Monday, July 27, 2015

National Day of the American Cowboy

Saturday was National Day of the American Cowboy, so I met my friend and fellow photographer, Lola, down at the Stockyards to capture a few candids. It was really hot, so we only stayed for a couple of hours. I got a few cool shots though.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Swimming!

You would think after spending several hours in the lazy river ad wave pool at Hawaiian Falls yesterday that Kate might be a little tired of the water for a few days, but you would be wrong. Today she wanted to go swimming again so we called Yiayia and Bill to join us in their neighborhood pool for a couple of hours.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

AT&T Stadium

Today Fort Worth Camera sponsored a photowalk at AT&T Stadium, AKA JerryWorld AKA Cowboys Stadium. A few of my fellow photography friends were signed up, so I decided to go as well. We had a lot of fun, mostly because I was hanging out with friends. I have been to the stadium several times, so it wasn't anything new. I played with my GoPro and shot some video. It was just nice to be out of the house, since I haven't been able to do too much because of my back. I'm bored and tired of sitting at home all the time watching Netflix. I just hope that tomorrow I'm not too sore from the extra walking I did today.

Here's a few pics from today:


I met up with Lola in North Richland Hills and she drove us over to Arlington. That's Lola in the Cowboys shirt. I met her over a year ago or so at a photowalk down in the Stockyards, and since then we have become good friends. We shoot together quite often. On the right is Debbi, whom I have shot with a few times before. Lola and I just had to lay on the 50 yard line.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy July 4th!

We started our July 4th morning by swimming in the hotel pool after breakfast. It was pretty much going to be our only opportunity for Kate to swim, so I took her for about an hour. It helped my back a little bit, which I had injured the day before when I was loading the car for our trip. It's my first ever back injury and so far I am not enjoying it much.
After showering, we headed back to Grandma's for lunch. She made a mexican chicken casserole to go with the leftovers from the night before, and Nikki came again with the kids and Dennis this time. She brought along some home made ice cream and Grandma also made a cake for us.
During the afternoon, we went to see Heather, Will and Olivia for a little while and hang out. Heather made cupcakes for Olivia's birthday party while we sat around and talked, and the girls played while the dads watched Wimbledon. We had dinner at El Chico, since not much was open because of the holiday. Small towns kill me - everything closes for holidays and it drives me crazy. I've been spoiled by living in a larger city for so long.
After dinner it was time to go back to Grandma's to pick her up for the fireworks show in Talco. We followed Nikki out there and found a spot to sit and watch, although we weren't near the park area where they were shooting the fireworks from. Our view was just a little bit blocked by some trees, but we could still see pretty well. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Visiting Great Grandma

We headed to Mount Pleasant for the July 4th weekend. It had been quite some time since we had headed east to visit my grandmother and cousins, so I thought it was time. We also wanted to be able to celebrate Olivia's birthday so it gave us two reasons to take the trip.

Grandma made sure the golf cart was cleaned off and ready for a few laps around the yard, since that's Kate's favorite thing to do when we are there. It shouldn't be long and she will be big enough to just drive it herself, if Daddy will let her.

I let Nikki know we were there, so she brought her kids, Tripp and Peyton, out to visit for a little while. Peyton is just a little bit older than Kate, so they really enjoy seeing each other. Tripp is about to be 2! He's a huge ball of energy and runs full throttle everywhere he goes.
 After playing outside, Grandma made dinner. We had creamed potatoes, cajun rice dressing (one of my favorite things!), pinto beans and some mexican cheesecake for dessert.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

More Swim!

Kate's swim lessons this year were pretty awesome. She made some great progress in her swimming form and learned some new strokes. She's also started trying to learn how to dive, and I am so proud of her!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy birthday Karyn!

Karyn decided for her birthday this year we would all meet for lunch in the Stockyards and have some barbeque. She chose Riscky's, so we all met up on Wednesday to spend the afternoon acting like tourists along with Karyn's friend who had flown in from Massachusetts (I think). When people from up north come into town, it's only fitting to feed them ribs and parade cattle down the street in front of them.
 After lunch, we walked around in the shops at Stockyards Station. It's not so bad in the heat of the day since you're under the shade and somewhat enclosed. I had told Kate that there was a candy shop a few doors down, so that was our first stop and she managed to talk Bill into buying her 1.24 pounds of candy. She just grabbed a basket and started filling it like she was trick or treating. I don't think he really minded all that much. I even grabbed some saltwater taffy for myself because it's just so good.
 We wandered in and out of stores, looking around and telling Kate no since she wants and thinks she needs everything she sees. We went ahead and stayed for the 4 pm cattle drive before heading back to the house and calling it a day.