get home before the sun goes down. I should be able to put chickens in the new coop sometime soon - haven't quite decided who will go in here yet...



March 2016 - Kalyn & Sean Honeymoon in Taos, NM

Posted: March 13, 2016

Kalyn and Sean headed up to Taos NM for a late honeymoon skiing trip - a present from the Maloney's. They drove up and stayed in the nice Chalet for a week. This was Kalyn's first time skiing, Sean has skied previously and is pretty good at it. Kalyn took some lessons, and then they hit the trails from what I hear. I think it even snowed one night while they were there. I have limited pictures from the trip - when they got home Sean lost his phone which had most of the pictures on it - and it wasn't backed up to the cloud! Lesson learned :-) Overall I think they had a great time - very happy for them.




March 2016 - Dinner with Rick & Kelly @ Rise in Dallas

Posted: March 12, 2016

We met up with Rick and Kelly in Dallas to have dinner at a French restaurant called Rise n1. The restaurant was very cozy, and we were seated at an outdoor patio area. I haven't been exposed to much French food but the key item we targeted was the soufflé. We tried different things from the menu and all ended up ordering the soufflé which was really good. I was impressed. Then for desert we ordered a apple tart with ice cream - very yummy. The big hit of the night was that the restaurant sells handmade fabric napkins which were really neat and this bread slicer. Melody and I bought one it was so cool. Looking forward to slicing some bread! Great idea for dinner guys!



March 2016 - Rob's Area 51 Birthday

Posted: March 5, 2016

I spent my birthday at home just piddling around the house and not doing anything special. All the kids came over for dinner which was good. Melody made a special Jello salad with pretzels, cheesecake, and fruit and a green salad with fruits and blue cheese, and to top it off, Ms. Stouffer's Lasagna which is everyone's favorite. I got a crazy idea of doing a them birthday cake this year, so I chose to have the theme "Area 51" - the secret base in the Nevada dessert where the stealth planes and alien ships are kept. I had the Cherry Laurel bakery make it and it turned out pretty neat. I got some cool presents and a new chicken coop - looks like we'll be expanding the flock soon! I really enjoy getting everyone together, wish we could do it more often. It was a good birthday, already thinking about the them for next year - 52!



March 2016 - In the Chicken Pen

Posted: March 5, 2016

I spent some time in the chicken pen today to try and get some pictures of the roosters today in the sunlight. They have feathered out completely and are really colorful. I modified some of the pictures blowing out the saturation which really emphasizes the different colors.



March 2016 - Rodie and the Monkey

Posted: March 4, 2016

Rodie started working up at lake Tawakoni a couple weeks ago working for a fishing tournament organizer. They have a monkey which Rodie has befriended - its a capuchin monkey and seems to be very friendly. Now all we need is an organ grinder...




February 2016 - Charlie Gathering Eggs

Posted: February 14, 2016

We sent Charlie out to inspect the coop for eggs this afternoon. As you can see, he harvested a good haul today. We're getting about 6-8 eggs a day on average, so not all chickens are laying every day. The aricanas should be starting to lay their eggs in March so our haul should be increasing - we'll see how they do...



February 2016 - Planting Lettuce for the Spring Garden

Posted: February 14, 2016

For Valentines Day Melody and I went and bought plants to start the spring garden. We picked up lettuce, spinach, broccoli and brussel sprouts. We had to clean out the planters to get the winter weeds out and used this new weed tool that cultivates and loosens the weeds in the process - works pretty well. Looking forward to harvesting this crop in the next 4-6 weeks before we switch to the summer crop of zucchinis and melons in these containers.




February 2016 - Kalyn's Birthday

Posted: February 12, 2016

So Friday night we went up to Fort Worth to spend the night with Kalyn and Sean and take Kalyn to dinner for her Birthday and spend the night at their new house. Hadie stopped by at Kalyn's in the afternoon so we all ended up meeting for dinner. Afterwards, we went to Central Market and had some cake and deserts to celebrate Kalyn's birthday from earlier in the week. We stayed over night and ended up staying for dinner on Saturday with Sean's family who stopped by - Sean and Kalyn are getting settled in and getting the house set up - looking forward to the next visit to see what they've done to the place.



