The Weekend

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hello, hello, hello friends! I hope your weekend was as fabulous and fun as the one we had. Friday, flew by in a flurry and it is a wonder that I had any energy at all to enjoy Saturday and Sunday. But enjoy them I did! We had lots of family come into town to support Margie with her Komen 3 Day 60 mile walk. Yes folks, she is not only a breast cancer survivor, but she walked 60 miles in the past 3 days...for the 2nd year in a row!

Saturday morning was her son's birthday, so I got up early and bake pineapple squares* for him.

Then we headed out to cheer for the DFW Komen 3 Day. We cheered all weekend at various times throughout the day. We never were at the official cheering stations and we weren't there cheering for nearly as much as my Mom, Aunt, Cousin, and his mom were, but nevertheless, we were there for the grand finale! I love this picture because you can see Margie (pink flower in her hair) just under her flag that I made last year. She's staring proudly at her husband who is waving the flag. I regret not having a shot of his face too. It was a very special moment!

Next to the white capped red medical shirt in the black glasses is one of my mommy friends. This is her first year to do the walk. She didn't see me, but I recognized her and had to try to get it. She was so very happy! I was happy for her.
Later on, we headed out to do some portraits with the amazing sunset we were getting. We spotted this open field with such country character that we had to take advantage of the setting. This is Mari on a log. I can't believe how long her hair is. We haven't cut it and don't plan on it for a long time. I'm in love with those curls!

I asked her to smile and this is the smile-giggle she gave me. Adorable!! Those little hands...that's how I know she is having fun.

This is how some of my memories are etched into my memory. Black and white vignette where I may not always see the faces, but I remember the moment. I love this shot for that very reason.

These two kids are so happy and gorgeous. I just had to include this one!
Afterwards, we headed home and were treated to some of my aunts amazing potato salad. Seriously, I've been hoarding the leftovers not wanting to share with anyone because it is truly my favorite. I ate some potato salad and a Taco Villa bean burrito and I nearly started crying. Funny! We spent that evening with friends and family, even family from far away when we did video chat! We watched the Tech v. Missouri game (Tech won, woohoo!!), saw highlights from the K-State v. Texas game (yippee K-State won!), and saw the exciting 2nd half of the FC Dallas v. Real Salt Lake (high five, FC Dallas won!!), and enjoyed one another's company.

Really and truly a great weekend! Busy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I spent my "extra" hour with loved ones and it was EXACTLY what the heart needed.

*Sidenote: The first time I had the pineapple squares was the first Christmas that Don took me home to meet his family. His aunt made these fantastically amazing pineapple squares and I swear, I could've eaten the whole pan!!! Nonchalantly I asked her for the recipe, but I thought she just didn't hear me. Being the new gal, I didn't want to seem pushy or insistent, so I didn't force the issue. The next year, we were engaged and my MIL had given me a recipe book comprised of recipes from both sides of Don's family, filled with is favorites. (By far one of my most treasured gifts I've been given.) You can imagine my dismay when the pineapple squares weren't listed. Again, that Christmas, there were the delicious treats taunting me. After gobbling up one, I asked for the recipe. She just smiled at me and blinked. In our wedding invitations, we included a recipe card to be sent back with the RSVPs. I was so excited to receive all of these fantastic recipes from all of our loved ones, but you can imagine my disappointment when I opened up their RSVP and no recipe card. I had scoured the Internet for the recipe, but nothing sounded quite like what was in these babies. I was frustrated and resigned myself to only enjoying this heavenly ambrosia once a year for the rest of my life, or until she stopped making them. The day after the wedding, Don and I sat in our living room surrounded by all of the fabulous and generous gifts from our friends and family. We sat there armed with note pad and pen, ready to tear open into the gifts. When we came to his aunt's gift, I opened the card, and there, smiling back at me was the recipe for the pineapple squares!!!!! I felt like I'd hit the jackpot! So, unfortunately, readers, I am going to continue the tradition and pass on the recipe only if you marry into the family. :) Until then, I will happily make some for you and share in the awesome goodness.

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