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What an incredible view I was able to share with my hubby and youngest! It was our first time at the Grand Canyon and I have to admit I was in awe! Pictures don’t do it justice! “Isn’t That Grand!?” Every nook and cranny was a revolving door of shadow and light. The flow of the clouds danced along the peaks and layers providing photographers multiple chances to catch the perfect shot. “If I may state for the record…There is no way a person can take a bad picture of the Grand Canyon.”
It is important to share with you that you may need to have a designated non-photographer in your group. This way you can move around and not worry about running into others taking the same picture. Small groups of visitors moved around in the same familiar state…Phones and tripods with multiple lenses all focused on the amazing sight. Selfies and groups with an ever changing backdrop scattered along the rocky and uneven edge of the South Rim. There were a few photo enthusiasts who dared to attempt the best phot on the edge. I spoke with them…the title of their picture was “Giving Birth to the World!” I won’t tell you what the pose was…you have already let your mind run with the thought. “You should probably stop before you embarrass me as well as yourself.”
The weather on this beautiful day was chilly-windy-glad-I-had-my-thermal-shirt-and-sweatshirt day. The wind was sustained winds between 25-30 mph with temperatures in the lower to mid 50’s. “BURR!!!”
I had seen documentaries about the Grand Canyon and knew about the clouds flowing over the edge. I have a few others with the varied depth of flow. But, I knew there was a chance of wintry mix and with the cloudy overcast skies moving in we decided to leave this overwhelming and heart fluttering place. I am, as you know, a weather watcher and a prepared mama…just wait!
As we were strolling along the path, toward the car, a wonder sentiment burst in my direction …”War Eagle!” I smiled and replied “War Eagle” and kept moving. My hubby asked how he knew I was an Auburn fan…I just laughed and said “Honey I do have my Auburn strap on my glasses and a perfect shade of orange sweatshirt. We recognize each other!” He simply shook his head. Auburn fans are everywhere!
I have more to share but don’t want to overload you with my unedited pictures. I will do my best to give you a beautiful insight into our vacation! Till then…
Coffee is my _______! Fill it in!
Between the wonderful-bipolar-pollen-coating-bloom-bursting-southern-seasonal-change and track season I can’t breath! The tightness and raspy vocalizing are beginning to irritate me in more ways than one. “Of course my hubby started it with his need for the NyQuil and Daquil regiment!” I love my hubby more than he knows..BUT…I wish he would get better quickly. I’m feeling yucky.
Quit Shaking My Snow Globe! I am trying to be organized and with all of this stuff flying around I am a bit discombobulated. Everything is up in the air…and I am busy trying to grip the proverbial handle on what needs to be done. So let these darting concepts and unsettled chores find a resting place and give me the information so I can finalize my plans. Every time you shake the SNOW GLOBE everything falls in a different place! Quit Shaking My Snow Globe! If you stop…I will be able to organize my thoughts and plans. I have managed to complete most of tasks put before me…BUT!…the tiniest details have still been put-on-the-back-burner. “Not by me but those in charge of the bigger picture.” I, along with a dedicated few, have gone over-and-beyond to bring this project together. The good news is that I am NOT the only one feeling this way and this will be over in a week!
I can overcome…I will just need a lot more COFFEE and a good NAP everyday! Well at least I can have my morning coffee…Ahhh!…right now!
Have a great day!
. Ever have one of those days…NOTHING GOES RIGHT! I have no more words of wisdom and I ran out of straws to break the strongest of camel backs a few months ago. One thing after another! Why did the publishing company stop printing the parenting book called “Tricks of the Trade…How to Successfully Raise a Responsible Teenager!” Perhaps I should write a book and title it…”Sometimes You Just Need To Scream!”
The proverbial carpet has been pulled out from under our feet. Typically parents have the luxury of speaking their mind as the child/teen is forced to listen. The parental words bounce around, like a award winning play on a pinball machine, popping and pinging against the different areas of their brain. BUT…this time the words went flying straight through…in one ear and out the other…not one word was left behind!
