Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend Update:

I went to the rental house as I did every night this week after work to clean.  Years of built-up grease in the kitchen, dirty refrigerator, etc.  Dwayne doesn't get home until 7:30 so that left him out on helping.  Chad, Todd, Tim and Michael helped a lot with taking curtains down and all the heavier work.  Don't know what I would have done without them.  I had Susan wash the windows as there was years of build-up. 
I worked pretty late and when I got home, I was DONE.  I could hardly move.  Dwayne had to find something to eat as I wasn't able to make anything.  A week of working all day and then at night on the house does not work well with having Lupus.
I slept late, watched TV, took a nap, watch TV and then took another nap.  I did manage to clean the kitchen and do laundry, but other than that, nothing.  I felt lousy and I hurt all over.
Saturday night we headed to Belle to watch our friend's, Phil and Carol Bailey, Dacoda ride sheep.  He did really well.  I think he got second place but we didn't stay until the end.  Dacoda is so cute when he gets off the sheep, he throws his hands in the air and walks around a bit then starts waving to the crowd.  He gets to go to the finals at Columbia in October.  He calls us Aunt Connie and Uncle Dwayne.  lol  Makes us feel special.
We both slept until eleven o'clock!!  Evidently, we were worn out.  Hadn't been up too long until my nephew, Tony called to say he was having Sunday dinner.  Him and his girlfriend, Lisa, have been having Sunday dinner for the past three weeks.  I so enjoy these dinners.  It's nice to have someone else host them and Mom loves it as she's not able to do them anymore.  Lisa is a great cook.  Her sweet potato muffins are the best ever.
Later, Todd came by to get the lawn mower and go mow the yard one last time at the rental house.  Dwayne went to Rolla to buy boots and was supposed to pick up a shower fixture at Lowe's.  He forgot!!  Luckily, the renters said they had one and would install it.  One less thing to worry about.
We didn't do anything the rest of the evening but watch TV and relax.

I am so grateful for Chad and Todd's help and that of my nephews.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mickey Mouse:

My little Mickey Mouse

Cash LOVES Mickey Mouse.  He is glued to the TV when it's on and if you get in front of him, he will try to get to where he can see around you.  He was only about 8 months old when he would say, Mi-e Mou.  He couldn't get the consonants out but he was definitely trying to say Mickey Mouse.
I found a Mickey Mouse hooded towel and just had to get it for him.
As you can tell from all of my picture, we are enjoying him very much.

I am grateful for my little Mickey Mouse.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joy and Sorrow:

Sunday, Dwayne and I went over to the house we bought to rent out and worked on it.  We then went to Tony's for Lizzy's 13th birthday.  Can you believe she's 13 already??????  Actually, she acts much older and being the EAR, (Elizabeth Ann Rowe) she knows and hears everything.  She is a smart young lady and I love her so much.  We have TV night together every Tuesday.  Not sure how much longer she will want to come to her old Great-Aunt Connie's house, but sure enjoying it now.
Dad teasing her that he is going to spank her for her birthday. (probably would have if only she stood still.....)

13 Candles
That afternoon we went back over to clean on the house and find goodies Lou had left behind.  Some good, some not so good-like about 30 old brittle plastic flower pots......
Susan came over and we sat on the back deck and had a great visit.  Several of the family dropped by off and on to look at the house.  Chad and Todd helped out a lot.
My cousin, Lena Vogeler's husband died and his funeral was today.  Austin, we called him Jr., was a great guy and all through growing up he would take his thumb off for me.  It was a trick that he made look so real that I always thought he really did.  (I was apparently a gullible kid...) Even as an adult, when I saw him I would have him take his thumb off.  Neatest thing!!
Today was Jr.s funeral and I didn't do too well.  I didn't cry at Wayne's funeral and today seemed to bring it all back.  I cried all the through Jr.'s funeral and off and on the way there and back.  I guess I must be a little goofy as today was much worse for me than my own brother's funeral was.  But, I know God helped me through that day and to be strong for my sister-in-law.
Life has it's ups and downs and that is normal.  I never thought I would be having such a time with grief as this year.  I think, Connie, you are 57 years old, get used to it.  I think I used to be a stronger person as I could handle death better, but now I'm not dealing with it too great.  I put on a great smile for everyone but inside I'm hurting.  I could use extra prayers right now.
I am grateful for my family.
I also have great joy that my great nieces and nephews come over to visit often.  Last night, Ashlyne, Lizzy and Nathan were over.  Zach had a fire meeting at Vichy Fire Department and didn't get done in time to come over.  I love these four as if they were my own grandchildren and so enjoy our times together.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Baby

