Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
We started heading West to Keystone Lake. We were surprised at how windy it was, but Jacob did not let the wind stop him. He caught two small fish really fast.
Then the wind pushed us on. We drove around the lake area for a while. Then we became aware of the time and decided that there was no way to get back in time for Sunday night services at church.
So we slowed down and just enjoyed nature. We headed back to town and stopped at Chandler park in West Tulsa. I had not been there for many years and I had forgotten how incredible the view is of downtown Tulsa from there. Actually there are a lot of really great views and neat photo opportunities there. Jacob climbed around on the rocks. The heights make me a little nervous. But the views are breath-taking!
Next we packed ourselves back into the car and headed East on 21st street towards home. That led us right past Woodward park. Kim and I had our wedding photo's taken there so we had to stop for more pictures. Jacob took a ton of pictures of the flowers in the rose gardens. This one is my favorite! Most of the flowers are starting to die. The blooms are very full and just almost played out. But they all smelled beautiful and we enjoyed the walk!
We arrived back home just before dark. We had some yummy home-made chicken noodle soup for dinner and went to bed full of fresh air and God's beautiful creation. I hope you like the pictures we took. We had a nice day together!
This picture was taken in Chandler park of some of the beautiful old trees there. I don't know what kind of trees they are, but I love the golden color of the leaves! I just feel so good when I look at these pictures. I know I will enjoy the memories of our day together for many years, but the pictures will help me bring it back into focus on a really hot muggy day in late July!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Since I don't have any cute pictures to go with my church building/brownie adventure, here is a picture from Susan M's back yard. She has these faces on one of her trees. Fun!
For those of you who have never been to Susan's house. Her back yard is AWESOME! Ok, her whole house is amazing! She and Mike did most all of the work themselves too! Have a good Wednesday!
Monday, October 20, 2008
I recently (a few weeks ago) opened a "facebook" page. It seemed fun and I thought maybe I would find some old friends. I did too! I found the "little" girl I used to be a nanny for about 20 years ago!! I searched for her, found someone with her name and sent her a note. I really thought nothing would come of it, but I just looked at my page and it was her!! I am so excited to find her! Her name is Shannon. She was the most adorable little girl EVER and I loved her so much. While I lived there they had a baby too. Her name is Mary. It tore my heart out when I left Virginia to come back home. I think I probably left two slices of it there with Shannon and Mary.
So that was cry number one! Whew! I had barely just gotten myself back together when I decided to check my blog. I had begun to suspect that Amy was the only person (thank you for caring, Amy!) who ever reads my blog. I was about to give it up, because I feel sure Amy has better things to read. My life is really boring and who cares, right? But I decided to go back and look it over again and there was a message from my big brother. He actually posted a comment on my blog!!! Sniff! Sniff! Sniff! Sob! Gulp! Danny, if you ever find your way back here again, I love you too! I miss you more and more as we get older. Remember all the fun stuff? Halloween in the hood? Remember when you would trip little kids and steal their candy? You were such an awesome big brother because you never cried when Deb and I beat you up! Hugs to all you Hamil-people up in PA! Love you all! I love this dorky picture of us from 1986!! Yes that is me in the ugly glasses. That is Danny in the middle and my favorite sister Debbie. Love that sofa too!
So here I am, all cried out. Posting yet another entry on my blog. I guess I will keep blogging away. You never know who might be reading.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
As soon as we got off work, we went next door with our ugly hands and feet. This was a special treat for both of us. Neither of us has the budget for this kind of activity. I was a little unsure of what to think. First, they led us to these huge chairs with basins at the base to soak our feet.
Turns out those chairs are massage chairs. Oh, the bliss! Actually, I was not wild about the massage part, but Vicky loved it. Two nice ladies came to get us started. I can't remember what the name was of Vicki's person, but my lady was Lisa! Cool huh?
They started with an ice scrub, it was not ice. I was happy :o) to hear that! It was actually some sort of crystals... maybe coarse sea salt? Next was a clay mask. The mask was green, and smelled really nice. It made our legs look funny. We looked like Incredible Hulks! Lisa did a great job massaging my hulk-legs. It was soooo relaxing!Next came what I was really expecting all along, the scraping and callous removing. Let me tell you that it was like Edward Scissor Hands was sitting at my feet! The junk that was on my feet was disgusting! I thought I did a pretty good job of managing this myself, but apparently, I stink and pedicures. I guess that works out all right, as I do OK selling insurance. :o) Then we proceeded to the toe nail painting.
