home from a New Year's casino trip to Louisiana to watch our Red Raiders
win another bowl game. And just in case we still had some money -
over the MLK holiday we headed to Vegas for a
By the end of the month
Natalie had turned one and Bethany was twenty and I was sick of cold
weather. Yes folks, it does get cold down here - though I admit
it isn't near as cold as the panhandle.
We took Jim
and Judy to Corpus to check out the tough life Bethany was living. They
were shocked at her gated apartment, beach front classrooms and busy
life. They couldn’t imagine how she was surviving.
We finally "went live"
with our web site which of course needs updating
- stop by and visit us sometime.
||Once again we spent
a few days in Kinder supporting
those poor displaced Native Americans. For the first time in many years
we didn't make it to Vegas for opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.
The prices were just too high so we settled for a few days in Louisiana
and enjoyed the delicious fried alligator and gumbo.
Mick's brother Jim and his wife Judy we took our first cruise with stops
in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We swam
with the sting rays and enjoyed the beautiful beaches. We ate shrimp,
lamb, key lime pie and Judy ate chocolate melting cake seven nights
May 5th bought us Ms. Kathryn
Elizabeth Frizzell, our 2nd granddaughter. She has blue eyes and
we suspect a bit of red in her hair.
We spent June
working on the lawn getting ready for a very busy July. We did manage to
find time to make a few bus trips to
the casino in Kinder.
Jamie, Luchi and Natalie up at the airport on July 2nd. Micky finally
met our oldest granddaughter. Over the holiday
weekend we had twenty family members gather for a reunion.
For one spectacular weekend we had
all of our
kids and their families together for the first time in over five years.
Later in the month Jamie,
Luchi. Natalie and I went to Corpus with Micky where he attended a
conference and we all enjoyed our very first hurricane - Hurricane Dolly.
We were on the outer edge but the Bogota crew had one more thing to add
to their Texas Trip Tales.
We put our Bogota group on
the plane bound for home on the 28th of July. Natalie’s
first trip to the states was a busy one with many photos and memories.
Julie celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 7th.
the month recovering from July and looking forward to football season.
Paulette retired and we made a trip to the Lubbock area to join in the
celebration and see the folks.
JL and Faye celebrated their
anniversary on August 1.
celebrated our 16th anniversary with a long weekend trip to
We went to Austin and
spent the day with Katy and of course her folks :-). She is
growing and her favorite past time is smiling.
Hurricane Ike made for excitement around our place. Bethany's school
closed and everyone evacuated - after she made it to our house - the
storm turned and followed her. Kaylee and John and Jim and Judy all lost
electricity, but that just gave us an excuse to gather at our house and
visit. We were all blessed - we lost nothing more than some groceries,
sad to say we had friends and acquaintances that are still struggling to
The Red Raiders gave us a
lot to cheer for in October. Micky traveled on business most of the
month but always made it home in time to yell at the television - I mean
for the team on
Saturdays. Thank goodness they can hear him - I'm sure they would have
lost a few without his help.
started off with a bang - Tech beat UT. We were actually in
Lubbock the weekend of the game, but we attended Sarah’s (Bethany’s best friend from high school) wedding
instead of the game. Micky managed the situation very
well. I did hear him mutter something about a crown in heaven .
. . .
Jerinne Seaton (aunt and uncle) from Brownfield along with their
daughters and spent a long weekend with us while their middle daughter checked out
some college here in the area - A&M or something like that. We enjoyed having a houseful of Seatons.
November 14th we lost Micky’s dad. Tom was 91 and never spoke
an unkind word in his life. The statement “He was a gentleman and he
was a gentle man” is a perfect way to describe this father, dad, pawpaw
out the month with eight glorious days in Puerto Vallarta with our
friends George and Tamara from Edmonton, Canada. For me it is
brutal punishment to listen to them talk about the cold they
face each winter. I honestly cannot imagine needing a heated
steering wheel. Of course the idea of a cover to keep the
steering wheel cool enough to touch during the summer was
foreign to them.
are asked to babysit Ms. Katy. In preparation we even had McKito (the
dog) groomed for the occasion. Don’t ask – we are new at this.
