Monday, May 21, 2012

Mother's Day, Plants, and Owen's Birthday...Oh My!!!

The past week and a half have been CRAZY full and fun!

Saturday, May 12th, I headed to NB to spend the night for Mother's day. My Sister, Mom, and I spent the day together. We shopped, ate yummy food, and went to see The Avengers! It was sooooo good! It was even better than I had anticipated. :) We went to church on Sunday, then my Sister and I made lunch and dessert for my Mom and Dad. My sister did most of the cooking. We had her famous chicken Alfredo. It was delicious! I made a strawberry cake by Mom's request. We ate on the back porch since it was so pretty outside. Mom also opened presents. Nick & I got her a Bible charm and spacer for her Pandora bracelet. My sister got her a charm as well. And Mom and Dad got a new grill! It was super nice and we were able to use it to grill the chicken.  After spending the afternoon with my family, I headed back to Pittsburg.  I ran home, put Satchel in his kennel, jumped in the truck with Nick, and we headed to Highland to meet up with Joe & Melanie to fish a bit.  After about an hour of fishing, Alan, Tovah, & Owen showed up.  They fished with us for about 10 minutes, then we headed to Mt Pleasant to eat dinner at El Chico.  It was yummy, and Melanie got to open her present.  We all went in together to get her a Kendall Wright Tennessee Titans jersey.  She was so excited and surprised.  I can't wait for them to actually ship it to her.  We were only able to do a print out and wrap that.  She's excited just the same though. :)  We had a good time visiting, then Nick and I went home.  OH, and while I was in NB, Nick completely got the rest of the flower beds cleaned out!  I was so impressed with him.

What the yard looked like after Nick pulled up EVERYTHING!  So proud of him!
On Monday, May 14th, the bank had a sponsor night for League of Dreams.  Many employees from the bank were able to all get together and cheer for some of these awesome kids.  I was given the task of creating baseball trading cards for each of the kids, and they were ecstatic to receive baseball cards with their picture and name on it.  I so enjoy getting to participate weekly in League of Dreams.  Those kids are so awesome!

Some of our awesome bankers who attended and helped out at the game.
On Tuesday, May 15th, Nick & I had a mini date night to go see The Avengers.  I had obviously already seen it, but Nick hadn't.  I think it was even better the second time!  It was like we were in college again.  We made a dinner out of food from the concession stand, and laughed like crazy as the Hulk pitched Loki around like a rag doll. :)

Wednesday, May 16th, I was fortunate enough to get to volunteer as a teacher for JA-in-a-Day.  I had some of the sweetest kids to teach about government, finances, and how a community works.  We even made paper donuts.  I gave them all real donuts as a treat for doing so well the entire day.  It was such a blessing to work with them, but I do know that I am not called to be a teacher.  I'll stick with marketing. :)

The lovely ladies I work with at the bank that also volunteered to teach.
My sweet kids working on "How the Quarter Travels" worksheet.
They were all soooo good!
And FUN!
My great teacher!
Friday, May 18th, a few guys at the bank fixes some AMAZING food for an employee appreciation lunch.  There was grilled chicken, ribs, sausage, steak, baked potatoes, fried okra, pies, rolls and so much more!  I was sufficiently stuffed after lunch.  They definitely know how to cook and make the employees feel appreciated.

That evening, Nick came home with A LOT of plants to put in our backyard.  Encore Azaleas, lariope, boxwoods, yaupon holly, Japanese maple, hydrangeas, Indian hawthorne, hostas, lantana, and more I'm sure.  We've been working hard Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday to get all of the plants in the ground.  Sunday, Nick started working on the irrigation for the beds.  They'll all look awesome once we're done.  I'm not going to post any pictures of the after until we're fully done.  But, I will put a before picture.

This is the best "before" picture I currently have.  I think Nick took some on his camera.
Saturday, May 19th, was our nephew's very 1st birthday party.  Little Owen partied hard and ate his very first cupcake.  He was so happy to have sugar!  :)  Nick & I got him the cutest swim trunks, swim shirt, and straw hat.  I hope he'll wear the hat because he was so darn cute in it!  He's never worn hats before, so I don't know if he'll actually leave it on.  I guess we'll see.  He had a fish themed birthday complete with fish hanging from the ceiling and a pail full of goldfish crackers.  I think he really enjoyed his celebration.

The little outfit we got him. 
"Don't I look dashing Aunt Dede?"
"I don't think I need this on anymore." :)
After the party, Nick & I headed back to Pittsburg to pick up Satchel and head to New Boston.  A lot of my family from Mississippi were in, and we wanted to get to visit with them.  We spent the night there and had a great time!  I know I'm biased, but I have the CUTEST cousins in the world.  Charly (who will be three in just a few months) now knows the Pledge of Allegiance.  It was adorable to listen to.  She sounds like a Care Bear when she speaks.  LOVE IT!  We're going down to Mississippi at the end of June, and I'm excited to get to spend more time with all of them.

Sunday, May 20th, we ate lunch with my sister and Mom, then headed back to Pittsburg.  We planted and worked on the front yard, then we had Joe & Melanie over for dinner.  They brought Tex back (who had spent the night with them while we were in NB).

Life is not slowing down (but I wouldn't have it any other way).  I have a retirement party to plan for an employee of the bank, a wedding to attend that I'm a bridesmaid in, a good friend's birthday all this week/weekend.  Thank goodness I get Monday off!

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