Friday, January 15, 2010


The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ~Tolstoy

Did you know that by texting "Haiti" to 90999, you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross? All proceeds go towards their Haitian relief fund. The $10 will show up on your next cell phone bill. It could not be easier to help.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My 2010 Goals

Sorry for the delay with this post. I have been having technical difficulties with blogger and my new computer (did I mention Jack bought be a shiny new MacBook Pro from Christmas?) It's January 7th, so I think I am right under the wire for writing down any resolutions for the new year. Any longer and I might as well just wait for 2011!

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2010:

1. The obligatory "lose 15 pounds".
So far this week I have not done much to further this cause. I walked/jogged 1.75 miles on Monday, had an hour long tennis drill yesterday and ........ATE EVERYTHING MY GRUBBY PAWS CAME ACROSS. The exercise part is always much easier for me than controlling what I eat. I know how to eat healthy....I just gotta do it. I will be using this book a lot.

2. Update the house
We have been in our house 10 years now and it's starting to show. Right before Christmas we had the entire house painted with a nice warm beige (much darker than the off white it has been the prior 10 years) and it really looks good. My goal now is to do some other things in each room to update them and give a new fresh, look. Unfortunately wide-planked, distressed walnut floors for the entire downstairs are not in our budget (hello, college breathing down my neck). However, there are some other things I can do to each room to be happier with them. I think I am going to concentrate on one room each month for this entire year. If I spread it out, it is easier on my time and our pocketbook. We have 14 rooms in the house. I am happy with my dining room and Meg's room will only be her room for another 18 months, so I won't make any big changes there. So that leaves 12 rooms for 12 months. I will blog about each room as I go so you can see my updates. I am really hoping I stick with this one!! It would be nice at the end of the year to walk into any room in this house and breath a sigh of contentment.

3. Blog more often!
I have already blogged about my renewed commitment here and why it's important to me. I am really going to make an effort to post lots more. You may have noticed the blog looking kind of plain lately. I want to do a makeover here too. I am not sure if that will involve me learning more about blog design, or simply me stumbling across a pre-made template that speaks to me, but I am looking to spruce things up here too. In the meantime, please forgive the lack of pretty.

4. Spend more time on my creative endeavors
Rather it be my first love: quilting....or making gift buckets, or even learning how to use my fancy camera, I want to spend more time creating things. Making things makes me happy! I have no idea what I will do with all this stuff I want to make, but just making them gives me joy. I have so much beautiful fabric (now that is a post waiting to happen!) that I can hardly stand it. I need to let the dust bunnies lie some days and just go upstairs to my little table and do something that makes me happy! Call me out on this if I am not blogging about projects every so often!!

5. Keep in better touch with friends
This ties back to blogging somewhat. It is such a great vehicle for keeping people updated on my life. But, I need to be better about letting specific people know when I am thinking of them (much more often than my lack of communication communicates). I tend to put that kind of stuff off, and I need to realize that writing a two line email that says, "Hey, what's up? Thinking about you." is sometimes just as good as a 6 paragraph diatribe about everything and anything in my life. As an aside, I don't know if Facebook fits into this or not. What does everyone else think about Facebook? If you have thoughts, please leave a comment! I am so on the fence about this and I would love to hear your opinion. There is good (easy way to get quick updates from lots of people) and bad (OMG...friends coming out of the woodwork. And I use the term "friends" loosely....high school acquaintances I can't quite remember, my daughter's friends...Hello, you are you cannot be my friend... etc. ) So yay or nay on Facebook?

OK, I think that does it for my goals. Those are the big ones anyways! I really hope putting them out there in blogland forces me to stick with them. And if not, well, the poster above says it all. After all......planning is the fun and easy part. Now I have to work on the doing!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

What you missed....

Before I close out 2009 I am doing a pictorial review of the last half of 2009 (the half where I fell off the face of the blog-o-sphere) to bring everyone up to date with our year. Starting in August...

First day of school! Meghan starts her junior year at Klein Oak High School. Big milestone for her....she drives to school now. And I clutch my chest and hyperventilate until she texts me that she made it to school okay. (Well, that just lasted a couple weeks. Now I just hope my prayer of "Dear Lord, let her make it to school safely" is answered every morning.)

Jack and I broke down and bought a "third family car" (family car because Meghan drives it and Jack and I put gas in it) this past summer. I was sick and tired of making the 40 minute round trip trek to her school several times a week. Normally she rode the bus, but with her tennis and yearbook schedule, I knew she would be missing the bus as much as she would be riding it. So far the car has been worth every penny of my time.

