This morning I was thinking back to what I was doing when I turned the big 40! I realized that was a big year for me because I became a Correctional Officer for Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
If I remember correctly I was the oldest one in my class at the Academy. It was ten weeks of hell trying to keep up with the younger students. Especially when we did our hours of PTO in a town that was nothing but lot's of high hills that we ran up and down for the first hour of the morning. Then back to the academy for another hour of exercise. I have to tell you it was one of the hardest things I have ever accomplished in my life.
I still can't believe I passed the grueling exercise part of it. Not to mention hours at the firing range and passing it.
What made me think of this time in my life is because my wonderful son Clint turned the big 40 today.
Thank goodness Clint is accomplished business man and is not having to do what I did at forty.
I had a woman just last week ask me how did I ever work in a prison. I told her you do what you gotta do to make a living.
Hard to believe that forty years have passed in what seems like a flash.
Now Clint has his own beautiful family! His lovely wife Andrea gave him a surprise Birthday party at a local Barb-b-Que place called Salt Lick. As you can see I did not crop this picture and look at all the meat sitting in front of me. Ribs, sausage and brisket. It was served family style with all you can eat and I am pretty sure no one left hungry.
What's really funny is I got a text from Clint this morning telling me that he was now officially old. I laughed so hard when I read this because I was working on trying to figure out medicare paperwork today. I told him when he is filling out that paper work is when he can text me that he is officially old. lol
It seems like only yesterday that I held him in my arms and cried because of how God had Blessed me with another beautiful, healthy, precious son.
Clint really has accomplished a lot in his forty years and I am so proud of him. Especially proud of him for the way he takes care of his family. Never have I seen a man devote so much time with his children. There's nothing he wouldn't do for his family and friends.
We all love him very much and wish him another forty years and more of special Birthdays.
Another Birthday we celebrated on Sunday was my darling grandson Bailey. His party was at Chucke Cheese where he and his friends could play games and eat pizza. Bailey turned 9 and had a great time with family and friends helping him celebrate his big day.
The night before his party he spent the night with me at my oldest son Chad's condo. We had so much fun being silly. He told me the next morning when we were leaving Chad's on the way to his party that Chad was a really nice guy. I told him he sure was a nice guy.
At Clint's party I managed to snap this picture of my daughter Christi with her boyfriend Paul.
I love this picture and wanted to share it with you. I have not mentioned Paul to you because I did not want to jinx their relationship. lol What a cute couple they make and Paul is a sweetie!
They dated a little in High School and then several months ago Paul found Christi on Facebook and now their together again. I haven't seen Christi this happy in a long time.
I feel bad I did not get a picture of my oldest son Chad at the party. He was sitting on the other side of Paul.
Christi told me that Paul in his younger days was kind of afraid of me because the first time he came to our house to pick her up for a date that I answered the door in my uniform and told him what I expected from him dating my daughter.
I told Paul I was sorry if I came down to hard on him and he told me that I was not mean. I was just simply being a parent concerned for their daughter. I really like this man. lol
As you know lot's of changes going on in my life right now. My boss is here from Nevada. She and I will be busy the next few months trying to figure out my move. Right now she will be here with me a lot because she is getting ready to build some little houses out here on this property.
Also she is having some much needed work done on this ole farm house and my home will probably be torn up for the whole month of March. Not looking forward to the disruptions of construction work. Tinkerbell will probably be stressed out even more than myself.
Listen at me complaining this is work that has needed to be done since I moved in here. Funny it's getting worked on as I am preparing to move out.
So if you notice I am missing in action then know that I am possibly at my wits end and can't remember how to turn on a computer. haha This house is not big enough for all of us.
Hope all is well with you! I know some of you are going stir crazy from all the snow. I do wish I could send you some warmer weather.
Well this has been a long post but I wanted to share with you some of the pictures I took over the weekend.
Be gentle on you and I love when you come by for a visit.
Sweet Dreams and Love to all