Monday, November 9, 2015

Peewee football in the Dallas Cowboy stadium!

Zane’s Kids Inc. football team decided to participate in a tournament played in the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.  Well, of course we planned the end of our trip just to go see this event! 

What a chance for these kids. They were scheduled to play three games, on half the field, from the 20 yard line, for about 20-30 minutes each.  Due to some teams not showing I believe they ended up playing five game from 4:10 to about 7:30!  I know they had to be pumped and then very tired boys.  Our boys are ages 9-10 and did play up a couple of games.  One team I think, the first one, was probably closer to age 12.  That is a big age difference at these ages.  But they were troopers.

Zane normally plays defensive end, tackle, and kicker.  There were not kicks for these games and our center, Aidan, was not there, due to a wedding.  Yes, I think that took priority.  So Zane, who has played center in the past, took over that position. 

Yes, those screens are HUGE!  Ross thinks we need one.  Those are our boys down in the bottom of the picture.  Raiders!  11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 00411-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 007A little pregame coaching. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 00811-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 009And out onto the field. Zane is #55. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 013Looks like a wow type moment. For real?!11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 01511-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 026Here we go again…11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 02711-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 03011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 04111-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 04411-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 04711-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 05211-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 054It took Zane a few times hiking the ball to get in the rhythm of hiking then getting right up into the tackle/blocking mode but he did a great job.11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 056A little down time. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 05811-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 06411-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 06911-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 07611-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 07911-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 08011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 09011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 09511-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 09611-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 104

After the games we got to go on the field for some photo ops and tour part of the stadium.  We would sure like to go back and do a guided tour.  I know we missed a lot this way.

Zane wanted to do a silly move but it did blur a bit. Oh well, here you go Zane. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 11511-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 11011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 11711-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 119Some of the interior stuff…11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 125Look at those rolls of turf!11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 126These are the halls behind the field.11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 127Press speakers…We did get some pics of the cheerleaders dressing room but missed the players. Ross and Mike did see them but said it was not as impressive. LOL11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 132I made Zachary get up there with this pictures but he was not thrilled so I cut him off.  It’s ok.  I should not have pushed him. But these boys did enjoy it.

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That’s it.  From here we went to our respective “homes” and then headed home the next day. We are home and busy on washing and cleaning out the trailer.  Fun Fun  And we are freezing!  I think we need to go to Florida or California or even far south Texas!  Maybe someday.

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White’s Chapel Cemetery, South Lake, visit

We had the chance to so watch Zane and his team participate in a peewee football tournament in Dallas in  - get this – AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry’s World as Ross calls it.  So of course we planned out trip home via Dallas. 

While there we also took a quick trip to a cemetery there that where some of Ross’s ancestors are buried. This is White’s Chapel Cemetery in South Lake. His paternal great grandfather and grandmother and some great uncles and aunts.  Even a cousin or two.  Ross’s paternal grandfather is buried here but we do not know where his grandmother is buried.  She apparently died somewhere near or on Houston about 1910 when Ross’s dad was only 5.  I have had no luck finding a grave for her. Darn.  Anyway, I love cemeteries so it was not a problem to walk through although my shoes did get a bit damp.

11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 01This one is Josiah Guess, an uncle.11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 03His great grandfather. Obviously the stones has been replaced from the first ones.  Not sure when. 11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 04One very young cousin.  Two months old. Always hate these stones.11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 05This is Ross’s step great grandmother.  11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 06An uncle.11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 18A young cousin.  He was killed in a car wreck. 11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 20Not sure about these next two.  Think they might be related to me.  Hmmmm.  I feel an Ancestry visit coming. 11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 1111-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 1711-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 23I just loved this tree!  that hole was huge and I loved the gnarly look. OK, I will go on in another post to FOOTBALL!  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nearly the end of a great trip

Well, after leaving Hot Springs we made a quick stop at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.  I had no illusions of finding a diamond but boy wouldn’t that have been something. The camping area is beautiful.  We rolled in and wandered through the camp areas and found a couple next to each other. Neither had a reserved sign so we parked and drove up to the office to register.  Well, that was the wrong thing to do!!  The clerk was quite perturbed that we did not go there first.  “You know those might be reserved!”  Then why was there not a sign telling us that?  She was right next to rude about it. So we stayed one night which was all we needed.

