We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary in Little Rock at the beginning of February--and what a year it has been! So to kick off the series, let's highlight some of the most memorable moments from 2010.
#10: Calling the Hogs
Our Arkansan friends are probably appalled that "calling the hogs" would be rated #10. But...as I like to say "Someone has to be Last!" Despite being a cold evening, we did have a fun time attending our first Razorback football game with our neighbor, Jeremy. There is something to be said for football in the SEC.
#9: Bob Villa Pumpkin Carving
If they can do it on t.v., so can we! We showed our pumkins who was boss, as Matt did all he could to remain #1 son-in-law. (Note: This was just a few days after a surgery and Matt learned about this while watching lots of t.v. during his recovery)
#8: Record Setting Heat
You know I'm not usually one to complain about being hot. But when the thermometer gets over 100 for 8 consecutive days (and let me tell you it was not a dry heat!), even I was hot!! Really hot! Mind you, there ended up being 21 days total this summer that it was over 100.
The previous year there was 0. My brother, Richard, just happened to chose this awesome record week to bring his boat all the way from Chicago. He works outside, and even he would tell you how hot it was. You think jumping in the 140' deep lake would be refreshing, but the water temperature was 90. A hot shower is usually 96 degrees. And poor Matt couldn't even get in the water. But, despite the heat that none of us will forget, we still had lots of fun that weekend (some more than others, just saying).
#7: Intro to Betting
I have to admit, I still have no idea what Trifecta means. But I do know that I really enjoy going to the horse races! My first experience was when my sister, Sharolyn and her family came to visit. It wasn't long before we had taught the kids to cheer "Do The Tiger" or "Dare We Dream"....whatever one has the best name (or maybe the highest odds if we are really feeling lucky). The kids were so excited that a jockey gave them each a pair of goggles after the final race that they even slept in them that night! (After a wild night of Just Dance!)
#6.5: Tube Ride
I know some of you may want to believe that I am athletic. Let me just inform you (if you aren't on the floor laughing) that I am not. I'm weak and I really don't care. So the idea of holding on with my weak arms, as I'm being dragged across a huge body of cold water, (with the idea in my head that I could drown at any time), with water splashing on my face (I hate water on my face), under someone else's complete control....really just doesn't sound like the funnest idea in the world. But somehow when we went to Alabama to visit our friends, Heath & Sophie, somehow I was convinced to give it a try. I think I stayed on long enough just to capture this photo!
#6: Our Titanic moment
Again, another experience on water. This memorable event happened to occur early in the summer. Matt convinced his friend Dustin to get a pontoon boat and we had the waverunner. We were sooo excited for our first trip to the lake, Lake Ouachita (which we pronounce as Lake Wash Your TaTas). Dustin's parents were even in town and we kept the big trip to the lake as a suprise. Well, we didn't see much lake. The pontoon wouldn't start. But that didn't stop us....the waverunner could pull the pontoon to a cove. See...
What you don't see is that minutes later, the front of the pontoon started to sink....FAST! While everyone screamed for Matt to stop (but he couldn't turn around to see us), the pontoon was almost 1/2 way under water. Luckily the grandparents were holding onto the kids and lives were saved, but we learned a lot (a) Boating can be stressful (b) Don't put the rope in the front (c) Update the will. We can laugh now. Really, we did laugh, but it took a few minutes for our heartrate to reach normal speeds.
#5: Sledding on the Mound
We must have been very outdoorsy last year--but my next memorable day also was outside. This time, it was a little colder. It was Christmas Day and we had a nice snowfall come just hours before Santa. It was mentioned that I, having lived in or around the town of Blue Mound, IL (population 1200) for over 30 years, had never done what Blue Mound was known for--going sledding at the Mound. "The Mound" is an 80 foot high hill in the middle of the flat, flat fields once left by a Glacier. So, we bundled up in all the winter gear we could borrow and took Matt's sister and her boys with us. The best part was that we were the only ones there. Now I can check this off of my bucket list.
#4: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
I hope you are still reading, because these are good. My sister, Sherry and her two daughters, Katie (Follower #11) and Kara came to visit us for Memorial Day Weekend. While the whole weekend was entertaining, without a doubt we all are still talking about the baseball game. First, my sister almost died. Really. A line drive came right toward us, too fast to even yell, with the ball bouncing off the seat next to Sherry. I know you had to be there, but it was priceless. It was scary!And I guarantee that when my sister reads this, she will say "Oh My Hell."
But the night didn't end there. As we waited for the firework display to start after the end of the game, there was entertainment on the field. Entertainment as in the fact that my dear husband, suffering from arthritis and a hole in his stomach, volunteered to do a game in front of the whole dang stadium!! It's not great video, but let's just watch:
#3: Christmas Tears
Christmas can be a happy time, or a sad time. It never fails that every Christmas someone in my family usually ends up crying. This year's occasion was worth sharing. You see, my mother just retired from being a school teacher and decides that now for holidays we have to answer test questions. We had to go around the room from youngest to oldest and answer (1) What was the best gift you ever got for Christmas and (2) What was something you always wanted but never got. There was no question that Sharolyn and I would both say that getting our Collie dog, Jackie as a puppy was a complete surprise and a pretty hard gift to ever top. But some of us realized, oh 20 years ago or so, that dogs die. But mention the word "Jackie" and my sister, Sharolyn, will cry instantly. (I'll place a bet she is crying now reading this). So of course, saying that Jackie was the best gift ever brought Sharolyn to tears at Christmas.
And to add to it, watching Sharolyn cry made Susan cry (which side note: Susan always cries.) But to see both of them crying over a dog that died 20 years ago made the rest of us laugh. And laugh. And laugh. And any time Jackie was mentioned again that weekend, the waterworks began.
As we say at the Flamm's "Merry Frickin' Christmas!"
#2: Four scores and three years ago...
I have no idea how long four scores is, but I do know that this day was a long time coming. Hallelujah! I think we can finally announce that after 6 surgeries, Matt is finally healed!
#1: On the Wings of Love
For us, the most memorable event wasn't necessarily the funniest, but the funnest. When planning our trip to Arizona, I just happened to come across information on Trip Advisor about a group trip that included a helicopter ride. Having been (ok, I still am) a big fan of The Bachelor, I joked with Matt about this idea. He instantly said "let's do it!" This was not the reaction I was expecting, but booked the tickets immediately. If you watched The Bachelor at all last time, the dude was a Pilot (hello dream come true) so they constantly played the song "On the Wings of Love". Every time we talked about our helicopter ride, we had to sing too. It was even cooler than I imagined and my biggest recommendation ever to see the Grand Canyon. And just wait till you hear what cheesy songs they play while you are in the helicopter! The pilot got a kick out of watching my reaction to the song choices.
Gee...I wonder what we will do in 2011???