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Showing posts from May, 2014

Picking Out A Swimsuit

Mom sent me this one and with Summer right around the corner (or already here for some of us :-) ), I thought it was appropriate. Enjoy the laugh! :-)

When I was a child in the 1950's, the bathing suit for the mature figure was boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job.
Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip.
The mature woman has a choice; she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus that escaped from Disney's Fantasia, or she can wander around every run-of-the-mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of fluorescent rubber bands.
What choice do I have?
I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the ex…

Easter Egg Hunt

The day before Easter this year, our office and Church collaborated to put on an Easter Egg Hunt for the community. Our Church usually has an Easter Egg Hunt on their property but this year they thought that maybe they could reach more people if we had Hunts scattered throughout the county, hosted by neighborhoods or businesses and funded by the Church. I think it worked.

The Church printed up the invitations, provided the eggs and the candy for the grab bags. All we (the office or anyone else that wanted to host) had to do was tell the Church where the Hunt was going to be (so they could have it on the invitations), how many eggs we thought we roughly needed and how many invitations and of course we had to find a place to even HAVE the Easter Egg Hunt.

It didn't start out smoothly at first b/c finding a place to DO the Hunt proved to be a little difficult. Kathleen called several different places and either never got a return phone call or people would change their mind at the la…

A Trip Back In Time

Well, kind of.

Back in March, my sister (by another mother and father haha) Vanessa (yup, the same one that brought me Rio and the one that took me on a trip to Wisconsin), came to Tennessee for a few days.

She was only here for a few days (sadly) and the first few days weren't the prettiest. Saturday dawned early (well, as early as it normally does for this household LOL) and she was wanting to get out of the house. We racked our brains on where we could go (with both kids in tow) and after some thought, I thought she may like to take a trip through the mountains, to see the countryside. I also wanted to go somewhere *I* hadn't been in awhile and that's how we decided on Cades Cove.

We got started a little later than we should have, it's quite a drive up there (and of course I wanted to take the scenic route instead of the boring ole freeway LOL). We still got to see quite a bit of neat stuff and I hope she comes back soon so she can see the beauty in the Summer (hin…

Wordless Wednesday ~ Flowers II

More from the same email. :-)

Gone Fishing

We've started a new endeavor with McKayla this year: fishing! We've only gone out a handful of times but she seems to enjoy it. It's nice getting out into nature. No cell phones, no T.V.'s, no gaming systems. Just us, fishing poles and nature.

The first time we attempted it, didn't work so well fishing pole wise. We went to Academy Sports to buy fishing poles, tackle and the like. We let McKayla pick out her fishing pole and she chose a Spongebob one (no real surprise there haha). Once we made it to Harrison Bay and got the lines set with bait, it became quickly apparent that McKayla's rod would NOT reel back in. At. All. We tried and tried. We took it apart to no avail. John said a few choice words about the lack of craftsmanship and McKayla was without her Spongebob fishing pole. :-(

Luckily, McKayla wasn't terribly upset about it, so she and I spent the rest of the time there exploring the riverbank. Occasionally, she'd run over to Daddy and he'd…

Memorial Day

"Remembering those who were loved and, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them."

Look who's 5! Part II

The Saturday after her birthday was her party with her friends from school. I'd sent out invitations to the whole class (about 20 kids), to her cousins and then a friend of mine with kids. She ended up with 12 showing up.

Before we left for Chuck E. Cheese's, Meme had a gift for McKayla.

We had to get there a few minutes early, to meet our Party Coordinator* and see where our table was. We picked up one of McKayla's friends and his Mom b/c they didn't have a car so they (along with Chris) had a dance session while waiting for everyone to get there.

Then the rest of her friends showed up and it was time to play!

Then it was time for pizza! Yum!

Check out the Spongebob cake my Mom made! Yes, all by herself. In my kitchen (till the wee hours of the morning LOL). Ain't it awesome! (Wish I had her talent.)

Then it was time for the Birthday Rockstar Party! Time to boogie-woogie!

Then it was time for presents! (