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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Birthday Boy and Bouncing Babies

Well, really only one baby and no bouncing, but I kind of liked the alliterative title. :)

Today is Randy's 59th birthday. Gosh it's hard to believe he's that age. Seems like just yesterday we were dating and finding out how much we enjoyed one another's company. Now, we've been married for more than 22 years and together for over 24. Time really does fly when you're having fun. And, he's still my Tom Selleck! (old family joke)

We didn't have much planned for today. I went to Curves this morning. Then we hung out at the RV until it was time to go to Jason & Lindsay's to watch Reagan. They had planned to go to the York Wine Festival but the weather did not cooperate at all! We had a heck of a thunderstorm this morning; there was lightning and thunder so loud and close it made me jump. Looked like the rain was going to stick around for most of the day. Anyway, the kids planned on doing something so we headed over about 11:30.

Jason & Lins were going out with neighbors, Mike & Stacey. They have four kids, the youngest is Paige, who is about 10 months old. They had asked if we would watch Paige while the other kids went to a different neighbor's to play. Of course we said yes. And then, their oldest, Alyssa, decided she wanted to stay with us, too. That made babysitting real easy, 'cause Alyssa is almost 11 and she is phenomenal with the kids. I almost felt like we had nothing to do. :) We had a good afternoon, both Reagan and Paige took naps and Alyssa played with them, too. Paige really like Randy and he spent a lot of time with her.

Got some cute pictures of the girls together.

And Hannah Montana made an appearance:

The big kids got home around 7pm; they ended up at a local winery and seemed to have had a good time. We stayed for a little while longer, but then it was time for us to scoot home. So much for a rousing birthday, but Randy seems okay. He got a sub for dinner and that was what he wanted. So easy to please.

The rain has stopped and it seems like we're in for a good streak of fair weather. I can handle that. Take care of each other.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Week Over

It's Friday and sometimes I have to force myself to remember that the weekend is coming. Every day is the weekend for us! Yeah, I know – don't rub it in! :) If we didn't go to church on Sundays, I probably would have an even tougher time. Randy's even worse. We bought a day clock for him! Yes, they do sell those. Instead of numbers on the face of the clock, there are names of days of the week. Honestly! I wouldn't lie to you! And the hand goes round the clock as the day of the week changes. Here's a picture.

Great, huh?

Tomorrow's Randy's birthday and earlier this week I started the “What do you want to do on your birthday”? conversation. I hate this conversation because the answer is always, “It's not big deal, don't worry about it.” UGH! I tell him every year that it does matter and everyone should have a special day on their birthday. Anyway, since Saturday is not a great day to go to Cracker Barrel, we went this morning. But, I think we'll do something else for him on Sunday. Yes, I know I said that tomorrow is his birthday, but we are watching Reagan tomorrow afternoon/evening while the kids go to a wine festival. And no, Randy didn't mind keeping Reagan on his birthday. Remember, it's not a big deal. :)

The weather is just gorgeous now. I think we're in for a good streak. It's a little warm, but over the next week it's supposed to be in the 70s. Perfeck! (spelling it as Reagan says it!)

We finished our day by eating a light supper – salad for me and sandwiches for Randy – since we'd had such a late, big breakfast. Then, we watched the movie, “We are Marshall.” It's about the 1970 football team of Marshall University that was killed in an airplane crash coming home from a game. Very good movie. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Matthew McConahey and Matthew Fox starred in it. :)

That's it for the day. Hope yours was good, too. Until the next time . . .

Oh, yeah. Here's a cute picture of Reagan hanging with “her girls.” :)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Not Much Going On

Very laid back day . . . started out at Curves this morning. But first, Randy & I went to Lindsay's so that Randy could watch Reagan while Lins & I went to Curves. Then, it was back to Lindsay's so that we could do laundry. Jason & Lindsay are gracious enough to allow us to use their washer and dryer while we are here. Much nicer than using the campground's. Didn't get much time with Reagan as she and Lins went to Gymboree and then to a friend's party at a nearby park.

I also went with Sara to pick up her wedding dress. It was at a shop in Lancaster, PA, so Sara came up to Lindsay's and off we went. Three weeks ago we made this same trip but found that the dress had not been altered properly. All they had to do was hem the daggone thing! Anyway, Sara and I both were a little anxious about this trip; I was praying that the hemming had been done properly this time. I was not looking forward to a disillusioned bride if her dress wasn't ready! But, all was well. Sara tried the dress on, it was the right length and all is well with the world! :) Within 15 minutes of getting to the shop, we were on our way back to Lindsay's.

