Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shelby's Stocking



Well, at long last a blog update. Here is a pic of the finished stocking. I am coming so close on the other stocking, but just not quite there yet. Hopefully, by the end of the week I will have the other stocking finished and ready to put in the mail at the beginning of next week.

Not much has been going on here in our neck of the woods, just work, school, and soccer. Jonathon's team is currently 2-1. They lost their first game on Saturday in overtime. Next week will be even busier with parent teacher conferences two nights, but the weekend will come around again.

I am ready to move on to a new project and let the stockings be until next fall, but we will see. The weather here has finally cleared and the rain seems to have gone away for awhile. My mums in the yard are loaded with blooms and should be gorgeous for the fall season. I can't believe how fast time is flying, it seems that we just started school and week before last was the midterm.

Jonathon finally decided what he wanted to be for Halloween, once again he has chosen an army man costume. He really never has been all that enthralled with the whole idea of Halloween. I think living in the country the first five years sort of burnt him out on the whole idea of trick or treating. Trick or treating when you live in the country involves lots of getting in and out of the car and time spent riding in a hot costume. We did the Kiddie Parade a couple of years when he was a toddler with my cousin's little boy, but after lugging Jonathon screaming at the top of his lungs practically the entire parade route, well Reid and I never really saw the joy in the whole adventure after that year. Least ways neither of us ever brought the idea up to one another again.

Well, I suppose I should get off of here and get things ready for another wild week.

Have a great week, and hope you get some stitching done!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Together Again



Today for the first time in probably 40-50 years all of my dad's living siblings were together in the same place at the same time. My uncles from Hawaii and France finally made it to Cherryvale at the same time. This picture of them isn't the best, but they had a good time taking it and giggling like kids. It surely did make me miss dad today, thinking about how much he would have enjoyed being there with everyone.

I didn't get the stockings finished, only one is done and I will have a pic of it later this week. The second one is well on its way to being finished. So instead of winging their way across the Pacific with grandparents of the recipients, they will be going in the mail soon. And I have been informed that I need to keep stitching because there will be two more to add to the family roster in the near future.

Have a great week.

Friday, September 11, 2009

God Bless The USA



I remember the events of 9-11 vividly. I was at home with a two year old. I turned on the TV right at the time the second plane flew into the towers. It seemed at the time that the entire world had gone mad. For awhile it seemed so surreal like it was happening to somewhere else in the world, not the US. We went to town to put gas in the car that afternoon. We were the only ones there and by the time we paid the police had been called to direct traffic. Just the uncertainty of the times made me nervous. Columbine happened 17 days after Jonathon was born and now this, I remember thinking--"what kind of world is my kid going to grow up in?"

The weekend after 9-11 when the NFL resumed their games we went to Dallas to see the Cowboys play the Chargers. It became more than just a Sunday afternoon getting to watch your favorite team play. Before the game they rolled out this flag held by the Dallas area firefighters, police, and EMS. The flag was a big as the football field. Martina McBride came out and started singing the national anthem. She actually had to stop her rendition a few bars in because the audience was singing also. She adjusted her singing to ours. I just remember not being able to sing because I was teary eyed just seeing the flag, hearing the people. They gave people hand held flags as they entered Texas Stadium. When the singing was over the Cowboy players burst through the tunnel with the first player carrying the flag. He was running so fast the flag was standing straight out behind him and the entire stadium was waving flags shouting USA! USA!

Now I look at the way things are going now and wonder why the American people can't stand up and support each other like we did during the OKC bombing and 9-11. We have people screaming at each other over health care, people not wanting their children be encouraged by our president to stay in school and become educated, congressmen disrespecting the highest office in our land. I hope today many Americans take the opportunity to be proud and remember what a great country we are and can be.