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Son's Wedding

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tim and I traveled in 2 cars to Staunton on Wednesday. (Tim made the arbor that Joe and Ashley were married under , and we had to transport it.) We got settled in and finished up our final projects.

Thursday I had a manicure, then we went to Sam's to get the food for the Friday night party. Instead of a Rehearsal dinner, the "kids" wanted a party - something less formal. Of course it was upstairs, so Tim and I got a work out carrying everything up 3 flights of stairs. I admit he carried all the heavy beer, wine & pop. Thursday evening Joe and Ashley got to town, so we were able to have a quiet dinner with them. Since we had a "suite", actually the upstairs of an older home with 3 bedrooms, they stayed with us. We had breakfast with them as well.

Friday flew by. Tim's oldest brother was in town early, so we had lunch with them and Joe joined us. Rehearsal was at 3, then "dinner" at a local pizza place. Then the party, which was great. There was lots of food (if you know me - you know this to be true.) The owners wife was the DJ. Everyone said it was a great party. Below is a picture.



After the party, Joe and his friend, Doug, spent the night with us. Doug's parents were staying at the same B&B, so we were all able to have breakfast together. I went to have my hair styled and Tim went to help set up the arbor. (He built it in 3 pieces) The weather was perfect: mostly sunny and warm.



Here is a picture from the wedding, which was awesome. The ceremony was uniquely theirs. From their "promises" . My son's were to cook her delicious dinners, be her tech support, and to keep her feet warm, which are always cold. Ashley's final promise was to be like the force - always with you. They also did a hand blessing, which was very touching.

The reception was nice too. This is a picture of the "parent dance" Tim and I dance very little, because we were busy talking to many of our family and friends, who all traveled many hours to be with us.

Sunday morning we packed up after breakfast, since we were leaving later in the day. We went to the Frontier Culture Museum with Tim's brother and wife.

Then Joe and Ashley were packed up and met us for lunch and a trip to the glassblowing shop in Staunton, Sunspots.

After our farewells, Tim and I drove part way home last night and the rest of the way today.

I now have a most amazing daughter, who makes my son very happy.

Thanks to all of you who stuck with this to the end.
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Love, Sam

  
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DETERMINEDBABE 8/22/2012 5:47PM

    That is so beautiful, thank you for sharing your joy!

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L*I*T*A* 4/18/2012 4:56PM

    what great photos and awesome memories.......
congratulations to all...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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LNSYLVSDOGS 4/17/2012 7:01AM

    How very beautiful! Congrats to your son & dil! emoticon emoticon

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Update, sorry I have been MIA

Sunday, January 29, 2012

OK, so right before Christmas Tim found out that he did have a job, but at a 10% pay decrease. After Christmas he found out that all the maintenance guys who worked with him were let go. Obviously Tim was moved to another position as one of 4 shift managers. Although he has worked at the plant for 32 years, he was not a member of the production department. So he got the off shift. He works Tuesday - Friday 4pm-midnight, and Sunday 8-4pm. This means that we cannot go anywhere overnight. He gets off at midnight on Friday and has to be back at work on Sunday morning. There's no such thing as a long weekend either.

My schedule as a teacher is totally inflexible, except during the summer - but where can you go with only 32 hours off at a time?

We have stuck with dance for the moment, but can only go once maybe twice a week. So we are not doing very well with learning new stuff. The dance practice parties are Friday night, which we can't attend.

I have to admit that I am tired of people telling me well at least he has a job. Yes, I am grateful for that, but our time together is very limited. He doesn't get home until 12:30 am or later and I have to be in bed, because my school day officially starts at 7:45 with kids. He leaves before I get home - my school day ends at 3:30 and he starts at 4pm.

OK, so that is my whining part.

We went to Virginia Beach mid-January for an engagement party for our son, future daughter, her sister, and Joe's fraternity brother. Joe & Ashley will be married in April; her sister & Doug will be married in June. A full year for their parents!

Otherwise things have been busy with getting little things ready for the wedding. I am having an Open House for them in a couple of weeks. Hopefully I'll get out to go dress shopping this coming weekend.

