Camp Mimi.....oh my goodness, how precious this time with my loves. With Hay - it's old movies and shopping and food that she loves (which usually means Chipotle). Such a sweet time with her and i am so so glad she loves to come and spend time with us. The funny.....she was trying on clothes at a boutique on the square.....she always comes out and models for me. She comes out in the darling little top - and says to me "Isn't this just so cute Mimi? But what do you think i do with THIS?" and she holds out this huge bunch of material to the side. It's very odd looking.....she says "do you think i tie this?" - just about that time a salesgirl comes by and Hay asks her - "this is so cute, but what do you do with this?" - the girl smiles a funny little smile and tells Hay "well, it's suppose to be a romper" - Hay had both of her legs in ONE leg of the romper.....she thought it was a top =) We laughed so hard. We bought the romper.....and i must say, it looks precious on her!
Then there's Camp Mimi with Avery and Addy. I so love the way they get along.....like best friends. We had a great time....crafts, yummy foods they love to make videos. Late night movies - but this time they had to have "Camp Papa" for a few hours on Monday night.....as i went to Becky's for the final Bachelorette. When i came home, they were all piled on the sofa with Papa, watching scary movies. We painted crosses....and they did so good. We did a little shopping too but both are quite picky. No matter what we do, i always love time with Addy and Avery. They are so precious in our lives.
Finally, Camp Mimi with Hayden....oh my....first through the door and he's looking for his "prize" - i always put a prize on top of his sleeping bag for him to find as he walks in. It's a tradition.....and he knows to look for it. This time it was construction trucks and a book.....he loved it. We watched movies and stayed up late.....then endless hours of a cartoon he had never seen before - something i watched as a child...."Casper the friendly ghost" - i had to BEG him to watch something else...."But Mimi, i LOVE this" - we are moving....sold the couches and love seat - Mimi's usual bed for Camp Mimi when Hayden comes.....i told him we probably would need to sleep in the bedroom that night but he said "oh mimi, i LOVE my "camp" - (that's pillows and blankets all made into a soft little bed for him" - so i pushed two chairs together and we made it work. He's so sweet....as he's falling asleep, he puts his arms around me and holds me tight....what a little love. He sat in the chair with papa too....and put his arm around his neck and held him as they watched tv. Such a sweetie. We had to have his fav....beans and corn on the cob. We did crafts for the first time and he loved it....we decorated a sleep shirt - he LOVES sleep shirts. Just a precious time with our little man. When told he was spending two nights his said "that means i get to spend THREE days!!!"
Love that my grands love to spend time with us. It's a gift for me....for us. We are truly blessed.....sweetest love....sweetest kids.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Leo....that concert - we laughed so hard they almost threw us out....and then America....oh my.....the night before Shawn was born and on the first few rows..... SO pregnant.....so many concerts over the years.....CSN - our fav...the concert in Victoria......Neil Young....Dave Matthews......Sting.....Doobie Brothers.....Creedance.....oh and the night we went to see Shawn Phillips......such a throw back! So many hours listening to that music....Babies conceived to that music.....Always we have loved the SOUND.....coffee house in the car.....your phone tuned to the Neil Young station as we showered.....the CSN on nights of love.....oh and we can't forget the Celtic music....how you love it, and i do too just because you do. Fairport Convention.....Roberta Flack.....America.....CSNY - our beginning.....our LOVE. Did i mention the night you met my daddy and Nelda had to drive. The first kiss at Vanderbilt.....the night i fell totally and madly in love with you. It was that first kiss.....white t-shirt and jeans and YOU.....wonderful beautiful you.....i never doubted one minute that God sent you to me. Just memories sweet michael of mine......so many memories. So much love. You are so precious in my life.
