Sunday, March 23, 2008

Fun Monday: A-B-C (Easy as 1-2-3)

This is what I get for signing up for Fun Monday BEFORE I know what the challenge is... Of course, I could say that almost every week, because I find myself sitting here at the computer on Sunday night, wracking my brain for SOMETHING to write - regardless of the challenge.

It doesn't help that Swampy actually gave us permission to break the rules. She said we had to be creative if we did that. Shoot. If you're gonna be creative, you may as well try to do the challenge.

SwampWitch says:

I'm not going to spend much time explaining what the challenge was because they were given permission to not follow THE RULES !

But, there are always those who "mind their manners" and do as they are told. Those are the blogs where you will find something posted about the ABC's.

My momma didn't send me to "White Gloves and Party Manners" for nothin'. So, to the best of my ability, I'm gonna follow the rules.

THE A-B-C's OF SPENDING A WEEKEND WITH THE EX-WIFE

A
Accept gracious invitation to spend the weekend at the beach, at the beach house the ex-wife is paying for.

B
Behold the breathtaking view of the evening sky
St. George Sunset

C
Click your cameras as often as possible.
Takin' Pictures

D
Delight in the sound of children laughing.
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E
Enjoy the sight of your child playing with another mother.
The water's fine!

F
Follow the footprints in the sand. You never know where they may lead.
Footprint

G
Grin as only girls who love each other can.
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H
Hunt for eggs on Easter morning.
100_0143

I
Isolate your negative thoughts and see the beauty all around you.
More St. George Sunset

J
Jump up and down when a fish, any fish, is caught! Or a crab, or a shark...
Twilight fishing

K
Keep on smiling!
Kylee Smiles

L
Love the people you are with.
Morning Wind

M
Make the most of every moment.
100_0139

N
Nurture creativity.
100_0161

O
Open your eyes to the possibilities.
100_0162

P
Pray
100_0170

Q
Quiet your jumbled mind with beauty.
100_0149

R
Remember these days - and the fun you had.
100_0123

S
Sit in the sun.
Sunshine

T
Talk. Tell your stories - and listen to theirs.
100_0168

U
Understand that sometimes, it's better to let the past be.
100_0172

V
Visit. Play Monopoly with the kids, cards with the grownups. Walk on the beach, sit on the porch. Talk.

W
Walk on the beach!
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X
eXpose yourself. But don't forget the sunscreen and a really, really big hat!
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Y
Yell "I LOVE YOU!" to your kids often.
COLD

Z
Zboy, of course!
Sprung

Yeah. You knew I'd get my weekend pictures in here somehow, didn't you????
Seriously, though... we had a wonderful time. I love the ex-wife and her kids and her husband's aunt (who also spent the weekend with us). Darling Man did an outstanding job of frying fish and scallops, baking crab cakes and dishing out the cheese grits. There were only a few childish meltdowns - all by children who were up too late and were too tired. It was a lovely relaxing weekend with good food, good conversation, and good company. We don't get together enough - but then, we live on either side of the country. I'm grateful for the time we DO have together.

30 comments:

karisma said...

Bravo! Well done! I had planned on doing something similar but with Parties in mind. I will however, leave that till later in the week as I did what women do best!

I changed my mind! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures and words.

As usual it was a pleasure to visit you!

Celeste said...

Very well done! Looks like a wonderful weekend was had by all (and a great job with your ABC's)

Sandy said...

Outstanding job! and it looks like an outstanding weekend, too. Glad that y'all get along so well - it must make life so much easier for the kiddos.

Beckie said...

Great list! I wondered how your weekend went. When you posted that were spending it with his ex I thought - I hope she tells us how it goes!

Nekked Lizard Man said...

Very well done - and with Pics too. Such the artist you are. NLM

mjd said...

I love your list, and you have pictures too. There is nothing better than " good food, good conversation, and good company."

Peter said...

A very good post Sayre, its nice when everyone gets along well together.

Pamela said...

This was a fantastic picture post -- and also a little look into your heart.

Looks nice!

Alison said...

Great job..sounds like you had a fantastic weekend!!!

min said...

Somebody take that camera away from her!!!
You are a photo menace!
Looks like you had a great time...you make me miss my home state.

Melanie said...

I love how you included pictures! Great post!!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful tme! I can't imagine anything nicer than spending the weekend at the beach with lovely company.

nikki said...

You are a very brave soul. I could never spend the weekend with Kev's ex. Great job on your ABC's.

Gattina said...

Wow ! a wonderful alphabet ! You really did a good job !

swampy said...

Wow! What a beautiful post...and what an insight into you heart and mind. Amazing how a few words can rock me back on my heels and set me to thinking, "Let it go!"
Thank you for taking so much time to create this and for starting my Monday off on the right foot.
Have a wonderful week.

Question: How do you put that little border around your photos?

SwampAngel65 said...

Looks like you had a great weekend in what appears to be a really pretty place! More power to ya for being able to spend it with the ex. I don't think I'd be able to handle it!!

Robin said...

Wow...I'm sure it wasn't the easiest of ways to spend the weekend, but your focus was on the good things, the positive aspects and that makes a TON of difference.

Ooooo, and I love YOUR version of "yell" better than mine! Yours is sweet, mine's kinda sour ;).

(Color me impressed that you uploaded SO MANY pics, too! That was WORK!! But worth it, cause it added so much :) ).

Faye said...

What a wise, thoughtful post Sayre. You obviously went into the weekend with the right frame of mind and got back what you deserved.

Me said...

The pics are gorgeous. I first thought they were catalog pictures you cut and paste from the internet. They are really beautiful!

Simply Jenn said...

Amazing list!!! The pics are absolutley gorgeous!

ChrisB said...

That looks like a really lovely weekend, glad you had fun. It made a great post.

Jan said...

Great post. I love the Worlds Smallest Police Station!!

Jettie said...

Wow what a great ABC list!!
I just had to come over and thank you so much for your loving words!! Come back and see what we found!!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Gorgeous post, and what a beautiful family you all are. I love that you are one big family, the kids must really benefit and it looks like you had a wonderful time.

Karina said...

Lovely! The photos and the words. Lovely.

IamwhoIam said...

Looks like a lovely weekend for the whole family. :)

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Man, I miss going to the beach for vacation. I haven't been to a beach for over 10 years. How sad is that! Great pictures and great story telling ABCs.

Junebug said...

What a great post! Very great attitude also and see what you got out of it. Great memories. That will last.

Jeff said...

I love the pics and the context you used them. Thanks for the glimpses of your life.

Kaytabug said...

Way to go!! The photos are beautiful!
I really enjoyed the story you told through the letters and photos!!! Fantastic!