|2011 was a year of blessings, trials and wonderful memories. As we get older we realize more and more that it is the people in our lives that matter - not the things. Thank goodness for our friends and family. As always we hit the travel trail often but we also made sure we spent many weekends enjoying our home, our dogs and each other.|
Micky and I joined Casey and Katy at the boy's state basketball
tournament where we enjoyed cheering for the Idalou Wildcats as they
won it all.
The next week we met Marvin and Linda in Vegas and enjoyed watching basketball, walking our legs off and seeing Marvin get hit on by the show girls. St. Patrick's day in downtown Vegas is a party. Everyone should see and hear a rock'n roll band wearing kilts and playing bagpipes.
trip to Vegas (five nights in a king size bed) convinced us that it
was time to upgrade. Two adults and two dogs in a queen size
bed might have worked except Pippen likes sleeping cross ways.
So we bought a king size mattress and the two piece box springs and
picked up a previously used king headboard and headed home. We
did stop off and buy some king size sheets too (wow not cheap).
At home we stripped all of the beds and opened the new sheets and
started the washer. We painted the new headboard and then
began the process. The twin bed was dismantled and moved to
the attic above the garage. The full bed was dismantled and
moved to the smaller bedroom. Our queen bed was dismantled and
replaced the full bed. Then it was time for our bed. We hauled up the
headboard, the frame and the box springs (2 pieces). Then we
went to get the mattress. Well folks - it wouldn't go up the
stairs. A tape measure confirmed the fact that our stairway
and the mattress were not compatible. I was devastated, not
because it wouldn't fit, but no way was I going to undo all of the
moving and put it all back. And the price of those sheets!!
Thank goodness Voni chose that time to call and visit. She mentioned their king bed was actually 2 twins pushed together. So we took the king mattress back and purchased two twins. Viola - king sized bed. Pippen still takes her 1/2 out of the middle.
|I lost my dear friend Anita in April. She kept us laughing, yet horrified at the incompetence of our elected officials. She was so proud to be an American and much too young to die.|
|Jan and Glynn came to visit in May when they attended Kinzie's graduation from some school in this area. Michael, the young man in Bethany's life graduated from TAMU Corpus and found a job almost immediately. He didn't even have time to set up a tent - much less protest. (ok - no more politics). Well done Michael!|
|I celebrated a milestone birthday in June and Micky surprised me with a trip to Mexico. My favorite kind of gift. We spent a week lounging on the beach and floating in the pool. Turning sixty isn't so bad if you say it fast and say it on the beach :-)|
|Our Bogota kids came to visit for the month of July. Over the 4th of July we had my parents, Marvin, Linda, Joni, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews plus all of our kiddos. The 3 generation "Not So Newlywed" game, a photo contest with categories such as most white trash, most embarrassing, most ahhh as well as the compiling of a scrapbook for my parents were the highlights of the weekend. We celebrated my parents 65th wedding anniversary and enjoyed having everyone here and getting to meet Martin, Ralph and Riley.|
|The last weekend our
Bogota kiddos were in the states we had all of our kids and
grandkids at the house. We enjoyed a lively water balloon
fight, steaks on the grill and had Christmas in July. This was
the first time in ten years we had celebrated the holiday with all
of our kids.
Nati and Katy enjoyed playing with Grammy's makeup brushes and informed Gramps he had to "go away" because they were getting ready for a party. Language was no barrier for those two - whether playing or fussing - they seemed to be able to communicate. Martin enjoyed the dog door and the consensus was that July is not the best time to go to the Waco zoo.
After looking at this photo - here is a big hint - take your group pictures first thing - don't wait till the end of a month long reunion with tons of food and limited sleep.
August recovering from company and praying for rains that never
came. September brought an end to the NFL strike and
we almost saw the end of the Big XII but there was no end to the heat
and drought. My boss retired and our Institute was combined
with another and things became a bit topsy turvy at work. I
was moved to a new work area with windows and a nice big desk and
a new supervisor. Changes are working out very well -
however I'm still counting the days till retirement.
|Mick and I
decided that we would spend a day at Six Flags - just the two of us
(before we got too old). HA! We were pleasantly
surprised to find the park almost empty the day we went. Of
course it might have had something to do with the fact that it was
|We met Gary and Voni for a Ranger game and watched them lose a close one. We traveled to the panhandle where we visited friends and family and attended the Tech vs Nevada game with James and Mendy. (one of the few they won) I still miss the Pirate!!|
Voni and Gary came down for her yearly heart doctor appointment.
We took a detour over to Kinder for a long weekend with a little
gambling and some alligator bites.
I had another rude
awakening of old age - cataract surgery. Other than going to
work without eye makeup it really wasn't a big deal.
enjoying a full time job and is being trained as the HR director for
her company. She is still in Corpus and hopes Michael will get
to stay there once his training is complete. She wants a new
car and a puppy, but she is showing her mature side by waiting till
her finances and future plans are a bit more stable. (And we
are very proud of her restraint.)
Lori has changed jobs but is still working from home. Their company, Capitol Environmental, is doing well and Casey stays very busy. In May they celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a trip to Amsterdam and Paris. Katy is a doll with an amazing vocabulary and a very independent streak. She is 3, will be 4 in May.
Luchi is still with the same bank, but has transferred to a new branch. Jamie continues to teach history at the school Natalie attends. Natalie is taking ballet and violin lessons and is the ultimate drama princess. Martin likes his rocking horse and tormenting Nati - which is turn about fair play. Martin enjoys pulling up the neighbors flowers and knocking on their doors. Nati will be 5 in January and Martin will be 2 this December.
Micky - well he either likes to travel or he is a very tolerant man. He is waiting for a new boss to be appointed and a farm bill but really would be happier than any farmer in Texas to see the end of the drought. As a loyal Red Raider fan it has been a tough fall. Some weekends were almost too much to bear.
As for me - I am down to just a little over a year till retirement. I don't hate my job but I'm ready to let someone do it while I enjoy my house, my dogs, my yard and my grandkids or stated differently - my time. I would like to spend time with our folks, take them on a road trip or two and I want to do laundry at 8 am instead of 8 pm.
A special thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of our lives.
We wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy 2012.