Katy is a contented and happy baby and we emerged from the
assignment in good standing but exhausted. I never realized
watching a baby sleep and play could be so exhausting.
As for Natalie, Jamie
shared a video of
her dancing and clapping her way through a Christmas program. She was
doing wonderful until she saw her “Pappa” and the meltdown began. She
did manage to dry her eyes and make the big finale.
We hope to
make it to Beaumont the weekend of the 13th to watch the Red Raiders
play Lamar University. We should be staying home and resting up, but
that is for our retirement years. HA!
We will be spending Christmas
week in the panhandle with our parents, friends and family. First we
have to find our storage bin with the gloves, scarves and winter garb, I
hear we will need it for the trip.
Wherever we go I know one thing, we WILL be home in time to watch the
Cotton Bowl on January 2nd. Go Red Raiders!!!
healthy and doing well. She is lonely without Tom but she walks to Uncle
Jake and Aunt Sue’s almost every day to check on them and for a visit.
She carries her cell phone and assures us she bundles up against the
Faye's cancer remains in remission
and she enjoys playing bridge on the computer. JL. survived his 4th
hip replacement last December. He has just finished helping Tom with
harvest – they still let him run the combine. Silverton made it to the
semi-finals in football this year and my folks enjoyed the games but are
now ready for basketball.
still teaching English and Luchi remains in her position (comparable to
bank president in the states) at the bank. Natalie is almost
two. She is so much like her dad it actually makes us smile (and
then shake our
heads). Natalie enjoys bossing the dogs and chicken nuggets.
Casey and Lori are
adjusting well to a baby. Lori works from home and still gets up
early each morning to exercise and enjoy the best part of the
day. Their consulting business went high-tech with their web
this year and Casey has ongoing projects from Houston to Abilene
and south to San Antonio.
a junior at Corpus A&M and she is beginning to tire of roommates,
classes and the unsettled life of college. It is possible she is even
looking forward to a full time job and her own place . . . She will turn 21 in January
and has not even hinted at an invitation to the birthday party.
there is us
completed a full year as Chief of the Conservation Division. This
included a week in Washington, one in Dallas, one in Lubbock and then
one in Austin plus numerous short trips around the state - all wearing a jacket and tie. It is a whole new world and he
truly enjoys it.
At Tom’s funeral there were many (whispered)
comments about him filling out and turning a bit gray. All I can say is
In January I will need four years and I can retire - my
target date is January 2013. But
in the meantime I like being Grammy and Jan was right - the best part of
grandkids is watching your kids be parents.
actually started writing my great American novel. I may never finish the
thing but at least I've got my "once upon a time" typed in.
It seems like a short
time ago we were so excited about the new millennium - Wow it is almost
We got a new great-nephew in
the spring of 2008, a second one is coming with Santa and yet
another one will be here after the first of the year. We
had a niece that married in 2008 and a nephew that will marry in
2009. Rex is a teenager and Wes goes to school. Life
doesn't just go on, it seems to be running the sprint relay in
We have really fallen down on the job
for next year. As
of now we only have one trip planned. We are headed to Aruba in August -
an island we've always wanted to see. I'm not worried, I'm sure I will find
somewhere else for us to go.
Until Next Year
We worry about our parents being so far away. We miss the dear friends we left in the
panhandle. We wish all of our kids could live closer and we could
babysit often. But we know we are blessed in so many ways
and we appreciate and enjoy our wonderful life.
wish each of you happiness, health, and contentment for the year
with a toast to each of you.
So lift your glass and repeat after us ...
(die [as in to die],
bo, zha [like the second g in garage])
"God's gifts" in Russian.