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Monday, July 25, 2016

Visit to Georgia to see Jeff and Dawn 7/23/16

Jeff and Dawn --in front of their Crepe Myrtle and Hydrangea 
George and I  had a wonderful time this weekend visiting son Jeff and his very beautiful and talented wife, Dawn,  at their home in Georgia...   We don't see these busy young adults as much as I wish --but when we see them,  it's such a JOY for us....

We are SO proud of the life these two young people are leading... Their home if beautiful --since they are both SO talented....Dawn is creative and there's not one place in their home which is not neatly and creatively decorated...  Since that kind of creativity is NOT my talent,  I'm always amazed at what others can  do....

Jeff is just as talented ---and is always working on some kind of new project for their home/yard... One of his next projects is building a new table top and completely re-making their dining room table.... Recently Jeff built a wonderful fire-pit for them...   I told them that we'd come back in the Fall when we can sit around the fire,  tell ghost stories and eat Smores..... YUM.

They both also have the talent of growing beautiful flowers/shrubs/plants...  Their yard is a blaze of beauty.   We also enjoy just TALKING to them since they both are so smart and so much fun just to sit and talk to.... We could stay for hours and hours just chatting.   AND--as if that is not enough,  they also served us a fantastic dinner,  much of which was from their garden.   I could go on and on and on --but instead,  I'll just share a few pictures today...


This is just a small portion of a part of their yard... In these beds,  they have Zinnias  and a Butterfly Bush  (and more) on the left;  Squash,  Zucchini and Cucumbers on the right; ---and Irises,  Canna Lilies and Sunflowers in the middle.....


A close-up of some of their Sunflowers... Sunflowers are Dawn's favorite flower ---so of course,  they started planting Sunflowers a year or two ago....


I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Crepe Myrtles ---and seldom see them in our area....


I was standing in the drive-way looking across the front of their home...  Everything was SO pretty. You can see the Hydrangea bush in the picture.





Dawn made me a Hydrangea Bouquet to bring home with me.... It's SO pretty!!!!!  Thanks, Dawn.


Here is one more picture of the Crepe Myrtles from a different angle...


Here was a picture of the beginnings of a fabulous dinner:  grilled chicken breasts --seasoned with basil from their garden;  spaghetti squash;  grilled squash, zucchini, and onions -with the squash and zucchini coming from their yard;  grilled white mushrooms and onions;  Italian Bread with an olive oil/spices dipping sauce..... SO SO SO SO delicious!!!!


Finally --and the BEST was a gift they gave me for my upcoming birthday (we won't see them on my birthday this year since we will be out-of-town).   Dawn made this gorgeous wreath JUST for us... She is so so so talented!  I told her that she could go into business making these....  The beautiful wreath fits perfectly on our front door.  It is totally made out of burlap --with a big "A"  on the right for ADAMS....  Thank You so much,  Dawn...  I am still extremely excited!

Well Friends.... I know how many of you feel when you visit your adult children who are doing so well --and you just can't be anymore proud of them!!!!!  That is how I always feel when we visit Jeff and Dawn... Thanks to both of them for being SO good to us.... We LOVE them so much!!!

Hope all of you are having a great Summer so far... We are having a terribly hot spell here --and DRY.....  As many of you know,  I'm not a 'summer-lover' ---so I'm one who is definitely ready for Fall...

Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Texas Granddaughter's Graduation

George and I spent the first week of June in Texas with family  (lots of family) at a beach house in Galveston so that we could spend time with each other and could attend a granddaughter's high school graduation on June 4. 

This beautiful young lady is BROOKE ELIZABETH.  She is the younger daughter of my middle son,  Mark.  We had a wonderful time ---so today I will share some pictures from our week.


Brooke has been playing softball for many years,  and is an excellent player..  Mark has two daughters ---and both of them played softball.  Mark even was a girls' softball coach for a few years.    He made the comment recently that he won't know what to do next year when softball season begins, and he won't have anymore daughters playing!  He will miss that so much!


