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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

What a glorious Easter Sunday today was!!  The sun was bright and shiny all day.  It was a little windy but a beautiful day.  Church was wonderful this morning.  My daughter, Erica, was in the Easter drama and she did so great.  She always did have a flair for acting and she really loves it.  Megan was in the outdoor Passion Play at her church and I saw her Thursday night.  It was so great and so moving to watch the last week of Christ's life on earth.  Megan was really great too.  I am super proud of my girls and their walks with the Lord.  They both love Him and serve Him to the best of their abilities.  They are just so precious to me.  When we got home from church the whole family got together at my mama's for Easter lunch.  Oh my stars..can we ever cook!!1  Not to brag but, my family is so blessed with really good home cooks.  We had the traditional Easter fare.  Ham, potato salad, deviled eggs, broccoli casserole and the like.  For dessert we had cheesecake, banana pudding and this great strawberry cake with fresh strawberries.  Yummy!  We had an Easter egg hunt for the grand babies.  Piper and Savannah had a blast finding eggs full of candy.  After all this my sweet niece, Brittany and her husband Aaron did a "A Baby Reveal" with an Easter egg with a chocolate kiss inside.  It was so fun.  Can you guess what it is????  It is a girl!!  This family just seems to not be able to have any boys but we make beautiful little girls.  And nothing is sweeter than a baby girl.  So soft and pink and precious.  I love little girls.  Love them to pieces.  I took a bunch of photos of the whole day and some were really good.  Easter is my second favorite holiday.  Not because of baskets or eggs or candy or dinner with family.  All of that is nice and fun.  I love Easter because it is about the Risen Savior of the world.  I am so glad my God is not dead....He is ALIVE!


Piper was so excited to find eggs all over my yard!



Savannah was just as thrilled.  They were so cute!


Piper tended to carry her basket like an old lady carries her purse!



Sweet Savannah.  I just love her!!!



The sweet new parents-to-be!  Pink eggs for their precious baby girl to come!



Can I open it and eat the candy Mimi????



Savannah loves to smell flowers.  I could just eat her up.



Uncle Thad and Aunt Megan were great bubble blowers.  They will make awesome parents some day.



Piper running after just one more egg that was hiding.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

He's Alive



On this Easter Morning



                                                                       He is ALIVE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cousins.....

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday.  At our church we have the Tiny Tots perform a ten minute set of songs that is beyond precious.  They sing the same songs every year and I know them all by heart.  I am sure when Jesus comes back a herd of toddlers will be waving Palm Branches and singing, "Hosanna" to the top of their lungs.  So sweet.  Piper and Savannah were both in the performance and bless Savannah's heart...she lasted all of 45 seconds.  She is really just too young yet to be up on the stage with all these goofy parents and grandparents smiling like morons at them while they sing.  I might start squalling too!  After church all my kids and their spouses came to my house for a big Sunday lunch.  Blake's mom and sister were in for the weekend so they could see the girls and so of course they came too.  I love lots of people over for anything!  They enjoyed the church service and were excited to see the girls sing.  Blake's sister, Kayla, has a new baby herself.  His name is Levi and he is just six months old.  Little, he is not.  This boy is a chunker!  So sweet though.  He really is such a cutie-pie!  Piper and Savannah just loved all over him and Savannah was obsessed with giving him a naptime bottle.  Before we ate lunch everyone was gathered around the table for the blessing and my son in law Blake spoke up and said, "I have a quick question?"  I looked at him and said, "Sure, what do you need?"  Then...he asked Robin (his mom) and I how we felt about being Grandmothers again...WHAT!  I started screeching and Robin started hollering.  How would we feel????  We felt thrilled and excited and over the moon.  That's how we felt!  I am so excited that I cannot stand it.  So come November 24th or so we will have yet another little cousin to add to the mix.  My sweet niece, Brittany and her husband Aaron are going to reveal their baby's gender Easter Sunday to all of us after lunch and to say I am excited is to say the least.  There is another little cousin to add!!  So this Christmas we will have two more sweet babies to hold and coo over under the Christmas tree.  I adore babies and I cannot wait to get my hands on these two.  Being a grandmother is the best thing in the whole wide world!!  I love these babies so much and I am just so blessed beyond measure to have the Lord trust them to our family.  The small part I play in their lives is so precious to me and such an honor.  What an amazing blessing.


I tried to get a good photo of all three babies but needless to say....



Baby wrangling is a very underpaid job



Little Levi.  Such a sweetie.




Pretty Piper.  I did manage to get one of her where she was smiling and looking up and still.



Savannah?  I cannot seem to get her to even look towards me in a general direction.  But she too is as pretty as she can be.  I am so glad they love babies!!



