Monday, December 31, 2007

I Just Can't Get Enough

When I look at her, I just want to eat her up. I think she is so pretty and sweet.
She already has grandma and grandpa wrapped around her little finger.

This is pretty much how she wakes up every time, all smiles. You have to love that.

Grandpa did not get to hold her very much, but when he did I think he was fairly proud of her.

Of course I am proud of her, and I did hold her a lot. That is what grandma's are for. That is in my job discription, I saw it. In bold print.

She is happy being held the most. She will sit in her chair for a while, but she would rather be with you and being held. I like that. Got tired, but liked it a lot. Didn't get much done around here, but I still like it.
Ok, here is part of the story. Sarah and Chris are moving to Stillwater and she wanted to move Caleb to school in Oklahoma to save money while living with her in-laws. So Chris will stay in Washington for a few more weeks, but he will be deployed and have to do some ship duty stuff I don't understand. Then he will fly to Florida and go to school for awhile to learn the recruitment side. About June he will be assigned to Stillwater to recruit for about three if not 4 years. So we flew Sarah and the kids to Tulsa, and flew Scott to Seattle and while the kids stayed here with me, Scott and Chris drove the vehicles back to Oklahoma. I guess Chris won't need one while he is still there nor will he need one in Florida. So they will park his truck at his parents and Sarah will have her vehicle there with the kids. Scott said the drive back was pretty rough. They went through some bad weather and drove pretty hard to get back home. The first day after Scott got off the plane (an hour and half late due to bad weather in Denver) he got lost trying to catch up with Chris at McDonalds!!!! After they found each other they only drove 140 miles and stopped for the night. The next day they drove 640 miles and then stopped. But the third day they drove 1020 miles. They got as far as Salina,KS and then drove home the next day. They met Chris' parents at the Blackwell/Ponca City turn off and gave them Chris' truck and drove on to our house that morning. They made it here by 11:30 that morning. Not bad. But everyone is sure tired and it is now Chris and Sarah's anniversary. We told them to go out and we would watch the kids. So they did. (Poor Chris, he has to be tired.) I had the kids sleeping with me and Sarah got to sleep in till 11:00 each morning so she should be pretty rested. So they went out to eat, we watched the kids, and it was a long night. Today we all got up, Scott and Caleb went to my parents and set out another round bale of hay for the horses, we all went to eat lunch and they then left for Enid (Goltry) to stay with his parents. This all started Thurs, 12/27/07 and has been a long five days, but it was great to see the kids, bond with the grandkids, and every one is now home safe and sound.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

More Allie Pics

Here is such a sweet, sweet baby!

Isn't she pretty?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Here She Is

Here She Is
Allie Marie

Sarah, Caleb and Allie arrived in Tulsa today. It has been a very long day for Sarah starting at 3:30 this morning but she made it safe and sound. Now this trip will not be repeated for at least the next three years. They will be stationed in Stillwater if all goes as planned. I did not get any really good pictures of the baby by herself, so this will have to do until tomorrow when I plan on breaking out the good camera and getting started on filling my brag book that is empty at this time.

Of course Allie and Callie are going to be best friends. Callie became very possessive of her soon after her arrival. She finally was able to get up on the sofa with her and I wanted some pictures. Zoe was the exact same way when Caleb first came home so I expected nothing less of Callie and Rudy. I was not disappointed.

Rudy could not wait for Callie to get down off the sofa so he could have a peak at the new bundle. He was very interested in Allie.
Look how big he is next to her, or rather should I say, look how small she looks next to him. She is ten pounds, so she is not very big. But I will tell you, she is a very pretty baby in real life. I will have them here for the next four days so I hope to be able to post lots of pictures of the kids. I have some of Caleb cleaning out the fireplace tonight for us to build a fire. We roasted marshmellows!!!! It has been a very nice day. ps, guess where the kids are sleeping tonight????

