Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

We're home!

Maci and Molly
We had a great week, but it's good to be home. It was nice to go back to Donelson View Baptist Church this morning. Kent is their interim pastor and we are really loving them. It's nice to be missed. We got so many hugs and "Missed You" 's. I don't remember anyone ever noticing that we were gone before. hehe. This morning Ms. Edith brought me the name of a handyman that we had talked about a few weeks ago, Mr. Riley brought me a big bag of home grown tomatoes and cucumbers. I love having relationships with people of all ages. Not having my parents or grandparents close by, it has been great. I also LOVE to hear my husband preach! He has such a passion for God and for people. I think I probably sit their and smile the whole time he is preaching.
Another exciting thing...we have CAYDEN AND DEACON for a few days! I get to love on them for a while before they head off to Austin. :( Cayden told me that he is going to find me a house in Austin too. That would work!

Friday, July 25, 2008

BEACH AND BINGO!

Well, it's our last day at the beach! Last day to lay out in the sand and sun and hear the waves crashing around you. But...what a great time we've had! Yesterday was Kent's birthday! He started out his day with a surprise massage at "The Spa of Eden". Then, after a day of laying in the sun, (or is that lying in the sun?) we went to play bingo! He is always reading local papers when we go out of town, and trying to see what the "locals" do. On Monday he saw that a community center had bingo on Thurs. night. He announced to us all that he knew what he wanted to do for his birthday! The kids, surprisingly, agreed to go. We were definitely the only tourists to attend. We met several people (senior adults) who shared the secrets of the Emerald Coast. Kyle walked away with $30, after winning not only the straight line bingo, but the "6 pack" bingo, which he is most proud of! After that, we went to the movies and split up. The boys and Maci went to see The Dark Knight, while Kent, Molly and I went to see Mama Mia! Great movie! Fun! We have had a great week! The beach and all that goes with it has been a great family tradition for our family! I know some people (Aaron Ivey) hate the salt and sand, but I love it! I love the way when you wipe sunscreen all over you, the sand exfoliates your skin and gets all over. I love the way the salt feels in your hair. I love that when you feel hot, you can just go get in the ocean or the pool to cool off. I love it all!

I am so thankful that even when money is tight, my sweet husband makes it possible for our family to come to the beach and spend one week relaxing and doing things we would normally not take the time to do. Thank you, Honey!
Well, I'm off to the beach! Hope you're having a great day today. I'll be thinking of you...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

updates

Looking back, I realized that I need to make some updates. Continue praying for our friends who are adopting from Haiti. They are more optimistic than they were a few weeks ago, but it is such a tough road. You can keep up with them more by clicking on the Ivey family blog.

The Shingleton Sizzlin' Summer Spectacular was a success. Every single person invited, came! And...more. I checked my guest list and added those who came, we had at least 68 people. I'm so thankful it didn't rain. Thanks Jared and Kyle for the fireworks! The food was great! I can't believe I was worried we wouldn't have enough! It was like an old fashioned pot luck supper! YUM!

Oklahoma was great! I got to spend time with family. It was especially good seeing my grandpa. He is in a nursing home in Mustang, OK. I hadn't seen him in a while. He has alzheimers. He is 92 and doesn't remember me, but he was still so fun. He would tease me like he used to when I was little. He'd offer me a cookie, and then eat it as he was giving it to me. I
love him so much.

We were home for a week and now we are in Perdido Key, Florida! Now I can rest! This is our favorite time of the year! The kids (and Kyle, our other kid) are having fun and Kent and I LOVE to just lay on the beach and not think of anything else! We read books and RELAX! I love it! Jared and Kyle got up at 5 AM to go skim boarding. CRAZY! They are back in bed now of course. Kent and I got up and sat on the balcony and drank coffee and people watched as always! Did I mention, I love it!! The girls sleep in and then they will roll out of bed to join us down on the beach in a few hours!

I hope you are enjoying your family this summer. I am so proud of my kids and so thankful for my husband, who makes this all possible! Let me know what you are doing this summer!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Jonas Brothers!

Okay, I guess I'll let them marry Nick and Joe. Yes, Sherry, I REALLY enjoyed the concert! The Jonas Brothers put on one to the best concerts I think I've ever been to. Maybe it was just the fact that my girls were having SO much fun. I think they really think that God has given them a love for these boys because they are who He has for them..?? They weren't allowed to take their sign in, but during the oncores, I went and got it from security and snuck it in. It was huge and said, "Nashville Girls (heart) some Jonas" They all looked at it several times and pointed to them. They were so excited!
We are having a good time seeing family. We went to Texas yesterday and spent time with my brother's family. Today I'm going to see my grandma. Starting to get a little homesick. We will be home Sunday night.
See you all soon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Jonas Brothers Tonight!!

The girls and I are in Oklahoma. We drove here on Sunday and are staying with my parents. Yesterday, we went and picked up Kent's mom and went out to see our niece's (Carolyn's) new store! Oh my gosh! If I were wealthy, Story would have a bunch of new clothes!! The store is called Funky Monkey. It has children's clothing as well as a small area for moms. (i.e. Tag jeans $150.00). They had a onesie with a tutu sewn on that said, "I only date rockstars". TOO CUTE! I think it was like $69 though. Sorry Jamie. Anyway, after that we met my sister-in-law, my nephew's wife (Rachel) and their new baby, for lunch! FUN! Then we went to see their new home. We headed back to Mom and Dad's to get ready for my nephew, Jordy's, 21st birthday dinner at Charleston's (YUM). He enjoyed using that I.D. (hehe). We met my brother and his wife and both nephews. It was fun.

NOW THE REASON WE ARE REALLY HERE...

The Jonas Brothers concert is tonight!! Some say we came to Oklahoma and the JoBros, happened to be here...some say we came to see the JoBros and happened to get to stay with family...I WILL NEVER TELL! The girls are going to get the stuff to make a sign that says
Nashville Girls Love Some Jonas. They have bought new outfits (okay, I did too) and are sure that Joe and Nick will see them and ask them backstage and the marriages will be a few years later! We'll see. Maci is planning on tanning today so that she will look her best! I'll give you updates on my new son-in-laws later.

If you see Kent or Jared, comfort them. I know they are missing us terribly (?)
I would ask you to take food, but I'm sure that Jared is filling up on Blue Coast and forcing Kent to do the same.

Hope you're having a great week. We are visiting Braums too often and enjoying the Oklahoma heat and wind! Let me know what you're up to this week!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Shingleton Sizzlin' Summer Spectacular

For the last 3-4 years, we have not planned a 4th of July party, but we would end up with about 15-20 people at our house. We always felt embarrassed as new people would show up and think we were having a party and hadn't invited them! SO....this year we have let those people know that they are INVITED to come on over! (If you haven't been invited, know that you can show up, just bring food!) We are calling it the SHINGLETON SIZZLIN' SUMMER SPECTACULAR!
If it rains, we are in trouble! Hope you have a great day celebrating our freedom and being thankful for those who have and are fighting for our country. I'm especially praying for my sweet nephew today who is in Iraq fighting for us now. Thanks Josh, I love you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

PRAY!

Please pray for our friends, Aaron and Jamie. They are in the process of adopting 2 children from Haiti. They have gotten to spend lots of time with them and the babies already call them "Mama and Papa". Unfortunately, there have been some problems. Please link to Aaron Ivey's blog from mine for more information and to know how to pray.

Aaron and Jamie, We are praying and believing that God has a future for your family of 6! We are looking forward to their homecoming! We love you.