Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Yesterday was a big day in the Beckham family. After 2.5 years of research and thought, and 5 months of work, we are finally platted with the city of Fort Worth. Don't ask me how they built this house 33 years ago without getting platted, but they did. Because we were not platted, we were unable to obtain any type of building permit for our lot. This meant no shop, no enclosed porch, no enclosed garage, not even a dog house. So now everything is approved and will be filed on Friday! YEAH!!!!

So the next step is to go before the Board of Adjustments for Fort Worth and ask that we be able to build a shop that is larger and taller than what we are allowed under new city ordinances. It's always some type of red tape...and a fee of course. But as they say, "You can't fight city hall!" We have been told that getting the variance should not be a problem. We plan to go in with letters from all of our neighbors ok-ing the project as well as ariel photos that show MANY buildings like this already in place in our neighborhood. After all, this is the country! We'll keep you posted.

Tonight we are headed to the rodeo. We have gone every year for the past 3 years and always have a great time. The kids love getting to see all the cowboys and horses and when you go on half-price night, it's actually not that bad. I'll try to get some pictures posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Now we are 5 for 5!

Nothing like doing things as a family. Keith came down with "the bug" last night. He's doing a little better this afternoon and may attempt to eat supper with us. Let this be a warning to all of you...LYSOL and quarantine!

Everyone else seems to be doing ok with the exception of some lingering...shall we say, lower G.I. affects.

Monday, January 21, 2008

4 out of 5 ain't bad...

...unless your talking about the stomach bug! That's right, since Thursday, we have had at least one person in our house sick with the stomach bug. Everyone but Keith has had it so far, and it really has been God's grace that has kept him healthy. I could not have handled all the clean ups being pregnant and then sick myself. God was also gracious in letting this hit when Keith had days off to sit at home and play Mr. Mom. What a GREAT HUBBY!!! I think we are on the mend. So far we are 24 hours vomit-free and everyone has more of an appetite and more energy.

Also, I forgot to blog that Will started Upwards basketball this month. He has had 2 games and considering he knew NOTHING about b-ball when he started, he's doing really well. He is learning so much. This past week, he learned how to guard and in his game Saturday, he did a GREAT job guarding...on defense and offense. Something we'll have to work a little more on. :) I'll post some pictures when I have a chance. He is enjoying it and that's the best part of all.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Uh, oh...

Well, yesterday was an expensive day in our household. My car failed to pass inspection and it snowballed from there. By the time we paid for the repairs as well as replacing the timing belt, which needed to be done, we had spent over $1300. Now that's bad, but let me also add that Keith's car quit working the same day mine failed inspection. We used my dad's truck that day for Keith to go to work, only to find out that it was past inspection, has a slow leaky tire and needs an alignment...badly! At least it runs though. So yesterday we got the inspection done on the truck, aired up the tires and took my car to the shop. When it was ready, Keith "drove" his car to the shop and picked up the van. I use the term "drove" loosely because anytime you let off the gas, it dies. So he had to restart it about 8 times. It looks like his repairs will be in the $500 range, but we won't know until they take it apart today. We are so thankful we had some money set aside for our new shop that we could use for car repairs.

And to end this crazy day, Katie Beth said "Uh, Oh" last night for the first time. It's definitely deliberate and I thought it was so appropriate for the day!

I had my 24 week check up yesterday. All is well, baby's heart rate is in the 140s, but boy is he active. My doctor is going to do another sonogram next month just to confirm the sex for me. I hate to clean out Katie's closet and then it be a girl. Keith and I are both pretty convinced it is a boy though.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Back to life...

After a busy holiday season, we are trying to get back into the swing of things. You know, haircuts, doctors appointments, school, basketball practice, birthday parties...the usual nothing.

We had a great Christmas with family. What a great relaxed time together. When we celebrate with my side of the family, there are 9 kids ages 10-10 mos. Plus, two of my grandparents are still alive and live in town. It's so much fun to see 4 generations together and all getting along and loving on each other.

We also got to host Keith's family at our house again this year. The cousins always have a great time together.