Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fitzgerald Carl Davis - April 30, 2018

Monday morning I got the call that I had been anxiously awaiting for four weeks, however, I was not ready. Things started flying, and forty minutes later I was dressed, car was packed, and Diana and I were on a road trip to get to Houston before Fitz was born. About an hour into the trip, Chad let us know that it would be an all day event, so the stress level went down a little. We got there and the waiting game began. Mark, Penny, Russ, Blake, and Diana made the waiting room our home away from home for the next four days. Fitz was born about 5:40 PM. We got to see him about 8 PM for a few moments. He was much larger than guessed - 8 pounds 4 ounces. Diana and I went to Chad and Tara's to stay the night. Blake and Mark went to Dallas. Niki came in during the night. Then we got the early morning text, everyone dreads. Fitz has some issues and had to go to the NICU. He would be facing surgery. Again we dressed and fought the Houston traffic to get back to hospital. We found out that the things that develop the 7th - 9th week after conception can be affected. So the many tests began. What we know for sure is that there is a cyst on his ears, they fold over, and his anus is not developed nor can he be circumcised at this time. Over the next several days he was tested for hearing, eyes, spinal column, bones in his arms and legs, and his heart. We knew on Wednesday that we were not going to get to see him anytime soon, so we drove home Wednesday night. Fitz finally passed all his tests, the parents passed the dilation test, and so he got released on Saturday night. He will be facing several surgeries in the coming months. Even though Fitz had an emotional start, God blessed us and prayers were being answered daily/hourly. He is a beautiful little boy that has many of his father's characteristics -  his looks, he likes his buppy, and he already moves a lot. Maybe Chad will see why we called him "the worm" by the time he was two weeks old.

Pictures to follow!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

January, February, March... Where did it go?

Here it is the end of March, and I am awaiting the birth of Fitzgerald Carl Davis. I have no idea where these three months went. I can assure you that I blinked, and time moved on. I did much better in 2017 with posts. Looks like to catch up I will just do the bullets to highlight some of the events:

  • Rick and I did a road trip in February to Tennessee for us to see Greg and the girls. Lisa was out of town. It rained most of the time we were there, but it was good to be with the girls after 5 months. Rick helped Greg with a building project in his basement/garage. 
  • We got Bro, Rick Ballard as a pastor, and Tim Posey as a music director. Both are fantastic.
  • Rick and I are helping with the children's program at night at the church.
  • Greg, Lisa, and the girls came home for Easter. Diana had all her kids. We played in the park. went to the church for the Easter Egg hunt, had our own egg hunt and firework show.
  • Tara was put on light rest at 34 weeks so they did not get to come Easter. She had dilated to a three. So her North Texas showers were canceled. 
  • Rick and I went to Houston for the Mecum Car show. This ended up the same weekend that Blake had moved their family shower to Houston. I did not go to the shower because of the show, but we did meet up with all of Tara's family at their apartment. Rick did not get his GTO. 
  • We are still going to baseball games, basketball games, and track meets of the grandkids. Sunday night meals are still a family ritual.
  • Diana and Rick got a new Montana fifth wheel. It is very, very nice. Marlow is sassy as ever, and Jackson has started walking.
  • Jerry came back from South Texas.
  • Rick and I went to Lake Travis with several from the church to work with the Baptist Builders on a Camp Retreat site. We gutted a trailer house, then started building it back.
  • We did not get to go on our Spring Break girls' trip, because of Cheryl's hip replacement surgery.
  • Don Hankey passed away.
  • Brandi took the computer job at the Elementary school for this spring. Mindi and Jeremy have separated. 
Life is going on. Hopefully I will add pictures to this post and will do better the next three months. So far now, God is still good and blessing us daily.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Holidays - 2017

Football continued right up till December 21. We did make it to ATT stadium, where Rick and I went and watched three games in one day. After 31 wins, we met at team better than us (Newton). It was a great fun ride. We played in Denton, Springtown, Vernon, and Royce City (two times) for the play off games. Rick and I also went to the Frisco Star stadium to watch two other teams play.

Thanksgiving - since Chad and Tara were here for Ashton's wedding, they went to MccAllen to her grandmother's place. They stopped and visited with Jerry while they were there. We had a meal with the girls at Brandi's on Thursday, and then we had our traditional turkey and dressing meal with the Ferguson's on Saturday. Rick and I painted on one of his rent houses while he was off during the daytime.

Chad in his Meowy Christmas sweater!
Christmas - Jerry came home. Chad and Tara came in. Chad actually came to the Football playoff game and was in and out during the week.  Greg and the girls never came home during the holidays. Christmas Eve we had our Christmas with the Di's family. The boys cooked steaks on the grill, and this was a big hit with everyone. We played games for gift cards. However, during the holidays our favorite game was a game Keelie had that she used to play with her grandmother - Crazy Bee Rummy.  This year I did not get to go to Rick's girls for Christmas, since it was the same time as ours.    Chad and I put together three puzzles while he was at the house. This is always a favorite of mine.

