Thursday, December 31, 2009
I wish you many blessing in 2010! Everyone be safe and have fun tonight!
God Bless you!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I know you have probably already read my post about my ornaments and the one about my favorite angel. Yesterday, I posted about Christmas cards past and I am pretty sure most of my family and friends have received our 2009 addition Christmas card. So today I am going to share with all of you the same.
I was really proud of Mattie May. She selected who she wanted to dress up as again this year and her heart is so full of the season. Last night we were talking about Santa Claus coming and how much fun it is going to be to see if he brought her the three things she asked him for (what do you think?). But then I asked her if that was the most important thing about Christmas and her answer almost made me cry. Now I am going to paraphrase, but remember she is only 3 (if only for another 12 days!
MM - "No Lolo, the important thing is Jesus. This is when he was born."
Me - " where does he live now?"
MM, pointing to her heart - "Here Lolo. He is with me all the time."
She knows and understands, she really does! So without further ado, please enjoy!
Merry Christmas to you all! God Bless your new year!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!
I don't think I have bought a single present for anyone other than Mattie May, so I still have lots of shopping to do. This has just been one of those years when I couldn't get it all together. I have reminded myself several times that if it doesn't get done, that it is OK. Getting it done is not what the holiday is all about. We did finally get the Christmas tree decorated. You can check out this post to see some of the ornaments that adorn our tree and if you want the story of my favorite ornament, check out this post.
We also have been busy getting our Christmas cards out. Oh the fun we had doing this one. We have friends that start asking about our cards as early as September! I never dreamed when I sent out that first card in 2006 that they would be such a hit with family and friends, but we are so happy they are. One of our very sweet friends (the wife of one of Frank's co-workers) has made a frame that she puts out each year with all of the pictures in it! If you want to see the previous years cards, start with this post, then look here to see last years card. I have been running late this year getting them out and actually ran out of pictures. I have ordered some more, so those of you that are new to my list, please be patient. You will get one but it may be a day or two after Christmas day!
I'm sorry, but no sneak preview this year! I will tell you, Mattie May has really taken interest in decision making process and this year she chose to go back to the "Reason for the Season"! She is just such a light in our lives: she can make the gloomiest day bright!
Hopefully I will get it all together and have a new post tomorrow! Until next time - God Bless you all!
Friday, December 18, 2009
and why she was my favorite, that I would tell you. WOW! Who knew so many would be interested (thanks Julie!)! So for all of you (Julie), here is the story.
Katie was in the third or second grade (I forgot to add the date to the ornament) and her elementary school was having an ornament contest. There were no divisions or categories, just make an ornament, register it with the secretary, the teachers would judge and award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. That simple. A homemade ornament and try to win a prize out of say, 250 students! No big deal, right?
Katie had never really been interested in crafts, but she wanted to make something to enter. I asked someone for suggestions and they gave me this bread dough recipe that would be easy for her to do. I ran it past her and she thought that would be great. How else could she get away with making a mess in the kitchen and get to use paints at the same time? So she went to work.
Now a lot of you may not know, Katie has a really difficult time finishing things, especially if it had anything to do with school. Luckily, this project went pretty fast. I put all the ingredients in the bowl but she had to do the rest until it was time for the oven, and then of course it is safety first. While she kept squishing the mixture between her fingers, I found everything in the kitchen I thought she could use to make her ornament; rolling pin, cookie cutters, garlic press, anything. Once the dough was all mixed she really went to work, rolling cutting shaping; she did it all by herself. Once she said she was done, I put it in the oven to bake.
It didn't take long for it to get hard and ready to come out of the oven, and once it was out she could hardly wait for it to cool before she started painting. Again, I found anything around she could use to paint; brushes, toothpicks, combs, I wanted her imagination to take off. It didn't take her long to get finished, remember she has a very short attention span. Once the ornament was finished, I sprayed it with a glitter sealer and she hung it on our tree until the day she was supposed to turn it in.
My grandmother usually took her to school, but that morning I had made arrangements to be a little late to work so I could help her with her entry, and I am so glad that I did. I went in the school with her to help her get her little angel registered. When we walked in the front door, she stopped dead in her tracks. There were so many ornaments on that tree in the front foyer. She looked up at me with big crocodile tears and said "Momma, they are all so pretty. Take mine home because it is so ugly." My heart sank. Yes, there were a lot of ornaments on that tree. Not only was the tree almost full, but ALL of the ornaments looked like they had either been made by the parent or that the parent had paid a professional to make them. What could I do?
I leaned down to my baby and said "Honey, you have worked so hard on this and you did it all by yourself. I want everyone to see what a beautiful angel you have made me to put on our tree at home. Let's get it on this tree until I can come back to pick it up." She agreed and we got it registered and hung on the school tree.
