Thursday, September 25, 2008

How Many of you are there?

I'm am totally copying Bee's blog, but I really loved looking up my name! I thought it would be fun to see about the rest of you all out there.
There are 12 of Me in the US
There are 33 of my wonderful hisband in the US
There are 64,100 people in the U.S. with our last name.
Statistically the 542nd most popular last name.
There are 4 people in the U.S. named Erin Riffle.
There are 5,516 people in the U.S. named Mary Edwards.
There are 1 or fewer people in the U.S. named Chole Yates.
I am sure Chole will be beaming with pure joy once she finds this out!
So go see for yourself...How many of you are there?

Welcome Packets for Laughlin

Beth Ann and I have been working on welcoming new 86th spouses. I feel like we've not done the greatest of job, but it is a slow work in progress. Here are a few lists of where to eat, where to shop, day trips and weekend trips. hopefully, this will help you adjust to the slower pace of life in Del Rio....

Place to eat in Del Rio

Salas Better Burger
913 E Ogden St Del Rio, TX 78840
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri, Sat 10 AM - 10 PM,Wednesday 10:30 AM - 10 PM, Sun Closed
Cost: $5

The Herald
830-774-2845. 321 S. Main St.Del Rio, TX 78840
Mon- Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.Thur- Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.Sun- noon – 7 p.m., Sunday.
Ladies Night drink specials on Fridays. Happy Hour Tuesdays, 2 – 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 – 11 p.m.
Cost: $20

Brown Bag
440 South Main St Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 768-4837
Cost: $10

T & B's (Todd and Bullets)
3806 Veterans Blvd,Del Rio, TX 78840
Cost: $10-20

Don Marcelino's
1110 Veterans Blvd Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 775-6242
Mon- Sat 7:30am – 10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

804 East Losoya Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 774-1583
Mon- Sat 11am 2pm / 5:30pm 9:30pm
Cost: $5

Cripple Creek
Hc 3 Box 8, Del Rio, TX
(830) 775-0153
Cost $10-20

3900 Highway 90 East Del Rio, TX 78840
Drive through hours: 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Dine-in hours 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Jitra's Thia Cuisine
800 E Gibbs St, Del Rio, TX
(830) 775-7553
Cost: $10

Chinto's Super Taco
400 E 6th St, Del Rio, 78840
(830) 774-1592
Cost $5

Meme's Kleen Kitchen
202 E Canal St Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 775-3696
Cost $5

2415 Veterans Blvd. Del Rio, TX 78840
Cost $10


Buffalo Girls
440 South Main Del Rio, TX 78840

Love of Farel’s
2400 Veterans Blvd., Ste 4 Del Rio, TX 78840

The Veranda Box
405 E. Gibbs Del Rio, TX 78840

Russel’s True Value
506 E Gibbs St Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 775-3502

109 W. Broadway Del Rio, Texas 78840
(830) 774 -8558.

800 South Main Del Rio, Texas 78840
(830) 774-0962

OSC Thift Store
Laughlin AFB Wed and Fri 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and First Saturday of each month

Home Depot
2454 Veterans Blvd Del Rio, Texas 78840

Bel Furniture
2209 Veterans Blvd, Del Rio, TX. 78840

Ashley Furniture
504 East 10th Street, Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 775-1508
Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday.

2410 Dodson Ave Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 774-6534

Plaza Del Sol Mall
JC Penny, Rue 21, Bath and Body Works, Rack Room Shoes, Bealls, Ross, GNC
2205 Veterans Blvd Del Rio, TX 78840
(830) 775-0600

Day Trips

Lake Amistad
Del Rio, Texas
Camping, boating, fishing, hunting

Simonole Canyon
Comstock Texas 78837
Hiking, Pictographs, Camping

Fredricksburg, Texas 78624
Shopping, Antiques, Camping, Hiking,

Uvalde Antiques
Opera House Antiques 100 W North St, Uvalde - (830) 278-9380
Market Square Antiques 114 W North St, Uvalde - (830) 486-0399
Antiques On the Square 103 N West St, Uvalde - (830) 278-1294

The Rio Frio
tubing and water hiking
21488 TX Hwy 127, Concan, TX, 78838
phone: 830-232-5444