Thankfully the kitty continues to be good company for both of us. We finally settled on the name Cindy Lou Who, since she coos like a dove when she walks up to you.

So those are the good things and the crazy things going on right now. I hope now that Tim's schedule is more certain that I will be getting on Spark more regularly. I have been so down over all this that I really haven't felt like doing much. Plus it hurts to see my husband's reaction to this, so that hasn't helped either.

I felt I owed all my Sparkfriends an explanantion of my absence. Now I need to go cut up a baked chicken. My cooking patterns are changing too, since Tim isn't home for dinner. I have to do better with my evening meals. I'm working on crock potting and bought a magazine with lots of recipes. Many of them look awesome. So a chance to grow!

Sam

  
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TEXASGIRL48 1/31/2012 8:26AM

    It's good to hear from you Sam. I can truly understand where you are coming from. My son-in-law finally got a job but his hours are 6pm to midnight and my daughter works 8am to 5pm. He has to leave almost as soon as she gets home. It's not good timing but it's a good job and so they deal with it. Thank goodness the kids are in school all day so he can sleep.

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RICCILYNN 1/30/2012 11:27AM

    well that just sucks about his schedule being so crappy! hope things turn around and he gets a different shift!

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CJBAGGINS 1/29/2012 11:37PM

    Sorry that things on the couple time together front sucks right now! How frustrating for both of you! I hope that improves soon. I'm glad you have dance together for right now, though.

All the best with the weddings preparations!

I'm glad you may be back a bit more now. Good luck with the new recipes.

cj

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L*I*T*A* 1/29/2012 11:28PM

    so good to know all is well with your and yours.........sure did miss you...
job changes can be difficult to adjust to.....
i used to work evenings/nights and my husband days
i can see how this can require some adjustments...
wishing you all the best with all the wedding plans....
blessings and hugs............lita

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New Kitty

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well Bright Veterinary Clinic showed up on caller id last night, since we have no pets that could only mean.... Yes, they had a 4 year old kitty needing a home. She is a black and brown tortoise shell. She hid under the bed all evening, but visited us numerous times during the night. We left the bedroom door open tonight and she has ventured out to visit us.

She was in a family with teenagers, dogs and other cats. Apparently she was very stressed and having litter box problems. The office staff really like her and wanted a good home for her. Ellen, the cat lady, thought of us.

Here's a picture of our new addition.
Sam

PS Yes, we are planning on keeping her. She is very affectionate and lovable/

  
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VALDESROSIERS1 11/15/2011 2:24PM

    She looks very happy and comfy with u guys
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LILPAT3 10/11/2011 11:41PM

    She is a very pretty cat and lucky to be in your home.

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SHASTA11 10/3/2011 12:59AM

    I'm so happy you are going to keep her. She looks like a dear. Hope she gets comfortable soon; sounds like she is. I have two tortie's, you know. She's a lucky girl.

Hope you're well. I'm doing pretty good. Looks like fall is here and hope it stays and that it doesn't get cold til Nov/Dec. I did have my heat on a little while this morning, though this afternoon and evening it was warm and my daughter and kids were here, so turned on the a/c.

Take care. We Can Do It!



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AIRPEACH 9/29/2011 1:26PM

    What a beautiful girl! I'm so happy she's found a home with you.

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NEWHEARTSTART 9/28/2011 3:50PM

    She's a beauty.


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LNSYLVSDOGS 9/28/2011 10:55AM

    She is beautiful! I had a similar experience recently when my vets office name & number showed up on my caller ID, leaving me wondering what it could possibly be about! LOL. Their words, "Have I got the perfect dog for you!!" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 9/28/2011 8:46AM

    You are awesome. Did you adopt her or just foster her? I don't think I could be a foster parent to children or animals. They both weave their way into your heart so easily I couldn't give them up.

She is a pretty cat. I have 12 that I feed outside.

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MRE1956 9/28/2011 6:43AM

    What a sweet cat - enjoy her!

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EUPHRATES 9/28/2011 12:08AM

    Awwww! Yay for new furbabies!

