Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Now back to my regularly scheduled life!

Well, after not blogging for 7 weeks, I better have a good excuse!  Does four trips; Atlanta, GA; Memphis, TN; High Point, NC, and a weekend in Arkansas count...throw in three birthdays (Gary, Elizabeth and Ellen), raising eight puppies and the rest of the whirl wind of life and there you have it....no time to blog.  Life is settling down a bit and I do miss my little ole blog...so here goes - lets play catch up!


We took the bus to Atlanta ~ a nine hour bus ride! 50 children in Ellen's drama club attended the Jr. Broadway Musical Theater Festival.  There they competed with other drama clubs by performing part of their play (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and participated in a weekend of lots of DRAMA!!! No pun intended ~ it was capped off by a night at the Fabulous Fox Theater and "Beauty and the Beast"


Atlanta was also a part of the great nationwide snowstorm and when we arrived, there was about three inches of snow.  This eclipsed anything the drama festival could offer!  Our children were so exited to play in SNOW....something we never see here in Louisiana!



I taught them how to make "snow-cream".  Typically it is made with milk, sugar and vanilla but in our gorcery challenged environment, we used "vanilla muscle milk" (they sold it in vending machine at the hotel) and mixed it with the snow and ~ voila ~ it tasted pretty good!

Brain Freeze

 If the opportunity ever presents itself and you are in Atlanta....
get yourself to the Fox Theatre.  I have seen a lot of theaters and I can safely say
that this one is the most impressive I have ever been in.  
 We saw Beauty and the Beast and it was wonderful.  My pictures were taken incognito as photography
is strictly forbidden.  These pics were snapped with a jacket disguising my camera - pretty good for the circumstances!

It is hard to do justice to the beauty of this theater when you are shooting from the hip with a jacket over your camera, but this shot captures a bit of what makes this theater so unique....it is built to make you feel like you are outside under a beautiful, starry night sky,  
When you are sitting in the audience, watching a play in a beautiful theater of old world elegance ~ with your sweet little daughter ~ under a beautiful night sky ~ it doesn't get any better than that!


Unfortunately, I accidentally left my camera at home on our trip to Memphis.  Elizabeth was looking at Rhodes College and we made a fun night of it by staying at the Peabody Hotel.....Grams even drove up and joined us.  I hate that I left my camera as it was a lot of fun....you will have to use your imagination and take my word for it.  

Next on the agenda - a quick hunting trip to Arkansas!  Our good friends, the Crosbys, joined us.  We stayed in our friends cute little cabin on about 1500 acres of duck hunting heaven.




No shortage of good food here! There never is when Tommy Crosby is around!  Jete read, I knitted and the boys (and girls) hunted.  It was a nice, relaxing, COLD weekend but we were warm and toasty inside.....

And FINALLY
our trip to High Point was amazing...
Elizabeth was invited to participate in a scholarship competition. 




A reception was given the night before and were were wined and dined.  Entertainment was flown in from California and it was a man who created the "bounce piano"


He "played" the piano by juggling and the balls would hit the keys of the piano (which was on the ground) and he could actully play full songs with chords and whatnot.  It was quite impressive and he has been on the Ellen Degeneras  as well as most late night TV shows.  When we arrived at High Point, they had students lining the entrace, waving "Hello" to us and were greeted at the reception with a full band and entered the building by literrally walking down the "red carpet"!  They gave Elizabeth a leather pouch full of "business cards" with her name, and email address printed on High Point business cards.  They just don't miss a trick.  


Before the night was over, the president addressed the group and said he was giving all the students this beautiful coffee table book...if they attended High Point they would have it as a great souvenir of the weekend and if they chose not to attend....it would haunt them and they would always look at it and wonder "what if"!  That man is a marketing machine!


Elizabeth was one of only two students there from Louisiana....
ironically, we sat at the same table the first night! 


The grounds are amazing.



Beautiful at night!


On campus theater ~ free to students along with free popcorn and concessions!
 And when do they find time to study????


Really, a bakery with fresh pastries on campus ~ and it is part of their meal plan??????


Just in case you need to relax between classes!


The buildings are exquisite ~ inside....




 and OUT!

With a 2.1 billion dollar budget that must be spent in the next ten years....every part of this school is top notch....and yes, $600,000,000.00 (That is right - six hundred million for those who can't process that many 0's) is to be spent on academics alone.  You can see that we were impressed and this school has moved into one of the top contenders on her list.  

I could go on and on about this school, but I must move on to....

PUPPIES!!!! PUPPIES!!!!PUPPIES!!!!!!


I anticipated that these little guys (or should I say girls) since they are 
ALL female ~ what are the odds?

would be a blast.....but I think we have had more fun then the law allows with them!


Fortunately, they all have homes and five are now with their new families, but we still have three 
and two are leaving at the end of the week.

This one is "Beignet"... love that name! You will find that one "only in Louisiana"


 And this is our little darlin.....we still can't think of a name for her!  It has been the topic of many heated discussions but getting five opinionated people to agree on something as important as a 
dog name is difficult indeed. Stay tuned, we will come up with a consensus eventually.  I am going for Clementine and another contender is Darla...any suggestions are welcome!


Can't you just eat them up?






 These are the three we have left 




We are going to miss these cute little faces! If only they could stay that way.  The key is to have them for six weeks, sell them and do it all again in six months!

1 comment:

  1. Okay, High Point looks AMAZING! I can't wait to come and visit- Liz will have room for my whole gang in her dorm room, right? ;)

    The pups are precious! So sweet. Love the beer and remote shot!!!!

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