Photo Friday: Mr. Chairman, My Dad

My dad doesn’t often read this. And it’s a good thing because he’s a very humble man and may not approve of me bragging on him so much. However, I’m going to brag about him anyway.

Last night he was “inaugurated” as the Chairman (equivalent of President) of the Mason Contractors of America (MCAA). He’s been on the board now for 6 years and will now serve as Chairman for two additional years.

I’m so proud of him and my mom, who supports him every step of the way. They made up the “p” and the “s” of P and S Masonry, a masonry contractor in Central Texas established in 1987. They’ve both been advocates for the masonry and construction industry for the 30+ years they’ve been in business. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with them both in the masonry business and now on the equipment company, Spec Rents, which they established to provide increased safety and productivity to contractors across Texas.

I couldn’t have asked for better mentors and I’m so excited that he now has the opportunity to help continue to promote masonry across the country.

Congratulations to my Dad, Paul Odom, Chairman of MCAA, and to my mom, Susie, the First Lady of Masonry.

With that said Photo Friday consists of photos from the MCAA World of Masonry in Las Vegas. They’re all iPhone photos and none taken by Garen so they many not the best but they captured the moments!

It doesn’t matter how many times I attend the World of Concrete/World of Masonry… I think I’ll always be in awe at the sheer awesomeness of the cool construction products and equipment there is available.  Yes, I’m guilty of being a masonry/construction geek!Pre-banquet photo.  Em, Brian, and I flew out yesterday just to attend the closing banquet and hear Dad make his first speech as Chairman.  Garen was already out there since Oldcastle is a big player in the industry too. It was a great surprise for Dad because he didn’t know we were coming!Here he is: Mr. Chairman. It’s official since it was in the banquet booklet!I’m so proud of this guy!

Here he is with Mike Sutter, the outgoing Chairman of MCAA.  Dad’s had such a great time being his “wingman” over the years!

You can’t forget the First Ladies, Mom (Susie) and Colleen.  Behind every great man is a great woman.  They’ve had such a great two years traveling together.

Before boarding this morning we enjoyed a quick breakfast together as a family, minus Garen who flew American.

Did I mention that the banquet last night was at Fogo de Chao??? I’m pretty sure I ate about 3 lbs of delicious meat and had about 10 of those addicting cheese rolls soooooo I may not lose any weight this week. Totally worth it! And I was glad that I wore my stretch tent dress for the occasion.

It was a fast, furious, and fun trip and I’m so glad I got to go. We’ve got a big weekend with Anna’s dress rehearsal for the Talent Show tonight and the Pinewood Derby tomorrow. Stay tuned next week since I’m sure Garen will get some great photos.

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Party Time:  Eight is Great

On August 22nd my big boy got a little bit bigger. We celebrated his birthday at Pump it Up with some of his school and scout friends. 

He wanted a video game themed party. I partly feel bad because there wasn’t really much about it that was geared towards video games besides the Super Mario Bros cake that we got from Sam’s Club. They did a pretty great job for the money. And, you know what? Will didn’t mention once anything about not having more video game related party stuff. That really goes to show that it really doesn’t matter if our birthday parties are “Pintrest perfect” if the kids are having a good time (despite how much I want it to be). 

Having it at Pump it Up was GREAT! They did everything! We just had to show up with cake, a cooler of drinks, and some snacks to hand out. The kids had a blast and they even did the party favors (for cheaper than I could have). Even Clara and Kate had a good time, despite them looking slightly bored in these pictures. Of course, they might have gotten a little attention from MaMa and Mammy at the party. 

This is my face after the party- relieved to not having anything to clean up!


Happy Birthday to my oldest. We love you very much and are so proud of you, William Paul!Oh, and thanks to Garen for the great photos!

Sammy’s First Birthday

  Our friends’ little boy, Sammy, just celebrated his first birthday today. How time flies when we’re having fun!   

 Jasmine did a great job decorating with the astronaut theme despite it being a challenge to find little kid space party supplies. It was so precious. 

As cute as the decor was, Sammy was even cuter!   

     

   Isn’t he a doll? His parents are pretty good looking too!  

Happy Birthday, Sammy! We had a great time celebrating with you. Thanks to my talented husband for capturing the memories.