Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Snow and more Snow!!!


Saturday we decided to go see Santa and tell him what we wanted for Christmas. When we got to the mall and started walking towards Santa, miss Maddie decided she didnt really need to tell Santa what she wanted. Last year went soo well with Santa, not soo much this year, mom had to sit on his lap with her for our picture :(


Sunday morning we woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground. YAAAAY!!! This is Maddie's first time in the snow, she got more excited about playing with her dog Bandit though. She did try to eat the snow a few times, but everyone knows that you are not supposed to eat the first snow of the season!!! ;) can you see our beautifull new truck in the background!







Saturday, November 8, 2008

Our little family!

A couple weeks ago we went in for our 2008 Family photos. Here are the results. We went in on Halloween night, thats why we have a little bumble bee in the pictures ;)











Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm soo Proud of my little brother!!!

My dad just emailed me this article and I felt the need to show it off!!! We love you #50!!!

Publication:Odessa American;
Date:Nov 7, 2008;
Section:Sports;
Page Number:1D
H I G H SC H O O L FO OT BA L L : W E E K 1 0
Permian’s Mr. Versatility
McClane’s determination serves him well for Panthers, bodes well for his future
BY JOEL A. ERICKSON jerickson@oaoa.com The little boy wanted to carry the football. Like most little boys, he had his share of heroes. Emmitt Smith, Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson all had two things in common. They were Texas icons. And they all played running back. Like most little boys, he wanted to emulate his heroes. But his first tackle football team had a weight requirement. Running backs had to weigh less than 120 pounds. The little boy tipped the scales at 132. He went to his dad, who told his son he could help him lose weight. At 11 years old, though, the little boy had to be committed. So he gave up pizza. Started running sprints and tearing up and down hills. Wore a sweat suit to help shed the pounds. By the time he stepped onto the scales for his first football season, Samson McClane only weighed 116 pounds. He got to carry the ball. McClane no longer carries the ball. At 6-feet, 248 pounds, Mc-Clane is much better suited to bury running backs at the line of scrimmage. “He’s one of the most consistent players we have,” Permian head coach Darren Allman said. “He’s very strong, and I think over the course of the year his speed has increased.” McClane’s blend of strength and quickness has allowed the Panthers defense to switch formations freely this season. When the Panthers’ defensive coaching staff plays a 3-4 alignment, McClane becomes the nose guard. Playing nose guard in the 3-4 requires an athlete to plug holes and take on blockers rather than make plays. But Permian has been equally comfortable playing in a 4-3 alignment this season. For that responsibility, Mc-Clane is no longer a plugger, but a playmaker who can push the pocket and make tackles along the line of scrimmage. Sometimes he has to be a bear. Sometimes he has to be a bull. “We really use him in both situations,” Allman said. “He’s built like we like to have them. He’s not real tall in stature, but he’s one of the strongest people on our football team.” Permian’s powerlifting team has also been happy to have McClane, a two-time regional qualifier in the sport. McClane benches 360 pounds. He can squat 600. If a Permian coach ever needs a tree moved without the use of any machinery, Mc-Clane has to be the first player called. And that strength certainly doesn’t hurt when he has to move 250-pound offensive linemen out of the way. “It’s a physical position,” McClane said. “It brings out the aggressive side in me, because I’m really not that aggressive outside of football.” McClane may not be aggressive, but he has always been determined. Even in the classroom. “During my sophomore year I was the valedictorian of my class,” McClane said. “I’m No. 4 right now, but I’m trying to work hard enough to get back up there.” Letters from colleges have been pouring into the Mc-Clane household lately. A new set of offers from major universities seems to show up every time the family opens the mailbox. Only a few are looking at McClane as a football player. Most are more interested in his status as a National Hispanic Scholar, an honor that helps link gifted Hispanic students with interested universities. And several of those universities are offering full academic scholarships. “It has opened a lot of doors,” said Tommie Mc-Clane, Samson’s mother. “Nothing is in stone right now, we’re trying to sort through all of the offers.” McClane wants to major in business finance, but he also wants to keep playing football. TCU might allow him to do both in college. McClane has already visited the Horned Frogs’ campus in Fort Worth to check out the school and watch the football game. “My dream has always been to play in the NFL, but if that doesn’t work out, hopefully I can pursue a career in business,” McClane said. Two things drive Mc-Clane’s quest for success. McClane’s faith is strong — like everything else about the Permian senior — and he feels responsible to make the most of the blessings he’s been given. “God has blessed me with all of these abilities, and I don’t want to let them go to waste,” McClane said. “I can show people what he’s done through me.” And he already has an example to follow. McClane has three older siblings — two brothers and a sister — but his second-oldest brother, Paul, always found time for his little brother, even though 12 years separate the two. Paul is an Air Force fighter pilot stationed in Panama City, Fla. “Paul is such a highachiever,” Tommie said. “He had to go to the Air Force Academy when Samson was little, but they’ve always been close.” McClane tries to stay in touch with his older brother as often as he can, but the flight schedule of a pilot doesn’t make it easy. When Paul comes home for the holidays, though, the two brothers always find time to get in a few rough-and-tumble wrestling matches. Paul is only 5-foot-8, but that doesn’t mean his younger brother has the advantage. “He still handles me pretty good,” McClane said. “He’s pretty feisty. He used to pick on me all the time, but we’ve always been close.” Paul wants to become an astronaut. From his older brother, Samson McClane learned to set his sights just as high. “He doesn’t really struggle at anything, but he’s very driven,” Tommie said. “He always gets things done.” And he’s learned to love making tackles as much as he used to like breaking them. “When he was in junior high, he played a lot of fullback,” said Brien McClane, Samson’s father. “Now other people tell me that if the linebackers are making a lot of tackles, he’s doing his job. He knows what he needs to do.” The little boy has grown into a confident young man. But Samson McClane still hasn’t learned to take no for an answer.

