Sunday, May 31, 2009
After the portrait session I stayed to take some candid shots of people. While I was wondering around I saw the youngest grandchild, Kate, feeding the neighbor's goats.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
My friend Kendra and her husband John own some sweet cars. John is due back from an overseas military assignment this week. Last week their teenage daughter was driving one of the Camaros while her Camaro was in the shop. She couldn't get it started. Heather and I happened to be over for dinner that evening and I told them I'd see if my husband Marty could take a look at it the next evening. I try not to volunteer my husband for tasks without speaking to him first, but knew he'd have a soft spot for a family whose father is serving our country...and he has a love of muscle cars...especially Camaros...that would make him enjoy such a task.
Kendra cooked another wonderful dinner for us while Marty checked out the car. I of course had my camera along and decided to snap some photos. Yes, they may very well be ordinary photos of my husband tinkering with a car...I sight I see often enough....but knew he'd be in Heaven with this particular car.
The first car we owned was a 1967 Firebird with a Camaro front end. We sold the car years later when it became a money pit and we were having difficulty getting a car seat in and out of the back of it. We both still miss that car dearly. One of these days....
Marty worked on the car as Kendra's daughter Erica watched.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
If you've been reading here long you know I'm a "Texas transplant" and that I was raised in Missouri, and in fact have only lived in Texas for 8 years. In those 8 years I hear every summer stories of floating on the Guadalupe or the Comal, but had never been myself. My friend Kendra, also raised in West Plains, MO, also lives here. Kendra will be moving away very soon and wanted to take us floating before she leaves. We hoped for a warm sunny day for Memorial Day so we could do that. Today was perfect and we met in New Braunfels to float the Comal River.
I have never seen so many tubers on one river before. I've seen it in pictures so knew what to expect, but seeing that many in person and actually getting in the water with all of them was another matter.
The kids anxious to get wet!
My daughter Heather, and Kendra's kids Ashton, and Erica
As we headed out I passed out 4 disposable waterproof cameras and told everyone to just keep passing them around as we floated. It's been so much fun to see what pictures we all captured of our afternoon!
Me and Kendra. I'm going to miss you Kendra!!!!
The section of the river we floated has 3 Tube Chutes, where the water runs fast and you get "spit out" farther down river and are told to "hold on to your tube!" After the first tube chute our group became separated and had to wait downstream for all of us to catch up with one another. We all managed to stay on our tubes though and did manage to get together and stay together after that. The next tube chute was an entirely different scenario. I entered that tube chute expecting to sail through it much as the first, but instead of floating around a large rock I went right over it. And unfortunately for me, I did not hear Kendra yell lift your bottoms on this one....and scraped my bottom on said rock, sailed right off my tube and landed on very slippery rocks. I did manage to grab my tube as I flew off so I had it in my hand, but wasn't sure whether to attempt to walk off the slippery rocks into the deeper water...or if I could manage to keep my tube under me in the fast flowing water if I attempted to just get back on it. Everyone in my group was out of reach. A man was standing nearby and before I could take a step, held out his arm and said "here, let me help you." He helped me get off the slippery rocks and back into the deeper water where Marty was able to reach and help hold my tube so I could get back on. Whew! Tragedy of further embarassment averted!
My "oh so cool" daughter Heather
Marty just chillin' and relaxin'
Me, Erica and Kendra floating lazily along.
Ashton, Kendra, Me, Marty
Me and Kendra
This one's for Kendra's husband John! :0)
We continued on floating lazily down the river at a slow, relaxed pace. In the 3rd and final tube chute, I did go around the rocks this time AND stayed on my tube...but somehow began spinning in the churning waters of this chute and could not stop turning circles. I managed to avoid knocking my knees against the rock walls...but will have a nice size bruise on my back from one impact.
We had such and enjoyable time I'd do it all again! I've found that no matter the activity, whether off on a fun adventure, or chilling at one of our homes, whenever we are with Kendra's family, there are many laughs all around.
I LOVE this photo of Ashton as we were walking back to the cars.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
Ryan played a FABULOUS Eugene! Definitely a star of "Rydel High!"
Heather and I, along with friends, also went to see Ryan perform in the fall play. We can always count on a colorful character in Ryan!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Just imagining that ball coming next January where her daddy will present her: he in a tux and she in that fabulous white gown brings tears to my eyes. Until that day, there will be parties to plan and attend, etiquette and poise classes to attend, bonding events, Symphony concerts to usher, waltz lessons to take, etc. It sounds like it will be a very busy year...on top of Heather's already full schedule of band, dance and various other activities.
Yesterday was the first debutante event, and the kickoff for the new season. It was a mother/daughter tea and last year's debutantes were in attendance to offically pin the sashes on the new debutantes. It was a fun afternoon of meeting all the other girls and their moms.
Because I have been hired to create a memorable photo presentation for this year's debutantes, I will be at most, if not all of, the upcoming events, to forever record unforgettable moments of the year.
Heather and I at the Mother/Daughter Debutante Tea
Last year's debutantes were allowed to choose to pin sashes on the new debutantes that are friends of theirs. This is Heather and her friend Megan who pinned her sash.
All of last year's debs posed on the stairs with all of the new debs.
The new debutantes. (A few girls were unable to attend the tea so there are about 4 more girls not pictured here)
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Me, Marty & Heather
Hunter and Heather
Happy Mother's Day to my mom, to my Nana (my favorite aunt!), my mother in law, and all the other mothers in my life! These are for you:
“A mother’s heart is always with her children.” ~ Proverb
“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” ~ Erma Bombeck
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” ~ William Ross Wallace
“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ~ Elizabeth Stone
“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love” ~ Mildred B. Vermont
“God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” ~ Jewish Proverb
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take”. ~ Cardinal Mermillod