Believe in the sun, even when it's not shining

In love, even when you're alone

In God, even when He is silent.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Junie B Jones & a riding lesson

This past week was a blur and with all of the rain, we didn't have a riding lesson this weekend...this is last Friday and Saturday. Friday was Character Day at school where she had to bring a favorite book and dress as a character in the story. She chose a Junie B Jones book that Miss Hannah had given her a while back about a slumber party, so this is Gracie dressed as Junie B is on the cover - feather boa, green sponge rollers and all. She was a big hit and had a great time!


On Saturday, we had our first riding lesson in about six weeks...between the weather, her teacher's schedule and ours, it just hadn't happened in a while. She did a great job, listened hard and rode great. We ran a few errands afterwards and by that afternoon at 2, she was in bed with a 102* fever. It was the weirdest thing - it came on so suddenly and she was sick. We gave her medicine every four hours, even at night, and we all guzzled orange juice like there was no tomorrow and by Sunday afternoon, she was fine...some little 24-hr bug, I guess.




At the end of the lesson, aguy that works for Jack brought his little girl by for a ride on Pal. She's three, so she'll have to wait a year or two, but Gracie led Pal while she rode and she was so proud...I guess not to be "the baby" any more...and, me, I was just sad...sad that she wasn't the baby anymore...


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This week, we'll be preparing for Thanksgiving...I went to the grocery store this weekend, cleaned house a little today, began getting our serving dishes and china out, etc. Tomorrow, I'll work, Tuesday is the annual Grandparents Day celebration at Grace's school and Mom is coming in for that and I have to decorate and help serve pie and refreshments, so that will be an all day event, Wednesday, I'll be cooking and cleaning, Thursday is Turkey Day with plenty of guests and good food and Friday, Mom and I are taking Gracie to San Antonio to see the Riverwalk lit up for the Christmas season. Wow...I think I need some No-Doze!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Two years and counting...

...but we finally got a vacation...and it was just Jack and I. Mom kept Grace and we took a road trip! As promised, these are photos from the end of last month's trip to Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. We had a really great time!

The first day, we drove from the Atlanta Airport straight north and stopped for the night in Murphy, NC. This is the second day in early morning right outside of Murphy. We stopped to get gas and I liked this creek - I was dying to get in, but the banks were too steep...


I liked this little bridge, too, but it has a limit of 4 people - I think I'll stay right here.
We rented a silver Camaro Super Sport - the "Tail of the Dragon" is a road going up to the Great Smoky Mountains. It has 318 curves in 11 miles - boy, did Jack ever have fun!!!
Killboy.com even captured us here and here...
Still in one piece...
a lake that I can get into!!! Yeesh...it was brrrr rabbit cold!
First good view of the Smokies...
Leaves, y'all...you couldn't paint something this pretty...


Can y'all tell I love playing in the water???

This was just outside of Cades Cove in the Smokies...the air was so sweet and clean - I've only smelled air like that before in Colorado...I truly felt like I was driving through the middle of a picture book here...it was so pretty...
...and we even spotted some turkeys...
This is our second night's stop - in Cherokee, an Indian Reservation...Houston had cows, Dallas had horses, Cherokee has bears...
...and a Big Chief...

...and my favorite, Smokey the Bear...he was a big deal when I was a kid, but this is the first I've seen him in years... This is at a roadside stand - he's happy just looking at pumpkins...gosh, we need to get away more often...

This is our third day...we decided we would drive to Asheville, NC to go see Biltmore Estate. It was too long of a venture to have accomplished, but we didn't know...this is the weather once we finished up at Biltmore...and it's not even dark yet. I can see better at night than Jack, so he finally relinquished the wheel to me, but it was some scary stuff. We were up in the mountains with fog, blinding rain and, of course, there's no street lights way up there, so it was pitch black, too. If we were going 15 mph, we were lucky. No hotels...no food...it's 2 AM, so I can't even tell you where we finally found a Wendy's or where we finally stopped at a hotel, but I can tell you we both wanted to kiss the bed when we got there...
This is our hotel...
...and even though this was the decor...it was clean and it had a bed...excellent!

