Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Seeking shelter from the storm

I love Bob Dylan.. I do. When I was 16 years old Mickey bought me a Bob Dylan album. Summer time dream.


This picture is certainly not a summer time dream.

But my Bob was seeking shelter here in this picture. I crack myself up sometimes!

Anyway, like I told you earlier this week we had a blizzard here in Oklahoma.
This is what happened to my Internet service. That was from wind. Yes, Oklahoma wind is something to behold.
Mom, help me!!!!

Even my weekend supply of firewood got snow on it!!
And in the middle of the blizzard on Christmas eve my darling husband, Mickey, wanted us to go out in the storm and get a Christmas tree in our woods. I had put up an artificial tree and didn't put on any ornaments. He said that he didn't have the Christmas spirit because we didn't have a REAL tree this year. The artificial tree was upstairs on the landing that really couldn't be seen unless you just happened to look up the stairs..SO...We went out into the blizzard and cut down a tree in our woods!! When we struggled back to our back porch and put the tree in there, I said NO WAY was this tree going in our house! It was covered in ice and needles were falling and well...I didn't feel like putting up the tree and decorating it and taking it down in a week. I just didn't!
Then I thought...You know what? So what? Just do it...Whats the big deal..? He really wants to do this and after all, its Christmas!
So here is the tree when we first brought it in...

Notice all the newspaper on floor? That's because this tree was covered in ice and dripping water for about an hour....Oh well...on we went....
Mickey started putting on the ornaments. I lightened up...We had fun..It was great!!!! The blizzard raged on.
You know sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses.
Yes it was messy. Yes it wasn't something I had planned on doing.
But guess what?
It was wonderful...It was beautiful.. And... it made him happy.
Which...makes me happy.

After all, we are only here for a little while. And you know what? This Charlie Brown tree in the middle of a blizzard in Oklahoma in 2009 is going to be one of my best memories of Mickey and Me. We have many. This one is special.
Love,
Me

I'll love you forever

Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch


A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, "this kid is driving me CRAZY!"
But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The little boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words. Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!
But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo!
But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town. If all the lights in her son's house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older. One day she called up her son and said, "You'd better come see me because I'm very old and sick." So her son came to see her. When he came in the door she tried to sing the song. She sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always...

But she couldn't finish because she was too old and sick. The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And he sang this song:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my Mommy you'll be.

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs. Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang:

I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always,As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.




Ok, if you arent crying by now, please, check your pulse!!

Sniffle...


I just ordered this book on Monday and I had it mailed to my sons house..

Ive already told my daughter in law that it is for him to read as he may just think I sent a book to one of the grand ones.

We have a family business and things can get "complicated" at times. We have had our disagreements. Our trials. Our troubles..




But he is my one and only child.

I hope he calls me after he reads the book..


I'll love you forever and I'll like you for always.
Love,
Your mother

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The hardest part


The storm raged. Poles snapped. Drifts up to my waist in places.



Lights flickered.

But, the power stayed on at my house. I was so thankful for that.






I went about my day remembering not too long ago we were in Pennsylvania visiting our families. Bob and I were taking long walks among the fall leaves.


And shortly before that, the hummingbirds were still here swarming the feeders..



And I love snow..Don't get me wrong.

But the more it snowed, the realization that these guys wouldn't be coming over, became more evident..


And that was the hardest part of all...
For all of us...
So we waited and hoped the snow would end..And it did..
They came over the next day. Christmas day. They got stuck in a friends driveway for a couple of hours but finally made it over.
It was officially Christmas.
Love,
Me

Monday, December 28, 2009

A blizzard, a tree and a lesson..

If you have watched the news, you probably know that the Midwest was hit by a blizzard. We had 14 inches of snow and the wind blew...It blew so hard that it knocked over the tower that supplies my Internet at the house. Gone..Done...until the repair people get to it.
My plans for having my family over for our traditional Christmas eve, postponed. The snow came down. The wind blew.
In the midst of the storm Mickey said he knew why he wasn't in the Christmas spirit. It was because we didn't get a live tree this year and decorate it. SO....
We trudged out in the blizzard with virtually zero visibility, and found a tree in our woods and cut it down. So Christmas eve with the storm going on outside we decorated a live tree. (Pictures will follow this week)
The lesson. I will not be wishing for a white Christmas maybe ever again. Nope..I wont..
I'm back to work today and that is good. At least I have Internet here..

