Sunday Lunch with Friends

Sunday, February 21 –

We pooled our resources with our friends, the Robertson’s from near Crosbyton, and enjoyed a feast together after church today. The mom, Rebekah, and girls Jenna and Emily were in town for Andrea’s wedding shower at the Matador church of Christ today. We also enjoyed spending time with Mackenna, Andrea’s cousin, and R.C. Geiscke, one of our landlords.





Laredo and Andrea Engaged!

Friday, June 19 –

Love is definitely in the air around here. We’re so excited for them both. Rumor has it that the big day will be in about a year.



Storm Chasing from my Computer Chair

Saturday, May 16 –

Today was the big race that Cim, Laredo, and the Phipps boys have been working toward. It’s called a “Tough Mudder” race. It was 11 miles of mud and obstacles. It was in a small Oklahoma town called Okemah, east of Oklahoma City. I’ve been worrying now for months about them being in that area of Oklahoma in mid may. It’s a tornado magnet.

Well, I was right. There were bad storms all day long. I found a live feed from KFOR Channel 4 in OKC. Also I had up TVN weather network on the internet. It has a map of the area showing storm chaser locations. You can click on a storm chaser and watch their live feed.

All day long I kept up with the storms. One tornado after another was forming. At one time the kids were in a tornado warning and a tornado even threatened Okemah a few hours after the race was over. I’m glad it’s over and the storms have moved on now into Arkansas.

Here are a few storm chaser pictures I snagged off the internet feed and from KFOR feed.

These first few are near Shamrock, TX and northeast into OK toward Sayre.

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If you’d like to check out the feeds I was on, here are the links:

Banquet in Black

Andrea invited Laredo to a banquet given by her LCU social club. They decided to both wear black. Don’t they look great?
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Branding Before the Rain

Thursday, May 7 –

This is a painting called “Hurry Up and Brand” that I created in 1991. It depicts two cowboys who have snagged a calf that was missed in the recent roundup. Will they have time to get a fire going and brand it before that approaching storm hits? Probably not.


However, our group recently had better luck. Cim and Laredo had some cows and calves to brand. Rain was threatening, and they really had to hurry, but Courtney and the other kids pitched in to help and they finished the last one just as the big drops began to hit.

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Road Trip

Friday, March 13 –

A couple of proud uncles came up from Texas on a fast trip to see Alan. Courtney and Andrea came along, too. It was their first trip to Tennessee.




Sunday afternoon everyone was outside enjoying the warm weather. Check out this video to see what was going on.


Laredo’s 20th Birthday


Tuesday, June 16, 2014

Tonight after the boys got in from work, we had a special dinner in honor of Laredo.


Atlanta made some meatballs and a yummy alfredo pesto sauce


Aspen made the wacky chocolate cake


We didn’t get homemade ice cream accomplished, so we cheated and had Nathan bring some from town.

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