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Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Sunday Afternoon

This past Sunday, after supper, we spent some time in the yard with Mattie May playing in the sprinkler and on her four wheeler. She is just the cutest thing and she makes us laugh all the time. Attached are a few pictures and videos of our afternoon. The last video is about seven minutes long, but she was having such a good time and I was afraid I would miss something if I stopped recording!

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

Frank and Mattie May at the Zoo

While we were on vacation, Frank and I took Mattie May to her second favorite place in Abilene, the zoo. It was quite warm (hot), she had not had a nap, and I forgot to charge my camera batteries after our trip to Corpus Christi. Due to those three things, there are not many pictures. She (and Grumpy) still had fun, but when she said she was sleepy and wanted to go home, we packed up and left.

Enjoy the pictures.

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Oh, what is her #1 favorite place, you ask? Bible class of course. She would go daily if we could!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More Vacation 2008

I have had lots of comments on my pictures from our vacation. The most common was "Brandi, didn't you go? Why are you not in any pictures?" Well I am in pictures. See this is me on the left;
And here I am on the right;

Proof I was there. I just like being behind more than I like being in front of the camera.

I get so busy taking pictures that I forget my camera can also take videos. So I tried to remind myself to take some on our trip. I have put them all together for you in this small scrapbook. Be sure you have sound on so you can hear our precious Mattie May.

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Please leave me a comment. I would love to hear what you think. It helps me improve!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I Promised You Pictures...

I know you have had to wait, but here they are, pictures from our trip to Corpus Christi and Sea World. Hope you enjoy. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This is kind of small, but if you will click here, it will take you to my scrapblog and you can view it in a full screen and adjust the timing so some of the longer journaling can be easily read.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

#100 I Didn't know the tradition or I might not have started this

I have had this ready for my 100th post. I am still working on my vacation post so enjoy my 100th until I get my pictures ready.

When I started my little blog, I did not know there were already blog traditions and protocol that I would have to follow or I might have just said "No way". Well I didn't know and have always wanted to write, so I started my blog. Now I learn that on my 100th post, I am supposed to write 100 interesting things about myself. ISN'T THAT JUST GREAT! I don't know if all of these will be interesting or if I will be able to think of 100 of them, but here goes (in no particular order)...

100. I have always wanted to write a children's book.
99. I want Frank to illustrate said book.
98. I love being a mom.
97. I love to fish.
96. I hate to read.
95. I love being a grandmother as much as I love being a mom.
94. When I say I love my job, I mean it.
93. I love being a wife even though I don't do it very well sometimes.
92. I never dreamed I would be married to one person this long.
91. I have trouble finishing projects that I start.
90. I really, really hate telemarketers!
89. I love going to Las Vegas.
88. I love working in my flower garden.
87. I love sitting outside with Mattie May, especially when Frank has just finished mowing the lawn.
86. I can not think of a gift I did not appreciate getting even though it was not something I would have chosen for myself.
85. I like dogs more than cats.
84. My favorite thing to do is just sit and do nothing.
83. I am terribly afraid of heights.
82. I love to fly.
81. I hope to graduate from college some day.
80. I hate to have to wear a bra!
79. I love to water ski and snow ski, I just wish I was in shape enough to do both.
78. I am a very shy person until I get to know you.
77. I can't wait to take Mattie May and Katie to Disneyworld.
76. I love to dance, especially with Frank (that is how we met).
75. I love being an only child but I am glad I have Trina and Traci around to be my "sisters".
74. I hate being alone (part of that only child thing).
73. I don't mind not being productive (I could sit and stare at a blank wall for hours).
72. I think men and women can have a platonic friendship.
71. We drive the golf cart up and down the county road at my dad's for entertainment.
70. I hate being around cigarette smoke. I can't breath for days afterward.
69. I love my Yukon, but hope to have a cool Jeep just to poot around in someday.
68. I love to sew even though I don't very often (see #91) and I am glad Mom gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas/birthday (see this post).
67. I cry in Church almost every Sunday (it's an uplifting thing, not sad).
66. I spend too much time staring out my window at work (this comes from 20 years of working in buildings without windows).
65. I would love to get a tattoo, but am too afraid it would hurt.
64. I am a slob.
63. I love to cook but hate to clean up afterward.
62. I wish I could make a living from being a photographer.
61. I love "Gone With the Wind" and often wonder if I would have been able to survive back then.
60. I don't think any generation have ever known or will have to know how to survive like my grandmother's generation did.
59. Statues scare me, especially the ones with faces (ooo, creepy).
58. I got very excited the first time someone linked me in their blog.
57. I do believe that one morning I will wake up and all this extra weight will have just disappeared from my body.
56. I don't think that just because it comes on the Disney Channel we should let children watch it. And I really think there are some shows on Nickelodeon that are to much for children.
55. I have been in one pageant. I did a flag routine, but I can not tell you what song it was to.
54. I was in the high school band starting in the 7th grade (that's a small school for you).
53.I started playing the flute because I could use my cousin's, but then I learned how to play trombone. But I had most of my fun in the flag corps.
52. I failed miserably at the piano (ask Trina), but I can still play "The Middle 'C' March".
51. I think I have a pretty interesting family history and I hope that Trina, Traci and I can get it all down and publish a book. (See #100)
50.I love to eat at Abuelo's.

