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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Branson Weekend:

Friday:
Sadly, after work we had to go to the visitation of a good friend who passed away, Joyce Tipton.  We have had such fun through the years of our kids growing up.  Trips to the river, barbecues, fish fries, sledding and just good ole fashioned visiting.  We've not seen each other much since the kids have grown, but the friendship bond has remained the same.
Afterwards, we went to Sput's to eat.  We hadn't ate there in quite some time.  Good Food.
Saturday:
Dwayne woke up very excited for our trip to Branson.  Haven't seen him that excited in awhile.  We went to St. Elizabeth to pick up Cash.  Little Iva looked so cute, couldn't resist getting a picture.  Such a pretty baby.

Cash was in a big hurry to get going.  We stopped at McDonald's in Lebanon for lunch.  Cash had fun in the playground.

 We then traveled to Branson.  Found our motel fairly easy.  Passed the road sign that read Frank Rea, the same as Dwayne's Lennaman grandparent's name.
Frank Rea Boulevard

To kill time until we went to the Dixie Stampede, we went to a toy museum. 

 I thought the price was pretty high, $34.00 for me, Dwayne and Cash.  It was neat, about any old toy collection you could imagine was in there.  Some dating back to the 1800's.  My cousin, Martha inherited her Grandma Lola's doll.  It is quite spooky looking.  Her daughter, Brooke has it now.  This doll's face is a close resemblance to it.  Ugly!!
Cash liked the toys but he was more interested in buying a tractor.  
We kept seeing tractors from all eras but they were all on display, he couldn't understand that.
He did enjoy the train going around the track around the ceiling.    
We had to do the whole tour before we could get to the gift shop. 
They didn't have any toy tractors so he settled on a small train.
We then went to the Dixie Stampede.  He liked seeing the horses but was glad he wasn't too close.  He held his hand in the air the whole time Santa rode around.  April and I went to the Dixie Stamped in 2008.  (has it really been that long already?)  The show we saw was excellent.  Lots of trick riding and an overall good show.  This show was okay but nothing like what April and I saw.
Cash and Dwayne had to have chips and a drink after the show.  What's better than laying in bed watching cartoons with a bag of chips and bug juice when you're tired.

Sunday: 

We got up early and went down for the continental breakfast.  Pretty good biscuits and gravy.  Off we went to Bass Pro.  
Cash enjoyed all the animals and fish at Bass Pro.

  And especially the truck and trailer Grandpa bought him.  Found some good deals to finish up Christmas and got reward money back on some items. 
A boy and his chips
Cash soon fell asleep but he had a tight hold onto the bag of chips.  We couldn't pry them loose so we could eat some.
Dwayne took the wrong highway out of Lebanon so we got lost.  About an hour or more delay on our trip home.  Then out of Brumley, I got us lost as we headed to St. Anthony instead of St. Elizabeth.  That was an easy fix, just called April and she told us the highway we needed.
Cash had been crying off and on all weekend wanting to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house.  When he saw we were getting close to his home, he started crying again.  Once he got home, he was just fine.  Grandpa thought he did good hiding the truck and trailer.  Cash remembered though.  Dwayne had to go out and get it for him to play with.  He's suppose to bring it over next Saturday to have at our house.  We shall see.  lol
When we got home and put everything away, I took about a three hour nap.  I got up, ate and lay on the couch to watch TV.  I fell back to sleep and Dwayne had to wake me up when it was time to go to bed.  Guess I was tired.  Must have paid off as I feel good today.

We had a great weekend and I hope Cash is old enough to remember most of it.  I am grateful we had the chance to take this trip and we had safe travels.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Frank Rea Street:

We're taking a short trip to Branson this weekend.  Dixie Stampede is on our list for Cash to see.  He's afraid of Chad's horses, so hope he does okay.
When looking up directions, one turn said Frank Rea Street.  I would have swallowed my gum if I'd had any in my mouth.  Imagine my surprise as Dwayne's Grandpa Lennaman's name was Frank and his Grandma Lennaman's name was Rea.  What a coincidence!

Here's hoping for good weather and a wonderful weekend spent with our grandson.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to travel this weekend.  (pray for a safe trip)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend:

Thanksgiving:
We don't have our dinner until Sunday so Dwayne and I were on our own.  We went out for breakfast and then worked at the rental house.
Friday:
Regular word day.  Poor Dwayne has been working ten hour days plus driving back and forth from St. Louis.
Saturday:
I've been working part-time at Something Special Florist and they asked me to come in to give me a Thanksgiving centerpiece.  They are so nice to work for.

I spent the morning running errands and buying groceries.  Spent the afternoon making pies and prepping for Sunday dinner.  
Todd and Michelle invited us down to a wiener roast and bonfire.  It was a little cold out so we didn't last too long.

