Sunday, July 21, 2013

{Very Bad Blogger}

Ok, So I haven't blogged in like, months. Been busy, but so has everyone. I really need to keep this updated as it's been a great document for our life.

We just got back from Hamilton, OH for US Target National and US JOAD Target Nationals.Archery, of course. The girls shot wonderfully in their first really big tournament.Sarah took third in the Ranking round and in the team competition and Cora placed 14th in the Ranking round and third in the team competition. It was the first time either of them had participated in the team round. They really had a blast. It was a LONG week with HOT temps (80 degrees with 80% humidity=ew) but we made it out alive. Andrew shot well too and had a great time meeting new people.

My shoulder gave out on the second day so I wasn't able to finish.

Cora and her team

Sarah and her team

Sarah made it on to the USA Archery website during the tournament.

The girls had Summer Camp the week of June 30-July 5. We drove them up to Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville, TX. Andrew and I had a week to ourselves, but I was busy working overtime and he was working too. We did go to some friends' house for July 4 for a party. It was awesome being there with no kids to worry about. Weird, though!

Cora will be a freshman this fall, and Sarah will be a 7th grader. Crazy not having elementary school-age kids anymore.  Bittersweet. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

{End of Summer}

Summer's gone. The weather is winding down a bit and the days are not quite so brutal. Just a bit of a bite in the air in the mornings on the way to work, but coming home it's nice and warm. I love Fall in Texas. Wish the leaves would change color a bit more.

Things are going really well. Andrew changed jobs in August. A bit risky, but a wise man once said "Make hay while the sun's shining." So far he really likes it and is the Department Manager. He works from home most of the time but goes to Dallas for a few days a month to the office.

Girls love school. Cora has all the boys wrapped around her finger. Sarah does too, but she's in a totally different place when I comes to that for now. Thank goodness; I can't handle two boy crazy girls in the house.

Saturday, August 04, 2012


Recent photos.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

{We bought a House}

So yeah. We bought a house. We figured now is the best time to get in on buying a house before rates go up. We found our house on the second day of looking. Our real estate agent, Carmen Bean, was excellent. She listened to what we were looking for and found houses that we would be interested in. We wanted land where we could pursue archery. That was the big ticket item to look for. We found that in Southeast San Antonio. Well, not really in San Antonio. We're right over the Wilson County line in Floresville. Still close to SA but far enough out to be in the country. We close around May 8. Needless to say, we're all SO excited. Andrew's looking for lawn tractors and I can't wait to have a clothes line. Simple pleasures.

Here she is:


Saturday, March 10, 2012

{Rollin' Along}

It's been a whirlwind couple months. Cold, hot, cold, hot. Can't wait for some consistently warmer weather. We've had a lot of rain the past month. Craziness.

Sarah started soccer for the season. She hasn't played in 4 years,but is a freakin' Beast out on the field. LOVED watching her be a bad ass.

The coach is horrible, but he's a volunteer. Can't complain too much.

Cora is running track. Somehow she's in the 100 m and 300 m hurdles. Thursday she had a practice track meet, and did wonderful in the 100 m hurdles. The 300 m hurdles, however proved a bit more difficult. She tripped on a hurdle and landed on her arm. We took her to the urgent care clinic. Not broken from what they could see, but very painful. She's in a splint and sling for spring break.

We got our season passes to Six Flags last week. We went last weekend on Opening Day to look around and ride a few things. Hope to get back there in the next week or so again. 

Sunday, January 01, 2012


Happy New Year, everyone! Hope everyone stayed safe and brought in the New Year with a bang.

The family and I stayed home. The girls played the Wii a lot and we had cocktail weenies, pizza rolls, sparkling grape juice, and beer (the beer was for the grown folks, of course).


I've been thinking of what I want my resolutions to be this year. I usually don't make many, since they're hard to keep. This year I would like to make some changes.

I resolve to:

1. {Take more photos of everyday life.} I take a lot of portraits of the girls, but not enough photos of events, moments, etc. This year I will.

2. {Lose weight.} Not much weight, just 10 lbs. I would also like to tone up and get back in shape. I'm much too young to feel this damn old.

3. {Spend some one on one time with each of my daughters.} They're growing up SO fast and I want to make sure I know them as individuals.

