Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cookies on Christmas

Christmas has come and gone. We still have the tree up but it's been reduced down to just a lonely tree in the stand, waiting for trash day. The kids got way more toys than we had planned this year but it worked out. Olivia's favorite thing seems to be the Magna Doodle and Marcel is eagerly awaiting some paintball.

Overall, it was a very good Christmas. We stuffed ourselves on chocolate and Lana most delicious homemade cookies. Lana went a on baking spree and made what felt like hundreds of cookies, tossed them in gift bags, and gave them out to our friends.
My favorite was the the sugar cookies with the icing (homemade as well). She initially made them for the kids to decorate but they got bored after a while. So us adults stepped in and finished them up. My favorite was the smurf house cookie. I wonder who got to eat that one?

It was a good Christmas in the Camacho House. :)

Well, I just got some good reading stuff from Ricky so I'm off for now. Lata!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Crazy!

With Christmas just days away we've been pretty busy around here. Between shopping, my birthday, last minute Christmas school specials, replacing our back windshield on the truck (twice!), and late night drives to look at Christmas lights, it's been non stop.
Marcel's last week of school was just crazy. With him on the student council, we went to something like three Christmas and neighborhood events. There was the school special, the neighborhood Christmas tree lighting, then his very first lock in. Thankfully he's now out of school and eagerly awaiting Christmas.
I'm pretty giddy about Christmas this year. We got Marcel some very cool stuff this year that I think he's gonna love. His tastes in toys has changed and this year it's becoming all too apparent in his gifts. I'm pretty excited. While there may not be any surprise Red Ryder BB gun under the tree, I think he's going to love the surprise gift Santa's bringing. ;)

Speaking of Red Ryder BB guns... For my birthday, Marcel and Lana took me to see A Christmas Story at The Texas Repertory Theatre! It was really pretty damn cool. I used to enjoy going to the Alley Theatre all the time. My Walgreen's and Waldenbooks salary wasn't much but it was enough for a single guy to splurge on great seats when I wanted and enjoy an evening just off the stage. In fact, for our first official date, I took Lana to see Inherit the Wind. We both still have our ticket stubs. My ticket has Lana's phone number written on the back. Being the incredibly thoughtful woman she is, Lana remembered how much I enjoyed going to the theatre. What's more perfect a gift than to take us all as a family to see one of my favorite movies on stage?! The chairs left something to be desired and the show could have been better but we all left with big grins and very happy. I think one of my resolutions this year is to do more of the things I've always enjoyed like going to the theatre more. It's been too damn long.

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I absolutely love this time of year. Last year we drove around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. This year we saw a Discovery Channel special on Christmas Light Displays around the United States. One of the places was around Houston so we packed up and headed for Prestonwood. The drive was as enjoyable as the lights I think. Johnathan and Marcel talked about video games and Olivia made Dory whale noises now and then. Thanks Laura. ;)

It took us a little over an hour to get there with the bathroom breaks but we eventually got there. It was well worth it. Almost all the streets in the neighborhood had a theme, they gave out awards every year, and one house even had synchronized lights to the music that you could tune into on your car radio! Very cool. Some of the lights were simply amazing. The kids would roll down their window and say, "Wooow, they look even better in High Definition!" I found that very funny as I hope you do too. Well, I'm off to clean up a bit. Tonight I think we're gonna try to wrap presents!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holy Cold Day in Hell Batman!

