Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Photos and story of our trip to Austin

Here Shelby and John wait to board the train heading to our first stop in Ft. Worth. This was John's first train trip. Shelby had her first train ride at age 18 months one summer when Jimmy, Shelby and I rode from Dallas to Detroit.

Our friend Art P. picked us up at the train station in Fort Worth. He took us to lunch and to see his new house during our 3 hour layover in Ft. Worth. It made the time fly! We miss him since he and Sandra moved away from Oklahoma City. We hated to say goodbye when he dropped us back off at the train staion.

My daughter-in-law Tiffanie is the residence manager at the University of Texas, and arranged for us to have an apartment on campus. This was the view outside. John Henry felt like Superman there! (It looks like he is going to crash, but the ground was only 3 feet below the ledge.)

The apartment was the most wonderful place I have ever stayed. Not that it was particularly luxurious, but it was clean, quiet, and nicely furnished. The best part is since it was right on the campus everything was right within walking distance. I was able to walk out the door, turn the corner and buy a newspaper and a Starbucks in less that 2 minutes. I have decided that when I retire I will go live out my days in an apartment on a college campus! :)

Jimmy and Tiffanie gave me the most wonderful gift our first two days there. They kept John and Shelby with them at their house! I had the apartment to myself! This was such a blessing. I had not been able to sleep well for weeks. There has been too much on my mind and I've been missing Andy so much. Even as fun as the trip to New Mexico was I slept very little.

So... over the first two days I crashed in bed! I literally slept for 24 hours straight except to head for the restroom once or twice. When I finally woke up I was in a much more relaxed frame of mind.

Our hosts decided that a trip to the Austin Children's Museum was in order. What a wonderful place! I recommend it to anybody who is around Austin. I think it's just as much fun for adults!

This photo was taken in the "grocery store" at the museum. Check out clerk Shelby rings up John's groceries.

Later at the Clinic, Nurse Shelby weighs Tiffanie, while Jimmy (in the window) waits his turn at the Austin Children's Museum.

Shelby and John Henry wow the crowd in the recording studio at the museum.

One of the funniest things was when Jimmy made a video of himself doing a weather report in the weather center at the Children's Museum. Unfortunately, the videos are only temporary so we couldn't bring it home. He made one hysterical meteorologist! :)

The last night of our visit Jim and Tiff took us to a wonderful restaurant. Here are Tiffanie, John, Shelby and Jimmy at "The Hula Hut." Combo Mexican-Hawaiian cuisine!

Bright and early the next day we were at the train station for our return trip. It takes 10 hours on the train to travel from Austin to Oklahoma City.

We all hated to leave Jimmy behind, especially the kids. The visit helped them feel a bit more connected to our old life back when their daddy and Jimmy were still with us. It was a sad goodbye.

Once we were on the train everybody felt a little better. By the time we reached Fort Worth we all were in a good mood. While waiting for our connection on our return trip, we explored Fort Worth a bit. We found this neat coffee/ice cream shop. We only had a little over an hour layover this time, but we had fun.

Here we are boarding the train for the rest of the trip. The kids loved this trip!

I loved the trip, too. It has been very helpful having all the changes in scenery this summer. I had planned on us going to Michigan after this trip was over, but I have changed my mind. The kids need to rest, I need to rest. I feel like I've been trying to run away, even though we have had lots of fun traveling. It's time to stay home!

Saturday, July 20, 2002

Home from New Mexico with Photos!!

We are back home now for a short time!

We had a great time. John Henry and Shelby were thrilled with being able to ride a horse, and we now have 5 new pets: lizards named Slingshot, Saphire II, Silver Bullet, Amber, and FireBall.

Here are our photos, and I will try to post again before we leave for our next trip...

We are leaving for Austin, TX on Monday.

Uncle Elmer and Aunt Marilyn

Old Glory as far as the eye can see

Chore Time

Working Hard

Hay for the Horses

The Men-folk rest after doing their chores

Uncle Elmer takes John Henry for a ride on Blue

Shelby and Aunt Marilyn comfort Honta. He was very upset and jealous that his friend Blue was being ridden and he wasn't! Honta has a sore foot and has to wait until it heals. He kept trying to jump the fence.

