Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Festival!

Bear Valley Community Church held its fall festival last Sunday. It was FUN!
Here are a few pictures (I put even more on facebook the other day)...







Aren't they darling?

It was a great event for sure!

Oh, I didn't show you the bounce house, and the homemade miniature golf course.
Oh, and my favorite: the dessert table.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We're motivated!!


Well, of course we are! We (and almost 15,000 others) went to the Get Motivated seminar Monday at the Fort Worth Convention Center! It was GREAT. We got to hear live and in person Rudy Giuliani, Terry Bradshaw, Colin Powell (I didn't hear him, he spoke while I was parking), Zig Ziglar, and President George W. Bush (not in that order), and three others whom I didn't know. One of those three others whom I didn't know was Tamara Lowe. She was REALLY good. She and her husband run the thing, and I wasn't expecting much from her, in content anyway. I was wrong. In fact, I think she was the best speaker of the day.

Pres. Bush did a very good job. The news media said this was his first motivational speech...well, he succeeded: he motivated! Here's my picture of him...

Here's my pic of Rudy Giuliani...He was really good, also. (There's a reason I'm closer to him than to Bush, but that's a long story.)
I'd also elaborate on each speaker, but I'm not one much for long blog posts.
Well, I will say that Terry Bradshaw was just like he is on THE TONIGHT SHOW and Letterman: CRAZY! He WAS entertaining, but well, if there was an outline to his speech I don't think he used it. (Ah, but he is kind of lovable, I guess, and enthusiastic, for sure.)

In closing, I would say that the Fort Worth Convention Center needs to work on its parking. It was ATROCIOUS!! Either that or each one of those other 15,000 folks that went Monday brought his/her own car! (Notice my flat hair in the first picture - that's from walking eleven blocks with my raincoat on, with my hood tightly wrapped around my head. Mother and her dear friend, Dr. Nell Hoffman, have their hairdos in place, because I dropped them off at the door. That would have been TERRIBLE if they had had to walk all that way. (It did feel good to be the 'young one'.)

Well, I wished Sam and the staff could have gone. Some good folks did, though. Sitting behind us was the high school debate team from Lindale, TX.

Oh, did I say we had free VIP tickets?! Thanks, Steve!!

(Click HERE for the GET MOTIVATED website.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Justin got married!!!

I will attempt to tell you about it through these amateur pictures... (well,the first one is professional)...

Here is the Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria where the wedding took place...It was a wonderful location, and the weather was perfect... perfect.

This is the 'proposal frisbee' on display... You will see that this wedding was full of whimsy -- starting with the proposal (well, actually starting when the bride and groom were each BORN!)...
Here is the excited groom with one of his favorite uncles... (notice the groom has shaved since the rehearsal dinner (see post below))...
I thought this boutonniere on the groom was about the most unique one I'd ever seen...
Here are the groom's gorgeous parents, Pat and Ken...
Here's their sweet granddaughter Molly showing her Great Uncle Steve her bracelet with her charm that says 'Molly'...
Here are two beautiful girls, ready to go!...
Darling Charlotte...
Groom's Aunt Glenda, cousin Greg, Uncle Don, cousin Emily and her husband...
From left, Uncle Steve; groom's father, Ken; groom, Justin; groom's sister, Marian; groom's Aunt Nancy and Uncle Sam...
The musician...
The solemn - yet so fun - minister...
The happy groom...
I didn't get pictures of all the groomsmen and bridesmaids... but this a good one... John and Marian together...
The precious flower girls and ring bearer... (From left, Molly and Charlotte (Jennifer's little girls) and Finn (Marian's little boy)...
The bride and her father... (you can click to enlarge - to see how darlingly pretty she is)...

The ceremony from my vantage point... - I wanted you to see what a beautiful background they (we) had...
The groom's family after the wedding...
Where's Finn? Oh, there he is....(is he not one of the most precious little fellas you've ever seen?!?) (he'll be three years old in a month)...
Instead of signing a typical guest book, at the reception guests got to have their pictures made and then they (we) would paste our pictures on a piece of paper with a note. The notes were usually quite crazy... because the pictures were crazy.... yeah... we got to 'dress up' and pose! Here are some folks getting ready...
Talk about fun.
Oh, and at the reception, before the 'real food' was served waiters walked around with trays of little corn dogs and other fun food on skewers.
Unfortunately we didn't stay for the whole reception... but I bet it was FUN.

In closing here is a picture of the newlyweds... walking down to the water. Notice the boat...