4: {Work hard to get a degree.} I want to graduate from college. This year I will work to make that goal a reality. 

5. {Be happy.} Nuff said.

As you can see, nothing earth-shattering. Important to me, though. 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


It's been a bit chilly the past couple days. We have our heat on {gasp!}. Of course, it only comes on like once a day and once at night. I hate being cold.

Thanksgiving was awesome. All the leftovers are gone now. Actually, they only lasted a few days. I remember as a kid, the turkey lasting FOREVER.

Anyhoo...still have a few things to get for Christmas. The girls and I went to the mall last weekend just to browse. I got lots of ideas for little gifts for them. They already have their laptops for their big gifts, so I'm going to get them some little things to put under the tree.

Andrew had a conference with Sarah's teacher today. Sarah has apparently found out that her teacher is a pushover.  We've had to let Sarah know that she is not allowed to act silly at school just because her teacher isn't firmer with her. We let her know that if her teacher is not able to control her in class, we will do it for her.  Little terd. :)

Hot chocolate on a cold night: Priceless...

This photo was taken a few years ago while we were still in Michigan. We were at Andrew's mom's boyfriend Dan's house, and Sarah was mesmerized by his instruments. He has his living room filled with guitars and other stuff.  She was in love. She loves her some "Dan, Dan, Grammy's Man". 

This past weekend we had rain. Yes. Rain. Hard to believe here in San Antonio, but it actually rained all night and a good part of the morning. 
I took advantage of the wetness to get some cool shots I usually don't get the opportunity to get.

Good times. Life is good.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!'s 5:25 PM. Dinner eaten, dessert devoured, football watched, nap taken, Christmas tree put up. It's been a great day spent with my family.

Off to enjoy more pie. Have a blessed day, everyone.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving {Blues}

So, it's 4:53 AM, the eve of Thanksgiving. Why am I up this early, you ask? Cora is on the couch with a fever. Poor kid started feeling crummy last night. I gave her some Children's Nyquil and she conked out on the couch. About 3 AM, I hear her calling my name. I come down to see what's up, and she's crying with a headache and a pretty wicked fever. I get her some water and sit with her a few minutes. I try to go back to sleep, but can't. So, I'm just up surfin' the web and tinkering with the idea of starting the coffee pot a bit early. Gonna be a long day.

Planned Thanksgiving Menu:

Ham (duh)
Mashed pototoes with garlic and sour cream
Cranberry sauce (totally love this stuff)
Green Bean Casserole
Ham Rollups (a holiday must-have)

Pumpkin Pie (Cora is making this, if she's feeling better)
Lemon Bars (Sarah's making these)
Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also plan on making Poinsettias to drink while I cook. (Cranberry juice mixed with champagne)

I love Thanksgiving. I remember my mom being up all night the night before cooking the turkey and other fixins. I remember watching the parade and being all excited to see Santa at the end, because that meant it was almost Christmas.

Things I'm thankful for:

{my job}
{Andrew's job}
{healthy (not counting today) kids}
{living in a country where I can do whatever the heck I want (for the most part)}
{the fact that soldiers continue to keep my country free}
{friends and family}

Anyone else working on Black Friday? This chick is. Luckily it should be a pretty slow and chill day. Although, I'm never surprised at how busy we can be in the department where I work. I work in the Fraud Management Department. We audit new orders for service, and if we find that the customer has a previous balance that they've failed to clear, we contact them to try to resolve the balance while keeping their new service active. As you can imagine, that can be a very tricky task. Luckily, a lot of customers simply forgot they had a leftover balance and really want to resolve it. However, there are some who are not so eager. Let's just say there is never a dull moment. However, I absolutely love my job and am pretty darn good at it, if I do say so myself.

Ok, enough rambling. Gonna go make the coffee pot go.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

{Lazy Weekend}

Not much going on this weekend. It's  been muggy and hot. Par for the course for South Texas.

The girls and I did go watch Breaking Dawn Part 1 yesterday. I think it might have been the best one they've made so far. After that, we all went to the store to get most of our Thanksgiving groceries. I love going shopping for holiday stuff.  Nothing really out of the ordinary planned for dinner that day, just regular ham, mashed potatoes, yams, corn, rolls, etc. The girls are making Pumpkin pie and Lemon Bars. We're also planning on putting up the Christmas tree after dinner.

