Archive | June, 2012

Summer: Trains, Bulls, Skates & Friends

21 Jun

Let’s see it is the first real day of summer, and so far, I don’t have much to report nor do we have a great schedule or routine.

Here is Missy Mack after her first swim of the summer:


Missy Mack and Mr. Mack have written a song together called ‘Summer’s Just Begun’. Missy Mack wrote the lyrics and Mr. Mack came up with the melody. It is actually pretty good. I’ll have to record it and put up a video.

I have read 7 books so far and I am having trouble finding something interesting. I started reading on the iPaad and I love it, but I still like holding book and reading it. I have planned and taught a training for the district, hosted a dinner party and a play date. I have worked out once. I have slept til at least 9 AM every day and stayed up til midnight almost every night. It is lovely.

Missy Mack and I rode the train to Fort Worth last week. It costs $50 for the two of us. Missy Mack got to spread out and play with her Barbies all the way there. It makes 4 stops between Austin and Fort Worth. There is a dining cart for lunch (we skipped that part) and a snack lounge where I spent $10 on 2 bottles of water, a bag of chips, a bag of almonds and a bag of peanuts. My lesson: bring your own snacks. I could have had a $6 beer or wine, but I didn’t hsince it was early morning, this has never stopped me before but it did this time for some reason. Maybe it was the I could an entire 6 pack for the price of one thing. I was creeped out only once when a guy came into our cart, where we happened to be the only two people in there, and sat behind us. He ended up just sleeping but it felt strange. My mom picked us up at the FTW station and it is always a little sketchy, but she had some fun stories to tell. I enjoy train riding. You can prop your feet up, lay back, watch out the window, take a walk, have a snack and it is perfect for kids.


When we arrived in FTW, we headed straight to the stock yards for some Risky’s and to meet a friend with her new baby. Risky’s was a joint that my dad and grandpa went to at least 3 times a week. When I was older, I joined them for beers and fun. It holds a special place for me and it felt good to take Missy Mack there and tell stories of her grandfather that she will never know. Our friend spent many of those beer afternoons with us and she also has a fondness for the North Side. Her 6 year old and mine had a ball riding 25 cent horses and a mechanical bull. Surely the funniest thing of the day. Missy Mack immediately started screaming in a very dramatic fashion ‘STOP’! Then she got off the bull and began telling us how awesome it was!

That night I ran into a friend, who I used to teach with in Denton, who also has a 6 year old. It was so good to catch up so we made a few play dates for the girls while we were in town. Skating one day and Pops took the girls to Chuck E Cheese the next day ( I think he regretted that). Roller Rinks aren’t much different than there were in our day. I truly enjoyed watching the kids have fun and become braver each round. The funny thing is the girls ended up winning this game that the teenagers of the rink were going out of their way to cheat through. They got beat out by some 6 year olds with their walkers.

Here is a reference, this is the last time these two girls hung out with one another:


Next, I met another former teacher friend at Central Market for our girls to play together. It is so nice to remain friends with people that even though you don’t see each other often, it is just like old times when you are reunited. Her girls so dang cute!

Then, we happened to run into a friend from Missy Mack’s class, who was in Denton visiting her uncle, for ice cream at the famous Beth Marie’s.


We had our dessert first and then walked down to Tim Love’s Love Shack for a dang good burger. Missy Mack and Mr. Mack had to do some hard core posing in front first for a little daddy/daughter photo op on Pre-Father’s Day,


We had a fun relaxing trip and I just love being with my mom!

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Ballet Austin Performance

8 Jun

Now that we have moved to Ballet Austin, that means we give up the big dance recital hoopla. That means no costumes, no rehearsal, no make up, nothing. Just a simple performance in class in their regular dance outfit having a regular class where they perform dances they have been working on during their weekly class. Of course, we still invited the grandparents, took tons of pictures, gave flowers and went out for a celebration.

Before class, the girls were giddy with excitement and were moved to a bigger room to accommodate all the guests.

Look at my cute ballerina warming up with her class and teacher:

And some floor work:

Super woman:

One of the dances:

Missy Mack and Ms. Bravo

And then a little celebration at Shady Grove. It was a perfect Austin afternoon.

Where to start?

6 Jun

So much has happened lately, I am not sure where to start. Tomorrow, I present a training in front of many people in my district, so now that it’s planned, I feel like summer can begin.

The last week of school, Missy Mack and I were both sick. I know people say this every time they are sick, but I swear that I thought I was dying. I went to the doctor and they said, virile so no meds. That sucks. I think I am done going to the doctor.

Anyway, here is the comparison of Missy Mack on the first day of kindergarten and the last day of kindergarten. I can’t believe it!

The end of year has been full of fun parties for Missy Mack. One friend hosted a water gun party. Super cute. One very creative mom create this mural that greeted us as we arrived. So stinking cute!

Missy Mack was one of the few girls that attended so once the boys had moved on from water guns, the girls decided they would have ‘spa time’. Aren’t they cute?

One of the parents gifted the class with matching t-shirts that the class wore on the last day of school. Girls got pink and boys got blue. They were so cute.

Our 5th grade graduation is a big deal and very special to me this year because I just loved this class. The decorations were just darling. It had a Hot Air Balloon theme. They blew up balloons and created several clusters of white balloons to be clouds, a few giant blue balloons with yellow strings and attached to baskets to look like hot air balloons, they made smaller paper ones and paper clouds and hung them from the ceiling by the snack table and they used balloons with strings attached to flowers to decorate the stage, which they later gave the flowers to teachers in the building. Simple. Cute. Fun. Anyway, they did the cutest story during the ceremony. One of the kid’s parents are the people who wrote Spy Kids and they wrote this story of all the things that have happened since these kids were born. Every child had a speaking part or a prop party. They recited the story. It was so clever! They also showed the sweetest slide show that had pictures of the kids the entire time they have been at our school since kinder. Their sweet baby kinder faces and we watched them grow through the slide show, so I went and took pictures of all the kindergarten classes so that I would have those cute kinder faces recorded when it’s their 5th grade graduation.

Saturday, Missy Mack’s daisy troop had an ice cream and slip-n-slide party. The family that hosted this party just moved here from Washington. They had the best yard. Nice and shady. It was funny watching the girls approach the slip-n-slide in the beginning vs. the end. I can remember being nice a bruised up from the slip-n-slide.

What has the rest of the family been up to?

Mr. Mack started a new job. He still has the bike shop and for now is having to work on the weekends there, but we are hoping to stop that soon! He is anxious about this job. From what I can tell, it seems to good to be true, he is waiting for the other shoe to drop. It is an e commerce company that sets up companies online shopping site. We are in the midst of getting used to what Mr. Mack have a job is like. Lots to adjust to. I just can’t wait until we are adjusting to two incomes! Seeing that Mr. Mack has worked from home or at the bike shop for several years, being among the land of people who go to a job everyday has been the biggest adjustment for him.
Me? I have read the Fifty Shades trilogy and it has my mind spinning a little. Not because of kinky fuckery, but maybe the intimacy and how all relationships start that way but eventually something switches. I am going through Ana and Christian withdrawal. I hate missing characters when the books are over. I also sit around and think about how I want a body like Ana’s. I just sit around and think about it though, I am not actually doing anything about it, just thinking about it. I also cleaned and re-organized the pantry. I wish I would have taken before and after photos because I am impressed with myself. I am so proud every time I open the pantry door. I have also been cleaning out things that have been ignored while school was going.

I know, life is very exciting, but here it is. I miss y’all! Hopefully, now that summer is here, I’ll be around more.