Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mater Magic!

You may remember, last year I didn't have much success with my tomato plants - three plants, lots of little yellow flowers, and not a single tomato! I decided to try one more time, and planted one tomato plant this year - in a pot this time. Well, ever since I planted it I've been watching and watching, and it seemed like it was going to be a repeat of last year. I finally gave up and continued watering it but never really looking closely in hopes of finding tomatos.

Then, about two weeks ago, I looked over at the tomato plant as I was unlocking the back door, and this is what I saw:

Was that a tomato? I immediately looked closer, and sure 'nuf - I'm growing a tomato! I actually found four others that were even bigger. Five tomatos! I was so excited!
Since then, the tomato plant is doing GREAT! I'm up to eight tomatos. The biggest one is about the size of a ping-pong ball, and the others aren't far behind. There's even one more teeny tiny one, which tells me maybe my plant isn't finished producing tomatos.

Now, if I could just speed up time, because I am SO ready to see them grow big and red, and cut them up for a scrumpteous BLT or yummy salad. Did I mention I love tomatos?!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Party at the Holmes' House!

Last night some friends and I decided to play hooky from church and have a pool party instead (I know, shame on us!). Since I'm taking care of her pool and animals while she ran off with a band to San Diego (hee hee), Genny said I could have some people over to enjoy her pool. Let me tell you, it was nice! Once the sun went down it wasn't too hot; the water felt great; the hotdogs on the grill were yummy; and we all had a lot of fun just fellowshipping together. Dia and Egbert brought their two little ones, Solana and C-Mac, and they were the life of the party. Amy and Norman got into a dunking match, which caused quite a bit of laughter. And the dive/flip/cannonball contest was quite humorous. I didn't join in, since my attempt at a flip the day before resulted in a rather painful back-flop. Oww!

Solana was a little fish, swimming the night away!
Silly with Norman
Climbing on Mommy
Playing with Amy

Egbert calls this face "whiny Solana"Mr. C-Mac enjoying a snack
Taking a walk with Daddy
And swimming with Barb - he looks very serious here!
Solana shared a carrot with Bubbles

self-portrait attempt: don't you love her cherry-stained face? Josh lounging while playing on his phone
Uh-oh, Amy, I think you're trapped!

Thanks so much, Genny, for letting me host a party at your pool! It was a lot of fun!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fourth of July Weekend Roadtrip through Texas

This weekend, I had the chance to take an Independence Day roadtrip through Texas with some of my good friends - Amy, Amanda, and Taryn. We headed out Friday morning, ready to tube the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels. Let me tell you, that water was COLD!!! It was a lot of fun, and we ended up tubing for about 5 hours before the slow current finally carried us to our exit point. We were all ready to be dry by that point, but had a blast. There are unfortunately no pictures from the tubing experience, because Amy forgot to put the battery in the waterproof digital camera that Norman loaned us. Oops! We had a good laugh about it, and it's actually probably a good thing that there are no bathing suit pics. :) After tubing the river we headed for dinner in Gruene at the Gristmill. The food was really good, but the atmosphere was even better - such a cool restaurant!
(Looking a little rough after 5 hours on the river.)
On Saturday (Happy Fourth of July!) we got up and headed for the outlets in San Marcos for a little shopping. I mean, when four women pass an outlet mall, a stop is all but guaranteed. :) After shopping the morning away, we headed down to San Antonio and hit the riverwalk for the afternoon. Oh my word, it was HOT!!! I actually think I got overheated at one point, it was so hot. But we wandered around the riverwalk, headed down to the Market Square where they were having a 4th of July festival, and had Mexican food on the riverwalk for dinner.
(my travel companions - Amanda, Taryn, Amy) (cool Spanish church in San Antonio)
After freshening up from the sweltering heat, we took off to Lackland Air Force Base to watch their fireworks display with all the men in uniform. Both shows were good! :) Actually, the story behind our choice of Lackland AFB for fireworks is funny - I had found out about 2 different options for fireworks, one in a park in San Antonio, and then the one at Lackland; when we were watching Top Gun on Thursday night downtown, during the volleyball scene, Amy leaned over and said "I vote for watching fireworks at the Air Force base." We all quickly concurred!

(my patriotic feet!) (we drove by the Alamo - the closest we got all weekend!)

On Sunday, we decided to stop in Austin on our way home for a visit to the Capital. I had never been there before. We of course were very touristy, taking pics inside the dome. At one point, I climbed to the highest point that visitors allowed, on the third ring; Taryn climbed to the second level, and Amy climbed to the first. Amanda stayed on the bottom and took our picture -cool!

(our group on the steps of the Capital) (top to botto: me, Taryn, Amy)(Another tourist suggested this pic - cool idea!)

And of course, I couldn't have a vacation without some rain, right? At least it was only on the drive home, and it didn't last too long. Though come to think of it, we might have welcomed that rain while we were sweltering at the riverwalk. :) Overall, it was a fabulous weekend with great friends, lots of Texas history, tourism, and celebrating our nation's birthday!

Stars Under the Stars - Top Gun

On Thursday night, the final Stars Under the Stars movie of 2009 was "Top Gun". My friends were quite shocked that I made it to the ripe old age of 32 without ever seeing "Top Gun" - can you imagine?! Well, I've seen it now! We headed downtown for dinner at my favorite saloon, Billy Miner's (actually, probably the only saloon I've ever frequent) and then the show. The weather was quite hot, but thankfully cooled down some once the sun went down. The movie was good, and really cool to see on a big screen. And the company, some of my dearest friends in Fort Worth, was wonderful. Too bad they only do Stars Under the Stars until the beginning of July, because it's lots of fun. But it would probably be way too hot in July and August.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

God Bless America

This weekend we celebrate what is probably my favorite holiday aside from Christmas - Independence Day! Now, I know as a Christian I should probably say Easter is my favorite - and I do love what Easter represents, obviously. The freedom that the United States celebrates on the 4th of July is nothing compared to the freedom that believers experience by sharing in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But, I must admit, the 4th of July is my favorite. I love all the summertime traditions that go along with it, from swimming in the hot summer sun, to barbeques, to small-town parades, to extravagant fireworks displays in the nation's Capital. I love to dress up in my red, white, and blue, sing patriotic songs, and wave my little American flag. I just can't help myself - I LOVE THE 4TH OF JULY!

Here's wishing you a fabulous Independence Day weekend, full of fun, food, flags, friends, family, and fireworks!