Saturday, November 24, 2007

The poop got frozen...

Dad called me this morning to tell me that one of our horses, Duna, was at the vet with colic. Duna tends to colic whenever the weather turns cold because she does not drink the cold water. She is 22 years old and each year this gets a bit harder on her. Typically, when this happens my dad and sister isolate her from the other horses, limit her food, give her warm water to drink, and give her some medicine and that can usually take care of it but not yesterday. Well, when I got off the phone with dad, Madeline asked me what was wrong and after I explained to her that Duna coliced (basically constipated, can be deadly to horses) she said, “I know what happened, the poop inside her has froze, you see horses are strange sometimes when it snows the snow gets in the horses bottom and frozes the poop." Even though I am very worried about our horse I had to hold back a smile as Madeline was explaining this to me.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

It's Just Difficult...

Last night both Kelly and I were on the phone and Madeline was having some difficulty entertaining herself until we were done. Finally, she accidently knocked over something which fell with a CLANG. I told my friend that I had to go to take care of what ever Madeline knocked over and hung up. After talking to Madeline for a few minutes she said, "it's just difficult when both parents are on the phone."

Friday, November 2, 2007

Labor Day 2007

Well I started this post back in September but forgot to publish it then forgot about it all together, anyhow here it is a bit late...We asked Madeline what she wanted to do for Labor Day and she, without hesitation, said "canoeing!" So we checked the weather and with no rain and a mild forecast we made plans to go. (There is a great place to canoe on the Brazos River just outside of Glen Rose, TX about an hour away.)

All Madeline wanted to do was swim or throw and collect rocks. It was an absolute beautiful day...until! About 1 mile left to go we heard a distant rumble of thunder that quickly became an all to close CRACK of lightning and BOOM of thunder. A storm rolled in very quickly. It was about the second rumble of thunder that we began to row faster but our fastest was not fast enough. With about 100 yards to go we spotted a group camping that had a open air tent canopy so we pulled off and got out of the water and rode out the storm under this flimsy canopy with two complete...but very nice...strangers.

The storm literally scared the pee out of Madeline and almost me to be honest. Other families who were also rowing as fast as they could had to pull off on sand bars or steep banks andflip their canoes over themselves.
the storm lasted about 20 minutes and although we were a bit frazzled (not kelly) we finished the last 100 yards.

Fall Family Fun Night

Madeline was a Kangaroo that adopted a lamb for Halloween (you can see in her pouch the little lamb hanging out). Unfortunately, her mother did not have the foresight to take a full length picture of her. Our church had a Fall Family Fun Night for the community where we had Trunk or Treat for the kids. We decorrated our truck as a old time county jail. We had trunks that were a real fire truck, a fire station, a gamestore (gamestop), a zoo, a dump, and a Krispy Cream. Madeline was more interested, though, in handing out candy to other kids rather than getting it herself.