Back at Lindsay's we finished up the laundry and came home. I was glad that Reagan woke up from her nap before we left. At least I got a couple of hugs and kisses in today!

Tonight is the season finale of Lost, so that's what we'll be watching. I'm not that into it anymore – they “lost” me (hahaha) last season when things got just too convoluted for me. But, Randy is still very into it. So, that's what we'll watch. I'll be taping So You Think You Can Dance. I really like that show. It's just a dance version of American Idol, but it's still fun to watch.

Not much else to report from this part of the world. I hope your world is spinning in the right direction. Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Interviewing a Doctor

The rain seems to be gone for awhile, at least. Woke up to sunny skies, but a very cool breeze blowing. Took my walk – am doing a new route. I used to just walk up to the camp store and back which was about a mile round trip. Then another camper told me she goes around the back of the campground and then comes into the campground from the road. I tried it on Monday since I wasn't going to Curves and it's a pretty good walk. It takes me about 35 minutes to walk it and it's a good cardio workout! There are a couple of hills and it's got to be more than mile. So, I was a good girl and got out there this morning and did it again. Can't say I enjoy it, but at least I'm exercising.

This afternoon we had an interview with a local doctor. We want to get all of our doctors up here in the York area because it is the place we spend the most time and will probably end up living when/if we get off the road. We've already found a dentist, now it was time to find a G.P. Her name is Julie Nickles and we really liked her. She's in practice by herself which means we know which doctor we'll get when we call and she is very spunky. She doesn't like all the medical politics doctors think they have to play nowadays with insurance companies and referrals and she said she will fight with insurance companies to get her patients the care they need. So, we've got our physicals scheduled. Another thing off the “to do” list. :)

After the doctor's visit, we went to the park with Lindsay & Reagan. It turned out to be a beautiful day. The sun is very warm and the breeze is just enough to keep it from getting hot. Perfect weather for the park! I just love watching Reagan play and use her imagination. It amazes me to see her in action.

Randy's grilling pork chops for dinner and then it'll be a quiet evening as usual. Just can't beat this life! Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Good Weather Left Us

Last night the rain came; we even had thunder! It's been so long since I heard thunder I asked Randy if that's what it was. At least the rain held off until the weekend was over. I always feel bad for the weekenders when it rains. I remember looking so forward to getting away and camping for a weekend and then the weather's bad. Such a bummer. So, I was glad for them.

This morning we woke to no rain, but LOTS of humidity. UGH! You know that feeling when the air is so thick, you feel like you can walk through it? Well, that's how it felt this morning. But, I persevered and went to Curves. Gosh, I make it sound like there was any doubt I'd go – I paid my money, I'm going! ;) However, I think my muscles are mad at me. I'm hurting now, so those machines weren't so much fun today. Oh, well, there's that worn out saying, “no pain, no gain.” I never really understood that saying. I've gained LOTS with very little pain. That's why I now go to Curves!!

Late this afternoon we went to Lindsay's house for dinner and to give her some adults to talk to. Jason left this morning for Florida and won't be back for a few days so Lins asked us to come over. Of course, I never turn down an opportunity to spend time with Lins or Reagan! We had a nice visit, although Reagan was running a fever, but that didn't stop her from playing. What a fun kid!

Had a bit of a thunderstorm on the way home from Lindsay's, but it was short-lived. The rain cooled things down a little and it's not quite as humid. The rain is supposed to continue off and on through the night. At least it's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, but much much cooler – only in the 60s. I'll take it, though!

Hope you had a good day. Until the next time . . .

Monday, May 26, 2008


It's Memorial Day. A day our country has set aside for us to remember those men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms this country was founded upon. It's also a day on which we should remember the families who lost those men and women – they also paid a high price for our freedom. Lastly, let's not forget those men and women who are serving today in almost every foreign country, in combat zones, and also here at home. They, too, are sacrificing time with their families, their safety, and sometimes even the joy of the very freedoms they are defending by serving us, their fellow Americans.

Whatever else you do today, a picnic with friends and family; time at the pool; working or just hanging out at home, please take a moment and thank God for our military and their families.

Proud of our son currently serving in Korea.