The teachers did their judging and the prizes would be given out the Friday of the Christmas parties. It was a long wait that week for the results. But it ended up to be well worth the wait. Katie not only one 1st place, they gave her a special best of show prize. I couldn't believe it! That little scraggly bread dough angel won!
That afternoon at the party, the principle pulled me aside and thanked me for not making that ornament myself! "Parents want so badly for their children to do well, that they end up taking over. We could tell that Katie worked very hard on that angel ALL BY HERSELF! Yes she did.
So in the end, we learned a very valuable lesson about following the rules, honesty, and doing your best no matter what. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
and one on top to make it complete.If you look deep into the branches, you'll find one that reminds us of the blood He shed on a different type of tree.
But of all the ornaments, no matter how big or small, shiny of dull, this angel is my favorite. It reminds me of a time I had to push my daughter to do something out of her comfort zone and how we all learned a valuable lesson in honesty and character.
Monday, November 30, 2009
About the time he was finishing setting up the timer on the tree, Mattie May walked in.
"Oh Grumpy! It is so pretty! But where all the presents?"
"Santa will bring them when your asleep on Christmas eve."
"Oh yeah. I forgot." and she walks out of the room.
Such a silly willy! But ya' gotta love her!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
After we went to visit Granny, so she could see Mattie May in her costume, we headed over to trunk or treat. It was a lot of fun and met up with some friends of ours. Then we went home so she could go visit our neighbors then we handed out candy. I think she enjoyed that more than she did actually going herself.
She kept us laughing all night long. She wanted to play a game (Candy Land - how appropriate for Halloween!) while we waited for trick or treaters to come to our house. Frank sat in the front room watching the UT game so we went to the back to play! Every time he would tell her someone was coming, she would grab her tiara and run down the hall shouting "Customers, customers, we have customers!", all the while trying to get her tiara on while she ran!
One time, Frank called to her that some were coming and she got to the door before they actually got in our driveway. She leaned her head on the glass door and started saying "Waiting, waiting, waiting." Then when she could finally see them, she shouted "There they are" like they were long lost friends or something, those blue eyes just gleaming.
During half time, Frank came out to join us and she decided they were going to play football. Frank told her we didn't have a football to play with and her reaction? "Yes we do Grumpy!" as she threw the imaginary ball to him! They played for about fifteen minutes before the alligator in the neighbors shrubs ate the ball. Then she was back on the front porch with me.
But Frank and I agree that the funniest thing all night was a visitor we had show up. A black cat! We have cats come up all the time, but this was the first time for this one. We don't like them hanging out on our porch and making it home, so Frank would come out and shoo him away every time he walked up behind us. Well this just cracked Mattie May up so she started watching for this cat. When she would see him, she would motion to Frank through the glass that he was there and Frank would come out and shoo him again. Well of course the poor cat would run out of there like cats do and for some reason this would have Mattie May laughing. She would actually lay on the porch holding her stomach laughing until tears ran down her cheeks!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I walked away with five ribbons. I will post what I won later because I don't remember everything (old age catching up with me!), but I do know I won five and the best was third place. Maybe I will do better next year.
Mattie May received a "Participant" ribbon on her bulldog she entered and was excited to see it in the display. Of course Grumpy and Lolo were a little disappointed for her. Let's just say some of the entries seemed to have a "little" help being made! I just don't believe in this. If the child is going to make it, let them make it. I will tell you the story of a Christmas ornament contest Katie entered one year. It's a great story and a huge confidence builder.
This week we are busy getting ready for our trip to Del Rio. EXCITED!!! Ready to see some friends I haven't seen since last year! And hoping we fish well and have lots of fish to weigh in! Maybe we'll even win this year! That would be great!
So until next week sometime!
God Bless You All
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
It was a bit difficult for her to understand that we would have to leave it there for a week, but she was finally OK with that. What she was most unhappy with was the fact all the rides were there and we wouldn't let her ride them! It took a minute but she did get in the car so we could come home.
To all my friends and family with entries, I hope you all do well and I can't wait to see all your entries!
God Bless you all!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday after church, Mattie May and Katie came over before we went to see Granny. We decided instead of lunch we would fix us a nice breakfast. Well of course Mattie May wanted pancakes. She always wants Blueberry pancakes because that is what is pictured on the front of the box. So I cheat and keep blueberries in the freezer. Frank and I had gone to the grocery store on Saturday so I had some fresh bananas.
Katie started the sausage, Frank was getting the drinks and dishes, Mattie May and I were mixing up the pancakes. We had already measured all the ingredients and she was mixing it all up. I went to the freezer to get the blueberries and Mattie May told me she was going to do the banana. Without any of us looking at her, I explained that she could peel it but that I would have to cut it up because she knows she can't use a knife yet. About the time I finished my sentence and was turning around to go back to help her, Katie gasped and I saw Mattie May laying the banana peel to the side at the same time saying "Oh?! OK Lolo".
