Friday, September 19, 2008

Family Day Trip, Monday, September 8, 2008

Before I get into this post, I want to thank everyone
who's offered up prayers and warm thoughts
for me while I've been sick, both by your
comments and by email.

I'm feeling better but not back to 100%.
My allergies are still acting up but not as bad
as they were earlier in the week.
My sugar is still up and down but hopefully
that will improve with diet and after I see
my doctor for medication next Friday.

Thank you all again for your concern for me.
I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.
Almost 2 weeks ago, JESSICA, CECIL,Emmy, Sue and I
took a short road trip to Southaven, Mississippi via
Memphis, Tennessee to eat at Red*Lobster.
Red*Lobster is probably my favorite place to eat
and I don't have the opportunity to go very often,
so I really appreciate it when I do get to go.

I said "short trip", but it takes about an hour and a half
to drive it, according to the traffic and how heavy
your driver's foot happens to be.

We had a perfect late Summer/early Fall day for our drive.
It was about 75F or about 24C and sunny, with a few puffy
white clouds scudding along in the sky.Jessica, our pilot for the drive.Cecil, Emmy and Sue, the backseat crew.Are we there yet?I'll give this tour one leg up!Ain't she a stinker?And a ham!
(Notice Sue giving me the evil eye here? :o)Here we're leaving West Memphis on the
Arkansas side of the Mississippi River, on
the I55 bridge, or the "old bridge" as most
of us call it around here.
Notice that the river is back in its banks.
The last pictures I took of this area, the
Mississippi River was flooded out of its banks.On the bridge itself. The center of the bridge
marks the state line between Arkansas
and Tennessee.Looking to the East at the Memphis,
Tennessee side of the river.
A view of the river bank
and some tugs, barges, etc.I tried to take some pics of the scenery from Memphis
to Southaven, but the sun was almost directly overhead
and the glare on the car glass was so reflective that
it ruined most of my efforts. It didn't help things that
we were moving at a pretty good clip and most of the
pictures were blurred anyway.

Also, by the time we got inside and seated, Emmy
was starving so all our attention was on getting her
something to eat and drink before we got
thrown out of the restaurant.

All that to say, it never even occurred to me to take
any pictures of us inside the restaurant, our food, etc.
I ordered the endless shrimp, scampi and breaded,
and a salad and baked potato.

They always give you the famous cheddar bay biscuits
and as usual everything was delicious.
Emmy loved the biscuits and just about
everything else we gave her.
Jessica ordered her some chicken strips
and fries, but she sampled from all our plates as well.Here we're headed home.We're all full as ticks and Emmy passed out
before we even got back to Arkansas.Another of my stunningly brilliant self-portraits.
I'm thinking it probably has as much to do with
the subject as much as my non-existent
photography skilz.I like the way sleeping Emmy is framed between
me and Jessica in this shot. I'll admit that that's
probably its only redeeming quality.Almost home. I don't remember why Sue was
so amused.These last 2 pictures have nothing to do with
our trip, I just thought they were cute and wanted
to share them.

These were taken Sunday, September 7, 2008 at
Jessica and Jason's place. Jessica got down in the
floor to play with her cat, and Emmy took the
opportunity to use her Mama as a jungle gym.
At one point she even turned a somersault,
head over heels, off Jessica's back.
Boy, did Emmy ever look surprised!
It didn't hurt her at all, just startled her.
And I got video of it with my camera. ;o)I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed weekend.
Lord willing, I'll be back later Saturday evening
with my Sunday Dinner post.


Judith said...

That little child is such a Heavenly blessing, even her high kicks. It is easy to see you all had a great trip.

Cecil said...

Hi.. just stopped by for a minute.. I am worn out and will be headed to bed in a bit.. glad you're feeling a little better... Love, Cecil

Kelli said...

WOw, Emmy is a cutie!

I've driven and been driven across that bridge more times than I can remember, even when I was too little to be able to see out the window very well!

I'm glad yo'ure feeling better, diabetes is a hard disease, both my grandparents have it. My grandmother takes care of herself, at least compared to my grandfather and she feels pretty well most of the time, but he DOES NOT take care of himself and he feels terrible most of the time and is crabby! But I think once you figure out your diet, etc., it will make a world of difference to you and the way you feel.

Good luck on that, I'm praying for you and enjoy reading!

HUGS, Kelli

Donna said...

It's good to see you back. I envy you, having that baby girl in your life. I miss babies.

Lucy Stern said...