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Relaxing Sunday

What a great day this has been. We went to church this morning. The message centered around Psalm 139 which is a marvelous psalm as it tells us how God knew us before we were even born. He knit us together in the womb, knowing who we'd be and how our lives would go before we breathed our first breath. Gosh, I don't know about you, but that is so overwhelming to me, in a good way. Yes, I've struggled at times, but it makes me feel good to know that God knew those times would come and provided comfort for me along the way. Sure, you might say that He could have intervened and not allowed those struggles to occur, but then how would I have grown as a person? No, as much as struggles hurt and none of us want to endure them, they can serve a purpose if we allow them to do so. Psalm 139 is beautiful. Take a moment to read it through, if you never have before.

After church we went out to breakfast with Cheri and her friend, Leslie. Lee was playing golf with Marty after church so he didn't join us. His loss! :) I love spending time with Cheri. She is such a special friend and there's never been a time that I have been around her that I haven't walked away feeling loved. I am so glad she's my friend!

The rest of the day has been spent being lazy! I know, I know. It's hard to believe, but we were very “relaxed.” Randy was inside reading his emails and watching TV while I made sure that the new hammock we have works.. Yes, it's a tough job, I realize that. After I felt it was sufficiently broken in, I got up and went all the way over to my lounge chair to read some more. Before I knew it, it was 4pm! What a life! :)

This evening will consist of more TV watching, I'm sure. Other than that, it's just another day in paradise!

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Carnival & a Birthday Celebration

Gosh, we woke to another morning full of sunshine. I'm getting used to this – hope it doesn't end too soon. Went to Curves for my third session of the week. Starting to feel some muscles that have been dormant for quite a long time! :) Starting to lose some weight – YAY! Now I just have to take some ibuprofen. ;)

Our campground held a short Memorial Day ceremony this morning. It was very touching. One of the owner, Greg's, dad, spoke on the importance of remembering our veterans and active military every day and not just once a year on a specific day. There was a color guard and presentation of the flag as well as some music. It was nice to stop and take part in a ceremony like this; especially now that we have a Soldier in the family.

Jason , Lindsay & Reagan came over for lunch and the campground carnival. We had lunch outside at the picnic table which was a nice change. Then we went showed Jason the ducks and went up to the campstore area where the carnival was being held. The carnival was very small but it had two bounce houses which was what Reagan was interested in! Of course we had to play at the playground; that airplane was still a big attraction! We came back to the campsite and just relaxed for awhile. The kids stayed much longer than I expected and that was so nice. Jason even entertained us with the dos and don'ts of laying in a hammock!

This evening we went down to Columbia to celebrate Kate's 7th birthday. We got there earlier than everyone else so that we could spend some time with James, Amita, Kelly & Kate. We had not seen them since Christmas. Well, they did come to my birthday party last weekend, but I didn't get to talk with them much. Kate was very excited about her birthday, of course. Later in the evening her cousins and another family came to celebrate as well. It was good to spend time with them. I hope the girls can come out and spend the night with us this summer. They are very precious to us.

Such a busy day. And we got to spend it with special people. The rest of the weekend looks to be rather quiet in comparison. Sounds pretty good, actually.

Until the next time . . .

Fun in the Sun

Wow! The sun is really shining this morning! Usually I would have the blinds wide open and just loving the sun pouring in the windows. Unfortunately, I woke up with an ugly headache this morning, so I'm walking around the RV with my sunglasses on. I did force myself to go out with Randy and Blackie on their morning walk. Not my typical 30 minute walk, but better than nothing. Plus, I figure with Lins & Reagan coming over sometime today, I'll get my walking in.

Randy is going to put out the awning today and put up the screen room this weekend. YAY! I love our screen room. It makes our site look so much homier than without it. Plus, I can sit out without getting all buggy – I hate those flying no-see-ums and mosquitoes.

Lindsay & Reagan came over about 10:30 and that little girl was ready to play! As soon as she got out of the van, it was, “let's go feed the ducks, Nana.” So, of course, that's just what we did. Reagan is a pro at feeding them. And she wasn't afraid of them at all; so fearless, in fact, that her mommy got a little nervous 'cause she'd get so close. Then we went up to the playground, that was a hit. There's an airplane teeter-totter ride that is great. And that was the ride of choice, with Nana providing the “fuel” for the plane. :) After coaxing Reagan off the playground (no easy feat, I'll tell you) we checked out the camp store, met Miss LeAnn, and then it was back to that airplane. We had to bribe her with feeding the ducks some more to get her off of it!!

