Aug 19, 2012

Tennessee Part 2 and Back Home

 For an early birthday outing, Mary Beth and I took my mom out for lunch. Classic Mary Beth knows of a restaurant where they will embarrass the birthday girl. : )

 Best picture ever.

 I love this completely messy whipped cream symbol for Happy Birthday. And I've never heard a more lackluster performance of the song from the waiters- which made it all that much funnier!

 They got me too.  After that, we headed to the animal shelter- and there starts the sad saga of my mom's poor little puppy Shelby. For the sake of some and myself, let's just say the puppy was extremely loved for a few days before she passed away. I have some really sweet pictures, but will save them for another time :)  In the meantime, we had a lovely birthday dinner at home with most of the family.

We spent more time outside- this is what Colin did whenever I tried to get a picture of him.
 The lovely dock on the lake out back with all the grandkids running around.
View of the house from the back. My mom's always wanted her wrap-around porch! 
We play a little tag.

And we play some Mall Madness and Dream Phone- the games my sisters and I played as kids and we drag out every once in awhile for some laughs. Let's just say we couldn't follow the real rules with the little ones, and it was pretty difficult to get them to understand the games- haha. They had no idea why they were calling "guys" and getting clues or trying to get from one store sale to another.

 The hand washing line before dinner.

Hope to come back soon!!!

Back at home, the kids were into some mischief.

 Sticker wardrobe design.

An exclusive underwear, sock, and shoe store.

Hannah waits for her piano teacher. She loves her lessons, but does not love to practice what he assigns. So she's like every other kid.

                                     Nana made these beautiful church dresses for the girls.
Phoebe had her 5th birthday party. She's headed off to kindergarten at her mom's school! 
 Big brother Murphy enjoying a slice of pizza and my attempts at most likely uncool conversation : )

                                                      Chloe checks for whales.

                                                     Don't know what these two are up to.

 Dress-up and dancing is usually the order of the day, and Chloe found a get-up she was in love with. And ordered me to take photos as she offered various humorous poses.

                                  Haha- The others were strangely cute- this one was questionable!

                                               What Dax and Colin thought of the charade.

Aug 4, 2012

Arkansas/Tennessee Part1

 First of all, Hannah started piano lessons! So far she really loves Mr. Jack. He works with Dax at NCTC as a history professor, but also has a piano studio and composes. We're lucky enough to have him come to the house for her 15 min. She's been working hard on her two assignments. And yes, he was a little weirded out by my wanting a picture. haha

 This picture needs some explaining. Lone Star Wind Orchestra headed out to Fort Smith, Arkansas to play the feature concert at their Bandmasters Convention. Heather already lives in Arkansas so she arrived at the hotel before our bus. This is how I found her- all bundled up like she's in a hospital bed and super comfy.

 Here we are getting ready for rehearsal.

 The horn section after the concert. This is probably the one of if not the best section I've played with. We work really well together, get along great, and everyone we met from the audience had compliments for the section. One even said it was the best he'd ever heard! How nice! I was also talked with my honor band conductor from 9th grade. She was really friendly and even got tears in her eyes after we sang one of the honor band pieces together. She said as an educator it was so wonderful to see her work paying off over the years. : )

 With Heather and Professor Corporon. Both of these people are a constant inspiration to me for so many reasons. I'm lucky to get to be around them on a regular basis.

 Since we were overdue for a trip to Tennessee, Heather drove me to her town to meet up with Dax and the kids- who probably had a very peaceful trip without me. We decided to get a nice "scenic' picture, but after a few tries, this was the best we could do! Regardless, the drive was beautiful.

 It was a looong drive to Dyersburg from there. We had to figure out various sleeping arrangements. My mom was kind enough to leave mints on our pillows- haha

 All the grandkids in the guest room. Every time they see each other they are instant friends, and I'm really thankful for that! The painting above them actually hung in our living room for years and years so it's nice to see it has a new place in the guest room.

 Guitar buddies. Dax recently read the biography of Slash from Gun n Roses and is now getting back into his interest of guitar and drums from years ago.

 The next morning we all headed out to the local pool.

 Preston and Kayla jumped off the high dive right away- who knew?

 Aunt Mary Beth loves the little ones. : )

 Dax and Hannah had a great time together. She braved up enough to go down the water slide since he was at the bottom to catch her. After one go, she did it for probably an hour straight.

 I jumped off the lower board a few times.

 Mary Beth and I try our synchronized jumping. She was a bit braver and jumped from the higher one, but I still wouldn't do it! Looks like I need to get some sun!

 My favorite spot at the new house. A second story deck looking over the lake! I spent a lot of time reading and dozing out here.

 The new table means everyone can eat together.

 I loved Dyersburg. So many beautiful little houses with pretty landscaping, small town friendliness, and great views.

 Mary Beth and I taking our tradition goofy pictures. (Melody had to work in Nashville and couldn't come :(  My mom said this was the only swing bridge left- I'm not sure if she meant county or country : )

 Trying to take one of those artsy poses, but I didn't quite make it up before the timer went off!!

Back to the house for a kids' dance video in the new rec room, but with no kids.

More to come...