There they go!

Riding in the distance (if you can see them way out there!) They'd better come back soon, there is a storm brewing.

Back all safe and sound

Now it's Sister's turn

Shelby gets her ride in before the storm arrives. She's a big girl and gets to ride by herself.

The big smile of a new cowboy!

I only wish that Andy could have lived long enough to make this trip with us.

John did get some badly needed "Guy Time" on the trip, so that was nice. He will get some more "Guy Time" with Jimmy next week, too.


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Kim - Jul 20, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

Wow! Glad you made it home safely! I heard you were stopping in Amarillo to see Edith and Mom but haven't heard from them yet. Cool to vacations...what are you going to Austin for?

You're like me, Stephanie...I'm always the photographer, so I'm never in any pictures! Looks like y'all had a wonderful time!


Stephanie - Jul 20, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

We made it to Amarillo on our way back home and visited with your Mom, Dad, Edith, and Amos on Thursday night. We had a very nice time. They have a beautiful place, and we were treated to a great spaghetti dinner! We are going to Austin to visit Jimmy and his wife Tiffanie. We have never been there before, and Jim says it is a cultural treat. After we get back we will take a brief rest, then I start back to work on August 8th. I have 5 schools this year, so I need to rest up!


Kim - Jul 22, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

Yes, I did talk with Mom the other day! I love Austin (at least I did before it got soooo heavily populated)...I lived there in 1976. Lots of stuff to see and do! Safe trip and have fun!


Elmer and Marilyn - Jul 21, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

It's a whole lot greener here now after 2 1/2 inches of rain on Saturday night.

I started to enter the family tree, didn't get very far. Will keep working on it. Marilyn


Mary Kay and Cactus - Jul 21, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

I have missed you being here, but am so glad you all had a good time. How long are you going to be gone this time? I am glad you had a safe trip. If you have time call us before you leave again. Is your Mom doing ok? Is she home? Love you 3,

Granny Kay & Poppa


Andrea - Jul 21, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

Stephanie, Glad you all made it back and sorry we didn't make it up today. Hope you have a great time with Ugly and his wife. LaChelle has tubes put in her ears on August 6th. That will be our next trip. Love you..


Rozelle and Raymond - Jul 26, 2002

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Fine specimens of cowboys, only where's the black hat, Hermano?

Get a look at those boots on that good-looking cowboy with the big smile! Little buckaroo is right with it, huh? Come to think of it, I believe he just earned my nickname for him--Buck!

About comforting the horse, beautiful horse! Oh, and you girls aren't bad either. Great fun.


Monday, July 15, 2002

We are on our way to New Mexico!!! (Text and comments from the MyFamily site.)

Stephanie - Jul 15, 2002
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We are on our way to New Mexico to visit Uncle Elmer and Aunt Marilyn. (Andy's older brother and his wife.) This is the trip that Andy always wanted to make since they moved to the ranch, but he never was well enough to make it. I have never driven that far on my own. Wish us luck! Photos will follow our trip.


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Kim - Jul 16, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

What are y'all gonna do out there? I hear ya about never driving that far on your own...I'm the same way! Good luck, have fun, and safe journey to you all! I'll be waiting for the photos!


Mary Kay and Cactus - Jul 16, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

Will be looking forward to seeing the pixs.

Be careful, we love you, Kay


Andrea - Jul 16, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

Enjoy yourselves. It is wonderful out there with Uncle Elmer and Aunt Marilyn.


Frances - Jul 17, 2002 Edit | Delete | Viewers | Reply to this item

I hope you all have a blast. Shon and I will pray for you all to have a safe return.. We love you all.


Thursday, July 4, 2002

This Year's Fourth of July

John Henry, Victoria, Shelby, and Kendy all ready to see the fireworks. Victoria was much happier than she looked!

Doncha love the hair???

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

John Henry at Camp

Here is a photo of John and Beverly, (Angela's sister) both at camp for the first time.

Camp Cimarron has been a big part of Jimmy and Shelby's lives. For 15 years Andy and I shuffled kids to and from camp, and picked up boxes and boxes and BOXES of Campfire candy for them to sell to earn their way to camp. This year John was able to go for the first time. He had a great time!