Last week I was in Memphis quite a bit and I loved every minute of it! I was able to eat lunch with Sassy (Mrs. Carolyn) and laugh. That is what we do best...laugh. She is me in 30 years, if I am lucky enough! We are twins in a lot of ways and I love that woman. She teaches me to just be me and laugh through life because when it is all said and done, "who gives a hairy rat!" The visits are never long enough, yet I cherish every little laugh we can share together when we get the chance.
I was in Memphis all by myself for 24 hours. It was very unusual and wonderful! I failed to take photos of all I did there, but when Henry is not with me I tend to forget about my camera. I stayed with my Aunt Babs and Uncle Joe the night before I took my real estate exam. I got there early in the day to eat with Sassy and then I was able to go pick up Claire from school and attend her AAU game with the fam. Hollye, Claire and I then went to eat dinner. It filled my love tank and made my heart happy. My Aunt Babs and Uncle Joe reassured my confidence before my test and I aced that sucker! I then met my sweet daddy in north Mississippi for lunch to celebrate the passing of my exam before heading back to Arkansas to retrieve my wild child from my mother-in-love...who is always on-call to stop everything and keep that fine boy for me. It was a fabulous 24 hours!
This above photo is daddy and me after my exam in the Arby's parking lot. Arby's. He chose Arby's. He said he loved their french dip but he ordered a Reuben. I am still confused, but I was happy to eat anywhere because I was starving and who gave a hairy rat at that point! I love an Arby's roast beef though, I cannot lie. I would eat anywhere with that old mine of mine. I am blessed to have him.
Over the weekend we three went back to Memphis to see our cousins from Wisconsin. My Meemaw and her sister Grace each had a girl first and then each had a boy. Barbara, Bob, Dick and Nancy try to see each other at least once a year. They grew up in Wisconsin and daddy and Babs grew up in the Delta. They have always been very close, despite the miles. I had not seen them in about five years so we made a point to head over and see them this time.
All of the bedtime stories my daddy would tell me when I was little referred to playing on the family farm in Mississippi with cousin Dicky from Wisconsin. When I see these two maturing men all I can picture are those stories I was told over, over about two little city slickers causing trouble on the farm. It still makes me laugh after all these years. I love that we laugh...alot.
Cousin Nancy and Henry bonded. He calls her "Pancy" and I have not corrected him because watching him say it is just too precious. They ran around the house chasing each other until they got in trouble and had to stop. Nancy also beat me at basketball, but I am short, so I figured as much. She is a lot of fun and I wish we could see her more. It was great to visit and introduce Henry to she and Dick. I am certain he made a lasting impression!
Claire gets exicted about Henry and enjoys entertaining him. I love and enjoy it too. She has taken a babysitting certification class so I just say she is better fit then me in the safety department so I just let her have him when I am over there and I just sit inside and drink a cold can of Diet Coke! I did venture out once or twice and I took this photo of him rebounding her shot. He would yell "I got it" each time. He was a sweaty mess afterwards, but he had so much fun.
This week we are back to a new normal at our house. I loved my week last week and the change of pace, yet so excited to be on track again. I am now waiting on my real estate license to come in the mail so I can get to work. I am all set up at Remax and reporting in everyday, getting acquainted with everything and everyone. All we are waiting on is the license so I can run on out and sell, sell, sell!