My energy has been a little low for a variety of reasons that include but are not limited to the following: recent family trip back East, subsequent local family visit a few days later, I171-H update paperwork in progress (groans) and work gearing up for Back-to-School. Then there are a few other things that weigh heavy on my mind that I just don't feel like thinking about anymore - but there they are, tormenting me and keeping me awake at night from time to time.
Instead of connecting with Blogger, I've been zoning out with the DVR and catching up with Anthony Bourdain and his travels. Oh how I would love to party with that guy.
Tonight, though...tonight Jzboy is out with the guys & I'm feeling the mood to share some highlights of our trip to the East Coast. It was a great time. I think that it was the most fun that I've ever had visiting Jzboy's family - and it feels pretty darn great to say that.
We took the boys fishing:
We went to the 4H Fair:
Me and Prize having a moment...
This next one is funny because when I asked the kid if I could take a pic of his cows udders - he seriously looked me up and down. Down is nose, that is. And, then he asked "You're not one of those SPIES are you? I heard about them from my brother". When I assured him that I was not and complimented him profusely on how lovely his dairy cow was and thanked him for taking such wonderful care of her - he let me take this picture.
Y'all know that I love cows, right?
I took this one because it looked like a buttercup.
Yes, I thought a lot about buttercup during the trip. I worried that I might dissolve into a puddle of waiting-adoptive-mother tears while spending time with nephews and nieces...mommies and daddies. Nope. Somehow I managed to plunge myself into the Auntie Roll (hey! Sounds like a cool new candy I might invent) that I have begun to LOVE. We took walks, beaded necklaces, talked about buttercup2be, devoured Auntie-Made broccoli in the face of many meaty meals, watched some fun movies...and Jzboy and I taught them all how to play Mille Bornes.
It was grand.
Speaking of grand - we all took a big ol' family picture around Grandpa's Senior Grand National 55'.
Isn't it schweeet?
Finally - a few rations.
The broccoli (there were FOUR cello packs) was for me. Mostly b/c there was precious little green veg to enjoy during our stay beyond the tasty lime jello concoctions on the dinner table. I eat broccoli more than several times a week! So, I indulged. Imagine my surprise (& pride) when everyone devoured all four packages after I steamed/buttered/seasoned it to perfection.
It was served alongside pizza & not a floret remained. Ahhh, be still my heart.
The candy is Jzboys fave - MalloCups. You can't get them past the Mason Dixon Line or Continental Divide or whatever - we can't get them in California!! And, yes, he is hoarding them.
Good to be back.