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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
“B-U-R-N, burn, burn, burn.”
Luke, he says this allll the time. Thanks older brother, Will, for teaching him.
Clare: “You are the best Mom ever! What is better than hearts?”
Clare: “That’s the right answer!”
“I got to that scary part in ‘Old Yeller’ and I had to skip it or I’d faint.”
Anna-Laura, good call. Although, she did get a big hug after finishing it. Such a good, but sad, piece of literature.
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Just call me 4-H proud. This past week was a fun, and busy, 4-H one. The oldest three participated in a joint competition between the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo and District 10. The Consumer Decision Making contest is a fun one. They were given six different scenarios for six different groupings of products (jeans, boots, printers, cookware, etc.) and then asked to rank each class from best to worst products, based on the needs from the scenario. And, my oldest had to give oral reasons for his placings for one of the groups of products to a set of judges. Anna-Laura and John Paul’s teams both placed in the top ten, 10th and 8th, respectively. Will didn’t have his best day in the competition, but we learned some lessons of things to do differently next time. But, that kid rocked his oral reasons, 49 out of 50 on the scorecard. It figures. He can sweet talk his way out of just about anything! Very proud of all three of them. San Antonio does it right. If you are a senior member (ages 14-18) and place in the top three, you win a $10,000 scholarship. WHAT? Oh, and the top individual gets a $150 belt buckle, too. Texas Forever, y’all.
Two days later, Scott and Will headed back to San Antonio so Will could volunteer to serve in the Dairy Bar. As our county agent said, “It’s the only time I’ll tell you to meet someone at the bar!” Will’s record book is in food-nutrition, so this was an opportunity for him to do some learning, while having tons of fun. He tells me they also stopped at Bucee’s on the way home. Not sure if that counts for his record book, though!
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Hip or not? Well, we might be the hippy Austin parents who make our child’s own organic baby food, but early adopters we are not. Three kids ago we started making our own. I’ll never go back to jarred food again. Easier and cheaper than you think. I digress. Scott and I love us some Netflix since we gave up cable several years ago. We usually wait until the TV show is off the air and then we cue up the Apple TV and binge watch shows in the evenings. Our latest? Parenthood. If you’ve watched them all, no spilling the beans. So far, we love it. We’ve watched White Collar and Life (thanks to Bonnie’s suggestion) and, of course, Friday Night Lights. Panther Stadium used to be just minutes from our house. I heart you, Tim Riggins.
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Did somebody say Bishop? Next Tuesday our beloved former pastor will be ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Austin. It’s going to be tough to transition from saying Fr. Danny, to Bishop Garcia. He’s given First Eucharist to two of our children and I’ve sung his praises when chatting about winning the heart of your parish priest. March 3 will be a lovely, lovely day. We can’t wait to see it in person!
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Oh the cute. I just don’t even know where to start. Those eyes. Those lashes. Those fat rolls. Yeah, she’s pretty loved. She started “golf clapping” this week. Man I love having a baby in the house again. That shirt? SweetTeesShop. They have some adorable stuff (not paid to say it, I just adore it all)!
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Three Little Pigs and Elvis as the Big Bad Wolf. This year’s pre-school field trip did not disappoint. One of the very best parts of Austin, besides all the fabulous restaurants, is the live theatre. The 3yo and 4yo classes from school attended this pint-sized Broadway-like show and it was just fantastic. I drove Luke and his sweet friend and Gianna tagged along. Luke didn’t say one word or move one muscle from his seat. In fact, his little hiney sat on the very edge of his chair and he loved every second. What a fun morning. The wolf looked eerily similar to Elvis, and sang just like him, too! While the kids loved the pigs, the adults adored the wolf! If you’re in Austin, get yourself to the show. Well worth it!
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My best read this week? Why we should bring back cocktail parties. Facebook probably already showed it to you, but maybe not. It inspired our friends in the ‘hood to get to planning a progressive dinner. Love those! Cheers and all that jazz.
Next week? A glimpse at a project I finally finished and a sweet bambino giveaway.
Thanks, Kelly, for hosting 7QT this week!