The best laid plans

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Can go awry at any moment! HA!

Ok, since it’s been a few days, I’ll backtrack a little.

Wednesday night, a friend from church brought me some steaks for a special dinner for our anniversary. Those t-bones were bigger than my Corelle dinner plates! And oh, were they good!

On Thursday, we got a card in the mail that had a $100 check in it for an anniversary gift. (I’ve witheld the name to protect the innocent – LOL!) We were thrilled! There were very specific directions in the card that we were to use the money to get something for our anniversary – and to NOT use it for bills. Ok, we can definitely do that. 🙂 We had already arranged for Stephen’s mom and dad to watch Little man overnight so we could have some adult time for a while. We decided we were going to go to the rodeo (more about that in a moment) and then come home and relax.

At 8:20 Friday morning, the phone rang. It was the doctor’s office. Dad woke up with a kidney stone, and was in so much pain he couldn’t drive home from the doctor’s office. So Stephen went to go get him, and he ended up driving him to another doctor in Rock Hill. Because of the pain, we decided that we’d take Little man with us instead of leaving him with Dad. We told Dad we’d take a rain check on his offer to watch Little man.

So immediately after my piano lesson at 2, we left. We went to the outlet mall in Gaffney to go shopping. What fun! I got the sweetest little red, white, and blue plaid shirt for Little man at Osh Kosh – for only $5! I also started a new collection – the Willow Tree collection. We got the Angel of Love one – it looks like a mother holding her little baby. It is beautiful. I told Stephen I know what to ask for for Christmas now!

The Ed Brown Rodeo was this weekend, and a huge group from church was going. So we decided we’d go straight from shopping, and meet our group there. Right when we got out of the car, a man came up to us and asked us if we had tickets yet. When we told him no, he gave us 2 tickets. We had decided to use part of the gift money to get tickets, but we didn’t have to! What a blessing! At $14 apiece, we were thrilled.

Once the rodeo actually started, Little man was a little afraid of the screaming and yelling, but by the end, he got used to it. It was so fun! When they began, they did a tribute to the Confederate flag, and it was really neat. For you Northerners out there – to many people here in the South, the Rebel flag is not about hate and racism, but about heritage. It is not uncommon to see the Rebel flag on stuff – from cars to flags to shirts to well, just about anything. My brother-in-law even has it tattooed on his arm! For this Yankee-moved-South girl – it was a really neat experience.

Then, the other day, Little man discovered some okra that we had in a bag. Dockerys had sent some home with us, and I haven’t done anything with it yet. He was acting like he found a gold mine! He would just run around with a huge grin on his face. He did lay down and take a bite of it raw (YUCK!), and it was all I could do to keep from laughing.

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