Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Michael got a new truck! :o)

Michael has been looking for a new car recently.  We planned to buy one at the end of the year or early next year, but the Contour is on her last leg.  Every time we drive the Contour something else breaks or doesn't work correctly.  Michael has been doing a LOT of research on trucks so that he would be well informed if he had to make a decision quickly.  The poor Contour started clunking and shaking horribly last week.  We took this as a sign to start seriously looking NOW.  We paid off my car last month  so we can afford to make another car payment now.  While we were at the river, Michael talked to Chuck and Steven about their trucks.  Chuck mentioned that he has a friend that sells trucks in Humbolt.  Chuck made a phone call and told his friend, Craig, what Michael wanted.  Craig agreed to sell Michael his "dream truck" for invoice price.  We stopped by Humbolt on the way home to look at the truck.  Craig was able to offer us $6000 in instant rebates and give Michael free leather.  It was a deal that we COULDN'T refuse!  So Michael is the owner of a 2008 Chevy Silverado.  I'm sooo happy for him!






River Weekend

Michael and I went to the Tennessee River this past weekend.  Carla and Chuck own a house right off of the river, so we went up to hang out with them.  Stacey, Steven, Taylor, Stephanie, Braden, Jeff, and Gage were there for some fun too.  We spent Sunday playing on the river and enjoying the sunny weather.  It was extremely hot so the water felt great!



Braden and Michael

Stephanie & me

Gage & Braden

Steven

Braden

Gage

Stephanie, Braden, & me riding "Big Midge"

Chuck, Steven, & Michael

"Boyfriends"

Braden & Gage playing in the water

Michael riding "Big Midge"

Michael

Everyone watching from the beach

Michael driving Steven's boat

This snake tried to ruin our fun day

Gage & Jeff

Taylor & Steven riding "Big Midge"

Michael & Carla enjoying the water

Snack Time

Taylor & Steven riding the Jet Ski


Monday it was time to start wrapping everything up.  Carla, Chuck, Braden, Michael, and I went out for an afternoon ride after the sun went down. 

Michael and Braden walking down to the boat dock

Michael and Chuck enjoying the breeze

Braden and Michael loading up the jet ski

Michael and me

Gran and her "baby"

Gran and Braden

Michael and me

Carla

Captain Braden

The men hanging out

The girls

Braden wanted to go fishing on the afternoon ride.  We soon found out that he only liked casting the poles.  He wasn't patient enough to wait for a bite.  He was fun to watch.  One minute he was scared to touch the worms and the next he was excited to stick it on the hook.  We didn't catch anything. 
Gran, Braden, & Pop

Gran helping get the worms out of the bag

Pop helping to bait the hook

Braden fishing

Michael fishing

Carla looked surprised

Once Braden got bored with fishing he decided to jump off of the boat and take a little swin.  He did this MANY times until it was too dark.

1st jump

2nd jump

Jumping without Pop to catch him

Braden's big splash

Braden & Pop

Last splash of the day

We had a great weekend!  It was very relaxing, and we had a lot of fun visiting with everyone.  I can't wait to do it again!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vacation time....sort of

Michael and I haven't been able to take a vacation this summer because of scheduling conflicts.  So we've brought the vacation to us...haha.  Michael's mom and Dennis visited us this past week, and we filled the time with fun activities.  We started of the "vacation" in Sikeston, Mo.  We went to Lambert's restaurant, the home of the thrown rolls.  Aunt Midge and Aunt Dale drove from Memphis to meet us there.  We had over an hour wait in the HOT sun, but it was worth it in the end.  We enjoyed catching rolls and eating the pass-arounds.  Everyone walked out stuffed!

Michael entertained himself with quarters while we waited


All of those quarters have to fall....correct?!?  
They're right on the edge!!!

Even Mom had to fill the time with some fun! :o)

Finally, we got to eat!

Michael made ribs for Mom and Dennis Monday night.  Michael is a GREAT cook! 


I thought that it would be fun to take some pictures of Mom and Dennis.  These are some of my favorites. 








We decided to finish up our "vacation" with a Redbirds' game.  The Redbirds didn't win, but we had fun watching the game.

Dennis with the RedHots

Michael and me

Us in front of the field