I worry about the loss of communication surrounding this series of events. The good news is that the child/teen involved is trying, through humor, to stay connected with the family. “I think the whole concept of borderline adult scares the pants off him!” He is so overwhelmed and cannot make sense of what to do next. His independent spirit, whispering in his ear, resembles the devil complete with pitchfork. He is telling him one thing which is the complete opposite of what we have suggested. “Why is it kids just don’t realize how parents really do know something about making it in the world?” “Did I say that out loud?” I have long been aware of the vicious relationship circle between parents and kids…but now I sound like a parent from a bad 50’s movie.
Now when my husband calls, on his way home from work, and wants to know about my day with the boys…I respond…”I do not want to talk about ______!” I do not need to frustrate either of us. Avoidance is essential to sanity right now. But just below the surface it is waiting….”Sometimes You Just Need To Scream!”
However…other issues have come not play. Stress is causing problems with our health. The underlying pain, ranging from sore muscles to migraines, and stomach aches have begun to plagues us daily. On the flip side…at least my husband and I know the reason for the bickering and have put blame where it belongs.
I apologize for the vagueness but just needed to vent. It really helps! I can see all of you agreeing with everything I say as all of your heads nod up and down. Your sympathetic understanding of my position helps me feel like I am not alone…but if you know what I am going through…I am sorry and can identify with you! Do you want to share a scream? 1-2-3 SCREEAAMM! “Sometimes You Just Need To Scream!”
Well I feel better…so now it is time to get ready for the next thing on my agenda…room decoration!
I am teaching the 4th Grade Class in VBS (Vacation Bible School) next week and this is decoration week. Time to put on my creative hat and see what I can do…I hope the hat still fits!
Thank you for your help today! Have a great day!
I then sliced the strawberries and placed the next layer on top of the cake…
Keeping with the Red…White…and Blue theme the whipped topping was placed on top of the strawberries.
Then the blueberries …
Repeat the layers…
The finished product was a light and refreshing summer dessert! My family loved it! How do I know…because there was no leftovers. Enjoy!
Have a great evening!
Memorial Day is Monday and most people will have a long weekend to remember and celebrate with family and friends. Our little family has always celebrated quietly together on Sunday…”My husband does not usually have the entire weekend off and will be working Monday!” We will venture out, together, and see a movie (Men In Black 3) and then return home for our cookout. The menu has been planned and the food has been bought. Here are a few of my new Memorial Day Recipes!
Hamburgers with the standard lettuce, tomato, and pickle toppers are the main course with Grilled Corn on the Cob and a Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad.
Bacon and Ranch Pasta Salad
Small Shells cooked and cooled
1 small diced onion
10 cooked slices of bacon…crumbled
Ranch Dressing…pour over the above ingredients and mix. I don’t use a lot just enough to flavor!
Dessert this year will be a layered Angel Food Cake with berries!
Layered Patriotic Dessert
Angel Food Cake…cut into bite sized pieces
Starting with the cake begin to layer…
Cake, Blueberries, Strawberries, whipped topping and repeat…
Place the whipped topping on top and sprinkle with decorative toppings or a few berries!
Something new to our menu is a icy drink…I saw this in a store ad and have included the recipe.
(other brands may be used)
I will share a wonderful tip with you…most meat and seafood departments use a wonderful type of ice in their displays. You can take a cooler to them and they will fill it…FREE! I will be doing this today…it is much easier to use in blended ice drinks. “Can you say Mocha Frapps?”
I know this may seem like a average cookout dinner…but there will only be four of us this year. I hope you try one or all of these recipes…if you do…please let me know what you think of these Memorial Day Recipes! For those of you celebrating Memorial Day…Please take a moment to remember those who have fallen while serving and those who are presently serving. Have a great day!