UT Football

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Are you ready for some football?

Finally, football season is here. In a rare Sunday night game UT beat New Mexico State University 66-7. A tropical depression blew in on Saturday morning and caused steady and constant rain during the duration of the game. Brianna and I were equipped with our UT rain ponchos and stayed dry enough to be comfortable throughout the game. Save, a very deep and horse voice from my on-going battle with Hailey’s virus, we are no worse for wear.

Our parking situation was been remedied by a so-called ‘sleeper lot ‘. The Westlund’s found a parking garage at UT. This garage advertised football parking, but it did not fill up until just before kickoff.

Judy and Vicki attended Mack Brown’s Woman’s Football Clinic on the 22nd. Here we see JW with Vicki just in the background, instructing Mack that Kris is spelled K-R-I-S and, YES, Mack can win the big one.


Hailey's Third Portraits

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Eight Months Photo Shoot

Hailey’s eight month anniversary is now documented in pixels.


Day care harbors highly contagious virii. Last Saturday Hailey had her baptism/confirmation at our house (thanks Vel). A few days prior to that several children from Hailey’s class were sent home due to vomiting and diarrhea. Hailey seemed unaffected on that day and on Saturday.

During the following week, many people who were at our house suffered an ill fate of vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, headache, earache, congestion, and finally coughing. I am still congested and hope to be completely well soon.

Brianna was sick on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Hailey was ill on Monday, and I became ill on Tuesday evening. My sister, Sanna, Elizabeth, and Carol had their share on Monday, and Autumn was sick on Tuesday. My mom was ill on Wednesday. Brianna’s grandmother and grandfather managed to make it to Saturday, almost a full week later.

Single people, there is a new reason to fear children, plague!


The Hailey Show

Hailey can’t get enough food to eat. She used to eat two half jars of baby food in the morning, one fruit, one vegetable, and the other half at night. Now she will eat both full jars in the morning, both in the evening, and another full jar or two in the afternoon for good measure. If she is fussy, stick a spoon in her mouth and she will start eating. She hasn’t started drinking more milk, five ounces at a time seems to be her limit.

Random Hailey Trivia

  • She has slept through the night a few nights in a row now. Maybe this will be her new routine. Eat, eat, eat, like a hungry caterpillar during the day and then sleep peacefully during the night.
  • She hasn’t started crawling yet. I am really amazed by this. I thought she was about to start crawling when we went to Houston. She can stand, and she likes to stand, and she can roam around the house in the walker, but she hasn’t decided that she wants to crawl yet.
  • She has decided that she likes to carried around in the chest mounted baby carrier (think Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Gold Member). I carry her around the house almost all weekend in that thing and she really likes it.
  • She has learned a cute little trick. When she is in her walker, roaming around the house, if she sees Mom or me, she will hold her hands straight out so we will pick her up. Who could refuse?

13 days and Counting

The Longhorn Football Saga continues. This year will be a great season for the Longhorns. I don’t know how good of a season it will be for our tailgate parties. Our regular parking spots on Lavaca, at the Freemason Lodge, are not available this year. Our group normally buys seven or eight spots in a row for the festivities. This year conflicting interests will cause the mason’s to keep the spots for themselves. Our man, Kris, is currently investigating alternatives, but I fear the worst will come to pass and we will be parking spotless, and our tailgating will suffer. Do you own a parking lot? Contact me if you do.


30 days and Counting

August was my least favorite month. August has always signaled the end of summer and the begging of the fall, school, and cold weather.

Now I like August much better. Now August means that boring baseball is ending. The start of two-a-day workouts, incoming training camp reports, and the delivery of season tickets. Longhorn season tickets arrived today. Hook’em!

It's Not Hand-Foot-Mouth

Hailey’s illness this week was not the hand-foot-mouth that was discovered in her day care class. No, Hailey had a miserable week with a stomach virus. She suffered a sore throat, diarrhea, and vomiting. We were worried that she may become dehydrated so we took her to the doctor’s office on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. By Tuesday anti-vomiting medication seemed to help and Hailey started eating and drinking bottles again. She did not eat or drink anything more than a sip from Sunday to Tuesday. What she did try to eat or drink she promptly vomited back up.

On Thursday she seemed fully recovered so we sent her back to day care. On Friday she returned to the doctor’s office with a sever case of pink eye. It is likely that we will suffer from pink eye as well. Joy.