Sunday, September 29, 2013

30 year High School Reunion

Has it really been 30 years since we graduated from High School?

We advertised on Facebook and invited any classmates that attended Chester County High School with the class of 83' to come celebrate with us. The reunion was held at Miss Ollie's in Jackson, TN. There was a definite 80s theme, and we had a really good turnout- over 70 people.

Stacy, our class president is still taking care of our class, even after 30 years. Stacy did a great job of organizing the reunion. John McCaskill led us in a wonderful prayer to kick off the evening. We then spent many hours reconnecting, eating delicious food and enjoying music that spanned the 80s-today. We paused mid way through the night to honor those classmates who served in the military, and also to remember those classmates in prayer who are no longer with us. Michael Phelps led such a heart-felt prayer, I wish I could recreate his words for my blog.

It was said more than once during the evening, that we grew up with some of the best people in the world and that statement is true. Maybe it's because we are all small town people at heart, or maybe it was special town, but my classmates have lots of heart and soul and I am always honored to spend time with them.   

I should have stopped and taken more pictures, but I was having too much fun! Amber grabbed my phone at one point and snapped these. Hopefully our professional photographer got photos of everyone there.


Henderson weekend

I traveled back to Henderson to meet Amber and celebrate my Dad’s 78th birthday, and also to attend our 30th high school reunion. Lisa and Chadd were also in town to celebrate her 20th high school reunion. It was so great to see her and Chadd. Lisa is growing and glowing with my nephew that's due in November. Please join me in praying for a smooth and healthy delivery for my baby sister. Oh, and she'll be having the baby in an actual maternity ward not a Moo-Ternity Ward.

My Dad is doing well, he has developed some hip issues from arthritis but he swims several times a week and this helps his joints I'm sure. Dad, like his father before him, loves to work in his garden. He has wonderful blackberry bushes, strawberry plants and melons.   

Exploring our new surroundings

This is what I think of when I hear Cocoa Beach!
Bryan's been doing a good job of getting me out of the house on the weekends. We have explored Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach and of course Disney World.

Cocoa Beach

Magic Kingdom
New Smyrna Beach


Jenni's job and a trip to the Opry

I kind of feel like these two little girls are part of my family too. This is Charlee Joy and Delta Faye, the precious little girls that Jenni nannies for. The Hodges (JT and Kasey) have welcomed Jenni in to their extended family and we are so thankful that she has them all in her life.

Here's a adorable picture of CJ at the Opry. Jenni went with Kasey to take the girls to see their Daddy play. What an awesome memory for a little girl!


I love getting pictures from home, but it breaks my heart that I can't be there for all these exciting events.

Anna Belle ran her first 5K.

While she was running, Morgan and Emri got their faces painted. I love these beautiful smiles!


Finally our own place

On August the 30th our apartment was finally ready and we moved in. We now live in the Pure Living Apartment Community. We figured if we are going to live in an apartment, find one we will enjoy. Pure Living is gated, has a nice gym and pool and it's also about 4 blocks from Verizon. Bryan's commute takes 2 minutes, which is nice because he can come home for lunch most days.

Most of our belongings arrived unharmed. Although the Trans-America pyramid didn't fare too well. We've had this in our living room since Josh made it in 7th grade.

We have all the boxes unpacked and it's starting to feel a little more like home.

Now to find some friends...

Florida bound

Time to clean out my drafts folder again and get this blog caught up.

On August 16th, Bryan and I packed up the car and headed to Florida. We checked in to the Hampton Inn in Lake Mary to begin our new life in Florida. Bryan started at the new Verizon Financial Services Operations center on Monday the 19th. Since I work remotely I spent a lot of time sitting on the hotel bed doing conference calls and webex meetings. Sound fun? Hotel life is not as glamorous as some people think.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kindergarten knowledge

Me: What did you learn on your first day of kindergarten?
Emri: The Chicken Dance