When I asked Piper if she wanted a baby sister or a baby brother she said, "I don't."  I asked her again and she said, "I just want to keep Savannah."  So sweet!  They just love each other to pieces and so I know they will just adore whatever they get.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Oh No...He Didn't...

For two weeks I have gotten an automated call from Walgreens Pharmacy about a prescription being ready.  First off I take only one prescription.  It is a combo of progesterone and estrogen.  Two bottles.  Two pills per day.  Easy peasy.  They are on a 90 auto refill.  Easy peasy.  Well, it should not have been refilled until this week so I don't know about all that two weeks of calling stuff.  I mean I still have four pills in each bottle.  Well I got a call that said, "If you do not come pick up your prescription we will return the medication."  What??  Really??  What if it is a life-saving drug that I have to have??  Like estrogen and progesterone?  Isn't that life saving???  Like his life????  So I pull in the drive thru.  Mistake number one.  Me and drive thru as friends...not so much.  I stated that I was there to pick up my prescription and Zach the pharmacy tech went to go get it from the bins.  He was 14.  Zach-a-roo comes back and says, "That will be 33.00 ma'am."  I look at him and sweetly.  Sweetly, now.  "Honey, there should be two prescriptions there."  Well little ole Zach says, "It's a 90 day supply."  Once again I sweetly say, "I know but there should be two prescriptions."  Then....oh my heavens, get this...Zach says as he is leaning into the microphone really loud and really slow, "It Is A Ninety Day Supply Ma'am."  Oh no he didn't.  So of course all sweetness went out the window.  I looked at Mr. Zach and said, " There should be two bottles with one prescription in each and since I was on auto fill he should know that and since the prescription was for estrogen and I was obviously out and he better go fill the other bottle...right now."  I wasn't real sweet either.  He looked at my prescription on his computer and agreed with me (imagine that) that one bottle was not included and he would put it on auto fill right away ma'am and could I come back in fifteen minutes...please???    Sure, no problem.  I had to go by groceries anyway.  So instead of going to the Food Lion right across the road or the Lowes Food right up the road or the third realm of you know where about a mile up the road, I drove 20 miles into the next town to Harris Teeter in Bermuda Run.  I strolled through the aisles smiling at strangers and not seeing one familiar face.  That was so nice.  There was no stock boys putting anything up anywhere.  No screaming children running up and down the different sections tearing the store apart and eating marshmallows from bags that they have yet to pay for.  Strangers.  I didn't know if they were strange and I didn't have a clue.  They didn't know me either.  No one there knew I was low on estrogen.  I went back towards my home and ran back through the drive thru and got my prescriptions.  Zach didn't hardly crack a smile...oh no, he didn't.  But I did...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday In The Park

Once again I have been MIA in blogland.  I honestly do not know where the time goes.  I am just way too busy and I need to just slow down and take a deep breath and stop being so busy.  Today I met Erica, Megan, Piper and Savannah at the park at a lake below our house.  It was a typical spring day in North Carolina.  Deceivingly warmish....lots of sunshine but the breeze was cool and the ground was cold.  Spring is just not my favorite season.  It is a trickster.  The girls were dressed for a warm spring day so I was glad the sun was shining!  Their Mimi on the other hand wore a jacket the whole time because I suppose I have no blood.  Or I am old.  The latter is probably the best choice.  We played on all the swings and slides and fished in the lake.  I baited their hooks since neither one will touch a worm.  Oh, we will be most definitely de-sissifying some little girls this summer.  We did not catch a fish nor even a nibble but we did have a lot of fun.  School will be out soon and I can't wait for lazy days.  Laying on quilts and watching the clouds.  Swimming.  Lightning bugs.  Tadpoles and baby frogs.  Summer is my time.  Spring just started and I am wishing my life away by calling on summer but these cool breezes just get me.  I did manage to take some pictures while the girls were swinging and sliding and fishing.  It was a fun day.




Savannah loves to swing.  She smiles the whole time.



Piper loves climbing the rock wall.  She does a good job too!




Savannah and mommy going down the big curvy slide!



Pipe is a "big girl" and can go all by herself with her hands in the air.


Piper singing and swinging!  Singing, "Let It Go" from Frozen for 127945 time.



Sweet Savannah.  I love those little chubby legs.  She is getting too big too fast.



Piper fishing for a little fish.



