Saturday, May 30

Kids Room: Show Us Where You Live

Over at Kelly's you will find her hosting a home tour. This week is children's rooms/nurseries, so I wanted to share I mean show off my grandchildrens' room at MY house. This is basically where they take their naps and if Blake (5 in July)wants to spend the night it's always ready.

He is a home boy and has spent about 4 nights with us in over 3 years. We try to make it fun, we eat popcorn, ice cream or whatever snack he wants we read stories but he just likes his mom and dad too much and will "miss them" whaaaaa! Just Kidding, he'll be ready some decade, I mean pretty soon. He and Joel his 5 year old friend will be having a sleep over this summer HERE, that's what Blake says anyway. I plan on Jayde (19 months) spending more nights with us than him. Anyway on with the tour:
This is what you see when your in the door way, see the door frame on the left? The rocking chair was used for all 3 of my siblings plus me; my parents kept it at their house for their 5 grandchildren to use when they visited. My daughter had the first great grandchild so she inherited it but she wanted it to be a "grandma thing" so I am more than delighted to take great care of it. Normally, Panda sits on it but I wanted to show you the detail. The books on the dresser keep me from putting things on there that don't belong there, and the kids love to read. I keep out of season clothes in this dresser and other odds and ends that don't really have a "home" This is also the dresser we used for Jennifer and it doubled as a changing table. It used to be her dads dresser. That's Blake in his younger years in the firetruck picture. The other one is his parents engagement picture. They don't look like that anymore, who does after 7+years? They have one of the biggest windows in the house and the second biggest bedroom. I bought the blue curtains and matching bed skirt at Kohl's long before we had a grandDAUGHTER, so it will just stay that way.
This butterfly was given to me from my sister-in-law in Oklahoma, it's made of tin and was very difficult to transport home through airports and an airplane but I managed. I think it looks good there and the pictures of Jesus are from many years ago I had them still so I put HIM up, they can see him while they lay in bed.

Oh, I just love this thank-you "card" each little member of his preschool class drew me a little scribble I mean picture, and the teacher wrote their name next to it. This used to be on the wall next to the bathroom and when he was being potty trained he would get a sticker for a good job. I just recently moved it to their room to preserve it from little Jade's hands.
I wanted this angel picture for a very long time and finally found one. I had this same print in my bedroom as a kid. It will get hung up on the wall next to the scribbles I mean art work.
The pack and play was used for Jayde when she would come and needed a place to sleep that was quiet and next to the computer room. I hung the quilt my mom made me when I was a kid on the side just to show you. I still like it and we used it on the floor when Jayde was smaller for "tummy time". The other day, after I was done taking pictures I threw away the pack and play because she too sleeps in the bed for naps and has no problems staying in there.
Here is one of Blake's many medals from soccer and his certificate from a swim class he and I did together when he was much younger. It says pike and parent but his parents work so I took him and we totally enjoyed it or at least I want to remember it that way:-) Names are blocked out for security reasons.
A view from in front of their closet. This bed was actually his first bed (other than a crib, of course). But his parents quickly decided they wanted to have bunk beds in his room at home so I was thrilled when they asked if we wanted it for here. I love how it has 3 storage drawers, I have some small toys,books and some clothes in there for them. It also has a book shelf. The big frog was from a neighbor and Blake will wrestle with it from time to time. BTW: Blake always wins!
The closet isn't the neatest place in the house but it works, I'm not in there much anyway. I buy clothes in the off season on clearance and HOPE they fit the kids when the time comes, sometimes it works to my advantage other times not so well. Yes, that's right, you see Christmas presents wrapped and waiting. The other half of the closet is our stuff, as you can see, it's starting to over flow into their side. I'm obviously not worried about it.