We all got tickled when we realized she had put the whole banana in the batter! She was upset because she thought we were all mad at her, but we all started laughing and she was OK. We sliced up the battered banana, poured out some pancakes on the griddle and she got to add the blueberries and banana.
All was well with the world.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
She loves that little set. She plays with it more than any other toy she has. And she loves to tell the story of the birth of "Baby Jesus".
The manger has a place on the top to put the angel and if you press down on the angel, the star lights up and it plays "Away in a Manger". In Mattie May's case, it doesn't have to be the angel. It can be Mary, the donkey, anything. I think baby Jesus himself has made it up there on more than one occasion. That's OK. She knows the story and I believe in leaving her imagination alone, letting her be creative.Last week, she was sitting below Frank's recliner playing away with this set. She pushed the button on top and the song started playing. It was OK at first, but as it continued it slowed, making that funny dragging sound that songs tend to make as the batteries are running out. Those big blue eyes looked up at Grumpy and she said "Gumpy, I think sometings wrong." He explained that it needed new batteries. I told them I thought I had some that would fit.
She followed me to the kitchen with her manger. I asked her to hold the batteries while I unscrewed the cover. I reached down and asked her for the batteries. She pulled them back and said "I want to do it!" By this time Frank and Katie were standing there with us and one of us explained that we needed to put them in right or it wouldn't work. Again she looked at us all with those big ol' eyes and said..."Lolo, I can do it! I match the plus with the plus and the minus with the minus!"
Well! OK then! And she did! Then as she handed it back to me to put the cover back on she says "See! I told you I could do it!"
How did she even know?! She's three!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Remember this post, my peaceful Monday turned manic, and when Katie's iPhone shattered? Well, here is a picture of said phone...
Not pretty, I know. I called the iPhone people to see what procedures I was to follow and did so to perfection and waited patiently for that little email that told me what was to be done about her phone. That email never came. Instead we got her phone back in the same packaging I had sent it to them in, only with an additional note that said they had determined that the shattered screen was because the phone had been dropped. If it had been dropped, I promised it hit the ground no where as hard as my jaw did when I read this. My heart just sank. So Katie and I decided to take it to our local AT&T store to see if there was anything they could do.
Several people in the store looked at her phone and all asked the same question - "How did this happen? You can see the phone has not been dropped." Ugh! We know that! Unfortunately, even though no one believed the phone had been dropped there was nothing they could do. It has to be handled through Apple. The closest store is in Ft. Worth. They also told us to make an appointment before we go because they usually don't have any openings for walk in customers. (Excuse me? Why do you even have a store in the strip mall then?)
So Katie takes all the information they have given her and goes online to make the appointment. The earliest appointment is on 12:20PM, Thursday August 6, two weeks later! Oh My! I take off work so she doesn't have to make the trip by herself and to help her plead her case.
Thursday morning, we get Mattie May to day care, stop at Sonic for some breakfast and LARGE sodas and head east. Before we leave the house, I plug the address of the Apple store into A.B. (our GPS) not because I can't head east on I-20 and find Ft. Worth, but so we don't have to try and follow the map to the Apple store.
We arrive at 11:00 AM, an hour and a half early. They won't even let us put her name on the list and we have to go next door to try to find a public restroom (remember the LARGE sodas from Sonic! LOL) Next door is William Sonoma and Pottery Barn, two stores I have only read about but have never entered, but they have a wonderfully clean restroom and I have fallen in love! And now I know they are only two hours and twenty four minutes from my house! Because we were having so much fun looking at everything, I set the alarm on my phone for 11:50 AM to get us back to Apple in plenty of time and hopefully back on the road a bit sooner.
Katie checks in at about 11:55 AM and her name immediately shows up on the wait screen as #10, not to bad. We start looking around to see what wonderful things we can only dream about owning and Katie looks up and her name has already moved to #7. I continue my text to Traci about all the wonders of this store that she needs to avoid at all cost (LOL) and some one behind us asked "Katie, what do you need help with?" It's Patrick!
This is Patrick...
He is the person that will be helping us. Katie begins telling him the whole story about how the phone shattered as she starts pulling it out of the box. He takes the phone from her and immediately says "I can tell this phone hasn't been dropped. Stay right here and I will be right back." He takes her phone and disappears behind a blue door. The next time we see him he is standing behind one of the computers at the back of the store and waves us over.
There on the counter in front of him is ....
He has replaced the screen and because she had the phone for such a short time when this happened, there is no charge! That's it, done repaired, no tears needed (this sort of disappointed Katie), all smiles and we are ready to go!
PATRICK! OUR HERO!
(If you can't read his shirt, it is the same as the title of this post! And as far as we're concerned, he is a superhero!)