Sunday: 
Dwayne got up early to put the turkey in to cook.  That's always his job.  Spent the morning making dressing and all other side dishes.  We had a very good day except we missed Cody and his family.  Their baby, Jayce was sick and went to the ER the nigh before.  Thankfully, he is feeling better.
Dad and Iva

Little Miss Iva

April's Pumpkin Pie

I didn't get anymore pictures than this.  Too busy visiting.

Monday
Since Momma passed away, we've been meeting at Dad's for prayer meeting on Sunday night.  Afterwards, Lizzy and Nathan usually come home with me.
Mom and Dad's house burned years ago.  We have some tiles that were on the fireplace hearth.  Liz and Nathan were wanting to do something with them.  We decided to paint them and next Spring we will go clean around the tombstone and put them in front.  They had a good time trying to put meaning into each tile.

Overall, we had a good Thanksgiving week and have so much to be thankful for.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekend Update:

Friday:
Dwayne went to deer camp and I went to Wal-Mart to buy my Thanksgiving groceries.  I had a list but still missed some items.  Darn it!
Saturday:
I went up to the rental house to clean the bathrooms.  It took me about one and a half hour on each bathroom.  Don't understand how people can live like that.
Tried to take a nap in the late afternoon but Dwayne came in and woke me up.  Drats!!
 I was snoozing away.  I'm posting alot of pictures of deer camp.  This is my journal of life and each year I have it printed into a book.
Todd, Michelle, Chad
Dwayne, Braeden, Andy, Chad, Todd
My boys, Chad and Todd
Old cabin...
...makes a natural tree stand
                                                                         Chad
Braeden and Desmon
My hubby
Dwayne, Desmon
Cookout, wood stump seats
Chris Roberts
Steven, Tim, Andy, Todd
Andy
Sleeping Quarters
The whole gang

Not sure what Dwayne was telling Chad, but must have been funny.

The guys have so much fun at deer camp.  Chad said it's not like it used to be.  Now wives and girlfriends come down and it's just not the same.  Sometimes we don't like changes.  (me, for one)

Sunday:
My family grew up going to Spring Creek Baptist Church.  It used to be an old country church a few miles from our house.  Now it has more than doubled in size.  Sunday, November 20th, they had a 125 year dedication.  All former members were invited.  Dad and I went.Kate, Paulie and McKenzie also went.  They did a presentation on several pastors though out the years.   They had a catered meal from Missouri Hick Barbecue.  Very good.

 After I dropped Dad off, I went to St. Elizabeth.  Iva is such a happy baby and now lets you hold her instead of just her Momma.  (She still keeps an eye on April, though)  Cash was asleep when I got there and he woke up roaring like a dinosaur.  We played for awhile and had a make-shift tea party.  April decided to do Christmas pictures of the kids while I was there.  Iva was all smiles and loved rocking in the rocking chair.  Cash wouldn't have any of it.  He cried because we were going to take pictures, he cried because he had to change clothes.  Basically, he was just being a little ornery.  That's where the tea party came in.  I told him we'd have a tea party if he would be good for April to take pictures.  He said okay.  Worked like a charm.  But by then Iva was having none of it.  April decided she'd wait until another day to get pictures done.  She got some really good ones of Iva by herself.
Miss Personality
Something was funny.

I had a great time visiting these little guys.  Loved going over there.  Worth the forty-five minute drive.
Spent the evening watching TV with Dwayne.  He plans on going to work Monday.  We shall see.  It's only been two weeks since his double knee surgery.

I am grateful for the many memories made this weekend.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Weekend:

Friday:
Big day for the deer hunters.  They start off the season with a big cookout.  I have to make my yearly calico beans for them.  They have a really good time.




Saturday:
April and the kids came over for the day.  I think I now have Cash spoiled and I'm paying for it.  lol  First thing, tea party.  Then we have several other routines we go through and he doesn't forget if I try to get out of one.  We're playing in the basement.



Dad came down for a visit.  He usually does when April and the kids come down.


Dwayne came home mid-morning.  His knees got to hurting too bad to deer hunt.
Around 3:30, I left to go to the fall supper at church.  I worked in the dessert corner with Judy Honse.
It's always good to visit with the people coming through the line.  I got a carry out plate.  We always have such good food.  Unfortunately, I got sick during the night.  I have talked to a couple other people that also got sick.  I hope not many of our customers got sick from the food.
Sunday:
I had planned on going to church but stayed home instead since I still wasn't feeling well.  Dwayne didn't even get out hunting.  He rested all day.  Needless to say, it was a quiet, restful day at our house.

I am grateful for the family and that the deer hunters had a safe weekend.