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L*I*T*A* 9/27/2011 9:11PM

    that is awesome.....way to go.....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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SANDY-RENO 9/27/2011 9:00PM

    She's beautiful and looks quite content! What good people you are!
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Well, I can announce it now.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My son got engaged a week ago Friday. I couldn't say anything until they had told more friends. Here is a picture of the ring. It is my grandma's diamond and her grandmother's pearl. A date is not yet set, but next year sometime.

Love, Sam

  
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VALDESROSIERS1 11/15/2011 2:22PM

    Beautiful ring - con grats

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CJBAGGINS 11/6/2011 11:29PM

    How did I miss this blog?

Congratulations to your son!

cj

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MOONLIGHT970 10/8/2011 2:26PM

    a very special ring! its beautiful.

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BABIE_JANE 9/20/2011 3:18PM

    Congrats and best wishes to the happy couple and their families! What a special ring and beautiful, too.

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TEXASGIRL48 9/19/2011 9:48AM

    Congratulations Sam. I bet you really had to bite your tongue didn't you. That is such a beautiful and so meaningful. It will be one of a kind. Let us know when they set the date.

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VIAFREE 9/19/2011 8:39AM

    Lovely. hope they have many years of happiness. emoticon

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    Congratulations emoticon

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    emoticonWhat a beautiful family heirloom. emoticon

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 9/19/2011 12:59AM

    Wow, congratulations to you and your family!!! Best wishes to your son and his fiance for a long and happy life together. emoticon emoticon

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MIDNITE_LADY 9/19/2011 12:55AM

    Wow what a beautiful ring I wish your son and his fiance a long and happy life together emoticon

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SAMODER 9/18/2011 10:30PM

    Thank you everyone.....
Sam

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HDHAWK 9/18/2011 9:59PM

    What a special ring! Congrats to you and your family!

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PATTYSH 9/18/2011 9:57PM

    Very beautiful!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/18/2011 9:55PM

    That is a very special ring for a very special couple.

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/18/2011 9:04PM

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It's beautiful!!

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ELISADENK 9/18/2011 8:54PM

    Happy sigh....

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JAMER123 9/18/2011 8:48PM

    Beautiful!!! Congrats to the couple as they walk a new path in life. emoticon

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GIGALENA 9/18/2011 8:45PM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo

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CARILOUIE 9/18/2011 8:34PM

    That ring is beautiful! What a special way to represent the families.

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ILLINITEACHER52 9/18/2011 8:15PM

  Congratulations to your son and his fiance'. The ring is beautiful!

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L*I*T*A* 9/18/2011 7:54PM

    love the history behind the ring!!!
CONGRATULATIONS.....



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SHASTA11 9/18/2011 7:47PM

    How wonderful, I'm so happy for the two families.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/18/2011 7:44PM

    Congrats! What a great way to customize a ring, very pretty!

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Time to Start Again

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We had good news this weekend. I can't say yet, but I will soon.

Anyway, I need to get back on track. To do that I will track my food this week. Usually that is enough for me to lose weight. I eat much better when I am tracking what I put in my mouth.

Thank you in advance for the support that I know my emoticons always give me.

Love,
Sam

  
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MIDNITE_LADY 9/13/2011 8:21PM

    Hi Sam Glad your back to tracking I find I do better if I track I missed what the good news was is your son getting engaged or married ? Hugs Bobie

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VALDESROSIERS1 9/12/2011 3:19PM

    I'm with u Sam, need to track my food again. Good luck

Track, track :)

Ur buddy
Val

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PATTYSH 9/12/2011 2:13PM

    Oh my yes, you have a VERY good reason to get back on track!

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 9/12/2011 2:14AM

    I love using the Nutrition Tracker! emoticon emoticon

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MIDNITE_LADY 9/12/2011 12:34AM

    Hi You can do this my friend .!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/11/2011 9:32PM

    i bet i know????
won't say till you tell us!!!???
have a great tracking week ahead...
blessings and hugs........lita

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DIONNE1972 9/11/2011 9:21PM

    good Luck wtih Starting over, Have a GREAT Spark WEEK.

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