We buy all the diapers and when I see a bargain, there is no stopping me! When we lived in Indiana, there was an Osco and they had buy one get one free coupons on the back of Purdue basketball tickets so I stocked up BIG TIME, so when we moved here from Indiana (over 3 years ago) I'm not joking you, we had 35 packs of various size diapers and Jayde wasn't even thought of back then. We just had 17 month old Blake. The soccer shoes are from my sister they used to be her grandson's but too big for Blake yet.
And, here is the room from the bed. You see my clothes pin on the curtains its from my Tippy Tuesday post dated May 12. Sorry, I don't know how to send you the. link(after your done with your tour, poke around and read it/them by clicking on "older post". The bag on the door handle is packed with Blake's swim trunks and his and my towels and pool toys and just waiting for the next trip to the Y. I can only handle one kid at a time in water so Jayde gets left out for pool outings, ha, that is till Blake goes to school this fall, then I will be having some special granddaughter time, just like I did for Blake.
I hope you enjoyed your tour and come back anytime. Leave me a comment and I will come visit your tour and or blog.

Friday, May 29

Just Jayde At 19 Months

This was just last Tuesday she is puddle jumping
This is my friends granddaughter (with blue Capri's) and Jayde . Her mother was Jaydes' mothers friend when she was in 4-6th grade. When Donna and I went to Nashville we each bought our girls matching T's.

Jayde eating pancakes waiting for the Memorial Day parade to start.

Well this was supposed to be all about Jayde but just like real life, it's hard to get just a picture of Jayde with out Blake in there. They're so patriotic with their flags and Jayde wearing red and white.

Awwww, here she is running to gramma! She's getting big fast. Somebody give me a brick quick, so I can keep her shrunk up. By the way, that is not an Oreo cookie, it's the camera lens cap and neither is she giving us the finger.

I just love how her top matches her hat, and she isn't too worried about taking her hat off either.

And one more of them and their matching T's we got them during our Mother's Day/Sam's birthday get away to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

What's On My SD Card?

Here is more of what we've been up to lately, Blake's soccer games are finally finished. In case you don't know who I'm talking about...Blake is our almost 5 year old grandson who does not live with us, we just love him a whole lot and talk about him tons on here. Getting ready for a kick

I love this pose, he is so ready for that ball!

Here he is playing goalie position

And he kicks the ball

He refuses to let them score!

A trophy and a medal Way To Go, another soccer season comes to a close.

Just look how proud he is, he amazes me.

Thursday, May 28

What's On My SD Card?

Lets just start with one subject because I am just taking a break from yard work for a little bit. so I'll show you the latest event first...

On May 17 I let some balloons free in honor of http://www.kayleighannfreeman.blogspot/ she was 11 months young and went through so many surgeries and was just 1 pound 1 ounce when born, she never made it home but came close a couple times, after her last surgery she never woke up and now she did go home to her Heavenly Father. This was the day they put her to rest and because I could not go to N.C. I wanted to be a part of the celebration of her life.

Tuesday, May 26

Tippy Tuesday

I've been on a cleaning spree around here lately and so has a friend of mine, I'm thinking if the two of us caught the cleaning bug there is probably somebody else out there who might benefit from a cleaning tip.

Now I have never tried this but I have found from a reliable source that if your blessed I mean unlucky enough to have a shower door I'm going to give you help on cleaning that grimy track:

Plug the drain holes in the door track with a little bit of paper towel wadded into a ball use a toothpick to get it into the holes if you need to. Pour in undiluted white vinegar. Let it soak for 30 minutes, unplug the holes and rinse the track with a spray bottle of water or better yet use the shower head if you have the handheld kind and run a rag down it. This will "flush out" the accumulated build-up from the track.

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day


I want to take these moments to honor and thank all the military men and women that have so bravely stood up for our country and let's not forget those that lost their life for what they stood and believed in that the Great United States of America is so free and we love to keep it that way. If your one of the hard workers that rarely get a day off I do hope you are enjoying this day.

This was taken today at our Memorial Day parade. more thing....can you believe...

the kids had school today! They had to make up their 9th day from snow and hurricane Ike but there was ONLY ONE school district rude enough to MAKE today a school day, pretty sad if you ask me.