Here are some people down in the diamond field.  We decided to go to the diamond hunting seminar.  After that, we walked the fields in the mud and looked.  We did not do the mud washing stuff as we were not dressed for that.  Nope, no diamond finds.  Darn.11-03-15 Crater of Diamonds 1This is what we are looking through to find diamonds.11-03-15 Crater of Diamonds 2Ross and Melinda back there not getting muddy. I don’t think this is something we really want to do again when it is muddy.  Maybe when it is dry and we can sift through it.  OK, a little mud never hurt anyone but make sure you have the right clothes first!11-03-15 Crater of Diamonds 3We went on to TEXAS!!  Dan was wanting to see Lake Fork just east of Dallas and we were certainly willing.  It is a really bustling fishing community with lots of rv spots.  Most it looked like were long term with a few at each place for people like us as short term. This one was Rolling Fork RV.  Price was right and full hookups.  Pretty but needs a little more road work maybe and the pull through we had needs to be leveled a bit and some parking gravel or pads.  It was a little wet and squishy after the huge rain we had at night and did concern us that we might tear up the grass just getting the trailer out.  But no problem. 

These are the long term places right on the lake.  They had some short term on the lake but the recent rains made them pretty wet and mushy too and we were told they were pretty short.  We were happy where we were.11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0111-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 02Huge water lilies on the lake. 11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0311-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 04Loved how the water beaded on the leaves.11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0511-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0611-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0711-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 08This was their fishing pond.  Dad did not get a bite and it was really small, maybe for the kids. 11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0911-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 10We had all the dogs our (all three) just waking around. 11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 11This was the tree right behind our trailers.  Pretty huh?11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 12

After that we said our goodbyes to Dan and Melinda and we headed to I-20 where Dan would peel off and go to Round Rock and we would head for Arlington.  Thanks for the great time!!

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Peewee football in the Dallas Cowboy stadium!

Zane’s Kids Inc. football team decided to participate in a tournament played in the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.  Well, of course we planned the end of our trip just to go see this event! 

What a chance for these kids. They were scheduled to play three games, on half the field, from the 20 yard line, for about 20-30 minutes each.  Due to some teams not showing I believe they ended up playing five game from 4:10 to about 7:30!  I know they had to be pumped and then very tired boys.  Our boys are ages 9-10 and did play up a couple of games.  One team I think, the first one, was probably closer to age 12.  That is a big age difference at these ages.  But they were troopers.

Zane normally plays defensive end, tackle, and kicker.  There were not kicks for these games and our center, Aidan, was not there, due to a wedding.  Yes, I think that took priority.  So Zane, who has played center in the past, took over that position. 

Yes, those screens are HUGE!  Ross thinks we need one.  Those are our boys down in the bottom of the picture.  Raiders!  11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 00411-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 007A little pregame coaching. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 00811-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 009And out onto the field. Zane is #55. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 013Looks like a wow type moment. For real?!11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 01511-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 026Here we go again…11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 02711-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 03011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 04111-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 04411-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 04711-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 05211-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 054It took Zane a few times hiking the ball to get in the rhythm of hiking then getting right up into the tackle/blocking mode but he did a great job.11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 056A little down time. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 05811-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 06411-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 06911-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 07611-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 07911-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 08011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 09011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 09511-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 09611-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 104

After the games we got to go on the field for some photo ops and tour part of the stadium.  We would sure like to go back and do a guided tour.  I know we missed a lot this way.

Zane wanted to do a silly move but it did blur a bit. Oh well, here you go Zane. 11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 11511-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 11011-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 11711-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 119Some of the interior stuff…11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 125Look at those rolls of turf!11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 126These are the halls behind the field.11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 127Press speakers…We did get some pics of the cheerleaders dressing room but missed the players. Ross and Mike did see them but said it was not as impressive. LOL11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 132I made Zachary get up there with this pictures but he was not thrilled so I cut him off.  It’s ok.  I should not have pushed him. But these boys did enjoy it.

