Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fantastic Memorial Day Weekend

We had a fantastic weekend. Saturday hubby, daughter and I went over to some of our homeschool friends house for a Swimming and BBQ party. What a fun day we had eating, swimming and chatting the day away with our friends. The weather was perfect and the food was delicious!!! I do not do swimming, so I really cannot say for sure how that was, but my DD sure had fun doing that. I mostly played photographer and walked around taking pictures of everyone. To me that is the funniest part cause I will have the memories of that day forever. Below are some of the fun things that went on throughout the day. There were of course many, many more photos, but I believe these will give a pretty good idea of the fun we had together.
Pool number #1

and pool #2. Both very relaxing and fun!!
Cutie Pie!!

New BFF's
Mom and Daughter

Shooting the breeze and making new friendships.
and struming and singing the day away. What a fun day it was for everyone!!!!



On Sunday we were just kind of sitting around here with nothing to do when one of our couple friends called and ask if we wanted to go on a picnic at the Lake on Monday, Memorial Day. Well I had been thinking all week how much fun it would be to go to the Lake and camp, so what was going to be just a picnic at the Lake turned out to be a over night camping trip. So we drove out to the Lake to check out the camping sites available and to our amazement, there was NONE!!! Well I guess we were not all that surprised considering it was Memorial Day weekend. We did figure though there would at least be one or two primitive sites available. After a few hours of driving around and checking back in to the office we were able to get one site that was for a group of 25. We assured the lady that we could at least get 15 people there and so on the phone I went calling everyone I could think of that would be willing to tent camp. I called my son whom called his friends and then I called my friend Shells and by the end of the day I had 13 people which was close enough. So we reserved the spot and rushed home to gather up our stuff. Everyone else quickly gathered there things and all of us headed to the lake. My DD and I was the first to arrive while my DH went to the grocery store for food. Our campsite was 1/2 mile off the main road and so we did lots of hiking back and forth to our cars. It was a long hike but it was so worth it. The trees opened up to this point which the lake was on 3 sides. It was the most magnificent site I had every seen. It was like we had our own island. Huge camp site with 2 tables and 2 fire pits. Trees and water all around us. Lots of good swimming. Absolutely the most perfect camp site we had ever camped at. Slowly everyone started arriving. After many trips back and forth to the cars, we finally got everything to the campsite and settled about 2:00 a.m. Yes that is right. Remember we did not decide to do this till 5:00 p.m. So really we made pretty good time considering. I was able to get there early enough to watch the sunset which was fabulous and then the rest of us were able to watch the moon rise from what looked like the water. What a most awesome site that was. We ate, the kiddos swam, the men fished some from the bank, we set around and talked and laughed, we roasted marshmallows. The weather was perfect and the spot we were at was so cool and breezy. The wind blowing across the water made for a perfect feeling. We stayed up till around 4:00 a.m. talking and laughing and eating. Then all decided to go to sleep. Well all, but the young adults. They stayed up another 2 hours and kept the rest of us from sleeping with their talking and laughter and breaking limbs for the fire. I did manage to doze in and out a few times and finally deciding to get up around 6:00 from which I was able to see the sunrise. WOW!! Nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise across the water. So I was able to see the sun set, the moon rise and then the sunrise. How perfect was that!!! My husband and another husband got up to do some early morning fishing. Nothing was caught, but they sure had fun trying. Others then started all waking up and feeling a bit groggy and tired. LOL!!! We started the day with breakfast and slowly hauling our stuff back to the car as not to have to do it all at once. One of our couple friends brought this awesome wagon which I must now own and it made the trips back and forth much easier. We then watched the kids swim, we had a awesome breakfast, we took lots of pictures, we talked more and then we had a huge picnic lunch. After lunch a few were ready to pack it in and head home. Some of the rest of us stayed until around 5:00 and then packed up the rest of the stuff and left. What we discovered from this experience is, camping cannot be a spontaneous decision. It must be planned out more carefully as not to bring to much stuff. We brought enough stuff, mostly food, to last a week. We spent way to much of our time hauling stuff back and forth to the vehicles which in turned exhausted us. The last count was that I made the trip back and forth to the car and bathroom was 20 times which at a 1/2 mile one way would make me have walked about 10 miles total. Now thats lottsa trips and walking in a 24 hour period. We also decided that this site was well worth a weekend stay and next time we would stay 2 or more nights. All in all we had the best time ever and we have lots of photos to prove that. Here are a few to share. Making the hike to the camp site which was 1/2 mile from our car. It was a beautiful trail surrounded by lots of trees and the sounds of nature. A little bumpy on occasion from big rocks.