This was the prettiest place we saw our entire trip...the morning was clear and bright, so whatever nasty weather had visited us the night prior had pushed through and I was sooo happy because Alicia's party was that evening...



We drove straight to Columbus, GA, checked in to our hotel and I promptly took a nap - still tired from the evening before...now, we're at Alicia's home and she has spent all day at a park with her mom, sister, neice and two children...and she has no idea what she will see when she turns the corner of her street...
this is her husband, Terry...the man with the plan...
out of all of the people, she's looking right at me and she's crying...I think she was definitely in shock...
...but it turned out good...
This is her Mom and her son...
...she even made a speech...

her daughter, Katie, her sister, Lorrie, and Lorrie's daughter, Lily Grace...
her puppy, Bradley...
Alicia and Katy...
me and the old lady...gosh, I hope she's not reading this :) I bought her that tiara! So cute!
yummmmmmmmmmmmm
...and she danced the night away....
Just she, Jack and I met for breakfast early the next morning before our flight home...it was so good to see her and celebrate her special day...it was just like we had never been apart, even though the last time I saw her was when she was my Matron of Honor at our wedding over seven years ago...she is one of the most kind, gentle-hearted people I have ever known and I am so, so glad she is my friend...
Now, I'm off to dreamland for all of about 3.5 hours, as I have to go to work in a few hours, but when I started this post, it was my Mom's birthday, so happy birthday, Mom...we'll see you soon...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Weekend 2009

Look...I'm making a post without anyone having to ask me to! I'm even staying up late...I still need to get our Smokies/Surprise Birthday pics up from 2 weeks ago, but that won't happen tonight...until then...we took Gracie to her first football game last Friday night. Bay Area Christian was having their Homecoming and it was cold and we didn't have any other plans (this is very rare), so we decided some snuggling in the stands with some hot cocoa sounded just about as good a plan as any. I thought Grace would be mesmerized by the cheerleaders and band, but she was asking her Daddy all kinds of questions about the game, too! She really had a good time...never hurts to start out with a cupcake! Sugar for my sugar!

Our battlin' Broncos...
a glimpse of our mascot -

Blue "Yay!" Red and Yellow "Go home!" We left right after halftime because a certain little princess was getting the yawnies, but we were well ahead when we left, so hopefully we won...
she's very excited :)

Coach Pennye, our Athletic Director

serious stuff...
"shady" characters :)
Halloween Day, we delivered treats to Jacqueline, the daughter of one of Jack's good friends and both of Justin's girls...this is Grace and Jacqueline on the tramp - it was a beautiful day for a good jump!
Wishing all of the stock "Happy Halloween"
...then, playing in the flowers...
She was a mermaid and her dog, Oreo, was a sailor...so cute!


We stopped by Aunt Letha's and she's playing with Miss Britt here...Aunt Letha loaded her up with goodies and then we were off again...

we took her to Trunk and Treat at the League City Park...she was very tired by this point, but she had a good time and got some more goodies - always a plus...



It was a nice weekend, even though we spent all day Sunday cleaning out the garage (and only finished a third of it - bummer! - but Sunday was our 2 yr. anniversary of being in the house and it was another nice day to be outside, so we just made the most of it...) - I have a funeral in Orange this weekend, but hopefully, I'll get the Smokie pics up Thursday or early next week...
Hope all of you had a great Halloween, too! Hugs to all -
P.S. Can you believe it's gonna be Turkey Day in just a few weeks??? I'll have a house full with my Mom and Dad and my aunts, but I always enjoy cooking and it's always a fun, tradition-filled day...sure gonna miss PaPa...won't be the same without him telling me how I make the best Buttermilk Pie ever...and I better get some Christmas shopping done soon, too...does anyone else feel as behind as I do???