Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Happenings

What a busy time of year this is! I LOVE Christmas... it is by far my favorite time. I just wish that I could slow down and enjoy it more. Here is a quick recap of the past few weeks in the Webb house:

1. Gruene Market Days, "Christmas Edition"


It was super cold, but we had a great weekend! I am looking forward to taking some time off, though :)

2. Maya's Christmas play at Mother's Day Out.
video

She is sooooo stinkin' cute & at a really fun age. Sorry about the video ha! I didn't realize that it couldn't be turned. (*note to self- keep camera horizontal or you will get a crick in your neck from trying to watch it play back)

3. Kevin's Chaparral Hunt.


What an awesome opportunity for him! He and three other guys have been applying for this public hunt for about 15 years now. Every year the notice comes that were not drawn, but this year they were! So they loaded up a monster RV and headed to Cotulla, TX. I hope he kills a giant whitetail. If he does, pictures will follow!

4. Uncle Scott & Aunt Melissa's Christmas Open House.


Kevin's Brother and his wife built an absolutely gorgeous home on their family ranch in New Braunfels. It is always a treat to enjoy the delicious food and sweet company. This year we had fajitas and I'm suprised Rain didn't end up with a tummy ache from all that fudge ha!

BTW- I don't have a picture of their house (I wish I did!) this was taken at ours :)

5. (1st Annual) Simply Adorable Christmas Party.


This year I threw together a little luncheon for my "sewing ladies" as the kids call them. I made chicken tortilla soup, and there was absolutely NO sewing involved. (For like the first time ever!) It was so funny because they walked in and were in shock that the machines were put away. I wanted to give them something to show them how much I appreciate their help, and Christmas bonuses were not in the budget, so I decided to get each of them something from Gruene Market Days. The items were a BIG hit!

6. KRE school parties!


Nothing like a little sugar, hot chocolate and crafts to get you in the spirit! Parker's class did ice cream sundaes, and ornament craft and gift exchange. Rain's class made a snowman, drank hot chocolate and watched the Polar Express in espanol. Maya and made the rounds and managed to meet our sugar intake for the week in about and hour. Good times!

7. Rain's Crafty Christmas Party.


More details on this later... but sweet Rain is stuck playing with stinky boys all the time. And though her and Maya are best friends, she was just dying to have some of her friends over for a change. So we decided to throw a little craft making event. I'll let you know how it turns out later :) Wish me luck!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Atta Boy!!

So I've kicking myself since October because we took the kids to Marfa for Pronghorn season and I left the camera there... Yep! Our brand new camera, 420 miles away. Total bummer. Plus, blogs just aren't any fun without pictures. But now it's back (YAY!), and so I just wanted to share how Parker took his first Pronghorn.
We live in Texas, and we are hunters. The first year Kevin and I were married we really struggled and I swear if it had not been for the Pronghorn he killed that year we would not have eaten any meat at all! We are responsible hunters, and take great care in teaching our children the importance hunting and all that goes with it.
We hunt pronghorn and mule deer in West Texas, and whitetail deer closer to home. If we don't eat the meat, we donate it to "Hunters for the Hungry". Kevin also spends a ton of time watching, feeding and looking at the deer on our land. He decides which ones to shoot, which ones we keep.
This year it was Parker's turn to take a Pronghorn, and I have never been so proud. We were all together in the four-wheeler and after three days of hunting we found the one. He took his time and was VERY patient... something extremely difficult for a 10 year old about take his first buck. He waited for the perfect shot... and took it.
The buck took a few steps and it was over.

Congratulations, Parker! I love you!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh the weather outside is frighful...

and today we headed here


for a private shopping Bazaar and luncheon. Man, it was cold! Megan and I decide to carpool not knowing what the weather was going do~ so we loaded up my 4x4 and drove to San Antonio.


Can you see the shopping cart in there? I would never have thought we would have fit all our stuff in there. A-mazing.


When we got there it was freezing cold, but there were some awesome helpers there. We unloaded, and then turned it into this


The only bad thing is that we were in the hallway and everytime the door opened (which was often) we froze :( Megan even wore her gloves for the second half of the show and were inside!!


It was over at 2:30, then we packed it all up and headed home. I'm so excited about having cooler weather but tomorrow we have Gruene Market Days and the morning is supposed to be like 24 degrees. SERIOUSLY? Thank goodness for the Gruene Coffee Haus... they will help keep us nice and warm with delicious toasty beverages!


See y'all in Gruene tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Note to self...

DO NOT do two shows in one weekend ever (EVER!) again.

This past weekend my little business did two shows, Weihnachsmarkt & Gruene Market Days. It was fast, furious and a ton of fun! BUT, a little too much, ya know?

It started on Wednesday when we moved in


We put the finishing touches on Thursday morning and then when home and got pretty for the Gala from 6-9pm.


