Posted by Michelle on Oct 6, 2014 in Hayley, Michelle, More Family
Had to go to the UNC-SDSU game to see the stripe out! Night games at Kenan are just so gorgeous – there is no place more beautiful for college football. My dad showed up and hung out for most of the game which was a nice gift too.
Everyone in their seats…
Heels pull out the win at the last second
Posted by Michelle on Aug 18, 2014 in Genealogy, More Family
I have about 200 photos to post, mostly from Hayley’s high school basketball and soccer seasons… or July 4th… or whatever, I’m just way behind in general. But in the past 12 hours, I’ve got two old photos of ladies I love (my mom and my mother in law) and I had to post them because I’m so charmed by them both (you should begin humming The Way We Were by Streisand now and don’t make any jokes because everyone should know I’m obsessed with that movie).
My mom is on the right side, in the light pink top with the darker pink floral skirt before a friend’s wedding in 1973. Thanks to Facebook for this one, the poster was the bride and added, “your mom was always such a wonderful part of EVERYONE’S life. So funny. Actually, her whole family was hilarious and I think all her many friends would agree to that.”
My mother-in-law passed this one on to me last night with this story, “this picture that was sent by the daughter (baby on the left) of lifelong friends of mom and dad. The picture is of the Douthitts and mom and dad with mom holding me and Karen as a toddler. The two on the right are “Pops and Frances”, my dad’s parents. Karen or I had never seen this picture before. Cliff and Inez Douthett met my parents while they both were dating, then married, then had children about the same age. When we were young we used to drive to Texas (where they moved to) for visits. Then Mom and dad and they used to travel together when we kids grew up and moved away. Just interesting history. Cliff and Inez are still living. They had a very long friendship.”
Posted by Michelle on Jul 12, 2014 in Hayley, More Family
Posted by Michelle on Jun 9, 2014 in Hayley, pups & other pets
It was a fun day, had lots of fun with flowers and balloons. She had a lot of instructions for food this year which was sort of funny. She wanted me to make her hash browns for breakfast, then get Starbucks on the way to school and then her very favorite slow cooked bbq chicken before cake. (She even talked us into Chili’s the night before so she could get dessert there too). The Renfroes came over with lovely gifts as well.
Of course the highlight was the big gift which was a new black and screen miniature dachshund puppy. I made up a birth announcement for the puppy, rolled it up and attached it to a toy weiner dog. Then we had Annabelle drag the toy with her to Hayley – as crazy as that sounds, it worked perfectly! The pup was a few hours away so we picked up the darling the following Sunday. She’s been begging for another forever so it was a huge hit. Hayley named the pup Lilly.
Crazy balloon door
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Posted by Michelle on Jun 9, 2014 in Hayley, Jeff, Michelle, More Family
We had a great Easter!
I’ll always make Hayley an Easter basket.
The Hillisons came down for the weekend.
Hello from us…
Posted by Michelle on Mar 8, 2014 in Hayley, Jeff, Michelle, More Family
Sort of a random catchall – Christmas, Hayley’s braces coming off, New Years Eve and the Winter storm in February.
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Posted by Michelle on Aug 14, 2013 in Hayley, Jeff, Michelle, More Family
We spent July 4th up in Blacksburg again, a very relaxing break. Jeff and Hayley ran a 5k with Jeff’s parents over in Shawsville. I helped set up their new iMac (another convert to Apple). Jeff and I went back home after the holiday and Hayley stayed longer to hang out with her grandparents and Uncle Jay.
Jay is excited to have won a gift certificate in a raffle despite not running, lol
We brought Annabelle with us, she and Clayton enjoyed pinning Hayley down
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Posted by Michelle on Jul 13, 2013 in Hayley, More Family
Hayley’s sister Faith came to stay with us for a weekend and we had a great time. The girls hit the pool a few times, hung out with our next door neighbor, went to Winterpast Farm and went horseback riding.
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Posted by Michelle on Jul 13, 2013 in Genealogy, Michelle
A friend of mine (in fact my former HS Brit Lit teacher) has been in Ireland the past few weeks and I was stunned to see she ended up in the town some of my family was from, Doolin in County Clare. Doolin is a lovely small town on the western coast of Ireland and she was kind enough to take some photos for me. There in/on Fisherstreet, my third great grandmother Mary O’Connor met and married Peter Donahue (O’Donaghue). Around the same time she married, someone in her family started the pub in town, Gus O’Connors. Not long after, Mary and Peter took off for the USA with their brood of three and settled in Boston. Three Peters later, along came my dad Thomas.
The pub has long since been sold outside of the family but it is still a working pub, renowned for it’s traditional Irish music, . We still have family in the county too, we’ve emailed some in our genealogy research.
Posted by Michelle on Jun 26, 2013 in Hayley
The Kestrel eighth grade graduation was really lovely, we didn’t take a ton of photos since it was rainy. Hayley got one of four scholar-athlete awards for playing three sports and keeping up her grades. High school, here she comes!
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