Wednesday, October 24, 2012


My Poppy {my mom's dad} & I shared the same birthday!
 I was born on his 50th birthday in 1967!

It made celebrating our birthdays all the more special! It's hard to believe this year as I turned 45 he would have been 95...especially as I look at this picture from our birthday party in 1975!!!

Poppy lived to be 89 ~ and was a wonderful grandfather to me and I cherish all the sweet memories through the years. Highest on my list is every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. ~ SHARP ~ he came and picked up my sister Laura & I at our home in DuPont and took us to breakfast at VIP'S in Nisqually! We lived at 705 Louviers Ave. and he and Granny lived at 206 Brandywine Ave., just 4 blocks away from us! The joys of small town living!!!

This picture is one of my favorites of us and as I look at it I remember how much I LOVED that orange flowered shirt! :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

3 wonderful weeks down south ~ WEEK #1

It was a really a fun filled -  jam packed vacation! Let me just start by saying...
So after being there for 3 weeks!!! 21 days!!! I may have come home with just a slight southern accent ~

I flew out on September 11th. It was a very somber day to be flying. In the morning at the exact time that the Twin Towers were bombed there was a moment of silence at the airport. It was a vivid reminder to pray throughout the day for all the thousands who lost loved ones on that dreadful day. Their grief is most likely still very real and many are still trying to cope and heal. 

My first stop on my vacation was a few days in Alabama. I went to see my dearest friend Shara and her sweet family. We met 12 years ago when our husbands were stationed together here at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. I love how the military brings such special people into our lives! Our friendship has stood the test of time & distance. I'm so very thankful for that!
Just after Shara picked me up at the airport!!! LET OUR FUN BEGIN!!!

Could hardly wait to see these 3 little darlings...
I made them each a banner for their bedroom.

We managed to fit alot in the few short days we had together. We ate way too much yummy food...I many eating places they have down south that we.don'! We shopped at my favorite stores and found a new one ~ again that they only have down south and we.don'! Not that I'm bitter or anything right??? I loved being with the kiddos and seeing them do all the things they are involved in. They just are growing up too fast! I loved being with Shara and visiting and laughing and visiting and laughing and...well you get the picture that I absolutely treasured every minute with Shara!  We're convinced her husband Greg may have thought we lost our minds a few times!

Good times in Alabama...
Going to pick up Jordan & Jannah in the golf fun!!!

Could someone please tell me how they've grown up so fast?!?!?

To say Jamison likes to do puzzles is an understatement!

Jordan said my chicken taco's were "heaven...pure heaven"

Jannah is quite a fashionista...we 3 girls had fun shopping together!
Me & my sweet this girl with all my heart!

J-mo at his brother Jordan's football game ~ isn't he the cutest???

Jordan ~ #49 ~ so glad I got to see him in action!
Cheering on our Jordi!!!
After the big game we hit the road for Valdosta, Georgia. Shara's mama & daddy live there and we were going to spend the night there. Her sister, Lori and her family were meeting us there also! I was so excited! Through the years of visiting Shara, I've been able to see her family several times and absolutely adore each one of them. It took us 4.5 hours to make the drive to GA. I sat in the van next to Jamison and I'm quite sure he may have asked every 10 minutes of the 4.5 hrs. how much longer! :)  After we arrived there I could see why he was so antsy to get to his Gamma & Gampa''ll see from the next several  pictures!!!

At Jimmy & Barbara Jordan's home ~
I really think  the back yard at the Jordan's should be call GRANDKIDLAND!!!

Apparently age is not an issue in GRANDKIDLAND...

Jannah and her Aunt Lori

A traditional favorite of mine that Shara's daddy makes ~ BOILED PEANUTS!

I'll be honest I've only seen "house pigs" on tv shows ~ Suzanne Sugarbaker owned a pig on Designing Women - an all time favorite {old} tv show of mine and Honey Boo Boo owned a pig named Glitzy {yes I watch that silly show! just can't help myself} on her reality tv show. I never thought I would meet someone in REAL LIFE who owned a house pig...but I did. Kaede Jo belongs to Lori & Bill and I have to admit she wasn't too bad. Now I'm not saying I'd ever want one, I'm just saying it was better than I expected.
Just as shocking as Lori's pig is the fact that MY Shara owns a dog! Cute little Junie ~ I will readily admit I never thought the Bailey's would own a dog! Wonders never cease...
Kisses for Kaede Jo...

well my whole life since I've known this family...

Barbara was so surprised by the "Granny" cookie jar I brought her. It was just like one that had been in her family when she was younger! 
Lunch on Sunday was at The Smokin' Pig ~ it's my FAVORITE barbeque place to eat while in Valdosta! It did not disappoint this time!
Oh...please don't tell Kaede Jo we ate at The Smokin' Pig ~ I think it may offend her!

Me & my Jordi-roo! This boy holds the most treasured spot in my heart!

Shara, me & Lori ~ I so enjoyed my time with both of them!

There are such pretty ~ pretty flowers in the south!
That evening Jimmy & Barbara drove me about an hour & a half to meet Jim who was at a conference in Orlando, FL.

Jim's conference was here at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL.
Stay tuned for my next post ~ week #2...


Sunday, October 21, 2012

A night on the town ~ at Veggie Tales ~

Last night, my friend Deb & I took 2 of her grandchildren to see Veggie Tales. It was absolutely the most fun and so neat to see the excitement on both Caiden & Saylah's faces as they watched the show.
Caiden, Deb, Me & Saylah

This is leading up to & getting ready for our big evening out...
Saylah's mommy was working so that's why I got to have this little munchkin! Love it!
I told Saylah we needed to get dressed up for our big outting. She said..."Ok Nana" and asked to wear her pumpkin hat! :)
Miss Silly Pants! I told her to take the binky out for a picture so instead she put BOTH in her mouth and started laughing! :) 
She so boo-tiful ~ don't you agree???

Waiting {not so} patiently for her Hamma (that's what she calls her Grandma)
Oh she was also so excited to see HER Caiden! She started squealing with delight when they pulled into my driveway!

This is my favorite picture...
They were back there just yacking it up and laughing. In their own sweet little cousin world!

I think this picture says it all!
Most especially by these 2 little ones!