February 2016 - Super Bowl Sunday 2016 - Mickey's B-Day

Posted: February 7, 2016

Super Bowl sunday we had a usual get together. We invited over the local family to watch the game and have some finger foods, barbeque, and goodies. We also celebrated Mickey's birthday while everyone was together. The game was pretty good, the food was pretty good, and I think everyone had a good time - always fun to get everyone together for an event.


January 2016 - Mixed chickens - the new pecking order

Posted: January 31, 2016

So today we put the new Aracana's in with the older chickens to let them mingle and start to establish the new pecking order. There's about a 4 month difference in age between the different sets of birds so this could be interesting to see how it works out. So far, the Aricanas are sticking together (there's strength in numbers) but the reds and barred rocks are rulling the roost so to speak. We'll see how it works out.


January 2016 - Visiting Sean and Kalyn's New House

Posted: January 30, 2016
Kalyn and Sean closed on their new house in Fort Worth this weekend and we went up there to see the house and help move some stuff. Its a real cute little 2 bedroom 1 bath house in and older neighborhood that is in the process of turning over. This should be a great starter home and will keep them busy for a long time - it has a lot of potential. Saturday night we went to dinner with Sean's family at Joe T'S in Downtown Fort Worth which is always good. Congratulations Sean and Kalyn!


January 2016 - Aricana Chickens - All Grown Up

Posted: January 16, 2016

Our Airicana Chickens have grown quite a bit now - they are over 3 months old. Out of the 5 chicks we got, 2 tuned out be roosters, and the other 3 are hens. They are completely random colors, with the roosters having slightly more colorful features. They are still living in the green house but they are getting big enough they should be ready to fend for themselves so I think if we get some warm weather in the next week or so, I'm going to transfer them to the chicken play yard with the other birds and let them decide the pecking order. They won't start laying eggs until they are 5 months old so we still have a little ways to go before they start producing.



January 2016 - Getting the Roof Leak Repaired

Posted: January 12, 2016

We've had some pretty large rain storms coming through our area over the past couple of months - some storms dumping almost 6 inches of rain a day. At some point with one of these storms, we noticed a brown water spot developing in the ceiling in the living room. I called out a roofer this week to take a look at yes, we have a water problem up there with some wood rot. They estimated the damage, and came back this week to do the repairs. They had to rip up the wood decking in the joint where the new construction and the old house roof line come together - the rain gutter up there was not draining properly and water was running back under the eves and getting to the roof decking. The fixed it by putting up additional flashing behind the gutter which should divert a majority of the rain to the gutters without allowing it to flow back to the roof joint where the two parts of the house come together. We'll see when the next big rain hits if this does the trick and keeps the rain from getting to the wood deck again.



January 2016 - Haley's Movie and Dinner B-Day Present

Posted: January 9, 2016

For Haley's birthday back in December, we promised her to take her to a Movie grill with a friend so they could eat dinner and watch a movie - you know, the latest fad. So with the holidays, we postponed doing this until after the new year. We scouted out advanced tickets at a theater in Mesquite but to reserve seating, there would be a 1.50 surcharge per ticket. Melody says to me, the movie she wants to see has been out for quite a while (Mocking Jay Part II), I'm sure we can just get tickets when we go there - we'll wing it. OK, so advance to the night we plan to go. Haley's friend can't go at the last minute, so we decide to go anyway. We get to theater, its freezing cold outside and I'm waiting in line - I get to the window and of course, the show we want to see (mind you we got there 45 mins early) is sold out! And the only other dinner show available for the evening is also sold out! Total failure! OK, so we quickly scan local theaters to see if we can find something else and we find Maze Runners down the street at a different theater - we quickly head over there to see the show. Really cheap price so that was a win. After the movie, we stopped in Forney at the Tokyo Harbor Sushi and Grill - which is great food and entertainment. Haley got a big plate of Chicken Fried Rice and watched the dinner show on the grill with plenty of fire. We then went to Starbucks and called it a night. Pulled that one out of the fire so to speak - Happy Birthday Haley!



January 2016 - Charlie's turns 10!

Posted: January 6, 2016

It was bound to happen sometime. Yes, Charlie has hit double digits in age now. He celebrated a quiet 10th birthday at home with family, cake and presents. Of course, He received several Star Wars themed presents - that seems to be his favorite these days given the new movie came out last month. He is growing up so fast, time is flying by! Happy Birthday Charlie!


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