Friday, March 27, 2009

Bubba standing all by himself

I just wanted to post a few pics of the kids. They are having a great week the weathere has been wonderful so Priss and Mae have been outside to play by 9 every morning. Hope all is well with everyone. Have a great weekend!

Our "New" Piano

OK so maybe its not new but it is new to us. We decided to try to find a good used piano so that Mike could play ( he loves to and is wonderful at it) and something the kids could learn on. Priss loves to sit down and peck on it and surprisingly she is very gentle. Bubba had even stood up and was pecking on a key but Priss got to him and told him no then pushed him down before I had a chance to get a picture of him playing. Poor little Bubba, although it will not be long before he will be pushing her down. Here is a video of Priss and Mike please keep in mind it needs tuned desperately but I have a little "work" to do on it before I am ready to have it tuned. We will keep you updated on the kids progress in learning.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Friend

I know that I have expressed to many of you the concerns in the last 6 months or so about Mike's course and that many of you have been praying for our family. I would like to start by thanking you all for your thoughts and prayers.
Things are going very well currently with his course and that is mostly in part to Mike and the decisions that they (him and the board) have been making.
Mike is an incredibly talented individual on so many different levels. I do believe that he could do anything he put his mind to. Well, today there was an article about Oak Meadow and the things that are going on that made the front page of the sport section of our newspaper. I just wanted to share the article with everyone. I included a link if you would rather read it that way.
The article is about the new memberships and the new head pro Mike just brought to the club since he is the General Manager now. I would like for to keep Mike in your prayers. He is a golf pro above all else and this will be a very challenging year for him to let go and let someone else handle the golf operation and he will oversee it. It may be his biggest challenge. HAHAHA
Mike we love you! Thank you for working so hard to make a life for us and for providing for our family. We are so beyond proud of everything that you are accomplishing.

Wolf sees club growing
Oak Meadow has new pro
By Gordon Engelhardt (Contact)Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Oak Meadow Golf Club landed 90 new members, but new Head Pro Michael Wolf wasn't about to take all the credit.
"We've had a membership drive," he said, noting that some costs have been reduced. "We're trying to revitalize the members. Overall, I would say we have more than 200.

Wolf, who had been teaching full-time at Tee Time Golf Complex on Morgan Avenue, had been discussing the move with Oak Meadow officials for more than a year.
"It's just a good thing in my life after teaching professionally over 18 years," he said. "I decided it's a good opportunity to go into the country club life and be a head professional."
Michael Strain was promoted to PGA General Manager/Director of Golf, paving the way for Wolf as Head Pro.
"I will still be teaching the public as well as members at Oak Meadow," said Wolf, a Mater Dei High School and Indiana University graduate. "I've got a Master Teaching Credential certified and I'd like to have a golf scholarship, possibly under the name of my book, 'The Driven Golfer,' to bring recognition to Oak Meadow."
He used his book as his thesis and passed a playing ability test and two levels of certification. "It just means that there are less than 100 in the U.S.," Wolf said. "It just means that you have worked on it long enough to have written about it and showed the ability to play, that you can write and teach at a high level."
Wolf, who is beginning to work on a DVD to complement his book, would also like to bring professional golf back to Evansville in the form of the Evansville Open pro-am.
He noted that local golf veterans remember Sam Snead competing in a mini-tour event in Evansville in the 1970s.
"I'd like to showcase the quality of the club and course," Wolf said. "Outside of Victoria National, I don't know of any courses in the area that are as nice as Oak Meadow."
Wolf, 48, said he hopes to retire at Oak Meadow.
"I'm looking forward to learning the golf management business from top to bottom," he said. "Mike Strain is a graduate of Mississippi State University's golf management school, one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious, golf management schools in the country. There is no better person to learn from."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Pictures Are In

Please go to and view the pictures that we had taken of the kids the day I got sick last week. Once at the sight click on Sessions and then the id will be our last name. Enjoy! The one of Bubba sleeping on the puppy is the one that she said she was going to use in her fine art bebe photography book.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Mommys nurse: I think if everyone had one of these people would get well a lot faster.

Shae took these pics of the kids while she was with them: Thank you so much Shae for being here for me. I love you.