Back at the RV, Pop had gotten the awning up and was hanging our lights. It was time for lunch so we ate and then went down the lane to check out the momma duck hidden in a neighboring site's flower garden. She is brown just like the mulch, so we had to peer very closely for Reagan to find her. But, we didn't get too close because we didn't want to make momma duck mad! After Reagan found her, it was time for Lins & Reagan to leave – it was getting close to naptime. But, the whole family is coming back tomorrow for a carnival the campground is hosting!

Once the kids left, I got my book, my water, and settled outside in the sunshine! I got my fix, finally, of outside-sitting. :) It is an absolutely gorgeous day; a little chilly when the breeze picks up, but other than that, just perfect (or “perfeck” at Reagan would say). Randy and I sat outside and just grinned at each other. We are so content with our lives and are grateful to feel that way.

We met Lee & Debbie, a couple who have a seasonal site here in the campground. They seem very nice and we look forward to getting to know them better. The evening ended with a new dish for dinner, chicken & noodle casserole. It's a keeper; Randy even loved it. Now, I know he eats everything, but often chicken dishes are not his favorite. But we both agreed this is a good meal.

Looking forward to the carnival here at the campground tomorrow. Then, it's down to Columbia to celebrate Kate's 7th birthday. Gonna be a busy day.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, May 23, 2008

Just Another Day in the Life . . .

This morning started with a session at Curves followed by the exciting chore of laundry at Lindsay's house! :) This has been one of those ordinary days that everyone has in which you have to take care of the mundane issues of life. But! I get to do it with one of my favorite people, Reagan. While at Lindsay's, I get to play with Reagan. So, doing laundry and ironing isn't so bad, after all.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, er, I mean, RV, Randy waited for the Dish Network technician to come. You know how that goes, “a technician will be there between 8am and noon.” And he actually did show up before noon. That was nice. Unfortunately, he couldn't do anything with the issue we have. We don't have broadcast channels through Dish because of moving around, so we use the antenna when we want to watch those. But, we can only do that on the TV in the living room. We had hoped the tech could set up our bedroom TV to receive antenna channels, too, but it's not gonna happen. Oh, well. He did give Randy some tips on setting up the satellite, so I guess it wasn't a total loss.

We planned to spend the afternoon in our recliners, as usual, with a chicken & noodle casserole for dinner. The weather was sunny, but very chilly, so no sitting outside. I am beginning to go through outside-sitting withdrawal. I just love sitting outside in my lounger reading, stitching, napping, whatever. But, I know I'll get out there eventually.

As it turned out, Lindsay called to see what our plans were for dinner because she found out that Jason wouldn't be home. Well, I'm not going to pass up an opportunity to spend time with Lindsay & Reagan, so the casserole was put on hold and we went out to Applebee's for dinner. I had gotten a gift card for Applebee's for my birthday and was glad to use it with them. Afterward we stopped in Target to pick up a few things, then it back to Lindsay's to pick up the truck and head home.

On the way home, we stopped to fuel up. UGH! We paid $4.79.9 a gallon for diesel. That's 40 cents higher than a couple of weeks ago when we filled up. We paid $153 for 31.8 gallons of fuel and we didn't fill the tank! But, our friends, Darrell & Judy, are in upstate New York and diesel is $4.98.9 there, so I'm being grateful for the little things! :)

For being such loyal readers, here's a treat – pictures! Not exciting ones, but pictures nonetheless. These are shots of our set up here at Cedar Lake Campground in Dover, PA. We just love the owners, Greg & LeAnn Starner and their staff. Greg & LeAnn actually enjoy what they do and the campers who live here. It's a pleasure to drop by the office to chat. If we can't be in Alabama, then we want to be here. It's nice to have a home in two places! :)

Tomorrow's going to be fun. Lindsay & Reagan are coming to the campground to feed the ducks, play at our playground, and just have fun! I can't wait! I'm sure I'll have more pictures for you!!

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Reunion and A Good-bye

Gosh, we woke up to SUNSHINE this morning! Yes, really, we did. I couldn't believe it when I came downstairs (yes, we have stairs!) and needed sunglasses! And, although it was just 44 degrees outside, it was beautiful and crisp. Our walk this morning was very refreshing. I guess you really don't appreciate the sun without the rain, huh?