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
No pictures this morning, just wanted to say
Merry Christmas to all and oh by the way.
Have a safe and joyful Holiday.
As I sit here at the computer this morning I see a huge jet in the sky. It is flying to who knows where. But way up there a family is going to see their grandparents, or friends. Someone is flying that plane on Christmas day, away from their family and friends. There is someone serving coffee, tea or beverage of some kind to all the passengers on board. They are away from their family and friends. Today there is a firefighter and policemen who are serving their community, they are away from their family too. At the hospital many are there working to fix what ails us on this special day. They are away from their families too. And of course there are all the service men and women who are not only away from their families, but they are far far away. As we sat in the living room with a fire in the fireplace, the lights shinning brightly on the Christmas tree, opening gifts and admiring the new gadget, it makes me stop and think that people all around the world are celebrating Christmas today. Then I think about all of those that don't have family at home, or the money to buy gifts. They may not even have money to buy food or shelter. How lucky I am to have not only the things that I have, but the life that I have. I have children who are grown but still call me, come to see me and still love me. That is a blessing. I have family waiting at my parents house to eat and open gifts, and I don't have to drive two hours to see them!!! I still have parents here to celebrate Christmas with too. How lucky is that? No, how blessed is that. time is passing by very quickly and I realize it. We need to make use of every single day, and every single minute that we are given. For today who knows how much longer we will have. I am so very blessed. I send my love to everyone that reads this. I hope that my kids know I love them more than words will ever be able to say. I hope that my husband knows that even in our difficult time, we still have each other and need to stop and appreciate what each of us brings to this life and union. I hope that my stepdaughter and her family knows that you can love many people at one time and you do not have to pick only one to be close with. And that you have to look beyond your past and appreciate what you have today. I hope she learns someday that I am not the bad guy and that she can learn to love what I bring to her life and her children's lives. but she has to get beyond her past with her own mother. I don't know if that will happen or not. I hope that my own daughter can get beyond her past as well. I hope she learns to open her heart to those that try so hard to help and please her. Look beyond the annoyance, look to the good in others. Sometimes that is hard to do. I hope that my son and his wife will grow with each other learning that marriage is not about two people living life, it is about two people living one life. Wow, I wish I would have learned that a long time ago. I hope that my friends that have lost a love one in this past year learn to keep living, and learn that there is still life and love out here. I don't know where, or when it will come back again, but I hope they find it. I hope the hole in their heart mends just a little this year and happiness starts to find its way back again. Yes, I am very thankful this year for my life and all the blessings I have. It has not been an easy year, many changes, much stress, but it has been a wonderful life changing year. So Merry Christmas to all my friends as we take time to appreciate what we have, remember those that do not, and be grateful to those that gave up family to do a special job today. To you, I say thank you, I love you and may God bless you and keep you safe again this next year. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

More Fun Pics

Cruisin' With Ecstasy

As a police officer this is not really the cruise or trip I wanted to be on.
Get it???
(ha ha ha, I am sooooo funny aren't I???)

But they do have a fun mascot huh? I think his name was Funship Freddy

Isn't that a happy looking group?

Beth and Amanda were dancing with our waiters during a dinner special.

Just a family snapshot around the ole Christmas tree after dinner.

**disclaimer** these photos are provided by Bethany Goodpasture and do not reflect/nor agree with the opinion of said writer of this blog. =0)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Cruise '07