streaking.....7 months pregnant - What were we thinking? locking myself out of our first apartment - saving your parking place. My first "surprise" for you....that pumpkin pie that i covered in a cloth....only to be revealed and you laughed so hard.....the crust as big as Texas......You, hiding your head among the canisters....me in the kitchen not noticing for the longest time.....the turkey that was cooked with the plastic in the middle....you getting up from the table - throwing up - and i think of all the meals you ate....with a smile on your face....probably facing food poisoning! Scaring the hiccups out of you.....oh my gosh, the night in the bus.... remember? We laughed SO hard because we were stuck ....i loved that van. Remember the time i nearly crashed it into the hamburger place? You were placing your order and then i hit the gas....not paying much attention to the clutch....remember the time i just KNEW something had happened.....9 months pregnant with a 10 lb 7 oz baby boy and i ran up the hill for you because you had had a wreck.....oh my gosh, my heart just went into overdrive......The night you met my dad for the first time....and Nelda had to drive....the pineapple i sent home with you from their trip in Hawaii....oh gosh, the night you walked me to the door at Jim Miller and you asked me to marry you? 5 days after we met? I knew....i KNEW Michael Lane Corley......i knew you were the one God made just for me. Remember at breakfast, i was so scared what my parents would think....and at breakfast my momma said "you and Michael are going to get married, aren't you?" - that was GOD........The beautiful places we have seen together.....Banff, finally.....Italy, France, Spain....Oh my goodness, the trips we have made. Such gifts......I have loved you more than you will ever know Michael Lane Corley. I have loved cooking special things just to have you give me that "thumbs up" - I have loved loving you.....i have loved being your "woman child" - i have loved every moment of every day and i pray there will be many more. You are SO precious in my life.....God just gave me the sweetest gift in YOU. When we go to bed at night....and we say "i love you" - it means the word to me Michael....it's so much more than words.....it's a LIFE...shared and loved......you are most precious in my life sweet man......God's gift!
Monday, April 4, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
But first - the day we brought her from Denton - that first time for us to realize she was going home with US! I will never forget - we had her in the back seat of the van we were driving....there was a space right between Michael and me. Now Allie girl is a really skittish dog.....i think those boys did it to her....but she wasn't a jump in your lap kind of dog. But this sweet girl must have realized she had found heaven on earth....she inched her way up between the seats and put her head under our hands and pushed up against our hands....her way of telling us she was happy to be our Allie girl. We brought her home and she and Bogie got along just fine. There are many Allie stories....one picture i can see right now, as if yesterday - she and Bogie, laying flat with legs spread behind them, staring out the window in the game room at Runningbrook....just waiting for Michael to drive in. She was a good dog....never caused much trouble....a few accidents in the house, but other than that, Allie was a GOOD girl. Not the smartest dog.....but she nestled right in to our family and the place in our hearts that held her just grew and grew. She had the most beautiful eyes....brown....and the SOFTEST fur. Her hair gets really really long and we would find it everywhere because she sheds so bad. Every spring we would take her and get her shaved....she would come home from the "beauty shop" and oh my goodness, it made her look like a young pup every single time - even the last shave....when she was 18. She always had a special spring in her step after she was groomed....i think she thought she was one hot doggie! When we moved to Heath, she ran away - more than once! The first time she got out there, she was gone ALL day long. We just knew we had lost her. Chase even came from McKinney to help us look for her. We found a guy living in the neighborhood behind us that said he thought he saw her that morning....running for all she was worth along the creek bed. He thought she was a fox. She kinda had that fox look - and her huge bushy tail really did. It was dark and cold and raining....an awful night. Michael had a wedding so it was just me driving around the neighborhood with the windows down....yelling for all i was worth. I stopped and looked in some of the houses that were being built...thinking maybe she went inside to get warm. Now if you see Allie and you are on foot....and you call her name - she runs like crazy. But for some reason, if you are in a car, and you open the door, she comes bounding at you and jumps in the car. I was just about to give up....it was so hard to see....i hated to give