Sarah's been watching A Christmas Story a few times the past few days. A bit early for my taste, but you can never see it enough. One of the best holiday movies ever made.

Got myself a laptop Friday. I'll be going to school this semester, so I need a laptop I can do my work away from home and since Andrew uses the desktop for his schoolwork as well, it's had to share. Also, the girls each got an Acer netbook for early Christmas presents. It's their big gifts, so they know not to expect a ton of presents under the tree. They were completely ok with that. They love them! My laptop is awesome for photo editing, so I can play with my pictures and not have to wait for Andrew to get off the desktop. Winning!

Just a quick pic of Cora from a couple weeks ago. She's getting way too old!

Sarah from today. I must say, both my kids are freakin' gorgeous!

How sad is it that it's November 20 and we just turned on the AC? Recent cold front did not last long! 

We had planned on a trip to a flea market today, but decided to go out and eat instead. I was not happy that the flea market was charging to park. We had a great lunch at Cheddar's.  The order of onion rings is massive, but we managed to conquer it.

Work has been going great. Still lovin' it and still rockin' it.  Lots of changes coming up in the next few months, but hopefully everything will work out and be better than before. 

Welp, off to chill out for a bit before I finish cleaning my room. The girls are off all week for Thanksgiving break, so I must make a list of chores for them to finish while they're slackin' off of school. 

May the force be with you!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Cold Front...what's that?

So, apparently a cold front is on its way to south Texas. It's supposed to be in the low 50s in the morning, and only around 60 as a high tomorrow. Maybe some of the allergens that are plaguing me will be killed off. It'll be a nice change of pace to have a bit cooler temp for a few days.

Sarah just got back from a few days at John Knox Ranch. Every year the 5th graders go for a few days and stay in cabins and have a blas outdoors. She has a ton of fun. We really missed her while she was gone.

Cora is at her volleyball game right now. Andrew just texted me a bit ago to say that she served up the Ace for the win! Awesome!!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

{Coolin' Off}

Texas is FINALLY starting to cool off a bit. Still gets into the high 80s, but nothing like a month ago when EVERY day was 110. It's nice to be able to sleep with the windows open and not have the A/C crankin' all day long.
Things are rollin' along nicely here. School, work, blah blah...Hopin' to get some archery started back up for the Spangler household in the near future. I haven't picked up my bow in 11 months. A big part of it is there's really nowhere to shoot here, and you can only shoot at a blank bale so much. Guess we just kinda lost the love and fun of it. Things are moving in a direction where we might have the opportunity to start shooting again. Hope that happens!
Found out Steve Jobs died today. Was sad to hear; he was a force in the technology that has become our everyday lives.

Went to my first Zumba class on Monday. Cora went with me. Was a lot of fun, and I definitely will be making it a part of my workout routine. Gotta get a good pair of shoes though. Hope to do that this weekend. We changed gyms and are now members of Triton Sports Center. The girls are members too and pretty much have the run of the place. They really like the water slide.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Been a busy month. Girls back in school, started a new position at work. Cora's playing volleyball this year. She's having a lot of fun and learning a lot of how the game works.
My new job is so much fun! I'm still at Time Warner Cable, but no longer in Billing. I'm in the Fraud Management Department. So much better for me.
Andrew will be starting a new job in the next couple weeks as well. When God closes a door, he definitely opens another one.  Really excited for him!

Here's Cora in her first volleyball game.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Yeah, it's been a while. Sorry bout that. The girls just started school again today. Sarah's in 5th grade now and Cora's in 7th. Sarah's going to a new school since we moved this summer. She was a bit nervous this morning, but she's ok now. Cora's playing volleyball this year and had her first team meeting today. I think she's goin to have a lot of fun.

I'm still at Time Warner Cable, but am no longer in Billing as a Customer Service Representative. I'm in the Fraud Management Department as a Collections Analyst. I've been there since August 12, and totally love it. Once I get my profile set up I can start working cases. It's really different than Billing with more responsibiity and freedom. I'm excited.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Photo of The Day

Just a candid of Cora laying on my bed (destroying my bedspread) talking to me.

Sunday, February 06, 2011


Yay Packers!

Super Bowl!