Crusin' with The Carnival Ecstasy

It was very hard to ever make this cruise. We feared that it might not happen. Started out with a horrible ice storm that took out our electricity for my family for the week prior to leaving. Then the day we were to leave a snow storm was coming in. We left for the airport and everything was fine. (except that it was 4:30 a.m.) We were to meet up with Beth in Dallas and she was not leaving until 7:00. We got off the plane and had a message on my phone.... Beth's flight had been cancelled. She was now driving to Tulsa from OKC to catch a plane there. She turns in her luggage and walks away only to hear, that flight was now cancelled. In the meantime I had rented a limo to pick her up at another whopping $220.00 to transfer her to the ship from the airport because the Cruise line's last shuttle stopped at 1:00 and Beth was not due in until 1:30. I asked if they could hold the bus for just that 30 minutes and they said no. Good grief. She has to catch this ship, she has no passport to fly to our next port. So it is either do or die at this point. (I was afraid of who the die might be if she did not make this cruise! After packing by flashlight and driving from OKC to Tulsa, someone was going to die I feared!) She ran back to the counter to grab her luggage and to ask what she should do. She was told in OKC that she could not change tickets to another carrier which is why she had to drive to Tulsa. So she went to the counter and a very nice lady called Continental and guess what??? They got her a straight through flight to Houston. Why couldn't that have happened in OKC? Why couldn't we all have gotten straight through flights in the first place. And now she was going to be in Houston at 12:30 not 1:30 as the American Airlines fight was to be. How great is that? So I called and cancelled the limo (thank goodness for cell phones and credit cards!) and all is well. What a way to start our cruise.
Beth gets off the plane, calls me and says, Please! meet me at the baggage claim. No problem. I need to make sure for myself that she is there and fine. Yep, she is good. Tired, (a little cranky) but good to go. We are heading back to the shuttle stop and the cruise ladies tell us the next shuttle is to leave at 1:30 (?) OK, well I guess they can hold a bus for a little while huh? We grab a bite to eat and go wait for the shuttle bus. Oh, did I tell you my 72 year old parents are traveling with us? They have been without electricity and they are (mom) is very cranky. She wanted to cancel her trip all together to stay home and....sit in the cold dark house?? So we finally convinced dad to get her on the trip to get away. That might have been a mistake. The loss of money for the Cruise might have been less painful in the long run.
We make the last bus and are ready to go when we find out that we are now having to wait for some other passengers. We finally leave a little after 2:00, our ship leaves at 4:00 and it is 1 1/2 hours away by bus to the dock. Close, but no problem. We take off finally and for some reason about 30 minutes into the ride we figure out that the driver has no idea where he is or where he is going. A passenger is calling for directions to help him and he confesses to us that he has never picked up passenger at the airport before and he has missed his turn or exit. We are lost! Thanks to cell phones once again, this passenger calls and gets him the directions he needs and helps him to get back on the right path. We are all fearful that we will be late and miss the ship. I call the number of I have been using all day dealing with getting Beth onto this ship and call "Amy" myself. She starts asking questions that I don't know like where are we? How long have we been on the road? Has the driver called his dispatch to let them know he is lost etc. She calls the port to find out that they know we are late, but did not know much of anything else. She tells them we are on our way. I ask if they will hold the ship, and she says, well that is up to the Captain and I can't get ahold of him myself at this time. She had tried. I guess he might have been a little busy you think? We are all in a panic, Beth says, if I went through all this trouble to finally get a flight and now miss the bus because a new driver gets lost and has no help, some one is going to die. I fear she needs medicine at this point (or I do).
It is 4:00 p.m. and we see the pier in the distance. The poor driver is hurrying fast as he can.
We get there and they are yelling at us to hurry up, go do this, go do that. My poor mom is hurrying as fast as she can, we are grabbing our luggage and pulling it all the way, trying to sign credit card approvals, get our keys, we have missed the life boat drills, good grief. I need a vacation! We finally get to our room and it is nice....not like Holland America, but it is nice. There is no sofa to sit on, no tub, it is pretty tiny. But it is quiet and clean, and we are finally on the ship. That you God for a safe journey, we are at last on the ship. And there are TJ and Amanda, all is good. Not wasting any time we set sail and are on our way. We go to watch us leaving the dock, and to check out the ship. We sit down and see the dolphins in the water. The water is dirty, but you can see the dolphins, where is my stupid camera, oh yes, it is in my room in the bag. Oh well, they are cute, (note to self, take camera everywhere.) Finally we are on our way!

