Monday, May 31, 2010


I am so far behind in blogging. It has been a crazy few weeks. A couple of weeks ago we were in Seattle. James had work there so I tagged along. We flew out there on a Monday and James worked Tuesday and Wednesday. James was suppose to be off on Thursday so we could hang out. It didn't really work out that way. He worked some and we toured the city a little. We flew home on Friday.

While James was working I enjoyed some down time. I had some work to catch up on. I had a couple of sessions to edit and orders to place. I worked a little at a time and enjoyed the city a lot. I had a great time in the city. We stayed downtown where there was great shopping. I love big cities where there are tons of people walking around.

We enjoyed fresh fruit from the market and some amazing restaurants. I have a photographer friend that lives in Seattle. She recommended all the restaurants we ate at and they were all amazing. We basically ate every chance we got. If you ever need food recommendations for Seattle just let me know.

The weather was wonderful while we were in Seattle. It was rainy on Monday when we arrived. The rest of the week was gorgeous. The sun was out everyday and it would get up into the 60's. At night it was cold and wonderful. I got to wear jackets and scarves and I loved it!

We went to Seattle a few years a go for our anniversary so we had done most of the tourist things. We decided in our few hours of spare time to head to the aquarium. It was okay. It was nice to do something together, but the aquarium wasn't the best.

Our next stop was the Space Needle. We didn't go last time we were there so it was on the list this time. It was fun! It was a clear day and you could see forever.

It was hard getting a picture of us at the Space Needle. The shadows were bad, but we found a solution. The reflection was perfect on the glass of the Space Needle so we turned around and took a picture of the glass. It turned out to be a really cool picture.

Seattle is a great town. I highly suggest taking a visit to Seattle if you have never been. Make sure you catch a baseball game while you are there. The stadium is beautiful. We didn't get to see a Mariners game this time. As luck would have it they were out of town all week. I have seen two games there so I wasn't totally heart broken.

For the most part I had a nice relaxing time in Seattle. I don't think the same was true for James. Maybe the next trip will be relaxing for both of us.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Damon & Jennifer Plus Baby

This is Uncle Damon and Aunt Jennifer. Don't ask about the family tree because it is a long story and most people don't understand anyways. They are expecting their first child in July. I am so excited for them. They are going to be fabulous parents!!!

Damon and Jennifer picked the name Easton. Not that they need my approval, but I love it. I love that it is a "baseball" name.

Over the weekend we did a few pictures. Jennifer looks great! She is all belly and it is the cutest belly ever. I hope I look that good when I am pregnant. I just love the pictures we got. Now I am just waiting for Easton's arrival.

I love this last picture lots. Something about the Perrin boys and the way they love on their wives. I have this same picture of James loving on me from a few years ago. It makes my heart melt.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gardner Sisters

Last week I meet up with these three beautiful girls. Their mom told them they were having their pictures taken for Mother's Day! Love it. These three are hilarious and made me laugh the entire time. I had a great time walking around Greune with them.

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mother's out there. Hope you had a fabulous day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Love Affair Scholarship

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Bad Day

I count my blessings for not really having too many bad days in my life. I am blessed to have so many good days. Today was not one of those!

Part of the reason we made a quick trip to Lubbock for the weekend was to see Grandma because today she moved into an Alzheimer's care facility. Last week it became clear to Grandpa and my family that Grandpa could no longer take care of her. Grandma would become so agitated about a situation and there was nothing you could do to calm her down.

Unfortunately, she is not a very nice Alzheimer's patient. She can be mean and mad. I can only imagine what my Grandpa has been through the last few years. She is mostly mean to Grandpa and my Mom. They have both been so patient with her and will do about anything to make her happy. Grandpa and Mom are saints!

We have moved Grandma to a very nice facility that only cares for Alzheimer's patients. I know she will be taken care of there, but it is still so hard. I can't imagine going back to Lubbock and not seeing her in her home. This will become her new home with time.

I know Grandma will hate this place probably for awhile, but this is the best for her. We cannot jeopardize Grandpa's health for Grandma's. I would not be surprised if she is mad at Grandpa and Mom for a couple of weeks. She likes to hold grudges these days. I just pray that she is nice to both of them. They really had no other choice.

I can't imagine how difficult this must be on Grandpa. My grandparents celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last month. After 63 years together they will be spending their nights apart. It breaks my heart.

Please pray for my family during this difficult time. Pray that Grandma adjust well and quickly to her new environment. Pray that she does not hold a grudge against Grandpa and Mom for making this decision.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma

Today is my Grandma's 80th birthday. We spent the weekend in Lubbock to celebrate her birthday with her. James and I really enjoyed our time with Grandma.

Grandma has been like a second mom to me. Grandma picked me up from school almost everyday, unless she was out of town. When I was still in daycare, she would pick me up early on Fridays and take me to McDonald's for lunch. I stayed with her every summer until I was old enough to stay by myself. During the summer she would take me to the pool every afternoon after "Days of Our Lives" was over and then pick me up 2 hours later. She was my chauffeur until I could drive myself.

She fixed dinner for my entire family every night until a few years ago. I ate dinner at her house almost every night of my life until I married James and moved to Corpus. After James graduated from Law School Grandma told him she expected him to be at dinner every night while he was studying for the bar. She has always taken care of everyone!

I hardly ever got in trouble with Grandma, because I was nearly perfect growing up, but when I did she thumped me on my head with a thimble. I got in trouble at school for talking often. In first grade I was sent to the hall for talking. Of course Grandma walked into the school and found me sitting in the hall. She wasn't very happy with me. I had forgotten my library book at her house and she knew it was library day so she brought it to me. I got in trouble that day.

Grandma went to so many basketball games, volleyball games and choir concerts. My senior year of high school I decided her poached eggs were my good luck charm for a good game. Grandma of course made me eggs before every game that year. She made me tons of clothes growing up. Some I didn't like and there are some I wish I could still fit in. She made the bridesmaid dresses for our wedding. She made the quilt we sleep under every night and many more.

The woman is truly a blessing to our family. We are an extremely close family because of her. I am so lucky to have her as a grandmother. I will never be able to remember and thank her for all the things she has done for me in my life. She has played a part in the girl that I have become ( I said girl because I still feel young.)

Happy 80th Birthday to the best Grandma in the entire world.