It's that time of year again. Packers against the Steelers.  Guess I'm rootin' for the Packers. Neither one is really my team. Never did like football much, but watching the Super Bowl is fun, especially the commercials. We've got the meat and cheese and the cocktail weenies getting ready for our snackage. Two words: Dos Equis. Yeah.

It's a gorgeous day today. Mid 60s with beautiful sun shining. Hard to believe we had snow on Friday. Go Texas!

Saturday, February 05, 2011


San Antonio got snow yesterday!  It was only maybe a quarter inch, but that and the ice was enough to basically shut the city down. All highways were closed, access roads were treacherous, and schools and businesses were closed. Guess who went to work and was there by 8 AM? Yours Truly.  Andrew drove me in. The employee hotline for Time Warner Cable was not updated before I got there, so I wasn't aware we didn't have to report to work until noon. Nice.  So, it was just a few of us who braved the weather and showed up for work. Nice and quiet for a few hours.

Having lived in Michigan for 10 years, it's not a big deal to me, but of course most folks don't know how to drive in ice and snow, so Andrew felt better driving me himself. He's the ice and snow expert. Even he was not excited to get out on the roads. The girls enjoyed their first Texas Snow Day. Regrettably, I did not get any photoes of the "Snowpocalypse", but vivid memories will serve!

Friday, January 07, 2011

A New Year!

Wow! It's been a while! Things are going well here deep in the heart of Texas. Weather has been great.  We had a great Christmas and New Year's.

Right now the girls and I are chillin' out watching Star Trek. The new one. Yeah. Good stuff. Such a great show. You should check it out if you haven't seen it.

Andrew's friend is coming in from Germany for the week, so we'll be hanging out with him a bit while he's here. Plus my friend from Houston is in town, so we plan on hanging out.

Work is going well. Same old stuff. Grateful to have a job.

Overall, we're blessed. Hope you are too.

Friday, April 30, 2010


Yeah, I know. It's been forever. Sorry 'bout that. We're all doing well and getting ready for a brutal Texas summer. LOVE it!

Just got done with shooting the Texas Shootout in College Station, TX, last weekend. The wind there is always wicked crazy. Still had a great time and handled the wind fairly well compared to last year. Got my usual sunburn, but now it's just a tan. Sweet.

Cora will be going to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy next year. It's a magnet school, and she's very excited to have been accepted. I think it's a great program and she'll really benefit from it. Sarah's excited to finally have the school to herself next year!

I've been tinkering with the idea of getting back into scrapbooking soon. Just a page or two here and there. I miss it. I haven't scrapped a page in almost a year.

I've been working at Time Warner Cable for 7 months now. I really enjoy it most of the time. You get the occasional angry customer, but you take it as it comes. The majority are really nice. I love the fact that they're really flexible with vacation, and I got 2.5 weeks of it this year. Nice. I would love to take a 3 day weekend this summer and go to Corpus Christi to let the girls see the Gulf. We might do that the weekend they get out of school. We shall see.

This Sat the girls and I are walking in the Race For The Cure with Team Time Warner Cable. Should be a good time. I'll post photos when we get back.

Check out my Facebook page to see other photos from recent times. I'll definitely try to update my blog more often.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, August 24, 2009

Did I really NOT post anything for three and a half months? Oops. My bad. Seems like this summer has just flown by. Lots of swimming, Seaworld, work, more swimming, more Seaworld, more work. Oh, and a couple weeks of having two nephews visit thrown in there, too.

Girls got out of school on June 4. Andrew was on a trip to Michigan at the time of their last day. My work schedule changed from days to evenings so that I could be home with them during the day.

The second week of summer was reserved for Girl Scout Day Camp. This was the first time that both girls got to be in a unit. They got thoroughly dirty and were both wiped out at the end of each day. Excellent.

In July, my two nephews, James and Solomon, came down to San Antonio for a two-week visit. They "enjoyed" the heat. Hehhe...both went home with a nice dark tan and lots of memories. I took them to Seaworld while they were here. They also swam more than I think they have their whole lives. They got to see the Alamo and the Riverwalk and ate at Schilo's Deli, which has the best food ever.

Nice, loving brothers.

Sharks at SeaWorld.

My sister got us Annual Passes to SeaWorld, so we've been using those like crazy. I think we've got every week since we got them. That place rocks. I think my favorite thing is the Believe show, which is with the killer whales. Totally love it and could see it three or four times a day.