What a gorgous camp site. I took pictures of 3 sides which was surrounded by water. The breeze blew across the water and kept us cool and comfortable all night and day.
The upper picture is the right side of the camp site. The lower picture is the point or middle and then this lower picture is the left side. Just absolutely perfect!!!

The feastivites of the night was grilling burgers and roasting marsmellows,
doing some night fishing,
and enjoying each others company while
setting up the tents.

Some watched
while others laughed and worked. Some very early morning fishing is what one does when they think everyone else is sleeping.
The water was very cold, but


Once you were in it, it was fun, fun and more fun.

Finally some time to relax and enjoy our friends.
And now its time to go!!! Next time we defiantely have to stay more than 1 day. I hardly had time to enjoy the time there and it was time to leave.
Kadies new dog Jasmine. We got her yesterday after we got home. We learned about her adoption on Saturday at the BBQ. We had been looking for a Chihuahua for the last several months, but all of them have been too expensive. I just refuse to pay high dollar for a dog when there are 1000's of dogs in the world that need homes. Plus I was not really wanting a puppy to have to house train ect... I wanted one already trained, fixed, and shots if possible. So with much patience, God has placed us with the perfect pet. Jasmine was living in foster care for the last 2 weeks. Her previous owner was a elderly man who passed away. So she has been waiting for the last few weeks for us to find her. She is perfect and she was free. She is about the same age as my Gracie. Her birth date is October 29th, 2005 which makes her almost 3 years old. Gracie will be 3 years old in July. She is listed on her shot records as a Long Haired Chihuahua. The foster lady said she was part Chihuahua and part Pomeranian. She also said she was almost 2 years old. So I am thinking she has not looked at her papers and just assumed. As I research the internet at long haird Chihuahua, I have found many that look exactly like her. So I am going to assume she is a long haired Chihuahua like her shot records indicate. Anyway, either way she is still perfect, and she was free, and my DD already loves her. Other great quialities about her, she is house trained, she loves to go for walks and rides, she is kennel trained, and she loves to snuggle in your lap. That makes her the perfect dog for my little girl. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found such a sweet, smart, and loving pet. Gracie thinks she is pretty cool also. She has not had much of a chance to visit with her since my DD has hardly put her down, but their brief interactions have been somewhat pleasant. A few warning growls, but nothing serious. Gracie wants to play with her really bad, but Jasmine is not quite sure about that yet. I give them a week and they will probably be having the best time together.Here is our new little Jasmine.



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I wonder.....

Wow, I cannot believe how long its been since I actually posted on my blog. Time does fly by when you are having fun. Yes its true, this past month has been a very fun month. I have spent lots of time scrapbooking with my friends and remodeling my house. We have finally got my living room painted. Its the most amazing brown color. I love it. Everyone that sees it ask me if I like how dark the room is now. My answer to that is "Yes" I love the dark room. Its so much more cozy and cool. If I want light, all I have to do is open up my big ole window and I have tons of light. Otherwise, I have lots of dark. Its awesome. When I get it completed, I will share photos. We are painting doors and trim right now and adding the little touches. We are also going to be building a entertainment center which will be attached to the wall. So lots to do yet before its completed. It is painted though and that is a major accomplishment.