This afternoon Randy and I went to the viewing of a close family friend. Glenn lost his four and a half year battle with cancer last week. He and Shirley have been friends of my parents for my entire life. They were “family” and I grew up with their kids. It's sad to have a reunion when it means we're saying good-bye to one of us. Watching my parents talking to friends, some of whom have already lost a spouse, was a little tough. But hearing them reminisce, sharing stories of the early days and laughing was a gift. Watching Glenn's wife, Shirley, and their kids and grandkids meeting and greeting visitors brought home to me that Paula and I will have to go through this ritual some day. Not too soon, hopefully, but inevitably, we will be standing in a room and making the small talk that is done at these gatherings. I only hope that we can do it with the same dignity and yes, humor, that Glenn and Shirley's family did today.

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Well, I Didn't Pass Out!

I made it through my first session at Curves! And without embarrassing myself, I might add. Too bad I can't say the same for our daughter, Lindsay – that is, I embarrassed her. But, she's used to it by now. I can't help it, I'm a morning person. My feet hit the floor, my mouth flies open! :) So, as we began our workouts this morning, I was laughing and talking to my trainer and Lindsay just looked over at me with the “Mom! Just settle down!! face” Oh, well. I have good time, no matter where I am. 'Cause that's how I roll . . . (I am so very cool!!)

In all honesty, though, I did enjoy the workout. There are probably 30 stations, alternating between machines and jogging-in-place boards, and you are only at each station for 30 seconds. Yes, that's seconds, not minutes. Yeah, I was surprised, too. It's kinda cool, you don't get bored at any of them. You go through the circuit twice. And I was truly worked out by the time I was done.

After the session, I got to go back to Lindsay's to watch Reagan for about an hour. Yes, I forced myself to do that. It was a tough gig, but somebody had to do it. I just love spending time with that little girl. She cracks me up! Randy came over after taking Blackie to the vet for his vaccines.

Since the rain continued today, we didn't do much this afternoon. Randy got a good nap in and I just futzed around on the computer, reading various blogs and email and watching TV.

Dinner tonight was macaroni and cheese – homemade, I might add! The evening will be spent watching American Idol (actually, I'm doing that as I'm writing now) and the Dancing with the Stars finale. Hey, don't judge me!!

Tomorrow Randy and I will be going to the viewing of a gentleman who was a good friend of my folks', going back to when I was a toddler. Glenn fought a hard, long battle with cancer and finally lost the battle last week. If you think of it, pray for the Hunter family as they mourn the loss of their husband and father.

Take time to thank God for those who love you 'cause you just never know when you'll get another chance. Until the next time . . .

Monday, May 19, 2008

Good Start to the Week

Well, this is my first attempt at posting a generic blog for documentation purposes only. Boy, that sure sounded dry and scientific, but you know what I mean. So, we'll see how this goes. Be sure to let me know what you think. The only problem with posting daily is that there will few pictures. Guess I'll just have to be more entertaining than usual to keep your attention. :)

We woke up to a cool morning, but with beautiful sunshine! Nice change. Unfortunately, it's not supposed to last; we've got rain coming the next couple of days with highs in the low to mid 60s. Man, I am tired of rain. I don't think we've had a week without some rain since the beginning of the year. This has been a very strange year, weather-wise.

I was a good girl this mornig. I got up and got right outside for my walk. I have found if I don't go as soon as I get up, I just don't do it. I didn't do my full 30 minutes this morning – it was cooler than I thought it was and pretty windy, too. But, I got 20 minutes in, better than nothing. Even took Blackie for his walk 'cause Randy hadn't gotten up yet. Points for me!

And tomorrow I start Curves! Lindsay & I signed up for a 30 day fitness study (Hey! No laughing!!); we work out 3 times a week for four weeks. At the end of that, I'm thinking of joining, but am concerned about finding Curves gyms while traveling. We'll see . . .

Once I got back from my walk,and Blackie's, I got a bottle of water (the Curves lady said I should be drinking water when I first get up because you get dehydrated while sleeping, so I'm trying) and my coffee and settled into read the various blogs that I read each morning. Most of them are other RVers, but there are a couple that are friends'. This is how I spend the first half hour or so each morning. I also try to get my prayer/quiet time in, too, but once Randy's up, it's hard to do. I know, excuses, excuses.

