Quick trip to Clyde to watch Aidan race. We thought the track was closing down and it would be his last race on his home track. Got there and Corey said someone had offered to buy the track so it probably wasn’t closing after all. Had fun watching Aidan doing his thing, got to visit with Corey and Ally (Susan was working so we missed her altogether!) and had dinner with friends Karen, Kaci and Kaci’s cute stepdaughter Natalee.

Mama/Daughter Day 2

Since Susan was off on Tuesday as well, I decided to stay over one more night. She needed to go for an eye exam and get new glasses but we could not get her in anywhere that day. So we went back to another old favorite lunch place, McKay’s Bakery. I used to love their soup in a bread bowl but the only choices were veggie beef or potato onion. Neither something I wanted! They used to have good sandwiches, too, so I ordered a roast beef and Swiss on sourdough. I told the woman behind the counter that I used to live in Abilene and often came for lunch so it was a little walk down Memory Lane for me. She asked if I wanted the bread toasted and I said no. Susan ordered her sandwich and we both ordered iced tea, which ended up being awful stuff from a soda fountain and not brewed tea like they used to have. So I went back to the counter and asked if we could have two cokes instead. When the sandwiches came, they were the puniest little sandwiches I’ve ever seen at an eatery. Really small bread, which had been toasted, and my cheese was white American, not Swiss. I was sorely disappointed but didn’t want to cause any more grief so we sat and chatted and ate our crappy sandwiches. LOL The other thing I always loved at McKay’s were the cream puffs so we were going to get some for dessert…but NO, they “hadn’t made any yet” that day. We settled for petit fours, which were tasty, and bought some thumbprint cookies to take home. I was really sad to have such a poor experience there but didn’t have the heart to say anything when the woman asked if we enjoyed our lunch.

Since I am on this “seeing every town as a tourist” kick lately, I told Susan I wanted to walk around downtown Abilene and take some photos. It was a little bit emotional wandering these streets again after so many years, especially passing the former location of the Abilene Peace and Justice Center that my dear friend Susan (not to be confused with daughter Susan) and I founded and ran when we were younger and more idealistic and thought we could change the world. Well, we did our little part, that is for sure, and I am proud of all that we were able to do in Abilene despite the political atmosphere. 🙂

We picked Ally up from school and went to a fancy iced tea place, Aidan went to work again (that kid works a lot of hours!) and later we met up with Corey for dinner once more. Got to visit with Aidan a little while after work and then we all hit the hay since they are very early risers at their house! Oh, I never mentioned volleyball again, but unfortunately Ally was not passing science so she didn’t get to play. I was disappointed but tried not to make her feel any worse. She has a learning disability and I know academics are hard for her. She had brought her grade up by Monday but it was too late to become eligible. Sadly the season is about over so I will not get to see her play this year. But we had fun visiting anyway….love these kiddos and hope we will see them again soon.

Mama/Daughter Day 1

Susan works 12 hour shifts at a nursing home with patients toward the end of their lives with Alzheimer’s. She is kind and caring and a very responsible, hard worker. I am super proud of her work ethic and her attitude! We planned the visit around her days off so we would get to spend some time together and it was really nice to get to do that! After getting the kids off to school, we did some things at the house and then drove over to Abilene for lunch at one of our favorite places, Hickory St. Cafe. We always always always get the chicken salad and zucchini bread. 🙂 It was great! We then ran a few errands in town before heading back home. Aidan got home from school and we helped him go through the order form for his senior ring and make his choices. I still can’t believe that kid is a senior! Susan picked Ally up from school and Aidan went to work. Later, we met Corey in Abilene for dinner. A full but fun day!

Quick Visit to Clyde

We drove to Clyde to see the kids and to watch Ally play volleyball. Arrived early afternoon and spent some time chatting in the front yard, thankfully it was not too hot outside! Susan was off work and the kids did not have school because of a teacher work day, except Aidan had one virtual class through TSTC for his aircraft mechanics class. We waited for him to finish and then drove over to Abilene to have a late lunch on the patio at Rosa’s. Then back home to hang out for awhile longer, Corey got home from work, and we got ready for the volleyball match.

We had to buy tickets in advance because Susan said they limited the number of people in the gym. Also masks were required. Well, obviously this was just “on paper” because once we were in the gym, hardly anyone was wearing a mask and everyone was squeezed together in the bleachers, yelling and talking and laughing without masks. We stood at the end of the gym against the wall by the door and tried to distance as much as possible. A couple of women kept coming closer to us while chasing a toddler and did not seem to notice or care. I really wanted to tell them to “give me 6 feet!” but I was a little afraid of getting punched out. I just kept moving further away. Rich left the gym a couple of times and went outside in the fresh air. Our friend Karen came over after work and it was good to see her for a little while.

