Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Thing About Traveling Part 2

The thing about traveling is that after all the packing and planning and ARRIVE!! Hello Memphis!

Friday, May 29, 2009

The thing about traveling

We're headed for Memphis tomorrow. And on Monday we're heading down to Florida for a few days.

The thing about traveling is you have to PACK, and find someone to feed your fish and lizards and take in the one doggie you are leaving behind! (Sorry Patch-y)! Oh, and you need to stop your mail and have someone watch your house and make sure you don't forget something vital like underwear or a toothbrush!

The thing about traveling is....I'm a procrastinator. Need I say more?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bandana shirt

This shirt is so cute! And SO easy! And super fun to make! I found the tutorial here on Joy's Hope.

And here's the shirt I made for my 11 yr old niece, Katrina:

And here's the little sass modeling it for me:

Now I need to make one for Megan, and Makenna, and Hannah, and Colleen..... :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Have I...?

Have I ever mentioned....

how much I LOVE these two guys??

Sunday, May 24, 2009

First Track Meet

Stephen signed up for Summer Track to start learning how to throw the shot put and discus. He is not yet old enough to compete in discus, but later in the summer may be able to throw with the 14 and under group for practice.

Yesterday was his first track meet. He threw in the 12 and under shot put competition and placed 3rd. He was so stinkin' excited. We have lots of fun watching him!

Here he is throwing:

And here he is with his ribbon:

Jasper, our nephew, is also competing in Summer Track. Yesterday he participated in the High Jump and 100 M Dash in the 14 and under group. He placed 4 in the 100 meter dash. Jasper will be doing more competitions when a muscle bruise on his thigh heals.

Here is Jasper jumping:

And here he is in the 100M dash: (black shorts and navy top)

Congratulation boys!! We're looking forward to our Saturdays at the track this summer!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

hill country salsa

I have a recipe to share today! And, man o man is it YUMMY!

We love this scooped with tortilla chips or as the only topping on shredded pork tacos. mmmmm

Hill Country Salsa

1 - 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 15 oz can sweet whole kernal corn, drained
4 large tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, peeled and chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
6 green onions, chopped (green parts too!)
1 large jalapeno, diced (leave the seeds in for hotness or take them out for a milder salsa)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 TBLS olive oil
1 teas salt
2 teas cumin
cilantro, optional (about a 1/4 cup chopped should do it)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently. Cover and chill. Serve with tortilla chips or as a condiment for tacos.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Remember when your friend moved away and you swore you would write everyday? You were certain your heart would break! Do you ever wonder where those friends who moved away in elementary school are today? I do! So Lily, Laura, Shannon, Veronica and Jessica...if you ever happen upon this blog...I'm Amy Roberts! Remember me? Oh, what fun we had!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

sweet promise of summer

Only 2 days of school left.

Stephen says, “YAY!”
Today he was honored at the Intermediate School’s Award banquet.

He received certificates for:

· A/B Honor Roll all year
· Recognized for 5th place in UIL Listening Skills (competing against all 6th graders)
· Commended performance on Science TAKS test

We are so PrOuD of you babe!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Early Morning Phone Calls

I don't like early morning phone calls. Nothing good comes from them. At least not in my circle of family and friends. We sleep in, unless we're going to work or somewhere...and then we don't have time for conversation. Not at unspeakable 5 a.m.....on a Sunday!

So, when my phone rang this morning, I knew it wasn't good. I made my way to the phone, groggy and disoriented. In the darkness I couldn't figure out how to answer the phone! Then I heard Virgil's cell phone ringing.

Nope...this can't be good.

And it wasn't.

Mom was transported to the hospital early this morning. The aide at her nursing facility said she went in to check on her and she was convulsing and had blood coming from her mouth. This was the information I had as I got dressed and Virgil drove me to the hospital. When I saw Mom she looked at me and said, "Momma, I hurt!" I comforted her as best I could.

I'm not sure about what happened at the nursing home, but officially she was admitted to the hospital with Aspiration Pneumonia. She had bitten her tongue and I assume that is where the blood was coming from.

And she knew who I was before I left. I think she just got a little rattled with the pain and called me Momma.

Keep her in your prayers. Prayers relief of pain are SO appreciated.

~ @my

Saturday, May 16, 2009

2 weeks...

Just 2 weeks until


Friday, May 15, 2009

No Bitter Fruit

She offered the fruit she had lovingly chosen and prepared.

A snarled face, and “It’s bitter!” was the response.

She offered the sugar free ice cream she had picked up on a whim.

Three bites were consumed, and then, “No more!”

She stroked her hair and moved her fan closer. Now she settled into the recliner with her Bible. She thought , “The Bread of Life is what is needed here.”

She began reading Psalm 103.

A head turned toward her. Eyes focused on her.

No bitter fruit.

Only love.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wow! An award...

Well tickle me pink and call me happy! My pal Carol has given me an award! See it over there...on the right-hand side? Thank you Carol!

Part of accepting the award is to pass it on to ten other blogs. I love lots of blogs, but these are the tops!

1. I'll start with Carol's blog, Around Our House. I know she gave it to me, but her blog is one of my favorite places to visit. I love reading about her family and dogs, seeing her photographs, and hearing about her scrapping parties.

2. Another favorite is Jenny Matlock's blog. Jenny has three of the CUTEST Grandgirls I've ever seen! She is full of fun and creative energy and is a total inspiration!

3. Another place I visit regularly is Scrappin' My Bliss. Kristen is a hoot and does some awesome things with paper! Check out her blog for some neat tutorials and to get to know her Greek family.

4. Crazy Mom Quilts is a daily addiction! She amazes me with the amount of quilts she churns out. Her blog is packed with tutorials and patterns and photos of her delicious quilts.

5. I love reading my friend, Kristen Cook's blog. She doesn't blog a lot, but it is always fun to catch up with her goings on through her blog.

6. Sentiments from my Kitchen is a blogs with great recipes!

7. Pioneer Woman is my daily dose of humor. That lady cracks me up!

8. I have recently discovered the blog, U Create. Wowsa! This blog is jam-packed full of wonderful craft ideas and tutorials to go along with them. oh...and she has the cutest little pink and brown owl on her blog. Love it!

9. Have you visited the Moda Bake Shop? Oh my! Delectable!

10. and one more...Willow Lake Stitches is a great blog by a sweet and very talented quilter. I love seeing her new projects and long arm quilting!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Please excuse my blog...

I'm trying to come up with a different design...but I have to stop for now. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

busy LAST Saturday

Last Saturday, April 25th was a busy day. We started out at Meg's soccer game.

Meg can throw!

Meg can kick!

Meg can run!

And that's hot work!

Afterward, my in-laws treated us to lunch at our favorite Mexican food restaurant...and they ended up treating three extras when we ran into my nephew, Reece (my sister Carla's son), and two of his friends, Tony and Luis. We had a great time visiting.

Next, Stephen and I(Virgil was working) attended Makenna's 2nd birthday party. There were balloons, a trampoline, a brand-new birthday swing set, hot dogs (we weren't hungry and had to pass on those!), and more gifts than the toy section at the local Wal-mart!

Oh, and there was the star of the show, Miss Makenna!

Is it really possible that she is two?