Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend 2014

Well, I have kind of neglected this little blog over the summer so I thought I would do a post about our weekend and then try to catch up with what's been going on here over the summer in the next few days.  We shall see.

I was so excited that both of our kids were coming home for the weekend!  They don't come home near often enough for this momma and lots of times they don't get to be here at the same time, so this was really special.  Ashley got here Saturday night and had already asked if we could go to Paris to eat at her favorite place.  She lives in the big city but has not found a Mexican restaurant that even comes close to TaMolly's.  So, off we went!  After eating, we wanted to go to the Eiffel Tower!
I just think this is the neatest thing!  We hung around, took pics and then toured the Red River Valley Veteran's Memorial which is on the same grounds as the Eiffel Tower.  The memorial is very impressive.  Allan and I had been there a year or so ago during the early stage of the building of it, but now, there is so much more to see!  We are very fortunate to have a memorial such as this here in our little part of the world.
It began to get dark and I was so glad we had hung around until then.  I knew that the tower was lit up at night but I'd never seen it.  It was beautiful!
Sunday was church and it was my last Bible class with the group I've had since they were 2 years old.  I'm going to miss them so much.
We went to lunch at Roma's after church and had a good visit with family and friends.  During the afternoon, Ashley and I watched a movie while waiting on Colby to get home.  We all went to church again and then to Braum's with church friends.
Monday we loaded up and headed to Mom & Dad's for a cookout with the family.  Allan fired up the grill and had some help from the kids with the cooking.
We had a ton of food!  Burgers, smoked sausage, and hot dogs with all of the trimmings! And cupcakes!
We sat out on the porch and visited, watched kids play, and drove the mule around.  Everyone had a great time!
I always have to have group pictures before everyone begins to scatter.  A lot of them complain about posing for pics, but oh, well! They'll thank me for having these pictures some day!
We had such a good time!  Then it was time for my kids to head back to the big city, which always makes me sad.  I love them so much!
I hope everyone had as good a weekend as we did!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

I hope everyone has had a great Memorial Day weekend!  I'm so thankful for all of our military men and women that have sacrificed so much for us to have the freedom that we have.  We should never take it for granted!
Allan got up early this and went to work at the new house.  As soon as he left, the animals decided it was time for ME to get up...grrrr.  Mom called to say she was grilling hamburgers and for us to come out for lunch, so we did.  After lunch, Allan went back to work at the house and I ran home to check on the animals.  I went on out after getting animals fed, pottied, and crated since rain/storms were in the forecast for the afternoon.
Allan has been working so hard at the new house.  The yard and meadow had really grown up with all of the rain we've had so he's spent a lot of time mowing and weedeating.
There is still so much damage from the ice storm back in the winter that it will take months and months to clean up and burn.  He burned several brush piles on Saturday and already has another huge pile ready to go again!
While he was doing all of this hard work, I was sitting on the porch taking selfies! 
Well, not the whole time!  I did drag some limbs over to the burn pile and then I walked around checking on the redbud trees Mom planted last year.  Most survived the ice storm and I was so surprised!  Mom will be happy!
Allan took a break and we walked around the property for a while.  When we first bought the property, there were several blackberry patches that were in pretty bad shape and not producing good fruit.  We hadn't really seen any plants at all over the last few seasons and figured they had died out or had been mowed down.  Today we found quite a few!
They're small berries and we probably won't get to harvest them this year.  I figure the birds or some other critters will take care of them.  I need to learn what to do to help them thrive for future seasons.  I love a good blackberry cobbler...especially the ones Mom makes!
I just LOVE wildflowers!  We came upon several patches of a couple of different kinds.  Later on in the summer there will be tons of black-eyed Susans!  

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday HodgePodge #171


  Hi, y'all!  I'm joining up with Joyce and the other ladies for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I'm loving meeting new people through this link up!  Here we go with this week's questions-

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way? 
I do love nature even though I'm not a very outdoorsy girl.  I love all the pretty blooming flowers of spring but all of the blooming wreaks havoc on my allergies! 

2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I think I'm a pretty down to earth person but I don't have any recent situation to explain it.

3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.
  I think having a Christ-centered home is THE most important thing to have for a successful marriage.  Most, if not all, problems or issues that come up can be resolved if both parties are able to pray about them, talk about them and then do the right thing.  

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?
A couple of weeks ago, our water started backing up in the tubs/shower and toilets so we had to get a plumber here quickly.  We have a problem with tree roots getting in our water lines and clogging things up so about twice a year it seems that we have to get the plumber to come out.  I would give our plumber a 10!  He was here when he said he would be and quickly got everything flowing good!

5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?
I took a phone call at work on Monday from someone that I didn't know.  She wanted to talk genealogy stuff that I didn't know anything about concerning a former member/preacher.  I really didn't help her out much but I did point her in another direction to find out some info, hopefully!  I guess I'm somewhere in the middle of being an expert or being awkward in these kinds of situations.  

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?
Does Graceland count as a historic place?  Sure it does if you're a true Elvis Fan!  I went there several years ago on a girls trip with my mom and daughter.  We had a great time!

7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.
What this world needs is to get back to the Bible and everything else will just work out and fall into place.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I'm so thankful for this hubby of mine!  He's building us our dream home and doing a lot of the work himself.  It's going to be beautiful when it's finished!  

