Sunday, August 22, 2010

a last, fond look

Before we pack lunches, set out clothes, and set our alarms for an early morning wake-up time;
we would like to reflect back on summer 2010.
"let's get crackin'..."

Dinner at joe's Crab shack in San Antonio was a highlight.

Everyone liked the 4D movie at Fiesta TX too.

We spent countless hours by the pool.

Cheer camp was a blast.

Jensen and Tanner had the time of their lives at EFY in Provo on the BYU Campus. Seriously folks. That was the best 1,000 dollars we spent all year. It made a huge impact on both of them.

Fun with Scooby Doo!

Gotta love some roller coaster action.

Reagan and Brady won these capes at the midway in San Antonio.

We caught some shows at Sea World

more rides at Sea World...

All in all it was great fun.
The end.

Monday, August 16, 2010

just call me Martha

Actually, I'm not a big Martha Stewart fan. So don't. I never really feel very good about myself after I watch her show. She has more creativity in her pinky fingernail than I do in my whole body but...I am pretty proud of these centerpieces I did for our elementary school's "Welcome Back" luncheon for the teachers and staff. Each gift bucket has a different theme. They range in price from 17 to 30 dollars.

The "teacher tool kit" has essential teacher supplies like expo markers,
a gradebook, dry erase pens, etc...

The "Date Night in a Bucket" has a blockbuster card, sodas, popcorn, and candy.
Lots and lots of candy.

"Bubble bath in a bucket" has ...yep, you guessed it - bubble bath as well as all the goodies for a great bubble bath. Exfoliater, bath salts, a long armed brush, and of course a magazine.

"Chocolate Fix in a bucket" has tons of chocolate including King Size hershey bars and five GODIVA treats. Yum. Perfect for the girl experiencing PMS. :O)

"Essential Movie kit" (not completed quite yet) has an AMC gift card, popcorn, treats, etc....

"Queen for a Day" (also not a finished product but you get the idea, right?) has massager, sleep mask, lotion, chocolate and a Gift Certificate for a Pedicure. Oh! And a crown.

"Sonic Smile Bucket" has a Sonic Gift Card and a fake milkshake and banana split. I got the containers from Sonic and then filled them with colored paper confetti. This was a MUST as we don't have very many fast food places in our neck of the woods. Apparantly Sonic is a big hit with the teachers, though because it is just around the corner.

We are going to draw teacher names and give them away on Friday. Until then, they will make cute centerpieces for our tables. Don't you think?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pulmonary Embolisms, Allstars, and pulling teeth

Wednesday Brent woke me up in the middle of the night complaining of tightness in his chest and saying he could not catch a deep breath. He felt prompted to get to the ER right away. Tanner stayed with the lil guys (Jensen was away at Girl's camp) while I took him to the hospital. Originally, he thought he was having a heart attack. Nope. It turned out it was a Pulmonary Embolism. And not just one but two. yikes! The nurse told him he was a lucky man because most Pulmonay Embolisms are found in autopsies. It was scary. So....he was in the hospital for five days. We stayed up there most days visiting him but in the midst of his napping, 4 Argyle children did manage to swim at the ALLSTAR swim meet.

Jensen, Tanner, and Reagan qualified. Reagan swam the backstroke in the individual 50. Both of Tanner's relay teams qualified in freestyle and medley relay. Jensen qualified in both of her individual events (back and free). McKinley ended up swimming at the last minute for another girl her age who didn't show up for a relay. They represented well. It felt weird to be there at the meet without Brent. He normally would never miss something like that. :O( I got a little teary eyed thinking about it, right there in the stands. A sweet friend came over and hugged me about that time. I am so grateful for all the support we felt from our family and ward family during that difficult week. I would not have made it through without you. One of the coolest moments during the whole thing was when Brent got a visit from his own Army of Helaman on Sunday after church. The Priests and Teachers (the class he works with at church) all came to administer the Sacrament to him. All the nurses on the floor were in awe as 17 clean cut teenage boys with white shirts and ties walked reverently down the hospital corrider. It was a sight to behold. Brent said they immediately commented "it must be the Mormons." :O)

During the week he was in the hospital, Reagan had a loose tooth that was just itchin' to be pulled. Um... I don't pull teeth. I am absolutely grossed out by the human mouth so....Dad did it bedside with an IV in his arm and all. There is nothing that man can't do.