Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Southern born and sooo glad!



It's been a heck of a weekend....flew to Baltimore, Maryland to visit MICA, better known as Maryland Institute College of Art! The weather turned off COLD and WINDY...I think it stays that way up north. That's why I am glad I was born in the south and plan to live here forever!!! Austin and I did a little sightseeing on Sat. and on Sunday we took a taxi to the school. The day consisted of a LONG talk from the MICA staff then a COLD school tour. The freshman dorm looked like a prison...I wouldn't even consider letting Austin live there..guess that says it all! The day was long and cold! We were unable to get a taxi back to the hotel so we took the train, one more adventure. We didn't make it back to the hotel...only part of the way! We ended up walking about a half mile to flag a taxi and finally made it back to the HILTON! Never so glad to get to a hotel and rest my weary bones. We ventured out that evening and found the Cheesecake Factory, best meal we ate the whole weekend!

Morning came finally and we caught a taxi to the airport...made it to Dallas, boarded the plane to return to Shreveport. Couldn't be that simple, the plane was broken and we had to get off and wait around for about an hour to eventually board another plane. We arrived in Shreveport about 4! So glad to be in our hometown...needless to say I am staying home for awhile and I hope Austin decided the NORTH is better left up there and will pick a college in a warmer climate!

Side note...I slipped in the tub on Sunday morning, fell flat on my back, bumped my head on the back of the tub and have had a dull headache since. I am hoping it will go away, it worries me it still hurts but hope all will be well soon! Thank goodness I didn't pass out...would of hated to have been hurt so far from home!

Better days ahead...no question about it!
deb

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chicago visit...Baby it's cold out here!

Last week was a COLD one! My family traveled to Chicago to watch my daughter perform in the McDonald's Day Parade in Downtown Chicago! Me, my husband and son took the Amtrac from Longview, TX to Chicago...word to the wise, DON'T Do IT! I mainly wanted to take the train for the adventure factor and believe me it was, but after about 10 hours on the train I was second guessing my decision as was my 17 year old son! Lesson learned..take a plane next time!

The trip was nice but the weather was bitterly cold...remember I left Louisiana temperatures in the 70's and into the Chicago cold in the 30's!
Not fun for sightseeing or watching parades but we survived and the trip was a success! Fun was had by all and we added to our family memory bank, that's all a parent can ask for!

A week home then me and my son will be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland...I know, more cold! He wants to visit the Maryland Institute College of Art. It's going to be another adventure...just the two of us...pray we won't get lost or miss our plane! I am not the best with directions and he doesn't have much experience in that area...but we will be doing it together and that's what matters, more memories to be made!

I can not think of what it will be like this time next year...both of my children off at college and me here without them...empty nest! I hate the sound of that but guess I have no choice, I raised them to be independent, responsible adults...my job is almost done but I know they will always need me for a big dose of "YOU CAN DO IT" and a big hug and kiss! That't the best part of my MOM job!

Putting the yesterdays to rest...the tomorrows can wait...living today, this very minute to the best of my ability!
deb

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Birthday XX for Amelia!

Birthday celebration for my daughter...she turned 20...or my interpretation  XX....!  She was excited to see what her theme was this year but when she walked in her expression told me the story!!!  Her first question was...Why all the X's?  Guess they don't teach Roman Numerals like they did when I was in school...you know, way back in the dark ages!  Once she got the idea...she loved it!  So much for my being clever.  The party was a success and we enjoyed a good laugh as well.  Really need to put my thinking cap on to come up with something for next year...21...HMMMMM!



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Picture time....


It has been a busy month for picture taking...I have traveled to Texas most every weekend to snap pics of my daughter..one of the "World Famous" Rangerettes from Kilgore Texas!  Made a trip to the Dallas Cowboy Stadium this past weekend, the Rangerettes performed Pre-game and danced a Halloween Dance with the DCC Cheerleaders at Half-time.  It doesn't get much better than this!!!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, off to Chicago to snap a few dozen pics of the Rangerettes marching in the McDonald's Day Parade in Downtown Chicago!  We will be traveling by train, my first train trip!  I'm sure it will be an interesting trip.
December 21st...Rangerettes will be opening the show for the Rockettes...WOW...that's big!  I am so proud of my daughter and all her accomplishments as well as my son who is just as talented!  I have been blessed beyond measure! Life is good.....