My biggest question is, why couldn't the place I had to send the broken phone into have done this same thing before they sent the phone back? It took him all of five minutes to do this. We did enjoy the trip though. We rarely get to just go anywhere just the two of us any more. And we did find two favorite new stores (Frank won't be so happy about this come Christmas), but for such a simple procedure, why? Oh well. Katie has her phone and the world is at piece now! LOL
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I got up a little later to do some things around the house and check some things on the computer. I had been on the computer for quite a while, when I hear her little foot steps on the floor. "Lolo, I hungry" she says to me as she goes to fridge and gets lettuce! "Will you fix me a salad?" A SALAD!?
"May May, do you really want a salad?" I asked her.
"Well, maybe just a sandwich."
"OK May, what kind of sandwich?"
"I want a sandwich with bread, peanut butter and maybe can I have a little bit of jelly?" she says as she wrinkles her little nose and shows me "little" by pinching her thumb and index finger together.
I make her the sandwich as I hide my laughter. When finished I asked her if she wanted it cut.
"Yes! Can I have triangles? Four, I want four triangles!"
No one ever said this kid wasn't specific in her request!!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
This morning I was looking forward to a little down time before Mattie May got here. I had planned on making our room reservations for tonight, eating a little breakfast and starting the laundry from the weekend. Nothing terribly hard and should have been finished quickly.
Katie, Mattie May and I are going to Dallas tonight to go to the zoo in the morning. Frank earns points for staying at a certain hotel when he is out of town on business so we have points for us to use when we go on leisure travel. Now I have made reservations on line many times as I am sure most people have. This is not a difficult task. As they say on "Special Agent OSO" "three simple steps"! Pull up the web site, fill in the arrival information, get confirmation number. Super simple. Unless the web site wont take your credit card information!
It told me it couldn't take my card and to try again later. I fixed my bowl of cereal for breakfast, sat back down and tried again. Same thing. It is at this point I get a little concerned because I know there is no reason my credit card should not be accepted. So I got my other one that we use for emergencies, knowing for sure it is OK and the same thing happens. I try again. Thinking there is a problem with the web site, I start looking for the number to customer service to get this fixed. I get a nice young man on the phone and explain my problem and in the process of giving him our information he tells me someone else will have to help me because we are club members and he puts me on hold.
I put it on speaker phone so I can at least start a load of laundry without holding the receiver to my ear. While starting the laundry, call waiting beeps in. It is Katie telling me she is almost to my house. I click back over just in time to hear someone on the other end. Not only does she have a very heavy accent and I can hardly understand her but it sounds like she is just barely whispering. By this time Katie and Mattie May get there. Of course Mattie May is talking up a storm and this makes it really difficult to hear the girl. I explain to the girl she is going to have to do something so I can hear her. She takes my number and calls me right back. Katie gets all of Mattie May's things out of the car. Mattie May starts crying because her mom is leaving. (it's not that she doesn't want to stay with me, she just doesn't want her mom to leave and she smushed her toe on the table).
So now I have a crying three year old and this girl on the phone trying to help me with reservations. About this time, my door opens again and it is Katie bringing me her iPhone. Excuse me - her SHATTERED iPhone! Some how in the two minutes from when she called me to the time she got back in her car, the glass on her iPhone cracked.
Now I have a crying three year old, the girl on the phone I can hardly understand and an upset 25 year old on the edge of tears trying to figure out what to do with her phone. And now call waiting is beeping at me again. It's Frank. He is just checking to see how my day is going. How sweet! Not good Frank. I will call you in a bit. It is about this time that my Internet provider's service goes down, so now I can't even look at what the customer service girl and I are talking about!
Get back on the phone with customer service girl and she tells me that there are five charges for my room. Oh wow! Not really what I wanted to hear. She has to go get her supervisor. Luckily this gives me a minute (or 20) to get Mattie May settled down a little bit more, get her something to eat and start her favorite Disney shows.
I think I am on hold for about 20 to 30 minutes this time and she finally comes back and tells me they have manually made my reservations and that the charges will be removed in three to five days and if any additional charges incur, they will also cover those.
Calm begins to settle in my house. But now I have to call customer service to take care of the broken iPhone! Thankfully, this customer service person spoke where I could understand him! So I thought all was well... but then we leave to go on our trip! That is an entirely different post!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
She is having a give a way on a book that I would like to share with someone very dear to me and I thought you might be interested in said book. So pop over to this site and see what you think.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This is one of those post with a long story before I get to the actual cuteness so please bear with me.
Mattie May has been attending her first Vacation Bible School this week. It has been wonderful. This year the title is "Paul and the Underground Church". The entire church has been transformed into ancient Rome with a marketplace, a coliseum and of course an underground church.
Tonight's theme was "God's Love is With You All the Time". It was great. I love hearing these little voices lifting praise to God in song and verse. If you ever get the chance to visit a VBS, do it. These kids will work miracles on your heart.