What better thing to do on a cruise than to play cards, (and lose money). Beth found this table called Fantasy Fun 21. It is like black jack but with no queens, and you can surrender half your bet or your whole bet depending on the situation, all kinds of rules. This girl was not my favorite. My favorite girl dealer was Chloe from England. We had so much fun with her. She explained the game, made it fun for us and still took our money. We pretty much played with her only for the others made losing money painful. Chloe made it fun! Big difference. Beth would make money, sometimes up to $100.00 and then she would lose all of it. I asked her why she didn't stop, she said, I had a lucky streak going, yes and that is why they call it gambling, you win and then you all.....unless you STOP. We had so much fun. Many of us became regulars at the table and enjoyed laughing with each other while Chloe took our money. Beth even had some guys hit on her. That is what being on a cruise is all about. She might have even gotten lucky if it weren't for her mom and her grandma and grandpa tagging along with her everywhere. But then again it was a dirty old man that walked up and said, hey, do you like older men? (he was about 60/65ish) (oh, and did I mention falling down drunk?) Beth said, sure I like my grandpa a lot!! I thought Chloe was going to bust a gut trying not to laugh so hard. This man was terrible and Chloe had to get tough with him. We finally left and just came back later. Drunk people, you just have to love them (no you don't, just throw them overboard!)

This picture is of us in Cozumel. We went to Senior Frog. Ok, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The music was LOUD and the people walk around trying to get you take shots of something. I did not do it, but I sure got an eye full when TJ took a shot, and then I about fell out of my chair when Amanda took one. OH MY GOSH. I will not be posting those pictures! but the food was good!
I had to buy a hammock. In fact I bought three I think. This little old man sold me two (but I wanted them) and he was so sweet. I really feel sorry for the people in Mexico. I feel guilty not buying anything. I could not stand to live the way they do. I am not going back to Mexico.
This guy had Beth trying one out. This is the chair hammock, yes, I bought one, no, I bought two. One for me and one for Beth. I loved this. The horse is wearing a sombrero. Too cute.
Scott and I did make it to the beach area, if only to take a picture. Ok, not a good hair day, the wind was blowing like crazy, but who cares, we were on vacation!Beth wearing the pink dress we got in town that day. It is really cute and she put her white sweater with it because she is ALWAYS cold.
Norbi and Jose were our fine dining waiters. They were the best. We truely bonded with them and would love to have been able to exchange addresses to stay in touch. But you can't do that. Jose on the right is getting married soon and Norbi is married with the cutest two year old daughter. He quickly showed us their pictures. His little girl is truely very cute.
This was our formal night, my parents didn't want to come with us. They did not pack formal clothing for many reasons, but thats ok, we had fun.
Beth saw the captain walking and asked if she could get a picture with him. He said ok, after we took the picture others wanted to also, but he walked away. Beth felt really lucky.
Beth getting off the boat atCozumel. This was NOT my favorite cruise. But I loved the costume and the look. It was warmer than where we call home, I did not have to cook my own food, nor clean my room. WE WERE ON VACATION. And I LOVED taking a fun vacation with my kids. Beth is a lot of fun to be around. Vegas here we come.

We went to a five star resort (?) at Progesso and played on the private beach. It was COLD (50's I think) that day. The girls laid out and did get some sun, but I was cold all day. I even had more clothes on than they did, (I had ALL my clothes on.) And the wind was still terrible. But it was so pretty. The water, the beaches, it was all so pretty. Makes me appreciate what I have all the more. We had a good time, and I was glad we got to go together as a family. My kids had never been on vacation with my parents, their grandparents. So that was really important as we all are aging. I feel this will be my mom's last cruise, she did not get around well at all, her spirits were down and she was not much fun to be around. But we were very thankful that she and my dad were there. There is so much to be thankful for.

(Merry Christmas kids, I love you all so very much. Love, mom)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fun No More

Fun Turns Tragic

Northeast Oklahoma has been hit by a severe ice storm. When I posted last it just looked pretty, no big deal. Everyone in our family was without electricity but us. So Scott took the generator to my parents, and I went to get my aunt and uncle to stay with us. Soon as we walked in the door, within TWO minutes, our lights went out. By the time I had gotten back from my ten mile drive the trees had started snapping like crazy. This picture shows the tree split completely in half landing on our patio. I feel we will be able to save the patio but the beautiful tree is a complete loss.

