Let see if it this goes through without pics.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
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).
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.
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!
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
So when I pledged High Riders my freshman year at Texas Tech the group was 10 years old. This year they celebrated 40 years. How can that be right? 30 years since I was a freshman??
Wade and Mike had not been to Texas and I really wanted them to meet the Arterburns so we decided to all make the trip. Once my roommates all saw I was willing to come from NC they decided to make the trip too. Isn't it great when you are with old friends and you don't miss a beat? God blessed me no doubt with life long friends who did and continue to enrich my life.
Mr and Mrs Arterburn were surrogate parents to so many of us over the years. They met at Tech (Mr Art was a quarterback and Mrs Art a cheerleader I think) They both taught/worked at Tech so I made a long overdue gift of a quilt. They are now both in their 80's but still just as warm and welcoming as ever. I am glad I got the chance to tell them again how much influence they had on me and that I loved them!
But the view of the engineering key from the bell tower still looked the same
Katy Leanne is finishing up her freshman year at Tech but has decided to be a mountaineer next year. We got that school covered here too! Wade now can say Go Apps AND Get your guns up!
College for me was so much more than a degree....now granted that was the first goal and thankful for my parents financing....but it was the lessons I learned from High Riders that gave me the better planning/managing skills for both career and life. And I can't imagine having been there without Carissa, Cara, Tami and Amy. LoveY'all!! (Oh and my real sister Kim for the last year 😍)
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Krispy Kreme decided to turn all the doughnuts green today for St Patrick's Day. Wade said they still tasted yummy!
This has been a busy month, we are back in swimming lessons and will go visit Dad over Easter, then to Texas for a college reunion. The warmer temps and daylight savings are helping us get a little more done. Alden and Landon helped with some yard clean up too.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
We got to spend time with Landon on his birthday this year and with Marshall on his!!! Wade loves his cousins....
Friday, January 22, 2016
Wade sure enjoys playing in the snow a lot more now than his first Winter home. We will need to find a bigger sledding hill to give him a challenge.
We had about 5 or 6 inches before it turned to sleet. Mike was home today too as the maill did not arrive from the hub in Greensboro.
And a nice finish to some sledding was a cup of hot chocolate (thanks again Miss Pat).
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Dad always gives us a check for Christmas and as I get older I really look forward to getting to splurge on something I might not otherwise buy.
This year I bought a really nice pot. I am trying to get away from Teflon and read up on several kinds before deciding to get a Staub. It's cast iron with an enamel finish. The interior isn't exactly like grandmothers cast iron as its been annondized for better non stick features.
So with the new pot I got a Williams and Sonoma cookbook called "one pot of the day" which literally has 365 recipes and they follow what is in season during the year.
Tonight I am trying the porter braised chicken with root vegetables. The picture looks like this:
Wish me luck