Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tuesday night=Date Night

Charlie and I had an impromptu date night this past Tuesday. Beth was at work, and Trevlyn spent the night with a friend so we had the house to ourselves. I already had a meal planned and since it was Charlie's favorite we decided to just stay home & enjoy the quiet house!

To my surprise Charlie brought me flowers. 5 dozen roses wouldn't have pleased me more! This is the first time he's brought me flowers in...well, I can't even remember!

Aren't all the different colors beautiful?

This is my favorite flower in the bunch. I don't know what it is called, but it was really pretty.

Our meal wasn't fancy, just Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Creamed Corn.

Then I made Honey Oatmeal Wheat Bread in my new Breadmachine. It is really really good bread! This is the 2nd loaf of bread that I've made. The first was just a basic white bread. The picture is of about 1/2 of the loaf already sliced. I am hoping to make 1 loaf of bread a week to supplement our bread intake. Charlie eats a sandwich every day for lunch, and I was hoping by making homemade bread that it will get some of the preservatives out of his system. He has had a few health problems over the last few months so I am trying everything that I can to make him feel better.
I don't have a picture of my breadmachine because I simply forgot to take one. I purchased the breadmachine at Goodwill for $4.20. It makes 1, 1 1/2, & 2 lb loafs. It has so many different settings that I had to print the manual from the on-line website just so I would know how to use it. So far though I could say that I've gotten my money's worth, wouldn't you?
Sorry if my pictures are blurry. My computer is still broken. I took the pictures with my cell phone then emailed them from my cell to my personal email. Today, I uploaded them, while at work but on my lunch break, from my personal email to blogger! I hope to have my computer repaired this weekend.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's My Life

Julie Isa over at Tattered Threads and Willing Hands has created a weekly blog post so that you can document your life for your children. As soon as I saw this I wanted to join. In 1997 Charlie & I purchased his Mom & Dad journals. They were called A Mother's/Father's Reflection. Each page had a question about their life, childhood, holidays, growing up, etc. When they passed away in April we were able to take these and read them. They have been a comfort. I read the stories and I can almost hear Lethia's voice telling it to me.

I hope you'll join me in this endeavor,here's how we'll do it. Each Tuesday you will have several questions to answer. Each month there will be a 'theme' for the month. For example, we will start with your family and ancestry, then we'll move on into the house of your growing up, your childhood, holidays & celebrations, romance, parenthood, etc. sometimes the questions will be simple, sometimes they may not even apply and other times, you might find it hard to answer. there's never a right or wrong answer.

Here are this week's questions:
I included my step parents because they've been apart of my life forever!
What is/was your Mother's name? Brenda Faye Brewer
What is/was your Step-Mother's name? Carol Ann Biller

Your Father's Name? Edwin DeWayne Condra
Your Step-Father's Name? Jerry Lynn Cassell

Your grandmother's names? Juanita Helen Kyle (maternal) Mary Dell Owen (paternal)

Your grandfather's names? Zolas Hiram Brewer "Bo or Johnny"(maternal) & David Turner Condra(paternal)

What did you call them? Daddy & Mother, Mamaw & Papaw Brewer (maternal), Granddaddy & Mama(paternal)

Do you have brothers and sisters? Yes, total of 10; 1 older brother, 1 younger brother, and 1 younger sister. 3 step-brothers, and 1 step-sister. 3 half-brothers.

What are their names? In order, DeWayne, Shane, Nakia, Dabreon, Corey, Brendia, Skyler, Caleb, Andrew, & Jordan

How old were you when they were born? DeWayne is the only one older than me, and he is 5 years older. Shane, Nakia, Corey, & Skyler are my step-brother's & sisters so I wasn't around when they were born. :) But, I was 5 when Dabreon was born, 8 when Brendia was born, 15 when Caleb & Andrew were born, and 18 when Jordan was born.

I'll give you our birthdates to give you an idea of all of our ages. DeWayne-July 1968, Krista-September 1973, Shane-October 1973, Nakia-April 1975, Dabreon-October 1978, Corey-February 1979, Brendia-October 1981, Skyler-December 1986, Caleb-January 1989, Andrew-June 1989, and Jordan-December 1991. Yes, I know all of their actual birthdays but I didn't think that was appropriate to put on the internet! :) DeWayne, Me, Dabreon & Brendia have the same Mom & Dad. Shane, Nakia, Corey & Skyler have the same Mom & Dad, just not my Mom & Dad, hehehe. Caleb and I have the same Mom. Andrew & Jordan and I have the same Dad. Now, are you confused yet?

Do you remember the first time you saw them? Yes, Dabreon was fat! Brendia was too tiny! I declared Caleb as mine at first sight! Andrew was born with a tan, and lots of dark hair. Jordan was born 2 weeks after my son, and he looked like Mo from the 3 stooges!

What about your aunts and uncles? Vicki & Al (maternal), Harold (paternal)

Did they play an important part in your growing up? Until I was a teenager we didn't live anywhere near my Mother's family so I didn't get to know my Aunt Vicki & Uncle Al until i was an adult. But, we were around my Uncle Harold and his family all my life. Uncle Harold's wife is Polly. We spent every vacation, holiday, birthday, etc with their family. We were all really close, and I thought of my cousins as siblings!

Did your family get together much casually or did you have to travel to spend time together? I spent a lot of time with my Uncle Harold and Aunt Polly. They lived in Midland/Odessa Texas and we lived in Pampa Texas. It was a drive to their house, but we did it all the time. I loved it because they had a pool! My mother's family lived in Knoxville TN so we didn't spend much time with them until we moved to Knoxville when I was a teenager.

I hope this isn't too much for my friends to read, and you may learn more than you ever wanted to know about me!

Timi & Leslie convertible diaper bag

They are having a great giveaway over at Mom Central. It is a Timi & Leslie Convertible Diaper Bag. Now all of you know that I do not have small children. My kids are teenagers, right? Yes, you are correct! No, I do not expect either of them to have babies soon. But, My baby sister has baby Isaac, and I know that she would love to have this trendy diaper bag! It really looks like something that she would carry and get a lot of use out of! I have entered! Just click on the link here, and you can enter too!
The patent tote comes in five colors and there are a ton of organizational compartments inside. The bag also includes two smaller matching purses, a bottle holder, changing pad, stroller straps, and a removable shoulder strap. Plus the liner itself is water proof. Wow, can you believe this is a diaper bag?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

One Door Closes..Another Opens

One Door Closes..Another Opens
Revelations 3:8 KJV
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly! The power of one sentence! God can shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor. God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close. If you need God to open some doors for you just ask.
Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing...

My cousin forwarded this email to me yesterday and I thought of how true the words are. I hope it helps one of you today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We are back!!

I have so much to tell you! Unfortunately I just don't have the time to write it all down because I am posting from work! I've come home and my laptop has bit the dust! I can't download my pics or anything :(

I am planning on taking my digital cards to Sam's and having all the pics developed and put on a CD. That way I can share them with you all.

Needless to say we had a fabulous time! The time off was very relaxing. We slept, ate, slept, ate, and then we'd get off the ship at a port, oh and then we'd sleep and eat again! Lots of sleeping and eating. I do have some wonderful pictures of the gardens in Jamaica, Hell in Grand Cayman, and the coral reef in Roatan Honduras. I know you'll all love them, once I can share!

My google bloglines was over 1000. This is the first time that I have had to say "mark all as read" without really reading them. I just don't think I'll ever get caught up so I'm starting fresh.