49. Frank and I have beat the odds of an early marriage.
48. I am so lucky to have had a great grandmother around to tell stories of her life (from covered wagon to space shuttle).
47.I am so very lucky to still have a grandmother living.
46.I struggle with daily Bible study (getting it done).
45.I am not fond of horses.
44. My first name is from the movie "Hatari" with John Wayne.
43. My middle name was one of my mother's dearest high school friends who died way to soon.
42.My mother lost her best friend in a car wreck about 25 years before I lost my best friend the same way.
41. I try to learn at least one thing new each day.
40.I think the song I used in the pageant was "William Tell Overture".
39. I think it is OK to be silly with kids. Mattie May and I sing silly songs and dance a lot!
38. I practice CPR(Catch, Photograph, Release) when I fish, and I kiss the fish before they are released.
37. I love getting flowers, but hate that the money was spent.
36. My wedding ring is made from Frank's class ring.
35. I was going to name Katie after my two aunts, Hymonda and Medrice, but everyone said she would not be able to say her own name.
34. Genealogy interests me, and I wish I had the time and money to trace my ancestry.
33. I think a lot of things in this list are silly.
32. I love to go to parades.
31. I would not change anything in my life, it makes me who I am.
30. I sunburn real easy.
29. I love to watch kids sports, high school down.
28. I was in 4-H.
27. This is post 100 on this blog, but if I added my other three blogs it would be post #___.
26. I am an only child but don't think of myself as spoiled.
25. I hate talking about myself.
24. I lived in New Mexico as a child but only for 3 months, then my parents came to their senses and moved back to Texas.
23. I can not for the life of me understand why God made gnats.
22. We used to play in my grandmother's cellar when we were kids, now I can't stand that musty smell.
21. I love to sing but don't do it very well.
20. Most of my current friends are friends I have had since high school or earlier.
19. I went to the same school as my mother did.
18. I enjoy scrapbooking.
17. I get really irritated when people don't follow the rules.
16. I hope to get my backyard landscaped within the next two years.
15. The first real job I had I kept for 20 years.
14. The shortest time I worked for a company was for 6 months.
13. I say I am not superstitious, but there are certain things I do when fishing that would fall in that catergory.
12. I hope to travel all over Texas before I die.
11. I have always wanted to skydive (yes, I know, I am afraid of heights).
10. I have had one flight lesson (it was free).
9. I know how to drive a forklift.
8. I hunt but prefer to just take pictures.
7. I know how to drive a stick shift.
6. I would like to have my own business, I just don't know what it would be.
5. I love to cross stitch, but have trouble now that my eyes are old.
4. I love my nightly walk with Mattie May and collecting all the treasures she finds along the way.
3. One of my favorite past times is looking for shapes in clouds.
2. I can 't believe I came up with 100 different things about myself.
1.I believe all that I have listed are all gifts from God. I am who I am because of Him and would have nothing without Him.

Whew! I can't believe I finished. If you are still reading, thanks and I hope you learned something interesting about me. I can't wait to see some of your responses.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Wish You Were Here

Isn't that what the vacation post cards always say? After a slow start, we finally made it to Corpus Christi. We didn't get off to the early start we had planned, our air conditioning in the house started going out Friday night. Luckily it held until Saturday morning, but it had to be fixed before we left town. Frank was able to get it fixed and we were able to leave by 11:00. We pulled into Corpus Christi about 6:00 PM and Mattie May was ready to hit the beach. So down we went in our clothes and she had a blast.

She first found this little puddle made by the run off of the sand shower. We couldn't convince her to get out of it and into the actual ocean. She was having so much fun and we were not in a rush to go any where so we just let her play.

She finally made it into the waves. She LOVED it. She didn't mind the salty taste and wanted to keep going even though the waves would make it over her head. She finally just sat in the water letting it rush up over her. One of us kept standing behind her just to make sure she didn't get pulled into the abyss.

Oh yeah, Frank caught a crab!

We are having fun. it is much to late for us to be up and on the computer. So I am going to make Katie log off from where she is and we are going to go join Frank and Mattie May who are having sweet ocean dreams up in the room.

Tomorrow is the Texas State Aquarium and more fun on the beach. We are going to try to hit Snoopy's before it gets to late and hopefully a trip to Aransas Pass and the ferry. I will try to post more of our trip tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Epstein-Barr Virus

Well, they figured it out in less than a week. I have Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Rest and steroids are what will make me feel better. It last several weeks, but the doctor has assured me I will be ready for vacation! What, you say you have never heard of EBV? Well click here and you will learn more than you ever wanted to know. It is not life threatening and once you go to the link you will see you have heard of it before by a different name. So maybe, once the chiropractor gets my back fixed up, I will be back to posting in my wonderful boring way.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Have You Missed Me?

I don't remember going this long without a post. But there has been a lot going on. I don't have much time but am going to try to make this short and sweet.

We celebrated Mother's day at my mom's house it was great. I had nothing but trouble trying to work with the pictures so I gave up. The next weekend was my great aunt's 85th birthday. Went to visit her on our way to a fishing tournament. That night at the motel I got very sick. Woke up the next morning feeling terrible. Rode around in the boat with Frank. He fished, I was sick in the back of the boat. Monday, went to the doctor. Very bad sinus infection. I only worked 2 1/2 days that week. The next week better, but still very tired. Back to the doctor. Taking lots of blood to test for lots of things. Only worked 2 1/2 days that week (last week). I even had to go back on Friday to give more blood because the didn't have enough. Last Wednesday, Mattie May had a happy party on a fire ant bed! More bites on her than I would like to say! She is OK. Monday (yesterday) Katie got a job offer from Blue Cross Blue Shield and she starts on June 16th!! Yeah! And I threw my back out, but the chiropractor promises he will have me ready for vacation!

So you can see, the last few weeks have not been good to me. I promise I will get some good post us just bear with me and keep us in your prayers until they find out what is wrong with me!