Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stealing Time with the Munchkins....

June 5, 2017

Before I left North Carolina, I shared some hugs and kisses with my littlest girls Rachel and Izzy, at Shiloh and Jason's new house.

While everyone was busy stripping wallpaper and unpacking boxes, I tried to figure out how to steal their Tiffany Chandelier. There was no way to do it with everyone in and out of the house the whole time, so I stole something else. 

I packed Maggie, Micah and Benny in my car and whisked them away to Tupelo with me.

Kudos to whoever invented the drop down DVD players in mini vans. You are a genius! We arrived in Tupelo in time for the kids to spend time with Grandpa Darryl. He popped them popcorn, introduced them to the "Chi Machine", read some stories and put on a movie to watch before going to bed.
Benny loved getting on the Chi Machine and would prefer to lay there and watch TV.
Tuesday June 6th 
Grandpa left at 6:00 in the morning for St. Louis, so it was just the 4 of us.
"Good Morning!"

Maggie decided to eat her breakfast on the balcony.

It was 84 degrees and cloudy at 11:00 in the morning, so we decided to go swimming. Benny insisted on wearing his rain boots to the pool.

They had a great time playing at the pool and on the steps....

Nothing like having the whole place to yourself!

After the pool we cleaned up and drove over to the Library in Amory. It had started to rain and it seemed like a good place to spend the afternoon as they have a wonderful children's library with a puppet stage, toys and so much more for the children to play with.

Wednesday June 7, 
Good Morning Grandma!
Benny decided that the doll's bench was a perfect place for him to read his library book
Micah taught him the ancient art of paper fan fighting.

We decided to spend Tuesday at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo. 

A neat little place in Tupelo for the whole family! Here the kids get photobombed by a Capuchin Monkey.

Micah knows how to call a turkey.. gobble, gobble!

Benny wanted to touch everything. I think I said "Don't stick your finger in the fence" a dozen times. He liked the Fallow deer's spots. 

That duck will bite you Benny, don't stick your finger in there!

We did find some animals that we were able to feed, like this young camel.

All aboard the Buffalo train! 

We rode out to the prairie where we were able to get off and see the bison up close and personal.

And believe it or not, we got to feed the buffalo! 

By "Feed the Buffalo", I mean you get to throw food in their trough.

The kids seemed to really enjoy it! And then we had another surprise!

This Mama Zebra and her 4 day old foal came up to the trough on the other side looking for food.

Zebras are such beautiful animals!

By 1:00 when we finished up at the Buffalo park it was 92 degrees. We decided the best thing to do after lunch was to go to the splash park and cool off!

Micah making friends! He and this young man had a great time "shooting" each other with the water cannon!

Benny really didn't like getting spayed and splashed.

But Maggie was in the thick of things the whole time.

All too soon it was time to go home.

They spent some time at the playground before dinner.

We decided the best way to end the day was to have a picnic on the balcony! It was such a delight to have grandkids at Grandma's house again!

The next day they had to leave to go home but it's okay. I am looking forward to more visits this summer!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Quick Trip to Carolina!

June 4th, 2017

As soon as the Elvis race was over on Saturday I changed clothes and drove to North Carolina to go see Mom, (Darryl's mom, Peggy). She was back in the hospital with heart issues and they couldn't get the fluid off of her. I spent the night with her at the hospital so Cindy Marie could have a little break. Sunday morning I talked her into a couple of selfies with me!

I love this woman more than she will ever know. She has been a mom to me for over 40 years and I have always felt loved by her.

Cody and Alisa came by on Sunday too. They wanted Rachel to see Grandma. Of course, Peggy being the efficient woman she is, had Cindy Marie fix up a goody bag for Rachel and bring it to the hospital. Rachel absolutely loved the little platypus and called it "Peggy". She wanted to give Grandma a kiss to tell her "Thank you." 

I had to leave Sunday evening to go down to Iron Station, but I was so grateful that I was able to have another visit with Mom. She was able to come home from the hospital the following Wednesday.

Getting Fit and Running with the King!

Saturday June 3, 2017

When I got home from China I was in such good physical condition. Physically I hadn't felt better in years, but a total hip replacement, lack of mobility for a while and a typical American diet soon packed the pounds back on and I was feeling pretty "Blah" by the time we got here to Tupelo. Darryl had put on a few pounds too. We decided it was time to get back in shape. We changed our diet, for Darryl cutting out a lot of sugar and junk food. For me, I have been concentrating on a Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to help fix my tummy issues. That is also when we started running and exercising more.

Darryl runs at least 3 times a week. And does lots of push ups and planks each day after work.

4 days a week I do brisk walks, going between 2 - 4 miles at a time,

I do Yoga 3 to 5 times a week...(I love all the instructional videos you can find online)

..and I swim 3 days a week concentrating on working my arms. 

With all this healthy eating and exercise Darryl and I are feeling great. Our weight hasn't changed much, but we feel so much better and have noticeably more energy. 
As I mentioned in my earlier posts, we have run a few 5k runs. On June 3rd, here in Tupelo, we ran in the Annual Elvis Presley Festival 5K, which is affectoinately called,
"Running with the King 5K".

As an homage to Elvis, Darryl grew out his sideburns. I will confess, we had to darken them a little so  you cold see them.
He had me take this picture to show that the Redheads were Running with the King. 😃

This was a very nice course, and you got to run by Elvis' birthplace. I walked the whole course except I did jog a little down a couple of hills. 
Darryl finished 2nd for the men in his age group and won this cool Elvis cut-out Trophy.

When he got his trophy we started to leave and then I heard them call my name. We turned around and they announced that I won 1st in my age group for the woman. I think that there were only two or three women in my age group and the fastest woman my age won the Sr. Grand Masters Trophy. 

Hey, I'll take it! I worked hard and walked as fast as I could and it's nice to receive a reward for all of hard work!

Now, let's all get moving!