Yesterday, late in the afternoon, Lana comes in to tell me it's snowing. I look out side and see that yes it is but I don't get my hopes up in Houston of it actually sticking. The last time it "snowed" in Houston it was really just glorified sleet and made nasty slush everywhere. Not what I remember as being snow, growing up some in Colorado. You can't really make a snow fort with you little brother out of icy slush. So I headed out to Wally World for some much needed stuff (dog food, bread, the Dark Knight DVD, etc.) and made a few playful jabs on Twitter about Houston never getting real snow. On our way out of the store I noticed that, "Holy cold day in Hell Batman!" (to quote Lana), it's started to stick. I'll confess I got a little giddy but I still wasn't going to get my hopes up. By the time we got home we noticed our neighborhood had a lovely blanket of white and our neighbors were out. After putting the truck in the garage, we made a bee line for the front yard and commenced to having our own snow day. While it may not have been the knee high trudging snow I remember playing in with my brother, it was really nice to watch the kids play in the snow. Marcel threw down a snow angel or two, Olivia ran straight for the sludge to play in and loved falling over in the snow, and Lana got Marcel good by coaxing him under a snow loaded tree. We even made a snowman. It was really nice, the four of us, playing in the snow in our front yard.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Day for the Books

So yesterday was just a little stressful. Marcel flooded our bathroom leaving me to clean it since he's been running a fever all the while fighting to keep Olivia from playing in the water. Thankfully Lana came in from the office and helped me clean up. Feeling a little stressed dealing with a sick kiddo, a toddler, and the usual barrage of house stuff, Lana gave me a pass to Half Price Books. Woohoo!!

I loaded up the eight boxes (eight!!) of books we decided to get rid of, in the rain, and headed out. Taking Lana's advice about music alters your mood even when ya don't know it, I set my play list to "Chillin". Thats right, I have a playlist named Chillin. Beatles, Lionel Richie, CCR, Journey, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and even some White Lion. There's a bunch more but those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. Yeah, I listen to White Lion sometimes, so what?

Anyway, I was pretty relaxed by the time I got there and decide to go for the rock star parking spot that had opened up. If you've ever been to the Rice location of Half Price Books you know how incredible it is to get a spot right up front. So I put my blinker on to turn in, put my car in reverse and waited a few moments so the car behind me would know I'm backing up. I started to back up, he honked at me and tried to go around me. Yup, he hit my front bumper. To make a long story short, I probably got a little mouthier with him and his dumb ass woman than was deserved but they did hit me after all.

To sum it all up I ended up taking some twine I keep in the truck and tied my bumper back up temporarily. Lana's voice always haunts me to this day every time I reach for a piece of string.

"You always save string. You never know when you'll need some."

I ended up parking in the back of the bookstore since my rock star spot was long gone and was told by the owner of the restaurant I couldn't park back there ever again (a very nice guy though and we talked for a while about books). When I got all the boxes unloaded and drove my car back around front three rock star spots were available right up front. It was that kind of day.

I left with eight boxes of books and came home with only three books. I did good! The books? I got a copy of The Road a recommendation from a few friends, Darkly Dreaming Dexter cause ya know I love that show, and the Old Man's War.

Now I just have to finish the horror novel I'm currently reading, the photography manual, and the comic Watchmen. Humf.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Early Morning Post

I know, it's a little early for me to be blogging but I'm up and I don't feel like cleaning the kitchen. I'm hungry but I can ignore that for a little while since eating would mean cleaning the kitchen. Blah.

So now that I no longer have a web host and my email address as changed, I realized I'll have to update my Metadata on my photos. Good thing Adobe Bridge handles that beautifully and very swiftly. So that's what I'm doing right now, or my computer is, while I post.

I was supposed to take Marcel to school today on our bikes but I honestly was just too damn sleepy to be peddling my ass in this cold weather. I'm not too sure if I'm in shape enough to make that ride so later today we're going to take a ride there and back to see if we're up for the task. I know I could made the ride fifteen years ago... I really fucking hate the fact that I've let myself get out of shape. I could stop bitching about it and actually do something about it like riding regularly. I've made a few small steps and I guess riding regularly could be another. I stopped drinking caffeinated drinks (no more tea or dr. peppers), we don't eat near as much junk food or fast food as we used to, and I lost a little over ten pounds just doing that. I'm purely a water drinking guy now. It's the sweets that always give me trouble though.

Chocolates, pecan pie, stocking stuffing candy...

The holidays is going to be hard.

Well, Bridge just finished updating my 6,000+ photos so I'm off to clean the kitchen and wait for 'Livie to wake up.