Friday, August 29, 2008

I Like . . .

Sarah Palin. I had never heard of her until this morning. When I saw her name, I thought, who in the world is she and what was John McCain smoking when he picked her?

I just heard her acceptance speech and I now know why. She seems like a GREAT person and she sure has convinced me that she is in control and knows what she is talking about. She is the mother of 5, one in the military service and her youngest has downs syndrome. She seems like a very strong confidant woman, but in a good way, not in a harsh Hillary way.

Should be a very interesting election. No matter what, history will be made.



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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Baby Is A Senior

I can't believe it! My baby girl started her senior year of college this week.
I still vividly remember her first day of kindergarten, even what she had on! A couple of good friends of mine from The Gladney Center used to call her the "40 year old midget", because she was such a little adult. She knew what kind of formula the babies were on and when they last ate. Someone at Gladney would ask me detail about a baby and she would answer for me.

I remember on the first day of kindergarten, she did not want me to walk her to her class. She was "Miss Independent". Seriously, she would let me walk her to class today. She is much needier than she was back then.

I am so proud of her and all my kids. I don't have one college hour and in May, all four of mine will have their degrees. I am also excited about May because I will be rich!!!!! We have had at least one kid and most of the time two in college since 1998.

Oh wait, I am rich and have been for many years, because God has blessed me with a great husband,children, and grandchildren. All the money in the world can't buy that.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Comment to Right Winged Conservatives

There are a lot of people in this world that are ultra conservative, right winged Republicans who can't see out of their box. They are the ones that only watch Fox News, believe every negative thing they hear about Democrats, even if they are not facts, but just urban myths. Day by day, their box gets smaller and smaller. They believe that the Republicans are the only ones that are right about anything and that every body else is going to hell.

Well, I just wanted to say how much I like Barack and Michelle Obama. She did a great job last night with her speech at the convention. She seems very genuine. She co-hosted The View a few weeks ago and she was very likable. He seems like a really nice guy, and if they were your neighbors or in your Sunday School class, they would be your friends. I don't think he is the evil anti-Christ that he is sometimes portrayed to be by the right wingers.

As far as personality goes, I like the Obama's more than I do the McCain's. I can relate to them more because at least they know how many houses they have.

All that to say, just because I like them personally, I don't agree with them politically and will not vote for him, but it is possible to really like someone even if you don't share all of their beliefs. And, I do believe Barak when he says he has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

I Went To Camp

Just for 2 hours, but it was unbelievable! Take a look at the pictures here. I did not take my camera, but these pictures are even better because they show campers in action.

Approximately 2 years ago, my church was offered some land in Hawkins to use for a church camp. (1,100) acres. With lots of planning, donations and much hard work, it has turned into an incredible place. There was a grand opening yesterday that ended the 9 week camping season and we went to see what it was all about. I have seen pictures and heard stories, but they just don't do it justice. The cabins and bathrooms are 5 star (almost as good as the Bellagio), pools, zip lines, lazy rivers, horses, paintball, a lake with paddle boats and on and on and on.

And EVERYTHING has been done in the Fellowship way, with excellence. It makes me so proud to be a part of a such a great church. God does everything he does with excellence and that is the way we should do things.

Over 500 kids and teens have accepted Christ at camp this year. I can't wait until Landrie and Karsyn are old enough for camp.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Disney Pics

Here is Karsyn (very comfortable, I might add) eating her breakfast at DFW waiting for our flight.
Landrie was enjoying her breakfast (not quite as comfortable as Karsyn), and Lolly doing her favorite thing, reading the paper. I am obsessed with the paper, and it is always a big task when I return home to read every page of both the Dallas and Ft. Worth paper after I get home. It only took me 3 days to catch up after this trip, but the Scotland trip was a long time.
Karsyn entertaining herself on the plane. Karsyn is INTENT with everything she does. Luckily she fell asleep after about an hour. When booking the tickets, I purposefully put Karsyn next to Jennifer and Landrie next to me. Landrie posing at the airport waiting for Pops to get the rental car.
Do they look like they are a little excited about being in California?


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Monday, August 18, 2008

Crazy Pops



While we were in California, Pops was out there for a conference. The last night we were at Disney, he had a meeting until about 8:30. He dropped us off at the park and was going to meet us back as quickly as possible.