On the way home tonight, I asked Mattie May what she learned. "That God's love is with me all the time." WOW! She was paying attention! Next I asked her what would make God take his love away from her. "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!" was her reply. I thought this was so cute, my little three year old granddaughter learning the truth in such a simple way. So I asked her if I could record her when we got home so I could keep this precious little piece of time for posterity. She said "Sure" in her cute little MM way.
We get to their apartment and Katie is there to meet us. When she takes her out of the car seat, I tell her we need to record something, thinking this would be a good way for Katie and Buddy to see her cute and honest answers. The recording follows and I must say, it was not quite what I expected...
I guess next time I need to be a bit more specific when I ask her to do something for me!!!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
We had such a great time and now I can relive it over and over. I finished my Scrapblog today! I am so excited. I am going to have it printed off so we will a keepsake from our wonderful trip.
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Remember, click on the scrapblog emblem on the bottom right, then click full screen. You can then adjust the volume and speed.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Oh well, at least we both have jobs we like and have retirement to look forward too.
I have been editing pictures all weekend and will be getting my scrapblog together soon. I hope you all have a great week, and if you ever figure out how we can get paid without working, let us know!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
As I type, Mattie May is still asleep. We have spent the day at Moody Gardens. She has enjoyed the fish and penguins at the aquarium, walked with the dinosaurs at Dinos Alive exhibit and we finished our day there with a ride on the Colonel, an old paddle boat. Then lunch with elephants and gorillas at Rainforest Cafe.
When she wakes up we are going swimming then to play miniature golf at this cute place down the seawall.
Can't wait to share my pictures with you all!
God bless you all.
Friday, June 12, 2009
So don't miss me while I am gone, but pray for us to have a safe and fun trip! I will certainly have pictures for you when I return!!!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The sweet - my baby turned 25! I can't believe that Katie is a quarter of a century. It seems she should be about Mattie May's size, being her silly self and passing out her special love to everyone she would meet.
The bitter - I attended the memorial for my boss's 25 year old son that died over the weekend from a drug overdose. He was such a sweet and loving young man that could just never find his place in life. He will live in our hearts forever.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Well, I don't like spiders either! Yesterday morning, one decided to join me in the shower. I didn't notice him at first, but you know how you feel like someone is watching you? I got that feeling. I reached up to move the shower curtain to make sure it was closed good and it almost jumped on my hand. Oh it just creeped me out! He just sat there and stared at me. Frank was still asleep and I knew he would not be real happy with me if I screamed so I tried to find something to kill him with. But every time I tried, he moved. So I just finished up real quick and got out of there.
When Frank woke up I told him where the spider was and he went in to take care of him. But he had moved! I just knew I would find him when Frank left for work so he kept looking for him. When he finally found him he killed him for me. Now I don't make it a practice to kill spiders, they just need to stay outside where they belong, not in my shower!
Frank was still a little upset with me because I didn't kill him, but this thing was HUGE! I am not kidding. It was a giant. Now Frank will tell you that it was about the size of the spider on the left, but I am telling you it was as big as the one on the right. Who are you going to believe? C'mon now, I have never lied to you before!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Even though she could hardly open her mouth, and there was still a lot of blood and a lot of healing to do, that was absolutely the prettiest smile I had ever seen! Thanks to everyone involved in getting this problem resolved!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Nothing really new or exciting going on. We will be going on vacation next moth so maybe that will give me something to blog about. We are all well and blessed beyond belief.
OH, do keep Katie in your prayers for the next few days. She will be getting her new teeth tomorrow! She will be able to smile again without embarrassment. Buddy will be taking care of her and I (we) will be taking care of Mattie May. You know they had to twist my arm to agree to that. I will have pictures of her smile as soon as I can.
I pray God to bless you as much as He blesses me daily.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Watch CBS Videos Online
What are your thoughts?
I first want to say that no one is saying there is not an obesity problem in America! This is something that is on most of our minds on a daily basis. It is a problem and parents need to do everything they can to help their children correct the problem. Eating right and exercise are the best places to start.
The idea that selling nice clothes in large sizes to help a girls self esteem is a bad idea is beyond me. Lets do everything we can to help these kids. Even if it includes making fashionable clothing in sizes for tweens, teens, and younger ladies. Who does she think she is calling it the "fat" section?! She also says this isn't about fashion - Excuse me?! That is what this segment is about, fashion!
I think selling clothes in such small sizes is a bad idea! Lets teach our children that you have to be a Size 0 (I don't think that is even possible) so they have some severe eating disorders. I know very few girls that can were these tiny sizes, including my daughter! She is stick thin and still wears a size 7. Nothing wrong with that! She looks great! How about not selling clothing for people who are not as tall as all those models out there also! Isn't there a special section for that?
