Friday, October 24, 2014


Weekly Visit:
Cash was so excited to see me when I got there.  I was reaching for me and I got to hold him for about twenty minutes without him getting down.  (wasn't me, he was entranced in Mickey Mouse)
Grandpa hasn't been able to go the last couple weeks as he's been working overtime.
Thursday Night Visitor:

Zach came to visit.  We don't see him as much since he's sixteen and driving.  (and luckily for us, he is okay as he had a horrible accident a couple weeks ago hitting a tree head on)
Zach has been over quite a bit since he was just a baby.  He followed Uncle Dwayne around everywhere.  When he was around four, he would always ask Dwayne for some man's work to do.

I am grateful for these weekly visits with Cash and for the nieces and nephews that periodically come over for a visit. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Late Posting of Weekend Update:

Picked Nate and Liz up after school.  We stopped by Mom and Dad's to figure out what all we needed to buy for molasses weekend.  We made a mad dash to Wal-Mart's to guy groceries, lots of soda and A LOT of jars.  I can't even remember what we ate for supper. Oh, now I remember!!  Chocolate chip waffles and sausage. The guys were all there getting ready for molasses the next day.

We were watching Cash for the weekend.  Dwayne picked him up in Vienna when he went to the bank.  April had already fed him but he was already starving to death.  He's a bottomless pit.  He eats all the time but he's still a small guy.  Don't know where he puts it all.
Eating a waffle
I loved him reaching for me as soon as he got there.  Liz and Nathan came over mid-morning.  While I was busy fixing my dish to take to the Feeler Reunion, Liz and Cash watched Mickey Mouse.  
  We were just about to Rolla when my Aunt Fern called and told me to meet Mom at the ER.  She had fallen and hit the back of her head on the concrete floor.  I didn't want Cash exposed to the hospital germs so I called Dwayne to come pick him up.  You should have heard him squealing as soon as he saw Grandpa!!  Cash and Lizzy went with Dwayne back to Mom and Dad's.
Mom arrived by ambulance and was taken back for a Cat Scan.  She had a concussion but fortunately no brain bleed.  Dad had drove over but after we found out Mom was okay she insisted he go back to the reunion and visit with his family.  Spent the afternoon with Mom until Dad came back.
Todd and Cash
When I got to Mom's, Cash was happily playing in the dirt.  He had all the guys eating out of his hands!!  It had started to warm up so I took his jacket off and put his boots on.  Little did I know, Grandpa would let him walk through the mud hole.  He loved it!  Had to go through a few times.
Looks like fun.....
Plunging right in!!
Playing with Uncle Chad, still eyeing the mud hole.
Mom and Dad came home from the hospital.  She looked pretty good but had a huge knot on the back of her head.
Grandpa Great and Cash
 Went home and had a great time playing with Cash.  And feeding him....... That boy sure loves to eat.
As much as he loves his Grandpa, he wants Grandma when he's tired and as hard as Grandpa tries, he turns his head away and buries it on my shoulders.  Love that!!
I had always said the grandkids would sleep upstairs in the baby bed.  BUT, I was too tired to go put a clean sheet on the crib so sleeping with us seemed to go over well.  lol  He usually sleeps all night but around five he woke up and didn't know where he was.  We got some rocking time in, lots of snuggles, which is so much easier now that he doesn't have to wear his helmet.
Fed Cash two containers of baby food and then he started in on my Life cereal.  He loved it, I couldn't feed him fast enough.
We had run out of jars the day before so we had to make another trip to Rolla to buy more jars.  Wal-Mart was about out on Friday so we went to two other stores first and they were out.  Now what to do!!  Went to Wal-Mart, left Lizzy and Cash in the car, almost ran to where the jars were and they had restocked and had a lot of jars!!!!  Saved the day!
Then to Lee's chicken to pick up food for the guy's dinner.  My cousin's wife, Leann cooked my vegetables for me while I was gone and had everything set up and ready for when I got back.  Thank you, Leann!!
April came and couldn't wait to see Cash.  Dwayne said he wouldn't go to her as he was having too much fun.  She took it well knowing he was having a good time.
Dwayne and Phil feeding the press.
Andy, Dad, Dean, Tim and Todd
I'm sure Dad is telling a story.....
The kids having fun skimming the molasses.
We had about six little boys there both days.  They had so much fun just playing in the woods and (to most people's horror) playing with stick guns and wooden knives Todd would carve for them.  No ipads, no phone or any technology and these boys had the best time just being kids.
It was another wonderful year of molasses making and visiting with family and friends.
I am grateful for these precious memories. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014