There was time for lots of FUN....  While at the beach house,  we enjoyed lots of crazy games/cards/puzzles --most of which I had never heard of... We also enjoyed being at the beach while there..  This is Brooke and her wonderful boyfriend,  Tristan, enjoying the water.


One evening the family took Brooke and Tristan out to dinner to celebrate her graduation.  She chose Fish Tails Restaurant in Galveston.  Ten of us enjoyed the evening together, and the food was TERRIFIC.   For your information,  two of my three sons were there. My eldest son, Bert (Tre),  is the 5th one from the left.   Mark (middle son) is the 3rd from the right.   My other son (Jeff) couldn't attend this celebration --and we all missed him.  



Besides EATING,  playing games, and enjoying the beach,  we also enjoyed some time with Bert and his family at their gorgeous condo.   Here I am sitting IN the water chatting with son Mark at Bert's beautiful swimming pool.  Bert and family truly live in an awesome area in west Galveston.  That water felt SO good!


Then it was Graduation Night.... Luckily the weather was awesome (unlike all of the rain and storms that area had had the week before).   Can you see Brooke??????? ha...  There were more than 600 young people in her graduating class...


A proud Papa (Mark) with his wonderful daughter,  Brooke,  after her graduation


George and I are so very very proud of Brooke.   Not only is she gorgeous on the outside --but she is just as gorgeous on the inside also.   I ADORE this young lady!!!!


I love this picture of these two young people after their graduation!!!! Tristan is going into the Navy and Brooke will be attending a local community college while working fulltime.  Brooke wants to be an Accountant.  She will be a good one for sure!


The day after the graduation,   it was time to PARTY.   Brooke had a big party at her home not only for all of the family but also for lots of Brooke's many friends.  The house was decorated so pretty and the Mexican food was delicious...

This picture is Mark and his beautiful daughters --whom he truly adores... Bay Lee works and goes to college in San Marcos,  Texas.  She could only get off of work a few days --so we didn't get to spend too much time with her this year.  Don't you love this photo of Dad and daughters?  I DO!!!!


Here's one more picture of Brooke.   I hope that she had as much fun that week as all of us did!!!!!   AND---I hope you have enjoyed seeing what a wonderful week with family that George and I had...

I haven't been able to do much blogging the past couple of weeks at all.   SO---please update me if I have missed anything really important... I did read that one of my blog friends lost her mother last week... Prayers for Suzanne (Busy Bee Suz).  I also know that Ginny's husband (Phil) had surgery... Prayers for him --and for Ginny.

TODAY is my Blog-aversary!!!!  Do you realize that I have been blogging for NINE years... I began on Lightblog in June of 2006?   Changed to Blogger in 2009.   How many of you have been following me since 2009 or before????  Many of my blogging friends are no longer blogging --but I keep up with some of them on Facebook now.

Have a wonderful week.  And check out my photo Blog for a couple of pretty pictures of something in our yard!!!!   Click  HERE for that link.

Hugs,

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More VISITORS Came to See Us!

From the smiles on our faces,  you will know how happy we were to have visitors this week!!!
Besides our son's visit on Saturday,  we had two other sets of visitors this past week.  On Monday  (6/2/14),   a childhood friend (Big Stone Gap girl --from my hometown) and her hubby came to our area... Mary Elizabeth Quillen Claywell (we call her MEQ)  and hubby, Doyle,  spent the day with us and we had a fantastic time together.   George and I took them to Fall Creek Falls State Park (our special place) --and showed them around... Then we enjoyed dinner at the lodge restaurant!!!!

Here are some pictures from Fall Creek Falls.  Hope you enjoy them.  Click on them for enlargements.
I introduce you to MEQ and Doyle...  MEQ is a Big Stone Gap, Virginia gal (personable, happy,  fun to be around--like all BSG gals) and Doyle is a Kentucky boy.  Like George,  Doyle doesn't always quite understand us BSG gals!!!!! ha ha .... MEQ and Doyle met in college at LMU in Kentucky.



We could not go to Fall Creek Falls without showing them the MAIN waterfall there.  It was pretty although,  like our area,  it was DRY here at this time, so not much water was coming over the falls.



