I was about 8 or 10 when my Grandaddy Marshall had this pond built. My dream is for a tiny pond house to be built on the bank with a big screened in porch and my Singer featherweight set up and ready to sew. Because we moved a lot as kids, this place is as close to home as we have. So maybe that dream will become a reality someday.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
We thought Wade was finally big enough to sit still in Dads boat so he got to try out his new fishing pole on the water. There are alligators at times in this pond so I don't want to have to jump in after him. Dad was the only one that caught anything. Good thing our favorite catfish place always has plenty (and you don't have to clean them).
Sunday, August 28, 2016
No doubt I love visiting our National Parks. I can still remember the profound impact The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone had on me when I first saw them in fourth grade. So to mark the NPS 100th birthday (which was actually Thursday) we took Wade to the Blue Ridge Parkway to get his park passport stamped. We bought this passport for him on our trip to The Dry Tortugas National Park a few months before traveling to China. He has now stamped it in three parks!!
I can't wait until he is a little older so we can head West! And there are still many parks on my list that I have never visited.
We bought him a Jr Ranger hat and asked the park ranger if we could have a photo...but he said wait, I'll go get my hat too.
And we took a short hike on the Tanawah trail so Wade could walk under the viaduct...and got this quick family photo by a passing hiker. I have to say, I love this home t-shirt on my little Chinese guy. China may be his country of birth....but NC, USA is his home. I hope he grows to love visiting our nation's National Parks too. He has already requested a trip to see hot lava....so I told him to ask Daddy when we could go back to Hawaii. And in just a few weeks he will get his fourth stamp when we visit Virgin Islands NP in St Johns. Who knew there was a US park there?
Sunday, August 21, 2016
I decided I will never be a triathlete, but a try athlete. This year's Ramblin Rose didn't get any easier I felt like I had about an extra thirty pounds on each ankle during the run. But as I was plodding along I was reminded that my Mom was already struggling with hip pain by the time she was my age. And lest we forget, they mark your calf .....
Thanks Sam for doing it with me. This is our post event selfie. Not too glamorous but that's ok, our boys will hopefully see someday two Moms that wanted to stay healthy and strong for them.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Where has the month gone? We have stayed so busy, but made lots of good memories this month.
After my college roomate's daughter got married (yes her kids are grown and I have a four year old) we headed to the beach! Wade loves it.
The following weekend he and another boy from church were ring bearers in our pastor's son Spencer's wedding. They did so good!
Monday, June 6, 2016
Yes I just had my 49th birthday but it sank in that I had lived 50 years....sure doesn't feel like it.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
We all took a hike on Friday and Mike, Fad and I enjoyed the Adirondack chairs at a local winery under a big maple later that afternoon.
From there we went down to Dads as Teen was finally home three weeks after her back surgery. Mike did some mowing and I did some cooking (to stock the freezer) and Wade got to make an eating tour...first peach ice cream in Barney, then catfish in Ray City.
Teen will kill me is she sees this photo but here they are looking at pictures from the weekend. We pray she continues to heal and get stronger.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
I started this blog as a fun way to update friends and family but realized now what I have is the closest thing to a scrapbook or journal that I will ever create.
When I saw a good coupon I rushed to get my blog printed. I didn't take any time to edit these books and they could be better from that aspect but just having the memories and photos in book form has been great. Wade loves to look at them with us too.
I didn't opt to have all the comments printed but I may go back and manually print those for special times like our trip to China so Wase can read them someday. They ran from $35 to about $50 each but was so easy. You literally type in your blog address and password and it makes a book for you! You can preview it bedore purchasing.
So I need to do better about writing updates. I like so many have fallen into the quick and easy Facebook for sharing photos. (And yes you ca n print that too) but there is too much fringe subject matter there.
So when I started this blog in 2007 Alden would have been about Wade's age and now he is headed off to High School!