Tuesday, September 10, 2013

See you soon, Granddad!

My Granddad, William Phillip Golden, passed away this week.  He'd been in poor health for awhile.  He had been recently moved into a nursing home after he'd been hospitalized for pneumonia.

He and my Granny had been married for over 65 years and had 3 children, my Aunt Jane, my mom, and my Uncle Phil.  For some reason it was always interesting to me that each of their children had only children.  Jane's son David lives in Florida and Phil's daughter Melissa lives in Texas.  And me, of course!

Granddad worked on oil rigs as a "roughneck"
When I was a little girl my Granddad worked on oil rigs in West Texas.  Later in his life he owned  a bike shop in Irving, TX.  Danny & I still ride the bikes he gave us!
This was the driveway to their home in Giddings, TX.  I wish I had a picture of the house, as its shape always reminded me of Pizza Hut!

Playing office!  Yes, that IS a pink rotary phone!
 I loved visiting Granny & Granddad!  They knew I loved Blue Bell Cookies-n-Cream ice cream (since you could only buy it in Texas back in the day!) and to play dress up and office.  I may have gotten a bit spoiled there!
I loved helping Granddad mow the yard!  I was DRIVING!
The children, my mom and I drove 1100 miles in October 2010 to see Granny, Granddad and Aunt Jane in Alpine, TX, where they were living at the time.  It was the last time I got to spend time with him.  He absolutely loved seeing his great-grandchildren!  I'm so glad they got to meet him and they brought joy to him.  
Granddad with Caleb

I'm so grateful I had my Granddad in my life for as long as I did.  He was a character and I'll miss him.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Linen Closet Reorganization

We moved into our new house over a year ago and most things have stayed where they were shoved placed since then.  Our linen closet (the ONLY one in the whole house) has been operating in a "shove and shut the door fast" mode since then.  Now that my days are child-free (and I need PROJECTS people!) I've decided to conquer it!

Linen Closet Before

I took everything out, which may not have been the wisest method since I was surrounded by linens and could barely move!  I read online (because everything online is true) that a family needs at least 2 sets of sheets per bed, one on the bed and one in the laundry.  I pared down our number of sets according to that guideline.  I also read that it's easier to keep all the pieces of a set together when you fold up the sheets and put the flat sheet, fitted sheet and 1 pillow case inside the second pillow case.

On to towels...Danny & I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this summer and we have towels that we received then!  The yard sale pile has grown now.  I kept all the towels that match our bathroom decor at the present time.  We really hope to remodel our bathroom sometime soon and will buy new towels at that time.
Linen Closet After

What an accomplishment!  Of course, I marked it off my project list!  Anyone need a closet remake??

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Life's New Season

Today was Caleb, my youngest child's, first day of school. He was all smiles when he got his picture made holding his large brand new backpack. Caleb walked into school holding his Daddy's hand.  He is in a wonderful teacher's class, Mrs. Crystal, the same one Carah and Cate had when they were in kindergarten.  

With that said, I did have a bit of a rough time with him going to school this year.  He's my baby, the last one at home.  I spent the night before looking through his baby pictures and my eyes started leaking!

I read a status update of a friend today who just sent her oldest to college and it resonated with me.  She wrote, "I could put on my optimistic face and say I am embracing change…change is great... OR I could just be real, and say I don't like change, but I'm choosing to learn to adapt better...."

The first few days of school parents can walk their children to their classroom. We walked Caleb into school, took a picture of him in his seat, gave kisses and left.  On the way home, Danny made the comment that we have now entered into a new season of life.  All 3 children are in school, every day, all day.

Now the big question for me is...What now?  Back to school?  Work?  Doing what?  Oh the decisions!!

For now, I've applied to substitute teach in Pleasant View schools and will continue being the Calendar Girl (read: event booking agent) for my friend Abby.  I'm sure I'll find enough to keep myself out of trouble!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Back to school

Carah and Cate went back to school last week. I can hardly believe Carah is in 7th grade and Cate is in 4th! Time is going by too quickly. They both have great teachers and hope to have their best years yet!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Day of School

Carah & Cate started school this week. Carah is a 6th grader and Cate is a 3rd grader.  So far they love their teachers!  Caleb will start his last year of preschool on Monday.  It's hard to believe he will start kindergarten in a year!

Caleb had to have his picture made too!

Carah with curly hair

My sweet 3rd grader

Cate with her teacher Mrs. Holly Ryder
This fall will prove to be an extra-busy time!  All 3 children are playing ball!  At least they are all playing at the same location!  Maybe I'll actually post some pictures of them playing!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cate's Baptism

Today was a wonderful day in the life of our family.  Cate was baptized today!  Back in September, after several weeks of discussions about what it meant to be a Christian and how to become one, Cate prayed to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior and accept His free gift of salvation.  We are so proud of her and look forward to all God has in store for her life.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Caleb's Preschool Choir "Performance"

This year our church started a preschool choir called "Wee Praise" and I co-lead them with my friend Christy Davis.  The children got to sing in our Sunday evening hymn sing service a couple of weeks ago.  They sang Silent Night and Jingle Bells.  I knew we would hit some bumps in the road but I had no idea it would play out like this!  Check out this video of Caleb escaping from singing.