Wednesday, December 28, 2022


All my children.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022


Guess who got braces?

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Birthday lunch for Lynn without the kids (North Italia)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Thanksgiving lunch with Elliot at school.

This year's Thanksgiving was one to forget...

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Catching a show with my big girl.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022


A night away from the kiddos.

get·a·way (ˈɡedəˌwā) an escape or quick departure, especially after committing a crime.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The last kid in the family to start BJJ.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Jon Klassen and Mac Burnett (Blue Willow Bookstore).

Wednesday, November 2, 2022


Our treat-or-trick group (the ones that dressed up).

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Walking home after eating greasy burgers and fries (Spirit Night for Tyson's orchestra).

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Who likes spicy chips?

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Tyson's first orchestra concert.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Jacob earned his letterman jacket when he joined the varsity soccer team during his sophomore year.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A big cake for my big girl.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

New season. New team. All girls U8 division.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Sunday afternoon Astros game.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Jacob made another 5 on his AP test! Maybe I'll get him a car as a reward instead of having him ride his bike to school... Maybe. 🤔

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Friday evening birthday party for Elliot's friend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Andrew (9th grade) and Jacob (11th grade) leave first in the morning, biking to high school.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Here's to another year...

Wednesday, August 10, 2022


This was our 10th road trip to Colorado. We've made this long drive ten times. I told the family that this would be the last trip to Colorado, that it's time to explore other destinations. Time will tell if I hold true to my word.

This trip was longer than usual, nearly two weeks. I wanted to give everyone time to get acclimated to the high altitude (Silverthorne elevation >9,000 ft) before we did any outdoor activities.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Proud of my big boys for completing their first 14er. This brutal hike took us just over 7 hours to complete.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


3rd annual family trip.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

You might have seen this boathouse on HGTV Fixer Upper. I haven't seen it myself (because we don't have cable) but an old beat-up boathouse was given a more contemporary update. 

Well, Anh Vien now owns it and invited our family over. So it was off to Lake Waco for more fun in the sun. And since we were already in Waco, we spent the following day at the Magnolia Silos.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


Our annual trip to Surfside Beach.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

July 4, 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


For my mom's birthday, we took her to eat sushi since she's never tried it. And being served water by a robot was another first.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

For Father's Day, I did some of my favorite things.

Ate my favorite food, pizza.

Ate my favorite sweet treat, donuts.

Ate my second favorite food, burgers.

Ate my second favorite sweet treat, ice cream.

Drank alcohol.

Played arcade games.

Hung out with my family.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022


No kids. Just us. One day. A quick getaway.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Celebrating Jax's birthday at the ice skating rink.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Elliot graduated from Kindergarten.

Tyson graduated from elementary school.

Andrew graduated from junior high school.

And Lynn's cousin graduated from high school.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

We've finally come to the end of the spring season for soccer. 

Elliot finished her first season playing in the U6 recreational league. She didn't stand out like her two older brothers when they started but that doesn't matter... she really had fun playing.

Andrew ended the season with a hat trick (3 goals) on his final game. He finished his junior high career undefeated... well, only the games he played in. He got injured (probably due to overtraining) and sat out for a couple of games (which the team lost). I really enjoyed watching him play for school since he was so dominant.

Jacob's club team had an end of the season party... which is probably the last time he's together with his team. After playing with the club for several years, he chose not to continue with club soccer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ugh, forgot to take my mask off.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022


Happy Mother's Day to the mother of my children.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


Everything must go!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

International Festival. Friday night at their elementary school.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

My vampire bunny.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

We attended the 9th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival, where the best BBQ joints from the Houston area (and beyond) were in one spot. Each booth provided samples... which was unlimited

It was essentially all-you-can-eat BBQ!

Many of the BBQ places got creative with their BBQ from making brisket tacos to egg rolls. My favorite was the brisket boudin from Roegels Barbecue.

Sadly, my body couldn't handle all the food I stuffed in my face. I felt sick afterwards... nauseous... just ugh... 

But I would do it all again... it was delicious.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Mendes brothers 😍

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Let's go, Elliot!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

We've been coming to Leadville every year during Spring Break since 2018 (with a break in 2021 due to COVID). This trip also made it our ninth road trip to Colorado... and counting. And now that I'm a little more experienced, I took my Nissan Pathfinder since it had 4WD. It was a nightmare driving the minivan in snow and ice. The major drawback was the loss of space but we made it work.

Anh Vien and his family also met up with us in the two mile high town. Good times.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Friday night lights. Jacob's varsity soccer games are so late.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Valentine's Day with my love.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

My eldest son is now 16 years old. Oh how he's grown since the first birthday post about him (my second ever blog post 11 years ago). Jacob is currently in the 10th grade, taking the most ridiculously hard classes. He's currently on the high school varsity soccer team. No, he doesn't have his driver's license yet. In fact, I'm the one pushing him to drive (so much would be taken off of our plates if we added another chauffer to the family) but it doesn't seem like he even cares to get one. Maybe he knows... he is the brains of the family.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Our family with grandma.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Our anniversary was on a Monday. The kids would all be at school and we could have the day to ourselves. I made sure I didn't have to go in for work. I would skip my usual lunchtime jiu jitsu training. And we purposely didn't go out to eat the prior weekend just so we could splurge a little more than usual. 

But no, the kids put a halt on that. The two little ones were "sick" and stayed home from school. Instead of going on a lunch date, I went to the local emergency center to get Tyson tested for COVID.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Last weekend we ran the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. It was Lynn's first half marathon, which was why I signed up too. She actually signed up to do it in 2021 (pushing her to pursue it after doing my own marathon in 2020) but COVID canceled everything so this was nearly two years in the making.

To be honest, I barely trained for this race. The most mileage I put in for a week was only 12 miles, with the longest run being 6 miles. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. As a result, my right knee was wrecked afterwards.

Lynn's training tapered off with our week long winter break vacation and then the holidays... but she fared much better than me. In fact, she did really well. Proud of her.

It was fun but I think I'm done with endurance races. ✌