Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Life Lately ~ March 2021

 Here's a post for the scrapbook.

Starting out on a sad note, but a few weeks ago, we found out that Wayne's college roommate passed away. Now, if you've been keeping up here on the blog, this is NOT the roommate I was dating when Wayne and I met twenty-eight years ago. This is the roommate with an addiction that bailed out of our wedding at the last minute. Do I sound bitter? I'm not. Unfortunately, his addiction ended up costing him his life in an elective surgery. He and Wayne lost touch through the years, but had spoken as recently as Christmas. It made me realize that when a friend you haven't spoken to in years calls you out of the blue, answer the call. It could be the last time you speak to them. 

We recently had a wonderful time in Texas at the lake house of one of our friend's. We took Alise out of school on Friday and she invited a friend. Other than being a little cool (my kid actually brought a bathing suit!) 🙄, our weekend was absolutely perfect! 

High school basketball awards (and compliments!) are not handed out like candy with our Coach. As a matter of fact, there are only three awards. Three. But I am happy to say that Alise received The Most Improved Award and we are so proud of her (I wish Wayne could have been there!). Alise joked that it was because she only got ONE technical this year instead of two last year. Thus, improvement. Ha! But, seriously, she only missed one practice the entire summer and season and gave 110% because she loves the game so much. Coach was very complimentary toward Alise and mentioned her improved ball handling, scoring, and leadership on the court. She had the most assists for the season. It was so fun to see Alise and her teammates all dressed up and not sporting pony tails. Ha! I know I've said this 1,000 times, but I LOVE watching Baby Girl play. I had this dream for her; I wanted her to cheer. But just like God says in His Word, His plans our not ours and after living my own mother's dreams, I was determined to not do that to Alise. And letting go has been more rewarding than I could ever imagine. When she beats the press, when she makes the high pass to her tallest post player and she scores, when she drives the lane and makes the layup, my heart could nearly burst. Yes, the season is long. Yes, there is still alot of drama and tears. Yes, I could buy an island for what we've paid in basketball expenses, but I would. not. change a single thing. Wayne and I both are looking forward to the next two years. 

In less than two months, we will have a new driver in da house! And after much arguing discussion, we made the decision to buy Alise a used vehicle (not terribly used, of course!) for her first pair of wheels. We purchased the car in Houston and with the help of Wayne's best friend that lives there, we were able to do the transaction seamlessly. We plan to surprise her in a few weeks. She is going to WIG. OUT!

We are now a four-eyed family. The day that I had hoped would never come arrived and now Alise has her own pair of glasses to keep up with. She blames her Spanish II class, but she only has to wear them in the classroom and to drive. Actually, she's pretty excited about them and this was a total daddy-daughter appointment because Wayne took her and she chose the frames that he liked (they were face-timing me from the eye doctor's office). Maybe she will let me post a picture wearing her new glasses a little later. 

Alise is being inducted into the National Honor Society today. We are so proud of her and her academic achievements.

I am taking a break from social media this week for Holy Week, but I wanted to be sure to document our month. 


Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!


  1. So sorry to hear about Wayne's friend:( Congrats to Alise!

  2. Blame all the bad things on Spanish class - LOL
    Congrats to your girl on her award.
    That's sad about Wayne's former roommate... especially wiht it being an elective surgery - wow. You just never know. Ricky just lost his last good childhood friend last week due to a heart attach & its shook him - we're getting those reminders more & more not to take days for granted.
    happy Holy Week!!!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about Wayne's friend. I had an old friend call me out of the blue yesterday and I'm so glad I answered. She was going through some serious issues with her daughter, and I'm happy I could just sit and listen. Happy Easter.

  4. So sorry to hear about Wayne's roommate but just loving all the fun stuff you got to share about your daughter. Sounds like she is doing fantastic.

  5. Ohhh, how sad to hear the news of Wayne's friend. But I appreciate your statement to answer calls, because you just never know.

    Congrats to your daughter! Lots of excitement for her and you guys as proud parents!!

    Happy Easter, Laura!!

  6. I am really sorry to hear about Wayne's roommate. It is tough to imagine but you are right about taking those calls.
    Congratulations on all the good news about Alise's accomplishments! I cannot wait for her surprise to be revealed!