I think this person in this interview is rude and a fat hater! Just listen to her. I don't think she lives in the real world. Someone who has never had a weight struggle can not understand the problem. They think you can just quit eating! They think you are lazy! If you listen to what she says about what to keep them from eating, you know she has never had a weight. It makes me wonder if she has a child.
Yeah Emme! Way to hold your composer and your tongue. And you look great by the way!
Monday, April 27, 2009
And Saturday night, my friends and I got a real good laugh out of talking to one such person!
Frank and I had gone to fish a tournament at O.H. Ivie. We left Saturday to spend some time with friends. It was late, about 8 (Hey, that's late when you have to get up early!) and we were giving Nina our breakfast order for Sunday morning when one of our friends came in asking if anyone had something to open up a locked truck. Uh oh! Someone (not sure who) had inadvertently locked the doors when they got out and the keys (including the spare) were inside the truck! Oh, my heart really did go out to them because any type of vehicle trouble is just a pain! A big ol' pain in the side!
Luckily, someone did have a tool that is supposed to pop that lock right open. I guess if you used it on a daily basis, you could do this. Not if you use it only once every year or so! I think there were about eight of us standing around in the parking lot watching the excitement (it doesn't take a lot to entertain a bunch of tired anglers!).
After about 30 minutes, I remembered I have roadside assistance on my cell phone. So I call. Have any of you out there tried to give an address at a lake to someone who is several states away from you? Not an easy task. Especially if you are out in the middle of no where! It all started easily enough -
He - "Roadside Assistance. How may I help you?"
Me - "We have a truck with the keys locked in it."
He - "Oh, no problem. I can definitely help you. Wow! Sounds like you are having a party. What is your cell phone number?"
Me - "No party, just a bunch of anglers after a long day. My number is 3##-###-####"
He - "Is this Mrs. Mixon?"
Me - "Yes."
He - "Are you with the vehicle that is locked out?"
Me - "Yes."
He - "Are you in a safe location?"
Me - "Yes." When what I really wanted to say was "it all depends if this going to take long? Will it make a difference in time?" which I will regret not saying later!
He - "What type of vehicle?"
Oh, my - this goes on forever! By the time we get to the address, he could pick out this vehicle from a line up! And what exactly does the color and rear wheel drive have to do with the keys being locked in the ignition?
Several questions later, just to make sure it is me on my cell phone, he asked me - "What is the address where you are located?"
So now the fun begins! Me - to David "Hey, what's the address out here?"
David - "### FM Road ###, Millersview, TX"
Me to operator - "### FM Road ###, Millersview, TX"
Typing and long pause...
Operator - "Um, Ms. Mixon. I'm sorry, but there is no Millersview, TX showing on my map"
Me - "Where are you?"
He - "I'm in western Kentucky."
Oh no! We are going to be here all night!
Me - "OK. Can you pull up just a town?"
He - "Yes."
Me - "Try Valera."
He - "No"
Me - "Voss?"
He - "No"
Me to everyone standing around - "Is there anything closer than Ballinger that might show up on his map?"
Everyone - "NO"
Me to operator - "Try Ballinger."
He - "Yes, here it is."
Me - "Can you see landmarks on your map?"
He - "Yes."
Me - "Do you see O. H. Ivie Reservoir?"
He - "YES!" (ok, I mistakenly think we are getting somewhere.)
Me - "Do you now see Millersview?"
He - "No, but I see a Leeday!"
Me - "How old is your map?! Leeday has been underwater ever since they finished the dam in 1992! But! We are about two miles south of that!"
He - "Would you happen to be on Park Rd. 11?"
Me to David - "Are we on Park Rd. 11?"
David - "Yes" (Cheers from the crowd!)!
Me to he - "Yes"
He (laughing) - "Sounds like you are having a great party."
Me - "No. No party. No one has had a drink! Just a bunch of anglers ready to get to bed!"
He - "Now that we know where you are, give me just a minute to locate someone to come help you."
Lovely music starts in my ear, and we are discussing the odds of them getting the lock popped before he even gets back on the phone. Glad I didn't get in on that because...
He - "Mrs. Mixon, I have located someone in Coleman that can be out in about an hour and half and it will be $75.00 out of pocket."
Me - "I thought this was covered as part of my roadside assistance?"
He - "Only up to $50.00."
Me - "You mean to tell me that some yaw-who is going to take an hour and a half to drive the 15 minutes from Coleman then charge us $75.00 for two seconds worth of work?"
A few seconds of stunned silence from the crowd, then a bunch of "We can push him down there by hand if we have to... $75?! Are they nuts?" and lots of other useless comments from the crowd.
He - "Sounds like a really good party."
Me - "I told you, no party! We are just tired from a long day and we have another long day tomorrow!"
He - "Of partying?"
Me - "NO!! No parties! Just fishing! Thank you for your time and please update your map!"
