Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Family



This is one of my favorite Christmas gifts. The last picture they took together was when Landrie was a baby. It was long over due and I am so proud of the pictures and all of my precious kids.



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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our Reading Material Is So Different

Pops just came in while I was getting ready and telling me about this book he just finished. He loves to read, and when he is not working, he will read 4 or 5 books a week. He reads all kinds.

One of his favorites that he has just finished is "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". He loved it so much, he bought a copy for each of the kids for Christmas.

He bought me a book too. It is a novel and I am loving it. "Good Christian Bitches". It is sitting on my nightstand right next to my People magazine.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

What A Great Day

We had a great day yesterday. Sometimes it is totally chaotic, but I tried to take it slow and easy and soak in every bit of fun and enjoy spending time with each person.

Landrie and Karsyn got tired of opening presents. After a little while, Landrie said, "I don't think I want to open any more presents, I will just save them for later."

Our last Christmas (always the most chaotic) was lots of fun. We had 8 extras join us for dinner. We had an extra join us for gift time. Santa came to visit us. All of the kids sat on his lap and got pictures. It was really cute. After dinner, we had a birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Now that it is over, it is time to take it all down. I'm not too excited about the task, but it will all be down and put away by noon.

Update at 11:30 - I am almost done!!!! Yeah!!! All I have left is the tree in my room, which I think I will leave up for a little longer, and my nativity. It doesn't make a big mess to put it away, but I am too lazy right now to wrap up all of the little pieces. No more for about 325 more days.



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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I am sitting here waiting for everyone around here to wake up and start the crazy day.

We had Christmas #1 last night at Jennifer and Lamar's house. We had just Pops and Lolly and our kids and grandkids. We had chili, tamales, king ranch, queso, strawberry cake and sugar cookies that the girls helped decorate. The kids opened their gifts from each other and they gave us our gifts from them. We played games, including Guitar Hero, which I did not think was that fun.

This is a new tradition for us as in the past, we would go to church and then go out to dinner. I love going to a church that has 20+ services, so we have lots of choices. We decided to go on Saturday night and have a low key Christmas Eve. We all had fun and I think that will become one of our new traditons.

This morning, they will all come over here and open up the gifts from us. We got the girls a barbie jeep, so I am sure we will be making many trips up and down the street. After we get the paper and boxes cleaned up, we will call my mother in law and she will come over. I will cook our Christmas breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, gravy, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, blueberry cream cheese rolls and orange juice. After that, we don't need anything to eat for the rest of the day.

We will then open up gifts from my mother in law. I will start cooking for Christmas dinner. At around 5, we will go to my mothers to have Christmas with my side of the family. That includes my parents, my brother and his wife and 2 kids, my sister and her husband and 5 kids. 4 of her kids are married and between them they have 6 kids. Add into that our family of 9. Just let me say, it gets really crazy. Then we will have dinner. My mother in law will join us there for dinner.

I am making a ham, sausage dressing, green bean casserole, potato casserole and cherry cheese cake. It is an exhausting day, but I am excited about it. I am so blessed to have a great family to share it with.

Do you think I could possibly get a little nap in there?

I hope you have a fun Christmas day filled with great memories.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Update on Ted

Ted is doing well. He has finished all of his chemo and today is his "day of rest" before the transplant tomorrow.

Ted did get a little out of control yesterday. I can't believe they allowed this to go on at the hospital. I am calling this "Ted's Gone Wild".

They caught him on surveillance video. Check him out HERE.


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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Please Say A Prayer for Ted

Tina is my BFF. We have been friends for about 20 years. She has a big family and I feel like I am one of theirs. We have a blast when we are together, either in person or on the phone.




Her husband Ted, was diagnosed with Lymphoma about 4 years ago. He has gone through a lot of treatment, but unfortunately each time the lymphoma has relapsed. The Dr.'s have told him it is time to bring out the big guns.

Yesterday, he was admitted to the hospital. He will be having massive chemo for the next three days, then radiation, then on Christmas Eve, he will be having a stem cell transplant.

We think his donor is from Germany, so he has affectionately been named Hans. We told Ted he is going to wake up on Christmas morning speaking German. The next few weeks will be very difficult for Ted.

Please pray with me that he will feel great, retain his strength, keep up his appetite and make a full recovery. The hardest part for Ted will be laying around because he doesn't know how do to that. He is always very busy.

Frohe Weihnachten! Ted.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Day of Lasts

After 3 months, today is my last day of j*ry d*ty. I hope I can make it through the day. The past few weeks have been rough. This may be the last time I ever do it because I have learned that there are corrupt people around, and it doesn't mean just the criminals. I am not so sure about our judicial system anymore. I have learned you can't trust anyone.

Back in July, Pops decided to resign his administrative position and go back to teaching, which is his absolute gift and love. He has been very excited about this. He is not into all of the things that go along with the administrative part, and since July, he has gotten happier each day knowing that he is closer to going back to do only what he loves.

They are having a reception in his honor today to thank him for the past four years. This will be his last day on the job for awhile. They are giving him a sabbatical until May, so he will have a nice long vacation. I doubt that I will be able to make it to the reception since we have been leaving the courthouse after 6 each day this week.

