Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The First Day of School

The Seventh Grader

The Senior!

The first day of school means photo day which means "stand by the stairs and let's get your picture". (A lot of grumbling going on at this time). We have been trying to get these pictures taken for three days. Getting the pictures taken the first week works right? They will appreciate this tradition some day. I wish I had sis' picture too!

School is going okay for all three. Eli gave Sis a tour of the campus the evening before class the next day. He also met her at the bus stop near her apartment and rode it to the campus with her. Thanks Eli! She doesn't have to drive her car each day as they say parking is so crowded. Bubba says school is going good. Although the night we had dinner and football throwing Sunday, he sprained his ankle and decided to run on it the first day of school. So, he has been limping around here, but it is getting better. G got his pads today in football and their first game is in eight days. He is trying out for receiver. He has to be at school early in the morning for football and he says it is hot!


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

How do you like this boot?


I wanted to show you the boot I made for the new Keller Williams Real Estate office here in Burleson. The decor is high-end western. We put this in the conference above the shelves. I may add the second boot with it if it looks ok. This boot belonged to Tom, a friend of ours, who passed aways a year ago. He had all of these old boots in his garage so I took them home and cleaned off the mud and manure. Tom was very special to Pat and I and we miss him so much. His wife is precious too...Anna Lee, wish we could see that smile of yours more often!
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

The College Kids

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Sis came home for dinner tonight and brought her roommate, Claire and her boyfriend, Wade, and of course Eli. Sis met Wade two years when she met Eli as they were close friends. Sis and Claire became friends and now they share an apartment. Sis called earlier in the week and said that the four of them had been discussing what meal I should cook for their visit. They requested roast (Wade wanted carrots and onions included), mashed potatoes, and banana pudding. I love to see kids who appreciate my cooking! After dessert we went to the backyards for some football throwing and photos. I miss you Sis!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Watch Out! Paige Learned How to Drive a Tractor

I learned something new this weekend! Pat taught me how to drive the "big" tractor so I could help him get the mowing done before it rained. (This is actually not me driving this tractor in the picture in case you were wondering!) He was really nervous when it was time for me to start it up or shut it down. I was okay while I was driving the tractor in the middle of the pasture, but all of those controls made me nervous! He kept telling me to "not panic"! He was on the little tractor mowing the same pasture, but mine had a radio and AC and his didn't. You would think after growing up on a farm as a child I would have learned this by now. I love learning new things.

The Picture I Promised

Ok, here is the picture of Sis and her boyfriend, Eli, that I promised several blogs ago! This was taken in Myrtle Beach when Sis joined Eli's family there last month for a few days of vacation. She has been gone for a week now and we miss her so much (even her brothers)! One more week before school starts...enjoy it! School starts for all of the kids on the 27th, so we are gearing up with get-ready-for-activities.

Make it a great week!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Miles I Traveled this Weekend

I was invited by my little sister, Kelly, to join her and my niece and her five girlfriends for shopping overnight in Dallas! Wow, I am so glad that I decided to join them. We had a girls' trip that was so and food, my favorite. Since Kelly lives in Oklahoma this was a great treat. Kelly, let's make this an annual trip!

After leaving Dallas I drove to Sis' new apartment to help her unpack and purchase curtains for her new room in her apartment. I wish I had taken a picture. Maybe I can post that picture soon. She is enjoying her new apartment and started her job on Monday. She called today to say that she was bored (and she was at the pool). Go figure!

The next stop was back home to pickup G and head to the ranch, known as the Double E, and meet up with dad. My mom and her friend joined us for an overnight with three dogs tagging along. One of the dogs gave birth the next morning to four little ones. I could not stomach watching that and just waited for the birth announcement.

Then, back but tired! XOXO

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

My Baby Turned 13!

In 1994 I gave birth to a ten pound baby and now look at him. He is getting taller by the minute and looks just like his dad...and acts like him too! We took G with some friends, to a local restaurant. He only wanted one thing for his birthday and that was a new cell phone! We held out as long as I could stand it!

Also, I know that I screwed up on my last post with Hubby and Sis' picture being in the place of her boyfriend's picture. I asked Sis for a new picture of her boyfriend and I have not received one, so it will be posted in the future.

Sis got word yesterday that she will be transfered to a new bank near school and will start next week. That means that she is moving out this weekend. We new it was coming, but not this weekend so our hearts are tender. I tear up just talking about it.

I had a cool experience yesterday. I went to the Dallas Market for the first time and by myself too! It was overwhelming at first (15 floors), but it was easy to know where you were going. I made some good contacts for my florals in the near future, so I am excited about that.
Make it a good day!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sis is leaving our nest again

Yes, she is leaving us again and Dad and I think it is really going to be harder this time. She is attending college this fall and started moving this weekend. She is so excited! Her biggest stress lately is choosing her bedroom colors! The picture above is what she is trying to achieve with her bedroom. She finally decided the exact colors she told me this afternoon on the phone. Will keep you posted! She received good news last week. She is now working as a teller for a local bank and she is going to transfer to another bank closer to college. We are so proud of sis and will miss her so much!

She wants her bedroom at her new apartment to look just like this

You don't have to have a lump to get breast cancer!

A young blogger, Whymommy, who I've come to read has recently been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She's encouraging everyone to steal this post and put it on their blogs and pass the word about her cancer. Please steal it from me and let both myself and her know if you do use it. This is a profound issue.

Please also visit her blog at Toddler Planet

From Toddler Planet:

We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?

I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.

Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.

Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.