Love,
Me

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas cheer from the farm

Bob has really been in the Christmas spirit lately...He's been wearing his Santa hat for days and even at night wont take it off. The rest of the crew made fun of him...They just weren't in the holiday mood..

Then it happened.

They were in the spirit too!!




Having a hobby farm is a lot of fun...especially when you have crazy characters like I do!!
Love,
Me

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Almost time.

Just a few more days to go!!!

I cant wait till Christmas eve when these little people come over!!





This is us last weekend making pancakes. Its our tradition.

I got all three new pajamas and they couldn't wait to wear them.
Do you ever shop at Ross? I love Ross.
I found this there...I don't know what it was really for, maybe a planter? I don't know but this is how I am using it...

I love it!


Going out to lunch today with the office. Shopping for food tonight...One more day of work..Then cooking like crazy for the party Thur's night.

It is the most wonderful time of the year....
Love,
Me

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pajama day at school

Well on my day off Friday after my hair appointment I rushed home to shower and get to the school to participate in Pajama day....

I met my Dil and Addyson there...Even Addyson had PJ's on!


First I went to the cafeteria where Dylan was having his milk and cookies in his PJ's with his class...I was busy listening to Emmas reading teacher when I heard this voice
GRANDMA
GRANDMA

He told me he was having fun staying in school all day in pajamas...

Then I walked down to Emmas class room and talked with her teacher. Doesn't she look fun??

The teacher had given each student a bag filled with goodies! Presents, candy and pencils..

Emma was super excited!

It was fun!!!!

I'm lucky to get to see my grandones so often!!!

After that, I headed to Shawnee to finish my shopping...I'll show you more later...

What did you do this weekend?

Tell me.


Love,
Me

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A few days being busy

That's what I will be doing..Being busy.. You name it, I'll be doing it..

1. Off work tomorrow..Getting my hair cut and maybe something fun done with it too?
2. Going to a pajama party at the school with the grand ones
3. Shopping
4. Baking
5. Having the grand ones over for an evening
6. Feed mill for goat supplies
7. Chopping wood (Save me!!)
8. Shampoo carpets in house

Getting ready for the Christmas eve festivities...Lots of preparation.

Do you see this little colorful snowman? It turns about 5 or so different colors. Another really cool gift from my mother in law a couple of years ago.

The batteries died a few days after getting it out. I just replaced them. 3 little bitty batteries. Guess how much?
15$!!!! I couldn't believe it!
But it is cute.
How close are you to being ready for Christmas?
I received some really neat cards this year. Do you send cards?
Tell me.
Love,
Me

A comedian in the family.

Dylan has had a sense of humor since the beginning....






Hes usually cutting up even when hes supposed to be serious. Here he is with his dad. Look at Emma...I love that kid.



He likes to play tricks and laugh.

He has allergies. He goes to the Dr's every Tuesday for a shot. He always does the same thing. When he is in the room he will yell, "Somebody please help me!!! They are killing me! Help me". But he is not hurt at all...


Once I went over to their house to go along with them to a parade. Some of the floats were coming by their house on the way to line up for the parade. Dylan was looking out the front door and turned and said to us, "Well, that's something you don't see everyday!".

I am thinking one of the things that Santa needs to bring him is a magic set. I think he would enjoy experimenting and performing.
When we had the bonfire this year he chose not to get into the overloaded wagon with the others..It turns out the little wagon tipped over and several of the kids fell out..no one was hurt because after all it was a little bitty wagon and they were going really slow..Dylan turned to me and stated, "See Grandma, I just KNEW it wasn't safe to do that. I always make the right decision!"
That makes me happy to think he wont just "follow the crowd".


My first born grandchild. What a delight he has been!


He is an amazing kid.


Hes a talented kid too. Hes athletic...





My daughter in law picked him up from school last week. He showed her a note he received from a classmate. A girl..Call me with her phone number. He then told his mother to be sure to give it back to him because he had to show the boys at church that night. I think this is all happening too fast for this Grandma...Hes only in first grade.
Love,
Me

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Do you miss this yet?

Anybody miss summer yet?




And the flowers?


And the smells?


And the vegetables and the green grass?




Every now and then, when I happen upon these pictures, I do miss summer...





But then I wouldn't have this...


Love,
Me