Savannah just wants to hold the pole.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I really need a "Life Alert"

I spend a lot of time alone.  Well, not all alone....I do have Penny.  So when I have the occasional home accident...like y'all don't fall down or fall out of bed or tumble either up or down your stairs???!  I fall down more than the average adult.  I am either going too fast or not looking where I am going or most likely I am doing 2095 things at one time.  So yesterday I thought I would help my daddy get up the wood he has laying in piles all over his yard from the recent ice storm and the damage it left.  I helped him haul the wood away and then I thought I would just pick up some of the 74 million pine cones that are all over their yard.  I needed a bucket.  If you know me then you know I am somewhat considered a bucket hoarder.  You can never ever have too many buckets in my opinion.  The uses are endless!  So I saw a really good one with a handle and everything in front of my car in the garage.  Instead of thinking....I kind of crawled over the girls little John Deere tractor wagon to reach for this bucket when what do you know???  My foot caught the trailer part of this tractor and the next thing you know I was on the garage floor.  And did my knee and thigh and well...my whole entire left side of my body hurt.  Hurt???  It was screaming!  Or maybe that was me??  Whatever.  Let's just say I was writhing in pain as much as I could in about an eight inch space.  And no, I am not eight inches wide so my writhing was limited.  So did someone come to my rescue?  Nope.  Penny did come and look at me but that was about it.  Stupid dog...see if I pet her again.  So I hefted myself up and I hobbled out to the driveway where I did see my mama.  I put on a brave face and even picked up a few pine cones but then I said I needed to take a bath and get ready for bed.  It was 6:30.  I limped to the bathroom and just the effort to sit down in the tub was awful.  I scarfed down four advil and wrapped up in a throw on the couch.  I did get to watch my two favorite shows...The Voice and The Blacklist and then I hobbled to beds where just turning over was awful.  All day it has just throbbed and my knee is swollen and kind of squishy.  Good grief.  I not only need life alert I really need assisted living.  I do like living alone.  I mean I get to do what I want, when I want.  I don't answer to  anyone and I set my own schedule but there are times when I do wish someone was here to at least pour me into bed when I take these tumbles.  Or maybe I just need to slow down, look over sketchy situations and choose my approaches a little wiser.  That would be smart and a lot easier to explain than a big ole life alert hanging around my neck.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Guess Who's back????

Oh My-lan-ta!!!  It is so good to be back in blogland.  I have been MIA for almost three weeks and do I have a ton of stuff to say.  First off, there was this huge ice storm that knocked down a ton of trees in my yard but PTL I did not lose my power.  But I did lose my computer.  I am now typing on a new one that is super smart.  And guess what??  I'm not.  It has taken me three days to figure out how to sign into this blog.  I still can't upload photos and that is driving me bonkers.  Erica says that technology is not out to get me but....she is so wrong.  Everyone else I know did lose their power but my house was lit up like a Christmas tree.  All my kids and grandkids came over for a sleepover so can we say "Funtimes at Mimis"???  It was fun and everyone was great.  The girls power came back on the next day so they all got back to their homes really quick.  We did miss three days of school and went in two hours late for two more days.  I suppose we will get out of school this summer about three days before we are to go back to school.  I am just praying that we miss absolutely no more school.  I want warm weather and sun and blue skies!!!  Did I mention that are calling for snow on Tuesday?  I am crying....crying so hard I really can't even see to type.  Please no more snow!

A few other things that have come up.  My sweet, sweet niece Brittany and her husband Aaron are going to have a baby!!!  I am so excited and so pumped up about a new baby in the family i cannot stand it!  She is due on September 14th and they are finding out what the gender is at the end of April.  I cannot wait.  I will be the best Great Aunt in the whole wide world.  Well, maybe not the whole world but surely in the tri-state area.

As far as anything else in my life going on....well....lets just say I am as boring as always.  I do have a few things going on but they really aren't worth writing about let alone thinking about.  I have joined a book club that meets once a month.  I love it too.  We are reading Lysa Terkeurst's "Made To Crave"  It is an awesome book and has made me realize that in my own life I do crave other things more than God.  Mostly food.  I am a food addict and this book has made me face that harsh reality.  If you do not struggle with eating or food then you don't get it.  But if you do .... then you get it.  Drug addicts and alcoholics can quit their habits.  Go cold turkey.  Food addicts will eat their cold turkey.  I am learning to place prayer on my plate instead of pie.  It is hard.  Really hard.  I have spent a lot of time just sitting and staring.  Thinking...okay God, what do I pray when I just want to eat junk that is so not good for me.  What do I pray?  Who do I pray for?  I have even spent time almost in tears because I do not like this part of me.  At all.  But slowly the Lord is changing me and honing my own prayer life.  Making it better.  I have also given up teaching my Sunday School class.  That was a hard one too.  I love, love, love teaching but I knew God had been closing this door for quite some time and I knew that I needed to be obedient.  I don't know what He has planned for me but it can only be for my good.