Saturday, June 28, 2008

Feed the Hungry

For each correct answer you supply you will be feeding the hungry...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Fun Summer Read

I finished this book a couple weeks ago after just a few days of reading. It was such a fun read. I got a lot of laughs out of it. It is about a cleaver woman who has it all then losses it all and wins back something even better in the end. I don't want to say too much more, less I may spoil it. I picked the book up cheap at Sam's Club but you may find it even cheaper used. A nice beach or vacation read. :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Grandmother's House

Schenectady, NY

Front Street

I have put off putting up this post for a while now for several reasons.
A: I really haven't come to terms with it yet.
B: It is kind of personal.
C: Some people might think I am crazy.
D: It is really pretty spooky.

But after all those thoughts, I decided, well I just don't care what people think of my thoughts and it would be fun and interesting to hear what other people thoughts on it were so.... Here you go.

Please leave a comment.

Growing up my grandparents and I were very close. They were more like parents to me than grandparents. I often stayed with them, at least once a week or more and sometimes for long periods of time. I would "run away" there when things were troubling me and I told them both everything. I felt like a free spirit around both of them - there was never anything that I could do, think or say to feel ashamed about around them. I lost my Grandma when I was 18 years old and my Grandfather in 2004, the year I was to marry. They are both gone now but not a day goes by that I don't think of them or "talk" to them. They have always been and always will be a very important part of my life.

Last October my husband and I took a much anticipated trip out to Schnectady, New York, the birth place of both my grandparents. I still have a lot of family out there and my cousin Earl (great historian that he is) took us all over town and showed us where everyone grew up, married, got baptised, died, were buried, etc..

My grandmother was from a large family. Her mother died while she was a teenager. My grandmother basically ran the house after that. She tended to the all her father's and sibling's needs and prepared dinners for the family. The pictures are of the house where she grew up and lived until she married my grandfather. The first picture (above) I took when we first were showed the house. I marveled at its size and wondered what it was like inside. I would have asked the residents if I could step inside, unfortunately there was no one home. So instead I just sat on the steps a bit, thinking my grandmother must have done the same many years ago. It was nice to just sit there awhile. My hubby RO snapped this second photo of me on the porch steps.
After that we walked for about an hour or so up and down this street and a couple others and got our history lesson on my families homes, schools and play areas. It was a great walk and a beautiful day. We were getting hungry so we where walking fast back to the car. When we got to the corner across from my grandmother's house again I stopped suddenly and told RO, "Wait I need a picture of the those steps." He said, "I already took one." I said, "I know you did. But I need you to take another one now. Please." I ran across the street and sat down for another picture. He got the camera out snapped the pic and off we went to grab some lunch as we were all very hungry after all the walking.

About a week later when we got home, I uploaded all of our trip pictures and was astonished to find this final picture of Grandma's house. Looks to me as if I was not alone on those steps that day.

Click to enlarge, it is really beautiful, there is even a rainbow.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

HAPPY Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Billy!

RO's Dad turns 50 today!

Happy 50th!
Hope your new year is filled with wonderful things! :)
Love ya!

Father's Day 2008

Two happy dads below... :)Great Pic!

Dad with all his kids in one shot... that was lucky!

Daddy with Hayley

Happy Mama Lindsay with new baby Rylee.

Proud Grandma with Rylee....

Auntie Pam with Hayley.

Chillin' on the porch.

Yes, a Charger fan lives here.

This was my first time holding Rylee... Her cousin in my belly was kicking her in this pic. I bet he wants to come out and play :)

Star Lee and Shasta pose for me.... Hayley, Auntie Pam and Oggie play with flowers.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

We Got Spoiled At the Shower

My sister and Auntie sure know how to throw a party!

(my sister even made baby BLUE punch for the punch bowl)

I had sooo much fun!

~ Look at all the yummy food~
The party was a smash! It was sooo good to be surrounded by all the friends and family that came to the party. I felt like I did on my wedding day, surrounded by love.

We got lots of nice wishes and promises of prayers for our new family member to be healthy and my labor to be easy.

William sure made out!

He got soooooo many gifts at the baby shower.

Check out the cake - it was made up of 30 cupcakes frosted all together to make one cake - It was so cute and delicious too!
Lots of smiling faces all day :)We played some fun games and had lots of presents/prizes for the guests. How nice it feels not to worry about the things we will need for him.

Thanks to everyone, we are ready now and that is a great feeling. We are only anxious to hold him.

Look at my living room afterwards! This is only HALF of the room, it was filled! Crazy, huh? I have spent all week organizing his things and washing, folding and hanging all his new clothes :)

Love this pic! It is the best! There are a few people missing that had to leave early - but we got most everyone in it! Thanks for coming!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in my life.

Thank you for encouraging me, teaching me, supporting me, motivating me and always making me feel loved. You all made me who I am today.

Love you all lots!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Friday!

It's Friday! Friday the 13th! WOO HOOO! I am not superstitious and happen to like Friday the 13ths... 13 is my lucky number (along with 8) and Friday is my favorite day of the week so there you have it! A pretty nice day in my opinion!

I am really excited about this weekend. Tonight my Auntie and Uncle (see previous anniversary post) are coming out from Arizona to stay with us. Tomorrow is my baby shower! YAY! FUN FUN! A lot of the friends and family that are coming I haven't seen in a long time - so it will be great! I am sure that our little William will get spoiled with gifts from all the guests. Since this is our first baby - we need EVERYTHING! Well my Momma got us a bassinet already, so baby has had a bed ready for him for some time now. My Aunt and sister are throwing me the party up at the clubhouse where we live and some of the hubbies are going to BBQ at our house. So there is lots of fun for RO and Uncle Rudy too.

Saturday evening we are going to the San Diego County Fair! MORE FUN! I hope to see the elephants there again - although I won't be able to ride them this year - Oh well! Next year maybe I can ride with my son :) Won't that be nice? Becki hasn't been to the fair in 13 years. She is excited to be going. I will take loads of pics and be sure to post.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Here she is! Our new niece.

Miss Rylee MichelleProud Momma and Papa Momma is so happy, doing and looking great! Already Home!

Isn't she precious?!
Uncle counted and made sure she had all her toes :)
Can wait to watch her grow.