MEQ and Betsy checking out the gorge area at Fall Creek Falls



This gorge area at Fall Creek Falls is 'locally' called the Grand Canyon of TENNESSEE.  George got a great picture of the mountains.



Doylc, Betsy and MEQ at Fall Creek Falls State Park  (Buzzard's Roost Overlook)


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The other special visitor we had last week was a cousin of mine,  Sallie Strang.  Sallie was driving her RV from Colorado back to her home in Washington DC---and stopping along the way to see some family/friends.  We are so glad that she stopped in our area on Friday,  6/6/14.   We didn't have too much time with her ---but we were able to catch up on all of the family and enjoy a meal (her treat) at Cracker Barrel.

Sallie's grandmother  (Hattie Bruce Cummings) and my grandmother on Mom's side (Ida Bruce Ballard) were sisters...  That makes Sallie and I SECOND cousins.

Meet Sallie Strang---my 2nd cousin!



Bonnie, Betsy, Carol ---more 2nd cousins
This picture obviously wasn't taken recently.  This was in October of 2012 --when these two cousins visited us.  These are two more cousins in the same family.  Bonnie Grubb Sweigart  and Carol Cummings Levack have the same grandmother (Hattie Bruce Cummings) as Sallie Strang does---but all three of them belong to different siblings in Hattie and Howard Cummings' big family (of 9 children).

SO--now that you are thoroughly confused,  let me just say that Bonnie,  Carol and Sallie are all FIRST cousins --and I am the SECOND cousin to each/all of them....  Got it now????  Oh how I love Genealogy!!!!


Here is Sallie's little compact RV... Amazing how much they can get in those little RV's!!!!
At the campground not far from us where Sallie stayed,  there was a family of RABBITS all around... They were so cute!!!!  You can barely see the black one --but he is lying flat on his tummy with his feet hanging out...  So precious!!!


Another cute little chubby bunny;  They really liked being around people!!!!



Here is Sallie beside her RV ---talking to the bunnies!!!!
Well---as you can tell,  we've had a busy week (like all of them seem to be).  Hope you enjoyed meeting another cousin of mine --and a good friend today!

Have a glorious Wednesday.  Please say a prayer for blog friend, Sandie (Chatty Chrone) as she is having serious surgery today!  God Bless her!

Hugs,

Monday, June 9, 2014

Visit from Son and Daughter-in-law

Jeff and Dawn Wilhite, 6/7/14 at Cumberland Mountain State Park
George and I were blessed on Saturday (6/7/14)  to have a visit from my youngest son, Jeff, and his beautiful wife, Dawn.  They live in North Georgia ---and you'd think we would get to see each other more often.  BUT--they stay so busy and so do we... SO--when we do get to spend some time together,  it's magical and wonderful!!!!!  That was true for this MAMA on Saturday!!!!  Thanks,  Jeff and Dawn for coming!

Today I 'll share some photos from our time with them.  We took them to Cumberland Mountain State Park for lunch/dinner and then took some time to walk around the area and get some pictures (of course)... ha..  Hope you enjoy seeing more from our fantastic day!!!!  Click on the photos for enlargements.


Reflections on the lake at Cumberland Mountain State Park



Standing on the fishing pier at Cumberland  Mountain State Park



There are MANY Canada Geese at the state park.


Love taking photos of the bridge when you can get these reflections!



A great day to be Kayaking!!



George on the fishing pier



Another photo of the bridge (and reflections)



Jeff and Dawn at the fishing pier (They were wishing that they had brought their fishing poles since they LOVE to fish!!!)



I'll close with two more photos of the bridge and reflections.. These may be the best REFLECTION-type pictures I have ever taken!!!!  What do you think?  Can you see where the water is??? It obviously was very calm on this day...


Hope you enjoyed seeing more of our 'adventures' today!!!!  It was truly fantastic spending a day with some of the family...   Next Sunday (Father's Day),  we have been invited to go to Nashville to spend some time with George's daughter and hubby... That will be PERFECT for him on Father's Day!!!!

Hugs,