Friday, February 27, 2009

Dear Granny

Dear Granny,
I know you are looking down on me from heaven right now, but I miss you so much. Life is so precious and it just goes by so fast. I hope that you always knew how much I loved you and how special you were to me. Over the past few days I have been trying to recall every memory I can of you because I never want to forget! Until I see you again someday, in heaven, I will cling to all the memories of you that I hold so dear to me in my heart.

Some of my very first memories of my life are with you, Granny. I remember that I could do no wrong when I was at Granny’s house, and I could eat as much ice cream as I wanted. I think I gained at least 5 pounds each summer. I remember the house always smelled like fresh baked bread, and you didn’t care if I ate the entire loaf. I remember shopping trips to Wal-Mart to buy junk, watching I love Lucy reruns and laughing until we cried. I remember family reunions in Oklahoma and in Mason. That was the highlight of my summers for so many years. I remember going to school with you and helping the kids read. You had such compassion for those children that you taught, and I admire you so much for that.

Unfortunately, through high school, my life got busier and I had more summer obligations, and it made it more difficult to get down to New Braunfels, but I know that you always understood. You and Granddad always traveled to Fort Worth for my dance recitals, and that meant so much to me…I don’t think you ever missed one. I remember when you came for my high school graduation and also all the way to Lubbock for my graduation from Texas Tech. I sure am glad you were there! While I was in college, I loved to check the mail! And, I especially loved it when I got letters from you. It always had a little “coke” money in it, as you liked to call it, and that always made me feel extra special and loved. Thanks for all the advice you gave me through the years about finding a husband. You always said that God had a special person just for me…and you were right! And…you were there for our wedding! I think that meant more to me than you could ever know. You looked stunning! This memory I will cherish forever!!!

One thing I know for sure is that God really gave me extra blessing when he picked you to be my Granny. I wish you could have stayed longer. I wish I could still hug you and tell you how much I love you…and I wish that you could be here to meet my children someday…but, I am at peace with this. I am at peace knowing that you are with the Lord, whom you loved so much. I am also at peace knowing that you have no more suffering! So, today we are celebrating your life! You were so many things to so many people, but I was lucky enough to call you Granny!

I love you and I miss you!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cheap Entertainment


Watch this video of Daisy! We are very easily amused here at the Pemberton House. For the last hour, we have been playing with Mark's laser pointer and our dog. Poor girl! I have no idea what she must think the laser is...but she gets really upset at it if it goes in her house, goes on her toys, or goes under the couch. Oh, how I love Sunday afternoon fun time after a great church service and a great meal at my new fav in Tacoma. It was the Old Spaghetti Factory. I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Valentines Day 2009!

This past weekend was really great! It was filled with my favorite things! I am totally OK with celebrating a "hallmark" holiday...because after all, it is something fun to celebrate. Mark started a tradition in 2007 that the day before Valentine's Day is Lulubelle day. (which=my day!)...He is so sweet! So, on Friday I got an adorable and delicious cookie bouquet delivered to my office (favorite thing 1). Friday night, Mark surprised me with a diamond necklace (diamonds-favorite 2) and a delicious meal in downtown Tacoma at Pacific Grill.

Saturday morning, we woke up early and headed down to Portland, OR for my dance kids dance competition. We stopped at Chili's in OR for lunch (favorite thing 3). This is the closest Chili's to us (97 miles away)! After Chili's, Mark headed to Starbucks to read...because, let's face it...the boy doesn't want to watch dance all day! I went to the dance competition and watched my kids that I have been teaching since September. They did great! My jazz kids won their category and my tappers won 8th overall! I am so proud of all of them! Saturday night, we found an On the Border to eat dinner at (Favorite thing 4). It was amazing!!!!! So, all in all...I'm sure you can tell it was an amazing food day! Is it bad that my trips revolve around what food I am going to eat along the way and when I get there? This could be why I am somewhat fluffy! I'm working on that.

Sunday was more dance and then driving back to WA. I'm sure you all want to know what Daisy did this weekend. Well, she went to Auntie Sara's house and played with Murphy. Sara said she was really good and really playful. Not surprising of course! :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Table Manners

When we adopted our little fur child, Daisy...we made a rule: "No people food!" Well, that rule was adhered to for about a year and now all the sudden we have created a beggar dog. Mind you, we only feed her bacon bits and chicken and occasionally I pour bacon grease on her food. This might not be too healthy, but it makes her coat extra shiny. Well, now she thinks that is what we eat for every meal. So, before every meal, she jumps into MY chair and waits for the plates to be delivered...and once I come to take my seat...SHE WON'T BUDGE. I have to physically push her to the back of the chair and I sit on the edge. This has become our new meal time ritual....not good! We have created a spoiled little monster! I'm sure some of you doggie parents can relate.