Tuesday
Aug182009

24 wonderful years...

At least most of them were!  The first couple were somewhat rocky, but I understand that's normal.

Yes, David and I have been married 24 years as of yesterday.  We had a great day celebrating!  First thing, David tells me that he has to run an anniversary errand!  We were at our vacation place in Virginia and I'm thinking, "there's NOTHING around here but a convenience store!  Where is he going?" 

Turns out he had located a florist on his way to the river (we take seperate cars lately because I have the dogs & his is usually full of other stuff we need to bring up).  He had ordered these flowers on Saturday and so in he walks with 24 beautifully arranged Red Roses.

The rest of the day's celebrating can only be described as, "golly we're an old married couple!"  First stop, Lowe's Home Improvement to purchase some lumber for a work table David wants to build in the garage of the Gorilla. Then we stopped at Jo-Ann's Fabrics & Crafts just so I could see what scrapbooking supplies they had to offer. 

An anniversary wouldn't be complete without a meal out, so we had lunch at Applebee's before going to PetsMart for dog food, Bed, Bath & Beyond for drawer organizers, Best Buy for photo printer paper and lastly a different Lowe's Home Improvement to buy chairs for the porches of the Gorilla.

David's business partner, Bill and his wife, Debbie, stopped by Sunday evening after buying four of these chairs for themselves.  Debbie commented on how they'd look good on our porches and that they were on sale 1/2 off.  We conveniently conned Bill & Debbie into leaving the four they had purchased and then went and bought 4 more (we have 2 porches).  These are not permanent chairs, but they are better than the "soccer" chairs we have been using.  They will definitely get us through this year or until we find exactly what we want.  I want at least 2 or 3 rockers but David doesn't seem to be grasping that same thought! 

For dinner we had leftovers.  We watched the Panther's pre-season game and called it a night...or did we? (wink, wink)

As "old & married" a couple as we might be, I wouldn't trade my life or my marriage for anything!  I'm truly more in love today that I was last week, last year, or 5 years ago. He's a very good man and I think I'll keep him! A girl couldn't be more blessed than I am and I give thanks every day.

Guess that's all for now.  Thanks to all who check in.  Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...

Sunday
Aug162009

fun stuff...

Let me start off by saying, sadly, there was no family night this week. The family got shoved aside for me to go to a scrapbooking expo!

Friday the Creating Keepsakes Convention was in Charlotte.  Every year, Amy and I go to this Expo.  We take classes and then shop at the vendor fair.  This year our classes didn't start until later in the morning so we met for breakfast and headed to uptown Charlotte (not a place either of us enjoy going, but it's the Expo!).  After classes & shopping we headed to our local scrapbook store where we proceeded to crop until Midnight!  We had so much fun.

I'm finally going to take plunge and attempt to make cards since my creative juices have stopped flowing all together when it comes to putting an actual scrapbook together.  For some reason I'm having the hardest time.  Amy's suggestion is to step away from it for a while and try something completely new & different.

I'm really excited about this prospect because my good friend, Traci (owner of Scrapbooks & Etc.) is going to start holding card crops that will benefit the Cards for Heroes organization!  This is such a wonderful thing and a very small way of showing support for all our Service Men & Women.  I have a feeling this will become a regular crop that Traci will hold!

Tomorrow David and I will have been married 24 years!  Pretty impressive if I do say so mysel!  We're keeping it relatively low key this year.  Next year will be the big 25 so we're saving our pennies and may be doing a Scotland / Ireland journey to celebrate.

For our 20th we went to New Zealand for 15 days.  I'm not sure what could top that but I hear Scotland & Ireland both may be just as awesome.

Guess that's all for now.  Thanks for reading and I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...

(I think I'll go make a card or two!)

Tuesday
Aug112009

family night 2 weeks in a row!

With building Villa Gorilla and everything else the summer has had scheduled, Family night dinners have almost disappeared.  I've missed the routine.

So for the second weekend in a row, we were able to come together for dinner!  On the menu this weekend was Hamburger Patties Deluxe, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Carrots & Cucumbers in Italian Dressing.  It was total comfort food for me!  Only thing that could have made it better is if we'd had Butter Beans or Baby Lima beans in addition. But it was still awesome eats and afterward I "let" my dad beat me in a pool match! Thanks to Jeff again for helping me remember to take a picture!  Funny, but all my food pictures look alike!  I need to start making "TALL" food!  That's what all the fancy restaurants do! 

As for Pool, the APA Fall Session starts back Aug 30'ish. While I'm not 100% ready to start back, I think it will work out fine. Its really been nice having the summer off of that particular committment!

Friday
Aug072009

staying busy

It's been a few days since I've posted...not really a lot to happening, yet my days seem to be very busy!

Last Sunday, after Church, I went to see "GRITS the Musical" with my sis-in-law at the Actor's Theater.  While it was cute, it was not what I expected.  I expected to laugh a lot more than I did.  Afterwards we had dinner at Sullivan's.  Undeniably Sullivan's has the most delicious blue cheese wedge salad of any restaurant.

Monday I went to see "Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaur" with my sister, Amy, my youngest nephew, Gabe, and Gabe's best buddy, Trevor.  Really cute & funny movie.  Since David was still at the river and Jeff was working overtime, we had an early dinner after running a couple of errands.

Tuesday, Amy & I loaded the kids up and headed to the Gorilla for an overnight stay.  The last of our furniture had been delivered & I couldn't wait to see it. David and his friends headed back to their respective homes.  They had a great time fishing.  (And my furniture looks great!)

On a sad note, our builder severely broke his leg at a different job site.  He will be out of commission for quite some time.

Wednesday we headed back to Harrisburg via a small detour to Enchanted Cottage, a scrapbook store, just outside of Winston-Salem.  The nephews weren't too thrilled with this idea but they survived.

Thursday Amy & I were back at the store working. Although, technically it was more like playing.  We had a couple of friends show up and we cropped all day.  At the end of the day, we all left our supplies and will be at it again today.

Pretty exciting stuff!  Ok, not really.  But it is what it is.  Thanks for reading!

Friday
Jul312009

and they're off...

Friday morning, my husband and his buddies took off for the river for a weekend of fishing.  I hope they have fun and catch (and release) bunches!

My Friday consisted of getting my Highlander in the shop for routine maintenance and inspection.  Amy, Jeff & the boys so kindly rescued me from the boring wait in the dealership waiting room & let me tag along with them to buy school supplies (ok, can't really say which was the lesser of two evils!)  Afterward we went to lunch then they dropped me back to get my car.

Somewhere in and amongst all the pocket folders, colored pens, glue sticks & lunch box decisions a Family Night dinner menu was discovered!  On the menu, Raspberry Chipotle Barbeque Baked Chicken, Green Peas, Herbed Rice, Cucumbers and rolls.  It was the first time trying this BBQ sauce and it was very good! It was Sweet Baby Ray's brand.  We'll definitely be using it again.

This morning our friend Traci headed for the beach for a much need family vacation.  Amy and I worked at the store today and will be again on Thursday, Friday & Saturday of next week.  I decided to prepare us a lunch for today -- a very low carb lunch as I need to get back on track!

On the lunch menu was Cauliflower Salad and Ham. While it was tatsy, it was still not as satisfactory as a full blown veggie plate or a club sandwich with fries!  But I have to get back to being good.

Hope everyone had a fantastic Saturday.  Thanks for reading!  I'll keep you posted on what's cookin'...