Please take a minute and go follow my other blog "Does God Shave" where I talk about funny stories that happen in my little Bible Class!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring definitely has sprung here in SE. Oklahoma!  Our weather has fluctuated so much over the last month that we literally had to take it day by day as how to dress each day.  Finally, we began to see little signs of warmer weather.
Daffodils are always the first sign of spring around here and they just seem to pop up and bloom almost over night.
My mom's forsythia blooming is another sure sign that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Mom's peach trees are also in full bloom.  I hope we can pick the fruit this year before the critters get them all like they did last year. 

With all of the lovely blooming flowers and trees, also comes my least favorite part of spring.   
SLCs.  Scary. Looking. Clouds.  Ashley's weatherman actually uses SLCs as if it's a real meteorological term! 
Spring can be really scary and dangerous here so I'll be spending lots of time with this man-my favorite weather man!  He's the best!
via KTEN news
On a side note-I hope everyone had a great Easter.  I had a fun day in my Bible Class!  We made cute little bunny masks in the last few minutes of class.  
Allan was working and neither of our kids were able to come home so I was kind of by myself.  I went to Roma's after church with mom and dad and church friends.
The waiters there at Roma's are the best!  They wanted to get in on the Easter fun with us!
Have a great week!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Social-Week 95

I'm linking up with Ashley & Neely for this week's Sunday Social.  

1. What is your ideal way to relax? 
I like to just grab a snack, drink a Dr. Pepper and lay on the couch watching tv.

2. Where is your favorite place to be?
Home! Or anywhere that my family is.

3. Who do you consider your biggest role model?
That would be my momma!  She has taught me so much through the years...how to cook, sew, run a household, raise children and the list goes on and on.  As adults, we're more than mother and daughter, but best friends. And, we share a love for Sonic Happy Hour!

4. What does your life look like in 3 years?
We will be living in our dream home that we've been building over the last few years. 

5. If you could go back and change one decision, what would it be?
I don't have many regrets throughout the years but the one decision I would go back and change if I could would be to finish college.  I dropped out after my 3rd year and got married.  I promised my parents that I would go back to school some day and get my degree.  Well, so far I haven't done it but I guess there's still time! 

6. What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?
Definitely my children!  I'm so proud of the adults they have grown up to be.  

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Also, go check out my other blog "Does God Shave?" where I tell fun stories that happened in my Bible Class.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Social-Week 94

Hi!  It's Sunday and I'm linking up with Ashley & Neely for 'Sunday Social'.   It's all about the number 3 this week.

1. What are the top 3 things you can't go a day without doing?
Praying-I start the day and end the day with prayer time.  I fall asleep mid-prayer lots of night but God knows what is on my mind even if I don't finish my praying.
Facebooking-I've begun to check FB first thing in the morning before I even check email.
Dr. Pepper-I am an addict.  There! I said it!  

2. What are 3 things that scare you the most?
Losing family members-I know it's a fact of life, but it is something I hate to think about.
Varmints, critters, and creepy crawly things-AND we're fixing to move to the country! Yikes!
Rollercoasters-Not. A. Fan.  I have terrible motion sickness too, so riding rollercoasters is just not good for me.
3. What are 3 places you want to see before you kick the bucket?
I'm not much of a traveler unless it's within driving distance so if Hawaii, Australia, and Italy were quick and easy to get to, I'm there!
4. What are 3 movies you will always love?
Titanic, Miss Congeniality, and I can't think of a 3rd one at the moment.
5. What are your 3 favorite current songs?
Frozen's "Let It Go" is my #1 fav right now.  I don't even know all of the words but I'm constantly belting out the little part that I do know!
"Brave" by Sara Bareilles
"Roar" by Katy Perry

I also started a new blog a few weeks ago called Does God Shave?, where I share fun stories from bible class! I'd love if you followed along!

I hope y'all have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge #167


I'm linking up with Joyce for her weekly "Wednesday Hodgepodge" link up.  This is my first time and I thought she had some great questions.  So, here we go!

1. Thursday marks the first day of spring...to celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live?
I would definitely rather go for a walk! Yes, our weather is supposed to be sunny and warm here on Thursday.

2. When did someone last spring something on you? (or when did you last spring something on someone?)
We are in the middle of building a house so my hubby is always springing things on me...telling me to decide on countertops, flooring, paint colors, etc.

3. We often thing of spring as a time for new beginnings. What's something you'd like to start doing this spring?
I really want to start some of my craft projects that I've put off for a long time.  I've saved a bunch of pallets from our house building project and I'd really like to remake them into something useful and cute!

4. Where do you like to sit in a movie theatre? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching?
I ALWAYS try to sit in or near the back of a movie theater.  I just get kind of sick if I'm too close.  We just went to see "The Son of God" with our friends in our Bible class just a few weeks ago.

5. When you meet someone for the first time, what do you want them to think about you?
I hope people see that I'm just a genuinely nice person.  

6. March is frozen food month (yes, really!). Besides ice cream (gotta make you think a little) what's your most often purchased frozen food item?
Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits! I love that I can only pull out as many as we need since it's just the hubby and I here now.

7. What's something you avoid?
I avoid confrontation at almost any cost!  I just want everyone to get along and have World Peace! haha  

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Down the road a few miles from our house is this-
It's always a good little reminder that JESUS is always near and watching over us. This has been on the mountain side for as long as I can remember. It's made from rocks and someone has taken it upon themselves to keep it up and in order. When my kids were small and we traveled this stretch of road, they Would have their eyes up ahead trying to be the first one to see "Jesus on the mountain".

Have a great Wednesday!