Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ode to the Shower

In response to those in my family who think I take ridiculously long showers, I submit to you the following heart felt poem:

I find solace in the shower
I could stay in there for hours
The steam and heat
They feel so sweet
They turn bright red
My two white feet

It's where I do my best thinking
It's where I stop my stinking
It's where I hide
And try to decide
Just exactly how
I feel inside

Although somewhat arbitrary
It is my sanctuary
No kids to foil it
No phone to spoil it
All I ask is
Please don't flush the toilet

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Every semester at Tarrant County College, Rainey and I help out with the recital put on by the Country Strings class. The class is made up of people from the community and it is always a lot of fun. This semester they did a tribute to Hee-Haw. Here are some pics. SALUTE!That's Diane Enger on fiddle. Diane teaches the Country Strings class.
I love me some mandolin! The great bearded one, Harris Kirby is a master and his protege, Eric Tepner is following in his footsteps.

It's always fun to sing with Keith and Beth Enger (on the left) and this year I recruited Kliff Rodgers (far right) to sing bass. He did an outstanding job and we had a lot of fun.

Martha Ripy takes the class every semester and plays the fiddle. She also played the role of Minnie Pearl this year.
The highlight of the show is always the kids. Rainey (the little one far left) has been in every show since she was two years old. This picture was taken during the finale.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Separated at Birth

This will be meaningless for many of you. But for those who love Saved By The Bell and are from the churches of Christ (who salute you), separated at birth: Mr. Belding and Randy Gill.
Tell me I'm wrong about this!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Flying with Children

I love to people watch and airports are a great place to do that. Over the Thanksgiving holiday my family flew to Idaho with a lay-over both ways in Denver. That's four separate flights if you're scoring at home. Flying with children is always tricky. You have to carry a lot of stuff, figure out how to warm a bottle in flight, try to schedule flights at nap time - and these days, wrestle with your 10 month old daughter at the security check in so they can make sure she's not wearing shoe bombs.

I started watching people at the gate and on the plane and it was fascinating to sense what they were thinking when they saw our family.

There were the young single people who just thought our girls were adorable.

There were the frequent flying businessmen who had been serving money all day, suddenly dropping their cell phones and promising God half of next years gross profits if He would seat them as far away from us as possible.

There was the newlywed couple sharing earbuds and watching re-runs of The Office on their laptop. They didn't notice us, but we stared at them trying to remember what it was like to travel before we had children.

There was the first time pregnant woman watching us hand out crayons, clean up spilled drinks, make multiple trips to the bathroom and handing kids back and forth, seeing her future and wondering if she was prepared for it. "You're not!" I wanted to tell her.

There were the knowing nods from other parents traveling with children.

My favorites, hands down were the older couples who have been there and done that. They want to tell you about their grown children and share stories about traveling with them when they were young. The women usually remember these times fondly. The men are less delusional, but at least serve as an inspiration that you can survive all this.

Truth be told, the girls did great. We even made it through being stuck on the ground at D/FW airport for 30 minutes waiting for a gate to open up at the end of our long journey home. When we finally arrived at the gate, an older woman who had been sitting in front of us turned and said she hadn't even realized there were small children right behind her.

I helped her get her bag down from the overhead bin. Then she put her hearing-aids back in and headed for the door.