This weekend we took an overnight trip to Paris Landing State Park. Shelby did great on the ride thanks to her book Ham Bone book Grandma gave her and her new Care Bears DVD (mommy got to sit up front the whole trip).
We arrived at the park and met up with the Wardskis to have a picnic lunch. Aunt Nikki & Kenzie came back from the bathroom with a frog. Shelby and Daxton thought he was pretty cool...Amanda did not!
Then it was off to the pool...please don't look at the grown ups in swim suits to long! Shelby loved the kiddie pool-being able to walk with freedom like a big girl was pretty cool!
Now to the bitter sweet part of our weekend. It was time to go see the bench. For those of you who don't know about the bench it was made in memory of firefighters and friends who had a love for golf but have left ahead of those of us still here. It's something we've been meaning to do but haven't until now. I'm so glad we went together even though for a few moments as we were getting ready to leave it felt like we had lost our daddies, husbands, and pa pas all over again! My daddy is blind Frank and Opie was Nikki and Amanda's. They were the best of friends and thanks to the luck of the draw in softball a 100 years ago our families were joined. The golf course was kind enough to let us use 4 carts and we were off to the 4th hole. This was their favorite golf spot ever and that I got to see and enjoy it is truly a blessing for me as I prepare to leave Tennessee. I got to be a part of something that made my daddy so happy. He would probably say being with family, the beach, and the 4th hole at Paris Landing made his life happy and complete!
You can see why they loved this hole...an amazing view indeed!!
The back of the bench is also significant. On the right is a part of a firetruck. The left is my daddy's putter known as black beauty. It was made by Opie for my dad. He was legally blind and didn't have peripheral vision and black beauty made it so he could put straight ahead...you can imagine how his golf game improved! You should know that these 2 items were not only placed for the memories but they also double as drink holders...use your imagination for exactly what drinks with that motley crew they hold! Cheers everyone-bottoms up!
Love this moment between Ms.Diane and my girl!
We finished off with dinner at the lodge and I just loved Daxton going all cave man with his baked potato...such a cutie!
These are a few from the other night. My girl loves sweats...ice cream and whip cream are at the top of her list. She wasted no time getting over to Gram to steal a bite. I got her her own bowl and keep hearing "one more squirt please"
Still waiting for Shelby...
Our wait for Shelby began on September 13, 2005. We are now very close to being with our angel. We hope to travel in early 2009. This has been a journey filled with many highs and lows. I want to take this oppportunity to thank everyone who has stood by me and prayed for us. My mom-she has been on this roller coaster from the first informational meeting and we take turns keeping each other grounded, my family-my grandma who helped me have the best nursery ever and my LA gang-for not giving up that they will soon have another niece and cousin, friends-way to many to name but I'm going to try (and if I leave someone out don't fret we will call it a paper pregnancy moment)-Lauri (all the cards), the Wardskis, Jen., Lisa, Sheri, Tiffany, my Hillcrest UMC friends...always patiently letting me cry, vent, and forever guess at what China will do next, and last but not least my work family-I can't even begin to express how they have kept me lifted up...from Sally starting her hair bow collection, Chinese New Year celebrations, Sebrina always keeping up with the rumor queen and marking the days off as we get them, and finally all the cards and pick me ups left quietly on my desk at the most needed times. They always know when the end of the month comes (referral time) I need a shoulder and pep talk and never waiver in staying positive. So thank you all again for what you have done and all that I know you will do until we have "Shelby Marie from Tennessee" (from the famous ? my dad had for her in her quilt scrapbook "Shelby Marie are you really from Tennessee...you look Chinese to me")