Monday, November 24, 2008

The VP is in da house!!

In the McMillion house that is!

Keyto was elected to Vice-President of his Student Council at school last Wednesday! What an AWESOME kid. I am so proud of him. He is having an GREAT 6th Grade year. Who knows where this might lead...Govenor of Texas, Senator Keyto, President Keyton McMillion. Sounds good to me!

Love you bunches Keyto and am sooooo proud of you and the young man you are becoming!


ps. leave Keyto a comment, I know he would love to read them
You don't have to register with Blogger, just click on the comment icon under this post, type your comment and post as annonymous, just be sure to type your name at the end of your comment so Keyto will know who left it. Thanks!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Soccer Tournament

Keyto had a soccer tournament this weekend in Cleburne. It has been a long time since he has gotten to go to an overnight tournament, so we cashed in some of those hotel points and had a big time. His first game was at 9:15 on Saturday morning so he and I left the house around 7:30. Brent and the other two boys came down for the second game at 2:15. We had dinner at CiCi's Pizza before the 3rd game at 7:15. We played again at 9:00 on Sunday morning.

You can see from the pictures that it was very very coooold!! Tuck took the pic of me, brando and brent. He may be a little photographer...Keyto is easy to spot with his red cap and yellow cleats.

They didn't do too well in the tournament overall, but I think it was a great weekend for Keyto. They did win the 7:15 game!

We are getting ready for our trip home for Thanksgiving. I can't believe I only have two more days to work before we leave. I am soooo ready for 5 days of no work and lots of time with my boys. So much time with my boys that I'll probably be ready for work that next Monday!!

I put out most of our Christmas decorations today (not the tree yet) and cleaned out the rest so that I can take them to the County thrift store tomorrow. This way I won't have to do it when we get back.

Well, gotta run,

Thursday, November 13, 2008

West Texas

We went home this last weekend for a very special birthday party (more about that tomorrow)! It was our first trip home as a family (meaning with Brent) since we moved here 17 months ago. I have been back lots with the boys, Brent went back with work a few times and once with Brando, but never all of us in one car at one time staying at the same place and then back home in the same car! It was a great trip.

I wanted to show some pics of that part of Texas for those of you who have never been there. West Texas isn't hilly or full of trees like North or East Texas, but it is special mostly because it is HOME, but also because certain things make it unique.

The first is Taco Villa! Our most absolute favorite place to eat. You don't see TV in the Dallas or Austin area. I keep saying I am going to write a letter to the family (Brando went to school & played baseball with their son) who owns them in Lubbock and get them to put one here! This pic is in the car on our way back to Dallas. Grandad fed us a great breakfast, but by the time we got gas, went by Mom's and the baseball field, the boys needed their TV breakfast burrito fix. It worked out great, because they didn't eat again until we got to the house. We only had to stop once on the way home.

The second would be the cotton fields. They really are pretty with their white rows upon rows. It is stripping season so many farmers were out working on our way home Sunday.

And...most importantly the oil pumps. I can remember going places when I was little and trying to count these. They always reminded me of horses for some reason.

The other picture is something that has become more and more common in West Texas due to the winds. These create energy and they have muliplied like crazy in the last 2 years. I can't imagine living with them right outside my house, but there are many homes in the midst of these modern windmills.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of West Texas.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a new little thing I want to do called FABULOUS FRIDAYS! I love the word Fabulous. I am going to show someone, someplace or something that is fabulous to me!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


our family, friends and all the other Brave Americans who have served our country: my grandfather, Jack Yates, served in WWII; Brent's grandfather, Howard Stroud, who also served in WWII; Brent's SDad, Richard Sivage, who served in Vietnam; my uncle, George Sanders, who served in Vietnam; and Jesse Rodriguez, one of Brent's good friends, who served in Desert Storm and in Iraq (twice).

Today at Tuck's school they had their annual Veteran's Day program. This is something they do every year to honor the Veterans. All 650 kids + Parents are in the Cafeteria! It is an amazing and awesome program. Some of the songs they sang were "Star Spangled Banner", "Armed Services Medley" (all service members were to stand when their branch was played), "Marine's Hymn", "Old Navy", "O Flag of our Union" (1st grade), "I Love My Country" (1st grade), "God Bless the USA" (all). There were many more songs, musical instruments, and poems read. We also received a new flag- POW/MIA (black one on the left) that was donated to the school by the DFW National Cemetary and Staff. TAPS was played while this flag was being presented.

The ceremony ended with the "March to the Flagpole". All the students walked in single file out the cafeteria around to the front of the building and dropped their loose change into a silver bucket. This money is donated to a Veteran's Organization. Some students from the High school were there playing the trumpet and stare drums.
I couldn't help thinking about our service men and women and what they were doing right at that moment. Where were they? Who were they talking to? Were they in battle? Were they scared? Did they feel appreciated and loved? I hope that they can feel the love we send them by prayers, care packages, notes, emails...
I also think about the Moms, spouses and children of these brave Americans. I hope that they also feel our respect and love.

I hope all of you have had a day of peace and joy.
God Bless,

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ribbons, A's and IMS

What a great first Nine weeks for Keyto and Tuck. We went to Tuck's (note: wears indoor soccer shoes to school) awards ceremony yesterday and he rec'd a ribbon for Citizenship (one boy and one girl rec'd one) and perfect attendence. He was very proud AND surprised!

Keyto made straight A's and was therefore asked to be in IMS - Intermediate Merit Society! He will be going on his first field trip the 12th to the Arboreteum.

Everynight Tuck has Math homework, study sight words, read to me and me read to him. Last night Keyto wanted to read to Tuck (note: pink gum hanging out of mouth). Moments like this make me smile.

So proud of these guys!

Love ya,

Halloween Night

Halloween night was lots of fun. We took Tuck to the Town festival where there was games, candy and a Haunted Egg Hunt. We got oodles and oodles of candy. When the festival was over some of the volunteers still had candy in their bowls so one nice man poured all of his into Tuck's bag. Needless to say Trick or Treating was very unnecessary at that point, but home we went to let Tuck T or T in our neighborhood. As we turned the corner we notice our porch lights blinking on and off...B and K were trying to turn our porch into a haunted house. Wouldn't you want to Trick or Treat with Keyto in the front yard? They definately had a good time passing out candy!

Brando went to the Red Oak High School football game with some buddies. Luckily they won and guess what after winning a whopping 3 games we are going to the playoffs. Strange how you can win only 3 games in a season and still go to the playoffs! Must be a small district...

The rest of us went to a new Mexican Food restaurant here in town. We were famished and that is what eventually stalled Tucks Trick or Treating. He was hungry. It was really good, so when any of you come for a visit, we will take you there. I've learned to try these places out first, you just never know!

Well, I've gotta get to work, but I have lots more to post from the last couple of days, so will try to get some more on here tonight.

Have a Terrific Tuesday