Archive | October, 2011

Just Call Her Grace

29 Oct

Two weekends ago, Missy Mack received this lovely injury on a moon bounce slide.

Then last weekend, at a bike rodeo, sponsored by Mr. Mack’s bike shop, Missy Mack had a little accident on her bike. It is sort of ironic that Mr. Mack was there to hand out helmets and talk about bike safety at the same time this happened. She had gone down this hill and loved it. When she went to do it again, she forgot about her brakes, got going to fast, jumped off the bike and her and Mr. Mack went tumbling. I turned off the video just before the fall.

Then this week at gymnastics she fell off the uneven bars and it was very dramatic. Her arm was hurt. She had a good fall. We were dancing on that line of being confused between her dramatics. Is this real? Should we be worried or is this her usual antics. I asked the teacher to keep an eye on her just in case. I mean, when she was dressing that morning, she wouldn’t lift her arms to change. In the middle of the day, I get this video.

This is her doing 30 jumping jacks. Hurt arm?

Isn’t she graceful.


Cow Spotting

28 Oct

While were were downtown, we had lots of cow spottings. I really love this and don’t want the cows to go away. The artists are so creative.

On another note, last week was Twin Day at school. Missy Mack asked a friend, her mom and I coordinated. The day before the event, a third friend wanted to join in. Missy Mack worried about it all night. She wanted me to paint her a shirt. She had all sorts of ideas of how to include the third friend . I was so proud of her for being inclusive. It all got worked out and the third friend had similar clothes that she wore. All the girls were happy, proud and cute.

We actually had lots of parents calling the office complaining that their child was left out and they were upset that we had a twin day. Whatever. Get over it.

I have mentioned the cow project before. Read more here.

A Little Rant Full of Questions?

27 Oct

Remember when I was all positive and happy about the weekend and the book festival because we met these two people?


Well, just a few short hours after this joyous event, these people,

(Really just one of them)

Ruined it.

Here’s the story:

They take us to buy books to get autographed by the famous authors, we buy them, we stand in line, the famous sign the books, talk to Missy Mack about the book, we take pictures. We are happy excited and proud.
We go home, hang out, go to dinner. At dinner, I asked where the Molly Shannon book was. I say that I saw the Lisa Loeb book at home but not the Molly Shannon book. The answer was it is in the car. Note that their car is all packed up and ready to leave from the restaurant after dinner. I give a strange look. Mr. Mack’s dad asks if he should go to the car and get it. I say, no, I just wanted to read it. Missy Mack said she wanted to read it. Then the step mom says, well, we were going to save that book and give it to her for Christmas.

Seriously? Christmas?

You are going to buy a book for a 6 year old, have the author sign it and then not give it the the child until Christmas?

Is this strange to anyone else?

Why didn’t have the balls to say, no, we are NOT doing that. Yes, please go get the book?


Coolest Thing Ever!

25 Oct

This weekend the coolest thing happened to us. Coolest in a while.

I met two of my idols and Missy Mack got her picture taken with them and an autograph.

This weekend was the Texas Book Festival. I have heard about it for years, know people who have gone, encouraged my students to go, but I have never gone, until Saturday.

I wanted to go and after Missy Mack and I picked up the grandparents from the airport, I just threw it out there and everyone was game.

When we arrived, we walked right into a sign that said Molly Shannon was signing her book. I had done my homework and knew that she recently wrote a children’s book so we headed over to the book tent and the purchasing began. At one point, Mr. Mack’s dad looked at me and said ‘I’m sort of geeking out’. This man has stacks and stacks of books. He always has one with him and is most likely the most well read man I know (particularly about history, right now he is in his Federalist period). To be honest, I was geeking out too.

With our arms full of books, we headed to the autograph tent. We were the last people to meet Ms. Shannon. She was nice and smiley just like on tv. I chatted with her a bit. I asked her if she ever skyped with classes and she said she hadn’t but she wanted to know about it. I started explaining  the process and just as I think I am going to get her to agree to skype with my school, her escort came and said ‘I’m sorry, but it is time for Ms. Shannon to move to the next stop. Bummer.

Here is her book:

Here is Missy Mack and Ms. Shannon:

Super Star!

I love it! As we were leaving the tent, Mr. Mack’s dad said, ‘Wasn’t she on Saturday Night Live? That is so cool!’

We ate some terrible for you, yet yummy food on the Capitol lawn and then headed to the children’s area where we heard lots of authors read and talk about their writing process.

They had a tent set up with all sorts of supplies for the kids to create their own books and stories. After listening to Michelle Knudsen tell how she came up with the ideas for Argus and Library Lion, Missy Mack came home and started creating stories just like Ms. Knudsen said she did. I am sure every kid who went to this thing acted the same at home, but I was sort of beaming with pride. These are her books:


I really wanted to see Lisa Loeb’s kids concert, but you could tell it was time to go, but on our way out, we stopped to see if she was signing books and sure enough….


Here is her cute new book that we have listened to the CD a million times already.