And we found a guy in Ballinger to come out for $50 and he was there in 45 minutes! Man! Am I going to have a chat with AT&T!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
OH, and tomorrow is Frank's birthday and I still don't have him a gift or card! Any suggestions?
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday was "Eggstravaganza" at church. We took Mattie May and there was a very good turn out even with the overcast skies and the cooler (cold) weather. She made out like a bandit on the egg hunt and enjoyed the inflatable slide and jump box. Not sure what it is called, but you have all seen them, they inflate and the kids get inside and jump.
We all attended church service on Sunday then headed out to my Aunt Hymonda and Uncle Bill's for Sunday brunch. We usually have a great lunch for family gatherings, but because so many were out of town on Saturday for LTC (Leadership Training for Christ) we decided brunch was just fine. Even though our friend Sarah had written a fantastic article on us for the Reporter News that ran on Wednesday, we went against tradition. The article told about what our family traditionally does for Easter lunch and ran most of our recipes. It was very well done and exciting to be a celebrity for the day. Many of our friends and family saw the article and called to let us know they had seen it.
After eating, Buddy and Katie hid eggs for Makaley, Kauy and Mattie May to hunt. The day was glorious, warm with just a light breeze. Then we all headed inside to visit and enjoy the rest of the day.
And who is Edith? Good question. We still really don't know who she is! Thursday after the article had run in the ARN, Hymonda got a call from Edith who said she was a friend of one of Mattie B's long lost relatives and had seen us in the paper and just wanted to tell us how nice the article was. Hymonda was gracious and thanked her and hurried about her busy day. That same day, Mattie B received a call from Edith. The conversation was about the same. Neither thought anything else about the phone calls.
We were finishing up our brunch Sunday and Trina saw someone walking up the drive. Hymonda asked us who it was but none of us recognized her. She rang the bell and Hymonda answered with a very confused look on her face. It was Edith! She had come to join us for lunch. Hymonda explained we had not done the lunch this year and had just finished up brunch. Well, Edith said that was fine with her, asked where Mattie B was and continued on in the house!
At this point, all of us in the dining room were being very quite so we could hear the conversation in the kitchen/breakfast area where Mattie B was sitting. We couldn't see her face, but we could hear the tone of Mattie B's voice and she was a little stunned to say the least. Edith told her since neither she nor Hymonda had invited her when she called on Thursday, she just decided to just invite herself!
One thing you can not call my family is selfish. We let her have anything that was left (which I must say wasn't much) and we "enjoyed" her stay. She stayed and visited with Mattie B for a while after she ate and then just left - seriously, she just got up and left, not a word! It was one of the strangest things we ever had happen and we will now remember this Easter celebration as the one we had Brunch with Edith!
I hope God blessed you this past weekend as He did us.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Later in the night they played the move it song from "Madagascar" (sorry, I don't know the actual name or who sings it.). She really got excited this time and jumped out of her seat and started to dance. Frank and I (and everyone around us) got so tickled watching her. I was only able to get a short video and I just have to share it with you.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, he decided to fish the Stillwaters tournament over at Hubbard and I stayed home, watched a couple of movies, did some light house work and started on Katie's dress.
Sunday, Frank took Kauy to the Spring Jamboree at UT. I messed up a little so they didn't get to attend the Kids Club pizza party, but they still had a good time. I went to church in the morning then Mattie May and I took a nice nap. Sunday afternoon, we went to Makaley's TLC practice then to the grocery store. And last night to bed at a decent hour.
So not to eventful for me anyway, but a nice relaxing weekend. God is so good to us.
Friday, April 3, 2009
He was supposed to be home yesterday, but they canceled his flight and couldn't get him on another one until today, so he got to do lots of sight seeing yesterday. He even got to pose with a Boston Red Sox World Series ring! He can talk himself into anything! He took lots of pictures for me and has been telling me stories of his trip all evening long. He did a lot of things that were totally out of character for him (like taking pictures everywhere!) and had such a good time, he wants to take me up there for vacation! Don't have to twist my arm!
I am so glad to have him home and giving praise to God for getting him there and back safely.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Secondly, the only copyright tag I found for this picture is REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool (BRITAIN BUSINESS POLITICS ROYALS) so I hope I am giving the proper credit so I don't get in trouble for copyright infringement.
If you live in America and listen to any type of radio, TV, anything that might talk about current events, I'm sure you know that President Obama is at the G20 Summit in London. As part of this event, he and Mrs. Obama visited with Queen Elizabeth at her home, Buckingham Palace. And of course, to appease the masses, there were photos taken of this historic event.
Look at the picture below. Aren't they all lovely? Each smiling for the camera, just like they all rehearsed. No really it is a lovely picture. I would not disrespect the President or Queen by making fun of them. BUT this picture does make me laugh. Can you figure out what it is? If you know my grandmother or knew my great grandmother, you should easily figure this one out.