Anyhoo...summer's over now. Girls went back this morning. Sarah's a third grader and Cora's a big bad 5th grader.

I've also got a new job. I'll be working at Time Warner Cable starting on Sept 15. I'll miss Target and all the people there, but it's time for me to move on to other things.

I'm excited for the future!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Just Rollin' Along

Well, the Texas weather has hit full force. We were out shooting on Sunday and Andrew really got himself burned. He forgets he's not in Michigan, and the Texas sun really got him. Poor guy is actually purple. Ouch. He'll not make that mistake again any time soon.

Cora had her track meet yesterday. She was in the Running Long Jump. It was a pretty big meet, with about 10 schools participating. She had a really good time. It was fun to watch her enjoy herself. They didn't really teach her proper long jump technique, but none of the kids really did it correctly. Didn't matter though; they all had a great time.

We all went to a local soccer field last week and kicked the ball around a little. Sarah was totally in her element. There were a few young boys there also playing, and they began playing with Andrew and Sarah. They were really good to include Sarah and help her by giving her pointers about playing. They were really great players, so she took their advice to heart. I can't wait to get her into a league this fall.

This is Lisa. We've known her family for a few years, since Lisa began shooting. Andrew is her coach, and we miss them terribly. We saw them a couple weekends ago in College Station for the Texas Shootout, and her mom asked me to shoot her senior portraits. So, we walked around College Station and got a few. Isn't she gorgeous??

7294bw to go eat lunch with Cora. I'm making it up to her since I'm not able to go on her field trip with her tomorrow...stupid job...

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Nope. No snappy title for today. Not feeling that hot and am just lazing on the couch today before I have to go to work tonight. Luckily it's only 4 hours or so, but do you realize how many folks shop at Target at night? Yeah, I'm grateful people so shopping, or I'd not have a job. Since this is America, I can good-naturedly grumble a tad, right? You betcha.

Cora got her hair cut last night. She was getting tired of being so hot on her neck all the time, so she had it chopped. Very short and cute.

This morning we curled it and she went to school excited because she looked like Alice from Twilight. Sigh. Such a little diva girl. I curled Sarah's hair a bit, too and she went to school happy also.

Our first Easter in TX went well. It was beautiful and hot outside. The girls and I took a trip downtown to HemisFair Park and also mozied on down to the Alamo. We were lucky to be in one of the rooms of the Alamo when the tourguide began telling the story of the battle. Very cool. The girls also found a sprinkler to run through to cool off. Yes, it was that warm outside.

I've been shooting fairly well lately. Made some pretty big changes in my form so have been working on that. Texas Shootout is next weekend. Should be a good time.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Check It Out!

Simple Sweet is out at Sweet Shoppe Designs. It's a wonderful new E-zine!

Friday, April 03, 2009


I love Spring. Ok, I admit it. Texas never really has a winter. I love Spring anyway. The weather gets even warmer and the days are getting longer. I really love Daylight Savings Time. We've been shooting outside for the past few weeks. I forgot how hard it is to shoot in the wind. I think we've got my arrows tuned correctly. Now I just have to figure out my form. Andrew and I are shooting in the Texas Shootout in a few weeks up in College Station. I'm going not to win, but to have a great time shooting outside and getting some great tournament experience. I definitely need more of that.

Andrew is in Paris, TX taking a Community Coach Course, which will basically make him a Level 3 Archery Coach. He says he's learning a ton of really awesome stuff, and he can't wait to get home and make me his guinea pig. Nice. I'm excited to learn some new stuff though. Should be fun.

Our tournament in Louisville was a great time. We got to see a lot of friends from Michigan. Cora shot wonderfully and took the National Title. I had a hard time, however. Completely my fault; I just let my concentration wane for a few seconds. That's all it takes. Learned my lesson, though, and have been working on a lot of things for next year. Some craziness happened to Cora though. There was a girl on her bale who was at her first tournament. On the second practice end, the girl pulled out an arrow and hit Cora in the head with the nock of the arrow. Yeah, it hurt, but Cora let it go. A few ends later, the same girl pulls out another arrow and slashes Cora across the face with the nock. Archery is usually a VERY safe sport, but if someone doesn't know the etiquette, things can get dangerous. Cora was writing on the scorecards and never even saw it coming. It's just one of those things, but I'm sure the girl learned really fast the proper way to pull arrows.

