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Another trip & home again

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Well, trip at beginning of July was to Arizona to visit mother-in-law #2, my DH's step mother. (Say a prayer for her, please. She's going through a really rough patch right now. Getting divorced from guy she married several years after DH's dad died. He is a real JERK and seems to have destroyed her self confidence. Glad the jerk has moved back to Seattle so it won't be so easy for him to talk her into trying again...for the umpteenth time. Might actually work if he tried too.) Trip at end of July to Louisville, KY, to visit DH's mom and step father. Had a nice visit. Took niece (Summer) and 1 grand daughter (Madison). Other grand daughter couldn't go because she is captain of the cheer squad and had practices. (They scored several superior ratings at competition!) Went down to The Captain's Quarters on a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 80's. Had a nice lunch, then sat under the trees and watched the boats come and go. Lovely place to be that day!


What a great trip!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Just returned from a 2 week trip with DH, 2 grand daughters (17 and 10) and my niece (17). Traveled from Tupelo, MS, to: Oklahoma City (National Monument visit included); Albuequerque, NM; to spend a few days in a cabin between Flagstaff and Williams, AZ. Serious drought conditions. So sad to see so many trees dying. Hope they get some relief soon. Day trip to Grand Canyon and Painted Desert. Then down to New River, AZ, to my brother in law's house for several days. Playing in the pool, boating on the lake, visiting with rest of family. Drove down to Tombstone, AZ, and had a great lunch at Big Nose Kate's Saloon. Spent the night in Las Cruces, NM. Next day, drove to Dallas, TX, where my daughter and son in law live. (Long day on the road. Lots of border patrol. You guys are great, and have a really tough job. Keep up the good work, and stay safe.) Friday, took the kids to Dallas World Aquarium for several hours. Great place. Home on Saturday. Our friend asked me what I thought was the very best part of the trip. My answer: Listening to the 3 girls in the back seat of the F150 going on and on about how beautiful and spectacular the scenery and everything they saw was and what a great time they were having. That was the best part of a truly great trip. For the next trip out to AZ, DH and I plan to go up through Colorado and Wyoming and then down to AZ. Already looking forward to it. Hope to be at least 30 pounds lighter by then!

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MEME102 7/16/2012 5:40PM

    How neat for you to be able to take your granddaughters and niece on such a wonderful trip!! You've made some beautiful memories for them -- as well as yourself! On your next trip will the kids be going with you then too? I'm not much of a traveller -- but I do love Disneyworld! Have you had or going to have knee replacements? If you have time stop by the knee/hip replacement team and let us know how you're doing! We have a refreshing pool/spa to visit in :)) and join in the conversations! Thanks for sharing your trip news....I'll have to go peek and see if you took any pictures...I'm a scrapbooker and love looking at pics.

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SSSCOLLINS 7/16/2012 11:59AM

  Thank you. I hope so t0o!

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FALCON_MONICAB 7/16/2012 11:31AM

    emoticon Awesome you had such a great trip! May the next one be just as amazing if not more so! emoticon emoticon

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Home again

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Well, it has been fun traveling with DH, but I'm really glad to be home. Had a great time in Arizona. Pretty much ruined my diet! Will have to start over.

Weather in New River and Scottsdale was great...not too hot at all after they had a storm the 2nd day we were there. Brother in law took us out to Lake Pleasant on his boat. I rode the tube, and he didn't throw me off! (He tried, but I held on.) Did have a little trouble getting back on the boat. Guess I need to start back doing those knee exercises.

Drove up to Sedona one day and really enjoyed the beautiful scenery on the way up and back. I could have spent several days there but everyone except me had to work during the week. Went to Nico's football game. (Son of DH's step sister.) He has broken his arm, but played anyway with a cast. He's a high school senior, is deaf, plays defensive end, and would really like to earn a good football scholarship for college. He knew that scouts were visiting to watch him play. He's on the field every time the defense is, and is usually one of the players that is in on the tackle. Such a nice, great kid. Really good looking, too. Good luck, Nico!

Well, I guess I'd better go weigh in and see how much damage I've done to my diet. emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 9/26/2011 3:05PM

    Welcome home...that's the trouble with vacations...too much food and the wrong food. Oh well, guess you'll just have to work harder. Good luck to Nico! I hope his dreams come true!

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Keeping the road hot!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I am so excited...I get to go to Texas next week to see my "baby". She's 27 and married, but still my baby. I can hardly wait for a "Mama hug". Thank God my hubby has to go to Texas several times a year to work and that driving is cheaper for the company than flying! I told my brother that I am so excited that, if I were a puppy, I'd wag my tail off. :D

After that, hubby has to be in Phoenix, AZ, for business in September. His step-mother, step-brother, and step-sister, and their families live there, and so I've bought an airline ticket to go with him on that trip, too. (Thank you, Lord, for frequent flyer miles!!) We are close to them, and we can't wait to see them next month.

I've worked all my life (started baby sitting 3 kids under 5 when I was 11) until my knees got so bad, and now I am doing something I never thought I'd do: being a stay-at-home wife who just jumps in the vehicle and goes where ever my hubby has to go to work. Never thought it would be so much fun. Thank you, God, for this wonderful blessing!


Ever been to Eureka Springs, AR?

Monday, August 08, 2011

DH had a sudden business trip to Bentonville, AR, last week. I went with him since he was driving and my birthday was Friday so we thought when he got through working, we'd just do something for the weekend like go to Branson or spend the night in Memphis on the way home. He got finished with work about lunch time on Friday and we decided to take a scenic drive through the Ozarks on 12E. When we reached the end of 12E, we were hungry and decided that Eureka Springs looked like our best bet for food. What a great place! The entire town seems to be on the historic register, and is just fabulous. We ate a couple of yummy sandwiches at The Cathouse. :-) We decided to stay the night in Eureka Springs. We looked at a room in a haunted hotel downtown, but the air conditioning wasn't really cool enough for ust so we passed on that. (It was well over 100 degrees there and we like to sleep really cold because of my allergies.) We looked at another couple of places downtown, but then decided to try All Seasons Treehouse Village which is new and on the outskirts of town. We rented a "treehouse" which had a large bedroom/sitting room with a microwave and refrigerator and jacuzzi in the bathroom. Beautiful and clean with lovely view of the mountain just outside the window and a tiny little porch at the top of the stairs. Butterflies all over the place. Underneath, was an open sitting area with plants, rockers, and a fountain. After we unloaded our things, we went back downtown and shopped a bit. Bought a couple of things from a super nice guy at Scarlett's and asked him for dinner suggestions. He suggested Local Flavor restaurant. We had a delicious dinner there...probably the best steak either of us have ever had and the pork tenderloin was really good, too. Generous enough servings that we took leftovers back with us for breakfast the next morning. Before we left to come home, we drove for miles through the town, up and down really steep hills with fascinating houses all over. One could stay there a year, sleep in a different hotel, bed and breakfast, or lodge every night and still not sleep in all of the places available to rent. Toured the "most haunted hotel in America", The Crescent Hotel, out on the edge of town before we left, too. We will most definitely go back to Eureka Springs some time, maybe in the fall or spring when it isn't so hot. Great place. We had a wonderful time. If you can't decide what you want to do, try Eureka Springs some time. Passion Play. "Healing waters" at the Basin. Haunted hotels and houses. Tons of quaint little shops and restaurants. Lots of art galleries. We were told that it is the 2nd most popular place in the U.S. for weddings after Las Vegas. You'll love it!

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REMARAHAB 8/8/2011 1:28PM

    What a neat thing to do for his birthday!

We loved it, too! Plan to go back soon!

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