Tuesday, November 24, 2015


It sure was hot in August this year. So hot that our indoor play turned into some serious shenanigans in the Dishman household. One night, when Ty was out of town, the boys were supposed to be asleep in their room. We play them audio stories on a CD at night and that was the only noise I heard coming from their room. About 10pm, they come out and ask for a towel to clean up some water they spilled. I went in their room with them and the carpet was SOAKED! Apparently, they were trying to wash their Hot Wheels cars and were pouring water over them on the carpet. They said they probably poured 50-80 cups of water each. Needless to say, the carpet in their bathroom nook was ruined (whose idea was it to put carpet in a bathroom area anyways?!). I rolled the carpet and pad from their actual room back and think I was able to save it. The cement underneath the whole area was soaked and I made them give me their whole allowance to pay for the damage. Currently we have just the cement exposed but will probably put tile down soon.

On a positive note, while I was at Whole Foods one day, I picked up this sweet potato side dish from the prepared meals section. It was like $8 or something crazy for a sweet potato, so I put it back and headed for the checkout. A store employee saw me do that, picked it up and followed me to the checkout, asked me if why I didn't buy it was because of the price (to which I said yes) and gave it to me for free. Yet another reason why I love WF! 

Ah, this sweetie!! 

Yum, Pizza! 

I took the boys to the trail to ride bikes one day while the girls had a sleepover with Nana. 

We had a blast and it was really fun to do some "big kid" activities without the younger ones slowing us down or needing to go home for a nap. 

Our awesome neighbors invited all 4 kids over to decorate cupcakes! 

We went to the Zilker Summer Musical, Hairspray. I hadn't thought that the themes may be a bit mature for the boys, but I think most of the inappropriate comments went over their heads. Next summer is Shrek, so I think we will be safe there! 

We also went to the movies with friends... had to end our summer with lots of fun activities. 

First day of school!! 

Levi's 1st grade teacher this year is Mrs. Bomar.

Colt's 2nd grade teacher is Mrs. Thompson. 

We love Veritas Academy! 

The girls were excited to pick up their brothers after their first day of school. 

Ty and I attended the Paidea Prom, an event put on by the kid's school.

We also attended a fundraising event for the Gazelle Foundation which builds wells in Burundi. I ran track and cross county with Gilbert in college. It's always a privilege to support him and the Foundation.


July is one of our favorite months of the year because it is Colt's birthday!! Can't believe he turned 8 this year. We had a water party at the house and he requested Oreo cake. 

Colt and I were searching on Pinterest for some water games to play at his party (we had balloon launchers and water guns) and we saw this Dunk Bucket. Instead of a dunk tank, when the target is hit, the hanging bucket will dump water all over the person sitting beneath it. So we went to Lowe's and got the material and began building! We actually made 2 of them so you can sit under each one and throw at the person across from you so you aren't just a sitting duck. Hopefully we will have fun with these for years to come! 

July also means lake trips! Captain Ty with his crewmate Zoe.

Uncle Cody, Eliza, Tatum and Colt

Aunt Chez, Hazel and Levi 

Erica joined us for the day!

Girl's trip 

The kids went to one day camp this summer called Fit Kid Camp. It was a fun week of learning about how to make their bodies healthy through exercise and nutrition. The best part was that it was led by Tatum's favorite preschool friend's mom! This picture is from Crazy Sock day... Colt won out of all the campers.

Crazy hair day

At home Colt insisted I fix his hair this crazy. Then when we showed up at camp, he began to hide because he was embarrassed about it! 

Tatum really wanted to win Crazy Hair day. She had 1/3 curls, 1/3 pony tail and 1/3 braids with beads at the end. All morning she kept saying, "I'm gonna win! I'm gonna win!" I was really hoping she wouldn't be disappointed. Well, turns out... she won! Whew ;) 

Zoe chillin' in the car. We are getting really close to taking her pacifier away at the end of this month. Thought I'd take a farewell picture :)
My Uncle Mark, Aunt Halley and Cousin Sarah and her whole family finally came back to visit us in Texas!! We all met up at Ninfa's in Waco for a long lunch. It was SO great to see them again! Maybe next time we can take a trip to visit them in sunny Florida!! :) 

 We hadn't seen Dad and Jennifer this month, so they brought Colt's bday gifts with them. Thanks for spoiling Colt with love and gifts! 

Our care group when Putt-Putting, then ate at P. Terry's. Then a few of us went to hear Rob Bell at the Paramount. Fun night! 

Cutie pie! 

Tatum sunscreen selfie

We went to the lake with the Beards, Campbells and Mullens. Love hanging out with friends. Scout brought her face paints and treated the girls. This was officially the beginning of Tatum's new obsession with face painting. Thanks, Scout. 


So the bee removal box sat in our tree for less than a week. We had some major Memorial Day storms/floods that knocked the box out of the tree and shattered it. The bees all flew back to the tree, but were blocked out by a device installed on the tree, so gathered together in a huge bulge next to their hole. We called Austin Bee Rescue back out to assess the situation. Now that all of the bees were outside the hive in plain site on the side of the tree, they estimated we had 400,000 bees in our hive!! They brought a vacuum and sucked all the bees back into a new box to remove them. 

We enjoyed a front porch viewing.

Some of the bees had actually relocated to a different tree, so he vacuumed those out as well. Unfortunately, since then, more bees have relocated to a 3rd hole back in the original tree. They are higher up the tree and haven't bothered anyone so far and hopefully that will remain so! 

Here are some pictures from the Circle C swim meet. 

Levi was chosen to be on the relay for his age group. 

Guess we gotta teach this kid to dive ;) He also swam the freestyle and breaststroke.

Colt swam the freestyle and breaststroke. 

Happy swimmer

Colt was among the bottom of his age group every race, but that didn't stop him. He had fun and showed improvement over the season!

The Fantastic Four
Zoe always wants to do what the other kids are doing... even wearing a swim cap around the house. 

Love this guy! 

My friend Erica invited me to a show downtown with her. We listened to radio personality, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots. 

It was so fun to hang out! 

Here we are after the show. Bobby is in the middle and Carlos is on the right. Can't remember the girl's name on the left. She's an artist out of Nashville that they brought with them. This was a fundraiser for the Memorial Day flood victims. 

Levi won his heat! 

The rest of us hanging out at swim practice. 

Levi lost his first tooth at a swim meet! 

Tatum showing off at Uncle Dusty's graduation from Law Enforcement school. He is now a Sherriff's Deputy!                                                   

I love that these kids still love the Jeep! It's perfect for summer fun :)