Amber and I had planned on going to Fort Worth to surprise Mother and Aunt Deanie with an impromptu visit! While we meant to go Friday morning, we were flexible when events and schedules changed so we changed it into an afternoon visit. Amber picked me up on her way west and we stopped in Benbrook at a Starbucks - since Amber knows how much her dearly beloved Aunt Deanie LOVES Starbucks - for Mocha Fraps all around!
Mother was in the bathroom when we arrived so the quads were sitting on her bed when she came out!
And she was!!! So was Aunt Deanie and Uncle Charlie when we arrived!
Charlie told Amber, "You have MADE her day!" Meaning Deanie because she was the one Amber MOST wanted to see. Deanie has had a great deal of health problems over the last several months (and YEARS) and Amber has been busy with Kailey's heart surgery issues and other things so - let's just say Amber was VERY much wanting to see her Aunt Deanie with her own eyeballs - MY expression! The main purpose of this visit was to see her Aunt Deanie! Did I get a pic of them together? No!
But here's Amber with her Grandma!
Every grandchild in our family call my mother 'Granny!'
EXCEPT for Amber and Benjamin.
Amber decided that 'Granny' was not acceptable and proceeded to call her 'Grandma!'
Ben followed suit.
By the way - 'Grandma' was what the quads were SUPPOSED to call ME!!
Except Kailey - Amber's Mini Me - had an other name in mind!
SHE called me MeeMaw and the other three followed suit just as Ben did with Amber!
Mother enjoyed our visit!!!
Family time is always a GOOD time!!!
I played outside with the quads - Amber thought ahead as she always does - and we had balls, color papers and all sorts of activities to do - so she could visit with her beloved Aunt Deanie.
Amber and her Aunt Deanie formed a close relationship during Amber's engagement to Mike.
It has only grown through the years and the birth of the quads.
Uncle Charlie is also a favorite of the family!
Deanie, Nita, Lonnie and I have all married well in our 'old age' and our spouses are also favorites with our children and grandchildren!
There is no one in the world who DOESN'T love Uncle Charlie!!!
Boo! Boo WHO????
We made a lot of happy 'noise!'
Let's just say - I imagine the quiet they felt after we left was deafening!!!
Amber and I are always up for an adventure - and she is teaching her children to roll with the flow of life and experiences!
So....is it any surprise that we drove all the way to Granbury (only 20 miles!) to eat at Taco Casa???
So we could shop at our mutual favorite grocery store of all time - HEB???
I took two and Amber took two - and away we went!!!
It may have been late but the quads were up for it!
They had naps on the way to Fort Worth and I love how Amber is preparing them for LIFE!!!!'
There's always something to disrupt a schedule. So do you embrace the situation or hunker down in what was planned?
I am so proud of the way Amber has introduced flexibility and versatility into their lives!
That's LIFE and that's how they ROLL!!!
As late as it was - we still stopped by my sister, Nita's, to deliver her birthday gift!
She was waiting up for us and sitting on her front porch with a candle burning and a glass of wine.
Her birthday was November 5th so I was a bit late. My gift was a tin of Popcorn Crunch .....
and two velvet pumpkins! They are made from a favorite velvet skirt I wore in long years past.
Back when I was 'young and beautiful!'
Too bad I didn't know that then!
This morning (Saturday) Louis Dean and I had our coffee and reading out in the gazebo.
No sweaters! Still not really seasonable weather here in Texas.
He went to work in the storage building and I went to a birthday party!
Little Nicole is 7 years old!
I have known her since her birth when her family lived across the street.
Things change and people move but friendships continue.
When I came home, I found Louis Dean bewildered and walking around in circles.
The old storage building clean up was more than he could handle.
He was about to call in help when I arrived.
No need!!! I took off my scarf and pretty hat and pulled on a pair of those heavy duty kitchen gloves - and proceeded to sack up nearly a dozen bags of really and truly DEBRIS!!!!! NOT the decorative kind Louis Dean lovingly calls 'debris' but really and truly DEBRIS! or you could call it TRASH!
Although a lot of it wasn't really trash. Just stuff we we never ever use!
Getting rid of stuff is an emotional decision.
He and I are both making it.
It is time.
This will be my fall storage area. I am so excited!!!
I will be able to both store it away and get it out - all by myself!
No more attic and dealing with the heat!
Progress is being made and we are both so happy!!