Cora recovered really well, and shot a personal best. We were really proud of how she handled herself. Her maturity and composure is amazing.

She's also going to audition for the school talent show. She's going to sing "This Is Me" by Demi Lavato, and she's going to sing A Capella. Very cool.

Welp, I'm off to get ready for work. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


We leave for Louisville tomorrow afternoon. It's a 16 hour or so drive, so we plan on pushing straight through. Hopefully we'll get there early enough to rest a bit before Practice With The Pros Friday night. At the very least we want to go to the venue and see all our Michigan friends! We are SO excited that we get to see everyone. I anticipate lots of shrieks and hugs.

Cora got her bow yesterday! FINALLY! Thanks Craig! It's a tad heavy for her, but once she shoots it for a bit she'll be fine. We'll go up to the club today and get her ready for 10 yards.

Not much else going on around here. Just wanted to post a quick update.


Monday, March 09, 2009

Whirlwind Couple Of Weeks

It's been busy around here the past couple weeks. On February 21-22, Cora shot in the TFAA State Championships in Temple, TX. She not only won her division, she broke the record by 118 poins. Yeah.

February 27-29 we were in College Station, TX for NAA Indoor Nationals. For indoor, the tournament is split up into regions and there are about 13 locations to shoot at. This gives everyone in the county the opportunity to shoot without having to drive too terribly far. After all the locations have shot, the scores are compiled and the master results are produced.

Andrew shot at 6 PM Friday night. His injured shoulder did NOT let him shoot well. The really bad thing was that he didn't have time to rest before he had to shoot his second day at 8 AM Sat morning. Overall he didn't do as well as he wanted. I'm really proud of him for shooting, and more importantly, for finishing. Many people shoot badly the first day and just don't show up the second day. I think that's really pitiful.

Anyhoo...Cora's turn was at 1 PM Saturday. We were SOOOOO proud of her. All we've ever told her was that if she focuses, tries, and shoots her form we're pleased as punch. She did that this weekend. Because she actually shot her form, she got tired pretty fast. See, we've been trying to get her to shoot a more efficient and stronger form for about two months. This was to ensure she was using it consistently and she wouldn't get tired. She has been fighting us on it. FINALLY, the week before the tournament, she starts using her form and shoots a crazy great personal best at league Thursday night. By Saturday, she was tired. So, her score doesn't reflect how well she performed under pressure. She was focused and did her thing. We were VERY proud. She found out firsthand why we wanted her to begin training earlier. She did NOT like gWe don't care if she ever wins anything.etting beat by girls she usually destroys. She has been really resolved to practicing and getting it right.

It was my turn to shoot on Saturday night. I'll admit it. I was nervous. It was difficult to calm down and be relaxed. The first half of my game wasn't that great. The second half was much better because I was relaxed. Still not as good as I've been shooting. I shot again on Sunday at 9 AM. Sunday wasn't as good. Overall, not a terrible outing, and it was MUCH better than last year's debacle. For the most part, I was happy. Luckily, this past week I've found a huge problem with my shot. For some reason, I wasn't getting into a solid anchor point on my face. Once I fixed that, my groups tightend up considerably. I know that was a problem at the tournament. Sigh. At least now it's fixed.

Now we're off to Louisville, KY on March 13-16 for NFAA Indoor Nationals. Yeah, different organization than last weekend's Nationals. We were going for just Cora to shoot, but I've been doing so well that Andrew convinced me to register as well. This is Cora's third year competing at this tournament and she's taken second place the past two years. This year it's hers. She's excited to shoot.
Another bonus of going to this tournament is that we'll get to see a lot of our friends from Michigan. Many people from Flint Bowmen are also coming to shoot, so it'll be a Flint Bowmen reunion! We're all really excited to see everyone.

Phew! As you can see, we've been busy. After this weekend, we're all getting our bows set up for the outdoor season. First outdoor tournament is the Doinker Texas Shootout in College Station. I'll be there.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I feel blah today. I'm sleepy, hormonal and just plain tired. Got the girls off to school this morning and am sitting here drinking coffee. We have to shoot tonight, so I think I'll just veg out here for a while. I might go out later and get tournament snacks for Andrew and the girls for their trip this weekend. Cora's shooting the TFAA Indoor State Championships in Temple, TX. It'll be a good practice for Nationals next weekend. I don't get to go since I have to work. Nice.

