Monday, May 30, 2011

Fishing Trip 2011

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that every year my family goes on our annual fishing trip down in Corpus.  It is my mom, dad, siblings: Ross, Lori, Leslie and her husband and their two kids Rylan and Colton, and then me Bret, and Molly.  We always have a great time and come back with stories and fish.  For some reason I did not take any pictures of the fish the adults caught, and yes I went out on the boat and caught some fish too.

(By the way there are two posts tonight because one just was not enough for our week in Corpus.)

This year we had shirts made.  I did not get a picture of the front but it said:
McLelland annual Fishing Trip 2011.  Only The Strong Survive.

This is what the back said:
Warning if cuss words offend you please skip this picture ;)
If you know my dad you would find this so funny because fishing with my dad can be quite interesting to say the least.  He takes his fishing very serious.  These rules on the shirt were just a few of the things my dad has told us over the years.  The last and number one rule we just made up because well if you don't make him mad then it is a little more pleasant while fishing.

The condo is right on the water so in the evenings we take the kiddos fishing.

My dad would take the kiddos for a boat ride almost everyday.  They loved to go fast. By the way I am sure you notice the boat has no sides.  That is why we can't take the kids fishing out in the bay.  The other reason for this skinny boat is that it can go in shallow water. I mean inches deep that other boats cannot go to get some good fish.

Of course the kids had their own blow up pool to play in on the deck to keep them entertained during the day.

Molly was not a huge fan of fishing.  After she caught this one she quickly put it down and ran off.

Colton LOVED fishing.  By the way we did not make him always fish with a pink pole.  He just happened to have it in the picture :)

Just being silly kids.  They have fun playing together.

Beach and Aquarium

The kiddos could not go out on the fishing trips with the adults so we did take them to the beach and Texas State Aquarium on different days so they could have some fun too.

Rylan and Colton loved the beach.  Molly liked it for about 10 minutes then wanted all the sand off her and wanted nothing to do with getting in the water.

They all loved the Aquarium.  Especially seeing the shark and dolphin.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Congrats Dr. Mann

This morning my sister-in-law became Dr. Abby Mann. She graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry. I am sure when she started this journey she thought this day would never get here, but it did and we are all so excited for her! The graduation was at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.  It was so nice and intimate.  We even took Molly (gasp) but she did great. 

Ha, not the best picture of our family but it was the only one :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lovin This Weather

I am sure everyone around here has been loving this weather. Here are a few things we have been doing to enjoy this weather while we can.

We have been doing lots of jumping and playing on the trampoline.

We have gone on lots of walks.  Well mostly me walking while Molly enjoys the ride. 

We even went to our local Farmers Market.  If you are in the Rockwall area you should come check it out.  It is every Saturday from 8:00-12:00 in downtown Rockwall, going till October 8th, several local farms bring their things to sell.  There are lots of great veggies, fruits, honey, pastas, breads, and even meats - chicken, beef, and pork.  If you are interested more in finding out about the vendors that come check out this link:  Rockwall Farmers Market

We did attempt to take the boat out too but it would not start :( Hence the name of the boat "Failure to Launch." Hopefully it is just a starter problem and can be easily fixed.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Where is Molly?

 Here over the past few weeks Molly has gotten really good at hiding.  She does not last long but maybe a minute or two then she starts giggling.  The other day I was folding clothes on my bed so I saw her doing it, but she made her way behind the pillows.  She got all behind them and laid down.  You could not see her at all.  She stayed like that for most of the time I was folding clothes.

Her bed is never made and always looks like this so I did not think anything of it when I walked in and saw her bed like this.  Then I started walking around the house calling her name and she would not answer.  I happened to walking past her room to check if she was in the nursery/guest room and heard a giggle.  I looked in and saw the covers slightly move.  If she would have never made a sound I don't know if I would have found her.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Here in the last week Bret and I have attend two banquets. One for PlayWisely , my new job, and one for International Justice Mission.  If you are not familiar with IJM it is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. They were both great but required a nicer attire than our normal everyday wear. Who I am I kidding even my normal evening out wear. I wanted to make sure and get the classic "prom" picture of us dressed nice. Especially Bret in his coat and tie. Not sure when that will happen again :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Weather: Just for the Record

I just wanted to document the cold weather we have had here in May!!  Yes I said cold.  I think it is cold when I have to bring back out the winter clothes and even turn on the heater at night.  I know here in a few days we will be back to our normal Texas weather wishing for the cooler days.