Donna Durst had a busy few days the week before last. She says, "My sister, Karen Fitzhugh, arrived on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, we shopped in Greenville, Commerce and Cooper. On Friday, we shopped in Pittsburg, Mount Pleasant and Mount Vernon. We went in every antique shop we could find. That night we ate dinner at the White Oak Buffet. We let J.R. go with us. Then, on Saturday, we shopped in Paris. Of course, we played many hours of cards. We played 38 rounds. We were even, each winning 19, so just before she left on Sunday, we played the tie-breaker. Yes, I won! We had lots of fun."
On Saturday, J.R., Donna, Casey, Tiffany and Joseph Durst went to Athens to celebrate the first birthday of Cason Svehlak. His “Grammie” is Donna's sister, Karen Fitzhugh. Kyle, Amy and Cooper Kitchens were there, too. Everybody had a good time.
Sandra Wester enjoyed lunch and visiting at the Broadway Buffet in Sulphur Springs last Monday with Katina Shelton of Paris and Barbara Jetton of Royse City, and then she was back at the Broadway Buffet on Thursday for lunch with several of her North Hopkins Class of 1961 friends. JoNell Crowson Willis, Catheron Smith Camper, Wynelle Lawson Belz, Gale Milligan and Betty Weir were there to celebrate Virginia Price Miller's birthday, catch up on how and what everyone has been doing, and discuss their 50th reunion at the North Hopkins Alumni Homecoming in November. Last Wednesday, Troy and Georgia Smith’s daughter-in-law, Helen Smith, and their granddaughter and great-granddaughter, Crissty and Bryndal Williams, from Greenville came over and they enjoyed visiting and lunch together. Troy and Georgia were in Greenville this past Saturday to celebrate the 9th birthday of their great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Williams, and then on Sunday they had a visit from two good friends from Sulphur Springs. Regina Hicks and Lori Ray brought an ice chest with Blue Bell Southern Blackberry Cobbler ice cream and cones for them all to share.
Michael and Shelia Boyd traveled to Robertsdale, Ala., which, Sheila reports, “was in the middle of Mobile, Alabama, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.” She said, “We had a good time relaxing, going to the beach, and taking in the sights. Plus, it was cooler and rained for a short time nearly each day. Michael actually took pictures of the rain and sent it to the boys because he was so excited to see it.”
Floyd and Martha Payton met relatives at Vaughn's Catfish Restaurant at Lake Bob Sandlin on Thursday for dinner. Those attending were B.J. Littlefield, Peggy Cloe, B.C. Honzell from Pittsburg, James and Patsy Barnwell from Lindale, Ann Sullivan from Longview, and Loran and Martha Pitts from Meadow, Texas. Martha says, “A light shower of rain was falling starting just east of Sulphur Bluff and continued until we arrived at the restaurant. The temperature had dropped to 83 degrees, which made it very nice outside. We all had a very nice visit.”
Raven and Lane-Allton Potts spent a week in Kentucky with their aunt, Bobbie Underwood. According to Nancy (their mother), “They came back spoiled!”
Mick and Linda Petty spent last week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., watching their granddaughter, Reagan, and her basketball team compete in the "Battle in the Boro" tournament. They played well, winning their first six games, and then losing in the semi-finals. They returned home on Sunday. Monday was Linda's birthday, and Mick took her to lunch. Also attending were Reagan Humphrey and Fay Burns. Linda’s grandchildren, Reagan and Hesston, treated her to a barbecue dinner and homemade cake on Monday night.
Yvonne Weir and Linda Skaggs hosted a baby shower for Malorie Velaquez on Saturday, July 16, at Robert and Yvonne’s home. Those in attendance were Gilbert and Alicia Padron, Shane and Alexis Padron, and their children Sophie and Cruz, all from McKinney; Mickey and Tom Burnside and Mia Guthrie, from Garland; Stephanie Padron and Natalie Weir, from Dallas; and Cherry Guthrie and Yvette Williams, from Sulphur Springs.
Yvonne also says that the gardens are “about to burn up”, but Robert has been able to make lots of salsa and pickled jalapeños.
Chip spent last week in Nicaragua on a mission trip with a group led by Greg Adams from First Baptist Church. I drove to Dallas on Saturday and picked him up at the airport that night. We spent the night, and the next day we ate at the Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse in celebration of our wedding anniversary, which was on Thursday, July 14.
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