Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Fish Fry

For Memorial Day we invited all of Justin's family over for a fish fry. We had a really good day with lot's of really good food. I had made four freezers of ice cream on Sunday so I could please everyone's tastes. I made two Butterfinger, one peach and one vanilla and there is very little of any of them left. My nephew Taylor only likes vanilla and the poor guy always gets left out, because no one ever makes just plain vanilla, so I decided it was his turn.

Everyone in the whole family was able to come, except for Daniel, who had to work this weekend and our brother-in-law Mike. His mother has been battling cancer for almost 10 years now and is coming to the end of that long fight. He was planning on coming until this morning when he got the call that she had a really bad night last night and was in a lot of pain. They decided they would do a CT scan this morning and when he got to the hospital, decided he had better stay there with his Dad and Sister. They had to go back to Tulsa this evening, because the girls still have four more days of school. I'm sure it will be hard to leave since they don't seem to know what the next hours or days will hold for his mother.

We spent a lot of time visiting around the table. We always find things to laugh about. In the afternoon, the guys went out to the shooting range and shot their guns. They had to quit, because it started raining. I think they were hoping to stay out there a while longer, but they had a good time while it lasted.

It's a Girl's Day Out

Saturday Mom, Lisa and I had a girl's day out. We went to Oklahoma City for the day. It started out at the Cemetery putting flowers on my grandparents graves. It was the first time I had been there since my grandma passed away a year ago in February. My Aunt and Uncle was waiting for us when we got there for a short little visit. We put flowers on their graves and then went over a ways to see my great grandparents and other aunts and uncles graves.

From there we went to Bricktown and ate at Crabtown. I love to eat there. We all three shared a bowl of Red beans and rice and then treated ourselves to a shrimp boil. It doesn't get much better than that. My Mom treated Lisa and I to the Broadway production of "The Lion King". I was so excited to get to go to a Broadway play. I have never been and it's something I have always wanted to do. A few minutes after we got into the building, we spotted James, Linda, Emily and Kevin Suderman. We talked to them for a few minutes and then started comparing our tickets to see where our seats were. We noticed that we were in the same section. Wow! what are the chances of that? Upon further examination we saw that our seats were in the same row. Really? Not only that our seat numbers were all consecutive. We were so surprised! Especially since they bought their tickets in December and we bought ours the end of January. We had a wonderful time and loved the show.

After a quick trip to Sam's and then to Braum's (of course) we went on home and ended up driving through a toad strangling rain starting at Cherokee Trading Post and it didn't end until we got to Watonga. It was raining so hard and there was so much water on the road that there were two people that had hydroplaned and had accidents just after the Cherokee. It was a little scary. Anyway we made it home just fine. Thank you Mom for the wonderful treat. It was a lot of fun.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Snuggling and T-Ball

We had a fun time with Emma and Ella Wednesday night. Austin had a meeting at church and Sara had a night out with the girls, so we got to spend time with our girls. Emma has started T-ball and she had practice that night so Justin and I got to take her. It brought back so many memories of summer after summer at the baseball field every night of the week it seemed like. With three boys, all on different teams we were meeting ourselves coming and going for the first part of each summer. Anyway I got some pictures of Emma doing the same thing I remember my boys doing when they first started in T-ball. It was so funny to watch!

Before we left to go to the ball field we took turns snuggling. You have to catch them when they are in the mood anymore and take advantage of it when you can. They are starting to get fewer and farther between. I dread the day my granddaughters won't want to do this anymore. It won't be very cool pretty soon. Emma will start kindergarten next year and it seems like they grow up faster after they start school.
This last picture is of a very big girl that can do it by herself (or so she says). Who needs baby wipes when you can just dip in. Luckily she hadn't done anything yet when I caught her sinking down into the toilet. We have an insert to put on top of the seat to fit her little bottom, but she said she didn't need it. (I a big girl!)

She is so funny! Having grand kids is a blast. I am so blessed to be able to spend so much time with them. I absolutely adore them.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What a Great Day!

Today was a wonderful day. We slept in until 9:00, which is unheard of for us. We always wake up at the crack of dawn or before. It is really the pits getting older. Your internal clock just thinks you need to be up and getting things done. So we were surprised we slept as long as we did.

Then we sat and watched our favorite Saturday morning cooking shows, however there wasn't anything they were cooking this morning that was interesting to us, so I got my work clothes on and headed out to the garage and decided since the sun was out and there was no chance of rain for the next 7 days, today was the day to get our nasty vehicles cleaned up. I've been wanting to do it for about a month now, but every time I think I might have a chance, it decides to start raining again, so what's the use. It took me almost all day long to get both vehicles cleaned up inside and out. While I was working on the cars, Justin thought he would tear into the garage and the storage room. He gave it a good spring cleaning. We felt like we really got something accomplished today and boy does it feel good!

We were really hungry after all that work, so we went to help our favorite restaurant, El Charro, celebrate their 15th anniversary. On the way there we tried to figure out how much money we had spent there over the last 15 years. A LOT! If everyone is as faithful as we are about going once every week or two, it's no wonder they are enjoying a great successful business. They know us so well there, they don't even ask us what we want. They just know that Justin has a large glass of water and I have a large glass of tea and a large guacamole to start with. The rest of the order usually varies, but that much is always the same. Since they were celebrating their anniversary, they had a live mariachi band there performing and free cake or sopapillas and free T-shirts for everyone. It was a lot of fun and the mariachi band was great! (Very loud, but great!)

It was just a good day all the way around. I think the sunshine has done wonders for my spirit. It is amazing how you can feel so down when it is cloudy and rainy for so long. Oh! How I love a sunny day!