We opened to the public on Friday at 10 am and had a really great day, following by a very SLOW day for the 'Wine & Cheese' Shopping. Just too much going on in NB, I think. That ended at 9 pm and then we came home and packed the car to set up Gruene.

Yep. 7 am, setting up (in the cold) and Kevin had to give me lots of pep-talks along the way. He also picked up this little guy and it was wonderful!



Saturday was a Door bustin', clothes sellin', bow tryin', "OMG" sayin', kind of day.

I. LOVED. IT.


And Sunday people came back for more.

I got to hang with some really cool girls, and I am thankful for their help and friendship. I couldn't have done it without you!


So, I put one foot in front of the other and will be at the Dominion's Womens' Club luncheon on Friday the 4th, followed by good ole GMD on the 5th & 6th. Come see us!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Too Busy To Blog

That's right, I said it.

My house is filled with all things sewing, all things girly and Christmas stuff galore.

Stacks of Christmas apron dresses four feet tall,


Cozy Coats in every corner,

Skirts and ruffles and ribbon are everywhere.


In 10 days all of this stuff will be here

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If you think that is bad, you should see my neglected home. Poor family, it will be over soon, I promise!

So this is where the rubber meets the road, and I am


Too. Busy. To. Blog.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Twick-or-Tweat!!!

This was truly a fun Halloween... maybe the best one since I was little. All the kids came up with their own costumes (with no coaxing from me LOL!) and they each had a blast.

Parker was a zombie (here he is with Haley a forest fairy)

Rain was a vampire (princess, of coarse!)

and Maya was a cheerleader... GO BLUE! It was so cute because she would be the first one off the hayride and would still be the last on to the door... then she would say, "Twick or Tweat!!" So adorable :)




We decided to bring the 4 wheeler from the ranch and hook-up a trailer to create hay ride for some neighborhood kids. I had no idea what a hit it would be! We cruised the neighborhood in style and the best part was that the trick or treaters were not worn-out and whiny when got home for the...

Traditional Candy Swap! Each kiddo comes back to the house, dumps out their candy and then begins to beg, barter and steal for their favorites. Have you ever seen so much candy? (forgive the picture I took it with my phone) I think this year was the tops!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kevin's Trip Report: Akumal 2009

We (me and my wife, her friend Ashley, and our three kids) went for a long weekend at Cannon House the end of last month. Ashley is cool enough to help with the kids so my wife and I can have some time together here and there and we try to pick up most of the bills.

Anyway, we came back with 270 photos that we will post some of here eventually, a film camera full of turtle pictures that still sits on the bar at home, and a reservation for eight days next May.

I think, though, that I can summarize my trip pretty quickly:
The last evening, sitting comfortably at the corner table at Lol-Ha nearest the retaining wall and beach, watching the kids play in the sand and run around chasing crabs with their flashlights, remnants of our dinner on the candle lit table full of dishes we would not have to clean up, holding my wife's hand, and an unknown cat asleep in my lap, I remember who I am for a little while and I smile in my heart. A stranger walking down the beach stops and takes a picture of my daughter but I don't think anything of it because the scene is so perfectly beautiful that anyone who saw it and her would be compelled to do the same. Though I am a little cramped from holding my youngest daughter while she napped for an hour earlier, I think to myself that I could stay right here, like I am, forever.


Day One:
Continental San Antonio to Houston and Houston to Cancun
View of the day for Brandy (my wife) and Ashley (our friend):



The Crew:
Parker, our ten year old, with airline grub. Why will be eat every single morsel of food on an airplane?



Rain, our six year old with a goofy look:



And Maya, the three year old:



Pick up the rental at Thrifty:


Funny thing here. The day before I went by the bank to get some cash. I sent my driver's license and a check or withdrawal slip through the tube on the drive thru and it took an oddly long time. I finally pushed the button to ask if there was a problem.

"Yes, sir, I'm afraid there is. I sent your license with the car that left a few minutes ago. We are trying to contact them now." I'm a mellow person, so no big deal. Well, it is kind of a big deal in Mexico trying to rent a car with an expired license I dug out of my drawer. My name was on the credit card, used my wife's license, just a minor hassle. My license was in the mail when we gotr home. Anyway, on to Crococun:


The big knucklehead is me. Parker is so excited he can't see straight. He has a list of stuff to do. One of them is to see a monkey. They are visible in the trees from the road. He also really likes reptiles, so he's ready to go. We pay about $90 for all six of us, and this part of the trip gave us more recurring laughs than any other part because of our guide and his outrageous accent.

He would say, "Dees, Matilda. OK to toush. Safe for humans."



"Let her kees you wife."



We have like 65 pics of Crococun--alligators, crocs, iguanas, ocelot, monkeys, etc.



The coolest dog ever...he has a natural mohawk.



"Dees one Rudolf. I do not name heem."



"Dees one Narnia. Go way. Shoo! You too fat! Oh, no, do not toush. Dees one wild--not safe for humans!"



End of day one tomorrow!