SAMSON McCLANE PERMIAN SENIOR (KEVIN BUEHLER ODESSA AMERICAN) Permian senior defensive lineman Samson McClane (left) takes down Amarillo High running back Thomas Fraser earlier this season.
The versatile McClane has allowed the Panthers to be flexible defensively, and the senior has plenty of options in his future.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The hunt for the "Great Pumpkin"

A couple weeks ago we went to Spooner Farms with maddie's little friend Gracie to find The Great Pumpkin.


Gracie (maddie's friend)


The pumpkins were almost as big as Maddie.

We found a couple GIANT spiders along the way!


Maddie had alot of fun looking for "her pumpkin".





I think i found my "GREAT PUMPKIN" ;)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Our trip to OHIO!

On August 30th we flew out to Columbus, Ohio. This was Maddie's first trip out to where her daddy grew up (in Dayton). After a 4 1/2 hour red eye flight into Cinncinati, an hour layover, then a 30 minute flight in a "tiny" plane we finally touched down in Columbus. Rob's brother and brothers family lives in Columbus, and the rest of the family lives in Dayton. We spent a few days with them and a few days in Dayton. Here are a few good pics of the trip!


Family Picture!
Grandpa Steve's friend Mary
Maddie and her Cousin Willie
Maddie and her Grandpa Steve
Dad his boys and his beautiful grandbabies!


We had a lot of fun visiting the family but were also glad to come home to our own beds :)

SURGERY... AHH!

Maddie has had 9 ear infections since December. So Rob and decided it would be best for our little girl to have the doctor put tubes in her ears, so she doesnt have to be in soo much pain this winter. Her surgery was August 26th at 9:45 am, I was not aloud to feed her after 12:00 the night before. I think that was more difficult then letting the nurse take her away for the surgery. The surgery went great and very quick. Miss Maddie was a champ!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY MADYSON

Madyson Paige Faulkner born June 19th 2007 8lbs 6oz 21in long
Maddie 6 months old X-Mas 2007
First pair of shoes!
My goofy girl :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADYSON!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Granni Weekend!!!!

YAAAY Granni came to visit for the weekend. Even though i did miss a 10 year reunion that would have aloud me to see some old friends, i hope they had a great visit with each other. We had a great visit with MOM/GRANNI!





With my mom living in Nevada, we only get to see her a couple times a year if we are lucky. Now that Madyson is here, we have got to see her alot more. We know who is loved here ;) I absolutely love having her around. Rob and I recently purchased our first home and this was mom's first visit since then. So i got my own personal interior decorator for a weekend. Mom and I redecorated our kitchen. I have to say that we did AWESOME!

Batten Down the Hatches!!! Maddie is Walking!!!


Our little girl is walking now... It started on Mothers Day, she took her first two (and only two because mom got too excited) steps, a week later she was up to five, now poor bandit cant take a nap with out maddie bothering him. The girl just learned how to walk and she is already trying to run. They grow up sooo fast, i cant believe that in less then a month my sweet little piglet is going to be ONE!!!

Too Many Blogs sooo Little Time!!!

I am not soo good with keeping up with soo many blogs... after a day at work i come home with miss maddie and its pretty crazy until she is asleep!!! I promise i will try to be much better :)

Please feel free to check out Madyson's website @ www.babiesonline.com/babies/m/madysonpaige

LOTS OF PICTURES THERE ;)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It was a Granni weekend!!!


Maddie got to have a slumber part with her Great Grandma and Granni this weekend. So that mom and dad could have a night off!!! She had lots of fun playing catch me if you can and sharing her lunch with her granni (eeww) !!!