This morning, my mom came by and gave Ty a plant and said, "You can get your mama to help you plant it this afternoon - it is an eggplant". Ty said, "OH GREAT, I LOVE EGGS". The boy is not right - we live on a farm and have had chickens - I guess he thought it was something new!! I love eggs - how funny!
Knitting - how many times do you frog something before you give up? I had to meet Sally for work and she gave me some new yarn, so I thought it would be perfect to make her the Panache Stole from Creative Knitting with it. I have now frogged it (as of last night) 5 times. It really is not that hard of a pattern, I just keep doing stupid things like NOT SEEING A YO and not noticing it until too late!! A year ago I would have just left it on the needles and kept on knitting mistakes and all - I guess I am finally becoming more particular about the way the finished product looks.
Now for news from last weekend. It was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. We did not realize that it was going to be such a big deal. We got there and they took us to a VIP room with about 100 people in it. We were talking to the scholarship people and Mo whispers in my ear, "Mama, is that Rudy from Survivor?" Sure enough, it was. We went over and talked to him a while and got his take on who would win this time (he said if the other people had sense they would get rid of Tom because he is the strongest player, and the strongest never make it or he would have won!!). Anyway, then we see Ross Perot. We walked over there while Will introduced us and thanked him for the money he gave to start the scholarship.
After the VIP reception, we went into the main room. There they had tables set up with stuff from the mission. Someone had scooped up some sand from Desert One and it was in a jar. Roland Guidry was there and he had the page of legal pad paper he used that night with everyone's name on it - there were x's by the names of the guys who didn't answer roll call that night because they had been killed (and also what looked like tear drops smearing the ink). There were also men there who were in the back of the plane and saved because Will's dad did damage control and did not leave the plane so they could be saved (and losing his life in the process).
Then we had a nice dinner, the commander of the army spoke, and Keni Thomas sang with his band Cornbread. I had never heard him before, but he really was great.
They did a video tribute of the mission that had both me and Will in tears. There were pictures that we had never seen and the last ones taken of his dad - so emotional and overwhelming.
Then Travis Tritt sang a few songs and played the guitar. Did I mention our table was the closest one to the stage? It felt like a private concert. After he was finished, they took us to a separate room to take pictures with him, and of course Mo was freaking out . You have to remember we are country folks from south GA so this was beyond cool, especially for a middle school girl. (I smudged her face in the pic, but you get the idea).
Then we went back in for an afterparty and the results of the auction. This is a picture of the stained painted of the stained glass window that they made as a tribute. It turns out that 500,000 dollars was made that night for SOWF. That is so great because there are so many kids being left behind with the war. And I don't care what you think about military and war, kids suffer so much when they lose a parent that it is a noble cause to provide for their education.
That was the second part of a great weekend. I forgot to mention that on Sat., Mo won 1st in state in Communications Challenge, 2nd in Digital Photography, and 3rd in Environmental Challenge. I am so proud.
Maybe things are finally starting to turn around for us because the last few years have really been rough. Aren't we lucky to have each other for good and bad times? I am truly a blessed woman.