Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blind Date

Forty years ago tonight I went on a blind date (he was eighteen; I was nineteen). Both of us were home from UGA for the summer and one of the neighbors thought we should meet. When he came to pick me up, I peeked out of the upstairs window and was relieved; he was cute!

He had two eight-track tapes in the car (really? just two?) and let me choose. I picked Grand Funk Railroad (their cover of Gimme of the BEST songs ever) over Dionne Warwick (he would have chosen Dionne). 

We headed over the bridge into DC to meet some of his friends...but had no idea where they were. No problem; we were enjoying each other and just settled on a place. Not so fast.  Back then I was not a take-my-purse-with-me-everywhere person.  Yeah, that necessitated a return trip back to my parent's house in Alexandria for my ID.  Despite it all, the date was a success; just last week we celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary!  

our first few weeks together
July 1972

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Which stork?

The first time we asked this question about four years ago we were tickled pink!   The second time around we knew we were in for some double adorable action (and we were right!). 


Now we're wondering which stork will make an appearance at Kate and Jay's house this December.  The plan is to find out next week, so stay tuned...  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Slice of a Morning






Thursday, June 21, 2012


Our Emma; incredible that a 13 month old can be taught to do this!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dance It Out

Sometimes you just need to see the action; here's a short clip from Saturday night:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weekend in Review - Whew!

We were in Augusta for Amos and Anna's wedding (yay!), but more specifically to wrangle Ellie and Emma to free Worth and Ashley for their groomsman/bridesmaid duties. Friday night E.W. and I took the girls to eat at Rhinehart's.  Kate was with us; thank goodness!  Emma enjoyed herself immensely; she always does when there's plenty of action, music and food.  Ellie's imagination and creativity keep her entertained.  No pictures...Mia was a tad busy sitting between the girls!

Saturday morning we loaded up and went to visit my folks; worked out great for the wedding to be so close to them.  

Emma perches on the elephant.

Great granddaddy shows Ellie his classic trick for kids...

...she's amazed!

Ellie makes her banana tree even taller;
Emma looks skeptical.

We had lunch al fresco and then loaded our crew up...time to go back to the Partridge Inn for naps. Some slept (Emma) and some did not (Ellie and the rest of us).  E.W. and Ellie hung out at the pool for a bit and then Kate and I got girls bathed, dressed, and styled.  We somehow managed to get ourselves ready, too.

Emma and Ellie in front of the church

Sweet Emma and E.W.

Daddy almost got a kiss but Emma's too quick!

sweetest sisters

Worth checks out his girls

The church was such that we were able to wait until the last minute to take the girls in to the sanctuary.  We were concerned about how they would last through a ceremony lasting nearly an hour (and ending at the time they usually go to bed) but they were so good. Snacks helped (yogurt melts and Auntie Kate's pregnancy snack stash!).

Ellie was most excited for the party that was to follow the wedding. She has been to quite a few wedding receptions in her three and a half years and loves to dance, so it's right up her alley.  At thirteen months, this was Emma's first but it didn't take her long to realize we were there for dancing and fun.

beautiful bride and her handsome groom

Ellie's ready and Emma's checking out the dance floor.

okay, here I am

Ellie and her mama break it down

woo hoo

I've got it, now.

This morning Kate, E.W. and I met my folks for breakfast.  It's been a long time since I've been with my daddy on Father's Day and I was so glad it worked out today.  What a full, wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yes, we can keep a secret.

So...for background you should refer to my post about the third weekend in April.

I'll wait while you go back and read it.

Finished?  It was a lovely weekend, what with the wedding and all. Still, that post was, by necessity, incomplete.

Here's what I had to wait until now to share:

Friday night, Jay finally managed to steer the conversation around to the trip he and and Kate were planning for their anniversary.

He said they'd decided not to go to Napa since Kate wouldn't be able to drink the wine. Jim "Napa is overrated" and E.W. were clueless. Patsy and I looked at each other and knew what not drinking implied but I was confused.  Jay and Kate had been home the previous weekend for the Tift Green and I'd seen her drinking (or so I thought; she later shared her fake-off techniques such as pouring out a beer and filling the can with water - sneaky girl).

When the dust settled, we were all laughing and hugging and sharing the excitement of a baby to be born in December! Before I could suggest that we call Worth and Ashley, Kate (I told you she was sneaky!) said she'd told them the Friday before because she wanted to tell them face-to-face (they are sneaky, too - never let on that they'd been told something BIG!). That left Jill, who was at work Friday night but came by on Saturday. It was fun being on the I-already-know-the-secret side of the news.

Jay laughs at Jill's initial confusion
when Kate says she's been nauseated.

You're going to be an aunt!

more hugs and sharing of excitement

A few weeks after that, on their anniversary, they had an appointment and a portrait was done.

hangin' out

STILL, we were keeping the secret (TORTURE, I TELL YOU!) until they shared the happy news with extended family and a few close friends.  Then we waited a while longer...

sweetness chillaxin'

...until given permission to post about the incredible news! E.W. and I covet your prayers for our youngest grandchild and for Kate and Jay as their family grows.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

Sunday, June 3, 2012

GACA Hall of Fame

It all started six months ago.  This past weekend, the Bowers crew met in Dalton for the induction ceremony.

Before heading to the conference center for the opening session Friday night we convened for cocktail hour. Who knew it would be so emotional?  Brothers Joe and George put their feelings into words and oh my goodness it was wrenching, but it a good way. There was more, but we'll get to that later.  Saturday was the big day: E.W.'s induction into the GACA Hall of Fame.  I was TOO proud that his years and years of hard work and diligence were being honored.

Here's a snippet of his introduction...

So appreciative to everyone who made the trip to support my incredible's a weekend we'll never forget.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Flashback Friday: Golf Coach

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Tomorrow is a big day for our family; E.W. will be inducted into the GACA Hall of Fame.  Thought it would be good to flash back to some of the good times...  

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