Monday, April 26, 2010


My heart is grieving for Mexico.

At least seven people were kidnapped from the Holiday Inn in Monterrey by 30-50 gunmen last week. The Holiday Inn is just down the street from our Hotel Ancira.

That's it. Over. The plug has been pulled.

I don't get it.

But God gets it.

It's not up to me. He'll finish the work He started. Just not with my feeble attempt at construction work.

My heart breaks for Ladi and Lorena.
For Sergio and Eunice. Felipe, Ramiro, Ote, Johnny...and all the other wonderful hermanos y hermanas we have grown to love.

May God give them the peace that passes understanding.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Me and My Bright Ideas

I'll be the first to admit that not all my ideas are good ones. My evening with the grandkids looked nothing like what I had envisioned. Here's how it went down.

Jacob: Nana, can we go to War-mart and buy a toy?
Me: Not right now. (playful lilt in my voice) We're going to the movie theater to watch Oceans!
Jacob: Aaafter the movie?
Me: We'll see.

Cell phone rings.
Janell: We're running a little late.
Me: Huh? That was tonight? I thought you said tomorrow night! (stupid Facebook)

*A Drillers' game in the new stadium with one of my best friends--from out of town--maybe next time.* *sigh*

Movie tickets $20 + concessions $25 = $45

Before the movie even starts:
Jacob: How long is the movie?
Me: I think about an hour and a half.
Jacob: Awwww. I really wanna go to War-Mart.

Opening scene of Oceans shows a young boy with longish hair looking out at the ocean. Jacob thinks it's a girl. Pierce Brosnan begins the narration. Camera takes us INTO the ocean for an upclose look at the amazing sea-life that exists. Not much different than Jacob's favorite dvds "The Blue Planet" that he can watch for hours at my house.

Jacob: Where's the girl?
Me: It was a boy.
Jacob: Is this just gonna be talking?
Me: It's about life in the ocean.
Me: It's not ABOUT the girl, I mean the boy.
Jacob: Arms extended and whine in his voice....I just want to know--where is the girl?!?!?

Lauren: I need to go pee pee.
Me: Come on, Jacob, we're taking Sissy to pee pee.
We all go pee pee.

Back in our seats.
Jacob: (whining) When. Is. This. Gonna. Be. O-VER?
Me: In about an hour.
Jacob: Can we still go to War-Mart?
Me: Just watch the movie.

Jacob: (still whining) Is it almost over?
Me: Yes, it's almost over. (not really)
Lauren: I need to go pee pee again.

To the relief of everyone else in the theater...we don't return.

Jacob: Are we going to War-Mart, now?
Me: No, I don't have any money left. I spent it all on our snacks.
Jacob: Oh, man! I wish we never bought food and drinks so we could buy a toy at War-mart!
Me: Well, next time we'll know better, won't we?

By the way, Oceans subtly (or maybe it wasn't so subtle...I was somewhat distracted) promotes the Theory of Evolution. Just so ya know.

Me: You guys get to sleep in the big bed in the guest room!
Lauren: No, Nana. I wanna sleep in you bed...cause its moh comftable.
Jacob: Me, too, Nana.
I was afraid of that.

Lauren: Nana! You got a jammie dress? It's soooo cute.

In bed.
Lauren: Wheyoh's my pillow?
I switch her pillow with Jacob's.

Lauren: Nana, you fogot my milk.
I go to heat up her milk in her special cup. But as fate would have it, the milk has soured.
Me: How 'bout your chocolate milk from the movie?
Lauren: Okay.

Lauren: Wheyoh's my baby?
Me: I'll go get her.

Lauren: got my blankie?
Uh oh.

1:20 a.m.
I gingerly crawl out from under the covers and tiptoe to the guest room bed.

2:00 a.m.
Nana!! Nana!! Where are you???
Crawl back under the covers between my two precious munchkins. All is right with the world again.

The morning after:
Well, somebody got a good night's rest!

And some of us are dragging a little.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Latest Bargain

Don't you just love a bargain?

That's right.

Rainy weekend? Bring it on!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring--How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways:

1. A warm house!
2. Daylight Savings Time.
3. My Flip-Flops.
4. The smell of fresh mown grass.
5. Not caring if I find a close parking space at Walmart.
6. The low energy bill.
7. The loaded Phlox.

8. The weeds that are too pretty to pull.

9. The Redbud that refuses to die, no matter how hard we try.

10. The first Iris. If someone mows these beauties down this year, heads will roll.

You've been warned.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Baseball Weather

My son is coaching instead of my husband. (new)

Gimme five, buddy.

Hey guys, get off the fence. (old)

Wad of chaw in cheek. (old)

Seeing my husband's number on my grandson's jersey. (new) and by the way...Awwwwww!

Bleachers are cold and hard. (old)

Sharing said bleachers with the Pritchard's and the Tarr's. (old) and fun!

I'm cheering for my grandson, instead of my son. (new)

Choosing a bat... Please Dad, not the pink one!

Lining it up.


Outfield? Blevins' don't play outfield! (new)

Wait for it...wait for it...wait...

What'd I tell ya? Way to conserve energy, Jacob.

Oops, missed it.

I mean, that ball has eyes...right?

Jacob (hidden) finally picks up the ball. High fives all around!

Excited to see the progress these little guys make in the next 12 years. Woo Hoo! It's Baseball Weather!!!!