Do you get it, do you see what is making me laugh?
OK, I'll give - They are in Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth's home. So please tell me, why does she need her purse in the picture?! Hahah,heehee, hoho! I am so sorry but that just tickles my funny bone!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Pronunciation: \ˈsan(d)-ˌwich, ˈsam-; dialect ˈsaŋ-\
1 a: two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between b: one slice of bread covered with food
Mattie May has gotten into the habit of getting herself a "little snack" before we leave for school in the mornings. I don't mind because she is still eating a good breakfast when she gets there so no harm done.
This morning I heard something rattling in the kitchen and went in to check. She was standing on her little pink stool and had her arm completely inside the bread bag. "I gettin' son bread" she tells me and I'm OK with that and continue to get ready to get out the door.
On our way out, she is still eating her bread and I notice she has more than one piece. I ask her "Mattie May, whatcha eatin'?" Those big blue eyes look up at me and she sweetly says "A samdwich."
"What kind of sandwich?" I ask as I take a closer look.
"A bread samdwich!" Yep, she has a slice of bread "sandwiched" between two more slices of bread!
Life is so good!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I know He will take care of things and I know He is taking care of it as I write. I just need prayers. I need prayers that I can accept what He gives us because it is what we are supposed to have. When I am ready, I will talk, but for now, just pray for all of us!
Monday, March 16, 2009
For some reason a while back, I saw a video of Beyonce's song "Put a Ring on It'. It was one of the most excruciatingly painful things I have seen for a while and could not bring myself to watch the entire three and half minutes of it. Thank goodness we live in a free society and I could turn it off.
Today, I came across this video of the same song. Still three and a half minutes, but I was hooked. I thought it was so funny and I hope you do too.
I couldn't embed her actual video, which really didn't disappoint me, but I wanted you to see it if you hadn't already. Let's just say, the gentleman in this video are dressed for a blizzard compared to what she and her dancers have on in the actual video! I am sure her momma is so proud!
Friday, March 13, 2009
It is Friday - Yeah! A weekend coming up with nothing planned. Maybe I can catchup on some of my Scrapblogs that I have also been neglecting. Maybe Frank will take me to the pound to look for a puppy. My house needs a dog, I can't stand it without one. Maybe I will clean my house. I don't know about this, it might put my hubby into shock!
One thing I do have planned is church on Sunday. I have missed the last three weeks so I will have to go around reintroducing myself to everyone.
Have a great weekend and maybe, just maybe, something exciting will happen and I will actually have something to blog about that is worth reading.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I have been posting over at my fishing blog (it is that time of year) so I haven't been totally negligent. But really and truly not much has been going on. I committed to doing a scrapblog page a day and I am, let's see, four days behind! I haven't even taken pictures daily like I am supposed to! Too cold and too lazy I guess.
I am looking forward to this Friday. We are going to a San Antonio Spurs game with my aunt and uncle. Frank won tickets yesterday and they are huge fans! That is what I have to look forward to this week and to try to make myself better about this picture and posting thing!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yea! That's the one - Shreveport, Louisiana. That is no stranger. That's me!
Frank and I are enjoying some time here. Tomorrow morning we will rise before the chickens and the pigs to head out to the launch of the 2009 Bassmasters Classic!
Yes, I have spent a little time in the casino, but not much. To expensive for me and the smoke kills me! Really! I have never liked the smell of cigarette smoke and last time I was here I stayed in the bed...sick...from the smoke.
So I managed to find a computer so I am happy as a lark and saving money too! Frank on the other hand...I left him in the casino. Yeah, I know! Probably not the smartest decision I have every made!!
I will check in often and if you wake up early enough (or set the DVR like I did), look for us on Mike and Mike in the morning. Frank said he is going to try really hard to get noticed on their show. You know the one, where they show the goofy people standing out in the freezing cold acting weird to get noticed? Sounds just like my dear sweet husband!!
Love you all and I will check in again as soon as I can!
Friday, February 13, 2009
That's why it was so funny to me that she says to me "Word Up!". Yes, she did say it! Sitting there all cute in her Valentine's day Elmo shirt, buckled tight in her car seat on the way to day care. It was all I could do to keep a straight face and, yes, I did ask her to repeat what she said. I had to. I wanted to make sure I understood what she said. Well she said it again and grinned!
Now really, this is not anything bad, we just don't know where she heard it. We don't listen to live TV other than Playhouse Disney and the radio is not on when we are in the vehicle. We are too busy counting school buses, watching for colors, and giving the shapes of street signs. But let me tell you, I couldn't get on the phone fast enough to tell her mom and Grumpy what she had said.
I guess she is just our little Home Girl!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
How did I marry the most caring, funny, lovable, grumpy guy in the whole world?
I love you Frank and so look forward to the next twenty five (we're having a party on that one!)!!!!