Claire and Anna on the first day of school. Claire starts Doerre Middle School (6th) grade and Anna is my sole Hassler Elementary student (3rd grade). I have seriously had a kid at that elementary school for as long as it's been open (10 years). I should be their most valued-customer. Like, I should have my own parking spot, free PTO membership and priority conference times.

Anna has Ms. Cook! Ms. Cook had both Meghan and Claire and rounds out the McAfee trifecta with Anna. We love her. Seriously, the most creative, demanding (in a good way) teacher at that school.

Claire rides the school bus for the first time. In the background of this picture you can probably make out a light brown building. That is the elementary school. Lucky ducks, aren't we? Claire was excited to ride the bus, and as I have found with Meghan, is getting a whole 'nother education riding that thing to school. (Claire not sit in the back with those worldly 8th graders.)
Claire gets braces and Dr. Gilliam gets richer.

(note: Meg was dressed for nerd day at school in the above pic, minus the 3D glasses she popped the frames out of and wore to school.)

Homecoming in October. OMG....the homecoming mum that I have tirelessly poked fun at for 10 years since moving to Texas, rears its' ugly head in the McAfee house. Meghan and her boyfriend exchanged mums at our house the week of homecoming. Meghan's is worn as a halter? necklace? albatross? and Trey's is worn as an arm band. Somewhere in there is a fake mum (Meg's has 3 actually) surrounded by umm....stuff. The kids wear them to school all week, and to the football game. Ironically, the mums are not worn to the dance, which thank the Lord, because then this would be covered up entirely:

Meghan and Trey dressed for dinner and the homecoming dance. They actually attend rival high schools, so they got to go to both Meghan and Trey's homecomings one week apart. (Look at that height difference.....and Meghan is wearing two inch heels.)

The McAfees do Halloween!

Dorothy can have her wicked witch of the west......we have the cutest candy corn witch of the south.

I love Claire's costume! She wanted a homemade costume this past Halloween, and I found this one on the Family Fun magazine website. It's a jellyfish!

We went one step further than the magazine did though and added a string of battery powered white lights. Here she is (with Meghan) all lit up. She got lots of compliments.

Jack celebrated another birthday in November. When your birthday falls the same week as Thanksgiving, odds are your birthday cake is going to have a turkey on it.

IT came to live with us. After living two weeks as a stray in our friend's front yard and repeated "no thank you, we do not need another cat" refrains, the threat of calling animal control was what it eventually took for me to lose my mind and give in. I was reminded of my stupidity just this morning (6am, to be exact) when I heard a crash upstairs and found Anna's hamster's cage in pieces on the floor and a stunned hamster wondering what the hell just happened. Kitten (Mabel, Little Bit....Little Shit....IT has many names) was the culprit. Uh, I hate that cat.

The only pictures we have of Thanksgiving at my mom and dad's in Bandera, TX is of Anna skipping along their street. You will have to take my word for it........the food was awesome and the company even better (shout out to special guest, my Uncle Paul who came in from Arizona.)

And I close out my recap of the last half of 2009 with this picture of Meghan. Don't ask me what she's doing. I have no clue. She's goofy, that one. We all are actually. And that is our goofy 2009.

Looking forward, I hope to be back on the blog later today. I have my designs on 2010. I have goals (dare I say, resolutions?) to share. Because if I share them, that makes me accountable, right?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Still playing catchup on the blog and I can't close out 2009 without a birthday post! Claire turned 12 (and I turned old) on December 30th. We shared a great day together. We went out for pedicures and then I took her to the mall for a shopping spree. (She is far more into clothes and shoes than she was last year....I think middle school has a way of doing that.) She came home with jeans, t-shirts, shoes and the cutest plaid pea coat ever. (Gotta get a pic of her in it....seriously so cute, we got home and Meghan said "Uh, I am stealing that to wear to school".)
Here is the birthday girl with her purchases:

We just hung out that afternoon. Claire played some Band Hero with her sisters. Jack got it for the girls for Christmas. I was doubtful they would like it, but honestly, they have been playing it every day and love it. (Score Jack!)

We had dinner at a hibachi restaurant that evening. It was the five of us plus Meghan's boyfriend, Trey. (Claire's best friend couldn't make it, but Claire was excited that Trey could come.) Afterwards it was home for cake. Claire LOVES cookie cake, so in honor of her new rocker status with Band Hero, we got her a guitar cake.

I am not a big fan of frosting-laden giant cookies, so my sweet husband, made my very favorite cake from scratch! It was a three layer carrot cake. Is he not the best? was good!

We had a great day together. I love sharing my birthday with my sweet, middle daughter.
Love you, CB! (And yes, Maisy and B....I love you both too.)