Dianne Williams and Christine Haven
True to our words, we met again in September 2003.
This time we had 10 days to talk!!!
So that's what we did, we talked, we drove around Houston and I showed Dianne
all the sights plus the beautiful locations on real estate. Dianne has an
eye for quality properties and we enjoyed discussing houses, real estate in
general and prices. She quickly found that real estate in Houston is a lot
lower than in California. We hypothetically decided that if she sold her
home in California, she could buy a mansion in Houston. No chance of that
though because California is in her blood and her husband, Tom, children and
grandchildren are there. I believe that's the same for all of us. We
have made our familial roots ourselves and are now living the future that Bonny
Oaks delved to prepare for us.
We did go back to Lufkin to see the boys and grandchildren
again. Plus we drove 150 miles to the nearest Krystal to get
cheeseburgers, fries, chili and coke. Dianne hadn't eaten at the Krystal
in many, many years. Texas got their first Krystal last year in Beaumont,
Texas, so that's where we headed!
I just called Dianne because I was amazed that out of 10
days, we had taken so few pictures. That's what talking will do for you,
make you keep forgetting to stop and take pictures! Here are the ones we
(Dianne mostly) took.
The Krystal in Beaumont, Texas, on a beautiful stormy Texas day!
Inside the Krystal - Menu
Inside the Krystal - Menu
A Texas Taqueria - This place has the best breakfast tacos - they are
responsible for one of my double chins! The inside is spotless and run by
a husband and wife that are very nice and always wanting to please
customers. I am standing next to the woman, but don't think you can make
out the faces.
Christine - my truck outside the Taqueria, complete with fire truck in
Christine's son, James Howard's home. The stuffed Bobcat stands watch.
Christine with James' sons: Trevor Howard 12 years old, Riley 5 years old.
Dianne is in room (sorry Dianne), lol.
Dianne, inside the Taqueria. She wasn't quite sure of the place at first
because it was so by-the-road, but the food was great and she liked the
Dianne and the hat!
Christine's grandsons by James: Trevor on right armrest, Riley on the
outside left and Jared, 2 years old, on second left. Dianne is in room,
Visiting Christine's daughter, Carrie Jay's house and pictured with one year old
grandson by Carrie. His name is Simon Jay Hale. Dianne is in room,
what a great visit, huh Dianne, lol!
Visiting son, James Howard, at his house. James is 33 years old.
Dianne is standing beside Christine in room, lol.
And last but not least, this is what "Grannies" do, they rock their
granny-baby to sleep. Simon Jay Hale, 1 year old in picture.
After Dianne saw this page, she sent the following
email. Her memory is great and here's some more of our reunion memories:
July 11, 2004
Toby Keith sings, "Me, lets talk about "Me". Well, I saw me and
you, you and me, lol, on the web reunion page. I laughed so hard about the
green light. I know it's just a story that only you and I can really get cause
we were there. I have been laughing since I read it. I'm still
laughing! Memories! Oh, the things we do for a fun time out.
The second reunion was a good one. We went to Krystals and you got chili
free. The guy thought you were a "mystery shopper." Lol, I
love that! I walked into Jimmy's house and about jumped out of my
skin to see taxidermy bobcat on the floor. Jimmy told me all the story
about how he got it. I loved seeing your grandchildren. I loved
seeing your homes and places you worked. Remember how we got the last
strawberry cheese cake at that Pie Shop and just couldn't wait to eat it so we
dug into it while you were driving? We managed to save enough for Carrie
to have some. I liked seeing Carrie and Simon. Enjoyed our
babysitting him. Loved Texas rainstorms!
Thanks for the tour of Galveston and the Bayou. Remember us going into the
fish market in Kemah. I was looking at those blue crabs. Someone had tongs
and looking at which ones to buy. I remember the security guard standing
by. I asked if you cook crabs the same way you do lobster. Hot boiling
water? He said, oh you should hear them scream and he was
laughing. I said we'd get some shrimp on my next visit cause my time
was running out.
You and I had some nice times. I liked scanning photos for you during the
day while you were at work. When I came home Tom went out and bought me a
scanner. He is so funny. This is so neat that you can save our
memories. I have enjoyed our talks on the phone. Thanks for our
memories. We need to get together to make some more.
Lots of love to you from me.
Dianne - ox's"