Corner of Us Hwy 127 & 83 P.O. Box 10 Concan, TX 78838
(830) 232-4243

Park Chalk Bluff
1108 Chalk Bluff Road Uvalde, Texas 78801
Paddle boats, Row Boats, Kayaks, camping

Garner State Park
234 RR 1050Concan TX 78838
Camping, Hiking, canoes, fishing, swimming in the Frio River,miniature golf, paddle boat and kayak rentals, bike riding

Val Verde Winery
100 Qualia Drive Del Rio, Texas 78840
(830) 775-9714
wine tasting, tours

Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center
U.S. 90 West, 60 miles west of Del Rio

Alamo Village
7 Miles North on HWY 674P.O. Box 528
Brackettville ,Tx 78832

Sonora Caverns
1711 PR 4468P.O. Box 1196 Sonora, Texas 76950

Weekend trips from Del Rio

Big Bend National Park
(432) 477-2251
Places to stay over night or
Marathon at

San Antonio Zoo
3903 North St. Mary's St.San Antonio, Texas 78212

San Antonio Children's Museum
305 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-4453

Sea World
10500 Sea World Drive San Antonio, TX 78251
(800) 700-7786

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 697-5050.

Gruene, Texas 78130
Black Swan Antiques -(830)625-7122.
Cactus Jacks-. (830)620-9602.
The Gruene Antique House -(830)629-7781.
Hample House (830)620-1325.

Gristmill River Restaurant and Grill
1287 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, TX 78130

The Riverwalk
711 E River Walk St San Antonio

381 East Austin Street New Braunfels, TX 78130

Malibu Grand Prix
3330 Cherry Ridge Street San Antonio, TX 78230
210 341 6663

Dave and Busters
440 Crossroads Blvd San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 515-1515

Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Road Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 78266
Fax: (210) 651-6144

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd San Antonio, Texas 78266

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(505) 785-2232

Fort Concho
Historic site, Bird watching
630 S. Oakes San Angelo, TX 76903

Jordan Llamas
Llama guided tour, Hiking
1734 Calle Senderra San Angelo, TX 76904

Don't forget about lodging at Randolph and Lackland while visiting San Antonio. 1-888-AF-LODGE

Concerned citizen

Concerned Citizen or Nosey Neighbor? I am not really sure myself, but I wanted to post some pictures about the great happening at Laughlin. Maybe not so great if you are next to this construction work.
Since Laughlin has been privatize though Pinnacle, we have started to see a few changes around here. For one, I have a non military neighbor down the street from me. Still find it kinda odd, especially when He has all his family from Del Rio over.

I drove around yesterday to take some picture of the progress. Here is a house on McKee. I was going to take a picture of the Collins old house but there were too many workers out front. I didn't what them to think I was taking their picture because they were HOT. Because that would be far from the truth! No offense fellas.

As you can see they took off the front of the house and it looks like they will be adding more square feet. From the old plans I looked up a year ago, most houses were supposed to get the car port converted to a garage and the storage shed would be converted to a laundry room. In my humble opinion I think that is a great idea. However, I just heard the other day the plans have changed. Go figure! So, I guess we will just have to wait it out and see what happens.

The old trailer park is also being renovated. I am not sure what they are going, but they did take up all the old concrete slabs and removed a ton of trees. I wish they could have left more trees. I guess it'll make sense after the finish.

Latino Arts/Ohio 2008

While I was home, Mom and I were able to go to an Art exhibit which feature my Aunt's work. These are self portraits. I love what my mom said, "She really is a lot prettier than these painting." I would agree. My aunt is beautiful inside and out!

Being a labor and delivery nurse, I really loved this display. Her is my cousin Daniel, and the pure miracle of birth. I have never seen anything quite like this, but I would not count myself as a scholar of art works either.

I love this one, his sweet little face still floating in amniotic fluid. It is amazing how they all fit.

So hopefully, I am not in trouble for taking pictures. I am pretty sure you are not supposed to at an exhibit.

Here is an article I found online while looking up more info about the exhibit.

