Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Her daddy finally got the swing assembled and she went for her first ride. It was great, with lights, music and perfect swaying motions. She seemed to like it a lot. So after our last picture we took off promising we would be back soon before she got too much bigger!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Here he is this morning wondering what I am doing on the floor pointing a camera at him. He is so curious. In fact, we are afraid that might have been what happened and what caused his problems. We had gotten ant traps and if Nickey did what he usually does, he checked them out. Anyway, time and the meds helped this big boy.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
On Monday night at the Author Dinner, I looked across the tables at the Blue Gate and there was my friend from Denver, Marjorie. She and her sister had driven all the way from Colorado to come to the conference. I knew she was there, but with around 450 people it was hard to find her. We got to catch up and then promised to connect again in the morning!
Today I got to introduce Georgia Heard. She is my favorite poet to learn from. I use her books to teach poetry to second to fifth graders. Today she spoke about her book on revision. I had forgotten some of the things she talked about even though I read her books several years ago. That is what is so wonderful about this conference: you just keep learning and learning.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Ben and Kate are first cousins and our great niece and nephew. They are busy trying to see if they can get into the stream without getting in trouble. I am afraid that getting into trouble is something they are quite good at, but they are adorable kids.
Nathan had fun playing with his nephew Jackson. I am not sure what they were trying to do here, but they were having so much fun just being with each other and seeing what they could find to do.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
On Sunday we had a big celebration picnic at the park. She had fun watching the kids play in the stream, the big family ball game and eating all the fabulous food. I think she loved the cards she got as much as the gifts!
While we were there Darrell heled her decorate her room and we got her situated with a laptop computer. Now she is ready to check out all the family's blogs. We had a wonderful time going on drives, playing dominoes and eating our favorite foods, especially Glades! We were so glad we could spend a few days celebrating this wonderful birthday!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
We are in Utah for our summer trip. Actually, we are here to celebrate Darrell's mom's 80th birthday. I will be adding some pictures of that soon. We landed in Salt Lake City and went to find some place to eat. We went to a deli and sat outside. This is the view we had from there!
On Sunday we celebrated the birthday with a picnic at Canyon View Park. It is common for all the cousins to play a game of baseball. Here they are playing with the mountains in the background. Isn't it beautiful?
There was a small stream flowing right by our picnic spot. The kiddos thought that was perfect for stepping through, finding crabs, and splashing. What a great place to celebrate Father's Day and also an 80th birthday!
I am doing my blogging today at my neice's house. Check out The Anderson Family blog for more pictures!!! Thanks, Annalyse!!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I went ahead with all my plans of making lunch, cleaning the house and taking my shower. I knew we would still have loads to talk about and could do that in the living room or dining room with no problem. Still the patio was so comfortable and cozy. Luckily, the rain did let up about an hour before she was to be here.
I took my new Oprah magazine and went to the lounge chair by the pool with a can of pop and began to browse. I had told Murphy to let me know if anyone came. He knew his "Aunt Marsha" was coming. I was just settling into my chair when sure enough Murphy started his "Murphy-bell". I wasn't sure if he was tricking me or someone really was there. I couldn't take the chance even though it was early for my friend.
Well, Murphy was good for his word and she was standing at the door when I got there. I put the juicy strawberries she brought into the frig and we made our way to the patio. Yes, we got to spend our whole time out there. The Big D even came home for lunch so he could take our picture. We have our picture taken together every time we meet. I was afraid this time there would be no waitress to do it, but he came to our rescue.
This is my favorite way to spend a summer afternoon!
Monday, June 9, 2008
We talked for a long time tonight catching up on all the family news. After hearing about her husband's health, what her children (my cousins) were doing, I gave her the updates of the relatives in our area. We talked about the reunions we used to have at her place and the reunions we had at my cousin Dale's house.
When the call was over and we promised to write or call soon, I started to remember. I remembered why she was my favorite aunt. She used to babysit for me when my mom had to work. It was great visiting their house. They had every animal you can imagine. We could eat raw hot dogs for lunch and not have to sneak around to do it. Then we would sit around and tell stories. Not the usual kind of stories. They were made up stories. Aunt Reita would start them, then she would stop and the next person had to continue. It went all around the circle of the four of us, my sister, my cousin and the two of us. What imaginations we all had. I now make sure all the kids I work with tell me their "stories" first before they begin to write. Maybe the reason I do that is because way before you write...you have to be able to "tell" your story. Aunt Reita taught me how to do that.
So, until next summer, I will just have to continue to tell my stories and wait for hers next year!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I thought it would be fun to blog about my trails of training for a 10K race deep in the hills of the south. For a little background here...a 10K race is a little over six miles. Atlanta is VERY hot in July. The race will be on July 4th. They call Atlanta: Hotlanta at this time of year because of the heat and humidity. Oh, did I mention there are 55,000 runners in this race?
Today The Big D and I got out early and ran/walked two miles. It was not an easy run. I did my stretches and we started out slowly. We did run farther before walking than we have before. The weather was hot and humid, perfect for getting ready for Atlanta. We have a long way to go before we feel we can successfully complete the race. On the brighter side, we did do two more walks during the day. That gave us a total of six miles.
I have been walking about six miles each day...two mile run/walks in the morning and another long four miler in the afternoon. I should have a total of 30+ miles this week. That along with doing weight lifting for upper body, will help me be ready to tackle this chore. I know, I only have less than a month to be ready to hit those hills. Hopefully, I can stay focused and do it. I will keep you posted.