Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Birthday in the Big Easy

Happy Birthday to Adam, our 'little' who is not so little anymore. He's a college graduate, a homeowner, a world traveler, a fiancé, and it happened in the blink of an eye. Yes it did.

He's a prince,
our go-to guy,
our little cowboy,
a big-hearted little pachyderm,
our feisty little football toting fifth child.

We are celebrating his birthday with a trip to the Big Easy. (And we'll see my Saints play, too. Who Dat!) We had a most delicious lunch at Commander's Palace yesterday to kick off the food fest that is New Orleans. We also experienced a few hurricanes, of the beverage variety. :)
Happy Birthday, Adam. I love you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Almost

It was a beautiful day for a tailgate, and last Saturday was almost perfect. The flags were flyin', the food was cookin', and we had almost everyone there for the game (all but Jon, whose j-o-b interferes with his football Saturdays), which featured Purdue against Michigan State. We even had a 3:30 start time, meaning we didn't have to leave at the crack of dawn!
We missed these three at the game, but they were cheering the Boilers from Grandma and Grandpa Robison's house. Boiler Up Kiddos!
We did have this little guy, who we picked up with his parents after picking up Adam and Courtney. Got that? We were running the Silver Bullet Boiler Shuttle!
After our arrival, these three hit the Boiler Fan Shop for some retail therapy.
Noah's new hat was almost the perfect size for his baby noggin'. He and Grandpa were ready for some football!
Adam, in his new birthday britches, and Courtney were teaching Noah all about corn hole.
He also tried out a spot under the table.
Adam and Courtney boilerin' it up.
Say FOOTBALL!
Jamalyn and Dave stopped by, and Jamalyn was thrilled to meet Dr. Beering and wife Jane. Her bucket list is almost complete now. The Beering family was tailgating just two spots away from us, and we learned it was the first tailgate ever for the elder Beerings.
Nathan was interested in the big boys and their game of beverage pong.
Soon, he was ready to try it himself. I think he was almost the winner.
The Williamson gang posed for a photo before moving on to their next stop on their tailgate tour.
Adam and Andrew spent some time playing corn hole.
While Noah was ready for a little snooze.
They call this one 'the outlaws.'
Dr. Dave stopped by to visit with Dr. David. Chemistry buddies.
Future QB?
The 'fancy pants' trio.
Noah and I went over to pay a visit to the Ricke tailgate, and Noah and Nora had a chance to get acquainted. He's telling her how he almost beat his uncles in a heated game of corn hole.
Two Boiler cuties!
Andrew and Darci met up with their friends Luke and Betsy. Noah got in the picture as well.
Noah thinks it's almost time to clean up and head to the stadium.
Boiler Up Baby!

Granny and Noah!
Noah was lookin' good in his 'Hammer Down Cancer' cap. On that note, I am giving thanks today for my friend Ruthann and her clear scans at MDA in Houston! Praise God! Hammer Down Cancer!
Noah and Courtney.
Noah and Adam. Now those are some fine pants. They will make another appearance cheering on the Saints in New Orleans next week. Who Dat!
Bryan, Noah, and Jennifer.
David, Shylah, and Kyle.
It's almost game time, and Noah is excited to be settled in our seats.
Here comes the drum!
In honor of 'Hammer Down Cancer' the team was wearing neon green, highlighting the fight against cancer.
We got this close to beating a very good team, and although we didn't end up on top, we were almost there. And there's hope. Hail Purdue!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Not a Morning Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, and I'm glad to have a chance to join with my friends over at Joyce's place for the Wednesday Hodgepodge. She faithfully poses the questions, and we do our best to share our answers. Thanks, Joyce!
After you finish reading here, be sure to click the Hodgepodge button to visit Joyce and the others.

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?

I'm not a morning person. While I appreciate all the raves I hear about the quiet of the morning and a good cup of coffee, I don't do either.
I prefer sunset. Most any sunset is fine, but I particularly enjoy them over the water. Ocean, gulf, sea are all spectacular, but I also love the sun over the water at day's end on 'our' little lake. Meat on the grill, wine in my glass, and light sparkling like fireflies dancing on the surface. Priceless.
Speaking of sunsets, I caught this one over the grain bins earlier this week. No water in sight, but beautiful just the same.