Indepth Arts News:
"Latino Arts/OHIO 2008" 2008-08-25 until 2008-09-15
Concourse Gallery Upper Arlington, OH, USA United States of America
The City of Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division presents Latino Arts/OHIO 2008, a visual, performing and literary arts exhibition on view in the Concourse Gallery August 25 to September 19, 2008. The Concourse Gallery is located at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The exhibition features a fine arts exhibit curated by Egle Gatins and Elena Osterwalder showcasing a variety of artwork created by Ohio Latino artists including the following artists: Alejandro Rivera, Ana Luisa Sanchez, Elsie Sanchez, Hector Castellanos, Juan Granados, Mabi Ponce de Leon, Micaela de Vivero, Rafael Valdiviesa, Wilfredo Calvo-Bono. During the celebratory reception on September 7, commencing at 2 p.m., the audience will experience original scores of music through a concert by the “El Calido Viento” Quartet. In addition to the musical performance Latino Poets Juan Armando Rojas, Mauricio Espinoza and Eduardo Jaramillo will present original poems inspired by the exhibit during the reception.
All present and participating Latino Arts/OHIO 2008 artists will share their experiences, ideas, creativity through a forum discussion to synthesize the arts experience. Viewers will be able to enjoy the exhibit through multiple media including a gallery guide and an exhibition catalog. Join in a conversation with the Latino Arts/OHIO 2008 artists to learn about the creative process through an Artspeak on September 17 at 12 p.m. and panel discussion lead by Rosa Rojas at 7 p.m. Through the Latino Arts/OHIO 2008 the community has the opportunity to experience and appreciate the contribution of Latino artists to modern music, poetry and the fine arts. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Preschool Fun

Beth started preschool this year. Since I was home we decided to surprise her at school.
Here she is showing off her amazing art work. Not entirely sure what she created. It was so cute to see her all dressed up for school! Then she had a major melt down because she wanted to take home another art project she had made that day too, but it was still wet.

As you can see she easily recovered. We went to Waynesville, to a cute little Book Store/Restaurant and this is where she "master" Connect Four. She really thought it was great to fill the whole board up and then let the checkers go falling down!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Maya 3 years old!

Maya's Birthday
Her Momma had her Birthday party out at the lake and I was not only perfect weather but beautiful!

She loved her fair dress that I got her! But honestly, she loved everything especially the crayons and coloring book. (what a brilliant idea!)As Maya opened EVERY gift, my favorite quote of the day came out of Beth's mouth,
"Oh I have that."
Haha, Erin said she didn't have anything that Maya got for her birthday! Aren't kids funny!

The girls had a great time, and even though Maya's birthday present kept falling apart grandpa Jim has already fixed it!

Beth and dirty as ever! She had a great time and so did I. I was so happy to be home for Maya's birthday party! It was the first time I have been to one for her!

Happy Birthday little Maya!!

Little Girls, Little Girls everywhere I look...

Okay so by no way am I comparing myself to Miss. Hannigans, but it is the song that popped into my head as I was uploading these pictures.

So here are some of my favorite little girls that I got to spend time with while I was in Ohio. Julie has a much better picture of this trio titled, Ugly faces! Maybe she'll send it to me!

Right before the injury happened...Who knew jumping on a bed with blankets over your head increases your chance of falling off the bed! Guess we know now!

Maybe this is where the jumping idea came from. Here the girls are trampolining!

I especially like the frog pose in the corner. It was a great idea, but I think the frog was being choked in mid air.

Missy's Graduation Party

I was able to go home to Ohio for a whole two weeks! Amazing good time and I was able to catch so many family functions while I was there.

When I first got home I was able to go to my cousin Missy's graduation party! So, proud of her. She just finished getting her LPN. Way to go Miss!Her sister Kelli, hosted a graduation party. Thanks Kelli it was a great time and wonderful opportunity to catch up with family.

My sister Erin and I

Me and Steph (She's knocked up!!!!!)

Granny Goldie and Kelli

And of course Beth having a great time on this fabulous ride. It was the hot of the party if you were 5 and under!

Henson Family Reunion

Our Roots run deep in the heart of Texas

You would think that I would take more postable pictures, but I didn't. So, i posted the best picture I had from the reuino. This is my sister inlaw and her family. I love them dearly and didn't they take an amazing picture!!

We were able to spend two days with our "Henson" while it was flooding in Del Rio. I have to admit it was hard to leave knowing there was standing water in the storage unit! But, all ended well and we had a great time with fmaily and our many many stops to half Price books. Did you know there are five in the San Anotnio area. And, of course we went to every store! We visited two on the way to the reunion and the other three on the way home! What a successful trip!