Sunday, January 27, 2008

Wouldn't Be Winter Without Kleenex!

Yes! We are still here! I haven't forgotten about the blog, just neglected it. We have both been sick, but hope we're on the mend. Here's the Reader's Digest version of what we've been up to...Last weekend I went to see 27 Dresses with some friends. Great movie - a little chick-flicky, but very good. David, Todd, and Kevin watched 3:10 to Yuma. On Sunday, I went to Lamar with my folks to celebrate my Grandad Corwine's 80th birthday. It was a lot of fun, but I forgot my camera - of course! David was already sick, so he stayed home. We continued to catch up on LOST in preparation for the season premiere. On Wednesday, David went to Dallas with Todd to pick up Todd's newest addition to his car family - a bright red Discovery. Wednesday night I had dinner with my Dad and Christina at the Grotto. Yummy! I couldn't stop talking about the pizza that I had. It was wonderful! I thought I had avoided the cold that David had, but when Tuley wanted to go out at 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning, I realized how wrong I was! I missed 2 days of work which is rare for me. Grandmother and Mom stopped by Thursday, but wisely kept their distance! I thought that by staying home 2 days and having a weekend to recover that I'd be in good shape for Monday, but now I am not so sure! Yesterday Patty brought chicken and dumplings and cobbler to help us get better. It's amazing what comfort food can do!
David is feeling somewhat better and changed the oil in the Discovery yesterday.
The cats have been glad to have us around, but are really annoyed by coughing, sneezing, and nose blowing. They're good company though!

We finished the 3rd season of LOST. We never thought we really could do it, but cold weather and being sick kept us couch-bound. We are ready for the premiere of the 4th season on Thursday.

Stay well!

Sunday, January 13, 2008


It's been another great weekend, although it always goes by too fast! Friday we had dinner with Jim and Patty and Saturday we went to the boat show with Todd and had dinner with Todd and Kevin. When I win the lottery, I am going to buy the big houseboat that they had on display at the boat show! :) More old's David and I at my Aunt Connie and Uncle John's at Christmas. Judging from David's glasses and my jeans that have been out of my closet for sometime, I'd say this was about 2002.
Oh...isn't she the cutest! It's Baby Erin and Dad and Mom in 1976.
Robyn and I at her wedding in October 2006. Robyn was a beautiful bride - of course. I vow never to wear that flowery dress again.
David's Aunt Marilyn, sister Sarah, Aunt Jo, and Grandma Downing. Oh, and Baby David of course! 1970

My name change is official - new SS card came last week. Now the fun of getting it changed on everything that my name is on! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

More Pictures From the Reception

A bunch of us camping - Eagle Rock maybe? The picture is dated September 2002.One thing that I LOVE about camping is that David is the camping chef. He does all of our cooking and I do, well, not much. It's great!
Glenn and Mamie Downing - December 195?
What a cutie!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Answer My Friend Is Blowin' in the Wind

We survived the crazy January tornadoes! From 5:30 or so until 10 last night, we enjoyed the sound of the tornado sirens. The kitties and I spent a little quality time in the closet around 7. They were really thrilled about that! Once that round had passed, kitties were freed from their tiny prisons and given treats to compensate them for their trouble. There was quite a light show when we went to bed, but all seemed well. At 2:35, I woke up to the sound of tornado sirens again. Anything at Campbell and James River is too close for my comfort, so David and I rounded up the cats again and headed downstairs with Tuley. The pissy kitties and I hunkered down once again in the closet. David, of course, watched out the kitchen window. I listened intently to the radio, but wasn't too worried until David pushed Tuley into the closet and climbed in himself. In the 8 or so years that I've known him, he's never once taken cover from a storm. So there we all were. Waiting. Listening. The wind was crazy and we heard the big boom of a transformer. We waited some more. The radio assured us that the storm had passed us, so David ventured out. Eventually, Tuley and the kitties and I joined him. We went back to bed for a few hours before dragging out to go to work. We feel very lucky this morning. Lucky, and really sleepy.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Just Another Ho-Hum Weekend in Paradise

This was our second weekend at home with no agenda since the wedding. It's hard to remember what we spent our weekends doing before wedding planning. When we first moved in to this house, we went to Home Depot or Lowe's on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning. There were fences to build, walls to paint, light fixtures to replace. There was some time in between all the projects and wedding planning, but I can't figure out what we did.

This weekend, we continued our LOST marathon. The fourth season begins January 31, and we've committed to watching Todd's DVDs of the first three season in preparation. We are now on the first DVD of the 2nd season. This has been an exceptionally warm January weekend, so on Saturday we headed to the Branson Landing to walk around and then to eat at our favorite Chinese buffet. Today we took Tuley for a walk around the neighborhood and watched more LOST. It was nice to open the windows and let some fresh air in. Since none of these things are really picture worthy, and I find that I prefer a picture to accompany my blog reading, I think I might start through the pictures that were in the slide show for our wedding reception. We'll see how long that lasts, but I hate to disappoint both of the faithful readers by not having any new posts.

The slide show started with this dandy. Another Christmas Vacation group photo. I think it was from 2005. Rob is missing from the picture, but was also dressed as Cousin Eddie in tight white sweater and green or black dickey. I think this picture was taken right before Stobbe (dressed as Mary) tripped on Tuley nearly wiping out the Christmas tree. The shepherd in blue is me and the shepherd to my right is Christina. We're about 7 or 8 I think. The church Christmas program was always directed by a retired 2nd grade teacher named Mrs.Cain. If you were a wise child, you'd wear extra thick sleeves, as Mrs. Cain had a way of moving you around by your wee little skinny arms.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us. It hangs over the fireplace in our bedroom. Hoping this spring will bring a little more kayaking and camping!