The holidays were fun with all the little ones - Molly, Marlow, and Jackson. When Santa appeared, Marlow's reaction was priceless. We all love our time and pictures with Santa - a tradition started many years ago at my grandparents house before Diana and I were even born. Pa and Ma Henderson may be smiling that we are still carrying on this 60 year tradition.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There is Going to be Another Davis

I can finally say something - or post something. Chad and Tara are going to have a BABY - A BABY.
Yes, we were all shocked with the announcement - even them. That was the special present at Anja's birthday party; but because they had not told work and other family members. Now for the rest of the news - It is a BOY. The Davis name will go on. The due date is May 12. They are already in the second trimester.

The pictures are from Ashton Lay's wedding.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Photo Walk

Saturday I participated with 35 North Texas photographers in a Scott Kelby Photo Walk. This was the 10th anniversary with 1000 walks world-wide with over 20000 participants.  I was a little intimidated at first, but I got over it. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Stripes or lines

Older than me!

Reflection and vintage

Squares and rectangles.


Some cloning in the processing

Blow out the background.

Evidently I like doors. I did not realize I shot so many doors that day.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Family Fun

On our way home from the sprinkler show, we met up with Greg, Lisa, and the girls. We brought the girls to Gunter to babysit while their parents, Chad, and Tara go to Tech for a football game. In Gunter, Diana already had Marlow and was ready for a fulfilled weekend with homecoming activities, pumpkin farm, and family dinners.

Thursday night was bittersweet, because not only did we all get together, but we sent Jerry on his way  in his new truck and camper to South Texas for the winter. We had all the families over to tell him bye.

Friday, we did Andrea's for lunch and the homecoming parade. Rick and I took the girls to the Sophomore BBQ. We ate with Rick's girls. Isabel went to Diana's, and Anja went to the game with us. Zach was crowned Homecoming King. We had two BLOW OUTS - the game and Anja. LOL

Homecoming Mums made by M.e
Saturday was the Pumpkin Patch and a hot dog lunch there. After naps we went to Diana's house for a meal. This is actually Anja's birthday so I made her a cake, and we had a simple party for her at Di's.
Pumpkin Patch Fun

Antique train from her Dad's day!

Sunday was the Gunter Park. After nap time, Greg, Lisa, Chad and Tara drove in together from Lubbock for another birthday party for Anja. I made her another cake and a meal. More family time with PRESENTS and time with everyone. On Monday I had to take them to the airport, but knowing that the holidays are just around the corner definitely helps.

The Family

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Las Vegas - Sprinkler Show - 2017

This year Rick's sprinkler show was in Vegas, which was fitting because 10 years ago after we go married this is where we went first with Teresa and Roger on our way to the sprinkler show in Phoenix. Our trip was nostalgic in its own way with the activities and shows that we chose.

We flew in on Sunday afternoon and started with the Mob Museum downtown. Later we checked into the Bellagio Hotel with a great view of the fountains from the 20th floor. I was obsessed with watching these every chance I got, and they did go until midnight each night.
View out my window!

Monday was our tourist day. We started off with a tour of Wayne Newton's estate - Shenandoah. Wow! The history at this place was unbelievable and the highlight of our trip. We then drove out to Hoover Dam to see the complete Pat Tillman bridge, which we walked over. Then we went to see the Hollywood Car museum, which was replicas of cars in many of the movies. For our entertainment, we finished the day off with Wayne Newton in concert. He can't sing like he used to, but he doesn't do  the entire concert in music. It is mainly stories and videos of his life with the many people he knew and performed with. It was a great way to end the day. He finished with "I Did it My Way"!
Wayne Newton's historical Red Room.

Pat Tillman bridge we walked across at Hoover Dam.

Tuesday started Rick's work day. We had a business lunch at Margaritaville with the best Coconut Shrimp ever. He worked, and I played. Great day!

Wednesday was another work day for Rick. He worked, and I played. Great Day. We did get in a concert with some friends to see the Righteous Brothers. Even thought Rick and I have seen them several times before, Bill Medley can still sing and puts on a great concert. He finished with "You Lost that Lovin' Feeling" and "Unchained Melody". Later that night we went to the awards banquet for the sprinkler show. The entertainment was a tribute to the Rat Pack. This was another great concert. They finished with "What a Wonderful World".

Our trip to Vegas was great and memorable. It breaks my heart that three days later, the worst massacre in the United States took place right down the street from where we stayed and 59 innocent people were killed enjoying a concert.