Friday, July 30, 2010

Fandom Fotos for Friday...

I put the F in the word Random, so it would fit... (It's my blog.)

Here's Mac...
Here he's being a little pensive. (He is one handsome fella, don't you think?)

This next picture shows you how Shiloh is guarding the play area for Caroline and Andrew...

Here Andrew is bonding some more with Shiloh...(Both Andrew and Mac are turning 2 this next week.)
(I can remember when they were born.)

This next picture is the miracle picture......Caroline is actually bonding with Shiloh. (She'd been afraid of him...'course he can look fierce... but finally she's realizing that he's just a 'teddy-bear' deep down.)

This next picture is of a sign I saw at Lone Star...
I almost bought it... it fits Shiloh.

Here's another sign I liked...

And yet another sign...

And these next two pictures are just random things I liked at Lone Star....

Those ducks (I think they're ducks) are about 8 inches high.
They caught my fancy.

(I told you those pictures were random.)

I hope you have a great weekend.

P. S. Mac is Sam's brother's son... (and Rob, John, Josh, and Jason's baby brother.... who came along to keep his parents young.) He doesn't get as much blog space as Caroline and Andrew because he lives in Oklahoma.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I have some questions...

Why does the store TUESDAY MORNING call itself that?

Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?

Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

If you have the answers to any of these questions, leave a comment here - or somewhere - with your answer(s).


Clearly I wanted to do something different on my blog just now.... after I found some of those questions.

Oh, here's another one that I posted on Facebook:
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

(I thought that was a good question.)

In closing, here's a picture of Laura and Ryan's new home in Denton... It is delightful... and has only one bedroom and one bathroom.
(That's the kind of house I want next... low maintenance.)

(I hope you don't mind my changing blog backgrounds all the time.
There just are so many to choose from ... plus, I always like to redecorate.)
(You can almost feel this background, don't you think?)

Monday, July 26, 2010


... can be fun...
... especially when they involve Orlando, Florida.

Sam had - on the spur-of-the-moment - decided to attend a conference there. Then when it was over I - on the spur-of-the-moment - flew out to be with him.

We had so much fun. Two days at Disney World.
We went to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios) each - both days!

Here are 2 pictures at Hollywood Studios...

This was the first time I wore sandals instead of sneakers to a theme part...
... which led us to find out that the first aid stations at Disney World give out free band-aids.
(I have never appreciated band-aids so much.)

We ate at the Mexico restaurant in Epcot, and declared it some of the best tasting food we'd ever eaten. (We had remembered the atmosphere trumping the taste of the food. This time the food trumped.)

We saw the program at the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom, and afterwards Sam said they would have made Obama look more realistic if they'd had teleprompters in front of him.
Funny Sam.

As I type this we're on our way home.
I'm flying AirTrans. (cheapest flight I could find at the time)
Sam is flying American Airlines. (cheapest flight he could find at the time)

When we told the taxi driver we needed to be taken to different terminals we then felt the need to explain that we WERE married... to each other.

Well, I've thought and thought and can't decide which part of the trip was my favorite.
It was all wonderful.

In closing I'll say this: We saw a lot of little girls dressed up as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid, and others I forget.

When I'd see them I'd think of what Elizabeth put on Facebook recently about 3 1/2 year old Caroline.
It was this:
"Caroline's dinner time prayer: "Thank you, God, for my food 
and family and that I'm a princess. And thank you for my purple dress 
and that my friends are nice to me. (Long pause) and thank you that I'm 
a ballerina. Amen."

(I just thought that was too cute.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here they are...

... some of Will and Bailey's engagement pictures!...

(I think Will likes kissing her, don't you think?)
(Well, that's a good thing..... of course.)

Seriously, these two were made for each other.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Well, I actually have...

...a few more wedding pictures!(Isn't that darling?)

(And that's so touching.)

(That's Ryan's wonderful family.)
I actually have lots more wedding pictures, but they are so small somehow when I post them, that I'll have to get them in physical form, in an actual (not virtual) photo album, to show them to you. (If you haven't seen them on Facebook - on Laura's photo collection.)

Next time I promise to show you some of Will and Bailey's engagement pictures.

