Saturday, August 30, 2008
Alex came in this morning and John, Brandy and the girls came this afternoon. Since I knew that John was coming over for his present I just said we might as well all have lunch. Was just hot dogs, chips and birthday cake. Everyone was here for a couple of house and then John and all went back home to to get ready to go to Clarkston and Alex went to see Lynn in Taylor before going to Clarkston. Not exactly sure what they all will be doing in Clarkston. Tomorrow they all will be back again for ribs, corn, beans, cobbler and watermellon.
Rest of the photos from today are futher down on this page.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thirty years already! Geeh...time goes by so fast. John has already informed me that he wants a yellow cake with chocolate frosting...his favorite. Alex is coming down tomorrow and they are all suppose to be going out to Clarkston tomorrow night. I believe they are going to a Shark's Club out there. Since John has to work today we all are celebrating his birthday tomorrow. Sunday, have to go somewhere in the morning and then in the afternoon Juan is making baby back ribs. Hummmmm!
So...have to get going....stuff to do.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Did the above layout yesterday from some of the photos of the State Fair. The frog reminded me of Michigan J. Frog. Know you remember him....he's singing right now. Used to love that cartoon. Can tell that fall is just around the corner as the nights are beginning to get cooler. Still have more running around to do today. And still have more to clean in this house. Remember someone in the family....think it was my Aunt Bea....used to clean one room a day. Hummmm...should try that.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Trying to straighten up this house and I keep going from one project to another. Like now....back on the computer. Ah well....will get done eventually. The above photo is of a Polish Chick we saw at the fair yesterday. Cute little things...they have this poof on the top of their heads. John had called yesterday that on the way to Cedar Point he had a flat tire. Seems there was a screw in the tire. Got it fixed and all was well. He, Brandy, Sierra and Tim all went together. Guess they had a good time...will find out more when he come by later today. We won't have the girls at all this week as John starts work at 4pm instead of 3pm.....only for this week then back to his regular schedule.
Have to call Alex to find out if she is coming down this week-end. Not sure about her plans. And...Mexico is getting closer and closer. We received our itinerary in yesterdays mail along with two carry-on pieces of luggage and all the rest of the stuff they send. Will use both the carry-ons as we don't really have any...at least not as nice as these.
And....the "Chicken Dance" that's playing....sounds like that Polish chicken is part Mexican! :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Well....Juan and I went to the State Fair today. Must say that I sure am glad that it wasn't warm outside....really a very nice day. The fair just doesn't seem to be as exciting as it once was for me. I mean we didn't go on any of the rides...just walked around trying to find stuff interesting to look at. Walked by where they were looking for the oldest, longest married, etc. seniors. The only category I heard they were looking for at the time was the person with the most grandchildren. Someone who had 59 grandchildren won. 59! Good grief! We stayed for about two hours and then left. Of course, parking was a mile away. Afterward we went to Mexicantown and had a late lunch at a place we had never been...El Comel...not spelling that last part right. Anyway...it was okay...nothing special. We forgot to go visit the new place in Mexicantown that just opened up a couple of days ago. Next time.
Photos from the fair on further down on this page.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The state fair will be starting this Friday and I have decided that Juan and I should attend. Not on Friday but Monday which is Senior Citizen Day....hehehehe. We get in FREE!!!! And like Juan and I always say...."Free is Good!" He bucks me a little on going places but in the end he tags along. :) Haven't been there in quite a while...think the last time was with Alex. She won second place in a present wrapping contest. There will be Senior Contests but will have to see what they are before entering. Know there will be the oldest man and woman, longest married couple, most grandchildren, recently married couple, baldest head and prettiest hat. Hummmm.....that leaves us out on all of those categories. Unless I stick a flower in my sun hat. Maybe a big sunflower. Nah...I'll just cheer on all those Easter baskets the women will be wearing.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Did the above layout from photos at my friend's 60th birthday party. Hard to believe that Mary Ann and I have known each other for over 41 years. Have to go out today and get adapter/converter plugs for our trip next month. Would think that Mexico had the same electricity but noooooo. Also have to go to the grocery store and pick up some items. Other than that...just a regular day.
Don't forget....the photos from Mary Ann's party are further down on this page.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Did the above scrapbook page from photos of the pig roast we went to on Saturday. Didn't take as many pictures as I had planned as I was busy talking to neighbors we hadn't seen in years. Was a good time and it is planned for next year. Yesterday we went to a surprise birthday party for my friend Mary Ann. It was her 60th birthday. Mary Ann was matron-of-honor at our wedding and we have known each other for over 41 years....yikes! Photos from her party are further down on this page but will be working on a scrapbook page. She was really surprised and a lot of fun seeing everyone again and catching up on all the happenings.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today is our subdivision's first annual Pig Roast. It's not really the first. We had them years ago but, it has been too many years now since we did have one. For this one the subdivision is paying for everything...(really, it's being paid by the dues we pay each year). We just have to bring a dish for ourselves. There will be a tent, table, chairs, portapotty's (not sure of that spelling), paper products, water, lemonade, games and a movie to be shown when it gets dark. Should be fun.
The above scrapbook page are of photos Alex took on her drive back from Wisconsin. She has never been to Chicago so she stopped at the Navy Pier and took some photos.
Tomorrow we have another doing to go to.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Today is our GiGi's 4th birthday. Yesterday we went to Lansing to have dinner with Alex for her birthday. She took us to a really great restaurant called Mango's. It is a Mexican restaurant and was a fantastic place...food was excellent and they gave you so much. I had the beef fajita dinner and both Juan and Alex had the carnita dinners. For dessert we had deep fried ice cream. We ordered two of those but should have ordered one as they were huge! Still all was excellent. Don't think we will be going out to dinner for GiGi's birthday. :)
Today have to go and get the oil changed in my car and run over to Randazzo's for some fruits and vegetables. Tomorrow is the subdivision pig roast and we will be going.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It's my little girls birthday today. We are going up to see her after Brandy's girls leave. Taking her out to dinner. Back when she was born I always liked Stevie Wonder songs. "Isn't She Lovely", You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "For Once In My Life", etc. Here are the lyrics to "Isn't She Lovely". Stevie wrote this song right after his first child, Aisha, was born.
Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderfull
Isn't she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we'd be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn't she lovely made from love
Isn't she pretty
Truly the angels best
Boy, I'm so happy
We have been heaven blessed
I can't believe what God has done
Through us he's given life to one
But isn't she lovely made from love
Isn't she lovely
Life and love are the same
Life is Aisha
The meaning of her name
Londie, it could have not been done
Without you who conceived the one
That's so very lovely made from love
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO OUR LOVELY ALEXANDRA!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Alex returned from Wisconsin yesterday and I finished a baseball page for her...pictured above. It reads, "While in Wisconsin, went to see the Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Washington Nationals play at Miller Stadium. Over 42,000 were there for the game. The stadium is huge and has a retractable roof. While watching the game was fun, the thing I was most excited about was watching the Klement’s Sausage Company Sausage Race. I had seen clips of the race on YouTube before and thought it was cool to actually see it in person (I have simple joys). I tried to find a Chorizo doll, but they were all sold out. I settled for a pic with the statue. The race is during the 6th inning and I was rooting for Cinco the Chorizo. The other sausages are Brett Wurst the Bratwurst, Stosh the Polish Sausage, Guido the Italian Sausage and Frankie Furter the Hot Dog. The race was tight, but as they rounded the turn past Home Plate, a group of kids dressed in mini-me sausage costumes bolted out to finish the race and Stosh the Polish Sausage won. The Washington Nationals have copied this idea and their version is the running of the Presidents. The Brewers creamed the Nationals 6-0. Saturday, August 9, 2008"
Copied the above from her blog. :) Since her birthday is this coming Thursday, Juan and I will go up there in the afternoon to take her out to dinner. John's is coming up also on the 29th. He'll be 30....good grief!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Finally finished the above scrapbook page. Geeh...only took me over a week. Heard from Alex a few minutes ago. She was in Wisconsin visiting her friend Beth. Beth and her husband Dale used to live in the D.C. area and that is where she first met them. Anyway, she called from Chicago. She decided to stop there on her drive home to see some of the city for a bit. That's the one place I had wished she would have worked. Always thought Chicago was a neat city. It's her birthday this coming Thursday. Think Juan and I will head up there to help her celebrate. This coming week-end we have a couple of places to go. Saturday we will be going to a pig roast...and not one that Juan is cooking. Should be interesting. Have to get a move on and do a couple of errands.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Well, the Olympics are in full swing and yes, I had watched them most of the day yesterday. What did you think of the opening ceremonies? Long....yes....Colorful....yes....but for some reason I just wasn't that impressed with them. Of course, they were really staged well...I mean all that precision but to me it kind of looked militaristic or mechanical. Did like the lighting of the torch...pretty neat. But my all time favorite lighting of the torch was the one at the Lillehammer, Norway winter games. The guy that shot the flaming arrow...that was cool.
On another note....still haven't finished the scrapbook page from the wedding. It just keeps sitting here. Am still really disappointed about the photos. Here it is...my niece's wedding and I take lousy pictures. Ahhhhhh.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Yesterday was a primary election and the very first time I had ever really worked for a candidate. The candidate I worked for is a neighbor who is running for Trustee of Canton. My job yesterday was to pass out fliers telling about him to all the voters coming to vote at the middle school where I was stationed. This was from 7am until 6pm. Yes...a long time but, I did get a break for about 1-1/2 hours. Hot...Hot....Hot. And yes, he did win but this is just the beginning. Now more campaigning up until the November election. Door to door, group to group, interview to interview. Was thinking about the presidential candidates and all that they have to do to try and win....yikes! You really have to be very fit to be a politician. And even though I won't vote for him, my hats off to McCain for being able to do all the running around that a person has to do to become an official. Exhausting!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wedding was yesterday and a great wedding it was. Only problem....I didn't take enough or very good photos. Shouldn't say "only problem".....the main problem was the shoes I wore. Ahhhhhhhhh.....decided to not wear nylons with these shoes and that was a BIG mistake and I think, the main problem of why I didn't take very good photos. Was going around barefoot at the reception but felt kind of silly doing it so really didn't walk around much. Alex took some photos for me but being not familiar with my camera some of the photos were a little far away and not too bright or in focus. Oh well...live and learn. The above photo is really the best one I have of the bride and groom together. All the photos are near the bottom of the page in a slideshow.
Ann Marie looked beautiful! Ceremony was held at the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak and the reception was at the Green Oaks Country Club in Rochester Hills. Think that might have been the first time I was ever at this particular church. There was a wedding just before Ann Marie's and it ran a little long as the bride was 40 minutes late. ???? Guess the people were thinking it was a no show but she finally showed up. After the ceremony we went back to Ann & Reno's to wait until it was time to go to the reception. Very pretty place and the food was good. Juan's sister Fran came to the church but not the reception as Ray is really not doing well and gets very unedged in the late afternoon and into the night. Believe it is called Sundowners and is associated with Alzheimer's and Dementia. But is was nice to see other family members from both sides. John had a little too much to drink and we have to stop the car for him on the way home. He called this morning and said he is doing fine with no hangover. Youth! Alex left already to go back to her home and took a bag of GiGi's food with her. GiGi will be staying with Alex while we are in Mexico. Just thought it would be easier to start taking some stuff with her now so she won't have to be draging all the things later.
And that's it.