Monday, October 20, 2014

Summer Recap 3-August Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to us!  Allan & I have birthdays a day apart and we always celebrate our special days together. 
 Our church has a really good group that go out to a restaurant of the birthday girl/boy's choice.  Allan & I have not ever announced our days and done this but we go to other's parties all the time.  This year, we decided to do it for ourselves.  We had so much fun!
We had 24 friends show up to party with us.  I made my Paula Deen brownies and fancied them up with extra chocolate drizzle and whip cream on top. 
Susie is our preacher's wife and it was her birthday weekend too, so we celebrated with her at the same time.
I just love these girls from our Bible class!  They're very special friends.
I love these folks!
For Allan's birthday, I made this most decadent cheesecake that I've ever made-Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake!  Oh. My. Goodness!  It was not only beautiful but it was delicious.  
There are really no words to describe how good it is.  I was going to take this to the party with the church folks, but I didn't think it was big enough to feed that large of a crowd.  And, anyways...we really didn't want to share it at all!  
Also, on our birthday weekend, we had a surprise visit from Allan's brother, sister-in-law, and one of their kids.  They had been camping in the area and came through here on their way home.  We met them out at the new house and visited there a bit before going out for Mexican food.
Toward the end of the month, we had another church birthday party to go to at the Fish Fry.  Dear, sweet Ellen turned 89!  She is one of the most amazing people I know.  I love her so much! I'm always telling her that I want to be HER when I grow up!   I made cupcakes to take for her party and I have to say they were not only yummy but pretty also! (I would love to have a little cupcake shop some day!)
So, August was a pretty fun month...except for the adding a year to my age part!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Summer Recap 2-July

I'm having trouble remembering things from July since I don't have many pics that document whatever it was that we did!  Anyway, we had a very low-key 4th of July this year.  In fact we missed the big fireworks display that the Choctaws put on every year because they had it A DAY EARLY!  What's up with that??  So, on the 4th we just planned a little cookout with my mom and dad.
Allan has inherited the grilling job it seems and he always does a good job!  If I remember right, he grilled steaks, hamburgers, and smoked sausage.
Me and Mom just had to sample the brownies while Allan was outside cooking.  It was a necessary thing to do...really, it was.
I think this is one of the few 4th's that we haven't had a crowd here to celebrate with us.
It's also one of the very few times that we haven't watched fireworks or shot them off ourselves.  Maybe next year we'll be back to our big celebration.

Allan has continued to work on our house and he's made a lot of progress this summer!  I'm really proud that he is such a hard worker.
We have some beautiful wildflowers on our property.  Nearly every time I go, I walk around taking pics.
Luckily we've had a very mild summer for this part of the country...lots of rain and not too many hot, hot days! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Summer Recap 1-June

I'm trying to do a bit of bloggy catch up this week.  We've had a pretty busy summer around here.  This is what was going on in June:
Colby's birthday was in early June and we celebrated a week early with him.
We met up with the kids at our usual halfway place after church on Sunday.  I always make the strawberry cake that he's requested for years.  We had a great time even if it was just for a short time.  I'm so proud of the man Colby has grown up to be.  Wow...that's so weird calling him a man! He'll always be my boy!  It was so funny that one of the waitresses here at Chair Crushers...yes, that's the name of this joint...remembered us.  The last time we were there was in February for Ashley's birthday and I had taken her special brownie chocolate chip cheesecake that we shared with the waitress.  She happened to walk by us, stopped and pointed, and said,  "Chocolate cheesecake!"  Cracked us up.  So, of course we sent a few pieces of Colby's cake to the back for them to share.