Had the most wonderful visit with Cash last night. Grandpa had to work late and didn't go. So he was Grandma's boy. Loved how he crawled to me when I got there and pretty much stayed with me the whole evening. When his Daddy took him-he even cried to come back to Grandma!! Be still my heart!! Great visit.

I am grateful for this little boy.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Labor Day Weekend:

The weekend started early as the Maries County Fair was going on.  After a quick supper, Nathan, Lizzy, MacKensie and I took off to the fair.  I walked over to the demolition derby figure eight.  I sat with Kenny, Blake and Nathan.  The boys kept me entertained.  Nathan asked if I was coming Friday night and I told him, no that Dwayne has been working long hours.  He said I could just come by myself then.  lol  Made me feel good they wanted me there.  Love those boys.
Lizzy and Nate spent the night and left the next morning before I left for work
Dwayne and I both had a long day.  We decided to go to Sput's to eat.  They have such good food there.  I got the philly steak sandwich and fries.  Yummy!
We took Mom and Dad to the parade.  This is quite a feat as we have to take Mom's wheelchair if she goes any distance.  So glad Dwayne was off work to help/do with Mom.  She fell as she was stepping up onto the curb.  Luckily, Dwayne was able to get her up and then into the wheelchair.  She is feeling better but has been falling again.
We always sit on the SW side of the courthouse and our family meets there.  It was so good to see my nephew Tyler, Andrea and Liam.  Liam is such a cute little boy.  As you can see below, we had a good time with baby Cash.  April didn't have to worry about holding him in the heat.  lol

3rd cousins, Cash and Liam
After the parade I took a long nap-felt good to be rested.  That evening several of our friends met at Mike and Susan's.  We had a good time sitting around on their deck and visiting.
Not much going on.  We mainly just watched TV and relaxed.
We just bought a new dishwasher a couple weeks ago and it doesn't dry the dishes.  I went to Lowe's and it was no problem at all.  He said we'll just order you a new one.  It was nice to have such good customer service.
Then the dreaded trip to Wal-Mart!!  It wasn't busy when I got there but soon filled up quick.  There are so many new students at S & T and their families there.  Makes good business for Wal-Mart but makes it hard to shop.
Spent the afternoon working around the house and watching TV.  That's the extent of my labor on Labor Day.......
I am so grateful to still have my parents and to once again share our time together at the Maries County Fair.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekly Visit:

We wore him out.
I am grateful for life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lennaman Reunion:

Lennaman Reunion, 2014

What do you day on a hot, sunny day in August?  Well, we have a reunion at the lake on one of the hottest days of the year.
My mother-in-law's maiden name is Lennaman.  Her and her siblings have all passed away but we still have Aunt Carol, Uncle Leroy's wife.  Aunt Carol is such a nice lady and always pleasant to be around.
Dwayne and the boys barbecued pork steaks and everyone brought in covered dishes.  Despite the heat, everyone had a good time.
Dwayne's cousin, Mark and his son's Blaine and Jordan spent the night with us.  Also, Wayne's son, Brandon came down.  He hadn't been out here since he was a young child.  All of Aunt Rita's kids live in Illinois.  Dwayne and Mark are very close and we have visited back and forth since I married Dwayne.  A lot of good memories.
The guys watched TV downstairs and I enjoyed a good book.  The perfect evening.  lol


We sat around the front porch visiting and then Mark and the boys went to the Gasconade River with David, Chad and Todd.  Brandon had such a good time he can't wait to come back.
I went to church and then home to a much needed nap.  Dwayne and I spent the evening relaxing and watching TV.

I am grateful we can continue this tradition of the annual Lennaman Reunion on.  (Although, I did forget to plan it last year.  Whoops!0