up, but i had been EVERYwhere many times. I took one more swipe through the neighborhood and as i drove, i prayed and asked God to please let me find our Allie.....just as i was turning to go back home, my lights caught her eyes and she stared at me.....i thought she was going to run from me, but i quickly opened the car door and yelled her name.....her ears perked up - at least that one ear did....and her she came....muddy, truly just filthy and wet and cold....but she jumped right in my lap. I took her home, got her into a warm bath (in our gorgeous jetted tub) and bathed her good. I think she loved the warmth. I got her out and dried her the best i could....then i put her bed in front of the fire i had going.....she immediately laid her head down and she was asleep in NO time. For two days, she had trouble walking......she must have run and run all day long. We found the place she was getting out in the back and had it fixed....but she managed to get out a couple more times. Luckily, we found her each time. When we moved to Rockwall, she seemed to LOVE the new back yard.....she had bunnies to chase, squirrels.....we never let her be outside by herself because of the pool.....in her later years, Michael had her out back and he had to run inside really quick....when he came back out, he found her in the pool....swimming for all she was worth. We got lucky then too....he got her out and she was fine afterwards. As she got much older, she had arthritis....really bad....and got to the point we had to put her in diapers. Then there's the time i nearly killed her.....we had to start putting her in the laundry room at night because she walked all night long....so we put beds and blankets and towels down for her.....at night (and some times during the day) we would give her rotessiere chicken.....she loved it. She had a night light....a comfy bed and even with all that, the first night, she barked all night long. It was draining. SOOOO, we had these pills they had given us to give her when storms came (she was terrified) or on the 4th of July and New Years because she was so scared of the fire works. She hadn't taken them in years, but i thought the next night, i would give her one......in the past, it just calmed her down....made her at ease. Well, i guess because she weighed less and was older, the next morning she would barely move....we couldn't get her to eat or drink....she was so weak and couldn't even hold her head up. We rushed her to the animal ER (of course this happened on a weekend) and 800.00 later, lots of IV fluids, Allie was Allie again. I was SO thankful. I thought i had killed her. Even in the last days, Allie's little tail would just wag and wag....we had this french drain in the back yard....it was just a gray drain...not very wide - but every time she passed it, she would hop over it....even in her last days....and if she was having a really bad day, she might not be able to hop, but her little head would bob up and down to emulate the hop. Oh my goodness, we loved our Allie girl. Yesterday she left us. We think she probably had a stroke....weak on her left side to the point she couldn't stand....the vet said it could be a number of things....all not good. The decision was made that it was time to help her to heaven. (I DO think God has a special place....maybe a beautiful meadow....for our little animals to go when they leave us - God knows how much we love them....how they become a part of our families) My cousin in Arkansas, married to a vet, told me weeks ago (i was telling her how painful life was for Allie....but her tail still wagged sometimes) that Allie would let me know when it was "time".....well, yesterday morning Allie was not herself....she was so sad....no tail wagging....just looked at me with those huge brown eyes. I remember being outside with her and even said out loud to her "Allie girl....are you trying to tell me that it's time?" - As the day went on, i noticed that she was having lots more trouble.....i would even have to lay her on her side so she could rest.....i would cover her with a warm blanket and she would snooze so deeply she would dream so many dreams....her little paws would be like she was running - maybe dreaming about those times she ran away and enjoyed her freedom. I gave her some of her chicken....trying to see if i could help her get a little energy.....but yesterday afternoon, i think she just decided it was time. I am so glad that God helped us make that decision.....i couldn't have done it i don't think. Michael stayed with her as they gave her the injection....i am a weenie....i just couldn't do it. He petted her head and told her how he loved her....what a good dog she had been.....and slowly her big brown eyes closed and she found her way to that meadow in heaven.
We will miss our girl. She was a good girl....i think she knew she was loved so much....she gave us so much in return. Not a lap dog.....but sure loved us up. Allie girl....you run and run in beautiful heaven....I hope you know how very much you were loved.