Thursday, July 31, 2008

Well Pooie!!!

I really wanted my post on Cody's wedding to be a little more elaborate. However I have friends and family that are anxiously waiting to see the pictures. So lazy me decided to do the slide show. Please enjoy!

My Nephew Cody's Wedding Last Weekend

"Thank you" Leigh Ann

Sweet Leigh Ann has given me a blog award today. I actually met Leigh Ann at the mall in Little Rock while having lunch with my daughter and grandsons. Leigh Ann and her family were sitting at the table next to us and she recognized one of my grandsons. Seems one of Cortney's friends and Leigh Ann are friends and she had seen Reid on Jill's blog. Isn't that crazy! Anyhow, Leigh Ann is the sweetest thing. She has two Kiddo's, Evan and Ella Grace. They are both adorable and Leigh Ann's husband Derek served in Iraq. Thank you Derek.

OK, so here's what I'm supposed to do..........

1. Put the logo on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3. Nominate at least seven other blogs.

4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.

5. Leave a message on your nominee's blog.

I read so many blogs each day and most of you have already received this award. Anyways, I'm going to nominate......





Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I'm Back Safe and Sound

I'm back from my two day trip and must say with God's help I was well behaved and didn't smack anyone! HA! HA! Thanks to all of you who were praying for me!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Short and Sweet Prayer Request

Dear Lord I have one small request today. Please allow me to be the First Class Flight Attendant that you know I am and don't let me smack anyone due to the following requests:

2 cubes of ices in their drink
1/2 twist of lime
a blanket (for pete's sake, it's summertime & 110 in this metal tube)
Please, please don't ask me to mix spicy tomato with gingerale, I know you think it will soothe your upset stomach, but hey, it makes me want to vomicka, yes I said "vomicka"!
And the list goes on..................

Anyhow, Lord you know I love my job but do to sleep deprivation (due to husband kicking and flailing all night) I need all the help I can get today!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

One of my favorite movies

Do you find it funny that in this busy time of our lives a certain song or smell can take you back to a certain time in your life. Alvin and I were eating dinner in the den tonight and we had noooo idea what was coming on the channel we were watching. Well, as soon as I heard the music I said " oh my goodness, it's The Wizard of Oz". It immediately took me back to a more innocent time when I was a little of girl. I remember The Wizard of Oz always came on in February on Sunday night. It has been a long time favorite of mine along with Gone With The Wind.

Oh how I love Glinda the good witch of the north. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Dorothy opens the door after landing in munchkinland and everything is in color. WOW!!! It still gives me goosebumps!

The wicked witch always scared me sooooo much, especially when those darn monkeys started flying. YIKES!!!!! And those apple trees in the forest, oh yeah, they scared me too!!!

And another favortie part is when she is clicking her red ruby slippers and saying "there's no place like home, there's no place like home". There is no statement more truthful.
What was your favorite childhood movie?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kisses for Momma

My sister, Susie and I used to spend a week with our grandparents each summer and I remember even though we had tons of fun, we both always got homesick for momma. Poppa and Grandma lived only a block from the railroad tracks. Each day several trains would come through town. If they were south bound towards Newport the two of us would blow kisses as the train went by and whisper softly "kisses for momma, kisses for momma".

A few years ago Susie surprised me with the following poem and I will cherish it forever. Thanks Sis for the memories:

Kisses for Momma

It was a game my sis and I played,
While in bed, right where we laid.
There we waited for that lonesome cry,
Of the whistle on the train, that would soon be by.

When we felt the rumble so close and nearby,
We covered our mouths with our hands and then let them fly.
"Kisses for momma! Kisses for momma"!
We'd both whisper, as soft as can be,
Because Grandma and Poppa were trying to sleep.

Each summer we went, eager to see,
Grandma and Poppa-sweet as could be.
Our days were so fun, full and free,
Cause we could do most, whatever we pleased.

But we still missed momma, especially at night,
And we couldn't wait to turn out the light.
We eagerly waited for the sound of that train,
And sent out our kisses to momma again.
"Kisses for momma, Kisses for Momma"

Monday, July 21, 2008

36 Days and Counting

It's hard to believe in a few short weeks we will be lovin' on another baby boy! We are so excited about this little fellows arrival! I'm pretty sure this was the last place Cortney thought this picture would end up, but I wanted to show everyone how baby "Chico" (this is the name Reid has given the little one) has grown.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hot Fun In the Summertime

What better way to spend a hot summer day than relaxing in the pool with Jimmy Buffett playing in the background. Here's Alvin relaxing in the pool. HA! HA! Hey, a guy's gotta do what a guys gotta do!! What no picture of me. Yeah right. Honestly, we took one, but no one wants to see a hippo in a tea cup do they!! Actually, I filled the pool today because I am going to pick Reid up tomorrow for a couple of days and the pool looked so inviting that we decided to take a plunge.

After a nice relaxing afternoon in the pool Alvin grilled ribs and fresh veggies! What a perfect way to end a perfect week! I hope ya'll have a wonderful week. Stay cool!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

We've Come Full Circle

Alvin and I were off this past week. We decided since we had already spent a week at the beach this year we would stay close to home and take a couple of day trips. Last Sunday we spent the afternoon at the lake. Since the lake is still above flood stage, I have been taking pictures of the island where we usually hang out. Here is the island last Sunday (emerging slowly): Tuesday we decided to drive to Branson for a couple of days. We always stop in Mountain View at Woods Pharmacy to get an extra thick chocolate malt with whipped cream and a cherry. Who cares that it is 10:30 in the morning.