This morning I also tweaked our 2009 itinerary. Yeah, a little anal, but hey, I like doing it! Mike & Pat McFalls wrote that they were staying at the Gunsmoke RV Park in Dodge City, Kansas. Doesn't that sound too cool?? So, I checked our Spring/Summer itinerary and we are scheduled to go right through Dodge City!! So, I added it as one of our stops. Good grief, you can't drive through Dodge City and not stop, can you? I don't think so. I also broke up a couple of other drives that were five and six hours long. We hate driving that long and we don't have to, so I found a couple of parks to stop in to bring the driving times down to three and four hours. Much better.

The morning ended with my updating our finances. Once a week, I enter any receipts from purchases or dinners out into the computer and transfer monies as necessary for credit card purchases. Glad to say we are doing well this month on our cash outlay as well as our budget. That's always a good thing.

We spent the early afternoon watching the last part of a mini-series we had recorded, “Streets of Laredo.” It's the sequel to the “Lonesome Dove” mini-series. This one had James Garner in it and I just love him. Then it was time for Dr. Phil and Oprah! Oprah had a reunion of the Mary Tyler Moore show cast and that was pretty cool to watch.

Gosh, it's time to fix dinner! Time flies when you're having fun or being lazy! :) Easy fixings tonight, just salad and baked potatoes. The evening will be spent watching the first part of the Dancing with the Stars finale. At least, I'll be watching it; Randy will go upstairs to the bedroom and watch something, anything, else! :)

I guess I didn't have as much trouble sharing my day with you as I thought! But, that should be no surprise, I usually don't have trouble talking, or writing, as the case may be. You can see what an exciting life we lead. I'll share my experience at Curves with you tomorrow.

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, May 18, 2008

What a Weekend!!

I had a fantastic weekend! Yesterday, Jason & Lindsay hosted a birthday party for me. Lins had told me it was a family party – well, she only told me half of it!! She had actually invited many of our friends as well. What a wonderful surprise. Lots of family and friends, some of whom I hadn't seen for quite a while. Gosh, did I feel special! Since Jason & Lins lived in Pennsylvania now, most of these folks traveled an hour and a half or more just to show me how much they love me. Life just doesn't get much better than that, folks.

Lindsay also had those who couldn't attend the party send me cards. How nice it was to sit this morning and really read those cards. So many good wishes and reminders of why these people are my friends.

I can't begin to describe the feelings that I had yesterday as I sat among my family and friends and realized how very blessed I am. I still have my parents, who have supported me through good and bad choices and have been fantastic grandparents to my kids. I have a sister who is also my friend (and not everyone can say that about his/her siblings) and is married to a great guy is who has become my brother. I have nieces and nephews who I dearly love. I have three kids who care enough to be sure I know they love me; and their spouses/partners have become my kids, too. I have two grandchildren who are beautiful and so very special. I have a husband who loves even when I'm not very lovable. And I have friends, so many friends, who care enough to take time out of their lives to celebrate me. I'm telling you, I was a little overwhelmed and so very happy.

And, I got presents!! I sure didn't expect that, but it's always fun to get presents! :)

Here are some pictures of the celebration. More can be found on our pictures site which you can see by clicking on the link to the left.

Today was spent relaxing. It was another rainy day, so Randy and I just watched a movie and hung out. I had a hankering for Mexican food, so we did got out to dinner with Jason, Lindsay & Reagan. Now, I'm posting this entry and watching the Academy of Country Music Awards. Hope you had a great weekend, too!

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Can I just say how much I love my family? Well, yes, I can because this is my blog, after all. :) Anyway, in addition to this past Sunday being Mother's Day, it was also my birthday. At 12:06 am the phone rang (which of course scared me to death) and it was our son, Kevin, from Korea. He wanted to be the first to wish me happy birthday as well as happy mother's day. I was thrilled, to say the least. In the morning, I woke up to find a beautiful card from Randy. The card was very special and its wording touched my heart. By 9am I had three more phone calls from my folks, my sister & her grandkids, and Lindsay, Jason & Reagan. All of them sung “happy birthday” to me in their own very individual versions. Later in the day, two of my nieces and our oldest daughter, Ginny, also called to wish me happy birthday. How great is that!?!?!! My friends ain't too bad, either. I had lots of cards, emails and comments on the blog wishing me happy birthday. So, thanks to all of you who made my special day even more so.