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OK, continuing with Day One:

A sign at Crococun:



But why? OH, I see!


You notice there are not any pics of Ashley yet? She's not a fan of birds or reptiles, but she liked the deer:



A sweet one of Maya with a fawn:



After the tour we loaded up in the Durango and stopped at a store in PDC for groceries. Then, we finally made it to Akumal. Checked in at the front, and then into Cannon House with no problem. My wife couldn't wait--had to have a shot of the arch--even though it was dark:


Cannon House check in photos:


I wanna sleep here! They didn't find the hammock until the next day--see it there hanging on the right? Big hit with the kids.



And the obligatory swans:



Then, we rushed over to Lol-Ha for fish tacos, nachos, and cocktails before they closed:








And then it was off to bed. Everyone was good and tired and went down hard.

Early the next morning we woke up to this:



Wonder why they call it the Cannon House and why everyone thinks Akumal is paradise?

And then here for breakfast:


Shopping a La Calaca:


Maya and the rest of us hamming it up:






Ashley with a smoothie:


Maya got a brownie and liked it:



Maya's fruit plate:



Parker's big egg burrito thingie:



Brandy's goat cheese eggs that went uneaten because the goat cheese tasted more like goat a**:



Rain's french toast--the best thing on the table is that little cup of syrup:



The bakery was good, but it cost us like $68 to eat there and it wasn't worth that to me. The Loncheria is more our style!

And then we went to the beach (that the next day we found out was just for the Casitas--whoops--but no one ever said anything to us and a nice family even let us use their kayak).

Daddy throwing Rain into the air:



The luckiest chump ever with Mommy:


Mommy supervising the kayakers:



Back to the Cannon House for some rest and then over to the pueblo for some tacos:



These are panuchos, empanadas, and something else:




There was a quincinera starting as we were leaving with ear crushing Ranchera music. Nice to be going back to the house for:



and

Day Three Later!!!


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width="150" height="1" /> Day Three
Parker and I got up early and went for a snorkel before anyone else was up. Ran into a big barracuda, a pretty good sized sting ray, some squid, and all the usual suspects that I couldn't name if I had to! Then, in to wake up sleepyhead Rain! Notice the mask marks still on my forehead:



We went to the Loncheria for breakfast--the kids really liked the chocolate milk licuado type things, to Chomak for a phone card (maybe that was in Day 2?), made some calls, and then, on to the beach where we were supposed to be near the pool. Hmm. This particular spot became ours for the next two days...probably the best 48 hours we've had in a long time:


We just kind of hung around for a while having some cocktails and I was recovering from carrying a large cooler.

What it's all about:







Prettiest lady ever, "staying thirsty, my friend.":



Ashley, dreaming of some boy, also staying thirsty:



Then, time for a swim to see if we can find any turtles.



I had no idea it was so easy to see them. At one point when the sun was out strong and the current was slight, we had five turtles in sight at once--unbelievable. Even Maya saw one--not through her mask but by just looking into the water while I held her.

Then over to Lol-Ha for some pizza and time out of the sun. Rain is our model and will pose like this for as long as it takes to get the shot she is looking for. This is her "concerned about future world affairs" look:



Parker goofing at Lol-Ha. Bo-ring!



We want to go do this:



While Maya naps with Daddy in the coolest place ever:



An hour later---there she goes! That's her running in the pink hat.



You can tell by the shadows it is getting later in the day. We decided to go get cleaned up and go to the pueblo for a cheap dinner. We drove over only to find the place we'd been the night before closed and nothing else open either. So, we took off for Tulum.

We stopped by a farmacia because Ashley got water in her ear and it was bothering her, but the lady there wasn't much help--more on this later.

We found a place on the right, heading south that looked OK, and guess what? Tacos! I give the oppressive heat in Tulum a 6.5. Mosquitoes about a 7.0.





And some cotton candy afterwards:



Mommy and Maya being silly:



Then serious:



Then back to Cannon House for another good night's sleep.

Day Four
Early the next morning Ashley is having trouble with her ears. I tell her I saw these "Mayan" ear candles for sale at Chomak:


We set them on fire. She's taking it very seriously:



Sh says it helps for a bit and then not so much. She was bothered with plugged up ears for most of the trip, but was a trooper. Off to our spot on the beach again for a beautiful day, Lol-Ha pizza on the beach, and this view again:



And Maya nite-nite again:



Parker and Rain:



More turtles spotted--just a great day and then to Lol-Ha for happy hour and dinner. This is our last night and where I had the thought about just staying there forever in the first post on this thread. Probably enough said for a while--the photos tell it pretty well..I made the kids pose for some shots(they already ate pizza) then Brandy, Ashley, and I had drinks/dinner/drinks:







Dinner!!! See my hands down below? Can't wait to dig in!



The girls had shrimp tacos. And drinks (a-hem).



Happy Mommy:



Happy kids:



Equals happy me.