To say that the past six days have been a roller coaster would be an understatement. After a wonderful trip with Mimi and Papa the kids and I headed home on Thursday afternoon. I had not been feeling well for a few days and by the time I drove home I was feeling awful. Mike was in late meetings and just so happened that he decided to sneak out early. He helped me unload the car (including a tv and huge recliner) and then I ran and picked us up dinner. I kept on telling him over and over that I did not feel good and by 8:30 (bathtime) I could not stand up straight. By 9:00 I was in bed and was doubled over in pain. I was taking as much medicine as possible and nothing would take even the edge off the pain. I went from our be to the bed in Bubba's room to the couch to the bathroom all night. I did not sleep a wink! I would wake up and cry the pain was so awful. I have a history of ovarian problems so I automatically blamed it on that. By 6:00 Friday morning I was so exhausted and mentally done from the pain I told Mike I had to go to the doctor but that I did not feel like I could drive myself. (If you can imagine) I called Judi and she was at the house around 8 to watch the kids. I think she knew it was much worse than I thought when she saw me. By this time I could barely walk, could not stand up straight, my thermostat was on 74, and I had not kept anything down in 12 hrs. Mike took me to my gyno and after a few test and an exam he gave me the wonderful news that he thought it was my appendix and was sending me to the hospital next door. you can imagine the terror that I felt thinking about surgery and my poor children. Well after they checked me out and did a CT and finally gave me some drugs for the pain and sickness they gave me the awful news that the surgeon was coming to talk to me. I got so upset they had to give me another round of medicine before I hyperventilated. We had already been in touch with our families and Shae Shae and Brenda were just waiting to hear the final verdict before hitting the road. They began pumping me full of antibiotics and prepping me to move me over for emergency surgery. Judi brought the kids down to see me before surgery and Shae, Possum and Squirrel arrived around 3:30 or so. I went in for surgery around 6:00 and was back in my room around 8:15 I think. It was a very long day and one I do not ever wish to repeat. The first night was very long for Shae and Mimi (who arrived around 9:00). It was Bubba's first night away from his mommy and he gave them both a good fight. They said that Shae worked better because we look so much alike that in the dark he was slightly satisfied with her. It was a long night for all of us. They had me up every two hrs. checking me out. The next day when they brought the kids down to see me (I couldn't go home because my white blood cell count was too high) Mimi and Madi ran to the store and Bubba took the opportunity to snooze with mom. He just rolled over and curled up in my arms and did not move until they came back to get him. He needed his mommy fix. It was a very long couple of days for us, but thankfully I got to come home Sunday afternoon. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me and who helped with the kids. I am still out of commission until I go back to see my surgeon next week. Mimi is staying with me until Friday at least since I can not lift anything including my children.
Thanks again to everyone, especially my dear hubby who stayed with me the entire time holding my hand and comforting me. You are the best "Friend" any wife could ask for and I love you dearly.
Well that is my weekend, how was yours?????

A Day At The Park

The kids and I were getting ready to head to Nixa to visit Mimi and Papa for a week while daddy got some extra work done and Bubba and I hadn't felt well so Mike took the afternoon of to take us to the park. Both kids had a wonderful time at the new park I found the other day. It is amazing and very 2 year old friendly. Enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Photo Shoot

Mimi and I took the kids Friday after I arrived in Nixa and had their pictures taken. Again, Priss refused to smile and we had to work endlessly to get what we did out of her. Bubba was as smiley as always. We will be in Nixa until Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the weather. Have a great week.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Nana Bama & Papa Visit

My new pantry

Clean up crew
Nana and Bubba spending some quiet time together

Mike hard at work

Papa had a helper on the job ensuring that he was cutting and measuring properly

What? Formens need breaks too!!!!

My pantry contents waiting for their new home

Bubba was helping me get ready for the visit. Do you think social services might protest to this picture?

Two weekends ago now Nana Bama & Papa came to visit if you remember it has been so busy I have not had any time to blog until today. They came down on Friday and we had such a wonderful time other than Mike and dad going to Lowe's for some supplies and then to church we didn't even leave the house. I loved it they played with the kids I cooked, Mike and daddy built me a new pantry it was a great visit. I had been needing and wanting a new solution to my "lack of" a pantry. So, I took advantage of having daddies experience and Mike's muscles together and I think what they came up with turned out terrific. I still have not finished organizing everything I want to but I did get it and the laundry room painted. Joe is going to make me doors to go on the front of it.

Thank you so much daddy and Denisa for coming up for the weekend it was wonderful to spend the time alone with you guys and thank you to Mike and Daddy for my new pantry it is perfect.