Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

What a beautiful morning!  Hans took Cody and I down to the Norwood Memorial, and we had an al fresco Dunkin Donuts breakfast on the lawn while waiting for the parade to come by.  Now we're just hanging out around the house (I'm going to head out to finish lawn work and some gardening), and I'll grill some marinated chicken and pork chops this afternoon.  Josh is heading out to a BBQ with his friend Shannon, and I'm just grateful to have my family safely here and able to enjoy this day.  Please pray for all our veterans, the active and deployed military, and especially their families (particularly those who live in Oklahoma).  And remember them more often than holidays.  I'm probably 'preaching to the choir' on this one, but I just wanted to say it out loud.  As a nation, we don't give enough due to our soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors.  But tomorrow is another day, and we can start each morning hoping for our best in everything.

Happy Memorial Day - we love you all...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Awesome deal...

So I just bought this waterproof case for my smartphone, and thought I'd add the link to purchase it.  I bought a couple for gifts, and thought it might be a nice gift idea for other people (birthdays, Christmas... I really do plan that far ahead!).

Click here to see the deal!

It's supposed to allow you to use the phone, as well - take pictures, etc.  Since we like to travel - heck, just going to the pool or beach - and I take my phone everywhere, I thought this would be a great opportunity.  I'd love to give you a real review, but I won't have it before the deal is up.  (I will be testing it, first though - just to make sure!).

Love to all...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Cody!

Today Cody turned 37, and we had a really great day!  He woke up to decorations and gifts in the Living room/Kitchen, and Josh and I took him out to lunch at this GREAT Indian restaurant, Shere E Punjab.  We stuffed ourselves - seriously.  This afternoon I finished his last gift, while Bethany and Josh rode over to the store and she got him a new dress shirt.  Tan, just the color he loves.  Meanwhile I baked him a Vegan/non-soy birthday cake with lemon icing; it was REALLY lemony and tangy.  I also attempted chocolate vegan ice cream, and this came out much better than last time (although I had to stir by hand, since the mechanism on our maker broke.)

 Finally, I grilled a New York Strip and a Sirloin steak (delish!) along with some corn on the cob and a salad.  We had a really relaxed dinner, opened presents, and then played some darts with the magnetic game I got him.  (It's double sided...  the kids played darts, but they aren't allowed to use the other side. Adults only!  wink wink!)

So it was a really nice birthday.  Cody seemed to enjoy himself and relax, and eat lots of great food, and overall be adored.  As he should be every day.  And thanks Mom and Dad for calling him tonight to wish him a happy birthday; it means a lot to both of us in our own ways.

Love to all...


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mother's Day

Hi all...

I know I'm slacking lately; just when I should be writing daily because there's so much going on, there's so much going on I can't seem to keep up!  So I'll backtrack a little, and get everyone up to date.

Last Sunday was really lovely; actually, my Mom's day started Friday night, since Cody and I went dancing and then out for drinks with some friends from dance class.  We haven't been 'out' with another couple in a while - or at all - so it was spontaneous and fun!  Saturday Bethany's LAX game was cancelled, so we got to relax a little, but I had a wedding to sing for, so I went to work.  Then some shopping on the way home, dinner together, and then Hans took me to a Ladies & Lads dance at school.  And he actually danced with me!

Sunday, after church, we headed out to Longwood Gardens.  We stopped at a huge nursery on the way there (one I'd always wanted to visit), and found the Lantana that we've been looking for ever since leaving NC.  It was one of the plants we'd had out front and Hans has been asking for them.  So after a few plant purchases, we stopped at Mile High where Cody had made lunch reservations; it was wonderful!  Finally, onto Longwood Gardens; it was CHILLY.  Especially for May!  But we had a lovely time; everyone took lots of pictures, and we just enjoyed being outside, together.  It seemed like a while since we'd just hung out together...  That evening we heated up leftovers, watched Once, and ended a really great Mother's Day.  Oh - and I got some Coconut Coffee, the Les Miserables dvd (which is great, but still not as good as seeing it live), and a really awesome 'garden' hat.  You'll see in the picture.

I hope all my friends who are mother's, plan to be mother's, and/or have mother's (which is everybody), had a great day.  Remember, hug a mom - every day you can!

Love to all...