As for my scrapbook life. It could not be better. I just came home from a 3 day retreat with my BFF's. We had so much fun. We went to a place called the http://www.leretreathouse.com/ LeRetreat house and just let me tell you how wonderful that place was. We arrived on Friday morning and had the entire house to ourselves for the entire 3 days. Its not a bed and breakfast where you have to share the space with other guest. Its a place you rent and you are the only ones there the whole time. LOVED IT!!! We loved it so much, that we have already booked another weekend in September. I am already counting down the days. I cannot think of anything travel wise that I love more, than going off somewhere and spending the entire weekend with my girlfriends. Its just a amazing and fun experience. Its even better when you have a group of friends that all jive well together. There was 11 of us there and we all just blended so well together. Like peanut butter and jelly. Here is our group photo.


I am so happy to have this picture. Every person in this picture is truly a blessing to my life. I love them all!!! ALL!!!

Yesterday was just one of those days. The only thing good I can think of about the entire day was that one of my friends made it through her gallbladder surgery (Praises to God) and the other was that I got to go shopping for some new makeup. I have not done that in a long time. I was needing a change in makeup brand and I was needing some new facial day and night creams. I sell Avon and I have always loved and used it, but I was wanting to try the new Revlon Age Defying brand. I have heard lots of good things about it and thought I needed a change for a while. My skin is looking so drab by lately. Anyways, I spent 125.00 on face products. Is that not sad or what. LOL!!!! I got it all covered though. I even bought me a hair waxing kit. I have been noticing these fuzzy little hairs on my chin and all I can say about that is ICK!!!! Whats up with that!!! I guess its those lovely women hormones that cause strange hairs to appear in places never before. Thank goodness for products that rid the face of these sort of hairs. I am thinking it will probably be painful, but I would rather have the pain than to have the hairs. Anyways, back to my day. So besides those 2 things, the rest of the day was crappy. My FIL and my husband got into another one of there huge fights. This one was worse than the last one they had and I do believe this time the old man has "screwed the pooch!!!" in other words he has really messed up this time. Believe it or not but the fight started over a Rainbow vacuum cleaner. 2 years ago my MIL bought a 2000.00 Rainbow vacuum. One of my most favorite vacuums ever. At the time she bought it, she shared with me that one day she would give it to me to have. What a exciting gesture on her part. I would have loved to have such a nice vacuum. Anyway, I was over at his house a few weeks ago and I ask him if I could just USE the vacuum. That it set in the closet and was not being used and I told him I would love to use it and do some spring cleaning with it. I had told him how Mom had told me one day it would be my vacuum. He of course growled at me for saying that, but did say it was ok for me to keep it at my house and use it as long as I would come over on occasion and vacuum under his bed ect.... I agreed to that and took the vacuum home. Well yesterday he came over and for some unknown reason demanded me to give him back the vacuum. When I ask him why he had changed his mind about me using it, he became very mad and yelled at me that he could change his mind if he wanted and it was not my business to ask him why. I said "Fine" and slammed the door in his face. When my husband came home, he took the hoses that I could not find at the time over to him. He simply ask the same question as to why he changed his mind. At the time he was eating and when my husband ask him that question, he started yelling and spitting his food all over my husband. Then he told him to get out of his house and off his property and not to come back. That's when all HE double LL broke out. I heard this yelling from inside my house and ran out on the porch only to hear my husband call him a "b" word and then his so called dad telling him he was the "b" word cause he was the one without a father. I nearly fainted when I heard that. See my husband was adopted at birth from this crazy old loon and this would be the second time he has said something awful like that. So my husband turned around and said that is right, I do not have parents. I am a "b" word. And then he came over to our house, which is next door and he said something else to my husband and he turned around and screamed for all the neighbors to hear "F You". I nearly fainted again of course looking around to see who had witnessed such a seen. Lucky no one was outside. What a mess this old man has gotten himself into. He just does not realize how much he needs my husband in his life. He is 84 years old and can hardly do anything for himself. After