He had on dress clothes and was going to drive from the meeting to our hotel, valet park, go to the room, change clothes, go back to the car, head to Disney, park again, take the tram to the park, etc. . . . .

I suggested he take his shorts and change in the bathroom where his meeting was held. He decided that would take too long, so he drove to Disney in his dress clothes.

The CRAZY thing he did was change clothes in the Disney parking lot. He just stripped down, threw his clothes in the floor board, dressed and came into the park. Doesn't he know there are security cameras EVERYWHERE??? They are probably still looking for the crazy man in his underwear in the parking lot.




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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Guilty of Child Abuse

Yes, it is true. We have been guilty for the past five days, some days worse than others.

Saturday morning, Pops and I took Jennifer, Landrie and Karsyn to California. We hit the road running. We told Landrie that we would take her to the beach. We had to make a few detours along the way. First we went to Hollywood to check it out. We had to check out all of the famous spots there. We drove in the the Hollywood Hills to check out the star's houses and then headed to Beverly Hills. We made our way down Rodeo Drive and finally ended up at Santa Monica beach around 5:00 p.m. Believe me, the question of the day was, "When are we going to be at the beach?"

By the time we got back to Anaheim, the girls were in total meltdown mode, so we stopped at the McDonald's drive through, dropped the girls off and Pops and I headed out for a quiet dinner.

Sunday morning, we got up early and headed to Disneyland around 8. I have been to Disneyworld before, but there is something magical about the original Disney. We LOVED it. So much so, that we stayed for 12 hours without a break. There were many meltdowns and we felt pretty guilty, but we just couldn't leave.

Landrie even got Pops to ride a roller coaster. We didn't realize what we were getting ourselves into, until we were in the middle of the Bobsled ride. It was pretty intense, finding out later that it was not recommended for children. Little Karsyn loved it.

Monday we got up early again because we had breakfast with Minnie and her friends. We decided to take a break in the afternoon and went back until about 10:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, we did the same, but we stayed until midnight. When the girls were crying, I realized that it was really 2:00 a.m. Texas time and we had really pushed the limits. We wanted to see a show that started at 10:30. When it was over, we were leaving and I suggested that we go by the Spinning Cups for one last ride. They perked up immediately. At Landrie's suggestion, we took one last roller coaster ride before we left.

I don't know who had more fun, the girls or the adults. It was magical.

Meeting Sleeping Beauty was on of their favorite moments.



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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Random and Out of Sync

I have been totally out of sync this past week. Pops went to Salt Lake City on Tuesday, so I decided to go to Abilene to see Janelle. I have not been to Abilene since last October. I hate the drive. It is only about 2 1/2 hours, but it is boring and I can't sit still for more than an hour. I wonder where my kids got their ADD from?

I took Landrie with me because she is great company and I knew Janelle would love to see her. We had a great time. We went shopping and ate a lot. Joe Allen's has always been one of my favorites and it was a big disappointment. We came home Thursday afternoon and then I waited all evening for Pops flight.

American Airlines is in trouble. It seems like lately, all of the flights are delayed and there are lots of mechanical problems. Both of Pops flights were delayed and on the outbound flight, he was delayed several hours and had to change planes. I am traveling soon and I am really dreading it. I don't want to plan any other flights in the near future until the airlines get their act together.

Sunday, Pops suggested we go to Possum Kingdom Lake to look around. He knows Sunday is my most boring day of the week and he was trying to make sure I was entertained. After we looked around at The Cliffs, we drove to Strawn, which is about 15 miles from PK. The only thing in Strawn (population 674) is a restaurant, Mary's. Mary's has the absolute best Chicken Fried Steak I have ever eaten. People come from many miles for the steak. This was our second time and it was even better than I remembered.

This week, both Jennifer and Lamar started back to school. Jennifer is a career prep teacher, so she has a longer contract. Lamar is a football coach, so he works 365 days a year, 22 hours a day. So, that means my summer vacation is over and I am watching the girls again. They have been so good and I have had a great time with them. I was a little bit worried that they would have an adjustment period going back to Lolly's rules, but they have done just fine.

Landrie spent a good portion of the day yesterday watching Christmas movies. She is obsessed with them. She watched Rudolph and Mr. Magoo's Christmas. I guess the snow looks really good to her considering we have been hitting the 105 - 107 mark.



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