This is the picture of our backyard. Tree branches are just falling all over the place. I guess be careful what you ask for....I wanted some firewood.

This is one of the big trees in the front yard. We had just cut a tree down in the front yard last week. Now we have plenty more that will need to be cut down or fixed up. We can save several of the trees, but it will take years to replace them.

One thing I can say. We have been very lucky. Sand Springs has lost trees that are as old as the state. They lined the streets and were just beautiful and BIG. But now they are gone taking lines down with them. We have made the best of things, we have had great company and good food. We had a peanut and honey sandwich by candle light. How cute. We have sat around the fireplace and enjoyed the quiet time with no phone, tv, etc. (well my cell phone did ring a lot) Scott drove to Enid to pick up another generator. We had loaned ours to my parents and did not feel right asking for it back. So Scott got us another one. Ok, the funny part....Soon as Scott hooked up the generator, within five minutes our lights came back on!!!! Oh well. Now my aunt and uncle are going to use it to keep their freezer cold. I just can not believe how lucky we are. My cousin Jill lives right around the corner from us, less than 1/2 mile, does not have her electricity. We have had the blessing of food, laundry service, clean dishes, warm beds etc. We are very blessed.

Monday, December 10, 2007

'07 Ice Storm

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."
No, that is the wrong song, this is just
a bad ice storm that might ruin

Rain has been falling for over 24 hours with temps dropping.

Scott couldn't get into the car yesterday to move it. Ouch!
You can see there are about two inches of ice hanging on the branches.

The poor little trees are just bent over. But hopefully they will rebound.

This tree is completely bent over, kind of cool looking.

Just more pictures of the ice.

You can see how thick the ice is on this extension cord.

Sure glad I am not a working police officer any more!!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

An Early Christmas

Christmas Presents Found

Rudy was in our room waiting for Scott to get out of the shower and he was sniffing all the presents on the floor waiting to be wrapped. I had his in a sack and he showed great interest in it. I could not resist, I had to give in and give it to him. He was sooooo excited he started playing right away with it. He loves soccer. He grabs it with his feet, and will put it between his legs so I can not kick it away from him. this is the only time I ever hear him growl in his big boy voice. It can be scary, but his tail is wagging 90 to nothing so you know he is playing and not really mad. If you stop playing he looks up at you with those big brown puppy dog eyes as if to say, why did you stop, aren't you going to play with me any more? You've gotta love him.

Rudy and Callie do NOT play soccer well together. So I had to give Callie one of her gifts early. It was hidden in the bedroom closet with the doors shut. But I could not give Rudy a new toy and not let her have one. She loves anything that squeaks. When this toy squeaks his tongue will stick out at you. She LOVES that. She will push on it with her paw to get the tongue to stick out and then she will grab or try to grab the tongue as it shoots out. It is funny to watch.

I asked Scott to go out and play with the dogs for a couple minutes to wear them out. Bad idea. It took by far more than a couple minutes to wear them out. Rudy played harder than I have seen him play in a long time. He would grab the ball and RUUUUUNNN around the yard. Sometimes Callie would get the ball, but he would go and get it back from her. It is HIS ball and he knows it. Even Zoe got in on the fun. See her running on the left. That makes her remember her puppy days. She is such a good dog.

When the kids get tired, if you are in the recliner they will come crawl up in your lap. Rudy is too big to really lay on you much, but Callie will flop down on your stomach and lay her head up close to yours then go to sleep. Silly kids.
Callie falls asleep while I am trying to wrap presents for Christmas. I had thought about putting a big bow on her head and taking her picture. But I have no doubt she would never sleep through that. Such sweet, sweet kids. I hope when the grand kids come after Christmas everyone gets along just fine.

A Dog and Her Boy

This is Callie And Her Boy Caleb
Who Rules the Roost?

Really I think it is a pretty close tie.....

Don't let them fool you, the sweet and innocent is just a look.

Grandpa, Zoe, Rudy, Caleb and Callie

Still plenty of room on the bed.

With time, Callie and Caleb really did bond.