Saturday, April 19, 2008

I'm going to have a niece!!!

My sister and her husband were able to find out the gender of her baby this week and . . .
. . . IT'S A GIRL!!!!

Jeanette is 21 weeks pregnant and everything is going very well. After waiting so long for a viable pregnancy, we all would have been happy with either a boy or a girl. But, I will be honest and say that I was hoping that I'd get to buy pink things for my sister's baby, since I bought blue things for mine. Now my parents will have at least one grandson and one granddaughter (only God knows if any others will join them in years to come).

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Eph. 3:20-21, NIV)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Are you serious?

On the way home from work/school today, we had a chance to catch up on how the day went:

D: "Mom, you know how I told you about the jazz band tryouts and that Mr. Gore (band teacher) would set a date for the actual tryouts? Well, he did set it and apparantly the partial tryouts were the real ones and . . . I made the jazz band!

N: (looking in the rear view mirror to see his face) "Really? You made it?"

D: "Yes, I'm serious! I'm not joking!"

N: "That's awesome! I'm so happy for you! That really made my day!"

D: "Well, don't crash the car."

N: "I won't, I'm just so excited for you."

D: "I just can't stop grinning!"

(So Daniel will be one of four drummers--all 8th graders--in the Meigs Jazz Band for 2008-09. Cool!)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cool new discovery

OK, I'm going to share with you a new little place that I explored today with my friend, Christina. It's been there for a few months, so I'm probably just late in getting around to finding it, but it was definitely worth going back and telling my friends about.

It is called Edgehill Village, and is located over off Edgehill Ave. and Villa Place, near Belmont University and Music Row.
There are cool (albiet pricey) shops, places to eat and even a "doggie spa" (I don't have a dog, but it would be good for those who do). We started out at the Edgehill Studios Cafe for some coffee and a muffin and then started exploring the shops, ending up at the Fat Straw for some bubble tea.

All of the people we talked to in the shops were very friendly and glad to tell about their store and the history of the area (it used to be the White Way Cleaners, for those of you who have been around Nashville a while). Without exception, all of the shopkeepers recommended the Mexican restaurant, Rosario's, especially telling us to try the fish tacos. We decided that coffee and bubble tea was probably enough for our stomachs in such a short amount of time, but we will definitely be going back to Rosario's sometime in the near future, with plans to sit out on the patio. Also, the paper/gift shop called Queen Bee was not open today, so we'll have to go back there next time.

So, if you're looking for a fun little outing for a Saturday (or any day), head on over to Edgehill Village (but let's try to keep it our little secret!) ;-)

Little things make me happy (part 2)

It has been a good day today and I realized, once again, that it wasn't one big thing, but little things that made it good. Here's what has made me happy today:
  • Not having to rush to get ready to go out
  • Spending time exploring a fun new spot with a friend
  • Getting my car washed (@ Smith Bros., Katie)
  • Helping my sister with a chore and sharing some bakery cookies with her
  • Having some time to just enjoy being at home

Life is usually good when you stop and count the little things!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Car wash woes

Ok, first let me say that I know that it's supposed to rain tomorrow, so it's not the best day to get a car wash. That said, my white car was (is) covered in that lovely yellow dust that comes out this time of year (I think it's called, "pollen"). So, when Daniel's ballgame was cancelled, yet again, due to a wet field, I thought that we could use the "extra" time in our evening to stop and get my car washed.

Now, I need to back up a little and tell you about the last time I got my car washed. It was a nice, sunny day (the day before Easter) and I had just passed my Life and Health exam, so I decided to get my car washed at the place right across the street from the test site (which for those of you who know the Nolensville Rd/Old Hickory Blvd. area, the test site was over by Papa John's and Tang's). So, I drove over to National Car Wash, (a.k.a. NCW) to go through the drive-through car wash (I'm not a DIY car washer). When I drove up, there was one car in line and that lane was apparantly experiencing technical difficulties. An attendant was there helping with the problem (must have been the mandatory once-a-quarter visit from an attendant). While waiting for the other car to get washed, the attendant asked me if I'd like to try out the one that had been having a problem and he'd give me a free car wash for my trouble. I backed up and drove over to the other lane, but it still didn't work, so he told me to go back around to the working lane (so much for a quick car wash). He started to give me a token to put in for my free wash, but the token slot was clogged up with something, so he gave me the token to use another time and I paid for my car wash. I think that I got one of the worst (if not THE worst) car wash in my entire life that day. There were streaks and places where the soap sprayer had missed and it looked awful! (I know, I got what I paid for at the "budget" NCW).

Back to today: After I decided that I wanted to get a car wash, I remembered my free token. While I didn't really want to go back to NCW (or that particular one), I thought that I couldn't lose since it would be free, even if the forecast is for rain and the car would get all dirty again in 24 hours. Then, I also remembered that there is an NCW on Harding Place, which was more on the way home. So, we drove down Harding Place and drove right up to the car wash lane and I stuck my token in. Nothing happened. I tried to push buttons to get the token back, but then it asked me to deposit five dollars. I stupidly inserted a five dollar bill and for some reason got four quarters back, then proceeded into the car wash tunnel. Nothing happened. I backed up and tried again. Nothing happened. By this time, I was less than amused and Daniel was very amused in the back seat. I called the number posted and left a message (it must not have been the once-a-quarter day for the attendant to be on site or to answer the phone). We'll see if I get a return call and if I ever see my five bucks again. Daniel then gave me some words of wisdom: "Mom, just let nature wash the car tomorrow."

I think I've learned my lesson about NCW. Now, what was that place I heard an ad for on the radio, some kind of spa for your car?????

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sunny Spring Sunday

My camera and I went for a walk again today. I was so excited to get these photos of the flowers and I had to share them with you! Enjoy!