We spent Sunday afternoon with Lindsay and her family. It was pretty mellow; we just hung out together and went to Applebee's for dinner. That is Reagan's favorite restaurant; now why she got to choose the restaurant when it was Mother's Day, I'm not too sure. Oh yeah – it's because she's so darn cute – that's why!! :) After dinner, we went back to Lins and Jason's for cake to celebrate my birthday. Reagan helped me blow out the candles. We had a quiet celebration because Lindsay is having my whole family over on Saturday for a big party and that will be anything BUT quiet!. I'm very excited! Mostly because I haven't seen the whole family since we've been back, so I'm looking forward to that.

Monday was my wonderful, talented nephew, Joe's, birthday. Joe is such a cool guy. He lives in LA (and we miss him terribly) and is pursuing a music career. He is so crazy talented – he has taught himself to play many different instruments and he sings with such passion. He has a CD coming out this summer and I am just so proud of him.

Yesterday was a shopping day. I don't normally enjoy shopping, but I really wanted to find a jean jacket. I needed a lightweight jacket and really like jean jackets – they go with everything. My frugal daughter always has coupons for everything and she had a 25% one for Boscov's, which is a department store in this area. We walked in and within 5 minutes, I had me a jean jacket!! And the best part was the price – it was already $14 off the regular price, and then I got 25% more off. Such a great thing!

Of course, we had to take time out to have fun at the mall, too! Can't pass up those merry go rounds! :)

Then, we went to Linens 'n Things to get a coffee pot for Randy. For those of you who know my hubby, he can't go without his coffee!! :)

Today is a quiet day, too, but another special one. It's our niece, MacKenzie's, SIXTEENTH birthday. She is a smart, beautiful young woman and is going to be a phenomenal adult. So, happy birthday, Meme!!

We did go out to breakfast this morning. We found this local diner last year and, although it doesn't look like much from the outside, it's good eats inside. Randy & I look for these local places and if there are lots of cars out front, you can figure the food's good. That's how we found the White Horse Diner. We ate breakfast here once a week last year and will probably continue this year, too. We can get a BIG breakfast for just $16 for the two of us, and that's with tip!! It sure doesn't take much to make us happy.

Well, I've rambled enough for now. Take care of each other! Until the next time . . .

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Normal Family Stuff

Spent Thursday morning with Lindsay & Reagan at Gymboree. For those of you without grandkids, Gymboree may need explaining. We used to take our kids to the park or just played with them at home, but our kids have many more options for activities with their kids. Gymboree is an organization that has devised specific playgroups for every stage of a baby's life – from newborn through preschool. For about 45 minutes, there is music, storytelling, acting out stories, and movement to music. It's amazing to watch these little ones (Reagan's been going since she was 6 months old!) catch on to what the teacher wants them to do. And they remember from week to week! It's very interactive with the moms (sorry, I haven't seen many dads there 'cause it's during the work day) and the kids are learning while having fun. It's pretty neat. I go with Lins & Reagan at least once each time we're home. I love watching Reagan learn!

Yesterday Lindsay & I went with Sara, our soon-to-be daughter-in-law, to a fitting for her wedding gown. She is SOOOO beautiful. I know we had gone this past Tuesday to “pick up” Sara's gown, but the alterations that were supposed to have been done, weren't. Thankfully, Sara is a very laid back bride and took that in stride. We went back and Sara had another fitting and, hopefully, this will do the trick. The dress just needs hemming, so how hard can this be????

After the fitting, the three of us went for pedicures. That was fun! Sara had never had a pedicure before and now she knows what she's been missing!! Kevin – I think you better put that in your budget once you get married! :)

We ended the evening with dinner together with Randy, Jason & Reagan as well as a short talk with Kevin via Skype. Actually, Sara had to call him to wake him up for formation. Some things never change – the boy still likes his sleep.

The weekend looks like it will be a quiet one. We're joining in a Basket Bingo evening tonight with the rest of the campground. Never done this before, so it should be interesting. We just want to get know some of our neighbors and figured this would be a great way to do that.

Tomorrow, of course, is Mother's Day. It is also my birthday! Yep, 50 years ago, I hit this world and it hasn't been the same since! ;) I can't believe I'm 50!! I gotta say, it feels great. Yeah, I hurt in places I didn't know I had and I sure don't look like I did when I was 20, but all in all, I'm a happy old girl. Wouldn't trade places with anyone. I've got a great husband, 3 kids who are doing well and are with spouses who love them (and us!), two healthy, happy grandkids, my parents are still kicking and extended family and friends who love me. What a great life!!