Sunday, May 24

Other Fun Pictures (Nashville)

Here we are at the visitor center
These little ones didn't go to Nashville but they wanted to show off their new shirts.

This was my a very yummy "pot pie" It was more like a thick chicken soup and the pastry on top was a chicken or is that a rooster? Anyway, it was very delish. We each had one for dinner the second night.

Here I am out shopping and showing off my I mean Blakes biker shirt I picked out for him.

This little stone house was on the property of the Sock Factory. There is no more info on it but it was quite unique. If you click on the picture and make it go far right you can compare it to the orange cones next to it. (for size)

For Bare Feet (Nashville)

Another one of the fun places we went to while on our girls get away was to the sock factory called For Bare Feet. It was really neat to see all the different designs they put on socks. They make nearly ALL the socks for the Major League teams. The ball players wear a pair of socks JUST ONCE! Seems like a waste to me. But they only make orders of 31 pair at a time, that means just 72 socks per order! They kept stressing it and so we had a lot of fun with that through out the tour, "not 32, just 31".

This is the sock store in the factory
Here is our tour guide showing us the old fashion way to make socks with a hand crank!

A better shot of the antique sock machine, that still works, just really slow.

Look at all the spools of thread and machines.

These racks and boxes are filled with various socks, if you can think of it they had them. They had socks that said "left sock, right sock" music notes, crabs, "grandma" little chicks, and even panda bear socks. Guess what I chose for my free pair? I hope you said pandas.

This is the ironing machine, she puts the socks on while it goes around and then they get ironed. She gets paid by the dozen so she works fast.

At the top of this picture you can see how the sock gets pulled off the ironing "board" and is ready to come down the conveyor belt.

This person is putting 2 socks together so they can get tagged together. What I didn't tell or show you is that before all the ironing and tagging they wash the brand spanking new socks and of course dry them. Then they are inspected for flaws first.
Pretty neat. I hope you enjoyed your little sock tour.

Friday, May 22


We all have them, yano, their the type that are so kind they will plow your driveway in the winter, mow your lawn for you when your on vacation, say hi to you every time we're outside, feed you when hurricane Ike made a horrendous visit and took away our power for 89 hrs, they keep an extra eye on the place when your out of town, and the list goes on and on...BUT there is one thing I can't stand about my neighbor, it's the SPOT that he parks his black truck or their Jeep. I just don't have any nice words to say about this to them so I keep my mouth SHUT. It sure makes it tough to get backed into the driveway or even pull out. As you can plainly see there is plenty of room to park forward or backward but WHY RIGHT SMACK at the END of OUR drivway!!! Any advice?

Wednesday, May 20

My Story about Story, Indiana

Our second day started out well, we stopped into the visitor center and met Jim, here with Donna. Jim told us all we wanted to know about directions and some highlights of the town. Donna's brother suggested we take a drive out to Story (that's the name of a town). So we did, this is what we came across on our journey...

A lonely road sign telling us we had arrived

Most of the homes looked like this, pretty sad on a brighter note, we did see some nice ones but they were rare.

This is the bed and breakfast of Story. We were mostly there to check it out, per Gregg, her brother. We had no plans to check in we just wanted to see what was in Story.

We were going to go in to "just get a coke" but to secretively check it out. Years ago Gregg had been there and said there were lots of antique items and such and we were on a mission to see what was in this 'ol shack". I talked Donna into sharing some biscuits and gravy so we could kill some time and even tho neither of us were hungry, they were pretty good. Then, it was suggested we go upstairs and we could go in any rooms that were open, so we did.

One of the artifacts on display was a wage sheet, so I wanted to share with you what some occupations made back then/per YEAR.

There is a "Blue Lady" room and they say that she stays in her suite, we didn't see her until....

Until, perhaps just maybe do you this is her orb right next to ME!!!

This sign was probably one of the MOST EXPENSIVE structures in the whole town.