That was quiet a trip to go to Red Lobster. The one we go to is about seven miles from our house. I really like the chedder biscuits..... Miss Emily looks like she is having a great time. Cecil and Sue look a little squished with Emily's car seat between them. I am glad that you are feeling better and I hope that you new medication helps you with your blood sugar. Later!

Barb said...

The first thing I noticed is how long Emmy's legs are. She's going to be tall! And she definitely looks like she's ruling the roost in the back seat. LOL

Great photos, Diane, including the self portrait. :-)

It's All Good! said...

Those are great, Diane. The one of Emmy on Jessica's back is too cute. Gosh, being a older mother, if Grace would've done that to me I would've had to make an app't with the Chiropractor!
Have a great weekend. We're headed to Mesa (Phoenix) to celebrate mil's birthday.
God bless,
Brenda :)

Meow (aka Connie) said...

What a great day you guys must've had. Thanks for sharing it with us. Your photos are great ... love the bridge.
Emmy is such a cutie pie.
Have a wonderful weekend, Diane.
Take care, Meow xx

Aunt Jenny said...

How fun to see pictures of your outing!! It is just as far to a Red Lobster from here...I live in the boonies..haha. And I havn't been to one in at least 5 years!! Maybe next time I have to go up north that is where I will have lunch for a special treat. Sounds wonderful. When I have the kids with me they love to go to a buffet like Golden Corral or chuckarama..and that is easier too. It will be sorta nice to go alone. I may see if my sis in law wants to go up though. It isn't until Oct. 10th..but the doctor I have to go to is 2 and 1/2 hours away in I will deserve a nice lunch, right???
Have a great weekend Diane!!!

MightyMom said...

Iknow all about the jungle gym experience!

Emmy is one tall and skinny girl huh!

Red Lobster is a fav here too. mmmmmmmm

Rachel said...

That Emmy is so cute!! You have done flung a craving on me for Red Lobster!! It's been ages since I've been there. The closest one is an hour away, in Richmond, KY. I'm drooling!!

Loved all your pictures!!

Lib said...

Hi Diane,
I love red lobster! Don't go often .
Love the pics. an dthe stories with them .Miz.Emmy Is Precious!
Hope you have a great wk.end!
L,H,B, Lib

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Mmmm...Red Lobster sounds yummy right now!

I loved your pics of the Memphis bridge. I have many, many memories driving over that thing!

Linda said...

I am back and way behind on all the news. I'm glad you're feeling better and sorry to hear you were sick.
It looks like a really fun trip Diane. A girls day out is such a treat.

Anonymous said...

Dh and I just returned from a few days of road tripping and so I am just getting caught up on the few blogs that I read. That Jessica must be a sweet little gal. I love the way she enjoys her time with you and her aunts. I so hope you can get this diabetes thing under control and will start feeling better very soon. Blessings from v in n. Idaho

Betty said...

Hi Diane,

I'm finally getting around to visiting. I really enjoyed going on the trip with you via way of pictures. Little Emmy is really enjoying herself. She is so cute.

I like to eat at Red Lobster sometimes, too, but we don't eat there often. I especially like their cheese biscuits. I'll bet you can make those as you are such a good cook.

Hope your weekend is going great so far. I'll be back to see what's for dinner tomorrow.

Susie said...

Looks like a fun way to spend a day. We love Red Lobster too! It's only about 1 mile from us.
Loved seeing the Mississippi River. Emmy just looks adorable and you can tell she's the "star of the show"
Glad you're feeling a bit better..

Dawn said...

Looks like a really fun girls' day out! A beautiful perfect fall day.

Jess said...

I'm glad I'm not to primm and proper to roll in the floor with Em and play....I'm also thankful that I'm able to.

Had a great time that day...ate way too much!

Love you and glad you feel better.

kkryno said...

Sorry, I haven't been around for a while. We've been getting K. ready for a trip further north for training.
Your trip looks like so much fun! Emmy's Gals Unleashed! I miss doing things with my daughters, living so far from home. I'll be visiting over Christmas, though. Can't wait!
Only a few more days until your appt. with the diabetic counselor.
Hang in 'til then, and keep us posted.
Love, Vikki.

Mam said...

Wow. You girls have so much fun together. What a blessing. I'm still catching up on blog reading. sorry I haven't been around much.

Morning Glory said...

Oh Diane, Emmy has such joy in her face. She looks like a really happy little gal.

Nancy said...

What a little doll Emmy is!!! It would have probably been a longer ride without Emmy entertaining you all! Sounded like a great trip!

(((((( HUGS ))))))