I just know their honeymoon will be FUN, FUN, FUN!

(See below for rehearsal dinner pics.)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Austin...

...is such a fantastic city. And a great place for a wedding .... and rehearsal dinner.

First we went to the rehearsal dinner. . . at Z Tejas. The food was DELICIOUS!! ...and the company was even BETTER!!!

Some pics....
Happy Justin (the groom) with his adorable Amber (the bride)...
John and Ryan (Justin's fun brothers-in-law)
(No one was hurt making this picture)...
Jennifer (groom's oldest sister) and husband Ryan (the officiating minister)...
John and Marian (groom's sister)...
Angela (groom's cousin) and husband Scott...
Sam, me, Pat (groom's mother)...

I'll post my pics of the wedding tomorrow ... or Monday.
If I posted them tonight I'd just make a mess of it all. I'm just so tired.
But it is a GOOD TIRED, a WONDERFUL TIRED ... because it was a WONDERFUL TIME.
Oh yes.
OH YES.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I'm wide awake . . .

...and it's very late. Or very early. The clock says 1:17 AM. This is so not like me.

I knew I was excited about our trip to Austin tomorrow, but I didn't think I was 'I-can't-sleep-I'm-so-excited' excited.

Friday night our nephew Justin (Sam's sister's son) is getting married in Austin. Tomorrow night will be the fun rehearsal dinner Pat and Ken (and Justin) are giving.

I just know the whole weekend will be fun. When you're around the Rosses it's fun. And Justin and Amber are both REALLY fun! I predict lots of laughter.

I'll have pictures to post when I get back... so stay tuned. You'll see, there will be lots of laughing. (Unfortunately I usually laugh the loudest. Fortunately you can't tell that in a photograph.)

Oh, if you'd like, you can click HERE to go to Justin and Amber's wedding website.

In closing, I just want my mom to know that if I didn't call this morning, it's because I was sleeping, because I cannot sleep right now for some reason.
(Hi, Mother.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pretty cowgirl...



And handsome cowboy......were fun to spend time with this afternoon!

Well, of course.

After I played in the tea room I met Mother at Elizabeth's house. We babysat Caroline and Andrew while Elizabeth went to physical therapy for a bum (really bum) knee. (She's much too young for that.)

Here are some more pics . . .


I just can't keep from taking those cuties' picture!

Well, what would you expect from their great(-est) aunt!?

(Andrew smiled really big right after I snapped that last picture.)
(Well, of course.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Just some random random...

I just found out that Luby's is closing its Bedford AND Grapevine locations! I used to be a big fan of Luby's, then not so much. Now, however, I feel like a Luby's fix-- and I'm going to have to travel far to get it. Click HERE for the article.
I never think of Luby's without thinking about Sundays in the Valley. We'd go almost every Sunday after church to the Luby's in McAllen. I'd ALWAYS get the fried fish, plus whatever else looked good to me that day.
(I think I'm grieving.)

In other news, in the tea room today a lady asked me if I could play any of God's Chalk. I hated to admit that I had no idea what she was talking about, but I had no idea... and I did admit it. Do any of you out in blog-land know what God's Chalk is?

Oh, a well-known customer named Nelda brought some of her coworkers in today. Three out of the four of them (all but Nelda) had pistols in their pockets. (Nelda works for the Haltom City Police Dept.) Anyway, one of them -who was carrying a pistol- asked if I could play any AC DC music. Gee, I had to tell him that none of that music is in my repertoire. Then I played "Tennessee Waltz", trying to keep him from drawing his gun. (I guess I shouldn't kid about that.)

That reminds me, I DO have a Rolling Stones' song in my repertoire. "Paint It Black" was requested by a friend when I first started playing there. Donnie was kidding, of course.... but I got it! And I played it. (My rendition of it is not the best.)

By the way, my most requested songs are (in about this order): "Beauty and The Beast", "Moon River", any WESTSIDE STORY song, "How Great Thou Art", "God Bless the USA", and anything from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Oh, and "Last Date" - made famous by Floyd Cramer- has been a favorite lately. As has been "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". (I'm really good on that one.)
'Course certain customers have their favorites: C.J.'s is "Country Roads"; Morris's is anything by Johnny Cash; Jennifer's is anything from THE SOUND OF MUSIC; my mother's is "Lara's Theme" from DOCTOR ZHIVAGO or "O Danny Boy".
Oh, and there's an older couple who come in that likes me to play songs like "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain" and "Oh Susanna". Ha!

Life is fun.