Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
We won our softball game tonight. I didn't get on base except for one time. All the other times at bat was like I was golfing. "Oh, here you go, shortstop! Here's a nice present for you called a softball." Why couldn't I get it past third or short? What's up with that?
Pete is traveling this week. It is his big SERA 17 conference. They talk about manure and how it is ruining our planet and what we need to do about it. Last year University of Arkansas hosted it. It's in Annapolis, MD this year. It would have been nice to go (sans kids) but I am working some this week and, Lord knows, we need the money...
Besides, I am going to DC later on this week to see an old h.s. friend that lives there now. She has three girls and it's great fun getting together. I can't help but remember how goofy we were back then and be blown away that we're both mothers. Scary. (I'm talking about me there).
And my daughter has gotten so smart-alec-y. What should I do about it? She makes threats like "If you don't let me watch TV, I will stay in my room and not eat breakfast or lunch or dinner." I tell her that she will get hungry. It's amazing that kids can try to use food as power at that age. (BTW, I say it without emotion).
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Today I picked green beans from our garden and we ate them tonight. I steamed them and sprinkled a little salt on them. I can't put it in words what it was like to grow, harvest, cook and eat something from your own back yard.
And we bought a futon off of Craigslist.com. It is for the apartment so we can accommodate more people up there. We have it rented for one of the Penn State games. Yippee.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here is Clayton looking cute as ever (if I have to say so myself!)
Pictured here are Anne (Pete's sister), Nana, the chef and owner, and Julie (Pete's cousin).
It was a quick trip up there. We left Friday and arrived around 9:30 pm. Saturday we visited Nana at her apartment. She was anxious about the big party. We then had lunch back at my in law's house. Then around 3 pm, Pete's sister and her family arrived from NYC. Here are the great-grandchildren before the party.
Here are Dorothy, Helen and Anne.
Here are Nana with her four grandchildren.
And here I am with Pete and his cousin, Julie with Tom (Anne's husband) in the background.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Oh well. Today was a good day. I consider myself to be a "glass half-full" kind of person. My pal, Ronda, came over today so the kids could play (and the moms could sit on their butts and talk) and she loaned me her Abba Gold CD. I downloaded it onto the iTunes and then to my iPod. Now, that's some good music. Anyway, I had to run some errands tonight and on the way back home, the moon was a beautiful orange and the humidity was high so the sky was a little foggy. The fields of corn and soybeans were aglow with lightening bugs. I had my iPod plugged into my car and I was listening to Abba. I believe the song was "I have a dream" with "Fernando" playing just before it. My glass was running over.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
A man and his wife, now in
their 60's, were celebrating
their 40th wedding
anniversary. On their special
day a good fairy came to
them and said that because
they had been so good that
each one of them could have
The wife wished for a trip
around the world with her
Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in
The man wished for a female companion 30 years
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Whew! It has been non-stop fun around here this past week. We had the Central PA Festival of the Arts and the People's Choice Festival going on . They each have their good points. A high light for the kids is face-painting. Clayton wanted to be a pirate just like his buddy, Connor.
The sand sculpture wasn't finished yet here. We stopped by another day and the artist had a chicken sitting on a giant egg. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me. Clayton loved this part.
The buckets of water are always a big hit at the Arts Fest in State College. Kendall is running around trying to avoid the water!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Last night I went shopping after walking around down town with my husband and kids at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. We needed some basic household stuff as well as groceries, so I took advantage of the chance to shop sans kids even if it was 9:30 pm.
So, there I am in Target looking at toilet paper and it occurred to me that there is no normal toilet paper anymore. Forget just buying 4 rolls, but now it is "Mega" and "Ultra" and "Premium". And packs with 12 that equals 500! I know that is an exaggeration. How many rolls does one need at a time? and how big? Those humongous rolls don't fit on the holder anyway!
After Target, I made my way over to Wegman's. It's really nice shopping at 10 pm. So quiet....ahhhhh.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Last year I was very home sick and when we arrived to Arkansas, I was taking everything in. This year I had the same Daylight Donuts and I have to say they are the best donuts on this planet still! However, this time I wasn't feeling home sick. My parents had been to our house in May and the kids and I had been back this past January. I do love the weather there and we did most of the same things this year as we did last year. We did do some extra things, too like go to the pool a lot and go to Silver Dollar City. I know that I would have a hard time living in the same town as my parents--it's small and it's in a dry county! I'm not a lush or anything, but I like a good glass of wine if I go out for a nice meal.
Anyway, it was great to be home. I love it down there and I always will. Fayetteville is not the same little sleepy college town that I grew up in, but it still has that charm that I remember from years ago. I wish my parents still lived in Fayetteville. Since they live in the same town as my sister, I get to see her a bunch when I visit them so that is a good trade-off. With all the new growth to the north of Fayetteville, comes great shopping and dining, too. I hope that change doesn't affect Fayetteville negatively.
The one thing I hope for: I want my kids to remember my parents. I was 4 when my mother's mother died and I have few memories of her. I want my kids to know my mom and dad. Kendall said some cute things that warmed my heart while we were visiting my parents. She told my dad that she would live next door to them when she grew up and they could visit anytime they wanted to. She told me that she was going to live in Arkansas when she grew up as we were leaving Silver Dollar City after being there all day (I didn't correct her at the time and tell her that we were actually in Missouri). I told her that my mom used to bring me there when I was a kid. She said she was going to take her kids there when she grew up and tell them that her mom took her there. I got choked up just thinking about it.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
This picture was taken the evening we arrived. This is the Ozarks of southwest Missouri.
This picture is of Tablerock Lake in Southwest Missouri. I took this photo on Friday coming back from Branson.
Sunday, we went to Bull Shoals Lake with my sister and her husband. They have had so much water in this part of the country that the lake is 36 ft above normal.
Here are Kim and Alan.
You can see the tree under water. Amazing.
Kim and I could barely hold on the tube!
Today we went back to Branson to the Branson Landing. We had lunch at the White River Fish House which is owned by Bass Pro Shop. There is a huge aquarium in the store.
Here I am with my dad with Lake Taneycomo behind us.
There are Kendall and my mom at Branson Landing.