Vicki had adorable little flowers painted on her big toes. Her feet looked fabulous! But by the time she finished and was led to a chair for her manicure she could hardly walk because she was so relaxed from the pampering and massaging! Fun! They put us both into funny, green disposable flip flops so we would not ruin our toes. We finished our adventure at the manicure tables. I chose to have my nails painted the same color as my toes. Vicki went for a natural look. We were both very pleased with the results. We are also both very thankful for this special treat!
Jacob was very impressed with the disposable flip-flops and decided they were his to wear. Unfortunately, while I do have a large foot--size 10--Jacob wears a size 15 and the flip flops could not withstand the trauma of his feet! I wish you could have seen him strolling around the house wearing these! Very funny! He can be such a clown!
My boss is so great to do this for us! We really had a great time. Vicki says she slept great Thursday night. We delivered the bill to my boss Friday morning. We were a little afraid he would have a heart attack, but all he did was smile and ask if we would like to do it again sometime!! How awesome is that???? I bet you can guess what we said.... YES!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It seems like God gets His paint brush out and uses all my favorite colors. I can't help but smile :o) when there is scenery like this in front of me. Thank you, God for the beauty you have blessed us with! And just to think that it has only begun. The next weeks will see many changes in our world. I have a feeling that the trees will be the best part.
This time of year, for some reason, my mind starts to shift towards getting myself organized and creating order in my life and my home. I need to start with a day of serious house work. My favorite time to do that is when Kim takes Jacob camping and I have the house all to myself. I do like to camp, but I don't get many opportunities to have the house to myself either. I am really starting to look forward to a few days like that. I will have to start hinting to the guys about some father/son bonding!
Tomorrow I have a special treat! My boss is treating my co-worker, Vicki, and I to a manicure and pedicure at the salon next to our office. I guess it is some sort of deal he worked out with the owner of the salon. Anyway, I will take some pictures, if Vicki will cooperate, and post them tomorrow!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I was about eight years old when I first remember meeting her. I was living at Turley Childrens Home and had probably been living there for about a year. I'm sure I met her my first day there, but I don't remember much about that very bad day. So, after a year there I had the opportunity to earn some extra money. She worked as the secretary in the office there. I was allowed to go there 2 or 3 days each week after school and clean and run errands for the office workers for some extra money, I think it was all of a dollar a week or something like that. It felt like a fortune to me!
This was exciting on several levels. First, money. I had NEVER had money of my own. We did get fifty cents a week allowance, but we were only allowed to spend one quarter each week. That money went fast on candy at the snack bar. Second, boredom. We were not allowed to watch much television so we always had to play outside every day. We did not have bikes or toys (not many anyway). So it was not much fun. Third, importance! I felt very special for the first time in my life. Bobby (my future mom) was so nice to me. She taught me how real ladies act, dress, talk and work. Some of that I have forgotten, but most I do remember. This arrangement went on for several years.
A few years later, when I had been at Turley for nearly 5 years, it was decided that I was a good match for foster care. I was excited about that! Shortly after that I was told that Bobby wanted me to come live with her and her husband. I don't know how to describe my feelings when I heard that she wanted me! Euphoria would be mild. Looking back now, I can't begin to imagine what she must have been thinking. I was at a very awkward age. A big, overgrown, clumsy oaf. Only she (and God!) could see any hope for me. I had almost no clothing and what I had did not fit and was not really usable. She never made me feel bad about that. She just taught me how to love myself. That was a hard lesson for me and sometimes I still struggle with that!
I thanked her many times over the years, but I don't know if I ever made her understand how much she did for me. That gift has compounded itself many times over the years. I think about her every day. I am sure she is enjoying her reward in heaven very much. If there was ever a woman on earth who deserved that, it was her! Thank you mom. Thank you for the good, Godly advice (I still wish I could get more!), for the wedding dress, for doing my taxes, for loving that dirty, giant oaf of a kid I was, for the Godly example, mostly, just thank you for the love. Good bye.
Bobby Ann Crites Pooler 10/07/1935 to 09/04/2008.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
So now I will proceed to start my Saturday. Today, I plan to clean house and watch the OU/Texas game. Go Sooners! Have a good one!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
So here is the picture, not so large, thanks to advice from Amy! I was so happy to get a picture of my son smiling. Believe me, at 15 camera smiles are few and far between! I guess there is something about a kiss from a puppy that just makes you smile. Geeg, I know you don't agree!
This picture was taken several months ago, but this is how they look now!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
This picture was taken last weekend while I was with my family at a retreat. We stayed right on the beautiful Illinois river. My pictures can't compare to my friend Amy's, but the beauty of nature was very inspirational! I hope you like it too!