yesterday and what he said, my husband is disowning him. He said if he could afford to do it, he would legally have all of our last names changed and we would move from this house. He says he wants nothing to do with the old man ever again. He is not his dad. He is not even a sperm doner. He is nothing. Just someone who unwillingly agreed 44 years ago to adopt him. That's it!!! He has never provided a loving home and never been a loving father. He said growing up, he has no single good memory of time spent with him. He only remembers how his adopted mother was great to him. He said he forgave him last time because of his mother, but his mother is no longer here and he is not letting this go this time. He is done. My heart is very sad for him right now. How terrible that must feel not to know who your real father was or ever feel like you had a real father. Whats even more sadder is that his real father never even knew about him. His biological mother had him and his biological father never even knew about him. He was supposedly some sailor who had come in on a leave and they met and where together for a while and then he left back out and who knows from that point where he went. I wish, I wish, my husband could find his real parents. They were so young when all that happened. I think his biological mother was only 17 or so when she had him. Very young. Well anyway, I am thankful he was adopted and I am thankful he had a loving adopted mother who taught him to love. Cause he is the most loving and giving man for having such a awful adopted father to raise him. It proves to me that he never was around much and that his adopted mother truly was the one who raised him and taught him everything. I am so very thankful for her and what she did for him and how she raised him to the man he is today. I could not ask for a better husband. He is very loyal and loving and he is the most awesome father to his children. If my MIL had not adopted him, I may have never met him. So please pray that my DH can find peace in his heart about the man next door and that we are able to go on with our lives without any more stress or painful words being said. Its hurtful to let your anger get the best of you. As Christan's we know when we do wrong, but because we are humans we do wrong and then have great regreat and sorrow, because we are Christan's and we should no better. Its hard to be a good loving Christian in this world. Someone is always putting us to the test. To stay in control of our hurtful feelings and not lash out at those that hurt us, to love people for who they are and except and to forgive when they hurt us and not try to hurt back. I know its hard for me anyway. I really struggle with this and its hard for me to give him good advice on this situation. I do not blame him for how he feels and certainly do not encourage him to let it go. I have always lived by the phrase "Hurt me once, shame on you" Hurt me twice, shame on me" I think it must be my southern upbringing that makes me so stubborn and strong willed. I spend most of my time hoping for forgiveness from our Father above for what I do wrong here. I just pray that God see's what a awful man he is to his son and understands my husbands actions and forgives him for his and gives him peace in his heart about this situation. It breaks my heart to see him hurting and I know he is really hurt after the words exchanged yesterday. I think he is more angry at himself for letting that old man who means nothing to him, get the best of him. My husband is one of the most easy going souls I know. For him to lash back is very strange. He has never been one to do that. That tells me he is really hurting. Being angry only hurts ourselves more than it hurts the other person. We know this, but yet its hard to let go of the anger. I pray he is able to do that. I think it would be easier if we could move from this house. I really do pray something comes along that will be able to remove us from this house. There are just to many bad memories attached. I love this house and it is perfect for us and we are finally getting it fixed up the way we want. But I feel like there is something else out there for us. I do not feel like this is the place we will grow old. I feel like we moved here for a reason and now that reason passed away in Febuary and our time is done here. Its time to move forward. Now we are just waiting to see whats next.... I wonder!!!!

Wow, I cannot beleive how long its been since I actually posted on my blog. Time does fly by when you are having fun. Yes its true, this past month has been a very fun month. I have spent lots of time scrapbooking with my friends and remodeling my house. We have finally got my living room painted. Its the most amazing brown color. I love it. Everyone that sees it ask me if I like how dark the room is now. My answer to that is "Yes" I love the dark room. Its so much more cozy and cool. If I want light, all I have to do is open up my big ole window and I have tons of light. Otherwise, I have lots of dark. Its awesome.