Monday, January 31, 2011

Good thing the weekend was good so I can tolerate what the week has in store for us!

Last weekend was one that I'd like to repeat over and over again.  The weather was oh so gorgeous and the days were perfect. 

Saturday we finally got to grab our funky birthday girl, Cara, for our traditional birthday shopping spree. She turned eleven several weeks ago, but life got in the way of our plans until this weekend.  We even took Grandpa along this time.  When we got to the outlet mall, though, we shipped him off to look for new tennis shoes. 

Our first stop was Justice.  I had never heard of the place before, but little Miss Cara advised me that it was the "in" place for her age group.  And so it was.  We found a cute sweater in the aqua blue color you see in the blanket she is curled up with, and a canary yellow tank to go under it.  Did I mention that Cara is funky and colorful?  She loves lots and lots of color!  From Justic we made our way to Aeropostale.  Now that one I was familiar with.  Her older sister, Emily, introduced me to that store on our previous shopping trip.  Although Cara is not quite in the teen sizes, we were able to find her an oh so cool sweatshirt.  Our next stop was Claires, where we found a head band and the hat she has on in the picture.  Somewhere along the line we found a bunch of eye blinding striped, bright yellow, reds, blues, lime greens and every other color I didn't know existed, socks. 

By this point we had hooked back up with Grandpa, who was a failure at finding himself a pair of tennis shoes.  The temperatures had climbed to the high 50's or maybe 60.  We shed our coats and kept going.  A stop at Marshalls on our way out of town resulted in a pair of aqua blue sweat pants.  Call us done!

So now it was time to go out to the traditional birthday dinner.  It was to be Cara's choice of where to go.  Any guesses on where she wanted to go?  Home to Grandma and Grandpas.  Now this is my kind of girl!  So to end the day we grilled burgers and made french fries and watched movies until our eye lids drooped.  Somewhere along the line we even found time to start working on her fleece blanket.

Miss Cara LOVES lots of color!
Sunday was as wonderful as Saturday.  After church we came back home and finished tying off her blanket.  Isn't she cute curled up in it?  It was finally time to give her up.  She fell asleep about the time we headed out of Jeff City.  I guess we wore her out about as much as she wore us out.  To top the weekend off, we spent some time with son, Greg, and his family.  His wife, Alicia, is always fun to visit with.  Tessa's husband and her kids came by to pick up Cara.  The youngest grand, Reagan, kills me when she is around all the other kids.  At 3 1/2 she doesn't let anybody bully her.  I always do a double take as she talks in clear, full, sentences.  It seems like she's been talking since the day she was born.  Almost.

Today is quite a different story.  An ice storm is threatening right now, to be followed by 12 to 18 inches of snow, if the forecast is to be believed.

Our pastor just called to tell me to not come to church today.  The parking lot is a "sheet of ice", and he was waiting for a tow truck to pull him out of a snow bank.  According to him, he'd be somewhere down in the woods if it hadn't been for the snow bank.  Whew.

Now Jim just came in from outside and said "it is slicker than shit".  I told him that was not what Fr. had said.  Jim wanted to know how Fr. spelled "sheet".  Men! 


Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Great weekend at your house.
Stay safe and avoid those outside slick areas. We just had a meeting at work about the up coming storm and what would be expected of us. Guess I will bring food, clothing and hand work.
Stay safe! AND DRAW WATER!!!!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Please be careful!!! They are predicting yet another crazy storm over most of the US! Makes me glad I'm missing all of it this year.

Global warming, Mr. Gore???

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Your granddaughter is a cutie! Sounds like you all had a wonderful day. I can't believe how the weather is going to change from a decent weekend to a possible blizzard! Stay warm and safe.

Vicki Lane said...

It was, indeed, a lovely weekend! The clothes for Cara sound terrific.(I'm a fan of bright colors too.)

AliceKay said...

It sounds like you had a nice weekend with Cara and other members of your family. Nice pic of the young lady. :)

We had Ryan and Karen here sledding down the little hill in our back yard yesterday afternoon, but that blog has to wait. We were without power from a little before 10:00 last night until a little after 7:00 this morning. It was in the 40s in this trailer and I was freezing. Had little sleep. When the power finally did go on, we didn't have any water. Will post about it when I have some time. We're supposed to get around 10 inches of snow starting tonight and then a quarter to a half inch of ice on top of that on Wednesday. Oh, by the was 0 or below outside here last night, too. It was only 1 above at 8AM. Makes for working on outside water pumps all the more fun.

Stay safe out there. Watch out for that slick sheet stuff. :p

~Tonia said...

I have a colorful kid!!They are unique!
Cara is a cutie and love the blanket.
We enjoyed the nice weather all weekend and this is like a slap in the face. but we are now prepared for the most part..

Intense Guy said...

Happy Birthday Cara!

Cara is really growing up in a hurry (as is Reagan!)

Poor Grandpop... Its gotten hard to find an old fashioned pair of "tennies". :)

I think I know some others that know how to say (and spell) sheet!

I hope you didn't get all that crazy amount of snow that they forecast - ice is probably worse though.

Toriz said...

*Chuckles at that last part*

Well, at least you had a great - though exhausting - weekend! :)

junyah said...

You so enjoy those kids.One can tell from your writings.As i said before, your lucky to have such a great Family.That strom your getting is going to hit here in two parts, the first is just started here.Snow today light maybe 4/6 inches and then tomorrow we get the heavy stuff, when its all said and done maybe two more feet total.I better go get a little gas for the blower. Have fun with those kids .Y.O.P. Junyah

Rita said...

Wow! You got that glorious weekend in and were home before the storm. Perfect timing. The weather sounds horrible down there. I mean, we're supposed to be freezing and have snow up here--but geez! Stay warm and safe!

Loved the blanket and the happy picture!! :)