Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inspiration 06.29.2011

“I have never been a millionaire. But I have enjoyed a great meal, a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend, a hug from a child, a cup of soup, a kiss behind the ear. There are plenty of life’s tiny delights for all of us.”

"The most important things in life aren't things".

 I thank the Lord today for my family and the simplicity of life.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hot Springs, Arkansas / June 24 - 26, 2011

Well here I am again giving an update of our recent travels.  Joel and I decided to head North for cooler temperatures but did not find them.   What I did find was my nephew, Jon, and his wife, Darcy, at a firefighter's convention.   We had planned to meet again, instead of waiting 24 years, to see each other again.   What a weekend we had.  Even though they were busy, Joel and I got to enjoy so much good food, mineral baths, good music, HOG rally and an AWESOME bed and breakfast.  If you are looking for a great "sleeping and eating" accommodations, let me refer you to the Tinkerbelle Wildwood 1884 Bed and Breakfast....   You will not be disappointment.  The innkeepers, David and Rebecca, are so passionate about their B&B and are willing to share the history will everyone.   They have the best breakfast in the world and you will not go hungry.  I could give you the menu of the 3-4 course breakfast, but you will have to trust me that it was AWESOME!!

King David Room.
Sorry you didn't see before it was messed up. 
They had a single rose in the pillows and the bed was covered with rose petals.....awww

Then they had the largest and oldest claw-footed tub in this room. 
You need to experience this place yourself.  Just be careful getting out of the tub.  The "wardrobe" is not very steady...LOL   Rebecca will have to tell you the story.

We spent alot of time in the Historic District and Bath Row and then decided to get a mineral bath at The Arlington.    A must do if you are going to make the trip. 

Overlooking Bath Row from the Parking Garage

Since a HOG rally was also going on that weekend, we saw several thousand motorcyles around town.  Talk about loud.   So a trip to the HARLEY shop was a must for you know who.....and we found Jon taking a break from the convention to check out the shop.   I even enjoyed the store especially when I found out they had a live band on the premises.   They played alot of oldies music....that was for Joel....LOL.   We spent and hour or so listening to music.

Well to finish out the weekend away, we met Jon and Darcy for lunch at Doe's.   It would have been a great meal but Joel and I had just finished a 3 course breakfast at the B&B and were stuffed so we only had tea and water..   Jon and Darcy's meal looked great and seemed to enjoy every bite.   Next time we'll save room for a meal at Doe's. 

24 Year Reunion

On Friday, June 10, 2011, I saw on facebook where my nephew, Jonathan Grannon, was attending a Houston Astro ballgame in Houston, TX.  I thought it strange that he was that close to Wildwood that he didn't call to see me since we've not seen each other for over 24 years.  We have spoken in the last couple of years but no face to face.  On Saturday, June 11, 2011, I received a text from him wanting to know if we could meet up in Beaumont, TX for lunch.  Of course I was elated at the thought of getting to "meet" my nephew and his wife and two girls.   So the planning was on and we decided to meet at Carrabba's in Beaumont for the long awaited reunion.   We left church a little early so we could make the arranged meeting on time.   We arrived at Carrabba's with a 15 minute wait and then my eyes beheld the long awaited reunion of Jonathan, Darcy, Carson and Ella Grannon.  WOW   What a time we had getting to talk and try and catch up on 24 years.  

Christy and Jon
 Carson, Christy and Ella
 Joel, Christy and Jon
 Christy, Jon and Darcy
Ella and Carson
Ella, Jon, Carson and Darcy

After 3-1/2 hours in Carrabba's we parted ways and decided we would not wait 24 years to see each other again.  Darcy slightly informed me that they would be in Hot Springs, ARK the weekend of June 23-26, 2011.   Plans again were being made and text were sent with our plans to be in Hot Springs.

Proud Mom

Well Friday was a great day for my son, Sam.   He graduated from the TDCJ  Training Academy in Huntsville.  He will be starting a career where the possibilities can be endless.   Even though it is a difficult environment, I should know since I have put in over 12 years of service, I feel that he will be very successful in his new endeavors.  What a great opportunity he has been given.  

Sam & Christy
(wind-blown look)