Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Think On These Things

Today I received this email from a friend...and I thought I would pass it along to all of you. I know that each one of us can apply something here to our life.

And even before you get to the bottom, I want you to know that tonight..."I am thankful for each of you, my friends." Have a great day and may each of you be blessed.

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. While you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, "My purpose is to __________ today."

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?'

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will so stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time, you already have everything you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: " I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be depressed.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Day Of Rest

I can't believe that a week has pasted since I last posted. As hard as I tried to practice "one day at a time", I am not sure where my days went. Isn't it funny, when you are wanting the days to pass by quickly, they don't, but when you are trying to get things accomplished, the days just fly by.

Needless to say, it seems that it is always busy around here. This last week has been filled with babies, painting, roofers, doctor's appointments, yard work, laundry, and a lot of hot weather.

I am envious of all of you that are in a cooler climate. Here in Texas, we have had triple digit temperatures and seems like there is more on tap for next week. I hate that there was a tropical storm in the gulf, but if there had to be one, I wish it could have sent a little rain this way. It is very dry here. Well, it is Texas, and we still have to make it through the month of August before we can think about cooler weather.

We finally got the roof on the house replaced from the spring storms. The roofers came this last week and three days later they were finished, but the new roof looks really good. I am just glad I was not one of those guys on the roof. The heat didn't seem to bother them.

I got a few book orders painted and shipped, but still have about four more to get out this week. With the heat Karen and I have just tried to entertain babies in the house. They get to go outside early in the morning, but by 9:00 it is too hot. By the time it cools off in the evening, it is their bedtime. I feel sorry for them, they both love to be outside.

On Friday, Mark and I took a day trip to Camping World. You know, you always can kick around there and find something useful. This time we came away with a sewer extension and a much needed new atlas.

Oh yes, and on top of everything else, our PC crashed this week. So, Mark and I spend two days out and about looking at new computers. We were first going to replace the PC, but decided that with us being on the road, it would be nice to have another laptop so we would both have one. We had lots of input from everyone. But, we thought about what Jim and Chris http://www.geeksontour.com/ said about laptops regarding the memory, hard drive, and processor. We narrowed our search and ended up with a Toshiba A-305.

We purchased it on Friday night at Best Buy. We decided to let them load some extras on it, so it would be ready for pick up on Saturday around 1:00. I had a hair cut appointment, so afterwards I went to pick it up. Yeah, they were just getting through with it when I got there. I was so excited, got it home, unpacked it, turned it on, and..........first thing I see...2 dead pixels. Okay, it finishes loading, but there is some big fat error message right in middle of my beautiful new screen. So, back in the box it went and back to Best Buy I went. Once at Best Buy I proceed to be nice, but let them know I am not a happy camper. The geek squad man tells me it is okay, he will get me a new computer. Well, I expect nothing less. However, it will be another four hours before I can pick it up. But, at least I get it back on the same day.

We came back home, did a few things around here and decided that we would use a dinner gift card that the kids had given us. So, we were off. We had a great dinner and then stopped and picked up the computer. We got it home and out of the box, and spent the rest of evening working on getting it set up. Plus, I worked on the other laptop cleaned it up a little, signed Mark up for his own email, and made him his own home page.

Then, while I was finishing up on the new one, he got on chat. He did really good. I am so glad. Now, he may not chat a lot, but at least he can read along and not have to keep asking me who's there, what or ya'll talking about? So, if you see Bud on chat, please talk to him, just remember he might not answer you.

After this hectic week, we are now to Sunday, the day of rest. We went to church this morning and then came home. It is too hot to think about doing anything outside, so we have just been playing on the computers some more. Mark on his new (old) one and me on my brand new one. LOL!

Mark is now watching the travel channel where he is enjoying Mount Rainer. I am thinking about the need to go buy some groceries, but it is so hot, that chore might have to wait. In the meantime, I think I might make this a real day of rest and take a nap.

So, until next time, I wish you all a good week and safe travels wherever you are.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Live Today

Sometimes all of my days start running together. I feel like I don't get any accomplished. When that happens, I try to remember that God is always in control and that...

There are two days in every week which should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One is yesterday, with its mistakes, its faults and its blunders. We cannot undo a single act we performed, we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.

The other is tomorrow. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds..but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.

This leaves only one day...today. Any one can fight the battle of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities...yesterday and tomorrow...that we break down. Let us, therefore, live but one day at a time.

Hope your today is great!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Just Monday

I really hate to take up your time to read my blog when there is nothing fun or great to say. And, this is one of those days. Karen and I went early to workout at the Y before Kourtney woke up and Caden arrived.

We got back home the day was in full swing. Poppa and Kourtney were eating breakfast and Caden's arrival wasn't far behind. We just sit in the floor and played until morning nap time. Kourtney had her 1 year check up today and all was good. This afternoon, Braden, a 2 year old playmate came over and added to the excitement.

