Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran’s Day


Veteran's Day

In honor of those who have served our country in the military.

Here are some pictures of my Dad who was in the Army Air Corps in WWII.

I couldn't find any pictures of my father-in-law who served in the Navy during WWII.

Most of our pictures of Mike, when we were in Japan, are on slides and not easily accessible. He was in the Army during the Vietnam War. Here are a couple that I could find. The baby is Kelly and don't you just love the wig with the maternity dress!

Posted by Mary Helen at 11/11/2009 01:23:00 PM

Sunday, November 9, 2014

More on the Football Weekend

Continuation from the last post…

After breakfast, we drove to College Station in time to see the football team walk from their buses to the field house.  The team would be wearing retro uniforms and helmets for this game so the yell leaders also wore retro jackets.  Such a cool look!

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Coach Sumlin…2014-11-01 003

The football team also wore the retro jackets…2014-11-01 005

Kick-off for this game was 11:00 a.m., so these activities began early.  The corps stepped off at 9:30 and today they marched through the campus instead of in the stadium.  We are standing in front of the reviewing stand where dignitaries and school officials stand.

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As each company would pass the reviewing stand, the seniors on the front row would be saluting and the flag would be lowered and the saber in a saluting position.2014-11-01 008

The corps also wore retro headgear.2014-11-01 007

We enjoyed watching Parsons Calvary go by with the horses and wagons.  They normally don’t march with the corps.  I was on the wrong side of the street for the sun but on the right side for the reviewing stand!2014-11-01 010

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It was a cold but sunny morning for a football game!2014-11-01 016

The band did their usual great precision half time performance and ended with a retro block ATM.  2014-11-01 015

After the game, we were able to walk around campus after most of the people had gone to their tail gating parties. By the afternoon, the temperatures had risen and we could take off a layer or 2!

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It was dark by the time we got back to the hotel so we just watched football and went to bed early.

On Sunday, we were lazy until it was time for church at 2nd Baptist Kingwood.  There we got to have a short but meaningful visit with the Ts.  What wonderful friends; it’s always good to see them. (And no, we did not go to the service dressed like that!)


We then headed to Chuy’s for lunch…2014-11-02 002

with a milkshake  for dessert…

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After we got to the airport, it was time for  traditional pictures…2014-11-02 004

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Beautiful night shot of Atlanta as we flew in…2014-11-02 011

Waiting for the luggage in Chattanooga…2014-11-02 012

It was a great week end; only sorry the Texas crew could not be there with us.  Oh, yes, A&M won the game against ULa/Monroe.

Friday, November 7, 2014

A First for R & T

Recently we had the opportunity to take the TN grandchildren to Texas A&M for a football game.  The Texas crew were not able to come due to the kick-off time which was 11:00a.m. So they shared their tickets and we were able to introduce A&M to R&T. (Their mother tagged along also!  She was not about to miss out on a trip to College Station!)

We flew out of Chattanooga; T rode the escalator while R ran up the stairs.2014-10-31 004

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It was raining as we pulled away from the gate…2014-10-31 014

Big Mike is needing a lesson on how to take a selfie!…2014-10-31 012

My seat-mate was a little excited!…2014-10-31 015

We made it Houston after going through Atlanta…2014-10-31 016

After having issues with getting our luggage, and waiting in line to rent a car, we finally made it to the hotel only to find our rooms on different floors instead to next to each other!  We ( or at least K) had hoped to get a Whataburger after getting to Houston, but after all of the delays, she decided it was too late.  We would just wait until the morning and have breakfast.

The Chicken Honey Biscuit was delicious but messy!!2014-11-01 001

The rest of the saga will be continued later.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Football Weekend

We flew to Texas recently for the sole purpose of watching football games!

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with a non-talkative seatmate!2014-10-09 001

Luckily, it was a small plane and a short flight!

On the longer flight, we had much more leg room…2014-10-09 004

On the drive to Odem, we stopped at Freebirds for a burrito bowl.2014-10-09 006

Before we went to J’s football game, M and P were able to look over his plan for classes at A&M, where he has been accepted…but that’s no guarantee that he will go there.  He has applied to other schools with strong plant genetics programs.2014-10-09 0102014-10-09 011

Great football game in the evening…

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Proud grandparents!

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On Friday, the UPS man delivered a package that contained all of the “heads” of the varsity team.  So, of course, we had to have our pictures made with P.2014-10-10 001

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The boys had early dismissal for parent conferences, so after lunch, my favorite chauffer took me to see the new heifers.

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This year they are going to show heifers as well as pigs.2014-10-10 007

The varsity played in Kingsville at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&I.  They were playing Kingsville Academy which is the high school on the King Ranch.

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P played a great game; he had 5 catches for 80 yards. The Owls were the winners!

Proud grandparents again!

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Before we left for the game on Saturday morning, we went to see the chickens, where there are fewer than when we there earlier,2014-10-11 004

and the pigs, where there are more than before.

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We got to A&M with only 2 out of 4 from South Texas.

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The football team walks in as part of the band leads the way.  Here are some Senior boots; these are the same as what Mike wore in 1966 when he was a Senior in the Corps of Cadets. 2014-10-11 014

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Texas A&M may not have The Grove, but this is only a part of the many tailgating tents.2014-10-11 020

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The game didn’t start until 8:00 p.m.

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Another great half time show by the A&M band.  Here they are ready to step off on Hullabaloo!

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A&M never looses…time just ran out!  Ole Miss 35- A&M 20