We arrived in Branson around 12:30, checked into the hotel and headed straight to..........

The new Branson Landing. If you haven't been it is a must. It has a huge outdoor mall, including Bass Pro Shop (hubbies love this), over 100 specialty shops, restaurants galore, concerts on the town square and a spectacular 7.5 million water fountain, synchronized to lights, sound and music on the waterfront. WOW!!

We had lunch on the water at Joe's. YUMMO!!!

On the way home from Branson we were both having grandson withdrawals, so it's off to Little Rock to visit the boys and Cortney (Ryan was working). After visiting with our sweet babies, we headed downtown to the River Market and had dinner at the Flying Fish.

Thursday was just your typical mow the lawn, weed the flower beds and try to stay cool.

Friday, we headed over to Memphis to eat at the world famous "Rendezvous." The "Rendezvous" has been in business since 1948 and is famous for it's Memphis-style dry rub ribs.

It's Saturday and you guessed it, back to the lake. Boy was it a hot one and the humidity was over the top. So we where in the water "neck deep" most of the time. As you can see the water is falling and our little island is slowly, but surely re-emerging.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

"Wear Suncreen"

You may or may not have heard of the "Suncreen" song. I am writing the words down so I will always have them. Every word of this song really speaks to my heart and seems to be so true. I also have it on my playlist if you would like to listen. Enjoy!

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Class of 97'

Wear Suncreen

If I could offer you only one tip for the future suncreen would be it.. The long term benefits of suncreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience...

I will dispense this advise now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth;

Oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked...

You're not as fat as you


Don't worry about the future or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4 pm

on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with

people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealosy;

sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind...

the race is long, and in the end it's only with


Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this

tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if your don't know what you want to do with your life...

the most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry; maybe you won't; maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary....whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either - your choices are half change, so are everyone else's. Enjoy your body, use it everyway you can....don't be afraid of it, or worry about what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever


Dance....even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions even if you don't follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.


Brothers and sisters together we'll make it through.

Someday your spirit will take you and guide you there. I know you've been hurting, and I know I've been wanting to be there for you.

And I'll be there, just tell me now, whenever I can.

Everybodys free.

Get to know your parents you never know when they'll be gone for


Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need those you knew when

you where young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths,

prices will rise, politicians will philander, you to will get old; and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse, but you never know when either one

might run out.

Don't mess to much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past, from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on this, wear suncreen.


Sunday, July 6, 2008

You Never Know What You're Going To Find

The handle on my favorite purse broke last week so I grabbed my ole standby (which looks like a jiffy pop pan after the popcorn has been popped). I was in a hurry as always and just threw in my billfold, checkbook, lipstick and off I go. Today I was looking for a pen in my purse and realized there seemed to be an awful lot of unnecessary items. To my dismay this is what I found:



*not only the lipstick I put in, but FOUR tubes!!! All the same shade!!!

*crossword puzzle book

*Steinmart coupon that expired April 6th

*Bridal Shower invitation for June 10th

* (4) samples of Bio Freeze

*emery board

*large paper clip

* (1) MCDONALDS FRENCH FRY! WHAT!!!!!! (It looked perfectly normal which is scary)

*Business Card from Raddisson

*Kirklands 2 day only sale card

*An empty BC powder package

*Hand lotion

*2 starbursts

*waded up kleenex

*2 quick liner pencil for the lips

*tube Clinique Super Balm (at least there was only one, not four)

*Plastic ring Reid had given me a few weeks ago that I actually wore while shopping with him.

*Empty Chick fila peppermint wrapper

*A note with a phone number on it and I have absolutely no clue who's number it is!

*21 cents

*Receipts from Dillards, Target, Kroger, Walgreens, Walmart, The Limited, Newport Eyecare

*2 grocery lists

*And finally, AN INK PEN.

I could have gone on "Let's Make A Deal" and probably won. I mean a french fry for Pete's Sake!

My favorite Purse

Jiffy Pop Bag

The pile
Sure feels good to have a clean purse! Have a GREAT week everyone!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I've Been Tagged Again.........

My sister Susie, at Digging in the dirt has tagged me.

Six random things about me:

1. I love thunderstorms!

2. I'm claustrophobic. Crazy isn't it. You would think flying around in a metal tube all day would drive me nuts, it doesn't. But, you let me get in an elevator and my heart starts pounding, especially if the door doesn't open immediately when the elevator stops!!!

3. I'm the oldest of three children. I have a sister, Susie and my brother Wes is the youngest.

4. I drive way too fast most of the time.

5. I once got pulled over by the same State Trooper twice in one week while on my way to Jonesboro and managed to talk him out of a ticket both times (reference number four).

6. I NEVER meet a stranger. I love to talk (reference number 5). I could talk the bark right off a tree!

Friday, July 4, 2008

God Bless America

Happy Fourth of July from our house to yours!