11-07-15 Zane FB Dallas stadium 137

That’s it.  From here we went to our respective “homes” and then headed home the next day. We are home and busy on washing and cleaning out the trailer.  Fun Fun  And we are freezing!  I think we need to go to Florida or California or even far south Texas!  Maybe someday.

Thanks for looking!

White’s Chapel Cemetery, South Lake, visit

We had the chance to so watch Zane and his team participate in a peewee football tournament in Dallas in  - get this – AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry’s World as Ross calls it.  So of course we planned out trip home via Dallas. 

While there we also took a quick trip to a cemetery there that where some of Ross’s ancestors are buried. This is White’s Chapel Cemetery in South Lake. His paternal great grandfather and grandmother and some great uncles and aunts.  Even a cousin or two.  Ross’s paternal grandfather is buried here but we do not know where his grandmother is buried.  She apparently died somewhere near or on Houston about 1910 when Ross’s dad was only 5.  I have had no luck finding a grave for her. Darn.  Anyway, I love cemeteries so it was not a problem to walk through although my shoes did get a bit damp.

11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 01This one is Josiah Guess, an uncle.11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 03His great grandfather. Obviously the stones has been replaced from the first ones.  Not sure when. 11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 04One very young cousin.  Two months old. Always hate these stones.11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 05This is Ross’s step great grandmother.  11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 06An uncle.11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 18A young cousin.  He was killed in a car wreck. 11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 20Not sure about these next two.  Think they might be related to me.  Hmmmm.  I feel an Ancestry visit coming. 11-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 1111-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 1711-07-15 Whites Chapel Cemetery 23I just loved this tree!  that hole was huge and I loved the gnarly look. OK, I will go on in another post to FOOTBALL!  Thanks for visiting.

Nearly the end of a great trip

Well, after leaving Hot Springs we made a quick stop at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.  I had no illusions of finding a diamond but boy wouldn’t that have been something. The camping area is beautiful.  We rolled in and wandered through the camp areas and found a couple next to each other. Neither had a reserved sign so we parked and drove up to the office to register.  Well, that was the wrong thing to do!!  The clerk was quite perturbed that we did not go there first.  “You know those might be reserved!”  Then why was there not a sign telling us that?  She was right next to rude about it. So we stayed one night which was all we needed.

Here are some people down in the diamond field.  We decided to go to the diamond hunting seminar.  After that, we walked the fields in the mud and looked.  We did not do the mud washing stuff as we were not dressed for that.  Nope, no diamond finds.  Darn.11-03-15 Crater of Diamonds 1This is what we are looking through to find diamonds.11-03-15 Crater of Diamonds 2Ross and Melinda back there not getting muddy. I don’t think this is something we really want to do again when it is muddy.  Maybe when it is dry and we can sift through it.  OK, a little mud never hurt anyone but make sure you have the right clothes first!11-03-15 Crater of Diamonds 3We went on to TEXAS!!  Dan was wanting to see Lake Fork just east of Dallas and we were certainly willing.  It is a really bustling fishing community with lots of rv spots.  Most it looked like were long term with a few at each place for people like us as short term. This one was Rolling Fork RV.  Price was right and full hookups.  Pretty but needs a little more road work maybe and the pull through we had needs to be leveled a bit and some parking gravel or pads.  It was a little wet and squishy after the huge rain we had at night and did concern us that we might tear up the grass just getting the trailer out.  But no problem. 

These are the long term places right on the lake.  They had some short term on the lake but the recent rains made them pretty wet and mushy too and we were told they were pretty short.  We were happy where we were.11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0111-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 02Huge water lilies on the lake. 11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0311-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 04Loved how the water beaded on the leaves.11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0511-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0611-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0711-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 08This was their fishing pond.  Dad did not get a bite and it was really small, maybe for the kids. 11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 0911-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 10We had all the dogs our (all three) just waking around. 11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 11This was the tree right behind our trailers.  Pretty huh?11-05-15 Rolling Fork RV Emory TX 12

After that we said our goodbyes to Dan and Melinda and we headed to I-20 where Dan would peel off and go to Round Rock and we would head for Arlington.  Thanks for the great time!!

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