Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thankful ....

We live in such troubling times now
and I'm not even going to get into that
but I will say I am so grateful that I live in the
United States of America
I enjoy freedoms that I try to never forget how precious they are
and I enjoy the most simple things in life the most

I am so thankful for........

  • Family celebrations
  • God
  • the sight, smell and sound of the ocean
  • a quiet day at home
  • football and more specific, the Cowboys
  • flip flops
  • a cold beer on a hot summer day
  • my family
  • my life with Johnny
  • holidays
  • ice coffee
  • vacations
  • grandchildren
  • good cooking, good food
  • the company I work for
  • good friends
  • my doggies
I could go on and on but
these were just on the top of my mind

and no post is a good post unless it has some pictures so here
are a bunch of pictures of our precious dogs













later....


Friday, August 11, 2017

Before the wedding ....

always so much going on before a wedding
while folks were getting ready
I helped keep an eye
on 2 of my grandchildren
ring bearer and flower girl
Declan and Avery Grace

they looked so cute


Jacquelyn and I before getting dressed


trying to keep Avery entertained


so precious


niece Christy did such a great job on Jacquelyn's hair


and beautiful on mine too


Avery making a run for it! haha



selfie with Grandma




later....

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Visiting friends ....

I mentioned before that Jacquelyn and Bucky's best friends
that had moved to Texas came back for the wedding
we had not seen them in 4 years.
So Thursday before the wedding they hosted a cookout
for their friends including the other couple they all
hung out with Denna and Cary

So cool....the 6 of them back together again.
Lucky for us, they invited us to the cookout too
and Jake even stopped by on his way home from work
it was good catching up with them before the wedding
and we loved meeting their son, Jolon.
The hard part was knowing they were going back to Texas 
after the wedding

missing from the picture is Bucky and Lynne, who took the picture


making faces like my kids always do....haha


more silly faces...


Avery giving Uncle Jake a hug


sweet Jolon
it was so great to meet him after following pictures on FB
for the past 4 years
him and Declan became friends right away
And Declan still tells us he wishes Jolon would come visit again


such best friends


Avery had to get in the picture


and look at them all dressed up, looking great and together again!!


later....








Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Wyndham Resort ....

As I have said in previous post....everything for the wedding
was held at the Wyndham resort

Such a beautiful place with a gorgeous golf course

It is 3 separate buildings, one housing the guest rooms
one is registration and conference rooms
and the 3rd building is the ballroom, restaurant, bar

below is the view from our room of the golf course


we had such a really nice room with the cathedral ceiling
and found out the next morning our room was attached
to the bridal suite.



the foyer of the guest building


the storms knocked out power to the guest building
we had no a/c that night but it was ok
we were up so late after the rehearsal dinner that we
were exhausted and went right to sleep
the problem was the next day when there was no way
we could get dressed in the hot room
The staff was awesome at the resort
they gave us a conference room over in the registration
building where the air was back on
So all of the groomsmen gathered in there and I can tell you
I had so much fun hanging with them and laughing
My niece Christy was in there with us doing mine and
Jacquelyn's hair. After all of the groomsmen and Jake were ready
we all headed over to the bar for a drink. 

The coordinator there was so great to work with for the dinner
she always was so nice, so helpful and we loved working with her

later.....

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

July 4th .......

We took our annual 4th of July trip to the Chesapeake Bay to spend a
week with our family, Tommy and Joanne
and good friends Gene and Lois

This is truly one of the most relaxing vacations we take
There's not a lot going on around the "Northern Neck"
a few stores and restaurants but not much

So mostly we just hang out at their awesome home, 
have grand and intense corn hole tournaments by the pool
float around in the pool
check the crab pots
fish off of the dock
go boat riding
play a card game we love called 99
kayaking
and pretty much solve all of the worlds problems while sitting
on the screened in porch that overlooks the bay
and new this year, overlooks the osprey nest!

As you can see, it just great relaxation!!

This is Tommy and Joanne's first year that the Osprey family
has had an egg hatch. Last year the geese got a hold of the egg
while down there it was so much fun watching the baby osprey
what wasn't fun was one night Joanne and I are sitting out on the porch
crane came flying around and oh wow, momma osprey was all
over that, fighting that crane. And the baby I guess with instinct just
knew to get down low in the nest. So low that we could not even
see him, but we knew he was safe.
After about 3 fights with the crane, momma osprey went up in to 
a tree top. Well dang, here comes the crane flying over the nest
Joanne and I start screaming and yelling....whew, it was stressful

they get some of the most 
beautiful sunsets!




Joanne and I hanging at the pool


Joanne, Lois and I


Our corn hole tournaments get intense! haha...
so for this year it was named cornnaado! our own made up word
and then we compared it to when we were down there in 2014 
for Hurricane Arthur!
 new addition over to the right on the dock


crazy fun on the porch!


selfies with Gene!


and Joanne


my babe


cocktails on the porch


we love playing this card game 99....it is so much fun


playing cards...


cool clouds...


the guys went golfing, the girls went bar hopping!


Tommy and Joanne's awesome pool
where the water temp is always perfect!
thanks to a pool heater and cooler


corn hole playing tan


Johnny cooling off
It was sooooo hot....



love hanging out with my babe
this is why I'm so excited about him retiring!!


enjoying cold beer, appetizers and homemade ice cream
at Southwind Pizza


this annual trip is always one of our most favorite vacations

later....