Volleyball was fun and Ally did a great job on the front row. I totally don’t get the new rotation system where kids just come in and play a certain few positions and go out again instead of rotating all the way around like they did when my girls played. Ally basically played three positions in the front row and then rotated out. They started out doing well and then got behind and lost the first game, then lost the second one as well so that was that. We visited outside for a few minutes and took some pictures before heading back to Dallas.

It was a long day but Rich didn’t want to spend the night. We stopped to get gas and a drink and although the store ‘required’ masks, there were two guys in front of us that didn’t have any on. Just like in the gym, I wanted to say something but I was reluctant. The cashier was an older woman who was wearing a cute Halloween mask so I complimented her on the mask and then said “I thought y’all required masks and those guys sure weren’t complying.” She said they try but it is hard to enforce it. I felt for her, especially after she said she has COPD and is a cancer survivor. Made me angrier about those young guys who were so selfish and couldn’t have cared less if they infected her.

We got home about 10:30 and slept in the next morning. I think our long day wore us out! Fun to see the kids and catch up on their news. I’m sad we don’t get to see them more often but everyone is busy and we have the added complication of the virus to contend with. Aidan and Ally were really sweet to sit and talk with us outside when they probably would have rather done something else. Aidan says he is really liking his aircraft mechanics program and he has also gone back to work at McDonald’s because he was “a little bored.” I’m glad he has a good work ethic and it will give him some spending money. Ally loves school and is doing well, is a little social butterfly and likes being around her friends. They are getting grown up but still very kindhearted kids.

Early Christmas in Clyde

We’re making the rounds for Christmas and started in Clyde at Susan and Corey’s.  First up, Ally’s junior high choir concert! She did a great job and it looked like the kids were having lots of fun. The choir director seemed like a good guy who was enjoying himself along with the kids. I asked Ally afterwards if she liked him and if he had a fun class and she answered in the affirmative. Each of the choirs sang a lighthearted amusing song along with the typical holiday fare and the director danced along with the kids. The other good thing about a small school is that the programs are relatively short. haha

Susan and Corey managed to be off work while we were visiting, which is unusual! We all went to lunch with our friend Karen and it was great to catch up with her.

Between school and work, we didn’t see a lot of Aidan–that kid is busy and we are proud of him for having a job and being responsible! We did manage to exchange Christmas gifts one night after work. We love spending time with these sweet kids and having lots of good conversations.

We went out to eat, ran errands, hung out at the house, talked and laughed, and had lunch the last day with Susan and Corey at one of my favorite places, Hickory Street Cafe.  Then we had to say our goodbyes as we headed down the road to Amarillo.

Little Overnight Trip to Clyde

I drove to Clyde yesterday and back today.  Not too bad but I’d rather have more time! Ally has been struggling in school and I went with Susan to her ARD meeting to discuss the STAAR test (all these acronyms!) and plans for the summer. Ally just barely missed passing the STAAR (TX standardized test) so she will retest in May and hopefully pass it. If not, we wanted to make sure she could attend summer school in Dallas because the kids are coming to stay with us in June. The meeting went well and all is worked out for the summer if needed, whew.

When I first got to town, the kids wanted to go get a snow cone so Susan told Aidan to drive. He has been practicing and did very well.  He was cautious, which I appreciated! haha Last night we met our friend Karen for dinner and had a nice time catching up with her. Corey was working late so he didn’t make it but we got to visit back at the house till bedtime. Went to the meeting this morning and then Susan and I had a nice lunch together before I headed back home. The traffic was not bad till I hit Dallas and then of course it took me 30 minutes to go 10 miles. It wasn’t even five o’clock yet.  Thankfully I did outrun a bad storm and possible tornadoes coming our way!

Looking forward to the kids coming this summer and trying to plan some things to do!

And back home to Clyde

We celebrated Aidan and Ally’s birthdays with Grandpa’s homemade pizza and some cupcakes from Target.  🙂  Played more games and took Sarah’s dogs for a walk. A water leak at our house sent us over to Sarah’s to take showers and brush teeth the night before we took the kids home. Thankfully we could just turn the water off and wait for Monday for a plumber to come out. We drove the kids back to Clyde and met their grandpa Tommy at the motocross track so Aidan could practice riding. We hung out and watched for awhile and headed back to Dallas to our quiet (water-less) house.  Love these kids and always have a blast with them!

Quick Trip to Clyde

Enjoyed hanging out with Susan, Corey and kids for a couple of days. Susan was off work so we had a nice day by ourselves while Corey was at his job and the kids were at school. That doesn’t happen very often! We did a little shopping, went out to lunch at our favorite Hickory Street Cafe, famous for its chicken salad and zucchini bread, then went to the early show of “A Star is Born,” which we both loved.  Got home in time to meet the kids after school and later over to our friend Jim’s house for pizza and a fun visit with a few friends.