Looking for Open Roads, Gas Stations and Walmarts

If you've been following my blog you might remember when I posted about our first RV trip. In a nutshell, two years ago we rented an RV for Spring Break and traveled to two amazing Texas State Parks (Balmorhea and Garner), the McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis National Historic Site. It was one of the most memorable trips we've ever taken and we returned to San Antonio ready to buy an RV. The following year we again rented another RV,  but that trip was didn't go so well. We had trouble with … [Read more...]

Guns: Do You Ask Parents if They Have Them?

A few weeks ago our neighborhood had a few cars and a garage broken into and robbed. And, while we've occasionally had incidents like this, I would consider our neighborhood as a very safe place to live. Regardless, any type of robbery has neighbors alert and on edge, and children might suddenly feel like they are no longer safe from crime. This was the case one afternoon a few days after the robbery when one of my sons was at a friend's house. The mom had run to the grocery store and the … [Read more...]

We are Ten Today! But we don’t want to share a birthday party.

We had a busy weekend! On Sunday Luke and Will turned ten years old! Double digits for the duo. The boys decided that after nine years of sharing a birthday party, they wanted to each have their own. I wasn't so crazy about the idea because. . .because honestly, it is just so much easier to have one party than two. I'm big on making sure my identical boys bond as brothers but also feel like they are also individuals, so I agreed. On Thursday Luke decided that he wanted his birthday on … [Read more...]

Mostly Multiple Links

I'm so glad it is Friday but I don't think the weekend is going to be too relaxing! We have a weekend of baseball games and Luke's and Will's Birthday is on Sunday. (Am I the only mother who signs her kids up for outdoor sports and then prays for rain?!) We should all be tired from the week, but Maddie especially. It was a busy week for her. On Tuesday she introduced the San Antonio City Councilman, Ron Nirenberg, at her school  and participated in a presentation asking the Councilman to help … [Read more...]

Do You Let Your Children Fail–and an Apology

First, an apology: Last Thursday I published an unedited post, I.Hate.Projects, that initially went out to my subscribers. It was  a post with substandard language that, while reflecting an extremely frustrating evening (and week) of working on two projects with the boys, was raw with emotion. As a parent, you might have been in that place yourself, but you probably had the insight and self-restraint to contain it. I didn't. And the necessary edits to the post didn't occur until the next … [Read more...]