Living in the moment...we are offered nothing more!
deb

Monday, September 27, 2010

FALL

Fall...a time to change. Fall... a time for a new perspective.  Fall...a new beginning.  Fall...it's hard to believe the change in the temperature outside can ignite all those feelings.  I am ready for them all! 
I recently got a new camera and as much as I love it, I hate it in the same breath I say I love it!  I know the camera doesn't take the shot, I do!  That's the problem, ME!  I become so frustrated that I become my own worst enemy.  That's where the new perspective comes in, I am working on getting one!  I am trying to take one day, one photo, one moment and capture that moment and quite worrying about the results.  It is what it is!  Cherish the moment and move on, quite worrrying about whether it looks like someone else's photo,  will anyone like it, is it edited right....none of those things matter.  I like it, that's all that really matters.  Well...enough talk!  Heading out to get the change started...one photo at a time!

"It's better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -Herman Melville-

Monday, August 30, 2010

Week 35- I Heart Faces Photojournalism Photo Contest

This week I Heart Faces contest entry theme is photo journalism. My collage tells the story of the Rangerettes 1st game of the season wearing the "World Famous" Red, White and Blue. This was the first game to be dressed in the Kilgore Rangerette uniform with the new 71st Line. They are now 701 together for the next year! So proud of my daughter, Amelia, who is a member of the 70th Line! It was a fun night!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Week 33 • Got To Wear Shades Photo Challenge!

Beach Time photo entry for Week 33 in the I Heart Faces Photo Contest....Amelia loves her bug eyed glasses....we had a great day at the beach! The water was a little green but we managed to have a fun time. First time at the beach for both of my kids...even though they are 19 and 17...!!! Better late than never!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Florida MONTH!


Well...the month of July was a Florida travel time. Brian and I took Austin to visit a college in Orlando..Full Sail University! It's an art media school, he wants to be involved in Computer Animation...very talented young man! The school is really cool..very innovative in their approach to education. Not sure how I feel about him being that far from home, but we will survive and I will be visiting Florida more often!!
Several weeks after flying to Orlando...we drove to Destin Beach area, Brian had business and me and the kids tagged along. Lots of HOT weather and GREEN water! Not the best of conditions to enjoy yourself but we managed to have some fun! We left after 5 days and visited a beach in Navvaro..beautiful...water was crystal clear...great breeze...no crowds...we stayed the afternoon and wished we would have come here instead of Destin!
It was a great family bonding time...they are growing up too fast! Love the young adults they have become...great kids...a mom couldn't ask for anything more!
Now it's school time again...Austin is a Senior...Amelia is a Sophmore at Kilgore College. Rangerettes will be our focus for awhile...we love watching our girlie dance. She's excited about being a Soph! Austin is anxious about college but I have a feeling all will be just fine! I know they will have a wonderful future ahead of them...they are following God's lead! I am blessed!
Life is good...
deb
  

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Branson Adventures...!




Our Branson Adventure was great....we went kayaking, go carting, visited a wax museum, went to Silver Dollar City, shopped and ate at lots of great resturants! Fun times were had by all...lots of memories were made.
The kids enjoyed the kayaking the best I think...the weather started out great but about 1 hour into the 3 hour trip...rain began to fall! The water was about 50 degrees and with the rain and slopping of the water with the paddles, I was having second thoughts about being out on the river! The rain did stop thank goodness after about 30 minutes, but we were soaked..when the 8 mile adventure was over it was none too soon!

Silver Dollar City was fun...lots of rides for the kids and dad, I am the official photography, no riding for me..not my cup of tea!
So glad we arrived and returned home safely with lots of memories in our head and heart! I cherish these memories and will hold them close ready to retrive them any time my heart desires!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer Time

Well...summer is already here...vacation time coming soon! Branson here we come on July 4th...looking forward to a great time with the whole familia !I just know it will be a great time for us to be together..really have to absorb these next few years...kids are growing up and they will be off doing their own thing soon! We will be visiting an Orlando school for Austin to attend after graduation next year! Wow, that can't be possible..he just graduated Kindergarten! Times flies when your having fun and I have enjoyed every minute of my two children....even those times that I thought would never end, but they did and now I wish I could wish them back! Not possible but I plan to take the next few months and take it all in with lots of hugs, kisses and pictures to carry me through once they are off in all directions!
I need to get started on that small business I keep yakking about...I think that will be all that keeps me sane! We'll see what that might be soon but nothing in stone...still enjoying the free moments with the kids!
Another day....just grant me another day....and another and another....Please!

deb
Not waiting for my ship to come in...I plan on rowing out to meet it!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Just call me the BAG LADY!