Next was our annual Homecoming and Rodeo.  I just love a parade so I'm always there on the church steps to watch with other church members.  This time one of my little church friends didn't have a family member to bring her, so she came with me.  She said we were Parade Partners! Too cute!  My favorite little boy was there too.  I so love these kids!
There were lots to see in the parade...Rodeo clowns, old cars, politicians, law enforcement, and of course, Rodeo Royalty and the American flag.
There's always horse drawn buggies, mule drawn wagons and church friends on horses.   There's lots of horses but these just happen to be our church friends!
And...of course what most of the children come to parades for nowadays-CANDY!  It's so funny to see young AND old both coming to parades with Wal-Mart sacks to gather up candy.  Sometimes the kids are dodging floats and horses in order to get a tootsie roll or a dum-dum sucker!
Father's Day was the next event in the month.  We made a cute craft in Bible Class for the kids' daddies so I made one for my Daddy too!  We ate at our usual Sunday restaurant.  Colby was on his way back from a wedding in Florida so he made a quick stop to visit with us and wish Allan a Happy Father's Day.
Vacation Bible School was next.  Our theme this year was "A Blue Ribbon Life" with a county fair type decor.  Our teachers outdid themselves with all of the effort put in the class decorations.  I didn't teach this year since I'm needed in the office, but I did play a part in the puppet skits each day.  That's always so much fun!
Kids love cookies and punch from the snack ladies!  Our church ladies are always so generous with the amount of cookies they make for VBS.  We always have way more than we need which means that some of the extras always end up in my office.  Funny how that always happens!
Toward the end of the month, we went to the community theater play in Paris.  This play was "Little Miss Firecracker".  I have to say that this was our least favorite out of all the ones we've gone to.  It was just the story line wasn't good or else we missed something key to the story at the beginning.  The actors did a great job but the story was just blah.  We do look forward to the next season which begins soon.  
Well, as you can see, June was a pretty busy month.  We're still working on our new house and by we, I mean Allan, as I haven't been too much help in a while.  He's working hard and it's slowly coming along!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend 2014

Well, I have kind of neglected this little blog over the summer so I thought I would do a post about our weekend and then try to catch up with what's been going on here over the summer in the next few days.  We shall see.

I was so excited that both of our kids were coming home for the weekend!  They don't come home near often enough for this momma and lots of times they don't get to be here at the same time, so this was really special.  Ashley got here Saturday night and had already asked if we could go to Paris to eat at her favorite place.  She lives in the big city but has not found a Mexican restaurant that even comes close to TaMolly's.  So, off we went!  After eating, we wanted to go to the Eiffel Tower!
I just think this is the neatest thing!  We hung around, took pics and then toured the Red River Valley Veteran's Memorial which is on the same grounds as the Eiffel Tower.  The memorial is very impressive.  Allan and I had been there a year or so ago during the early stage of the building of it, but now, there is so much more to see!  We are very fortunate to have a memorial such as this here in our little part of the world.
It began to get dark and I was so glad we had hung around until then.  I knew that the tower was lit up at night but I'd never seen it.  It was beautiful!
Sunday was church and it was my last Bible class with the group I've had since they were 2 years old.  I'm going to miss them so much.
We went to lunch at Roma's after church and had a good visit with family and friends.  During the afternoon, Ashley and I watched a movie while waiting on Colby to get home.  We all went to church again and then to Braum's with church friends.
Monday we loaded up and headed to Mom & Dad's for a cookout with the family.  Allan fired up the grill and had some help from the kids with the cooking.
We had a ton of food!  Burgers, smoked sausage, and hot dogs with all of the trimmings! And cupcakes!
We sat out on the porch and visited, watched kids play, and drove the mule around.  Everyone had a great time!
I always have to have group pictures before everyone begins to scatter.  A lot of them complain about posing for pics, but oh, well! They'll thank me for having these pictures some day!
We had such a good time!  Then it was time for my kids to head back to the big city, which always makes me sad.  I love them so much!
I hope everyone had as good a weekend as we did!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

