Monday, May 25, 2009

playing a little catch up

Hi! Been awhile, I know. Lots has gone on that I would show you in pictures, however, when I started taking pictures on Saturday, I deleted all the pictures in my camera - not thinking that I hadn't downloaded all of them yet - so we'll just start with Saturday.

Saturday was very busy. First was Sadie's recital. She did very well. We were all so proud of her. Nonnie came in for the event and, while it was a short stay, we all enjoyed her being here.

This is Sadie receiving all her ribbons and her bronze medal for piano this year. She has really improved, I think.

This is her recital piece. It's Minuet by Bach. She's so impressed that she learned a piece by Bach. Thanks to Nonnie, she memorized it. Nonnie put the edict down that she should practice 30 minutes a day and after the second day, she had it memorized. Sit back and enjoy.

I put this video of a song another young man played (yes, I only got a portion of it) that hearkened me back to my youth. Sundays on the way to church with my sister and my Daddy. He taught us all sorts of songs. Well, I should say, he taught us new words to songs that already existed. Here are the words to this song. My Mom, sister and Aunt Janis will probably already know these words. Go ahead, you know the tune. It's the one in the video...Sing along!!!

Give a cheer, give a cheer

For the boys who drink the beer

In the bathrooms of ol' Blytheville High

They are brave they are bold

And the liquor they can hold

Is a story that's never been told

For it's guzzle guzzle guzzle

As the beer goes down the muzzle

Shout out your order loud and clear


For wherever you go

You will always know

That those beercans

Just won't flush away.

After the recital and after Mom left, I went and took a nap. I intended to just sleep for an hour or so but, apparently, I needed some sleep and got up just in time to get ready for church, for Monsignor Joe's 50th anniversary celebration Mass. (50 years in the priesthood, pretty good, huh?) Here he is in his Monsignor robe. I've never seen him in these. I missed the mass where he was Monsignored or however you say it.

Immediately after that little shindig, I went home and we all went to Ethan Hale's birthday party. You know, Ethan Hale - Becky Hale's son, and that means Becky Hale cookies!!!! Since it was at a water park, the cookies were nautical themed. Aren't they cute? They were delicious, as usual. Thanks Becky!

It ended up that everyone had to get out of the water due to lightening but we'll get to go back at some point. So, two parties for the price of one. Can't beat that!

On to today...Happy Memorial Day. I hope you all are remembering those who gave their lives in the service of our country. We needed a new flag so Conrad and the girls went out to get one. Mads helped put it up.

(And, Mumsey, if you're wondering why Mads isn't in her new swimsuit, she's been in the new one for two days and it needed to dry.)

And our Amazing Rangers play the icky Yankees today and one of the perks of living where we do is that we get the flyovers. This Memorial day it was 4 helicopters. I just happened to have my camera out and caught it. Had to run like the wind to get it but I made it.

I hope this Memorial Day is one of rememberance, cookouts and just plain enjoyment for you all.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

This weekend was the annual trip to San Antonio for the Cinco de Mayo Soccer Tournament. The "Killer Ducks" (Conrad's team) always stay at the same place, although it changes names from time to time. It's now known as Hawthorne Suites and when we got there, these were in the fountain out front.
Think they appreciate us? We've stayed there for 10 years now so, I'm sure they do. We always have a lovely time and there's lots of soccer and a "banquet" at a local restaurant after the Saturday games. Now, for the Ducks, it's not a tournament they hope to win, that's not the point. The point is to get together and play for the weekend. And, when I say play, I do mean soccer but I mean play in other ways as well. Nobody plays like the Ducks! However, this year, they fooled around an won two of the three games on Saturday which means they had a playoff game on Sunday morning. For the Ducks, this is hard, because the aforementioned "playing" really kicks in on Saturday night at the banquet so, it's hard for everyone to get up for an 8:30 game, not to mention the three games they played the day before have taken a toll upon their "duckly" bodies.

Last night at the banquet, we got a call that Anna had a fever, so we were more inclined to go home on Sunday morning than play/watch soccer so, inadvertently or not, we ended up sleeping until 8:15 and would have missed 3/4 of the game anyway so we just went on and headed home. We hope the Ducks did well in the playoffs. Sorry you didn't have Conrad to help out.

However, on Saturday night after the banquet, we decided to do something a little different for us. We went downtown and strolled along the Riverwalk and went to Alamo. As witnessed here.

That's my sweet husband in front of one of Texas most historical landmarks. We enjoyed being away for the weekend (without the girls - big shout out to Anita for making that happen) and just being together and with other adults. San Antonio is a lovely city (when you don't live there - been there, done that!).

I hear we missed exciting weather here. I hope you all "weathered" the storms and your house is more sturdy than the Cowboys training facility! That news even hit SA out on the soccer fields. Have a great week, everyone. Stay away from "flu-ish" people and stay healthy!