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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekly Visit:

Our little guy is getting so big and has quite the personality!  His relationship with his grandpa is close and one of the things he loves to do is take Dwayne's hat off, throw it in the floor, Dwayne bends over to pick it up, Cash laughs like crazy and they start the whole thing over. And over and over.
He loves Grandma Nonnie but he's more caring and grabs my face to give me a full on kiss.  Hard to hug him close with the helmet on, but hopefully he'll get it off next week.  We usually go on a walk (a short one!!!!!!!) and he loves watching the cars go by, his little head goes back and forth constantly looking for the next one.  Our ritual is stopping at the house across the street where there is a big tree with branches hanging down with leaves.  He loves the leaves to tickle him in the face.  He plays with the leaves but doesn't yank them off.  I often wonder what April's neighbors think of me always stopping by their house for Cash to play.
Our baby turns one on Sunday!!  Where has the year gone?  His uncles are even excited; they can't make up their minds on what to buy him.

I'm grateful for life and family.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday:

Weekend Postscript:

Lizzy, my little side-kick.
Even though I was tired Friday evening, how could I forget what I did???????
After work, I went to Belle for a young man's wedding.  I used to take Jason and his brother to church every Sunday.  Occasionally, they would spend the night.  Jason called me last week to see if I would come to his wedding and that it meant so much to him me taking him to church and the times he spent at our house.  I have to admit it made me feel good to hear that, as we often took in kids that didn't have a good home life.  I hear from most of them once in awhile, but hadn't from Jason.  It's nice to know our efforts did make an impact on his life.
Dwayne and I did watch TV and eat in the living room after a long work week, but how could I forget that Lizzy arrived around 9 p.m. to watch TV with me and spend the night?  She is a highlight to our life as she's so full of energy and VERY talkative.  Sometimes she talks so fast, you can't keep up.  But that's our Lizzy.  Even though I was tired, I stayed up 'til midnight watching TV with  her.  She brings such joy to us.
I am grateful my memory hasn't totally left me even when it takes awhile to kick in........