I hope everyone has had a great Memorial Day weekend!  I'm so thankful for all of our military men and women that have sacrificed so much for us to have the freedom that we have.  We should never take it for granted!
Allan got up early this and went to work at the new house.  As soon as he left, the animals decided it was time for ME to get up...grrrr.  Mom called to say she was grilling hamburgers and for us to come out for lunch, so we did.  After lunch, Allan went back to work at the house and I ran home to check on the animals.  I went on out after getting animals fed, pottied, and crated since rain/storms were in the forecast for the afternoon.
Allan has been working so hard at the new house.  The yard and meadow had really grown up with all of the rain we've had so he's spent a lot of time mowing and weedeating.
There is still so much damage from the ice storm back in the winter that it will take months and months to clean up and burn.  He burned several brush piles on Saturday and already has another huge pile ready to go again!
While he was doing all of this hard work, I was sitting on the porch taking selfies! 
Well, not the whole time!  I did drag some limbs over to the burn pile and then I walked around checking on the redbud trees Mom planted last year.  Most survived the ice storm and I was so surprised!  Mom will be happy!
Allan took a break and we walked around the property for a while.  When we first bought the property, there were several blackberry patches that were in pretty bad shape and not producing good fruit.  We hadn't really seen any plants at all over the last few seasons and figured they had died out or had been mowed down.  Today we found quite a few!
They're small berries and we probably won't get to harvest them this year.  I figure the birds or some other critters will take care of them.  I need to learn what to do to help them thrive for future seasons.  I love a good blackberry cobbler...especially the ones Mom makes!
I just LOVE wildflowers!  We came upon several patches of a couple of different kinds.  Later on in the summer there will be tons of black-eyed Susans!  

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday HodgePodge #171


  Hi, y'all!  I'm joining up with Joyce and the other ladies for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I'm loving meeting new people through this link up!  Here we go with this week's questions-

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way? 
I do love nature even though I'm not a very outdoorsy girl.  I love all the pretty blooming flowers of spring but all of the blooming wreaks havoc on my allergies! 

2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I think I'm a pretty down to earth person but I don't have any recent situation to explain it.

3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.
  I think having a Christ-centered home is THE most important thing to have for a successful marriage.  Most, if not all, problems or issues that come up can be resolved if both parties are able to pray about them, talk about them and then do the right thing.  

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?
A couple of weeks ago, our water started backing up in the tubs/shower and toilets so we had to get a plumber here quickly.  We have a problem with tree roots getting in our water lines and clogging things up so about twice a year it seems that we have to get the plumber to come out.  I would give our plumber a 10!  He was here when he said he would be and quickly got everything flowing good!

5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?
I took a phone call at work on Monday from someone that I didn't know.  She wanted to talk genealogy stuff that I didn't know anything about concerning a former member/preacher.  I really didn't help her out much but I did point her in another direction to find out some info, hopefully!  I guess I'm somewhere in the middle of being an expert or being awkward in these kinds of situations.  

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?
Does Graceland count as a historic place?  Sure it does if you're a true Elvis Fan!  I went there several years ago on a girls trip with my mom and daughter.  We had a great time!

7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.
What this world needs is to get back to the Bible and everything else will just work out and fall into place.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I'm so thankful for this hubby of mine!  He's building us our dream home and doing a lot of the work himself.  It's going to be beautiful when it's finished!  

Please take a minute and go follow my other blog "Does God Shave" where I talk about funny stories that happen in my little Bible Class!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring definitely has sprung here in SE. Oklahoma!  Our weather has fluctuated so much over the last month that we literally had to take it day by day as how to dress each day.  Finally, we began to see little signs of warmer weather.
Daffodils are always the first sign of spring around here and they just seem to pop up and bloom almost over night.
My mom's forsythia blooming is another sure sign that warmer weather is just around the corner.
Mom's peach trees are also in full bloom.  I hope we can pick the fruit this year before the critters get them all like they did last year. 

With all of the lovely blooming flowers and trees, also comes my least favorite part of spring.   
SLCs.  Scary. Looking. Clouds.  Ashley's weatherman actually uses SLCs as if it's a real meteorological term! 
Spring can be really scary and dangerous here so I'll be spending lots of time with this man-my favorite weather man!  He's the best!
via KTEN news
On a side note-I hope everyone had a great Easter.  I had a fun day in my Bible Class!  We made cute little bunny masks in the last few minutes of class.  
Allan was working and neither of our kids were able to come home so I was kind of by myself.  I went to Roma's after church with mom and dad and church friends.
The waiters there at Roma's are the best!  They wanted to get in on the Easter fun with us!
Have a great week!