Monday, January 30, 2012

Goin' Back to Houston, Houston, Houston

I had a great time last week
going back to Houston to see
family, friends, and to teach a university
class for the first time since my surgery last spring!
The VERY first thing we always do is
go to eat TexMex.
Does anyone recognize what restaurant this is?
Then I got a tour of Jenny and Fili's new house.
It is beautiful!
My mom and sister had a brunch
for me with some of my friends.
Good food, laughter and joy!
Can you tell who's missing from the first photo to
the second photo?
One of my oldest friends, Barbie.
She's not old, but we have known each
other since we were 9 years old.
Sister-in-law, Gail
Sister, Kim
Another Mexican Dinner with what I
affectionately term "My Teacher Friends"
We missed you Mary and Cindy.
Anyone know this Mexican Restaurant?
Lunch with precious lady friends,
Denise and Donna
And a wanna be lady--Amber
Family get together.
We took the picture after Stacie, Mike,
Andrew and Nathan left
It was fun to document the fun week.
I often forget to take pictures in the joy
of the moment and this trip was
no exception. I don't have pictures of:

*Seeing church friends on Sunday
*My Visit to the New PISD Staff
Development Center
*Visit with my former secretary Edwina
*My SE Church Life Group

I also had a lunch planned with Lea,
but bad weather and a tornado
prevented us from meeting. Next time!

Super Glad to be Home, but already
looking forward to my next trip!
What JOY to be able to travel again!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Eleven Challenge

I was tagged by Heather from Taste of the Texas Life

The Rules

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
and then create 11 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

11 Fun (or not so fun) Facts:
  1. I am originally from Texas and have found that here in Colorado I see a Texas license plate at least once a day. When I do, I often break out into the song, "Texas, Our Texas".
  2. I am a breast cancer survivor.
  3. I have 4 wonderful children (2 biological and 2 who my biological children chose) who live close to me.
  4. I love to read children's and young adult books.
  5. My favorite food is Tex-Mex.
  6. I do not have a middle name and use my maiden name, Aven, as a middle name.
  7. This is not the first time in my life I have worn a wig. I wore one in high school because it was the rage.
  8. I have a habit of falling down at embarrassing times.
  9. Whale watching is on my bucket list.
  10. Although I love being semi-retired, I sometimes miss my old job.
  11. Although I now live in Colorado, I have absolutely no desire to ski.

Heather's Questions:

1. What is your favorite time of the day?
I love mornings because everything is fresh and new.
2. What food is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. My niece in Hawaii sent us a large package of macadamia nut Hershey's kisses. I am devouring them at an alarming rate.
3. What gets you through the week?
Since I don't work everyday, I don't think about "getting through the week". The weeks just fly by.
4. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I love to read, play games on my IPad and play with my grandsons. I also like what I call "puttering around the house."
5. Do you have a favorite bible verse or quote?
I love Psalm 100 and 104.
6. Who is your favorite celebrity?
I'm not a big celebrity person but I wouldn't mind meeting Tim Tebow. I admire him a lot.
7. What is your Pet Peeve?
People who are unhappy all the time.
8.What big item do you hope to save up for?
Probably an Alaskan cruise.
9. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I wish all people would take the time to know God and to believe that He loves them.
10. What is one thing that you want to learn or learn how to do?
This is a little silly, but my grandson, Caleb, loves Leggos, but needs help putting them together. I always thought I wasn't a builder and wasn't good at following written directions with diagrams. The other day, he was at my house and there was no one else to help him, so I did. I really enjoyed learning to do Leggos and told him I was "hooked" on Leggos. Of course, he wanted to know what hooked meant.
11. Describe your style -Your Home style, and your personal style.
My home style is comfortable antique/collectible/vintage. My personal style is fairly casual.

My Questions:
  1. What is the best book you have read recently?
  2. If money was no object, where would you go on vacation?
  3. What is a memory of a grandparent?
  4. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
  5. What was a book you remember reading as a child?
  6. What is something you remember doing with a sibling?
  7. What is something that frightens you?
  8. Are you a mountain person or a beach person? Why?
  9. What do you look for in a friend?
  10. What helps you to worship your creator?
  11. How do you feel about public speaking?
I have tagged the following people challenging them
to answer on their blogs, but I would love to hear in the
comment section from all of you.

Vanessa at Life in Colorado
Lynn at Lynn's Life
Ashley at House of Hollis

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fine Dining

Thought you might enjoy a view
of the "fine" dining table
after my 3 little grandsons
left my house yesterday.
This green lizard shows up in all kinds
of places. The other day I was relaxing in the
easy chair and looked across the room
thinking I saw a real critter under another
chair in our living room. It was
Green Lizard. I was also cleaning
out a cabinet the other day
and almost jumped out of my skin when
I pulled out a HUGE spider.
I relaxed a little when I discovered
it was plastic.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Book Review--The UNWANTEDS by Lisa McMann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic read! Kirkus reviews says, "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter." I would have to add that it reminds me of Lois Lowry's The Giver. This book will open so many discussions with upper elementary and middle school children. Thank you Jenny Aven for introducing me to author Lisa McMann.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Three Swings and a Ring

The saying goes "Three Swings and a Ring".
It worked in our case.
Married almost 40 years to my best friend!
Photo by Gail Aven

Monday, January 2, 2012

Eat Your Heart Out Woody!

Who says there's nothing to do in
Searcy, Arkansas?
photo by Gail Aven