Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Whew!  What a worldwind weekend we have had.  Such fun memories with our friends and family.  We started the weekend off with a fiesta party with our lake family.

Our sweet grandson wore his bathing suit for the first time and dipped his toes into the cold lake water.

Hayley jumped right in and kept asking if she could remove her life jackets and swim out into the lake.  Scared me and her mother to death!

We cooked and ate, and then cooked and ate again.  I'm not going to be able to eat again for sometime!

Christopher talked us into a little on-line game play at home in between lake trips.

Brianne was sick at home and we missed her terribly.

Carly snuggled her Daddy on the boat.

Forgive the FB picture, but I just loved this picture of Carly and Danny. 

Now to rest up for next weekend!

Getting Ready for Graduation

Our youngest daughter is getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college to study nursing.  Even though we have already had two leave the nest we are getting a little sad to see this pretty girl go out and make her mark on the world. 

She is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.  What a blessing our Carly has been these past 18 years.  We know that she is on her way to becoming a beautiful woman.  We love you Carly!

Look Who's One!

Oh my little love dumpling is one year old today!  Our precious grandson Wyatt Weston fills our lives with love and we can't wait to celebrate this weekend.  Those sweet cheeks need some Mimi lovin!

One year ago today we were greeting you in McKinney, Texas.

And Big Sister was so happy to see you for the first time.

You were the most beautiful baby we had ever seen!


Happy Birthday little love!  Mimi and Dandy are so proud of you!

Work it Gurl!

It's time, I'M DONE.  I officially committed to working out at a ***REAL*** gym this week.  I have an elliptical at home and still plan to use that for days when I just can't make it to the gym, but I want to add weight training and other options so I don't get bored and can hopefully maintain a regular exercise schedule.  Of course the first week is easy and exciting, but I have managed to get up at 4am for the past two days and spend 1 1/2 hours at the gym before showering and getting to work.  I am so happy at the end of the day when I can go straight home and be a vegetable since I already have my work out finished for the day.  The added benefit is that I shower before going to work at the gym using their towels, soap and water cutting down on washing and expense at home!  Here I am now:

and here is what I hope to accomplish:

This should only take me a couple of more workouts don't you think?  Yeah right!

Preserving Memories

I had a framed piece of needlework that my Grandmother GG had made for her office when she worked at Lufkin State Bank that didn't work well with my decor.  The red mat that framed each piece was faded and I didn't want to hang it on the wall anymore.  I decided to take the artwork apart and re-frame it for my collage wall in the entry way of my home.  Here is the needlepoint before:

And here is her signature on the back of the frame which I cut out to tape inside the new frame for my kids:

I taped each piece to the new mat and had to use old greeting cards to make the mat just a little larger. 

And after I had this:

Which works so nicely on my collage wall.

I can now enjoy my Grandmother's needlepoint with a few other treasurers.  Ahhhhhhh

It's Almost Time.

We have been working hard over the past couple of months to get our dock at the lake ready for summer.  We've built, sanded and stained more pieces of wood than I care to remember!  We even built our first piece of cabinet to hold the T.V.  I have never been so proud of a piece of wood as I am of the cabinet.

Here is the dock before we began:

And here is the dock after:

Now it's time to relax at the lake.  Happy Friday everyone!

Two by Two.......our Pets

Sometimes I wonder if we have an ark or a house!  We certainly have our fair share of pets and it's funny how each pet seems to end up with AT LEAST two names!
Here is "Charlie" with our granddaughter Hayley.  We never call him Charlie though.  He is lovingly referred to as "Big Dog" or "Boy".
Leading the life of leisure on the boat.

Out for a walk in the park with his coat on.  Love it!


This is Roxy our dapple Dachshund.  She is Carly's baby and we call her Roxy or Roxanne.

Little Sasha is our Chiweenie.  She's affectionately known as Sasha Girl, Little Wiener Girl, Big Eared Girl.

Here is our baby Snow.  We never call her Snow.  Danny always renames our pets to whatever he thinks despite our efforts to get him to call them the cute names that we think up.  He thought she was special so that became her name.  Can you imagine standing out in the backyard yelling for Special?  Hmmm.... I'm sure the neighbors think we're pretty special!

Special taking a little nap.

Special posing in a bathtub.

We also have Special's sister and her name was supposed to be Bella, but of course Danny renamed her and I'm embarrassed to even type out what we call her daily.  He started calling her Puppy Puppy and now that is her name.  One day the vet called to discuss her and even the vet was embarrassed to say that he was calling about Puppy Puppy!

Isn't sister love sweet?

This picture is when Carly and I drove to Huntsville to pick Puppy Puppy up and it was taken in McDonalds.  Doesn't everyone go to McDonalds to get their Chihuahuas?

Carly's cat Tigerlily was rescued from Operation Kindness in Carrollton.  She also has a million names.  Tig, Tigger Tum, big kitty.  She is so pretty.
Brianne has two cats Missy and Macey and they live with her now.  She has had Missy since 2001 so they have pretty much grown up together.  Here is sweet Missy:

and last, but not least Macey who is also known as baby baby.  She lives with Jonas, Brianne and Missy.

  Here she is enjoying her cat condo.  The life of Baby Baby!

Now all we need is Noah to help us take care of our menagerie!



I thought I would capture my family in one post and then update it each year to compare how the kids have grown and changed.  In my case I will just count grey hairs each year!

This is me and my husband Danny.  We have been married since 1982 and have four children.

Our oldest son Blake is married to Brandi and they have our two precious grandchildren Hayley and Wyatt.  They live near us in McKinney so we get to see our sweeties often!


Our oldest daughter Brianne and Jonas have our precious Olivia.  She is such a cutie patootie!

Carly is our youngest daughter.  She is a senior this year and is planning on going to SFA to become a nurse.  We are so proud.

Christopher is the baby of the family and he is 17 (will be 18 in August).  We adopted him at birth and he has autism and a developmental disorder which is another post in itself.  Christopher won't be able to live on his own and will always live at home with us.  He loves spending time on our boat at the lake and playing with our dogs.

A big family!  Life is good!