Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover

I was watching "America's Got Talent" tonight and I was blessed.

The last performer was a lesson learned. I don't remember his name but he was an unemployed farmer. He wore a baggy shirt and had his hat on backwards. When he talked he sounded like a big time "good ole boy". He said he was going to sing and had his guitar. In my heart I was hoping it was good but fearing it was bad.

Then he opened his mouth and began to sing and everyone stared. He was unbelievable. He sang and he touched everyone.

Never judge a book by its' co er.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake and Ice Cream and Pie and . . .

Well, Lou and I had a girl's night out last Tuesday. Her son and hubby were out of town and she doesn't do empty house well. Never understand that, I love empty house. Of course I like knowing they'll be coming home, but empty house rocks. Empty nest . . . don't even want to go there, but I digress.

Lou and I went to eat at Applebees. We ordered three out of four of their desserts. I had tea and she had milk. Our waiter said it was a first for him and the manager loved it. We got the blonde brownie with butter pecan ice cream and maple sauce. I'd give it 2 out of 3 stars, I like my mom's blonde brownies more.

We also had Triple Chocolate Meltdown: Chocolate cake with a fudge center and topped with milk and white chocolate and vanilla ice cream. We do love our chocolate and I'll give it a 2 out of 3 stars. Cake isn't my favorite and I don't like vanilla ice cream much.

We didn't have the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sundae because we'd had one like it at Cheddar's and we were going for new tastes. Probably a mistake on our part.

Our favorite was the Mile High Ice Cream Pie:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Will this year do me in?

Girl Drama! Didn't have to deal with it as much with boy 1, but boy 2 is already having girl drama!

I was already worried about this year since it's J's senior year. Although I love all the youth at church, the Class of 2010 are my babies. I've been teaching them in some way, shape or form since they were three years old. I don't mean in a little way, I mean in a big way.

Therefore, not only am I going to have to deal with my J's senior year, I must deal with all of their senior years. Guess I should buy stock in Kleenex.

R's been in a funky mood and I blew a gasket. Suddenly, I remembered that it was J's 10th grade year that he was in a funk. A very stressful funk. I spent more time than ever on my knees. So now, I have to deal with J's senior year and R's year of funk.

Praying for more stregth than ever.

"Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always." 1 Chronicles 16:11

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Should I stay or should I go?

I'm just not sure what I want to do. I'm signed up to go to our youth camp, Centrifuge in Glorieta, as a sponsor. There are plenty of sponsors going and I'm waffling on what I should do.

All the camps my kids have gone to, I've been a sponsor at. I just feel safer going. This is the farthest they've ever gone. Of course they are 15 and 17.

It always is good time and a very spiritual time. I love being a part of the whole thing, I love the closeness that is developed.

I don't love traveling that distance on a bus. I'm worried about altitude sickness. I don't do well on mountain curves.

Should I stay or should I go? I'll pray about it.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Brenham and Washington-on-the-Brazos

We took a quick vacation to Brenham last Wednesday thru Friday. Mom, Dad, Cindy, Rachel, the boys and I went to a bed and breakfast right outside of Brenham.

We took Dad's truck and my nice new Sonata. On the way up there Cindy, Jeremy and I were in my car and we rocked out (relatively speaking) on the way there. We listened to old and new Christian songs, it was all good until I started playing some of the older songs that I loved and then Jeremy wasn't quite as sure. I have fond memories of "Rise Again", "We are the Reason" and "When God Ran." They were especially useful during the drive through Houston. Driving through Houston is never good. We listened to Taylor Swift and sang along to "I Will Survive." It was actually quite fun.

We stopped at the Bluebell Creamery in Brenham and took the tour before we went to the bed and breakfast. We got some cute pictures. Then we went to our B&B, after passing it once and returning to the Creamery to pick up Dad's phone that he'd lost (as Rus says, does hehave to lose something every vacation?). It was a cute cottage with a pond and sweet garden. After unpacking, the kids went out to see the cows and donkey (conkey, cause he thinks he's a cow). We were sitting on the benches talking when we happened to look up and see all the cows running. Had to stop Rus from "Running with cattle" or should I say "running at cattle."
Poor Rach wasn't feeling well but by that evening was better.

The next day we went to Washington-on-the-Brazos to see Independence Hall where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. We also went to the Living History homestead of Anton Jones, Texas' 4th and final president and to a Texas museum. We worked hard to avoid a daycare group of 150 kids the entire day and managed until the very end at the gift shop. Oh well, it probably saved some money. It was so hot and we were so tired. We visitied the mini horses but were grateful it was closing. We went to eat at what was supposed to be the best burgers around. A little hole in the wall gas station with a barely working air conditioner and a 30 minute food wait (we were the only people there). Poor Mom is not happy when she's starving, I'll leave it at that. The burgers were good, though. The rest of the day we just chilled

The kids explored the pond which had a concrete slab with tables and chairs and a paddle boat. They hung around there and had a great time. Then we all went down there and enjoyed watching them boat around.

Mom and Dad went to Austin and the rest of us went in my car. They were a bit cramped, but it wasn't horrible, especially for Cindy and me. We had multiple sing alongs and prayed our way through Houston.

Family's great!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Did you know not all spider's have a web?

Well, I was looking for a new car the other day and I ran across a Spider. Not the normal kind of spider but by the end of my short dealings with him he gave me the creeps like his eight legged namesake.

I called a Chevrolet car lot to ask about an ad for a car (go figure) and this guy answered and assured me that even though the ad still up on their website had expired, he could make me a great deal. And then he told me his name was "Spider" (I know, I know, first clue?strike). We set up an appointment for a bit after 1. I headed that way and gave him a call to let him know I was on my way. After 2 calls to his cell phone he finally answered and told me that he was with someone else on a test drive but he'd be there shortly and they were expecting me. Self said, "Really now, why'd I make an appointment then?" (Second clue/strike)

Sure enough I got there and he was nowhere to be found. I looked around at cars for about 2o minutes and still he was nowhere to be found. I headed inside and told the receptionist that my time was more valuable than this and I was headed across the street and if I didn't find something I'd be back. Then I walked away.

You should have seen the 2 legged Spider, with the bleached blonde mullet, come running out of the dealership. Being the kind person that I am I stopped instead of running over him. Seriously now, what kind of person runs in front of a moving vehicle? Okay so that is a slight exaggeration he ran to the side of the car and nearly knocked my window out. Okay, okay, another slight exaggeration but he did run to the window while the car was moving and knock on the window.

Conversation went something like this:

Spider (S): "I'm almost through here."
Me: (M): "That's nice. I am through here. I'm going to the car dealers across the street."
S: "Do you know where they are?"
M: "Uh, yeah, I can see the large number of cars are across the street." (Duh)
S: "Great! I should be finished when you get back."
M: "Cool! I'm finished now."
S: "Oh, well, will you be back?"
M: Just wanting the creep to leave me alone, "If I don't find something maybe."
S: "I'll make you a great deal."

Strike 3 and he's OUT!

Finally I drove off. He called my cell twice. My new car dealer bud and I got a great laugh at that as I was signing papers for my Hyandai Sonata!

Squished that spider, eh?