Kensie came for a visit last night.  She has grown into such a sweet young lady.  She's my youngest niece and holds a special place in my heart.
We have quite the stories from when she was little.  Kate and I were in the living room when Kensie (about 18 months old) came into the living room with a trail of aluminum behind her.  She had a trail from the cabinet around the island and on to the living room.  We called it her silver brick road.
Another time she had a box of NestlĂ©'s Quick and dumped it out all over the kitchen table.  Let me tell you, when it's dumped out and you try to put it back in the box there is too much to fit.  Don't know how that happens as it seems when you buy it it's only three fourths full.  But we had quite a bit left over that wouldn't fit back in the box.
You may think we weren't watching her but we really were.  She was only out of the living room a few minutes, but she could sure make use out of those minutes.  lol
She is quite the comedian and was the star of the school play last Spring.  She also got Miss Spirit in a beauty pageant over the Summer.  She's a beautiful young lady, inside and out.  Love you, MacKensie!!

I am grateful for a special visit from MacKensie.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cash's First Birthday:

Our baby is one today!!  April always has to burst my bubble and explain to me that Cash is their baby, but I'm sticking to ours.  lol
Mom and Dad went to St. Elizabeth with us.  We ate dinner at the salebarn (Devlin's CafĂ©).  Their buffet was very good.  We had a mishap as we were going in; Mom tripped and fell.  It took Dwayne and Dad to get her up.  I hate to see her so weak and falling.  Part of life I'm going to have to accept.
 We picked up Cash's Mickey Mouse cake at Leann Kleoppel's.  She did a good job.  We also stopped off at Sheila and John's for me to pick up my "H".  I'll explain more on that later.
Mike, Cash & April (my dad in background)
Cash eating his birthday cake.
Opening Grandma Nonnie's gift.
Activity book I made.  It says "CAS".  I had lost the H and Sheila picked an H up for me on Saturday.  I had to add it after he opened his gift.
Cash, Uncle Chad and April
Uncle Todd and Uncle Chad playing toss the balloon with Cash.

We had a really wonderful day celebrating Cash's birthday.  I am grateful our sons were there and especially Mom and Dad being there.  Each day is a gift from God to be treasured.

Weekend Update:

Got off work early and went home and took a long nap.  I've been extremely tired lately.  Then I went to Wal-Mart's where I spent too much, as usual.
When I got home, Lizzy and Nathan were there to watch TV.  I fell asleep on the couch.  Not sure what time Tony picked them up.
Dwayne and the boys started stripping cane for us to make molasses next weekend.  Liz came over mid morning.  She had found a video on facebook to make rose looking flowers by using leaves.  She did pretty good.
Lizzy and her leaf rose
My cousin, John Williams and wife, Charlotte were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in the afternoon.  We stopped and picked up Mom and Dad.  Mom has such a hard time getting around anymore; it's so sad.  I will never be able to take her anywhere by myself again.  Luckily, she didn't fall any, but we had such a hard time getting her in to the church where the reception was held.  They had about ten steps to go up.  Mom just doesn't have the strength in her legs to climb or walk very far without help.  We were fortunate a man behind us helped Dad get her up the steps.  I knew if it was that hard to get her up the steps, it would be almost impossible for her to get back down without falling.  I found a ramp (rather steep and extremely long) that went to the front door of the church.  I was afraid her rolling walker would go too fast but thankfully, it all worked out.
John and Charlotte had a nice reception with a large amount of people attending.  First time in years, I've been to anything where they use actual dessert plates and punch cups.  Made it seem extra special.
That evening, Lizzy went home and we got ready to meet some friends at Moreland's for supper.  (to us, dinner is at lunch time.  Rednecks, I guess)
Phil and Carol's daughter, Jasa was home for a few days from Hawaii.  We hadn't seen her in years.  It was good catching up on her life and hearing about living in Hawaii.  Her and her husband had vacationed there for years and loved it; then they were fortunate to find jobs and move there.  Jasa said it is much different being a tourist than actually living on the island.  They don't like it and are moving back to New Mexico.
Carol, Jasa and Me
Moreland's was very busy and I didn't think the food was that great.  I ordered smothered chicken and that's all you get.  No sides or bread.  I think we'll stick to eating at Sput's.  Cheaper and less people.
We had a great time and Dacoda was loving all the attention he was getting as he's the Champion Mutton Buster of Missouri.  (and no, the beer isn't mine)
Dacoda Bailey
He loves the crowd
 We stayed and visited quite awhile.  They probably wanted to clear our table up, but it was so nice to visit friends and just have a good time.

I am grateful for family and friends.