Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day Ninety

Postcards From A Sunny Day

These three jets looked like they were racing each other over my back yard this morning. Wonder where they were going?

Grandson Elijah was stylin' in his new shorts and shoes. He couldn't wait to play outside.

A tender Spring tendril on some plant out back. I thought it was cute.

Elijah was digging for worms again. He never does find any. Not even a bug. Although we did see a bunch of bees flying around some tiny flowers in the grass. He does not like bees. We talked about what they eat. I said pollen. He said chicken. And french fries. It could happen.

I love these little buds sprouting everywhere. The Lilac bush has some neat ones. Well, neat to me, anyway.

Granddaughter Shelby on her way up the path to Granny's house this afternoon. I sure do miss little Eddie Kitty waiting for her with me each afternoon.
And so I say goodbye to March. And good riddance!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day Eighty Nine

Sweet Reward

Granddaughter Shelby made four As and four Bs on her last report card. Neil and I took her to the Dairy Queen for an Oreo Blizzard to celebrate. She always chooses D.Q. for her sweet reward. Way to go on the great grades, Shelby!

Elijah got a sweet treat, too, even though he didn't make any grades at all. Oh well. Neither did Granny and Grandpa, but that didn't stop us from enjoying a yummy D.Q. treat, too. Looking forward to Shelby's next set of good grades!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Day Eighty Eight

All of a sudden the Forsythia bloomed. Like overnight. It wasn't there and then it was. I see it everywhere now. The bright yellow blooms were a welcome sight on this cold gray day.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day Eighty Seven


My mom, Hampton Gailbreath Mabry, turned 89 on Friday, March 26, 2010. Our family got together today to celebrate her latest milestone. (With another delicious cake made by daughter Holly's friend, Tammy. Well done, Tammy!)

The birthday lady listens as she's serenaded with the birthday song, sung by the whole family with great enthusiasm if not a bit off key. I think she liked it anyway.

Blow out those candles, Ma! We all enjoyed this wonderful cake and ice cream and punch, and of course Mom got cards and presents and lots of hugs and kisses, which she'd probably rather have anyway.

Family members who could make it to the party~back row from left: grandson Chris Mabry, grandson in law Jerry Myers, granddaughter Holly Ranft Myers, granddaughter Sarah Foy, great granddaughter Ashley Mabry, daughter Ann Mabry Sissom, daughter in law Cynthia Mabry, son in law Don Foy, son in law Neil Ranft, and son in law Terry Sissom. Front row from left: great grandson Ethan Mabry, granddaughter Kelly Ranft Kimbrough, granddaughter Julia Foy, great grandson Elijah Myers, the birthday lady Hamp Mabry, son Ken Mabry, great granddaughter Shelby Myers, daughter Kay Mabry Ranft, and daughter Jane Mabry Foy.

We all love you, Mom/Granny/Great Granny! Wishing you all the best today and always and wishing you many more happy birthdays to come!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Day Eighty Six

The Cute Factor

Wasn't in the mood for picture taking today, so here's a blast from the past. Elijah Man and Buddy Cat from three years ago (plus one day). We'll call this our gratuitous cute baby picture and leave it at that.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Day Eighty Five

Eddie, We Hardly Knew Ye....

The last picture I took of our sweet little Eddie Kitty this past Monday afternoon. He was sitting in a rocking chair on the back porch, watching the Spring snow fall.

This is one of the first pictures I took of him that July day last year when he crept into our yard and stole our hearts. He was so likable, our precious little nuisance. Eddie, we miss your sweet cat face at our door.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day Eighty Four

Sprouts, Buds And Blooms

Hubby Neil reminded me that my dad gave him the Lilac bush that's growing in our back yard--a piece of the one that grew in my parents' back yard. So it's been out there for probably fifteen years or longer. It never has done very well. It's had a few purple blooms over the last few years, but nothing to write home about (or in more modern terms, nothing to blog about). So here it is today with its little sprouts or buds starting to grow. I hope it blooms. Love the fragrance of those flowers!

We use to have a ton of Tulips each Spring, but they've died away in recent years. Found these starting to bloom today. Can't wait to see what color they are.

