Saturday, August 30, 2008

OK... I changed my mind

I thought that we would attempt to go to the Gulf this weekend, but after seeing lines of cars at gas stations, no gas at pumps, and the beginning of total chaos, I changed my mind. I guess Hurricane Rita traumatized me, but I didn't realize it until saw panic setting into the community. I guess I'm not the only one who was traumatized. I'll keep you all updated as the storm nears.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Taking a chance...

Well, I've been watching Gustav and I am thinking (more like hoping) we are in the clear. We are going to go ahead and meet mom and dad in Fulton for a fun filled weekend of fishing and relaxing. Can't wait! My next posting will be of that record breaking catch.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First day of school...

Monday was the first day of class for all of us. Every year it gets a little harder to get the kids to cooperate for pictures. Oh well, they will get over it. I can't believe Dalton is an 8th grader and Callan a 5th grader. Where has the time gone??? Before I know it, they will be leaving for college.

This weekend we are planning on meeting Mom and Dad at their in Fulton, but we are watching Hurricane Gustov. We are hoping it will just go away, but know that will never happen.

More to come...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Helpful hint of the day...

I wanted to share with all of you a cool thing I discovered a few months back - Vinegar.

Put vinegar in the rinse agent compartment of your dishwasher instead of Jet-Dry. Your dishes come out squeaky clean.

Make your own fabric softener with vinegar, water, and hair conditioner. I use an old Downy softener bottle; mix equal parts vinegar and water with approximately 2 cups of cheap hair conditioner, and Voila! You have an awesome fabric softener that leaves you clothes smelling and feeling great without the residue that is left behind from store bought fabric softeners.

Pour some straight vinegar in and on the sides of the toilet bowl, let sit for 15-20 minutes, scrub, and you are left with a clean toilet.

Make you own Windex by filling a spray bottle with approximately 1 cup of vinegar, 1 teaspoon dish soap, and the rest of the bottle with water. I like to use this in the bathrooms because I can clean the mirrors and counters with the same non-toxic solution.

I hope these suggestions help you all get a little closer to living cleaner, greener, more non-toxic lives.

More to come...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just For Laughs - Snake in Mall

Callan introduced me to these videos, they are pretty funny!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

UT Marine Center Open House

This is a belated posting, but wanted to share part of our summer vacation with you all.

In June, University of Texas Marine Center in Port Aransas held an open house. Mom, Dalton, Callan, and I went and have an awesome time. They took us out on different boats in the bay to learn about marine life. The kids enjoyed to touch tanks on the boat. Mom enjoyed the boat ride by the Lydia Ann lighthouse. I enjoyed the boat rides themselves the best. What a wonderful opportunity UT gives the public by opening their doors once a year. We had a blast!

Thanks UT Marine Center!

Smiley face on the beach at Mustang Island.

The kids at the end of a long, hot day at UT Marine Center.

Mom and the kids on one of the boat rides that went by the Lydia Ann Lighthouse.

Lydia Ann Lighthouse, Aransas Pass, Texas

More to come...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Getting ready for another semester...

Go Jacks!!

Another semester is on the horizon and I am so excited to see what it has in store for me. I can not mention SFA without also mentioning TCU, my graduate school, as well.

Go Frogs!!

Be sure to check out my countdown until graduation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Homemade Floor Cleaner

OK... so I guess I will share another homemade floor cleaner mixture that I started using on my laminate wood flooring about a month ago. This mixture works great and smells wonderful:

  • 1/4 cup dish soap
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups vinegar
I found this recipe at Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner: A Must-Have for Your Laminated Floors

I have recently become more conscientious about what cleaning products I use. I am not 100% green yet, but I am slowly moving that direction and hope to be one day.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Simple Green

Once again I am amazed with Simple Green. I always have Simple Green lemon concentrate on hand and use it for various cleaning tasks around the house. I like to clean with it because it is a green product and smells good; it is right up there with vinegar in my book. Today I wanted to carpet clean Dalton's room before moving furniture back in, but was out of carpet cleaner for my steam cleaner. I did not want to go to the store so I googled "homemade carpet cleaner". One of the search results took me to a recipe for Simple Green carpet cleaner from concentrate. I decided "why not" and mixed up 3 ounces of Simple Green to one gallon of water (as the recipe stated). WOW!!! The mixture did such a wonderful job.

Kudos to Simple Green!

It's been a while...

I was crazy to think that I would have more time for postings this summer. I think this has been the busiest summer yet. This is going to be a longer than normal posting so I can somewhat catch you all up on our activities.

Mom, Grandmother, and I went on an awesome trip this summer. We flew into Seattle, went through the Cascades, down the Columbia river, along the Washington coast, and visited Victoria, BC. Here are some pictures:

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Calla lily at Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC

Ruby Beach, Washington

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, Washington
(flock of pelicans in the distance)


Callan's Girl Scout troop used their cookie money to go on an overnight stay at the Houston Aquarium. We slept with the white tigers, well on the other side of thick glass from the white tigers. It was pretty amazing to wake up to playing (roaring) tigers at 4 o'clock in the morning. Thanks Houston Aquarium for a wonderful opportunity for the the girls.

Callan wrestling the fierce tiger!

One the two beautiful tigers we stayed with overnight.

OK... I have run out of wind and need to get back to Dalton's bedroom redo. I'll post pictures of the final product.