Thursday, January 12, 2017

Catching up:

End of year.  We didn't do anything special, just stayed home.
Dad and I did go to my Aunt Geri's birthday party on Saturday, 31st.  Aunt Geri is my only living aunt left on my Mom's side of the family.  She was married to my Uncle Junior Williams.  We had a good time visiting and enjoying the joy Aunt Geri was having.  Love her.
Glenda and Aunt Geri

Sunday, Church.

Monday, the 3rd we went to St. Elizabeth to visit.
The kiddos in their Christmas pajamas.

January 3, 2017
Iva turned 7 months old.

Saturday, January 7th.
We had a gift certificate for AppleBees so we went out to eat a late lunch.  The food was good this time.  Bought groceries and then home.

Sunday, January 8th
I went to church and then in the evening, we went to Mike and April's.  Had fun playing with Cash.  Iva is such a good baby and always seems happy.
Iva in pigtails.

My sister-in-law, Bobbi and brother, Wayne
Bittersweet day as it would have been Wayne's birthday.  Sure do miss him.  Even more since Momma died.

Monday, January 9th.
My sister, Katie's birthday.

Instead of prayer meeting at Dad's, we went to Paul and Katie's for supper and prayer meeting.  Paul had supper ready and had made Kate a four tiered cake.  It was very good.  We had a good time.

We're starting off the New Year with Dwayne laid off from work, but getting some much needed projects done around the place.  Me, I've been super tired.  (Lupus crap)  I fall asleep on the couch about every night but I don't hurt too bad so that is good.
We're enjoying life with our adult kids and looking to the future for more good things to happen.

I am grateful for each day of my life.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Weekly Visit:

Dwayne is off work for a few weeks so we now have time to do our weekly visits with April and Mike.  Grandma got a little carried away with the sparkles this year on Iva's outfit.

Cash doesn't like his picture taken, so Dwayne is holding him still.  Iva's not too happy about it either.

We have such a good time visiting the grand kids.  Cash had to tell us all about his barn and farm toys.

So grateful for the precious babies.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Eve:

After work, we braved Walmart.  Not such a good idea, long lines and people were rude.  Forgot some things and still had to stop at Kroger.
Worked on the kid's stockings and put their name on each one.  I had to admit, I still get a thrill out of stuffing them.

We went to Dad's for a light lunch.  It was so good to see everyone.  Only three grandchildren were missing.

Dad and Tyler

After Dad's we all came to our house for our get together.  What a time we had.  Dwayne had made Cash a barn and he loved it.  Since Dwayne works so much we thought we'd buy a kit and it would be easier.  Ha!  There were 364 pieces of shingles Dwayne and to stain and seal and then glue on the roof.  It took him days to build it, but so worth it when Cash saw it.


We had a great time celebrating.  Love having the kids at home.

We pretty much just lazed around all day watching movies and snacking.

We took down the decorations and cleaned house.  It feels good to have the house back to normal.

I am grateful for the Christmas season and visiting with my family.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Elrod Christmas:

One of my favorite pictures, you can see the joy on Dad's face.

Chad and Iva.  Iva is wearing her Mommy's old Christmas dress.

Cody's wife, Jessica and baby, Jayce.

Christmas mess.

Opening presents.



Friday night we just stayed in.  Saturday I made the brave trip to Walmarts.  Talk about busy!!
Made my desserts for Sunday.  It was super cold out so we stayed in.
We had the Elrod Christmas Dinner.  Notice the cranberry salad?  That's left from Thanksgiving.  It still didn't get ate.  But I continue to make it each year because Dodie did.  Also, we always have her punch.  Sure missed her this year.  Don't know why more this year than in the past.  She would have so enjoyed the little ones.

