Another Saturday Night Story: September 2007


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Rice Reunion in 1939

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This is a picture of the Rice family reunion in 1939, at the home of Jerd and Tressa in Oklahoma City, Ok. It was probably around the 4th of July of 1939 that the picture was taken. I have had so much fun with this picture, trying to figure out who they all are. Jonnie McMehen Wells sent me this picture, and a list of those she recognizes. I will attempt to add who I also recognize. If you recognize any more of these folks, please let me know. Thank you Jonnie for sending this wonderful picture for all of our family to see.

Couples - starting on left
Uncle Dick, Aunt Gladys Rice and daughter Barbara seated
Uncle Max and Aunt Mildred
Don't recognize the next couple
Jerd, Tressa Pybas - Don't know young child
Aunt Marcia(seated next to her Aunt Ollie)-Don't Know Lady standing
Aunt Bess and Uncle Bowling - seated boy is Jay Pybas
Down on the ground, white t-shirt, is my father Kenneth(Pete) W. Rice, he was 16 years old.
Lloyd and Ira Rice
Seated Anna Jane McMehen Johnson - Jonnie's sister
Don't recognize next couple
Don't recognize next couple
Seated on ground is my Uncle Jack Rice, that may be his first wife seated next to him.
Seated Aunt Evaline - two boys in front - shirt and suits - Roberts brothers
Standing behind in stripped dress - Nell Jean Saylor Rice

I have more old pictures I will post next week.

Have a Good Week

Saturday, September 22, 2007

She's My Shining Star

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This week was so busy for us! We are so excited that Kayla is attending school in the Maize district, they have so many more activities for the kids, and the curriculum is more advanced. The school counselor administered a "group IQ" test on Kayla this week, and found that she came up with a lower score than what her IQ was last year in Kindergarten. We discussed that this is most likely because of the fact that other children were being tested at the same time. (The children all sat as a group and answered the questions, with other children they didn't know.) The counselor agreed and stated that she felt this test was completely inaccurate for determining her score this year, based on what she scored at last year. IQ's don't just drop like that. So, as of now, we are just kind of taking it a little at a time. I've decided that I'm not going to have her tested for gifted again until next year. She is flying through the work right now, and Grandma was right, she will always be ahead of the class. We'll see next year how things go, and right now we're focusing on fun activities for her. She is such a sweetheart, she deserves so much.

Friday was not only school picture day, but it was "Lil Cheer Workshop" night! This is where girls who sign up, get to stay after school and hang out with the high school cheerleaders! They ate pizza and learned a few cheers, then were shuttled to the high school and got to cheer at the football game!! You can only imagine how excited Kayla was. She was beaming! All of our friends showed up to watch and get pictures of course! I hope you enjoy these pictures of my shining star!

I miss my father severely and hope that I can visit him soon! Someday in the near future we'll be back in the same town. :) I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Saturday, September 01, 2007

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a 284-feet tall neoclassical oolite limestone and bronze monument in the center of Indianapolis, Indiana (and Marion County, Indiana). It was erected to honor Hoosiers who were veterans of the American Revolution, territorial conflicts that partially led up to the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the US Civil War.

I moved to Indianapolis this week. What a beautiful city. The trees and the hills remind me of Missouri. Things are different here, but not much different than other places I have lived. This Thursday is opening night for the Super Bowl Colts. They are having a free concert at Monument Circle before the game, starring Faith Hill and Kelly Clarkson. We plan to be there, since everyone in Indianapolis will be there also.

This world we live in sometimes leaves us tossed up in the air, and suspended for awhile, turning and turning, bobbing and weaving, hoping for the best, wanting things better, only to be disappointed at what life has thrown you, and then you fall, backwards,all the way down. Then comes a change. Like a new flower that blossoms, or a spring that flows for the first time, you begin the struggle of starting all over again. Oh well, you just do what you have to do, pull your boot straps up, and get on down the road, and don't look back.

There are people that I belong to in this world. The blood that runs through their skin is the same as mine.

I am home with them now.

Have a Good Week