Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Veone & Faye

I was just sitting in my office today trying to think of ways to make the time go by faster. When I started to think about the significance of this week in past years. Troy's grandma Veone passed away this week 5 years ago, and it is my Grandma's birthday this week so I thought I would write a little about each of them.

My Grandma is as real of a person as you will ever know. She wears her emotion on her sleeve and is honest and real. I love her. My grandpa often tells us the story of my grandma driving by a East High School and some kids started throwing snowballs at her car. My little old Grandma put her car in park(in the middle of the intersection) and got out of her car and chased the kids away... So funny! I remember sitting for hours painting and doing ceramics with her. She was always so patient and creative. My grandparents still host big family parties, never forget any one's birthday and always have special, thoughtful gifts for every occasion. I am very grateful for her influence in my life. She inspires me to be more giving and appreciative of the small things.

Troy's grandma was one of the most truly Christ like people I have ever known. Veone always made me feel loved and welcomed me from the start. I don't think Veone ever came out and actually said that Troy was her favorite...but everyone knew it. Maybe it's the fact that she carried a wallet around with only his picture in it, or maybe it was the poached eggs and toast awaiting him whenever he would sleep over... There are too many ways to mention. This picture is of her and Troy hanging laundry on the clothes lines in her backyard. Troy is just a little guy in this picture and I love it so much. We miss her!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Boring Life

We haven’t had the blog longer than a few hours, but this is what Sadie looked like when we got home. I don’t think she moved the whole time...


What can I say? It was just like old times...

We slept in, ate really good food, and played cards late into the night. We'll always remember getting caught sneaking into Space Mountain and watching Heidi scream her head off on the Screamin roller coaster at Disneyland. I laughed so hard I didn't know if I could stand up right again! Heidi's world almost came to an end when her sprite float overflowed but luckily Ben was there for damage control, and the lady at the counter was nice enough to fill it up with more sprite for free! Later, Troy insisted that we go on the raft ride. Ben and I thought it was quite fitting that he was the one that got soaking wet and had to share a poncho with a rather large "sista". We had way too much fun!!

We went to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday and ate hot dogs on a stick. We were very entertained on the pier by puppeteers, and "magic tricks". (Apparently all you need for this is a whistle, a boom box playing 80's techno, and a badminton racket.) Needless to say, I am seriously considering a career change.

I have to say that Teddy was the best part of the trip. He is so cute! I can't believe how much he had changed in 8 weeks. He has learned how to crawl, grown some chompers and can dance to the beat. What a doll!! As Teddy would say... "Oh wow!"

It was such a nice trip and although it is so nice to get back to the everyday redneck ways of Salem, there is definitely a special place in my heart for Cali... We already miss you guys!