Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mitchell’s Robot

In Mitchell’s Engineering class (Digital Electronics), their assignment was to build a robot that shoots something.  We use VEX equipment to put stuff together.  In the old days you can compare it to an erector set.  However, there are wires and batteries and you need to use software to program it.

The equipment looks likes this before they design and assemble it.  They use a computer to program the robot and the remote to make it do what they want.  There are national VEX competitions and our school district is in the top 5, which the majority of the competitive club is made up of Clear Brook kids (Can you tell I’m a proud department head?)!  Granted Mitchell is no where near ready for that competition, but his robot can shoot the hell out of a ping pong ball!

First attempt.  You can see how fast/far it shoots!

He then rotated it and tried to shoot me.

They are going to have a “dodgeball” type competition next week with their robots.  After next week, my boy will be a SENIOR in high school!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

I love the beach, Joe hates it! I can't really say I love Galveston beach, but it's the best we got! I know Stephanie is very jealous looking at these pictures while she soaks up sun on white sand and crystal water!

Drew's new obsession is fishing. Joe and I know nothing about fishing so it's been rough! He fishes in the pond across the street from the house every day after school. He's been on us to take him "real" fishing, so the three of us headed for the beach today! Now he wants to go "boat" fishing! We aren't buying a boat, so I don't see that one happening! We all enjoyed our day outside while the two big boys slept and worked.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Drew's Day

Wednesday night, Drew came into our room and said, "I planned my birthday party for Saturday night. It's a slumber party and I made the invitations." We always celebrate summer birthdays in Gulf Shores and he wanted to make sure he got a party this year, so he planned it himself!

They had a blast while the grown ups sat on the deck and grilled/visited! He's a very good party planner and didn't even go to Pinterest for any ideas!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


When I saw this picture, I thought of you and dad when I try to give you guys tech support over the phone!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers's Day Weekend

What a great family and LSU! Joe and I took Drew and a friend to College Station to watch the Tigers in action! Sunday, Joe boiled crawfish for us and we took Drew fishing! I can't wait for summer!

Why can't they stay like this?

I'm so lucky to raise these wonderful young men. I do miss these sweet little days!


A scrawny little cheerleader and a big bad muscle man got married! It's been an amazing quarter century! Happy Anniversary Joe!

Our Wedding Picture

Our first apartment pool!

Honeymoon in the Bahamas
Gulf Shores 1989

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Update for my Momma

I really enjoy going to look at our garden in the afternoon.

Our rosemary bush is out of control. Our squash and tomatoes are growing like fire. Drew is ready to start his vegetable stand! Our lemon tree is also full!