Our yard is full of Daffodils, Buttercups, Jonquils--whatever you like to call them. They're happy little flowers, and I never get tired of them (or taking their pictures, you've probably noticed). Grand kids Shelby and Elijah picked a handful each this afternoon. Elijah gave his to his mom. Buttercup bouquets are the best. Spring has sprung!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day Eighty Three

Some Blooms From The Past

I didn't take any pictures today. I'll share one from this date back in 2007. Must have been an early Spring back then. The Redbuds and Dogwoods haven't even begun to bloom yet as of today. It's been a rough Winter. Looking forward to some more Spring color!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day Eighty Two

Just A Swingin'

Turned off the TV kiddie shows and turned Elijah and Shelby loose outside this gorgeous afternoon.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day Eighty One

Spring--Day Three

We all could do without this again, but here it is--Spring snow. For a while there after lunch today, it looked like a blizzard.

Ah, the mood swings of Spring!

Eddie says, "Not again!" He came up under the back porch to watch the snow.

Squirrel says, "Who cares about snow? I've got food!" The snow did eventually stop and the clouds parted to show us some patchy blue sky. Spring is like that around here--kinda moody. Looking forward to some warmth tomorrow.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day Eighty


Spring arrived yesterday with blue sky and sunshine and 70 degree temperatures, and then it mysteriously disappeared today under wet gray skies and temperatures in the 50's. Pretty typical Spring weather in my neck of the woods. Since the weather has temporarily reverted to Winter today, I thought I'd share some color with you from the first day of Spring. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day Seventy Nine

'Twilight Saga: New Moon' DVD Release Partay
After Midnight, March 20, 2010

This is why we were all up so late Friday night/Saturday morning. Sarah's tattoo says it all. 'Twilight Saga: New Moon' was released at midnight. Daughters, grand daughter, grand son, and nieces headed to Wal-Mart to snag their copies and enjoy a piece of 'New Moon' cake that the store served up.

Are you Team Edward? (Yes!)

Or are you Team Jacob? (No. But he's so cute...)

Sarah managed to get one of these cool water bottles featuring our favorite vampire boyfriend.

Let the tattoo-ing begin! Included with the DVDs were pages of great looking temporary Twilight Saga tattoos.

Sarah also got the Forks High School mascot tattoo (see first picture for her other tattoo).

Julia, who I think tends toward Team Jacob (but I think her fave is really Emmett) got Jacob's wolf pack tattoo.

Not to be left out, Elijah got a tattoo, which I think is the lion in the Cullen crest (I'm guessing). Although he stayed up to join in the fun, he didn't want to see the movie. Too scary.

Shelby got the feather tattoo, one on each arm. She wasn't sure what it meant. I told her it was from Jacob's tribe.

Kelly got the Cullen crest tattoo, I think. (Somebody please chime in and correct me if I'm wrong.)

Neil popped up several batches of his tasty popcorn and we were all set to watch the movie. It ended sometime after three A.M. (Sarah fell asleep about halfway through) And we didn't get to bed until four A.M. But that was okay. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing it again after all these months of waiting for the DVD release. Up next: 'Eclipse'!! Can't wait until June 30!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day Seventy Seven

What's That Bright Shiny Thing In The Sky?!

Oh yeah, I remember it now. We were all wondering when it would appear again. I took this with my cell phone camera this afternoon and aimed it directly at the sun. I always get cool reflections off the lens with the cell camera. Hope your day was sunny, too!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Day Seventy Six

No Pinching

Grand daughter Shelby made sure she wore something green to school today to ward off those dreaded St. Patrick's Day pinches. As it turns out, she was safe anyway. Her teacher ordered "No pinching!" today. Smart teacher. Happy St. Patrick's Day, be ye Irish or not!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Day Seventy Five

Elijah Man And The Mini Wheats

When I was three years old--long long ago in a galaxy far far away--I would never have dreamed of putting anything that remotely resembled shredded wheat into my mouth. And I've never known a kid who would even try them. Until Elijah. He loves Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats. He saw me eating them one morning for breakfast and wanted to try one. He ate it dry and loved it. Now he tells me, "I want some of that cereal like you eat." Sometimes he asks for them in the afternoon for a snack. Go figure. If only we could get him to eat something like broccoli.