Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Kelli, Brooke and Maddux came to visit them yesterday. While they were over, Kelli organized part of the storage room. She was going through some of her boxes that were left over from their move and trying to find some items I had left over from Meagan's wedding that she is going to use to decorate for their Women's Retreat later this fall.
With their move, our move and Brian's recent move...there are a lot of boxes that needed to be resorted. She made a striking discovery when she uncovered my china which I thought had been lost forever to Purple Heart. I have been looking for it since soon after we cleaned out the Alief house. I just knew that Jim had picked it up with the pile of donations and that I would never see it again. I was so happy when she took me out to show me her discovery!
Anyway, just before they left for the evening, I snapped a few pictures of my adorable grandchildren. (Please excuse the closed eyes in every shot. My camera was taking forever to flash and these two are not big on sitting still for pictures to begin with!)
Here is Miss Brookie Bear with her cheese face.
She loves stickers and applies them liberally to everyone in her path...including herself.
Maddux decided that he liked Uncle Duck Duck's (William) shoes better than his own.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
That is why yesterday afternoon was a perfect day for driving a convertible. 78 degrees and sunshine!
Sunglasses + iPod + Rockets cap + semi-open roads = a great commute home.
Ford may have forced her into early retirement in 2005, but she is still a beauty to me!
Monday, September 27, 2010
This is his BEFORE picture:
With his cowboy hat on, he reminded me of Kevin Bacon in Tremors. (We kept telling each other to look out for the worms! Ha!)
He asked Bri to be his stylist. She was worried about taking that first snip of hair, just in case he changed his mind.
This is his DURING picture where Bri and Josh decided to give him a mohawk. (He refused to spike it up with the gel!)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I was encouraged by an article that I read in USA Today on Monday by Mike Lopresti.
"Saturday will show how some remarkable numbers stand up to heavier lifting.
Alabama has outscored three opponents 134-19. Is the Tide THAT good? We'll know after the trip to Arkansas."
Here's hoping that not only does the trend not continue, but that the Hogs come out on top.
Friday, September 24, 2010
In the middle of the (Bull)Dog Pile
Finally! Getting to play on the Offensive Line again.
Will had his own personal cheering section for the game.
There was a beautiful full moon over the stadium last night...which might help explain this:
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I was going to visit my friend, Jeanene, and her husband, John, for the weekend. The reason for the trip was to attend a Women's conference with her at their church on Saturday. Really, it was a good excuse to finally get to visit her in her 'new' home. (She has been there for almost 4 years!)
Jeanene and John met me at the airport and swept me off to the big city of Greenville. From the car window I viewed their downtown and their minor league baseball stadium as they showed me the highlights.
We pulled into a park in the downtown area where we walked around a bit so I could stretch my legs. This is the view from the bridge.
We left the park in time to make our dinner reservations at Soby's. (I apologize for the poor picture quality. I forgot to take a picture until we were driving away.)
It was at Soby's that I had the first of many exquisite meals in South Carolina! We ordered fried green tomatoes for an appetizer. OMG! They were amazing! As for my entree, those of you who know me well know that I had to try the regional specialty...Shrimp and Grits. It was my first experience with grits other than for breakfast. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about them!After dinner, we drove through downtown Greenville once again and then headed to their home for the night. We watched a video (Star Trek's newest one...I highly recommend it even if you, like me, are not a Trekkie) and then it was off to bed for me.
The next morning, we woke semi-early and went to breakfast at Coach House where I enjoyed the best pancake I have had in a long time.
After breakfast, Jeanene and I drove over to her home church for the simulcast of Living Proof Live. Yes, I understand that I flew almost 1,000 miles to South Carolina to attend a conference that was being held in Chicago by a Bible teacher who lives and ministers in Houston. I'm a woman, what else can I say?
Seriously though, Jeanene and I have attended several of Beth Moore's weekends together. We have seen her in Houston, we have attended a Living Proof Weekend in Little Rock, and three years ago we met in Atlanta to see Beth, Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer at Deeper Still.
Saturday we were at Simpsonville First Baptist Church which was hosting the area simulcast. Though we were in a state of the art building with air conditioning that worked beyond really well...just across the street sat a building that the congregation had built in 1913.
I just love these beautiful stained glass windows!
A North American castle, wouldn't you say? This place was built in the 1890's and has four acres under its roof!
I didn't take a lot of pictures in the house because I was unsure of how to operate my camera without the flash coming on. But, man, oh man, that place is something to behold.
After touring the estate and the winery, we enjoyed a quiet dinner outside at the Arbor Grill. We enjoyed a quiet(er) drive home and I fell straight into bed. After all 4:30 AM was going to come really early!
Thanks for the wonderful visit, Jeanene. And thank you to all of you who took the time to read this post and take the trip with me. I hope you are beginning to see signs of fall wherever you are today!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Their washing machine:
Their pre-soak and delicates:
And this house could host up to 40 guests, plus its family and staff, at any given time! That's a lot of laundry!
As I said in Saturday's post, I was in South Carolina visiting a friend this past weekend. We attended Living Proof Live's simulcast on Saturday and on Sunday, she took me up into North Carolina to tour the Biltmore Estate.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
To which I wanted to respond, "You think?" But that wouldn't have been very nice; so I didn't.
So thanks to our dear friends, the Lozanos...
Jim and I were able to attend our first ever NFL game at Reliant Stadium.
(Thanks again, Albert and Stacy!)
It was pretty warm on Sunday, but we enjoyed a little time tailgating before heading into the stadium. Tailgating at Reliant is A LOT of fun! There are people out there who have it down to an art form. We just had two coolers and couple of chairs! But the food was good...and the company was even better.
For Sunday's game, the Texans were facing the Colts. We had seats in the next to the last row in the end zone. But man, were they ever good seats! You can see all the action from up here!
This picture (below) is a little better representation of what the players looked like from where we sat.
Sunday was Liberty White Out Day. However, Houston is quite the melting pot...so it was not uncommon to see clusters of blue spread around the stadium too.
These guys were ready to cheer on their Colts. They had no idea what was awaiting them!
For the most part, Reliant Stadium was a sea of white. There was the cutest little boy that walked down to the railing in front of us when the players were announced. He was maybe 10 years old, but he knew every starting Texans name and cheered and yelled for each one like no body's business.
Jim was feeling a little odd about wearing another man's name on his back...so he decided to make a game out of seeing how many Schaub versus Manning pictures he could get for the day.
#2 (a young man in the section next to us - I know he is wondering why Jim put his arm around him!):
#3 (beside an even younger Colts fan - with his dad's permission of course):
#4 (this guy was sitting just across the aisle from us and never even knew Jim was having the picture made!):
#5 (taken on my way to the ladies room with my iPhone, so please forgive the shakiness):
#6 & #7 (he found a mother and daughter who were both wearing Manning jerseys - in return they wanted the same picture made with their camera, plus pictures of the two of them at the game):