Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27, 2010

Sorry for the delay in words. Dave, Beth and I have been out of pocket for a few days.

We started on our adventure on Friday morning. Dave wanted to go to the Air and Space Museum in Huntsville, AL and see a Star Wars exhibit that was there. Off we go! We arrived there safely and then spent the better part of the day at NASA. Dave was like a kid in a candy store as he met and visited with some of the 501st, and r2 builders. Beth and I enjoyed looking around and she and Dave rode a few rides.

Then it was off to the hotel for a good night's rest.

Saturday morning found us scratching our heads and saying, "What now?" The answer? On to Chattanooga! We decided that we were so close, that we should take full advantage of our location and a few days to enjoy it.

Even though Lookout Mountain has little to be desired regarding signs that clearly tell you where you are and where you should be going, we had a great time there.

Our descent off the mountain found us in yet another quandary. Hmm.... what now? At the time, we talked about the fact that Dave and Elizabeth have never seen UT football stadium, so..... off we go!

On the way there, it occurred to me. Aunt Anne and Uncle Paul live in Gatlinburg which is ONLY another 30 miles from Knoxville. I called Anne and she insisted that we come meet them for supper and spend the night at their house. That being said we found ourselves in Sevireville, TN for supper and then up the mountains of the Great Smoky Mountain National Forrest for a night of visiting with family.

Sunday morning came way too early and after a great breakfast prepared by Aunt Anne, we were again on the road. Next stop, Knoxville. Beth wasn't near as impressed with Neyland Stadium as Dave and I were. Even with all of the construction that is still taking effect, there is something magical about being on the UT campus.

Knowing that we had a L-O-N-G drive ahead of us, we ooohed and ahhhed all we could and then I-40 westbound we went.

Seven hours later, we are now back, safe and sound in our home. What started out as an over-night jaunt, turned into a long weekend traveling a huge circle around the south east of the country, but I wouldn't change a bit of it. Elizabeth enjoyed herself and Dave and I enjoyed some stress free relaxation.

Let's hear it for spontaneity!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 23, 2010

Another hot one in Millington today. Though, not nearly as hot as it was last week.

In an attempt to perfect images for face painting, my youngest and I piled up in the living room this afternoon and began painting anything from sunshine, to college names on our arms, legs and backs. She did a great honey bee on my right foot and I am rather proud of the butterfly on her back. The best part of it was spending time with her. Not one time during the day did she ask if we could do something else, or when would we be finished. These moments are too few and far between and I cherish them deeply.

On a sad note, it was another day of arguing with the oldest. As of late, my husband and I both are struggling with having and 'adult' child in the house, and she is on the opposite end of that spectrum with being an adult and living at home with her parents. There are very fine lines there and you never know when the next one will pop up and we are all treading very carefully. That being said, we all need to take care as to how our tone of voice comes out to each other. Once something is said, whether you meant for it to be said hateful or not, there is no taking it back. Innocent as it may have been meant, it is a done deal. At that point, all you can do is apologize, sincerely, and hopefully everyone can move on. Oh, and learn from the mistake and strive not to make it again.

So far, no words to paper today other than the little writing I am doing here now. My in-laws are coming over for supper and then will visit afterward. Maybe this evening I can move ahead some on my short story.

Till then.....