Tonight we will celebrate our "day of lasts" with the family. We are going to go on a carriage Christmas Light tour in Highland Park. I saw an article about it in Southern Living and it looked like fun. The carriage has lights and Christmas music. We start at 8, so it will probably be cold, but I am expecting a great time.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Interesting Day

I had j*ry duty again yesterday. Thank goodness next week is my last week.

Tuesday morning, when I was a couple of blocks from my house, I noticed a burgundy truck behind me. It was no big deal. About a mile from my house, I noticed that he had paced himself with me and rolled down his window. I was on my cell phone, so I just kept talking and pretended not to see him.

After a few miles, I started getting suspicious that he was following me. I started making extreme lane changes and he would follow. He generally stayed a couple of cars back, but if I would speed up, he would too. As I entered the downtown area, he was still following. Knowing I would soon be turning right, I moved to the far left lane to try to throw him off.

I saw a parking place to my right and quickly veered over. He got stuck in the left lane and I finally got a glimpse at his license plate. He was stuck turning left and I quickly turned right. I have looked up his license plate info and it returns to a truck out of Santa Fe, Texas. He didn't have a front plate on his custom grill, so I couldn't get his info until just before I lost him.

He followed me for about 15 miles. Now, I have my eyes out for burgundy trucks. Do you know how many burgundy trucks there are out on the road?

J*ry duty was quite interesting. The foreman got mad because a case he thought would be indicted got no billed. He pounded his fist on the table and was cussing. He immediately followed the DA out of the room to tell him who voted against it. Needless to say, people got quite ticked off. His little fit followed last Wednesdays fit when he yelled and cussed at another juror. I was one of the people that he was ticked off at. I politely let him know how rude, unprofessional and disrespectful he was.

I can't wait until this morning. Emotions are running pretty strong. We just might have World War III. Quite interesting!


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Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas "Rules"

I am not typically a rule follower. The older I get, if someone tells me I have to do something, I am more than likely not to do it.

I don't like to follow them, but I do make them. They are usually for me. One of these days, I will write about my everyday rules, but here are some of my Christmas rules. I guess I should call them "guidelines" instead of rules, but rules sounds more fun.

*I like to have the Christmas decorations up the weekend before Thanksgiving. For the past 10 years, at least one of the kids has been away at college. I like to have all the decorations up before Thanksgiving so that when they come home, it is special.

*The Christmas decorations come down on December 26th. I have even been known to start taking it down Christmas night. After all of the presents are unwrapped and the tree is empty, the holiday is over for me. From that point on, I keep thinking about the chore of putting it all away, and I am ready to do it and get it done. The past several years we have taken a trip between Christmas and New Years and I especially wanted it to be relaxing and not have to think about the work when I came home.

*Everyone has to have the same number of presents to open up. We takes turns opening up one at a time, and I want everything to be equal. That means someone might get a box that has 5 shirts in it and another person might get a pair of socks, but they will have the same number of presents under the tree.

*I have to spend within $5 of each person. I will wrap up $$$ in a box to even up the amount I spend on each person. I spend the same amount on everyone, including my kids, son-in-law and granddaughters. I don't ever want anyone to think that I wasn't fair.

*Anything can be returned without any hard feelings. I keep all of my receipts and hand them out as freely as I do the presents. I want everyone to love what they get.

*I wrap the presents as I buy them. I don't allow myself to go shopping until what I bought the previous day has been wrapped. The UPS man usually comes around 5:00 and I wait for him with tape and scissors in hand.


I think the wrapping rule is one of my best. I will never forget a Christmas about 25 years ago where I waited until Christmas Eve night to start wrapping. That will never happen again.

I am about half way through with my shopping and I am counting down the days until Christmas.


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Slacker

Yes, that would be me. I have not blogged in a while.

Just like everyone else, I have been caught up in decorating, shopping and wrapping for Christmas. I am doing pretty good, and I think I am in better shape this year than in the past.

I just finished up my 10th week of Gr*nd J*ury D*ty, and I have two weeks left. This is the fourth time I have done this in the past 10 years. While it is one of the most interesting things I have done, towards the end of the term, it gets to be very draining. They save the really difficult cases for the end of the term. So far we have heard approximately 1,300 cases. Yes, you read that right. There is also another jury working at the same time. That means there are a lot of criminals around.

I used to think that 5% of people in the world were bad and the other 95% were good. I have now decided that it is just the opposite. After a while, you get to where drugs, burgulary, assaults and DWI's are just an every day occurance and not that big of a deal. Almost every single crime has an element of alcohol or drug abuse.

You don't ever get numb to the sexual assaults of children, battered women that don't want to prosecute, or senseless murders. It is gut wrenching to sit and listen to someone tell how they have been violated and how a horrible crime has changed their life. Entire families are devestated over these crimes. It is devestating to me to sit and watch adults cry while they are telling about how they have been effected.

Lately I have come home after listening to these cases for 7 hours straight, and I am drained. Blogging is the last thing on my mind. I hope I have made the right decisions that will help people get justice.



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