Just now I learned that she has eye wear and now I must have some of her glasses.

I was just giddy over the whole day. I would have loved to go to some panels and listen to other authors speak, but when you have a kid, ya know… Like there was a lit crawl through the State Cemetery at night. I would have loved that!

It was super fun and I can’t wait to go back next year.

The Party Continues

21 Oct

On Missy Mack’s actual birthday, the 18th, we did our best to celebrate even though both her and Mr. Mack have been bitten terribly by the allergy bug. They sound awful, they look awful, they are coughing and sneezing and have snot running down their crusty faces. Yuck! Poor babes.

We party on. Mr. Mack brought McDonalds pancakes to school for her 10:30 lunch and we ate with her and her friends.

Then I brought these yummy cakeball treats in for snack time with class. (Thank you Pinterest)

The class sang Happy Birthday to her while she stood on the table.

She made them sing a second time because she didn’t want the song to include the Cha, cha, cha part.

Then finally, they got to dig in.

We ordered pizza in and Missy Mack and I finished off the last of the yummy birthday cake. She opened presents from family. We tucked a very tired, cranky, coughing and snotty kid into bed with her birthday PJs from Mamaw.

Let’s hope she sleeps well. Poor child has had the same annual cold since she turned one years old. Maybe I will dig up pictures from past birthdays so I can prove that she sadly has the same sad nose every year on her birthday.

I didn’t even get to read the story that I have read to her for the past five years on her birthday and to every child I have taught on their birthday.

I guess that means, the celebration will continue for one more day….

The 6th Birthday Party

20 Oct

Missy Mack requested a Ranch birthday with horse riding.

We are so grateful to grandparents who made this party possible. Seriously, it is the easiest party I have ever planned. We attended a party at the Little Buckaroo Ranch this summer and it was great. Even in 100 degree weather. I called up Cowboy Jimmy and Cowgirl Miriam, scheduled the party, ordered cowboy hats and bandanas from oriental trading company, ordered a cake, and we were done. That is it. Totally done. Oh, I did do cute invites, which might have been a bit of a headache because I couldn’t get the paper and the printer to play nice. Here is a little tip: frequent the fancy invitation stores and buy packages of invites that are partially used for 75% off and viola, you have expensive invites of your own. You just have to print them yourself. Not enough? Scan it and print in color. Problem solved

We decided to go with only inviting the girls in class plus a few family friends. Every. Single. Person. Came. To. This. Party. Not. One. Regret, well, maybe one, but just one and that one was originally a yes.

It was so fun. Every time I tried to help out on Saturday, Cowboy Jimmy would tell me, ‘relax, mamma, this is our party, you let us handle every thing.’ Well, ok, I will.

We ordered the cake from a local bakery and it was costly. Initially, I was feeling guilty about this, but it was so damn good, I don’t care any more. Here were the instructions we gave: White cake, white icing, a picture and a pink cowgirl hat, red and pink accent colors. The picture:

The cake:

I don’t even like cake and I am sad that there are three more pieces left. Tearful. It was damn good. I am not sad that we paid extra for a good cake now.

We went with the Ranch Game Party.

All the girls(and two boys) arrived and we had hay rides.

The kids got their party favors up front at this party!

Then we got the rules. These people are really serious about their rules so you better listen up!

There was some hanging out while we waited our turn for pony rides.

Then there were pony rides on Coco (the pony, not the friend)

Next up, Ranch games. Nut races (balance a shelled pecan on plastic spoon while in your mouth). It was pretty funny.

Lasso a Steer:


Missy Mack thought the best joke of the day was when Cowgirl Miriam said: ‘These are NOT hula hoops because we are not in Hawaii. These, are ropes because we are on the Ranch.’ Cowgirl Miriam and Cowboy Jimmy have their schtick down.

I can’t remember what game was next, maybe twirling a rope.

My non-direction follower had to make up her own way, which didn’t work, of course.

While the VW blasted out old Honky Tonk songs,

Cowboy Jimmy roasted hot dogs on an open fire, which I am pretty sure is against the law during the burn ban. I will not tell, if you don’t.

It was a lovely day. The weather could not have been more perfect. Every single child was full of smiles. They ran in the open air, they giggled, climbed trees, ate food and enjoyed each other’s company. I even survived family.

I hope Missy Mack will always remember that lots of people go out of their way to make her day and life special. She is a lucky girl and as a family we are lucky to have close friends and family, who will give up a part of their Saturday to celebrate with us.

I have decided that being the first birthday of the year has a lot of pressure attached to it. I guess every one will always come to our party because it is the first one of the year.

What will we do to top it next year?

BTW, this was pretty much what we dealt with all day:

Can you feel the excitement?

Six Years

19 Oct

October 18, 2005 8:02 AM



Missy Mack entered this planet, Earth. She changed our lives. She brought joy and life like we have never known. We continue to be proud and  amazed that our love created such  a special individual.


We love you so much, Missy Mack.


Happy 6th Birthday!