I am grateful to be a part of the Elrod family.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Chad:

Today is my firstborn's 38th birthday.  So hard to believe so many years have gone by.  Chad was such a good baby.  Dwayne's grandma said we held him to much, he would be spoiled.  It didn't matter, Chad was happy whether he was held or not.  I think he was my easiest baby.
Chad always acted like a little grown-up.  When I look back, I think Dwayne and I expected too much of him, but he was always ready for whatever we had going.
One time we were camping and Chad was three and a half years old.  Him and Dwayne would go out and run the trot-lines around midnight.  I can't imagine taking Cash out in a boat in the dark.
When Todd was born, Chad was the protective brother, and still is.
Chad would help Dwayne with whatever chore needed done, and still does.
Chad was always loving and when he started school, he would run up to his friends and give them a hug.  Some didn't take to that and thought they were too old for hugs.  It was hard to tell Chad not to give hugs to everybody.
We left the boys with Dwayne's parents when Todd was quite small.  Dwayne told Chad to help Grandma Dodie with Todd.  He too it to heart.  He was so tired the next day.  Dodie said every time Todd woke up for a bottle, Chad would get up too.
Chad loved both Grandpas equally.  He would go with each one often.
In High School, Chad seemed to find friends that had not place to live.  Paul Bramel's Mom moved to CA and Paul didn't want to stay with the neighbors, so in he moved.  He drove each day to school in Newburg.   He is now a bus driver and personal trainer.  His cousin, TJ soon came to live with us too.  TJ now has a successful job contracting dump truck hauls.  We still keep in touch.  One other person, Jay Van Wort lived with us awhile.  We haven't heard from him.
As an adult, Chad still reaches out to others.  Our neighbor, Anna had some problems and couldn't keep her child.  Chad had temporary custody of Desmon for a couple years.  He still gets Desmon a couple weekends a month.  We always look forward to visits from Desmon.  He's always with us on Holidays or family events.
I'm very proud of Chad.  He is honest, a hard worker and a loving son.  Never does he leave without giving me a hug.
Chad just started a new job he loves.  He's a painter at S & T.

I am so grateful God gave us Chad as a son.

Weekend Post:

I had several errands to run so I took off work at 3 o'clock.  Even with that I was still late getting home.  We finished up our decorations and put everything away.
Poor Dwayne had to work again.  I went to St. Elizabeth to pick up Cash and Iva for the night.  We had alot of fun playing.  Iva joined us for our tea party.  Needless to say, little hands are fast and our "tea" was spilled.  Quite a sticky floor.  Before our party, I was busy with Iva.  Cash said he would go get the tea and came back in with a Sun Drop.  "I have the tea".  I always use Sun Drop as our tea for the party.
Dustin had us down for a nice supper and a Christmas for Noah, his youngest.

Noah Elrod

Dustin and Noah

Cody's little one, Jayce

Dustin and Todd

Aunt Michelle and Iva

Cash had a blast playing.
I had planned on taking Iva to church.  Didn't quite work out.  It takes forever to give baths and get ready.  I don't know how I used to take Kevin and Karen McCormack's two toddlers and newborn along with our three and get to church on time.  Guess I'm not as young anymore.
Today is Chad's birthday dinner.  Lasagne-wants it every year.  One year, I made chicken pot pie and he wasn't too happy about it.  I don't spoil them none.
When I went to Alaska a couple years ago, I found this super cute (and as April would say, frilly) dress on sale.  Since I've been known to buy baby clothes for years, I couldn't resist.
Iva, in her dress from Alaska


April, Iva, Cash

Grandpa and Iva

We also had Chad's favorite of custard pie.  One time I made a custard pie and when we got  home from town, Chad had ate the whole thing.  Gotta fatten him up a bit.

I am so grateful for family and the love they have for one another.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Tree Trimming at Dad's:

Last Christmas was rough with just losing Mom in late October.  We weren't very festive and didn't even get together as a big family.
This year is different.  Kate and Paul bought Dad a beautiful Christmas tree and after prayer meeting, we all decorated.  We were to bring pictures of each other and put on the tree.  Dad got out his "Feeler's Molasses" cap, my cousin, Anna Allen made for him and hung it on top of the tree.  He was back to his antics which made us all feel good.
Kate also mentioned we should all get together for Christmas this year.  We are meeting at noon on Christmas Eve.  It's a tradition we all miss.

I am so thankful we're carrying on the family tradition of Christmas together.