The kids and I went to Pampa on Thursday and spent the day with my parents while Sal was working in Amarillo. We had a really nice time. I sometimes forget how much my children long to see their Nana & Papaw. They long for that unconditional "spoiling" that only grandparents can do.
I don't have alot of memories of time with my grandparents because they all passed away when I was young. However, I do remember sitting with my Grandpa on his front porch, playing on a rock (that I have by my front door now) and then walking across the street to get a treat. He would buy me this "thing" that was like chocolate covered graham crackers. I have no idea what the name was but they were THE BEST! I will forever remember them.
Mom and Dad's neighbors had told them to let the kids come down and pick tomatoes and to let Clarissa pick all of the fresh flowers she wanted. So, in the middle of the day (HOT), we went and picked tomatoes and flowers. My children had a ball! Earlier that day, Clarissa and I took Nana shopping at Bealls and Jonathon took Papaw to the Dollar store to look for some much needed gun caps. Afterwards, we went home for sandwiches and my kids ate like they weren't going to eat for days. They later told me that things taste better at Nana's. After lunch, I didn't hear them for a while and after I got suspicious, I found them in bed, tucked in for a good nap. THEY SLEPT FOR TWO HOURS!!! They don't do this at home!!!! BUT, I was told that Nana's house made for a good napping place.
Once we left and headed back to Amarillo, Jonathon told me that he loved going to the Post office and the Dollar store with Papaw because that was "their thing to do". He said he would always remember that. It took me back to that "chocolate graham cracker thing". Grandparents are good, very good. I'm glad that my children have theirs to make memories with.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Posted by Gayla at 10:55 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
We returned last night from a quick 2 day/1 night stay in Odessa. I was quite impressed with the town itself and LOVED our hotel. It was very kid friendly and had the most comfortable bed EVER!!!! Penny and Eric have recently moved to Odessa and it was nice to get to see their new home. However, it was a little sad leaving them and I think Clarissa wanted to pack up Gabriella and bring her home with us.
Once we returned, we spent some time settling back in before we went to bed. When the kids were going to bed, Clarissa asked me to read them a story from the Bible Stories book. I read to them about creation. When I finished, Clarissa said Man, God did a wonderful job creating this "Earf" (not a typo). He gave us seeds that grow into beautiful trees and plants for us and he gave us LOTS OF FOOD. He really did a wonderful job. I thought this was so sweet and so true. He did give us a beautiful creation call "Earf" but He did an even better job creating my two beautiful children and I am so very thankful to Him for them.
Posted by Gayla at 5:32 PM
Friday, July 13, 2007
I saw this today and thought - "I need to be a dog this year!"
If A Dog Was The Teacher
By Author Unknown
If a dog was the teacher, you would learn stuff like:
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
- Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
- Take naps. Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
- When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout! Run right back and make friends.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
- Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Posted by Gayla at 2:01 PM
Saturday, July 7, 2007
For the 2nd year, we spent the 4th of July in Canadian/Shamrock with my Sister and her family. This year, we actually stayed and watched the Fireworks in Shamrock. Although we thoroughly missed the Santos family, with whom we've spent the last 5 or 6 fireworks evenings with, nothing can compare to family. Hopefully, one of these days we can talk to the Santos family into joining us for some small town fun!
The kids entered turtles in the turtle race and Clarissa's turtle, Sally, won two heats! The competition was fierce and the excitment was unimaginable! We even witnessed two firsts: a turtle false start and a run-off in the finals! You haven't lived until you experience a tutle race!
Posted by Gayla at 1:10 PM
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
As most everyone knows, Clarissa was a flowergirl in a wedding this past weekend. The wedding was a teacher friend of mine. Clarissa's social calendar was full this weekend!
After a busy week of VBS that ended Thursday evening, we were up bright and early Friday for a morning rehearsal. That evening we had the rehearsal dinner. She was so good at both of these activities, ESPECIALLY the dinner. From the dinner we went home to tuck her in for a good night's rest because we knew she would need it.
The big day arrived and thank the Lord she slept in! We went to get her hair done and it took TWO people to do it because she has so much hair! But again, she was so very patient. We left there and went home for me to get ready. When she walked in the front door, the first person she looked for was her Daddy. She didn't say a word to him but wanted his acknowledgement. As soon as he told her how pretty she looked, she went to find Jonathon. He immediately told her how beautiul she was and that is when she smiled. It was so interesting to me how she really didn't care whether or not she had my approval but she certainly wanted her Dad's and brothers! They are so important in her little life!
Once we were at the location of the wedding, she dressed and was one of the girls. She was so excited!!! She did a great job during the ceremony even though I had to remind her to throw the petals as she began walking. So...she threw petals on her entrance AND exit! :)
Even though she had so much fun doing all of this, the reception/dance was her VERY FAVORITE! She didn't miss a dance. She danced with her brother, her Daddy, the groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, family members of Luke's, and herself. She had a ball!! She hung with it as long as anyone was on the dance floor! We left at 12:15 and arrived home about 12:30. Needless to say...I don't think she remembered much about arriving home because she was fast asleep!
I can't express how beautiful she was and how much fun she had. All she can say now is that she wants to have a wedding just like Stephanie's. I can't even imagine that day right now but if her beauty and grace as a flower girl is any indication as to what kind of bride she'll be......LOOK OUT!
Posted by Gayla at 12:27 AM