I wish all you moms out there a wonderful day tomorrow. I hope you find a moment to reflect on the joys and blessings in your lives and figure out a way to celebrate them.

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Busy Few Days

Sunday started out with a great time of worship and teaching at Daybreak Church. Our friends, Lee & Cheri attend this church and we've always enjoyed visiting there. This may be our church home while we are in PA; just not sure yet. Nothing like good worship music and good teaching to start the week!

The afternoon and evening was spent with Jason, Lindsay & Reagan. It is so good to be back home with them. I feel so blessed to actually LIKE my kids! And I think the feeling is mutual, which makes it even better. :) We were even entertained by Jason and his buddies with a lawn mower race. Gosh, free entertainment and family, what more can you ask for?

Monday was appointment day for all three of us – including Blackie. Both Blackie and I got groomed. :)

And Randy had an endodontist appointment. Fun. Lindsay, Reagan and I headed down to Columbia for our haircuts, after which we hooked up with Sara for a few minutes just to say hey and get a hug since I hadn't seen her since before Christmas. Then, it was back to PA so that Randy & I could get ready to go out to dinner to celebrate Lee & Cheri's daughter, Courtney's 21st birthday. We just love Courtney like she's ours. We've known her since she was five years old. And Lee and Cheri are two of our closest friends, so it was a privilege to share this special day with them

Being that she was born on Cinqo de Mayo, Courtney wanted to go to a Mexican restaurant. Well, that was interesting . . . the place was packed, of course. We didn't get seated until after 8pm and then it was so loud in the restaurant we really couldn't have much conversation. Very different than what we are used to anymore. (Guess we really are getting to be old fogies!) But, it was want Courtney wanted and it was her birthday, so that's what we did. After all, you're only 21 once!

This morning was started with another appointment, but this was Blackie's. Poor guy, groomed yesterday (which he hates) and a vet appointment today. It's just not his week. :) Anyway, his allergies have been driving him, and us, crazy. He is itching constantly and has dug himself raw in some places. So, it was off to the vet. Good grief!! This dog is more expensive than we are!! Between the office visit, a cortizone shot, antibiotics and his normal heart guard and flea/tick meds, I walked out over $200 poorer. Oh, well. He's a good dog and doesn't cost us much any other time, so whaddya gonna do.

This afternoon, I get to go with Sara and Lindsay to pick up Sara's wedding gown from the alterations shop. I'm so grateful that Sara wants to include me on so much of the wedding plans. As mom of the groom, I know that this isn't always the case and I love that Sara cares about me that much. Can't wait to see her in it. She is such a beautiful girl and I know she will be a gorgeous bride.

The rest of the week seems to be pretty quiet. That's good, I'm ready to hang out at the campground and just relax. We do have to get the rims on the RV replaced and Randy's working on that. But, that's about it.

This is a field near our campground. Randy says all of that yellow is probably ragweed, but I still think it's pretty so I took a picture!

Hope your world is a happy place. Mine sure is!

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A Quick Update & Some Pictures

We have arrived in Dover, PA!! YAY!!!! We are set up at Cedar Lake Campground and it felt like coming home. While I loved being at my folks' and visiting with them, it's so nice to be back in my own home and sleeping in my own bed. Aahhhhhh . . .

Anyway, while I was at my folks', I couldn't upload any pictures because my AT&T air card's signal just isn't strong enough. It's a bummer, but what can you do. Now that we are back online using the satellite, I want to share some of the pics I thought were pretty cool. So, enjoy the “show!”

This picture was sent to us by Russ & Pat Peterson who helped us celebrate Randy's 40th Cracker Barrel. They read in the blog about my forgetting to take a picture of Randy at his 50th and created one for us! Isn't it great?

I just loved this picture of Reagan. There's nothing like a kid's belly laugh!

These next 3 pictures are of my daddy making his famous chocolate milkshakes. I think it may be the first time Reagan's ever had one of his shakes. I think it's safe to say she enjoyed it! And I just love the last one of Reagan and her mommy, Lindsay.

Lastly, this picture is of my dad measuring Reagan and marking her height on the wall. Daddy's done that with all of the grandkids and now he's continuing the tradition with the great grandkids. It's great to "read" the wall and see how our kids grew over the years. And it is really special that it's at Grandma and DadDad's house!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into what makes me smile. I hope you've been smiling, too!

Until the next time . . .