Saturday, February 28, 2009

Arkansas Flower and Garden Show

Once a year Little Rock hosts the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. I can't interest anyone in attending with me, but I go anyway and have a great time. I visit with the vendors and other gardeners, buy some unsual plants and generally get excited about spring!

I bought another Japanese Maple, some ferns, Hellebore(Lenten Rose), Hostas, gardening gloves, succulents, a bird feeder and a bird house. I placed some bids on the silent auction for several interesting items. Then left and went shopping for bird seed, potting soil and the necessities of life. While at WalMart I started receiving phone calls about the aution items I had WON! WOW, I WON something!

Well, I won them, but I had to pay for them. I "WON" a weeping Japanese Maple, a bromeliad, and a cute pot full of goodies.

I felt like a kid at Christmas, so much to see and learn and smell; lilies, worms, little goats, fairy gardens, landscapes, iron statues, mulch, yard trash, and more.

It was a really great day, a great way to spend a cold rainy Saturday. When I left, snow had started falling. I came home, Ron had built a fire in the fireplace. I am ready for Spring, but really enjoying the end of Winter!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happy Place Happy Children

All the kids were so happy while on the trip! They were up late, out and about all day, and they were still happy. They all such good travelers!
The smiles make us so happy!

Look, Dodi Look!

Tucker was so excited about the parade! He kept telling me to look, but I kept watching him watch the parade.

Disney Fun

Don't be confused, that is Violet riding with Amanda, Evie was taking a nap, and that is just Veronika dressed as Aurora, and that big green chair that Jackson is sitting in is in Toontown, not our hotel.


Ron can't pass up a radiator shop, we even found one in Toontown.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey with Aurora, Minnie, Buzz Lightyear and friends.


Pixie Hollow

Disney Memories

Friday, February 20, 2009

Home from Disney

We came home Monday evening and went straight to work. At least Ron and I did, I worked for a while then started nodding off at my desk. The rest of the week has been just as busy trying to catch up.
But it is all worth it. I couldn't load my pictures, but I wanted to share some of my favorite memories. The first morning, we had breakfast with Chip and Dale. Evie loved them, she grabbed his nose and tried to bite it. Violet became a shy girl and wouldn't get close to the characters. Veronika got to meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends in Pixie Hollow. Jackson and Tucker wanted to see "It's a Small World" again. Ron and I were pushing them in the stroller, they were singing the song over and over.
Sunday we watched the Pixar Parade. Tucker was on Brad's shoulders, he kept saying "Look Dodi Look!" but I wanted to look at him to see his face so excited. Late Sunday night we watched the fireworks, after a long day, Evie was sound asleep in her stroller, Violet was still going strong.
We all loved seeing "Aladdin" live and PlayHouse Disney.
All those things were great, but what made it special was being with my family.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Disney Update

Wow, we have had a busy couple of days.
The kids arrived Friday morning. We picked them up at the airport, ate breakfast and went straight to Disneyland. The rain started soon after. It rained most of the day, but we still stayed at the park and rode rides.
One of my favorites was "It's a Small World", the ride has been updated and is really cute. Veronika has gotten to visit with all of the princesses. Jackson and Tucker have seen Woody.
It has been so much fun to watch the grandkids have fun. Even the Violet and Evie have watched shows and enjoyed the characters, those babies can just keep on going and still be happy.
This has been such fun even though we are all exhauted.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vacation Delay

The kids were to arrive in Los Angeles tonight. The plane leaving Little Rock was delayed so they would miss the connecting flight in Dallas. So there was a lot of panic, lots of calls, lots of details to reschedule the trip.
Everything worked out and the will fly in Friday morning and still have time for a full day at Disneyland.
All in all this was just a minor situation in the big picture.
I feel so blessed to be able to have this time with our kids and grandkids. Ron has built this business that has allowed us to travel to so many locations on business. And we are able to have some really great experiences along the way.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chip or Dale?

Disney Dairy Day 2

Today we visited the trade show. It was not our usual group of vendors. This was an automation expo along with packaging and several other industries. Like medical technology! I don't know the connection with all these vendors, but it was interesting.
The most interesting booth was a university in China that is testing a self scanning breast monitor/examiner, or looking for industry to test it. I tried to buy it, but they said it was a prototype and in development.
I am very excited that in the future our daughters may be able to self check their breast regularly, with something like a home mammogram. Maybe preventing/detecting breast cancers early.
We met one of our vendors, Sophia, from China, that we buy fittings from. She gave us green tea from her home. I am very excited about that gift.
Ron didn't make me stay all day, we came back to the hotel, he slept, I went for a swim in the heated pool, and soaked in the hot tub. What a nice day! To start the day we enjoyed the breakfast buffet with Chip and Dale, I got a hug from one of them and a kiss to I think?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Disney Diary

After a long flight to Los Angeles, a long drive to Disneyland Grand Californian, we are at Disneyland. The traffic is just like what everyone said it would be, 28 miles took a full hour to drive. But after that drive, you turn into Disneyland and enter a different world.
What a happy place, everyone is so nice! It is a fantasy land! I think that is why we have always liked visiting DisneyWorld.
Everyone is so happy. You can escape from work for a few days and feel like a princess, even if your Prince Charming is your 58 year old husband.
I don't even mind going to the trade show for two days. Ron can walk those exhibits! He will walk for hours examining all the different products. I don't understand why he will walk for miles when he is shopping for work related products. He will not shop for clothes, furniture, anything.
I, on the other hand, can walk those malls and the garden centers!
Speaking of garden centers, this place is so beautiful, the plants are blooming, lantana, hibiscus, it was too dark to see all of it, but such beautiful gardens. And that includes Los Angeles. We haven't even see the blooming gardens of Disneyland yet!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

"Read to Me"

Brad's first sentence was "Read to Me"! He would bring us a pile of books, more than he could carry and expect us to read them all, everynight. And we usually did. Same for Andrea and Amanda.

By the time Brad and Andrea were a little older, I was reading novels to them. (Amanda ran wild around the house then). I loved reading to my kids, and I attribute their intelligence to the reading we did. And I say that because Ron and I did not consider ourselves to be the "best students" while in school. I will say that Ron is actually very intelligent, he just wasn't the best student, but has amazing intelligence.

I love to read. I read before bed, while eating, while watching TV.
Now I have the blessing to get to read to my grandkids.

I take great pleasure in reading the newspaper everyday. I save the "Style" section for last, and save the comics for the last of that section.
Today's "ZITS" was about the mother finding her teenage sons childhood books in a box. She pulls the books out one by one, starts telling him about the books, and gets to "Harold and the Purple Crayon". Mother and son tell the story together, by the last frame, the teenage boy is sitting in his Mom's lap saying "Start from the beginning".

That just brings back so many memories. Parenting has been such a great adventure. I love trips down memory lane. And I love sharing moments with my grandkids that bring back those memories.

I attached the link here, but it may only show the current days comic. Anyway, read to the children in your life, you will both be blessed.