I want to get Sarah something fun to do while she's at the tournament. Poor kid has to endure two weekends in a row of boring tournaments. She has to amuse herself while we're all shooting. I might buy her High School Musical 3 and a few cool coloring books. She's such a trooper. She deserves some fun stuff to play with.

Speaking of archery: I shot a personal best yesterday. It's been a while since I've done that. Seems like I'm finally in a groove. Hopefully I can keep it up through Nationals. Practice arrows are totally different than tournament arrows, so as long as I keep my brain out of the way and let my body do what it's been trained to do, I'll be fine. I'm excited.

I love this photo. Sarah took it a few weeks ago. I'm a bit out of focus, but she did a great job.


I need more photos of me with my girls. I think maybe we'll have a session soon.

I was telling Andrew last night how utterly gorgeous our girls are. It's amazing how easily people fall in love with them. Not only are they beautiful, but they have wonderful personalities. It's fun to watch them interact with people. Most of the time people forget they're only 9 and 7. A lady at the club said the other day that talking to Cora was like talking to a little adult.

We bought Cora a new riser. It's a new 21 inch riser from Hoyt, and we're hoping it gets here soon. We ordered it two months ago, but since it's a pretty uncommon length (they're usually 23 or 25) it's taken them a bit to make it. We're told it got mailed to the distributor and our dealer should have it soon. Where's our riser, Craig??? :)

Cora's will be black. We still have to get limbs for it, but those won't take long to get in. She's outgrowing her old bow and needs a new one to keep up with her. Poor kid needs a new quiver, too, but that's another story. I can't express how incredibly proud I am of Cora. For her to be so composed and mature while she's training for a long-term goal (Olympics) is amazing. She has road bumps, fights us tooth and nail about practicing. At the end of the day, she decides to make the effort and put the work in. When/if she decides she's done for good, we'll support her. I think she loves the thrill of competition and the satisfaction of mastering something. I want to be like her when I grow up.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Yeah, it's Friday. I have the day off, and am just sitting here watching the Today Show and surfing the net. Andrew's in bed sick, and I'm not sure when/if he'll get up. Poor guy. He's been sick a lot since we've been in Texas. He's committed to shooting the National Archery tournament in a couple weeks, and I think maybe the stress of that might be getting to him. I hope he has fun, but I think he's going to be more frustrated than anything. Since he injured his shoulder a couple years ago, he's had a really hard time keeping it strong and it's affecting his shooting. He hates that he can't be as consistent as he used to be. I like that he decided to shoot such a competitive shoot, but I hope he can keep the right perspective. I'm really proud of him for giving it a "shot". Heh...

The weather in Texas has been wonderful. I love the fact that it stays warm here. That's the only thing I hated about Michigan; the 5 long months of winter. I always looked forward to the spring/summer, but it never lasted long enough.

I miss my dad. As we prepare for our tournament, I wish every day that he was here to see us. He'd be tickled pink to watch Cora do so well. I know he's watching, though, and I know he's proud of us all. He would be our biggest groupie and would follow us to all the different shoots. I have a photo of him on my quiver, and I have a few of his favorite songs on my iPod. These things make me feel like he's close and helping me succeed. Let's kick ass, dad.

Work is going ok. Things are slow, and the hours are hard to come by. But at least I have a job, and for the most part, I'm able to find enough hours a week to make it work. Someone always calls in, and someone always needs extra help in their department. I've had a lot of fun working at Starbucks. I love making drinks and talking to the people who come in. We've been told that our drinks taste better than the drinks in a company-operated store. I know why, too. We don't resteam our milk like I've seen other baristas do in other stores. There's a definite difference in taste when milk is resteamed. Yuck. At our store, we use fresh milk for every drink. Yeah, we're hoity-toity at OUR Starbucks. *Giggle*

I was just thinking today about how blessed we are. Everyone's going through some tough times, and who knows when things will improve. I count my blessings every day. My girls are healthy and happy. We're able to spend time together, even if it's mostly at the archery club. The little things are definitely being counted right now. We're lucky.

Have a wonderful weekend!