Well....bags must be my thing these days. I just completed another purse for my daughter Amelia..along with one for her friend Alyssa. I will post pics tomorrow! Trying to get motivated to really get with the program but just can't seem to stay on track. I'm not sure how people work at home...too many distractions for me, the dogs need out...they need in...clothes to be washed...groceries to be purchased....and on and on!

I am making myself a promise today on Mother's Day...I WILL START SEWING DAILY!!!
My mom would be so proud of all the things I have made...she tried so hard years ago to teach me to sew, without much success! I sure do miss her, she passed away Sept. 15, 2009. If only I had one more day with her...but I know after that day...I would beg for another and another. God has a plan and I know she's saving a place for me!
She was such a special mom...if I can be half the mom she was I will be pleased!

Happy Mother's Day MOMA...I will be with you again one day, this is only my temporary home!
deb







Monday, April 19, 2010

GET READY..GET SET...GET CREATIVE

I have been skipping around to lots of blogs these last few days...Wow...there are lots of talented, creative people out there. Now I have get on with my own creations! Lots of IDEAS...now to carry them out and have a final product!
Onward to my crafting room....hopefully when I return to blog again I will have something to share!

Channeling my inner creative SELF!
deb

Friday, March 26, 2010

Caribbean Seas withdrawal!



Wow...was so glad to return home, but sure wish I had a view of the Caribbean Sea from my house here in Bossier City! We had a wonderful time on the cruise to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Kilgore Rangerettes. 7 days is a long time to be cooped up with not much to do until we reached port..Cozumel the first day was great, the kids went scuba diving....2nd day (my favorite) we sailed on a catermeran to Stingray City to get in the ocean and swim with the stingray. Unreal how tame they are, we fed them and boy you better check for fingers afterward, they have the sucking power of a high powered vac! 3rd excursion was to Jamaica, had a nice stroll down the river in a kayak on the Great River! Fun to watch Amelia and Austin struggle to work together paddling instead of fighting each other. Austin ended up being the leader and told Amelia to just enjoy the view!!!
The trip back to Galveston was boring...sun hid for the rest of the trip and when we arrived at the port....freezing weather and snow awaited us for the trip home!
After 10 loads of laundry and a long nap in my own bed I am good as new! Think I might look into moving to the Cayman Islands when we retire...anything is possible in your dreams!
Back to reality!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Crusing Time !

One week and the family leaves for a cruise on the Voyager of the Sea! The Kilgore Rangerettes will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary and will perform on the cruise! We will be going to Cozumel...Grand Cayman...and Jamaica! Should be a wonderful time for the family to spend together along with all the Rettes and their families! Hopefully all will be well and we will return safely with lots of precious memories to hold on to! Thank goodness for my sister, Sheri...she will be staying with my gang of animals at home...dogs..Sadie, Audrey, Lily...rabbit..Taffy..and Charlie the bearded dragon! I think she will need a vacation after the week! I will owe her big time!

Packing begins!
deb

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Projects!

It's been a busy week, added a few items to my sewing creations. Time gets away from me, wish I could be more structured on my time...that's my goal for now! Life is good, preparing for a cruise in March! Looking forward to some family fun...kids are growing up so fast, wish I could bottle this time. I know the next 5 years my life will change dramatically...not looking forward to it but life happens!

deb9creations!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow in Louisiana yesterday, Feb. 12, 2010. The last big snow was in 1983...the year I got married, almost 27 years ago! I'll share some pics of the big event soon!
Still trying to keep my word about sewing most everyday...coming up with some cute ideas for deb9creations!
Life is Good!
deb

Monday, February 1, 2010

2-1-2010...New Day...New Month...New Beginnings!

Today is the beginning of a new outlook on life! I am on my way! I have recently started sewing again....having children seems to sidetrack MOM dreams! I now have time to devote to my dreams...no more excuses. I will be making all kinds of purses, totes, and many more items...whatever my imagination can come up with!!!
Check back to see my post and hopefully I can figure this computer stuff out in order to post pictures.

deb
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