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?

We don't have a waffle iron at our house, although a friend recently gifted one to us at the lakehouse, so I guess I'll say waffle iron.  

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?

Mornings. See #1.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?

My parents took us to Montreal in the summer of 1967 for the World's Fair, Expo '67. So while I have been to Canada, it has been a looonnngg time! The trip was an add-on to our summer trip to northern Vermont to my grandparents' lake cottage. We also made a stop at Niagara Falls.
There I am with my dad and brothers, looking quite fetching in our stripes and plaid. :)
Our son visited Vancouver recently, for his job, and I looked up some attractions for him to see while he was there. He didn't, but I think it sounds like a beautiful place to visit.

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

I have written about my Mamaw's banana salad, which she made once a year for the family reunion. It was definitely one of my favorites. Besides that, my favorite was ice cream. Still is.

6. Do you cry easily?

My brothers used to say I cried watching Little House on the Prairie, which I did. I also cry reading books. In church. In Haiti. So there are times, yes, when I cry easily.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?

Nope. Although I did order a stocking for our soon-to-be daughter-in-law to add to the growing group we hang by the chimney with care. No backing out now, Court!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I recently finished the book The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, which my book club will be reading in a few weeks. It was so good! It is the story of the 1936 American Olympic rowing team who competed for gold in Berlin. 
I am a sports fan, and I am always interested in the story behind the story. (Yes, I watch those pre-game pieces before the Super Bowl, Derby, and Olympics.) While this is a sports story, it is so much more than that. I learned about rowing, but I also learned about the young men from the University of Washington who came together through hardship and found their 'swing' as a team. Read more about the writing of the book (with a movie in the works) here. But don't wait for the movie, go ahead and read the book!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Matthew and the Terrific, Happy, Not Bad, Very Nice Day

Matthew and I decided to spend a fall break Friday in Columbus, and our first stop was kidscommons. It's a community children's museum with lots of interactive learning and fun. He went straight to the big toilet, which is actually a slide, complete with a flushing sound as you go down. I'm pretty sure I remember him being scared to go down the first time he visited the museum, but he's all about it now. Flushed with excitement, you might say. :)
The model 'house' at the museum, has lots of nooks and crannies from attic to basement, and he surprised me by coming out this 'secret' passageway behind the books.
Next stop was the bubble room, where he stood inside and made a big bubble surrounding him.
And again. It's good clean fun. And it smells good, too.
He shot some baskets...
and lifted some weights in the fitness area.
Then he worked on planning a city.
Back to the house, where he climbed all the way to the attic.
He had me stand on ground level near the screens while he went from room to room so I could see him on camera. There are also speakers above the screens so you can speak to one another. I see you, Matthew!
Here he is again, this time in infrared. Or green.
Down the toilet slide.
Back to the bubble room.

Those are some big bubbles!

As we were leaving, we stopped beside the Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
They didn't seem to be hissing. Fortunately.
We had a good time, and he can still exit through the kid-sized door.
We walked just down the block to Zaharako's Ice Cream Parlor and Museum. One of our favorites. It's an old time place for lunch and music. But mostly for the ice cream.
We sat at the counter, where we watched the woman at the soda fountain make a real fountain soft drink. She even made a cinnamon coke.
We attempted a selfie in the soda fountain mirror.
Matthew thought maybe we should order the Big Z sundae, which is FIVE scoops of ice cream, with three toppings. We decided that might be a bit too ambitious, so we settled for the brownie sundae with mint chip ice cream. To share. :)
Two women who walked in just as it was served to him were so impressed that they took his picture with the sundae. And so did I. :)
It was hard work, but between the two of us, we managed to come pretty close to finishing it.
Of course, that meant we didn't need to buy popcorn at the theater, where we went next to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A cute movie, and nothing like the day we shared. Which was the complete opposite. (See post title.)  :)