Here they are looking at them for the first time...They liked them. Oh yes. I just don't know how they'll be able to decide on the best ones - they're all so good.

You'll see.

(Caroline Carmack is the master wedding and engagement photographer.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

More wedding pictures....

Next time, I'll show you some of Will and Bailey's engagement pictures.

Oh yes.

The excitement never ends.

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm still enjoying it....

I'm still enjoying my high school reunion. (The brain is a wonderful thing.)

And the reunion continues....
... tomorrow Mark Mills will (hopefully) come to the tea room and I'll tell him all about last weekend.... and we'll reminisce about 40 years ago... and before that.

I meant to take a picture of the Mission Community Center, where we had Saturday's event.
It's so much smaller than it used to be.
On a different note, the next few days I'll be posting a few pictures of Laura and Ryan's wedding.

They had originally planned the wedding for THIS weekend.

I need to remember that... so I can appreciate this free time tonight and tomorrow.
(I sometimes don't appreciate free time like I should.)
(Well, there's a lot of stuff I don't appreciate like I should.)
(Note to self: APPRECIATE.......)

In closing I'll show you 3 pictures from the wedding day June 5th. The first one is wonderful.
The next two are kind of revealing - on how I was having mixed emotions that day.

(I just love that picture, and those lovely young ladies.)
(I just looked at that picture ... and realized Bailey Jo wasn't in it! --- Well, she'll be in many more... that I will post.)
Now notice me in these next two pictures (it's all about me)....

No wonder I was so tired after the wedding.
My emotions exhausted me.

Good grief.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Be Like Sam.

Here’s what I would tell any spouse that goes to his/her spouse’s high school reunion:

Be like Sam:

When you get into your spouse’s hometown, tell your spouse, “I’m with you... just go wherever you want and see whatever you want. This is YOUR time. I'm just along for the ride.”
Those words will endear you to your spouse.

Be the ‘camera person’... Take pictures of your spouse talking to everybody. And when they take the group pictures... take lots of ‘takes’.

Act happy to be there, even though you know no one, and your spouse is leaving you all the time to go connect with old friends.
When your spouse says, "Oh, I'm sorry I keep leaving you here alone." Say, "That is so okay... you need to go mingle with your folks. Now go.... "

Really, Sam could not have been better this weekend. .. which made it so fun. I had thought about telling him to stay home, when he offered to come, but I’m glad I didn’t. He was a wonderful escort, and camera-man... and he got to see my old ‘digs’ and meet my old friends.
I was proud to show him off, and to show them off to him.

Here are some photos of Sam being the perfect high-school-reunion-attendee-spouse ...
(That's Linton with his partner Greg, and Sam, of course. Linton and Greg came all the way from Brooklyn, New York for the reunion.)

These next 2 photos I stole from Myra's Facebook photos-- thanks, Myra! (Notice how Sam is interested in me being at the reunion....)

This next picture shows me with the best spouse not only of the reunion but of all time....

Thank you, honey.

Everyone should learn from you.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Down in the Valley....

Here are some pictures I took of my hometown... Mission, Texas, home of Tom Landry (I always add that last part, in case someone doesn't know)) ...

Here's our house with all the good memories...That tree used to look like a twig standing up.

Here's my home church...

Here's the big mural of Tom Landry ....
Of course, these are amateur photos, taken from our moving car.

Here's the LUAU ...They say the burgers there are as good as ever. We'll have to eat some next time.

You can see the Border theater down the way here. (That is not the original Mission Dry Goods, but I wanted the sign in the picture.)

Here's part of our high school... it used to be so new-looking...

I'll leave you with some palm trees (I love palm trees)...

And yes, the Valley has changed. It's so built up now. When we were living there the population of Mission was 14,000. Now it's over 65,000 (though the city limit sign (which is 10 years old) said 45,000). When the winter tourists get there it triples or quadruples, depending on who you talk to.

And you thought I came from a small town.

(My next post will be on how to be a spouse of a high school reunion attendee.)
(I know you're excited.)

Trivia Tuesday

He was nominated on five occasions but Mahatma Gandhi NEVER won the Nobel Peace Prize. Where will you find an annual hair-freezing contest? ...