Things have now begin to settle down and I am looking forward to a girl's night out at our monthly BUNKO get together. So, like I said, just another Monday and looking forward to Tuesday.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fun Day With Friends

What a surprise. Early this morning Joe and Sherri called to see if we would like to meet up for the afternoon. Of, course, that was to include a trip to the Winstar Casino. And, of course, my answer was, what time!

We met them in Denton and quickly found a place to have lunch. We did lots of talking and catching up and planning ahead. Oh, my we traveled a million miles over lunch. The four of us have talked so much over the years about the trips we would take and things we would do when the guys retired, and I can't believe that in just a few more months it could really be a reality.

Long after we had finished lunch, we decided it was time to get on with our afternoon plan. We drove up to the Winstar and spent the rest of day there in the casino. I do believe that we all left there with a little more money in our pocket than what we started with. And, that in its self is unusual. Not often are we all winners on the same day.

We drove back to Denton and had our hugs and good byes there. Now as I think about the fun and laughs we had today, even without the casino, I know we are all winners for the friendship we share. Thank you Joe and Sherri for a great day.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My First Birthday

Happy Birthday Kourtney...we love you
Moppa and Poppa

Today I am 1 year old

This is me with my mom and dad and they have planned a really big day for me

Wow...so this is a birthday party...about 60 of my family and friends came to share this special day

What a pretty dress

Please, can someone tell me...
Who this card is from?

Thanks Great MiMi for these neat sunglasses.

This is my cousin Kyle. He is trying to smash my pretty butterfly. They told me it was full of candy and that is what you are suppose to do.

So....there really was candy in that butterfly?

This is my birthday cake. It was a giant cupcake. Moppa helped my mom make it.

This cake is delicious!

This is my cousin Andrew. He took all the kids riding on his Kubota. They had a great time at my party. Wow, I even see Aunt J riding with them.

Thanks everyone for coming to my party...I had a great 1st birthday!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

God Bless The USA

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed July 4.

Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Taking a Look Back

I am not sure what has happened to this last week. It was just Wednesday when we last visited and now it is Thursday,a week later. I can't believe, not only have I not blogged, I haven't even had time to get in the chat room with my rv dreams friends.

We had such a fun weeek in Kerrville with all of the kids, both young and old. So, I am going to go back in time with just a brief flashback to this last week. Buckhorn Lake RV Park was far from being full. That in itself made it nice. The kids could get out and ride bikes and play without fear of alot of cars, rv's and such. Most days the kids had the pool to themselves. The cottage was nice, but could have been a little larger, especially with 2 babies and all the stuff they need. But, they made it.

On Friday, we shopped in Fredericksburg. On Saturday, we went to Enchanted Rock State Park on Saturday and that is always fun. That evening we cooked out and celebrated a late father's day and June birthdays. We made some homemade ice cream and just enjoyed our last evening together.

All of the kids, except my three travelers, left on Sunday for Fort Worth. We stayed over for one more day and night. Sunday afternoon we drove over to Lost Maples State Park. There wasn't much to see there, but it was a nice drive. We also stopped in at Love Creek Orchards in Medina. I picked up some little scrubbies I like to use for washing pots and pans. However, I resisted the 4lb apple pie. When we returned to Kerrville, I tried to blog, but had trouble with the internet and gave that up. So, we just started to get things put away and ready to travel on Monday. We got an early start on Monday and arrived back in Fort Worth early afternoon. We started right in getting all of the grand kids things out of the motor home and sorted out into stacks for pickup later in the day. By the time all of that was done, we were just catching our breath and then it was time to be off to Zachary's first basketball game.

Tuesday and Wednesday I spent getting things put away and catching up on the washing. Today, I have been helping Karen get ready for Kourtney's first birthday party on Saturday. Now, that I feel a little caught up, I will end this with just a few of my favorite pictures from last week. Well, maybe a few more than a few. Hope you aren't bored looking at all of the pictures of our fun times in Kerrville.

A little acrobatics in the pool

These two ducks came to the RV every morning, afternoon, and evening looking for something to eat. Jennifer and Caden are feeding them this time.

Hey, little boy, come back with our crackers!

All five grand kids in the pool

Andrew found this cool lawnmower. He wanted Poppa to ask the RV Park if he could have a job mowing.

Hey, anyone need a ride...we are off to Fredericksburg to go shopping.

Zachary and Lauren getting money for the wishing well.

Kate and Zachary taking a shopping break

So, this is shopping?

My three travelers ready to climb the Enchanted Rock

What a chair!

Mom...I told you just keep on walking

Lauren is practicing her yoga pose
Yeah, finally to the top of the rock

The view from the top of Enchanted Rock

Which way down?

Who chose this trail?

I think we are on the right trail now.

Down at last!

This is the last day of our trip, just Poppa and his three travelers...but he has started something. And, with this vacation, his two newest travelers were real troopers and we will be looking forward to the next time of "on the road again with Poppa."

Kourtney loved her lawn chair...and

Caden is practicing...being a new member of the RV Dreams crew...

So long for now from Poppa and his five travelers!