Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Everyone! 2009 was a phenomenal year for us especially concerning travel. Much of our travels were not planned. Bob received an award at work which took us to Puerto Vallarta Mexico in February. About a month after Easter Bob had to go to Romania for work and I he took me with him. Our planned vacation was a week in Branson Mo. then to Chicago to attend his nephew's graduation party and to visit the rest of our family and friends. All of Bob's family was there with the exception of his brother Ron. On our way home we stopped in Indiana and visited my siblings. In July another planned vacation was near Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. with our immediate family and extended family and to also have a 50th birthday celebration for my sister Beverley. We were also celebrating my daughter Joy's 40th birthday. In the fall Bob had business in Racine WI. and Chicago. I tagged along and visited with my sister Cece in Wis. and my daughter Jane and her family and my brother Sy and his family in Schaumburg. At Thanksgiving Bob and I drove to Show Low, AZ. to visit my son-in-law Rob's parents and their family. Returning home we stopped in Santa Fe New Mexico.

I know! We have had some great experiences and created many unforgetable memories. We have met some wonderful people along the way and have also been able to visit with friends and family that we don't often get to see. We feel very blessed and thankful.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jane and Jake

One of the things we did when everyone was here was to go bowling. It seemed to have strange effect on some of us.


Jack and Austin

Joy, Jake and Jack





Monday, December 28, 2009


Poor Bob, he had to work over the holidays.


A few days before Christmas Bob and I stopped by Jack's house. We asked him if Santa would be coming. He said that yes because he is on the nice list. Then he reached for his Mom's I-phone and pulled up a nice and naughty list from Santa. Jack was on the nice list along with all of his cousins. There were people on the naughty list but we didn't know any of them. I guess there is an app for everything.


My Grandson Jake was visiting from Chicago. It was very unusual for this part of Texas but we had a blizzard a couple of nights before Christmas. There was snow remaining on our balconies. When Jake woke up on Christmas morning he looked on the balcony and noticed foot prints and started shouting "Santa's reindeer's have been here." Another reason to love those neighborhood cats.

Austin with his new guitar



Brooke and Joy

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Brooke, Onyx and Ruby

Guess Who's been Naughty


Or Nice?

Merry Christmas to Everyone!

I am stealing a moment. After months of renovation on our house after a flood we are finished. It took a couple of weeks to put everything back together along with getting ready for Christmas. The coffee is perking and everyone sleeping. Here are photos of our dinning room ready to receive family and friends today.

Ben, Jane and Jake arrived safely the night before last at midnight after many flight delays due to storms in Chicago.

Joy had everyone for dinner last night after a very rare Texas blizzard. It took us a very long time to get home having to drive about 20 miles per hour. We do not have the equipment to clear the roads because these storms are so rare in our area. There is still snow on the ground which is also unusual.

I have to go. I hear the pitter patter of little feet upstairs!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Bonus Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday. This is a bonus birthday because a year and half ago I had open heart surgery. Thankfully to God and my surgeon I am still here.

My kids had a dinner party for me Saturday evening. They did everything. All I had to do was go there. They had a wonder pasta dinner and invited family and friends. They showered me with gifts. One of the gifts was a collapsible cart. I struggle with carrying in my groceries because of a weakness in my foot and leg due to having Polio when I was a girl. What a wonderful thing. It is going to simplify the grocery task and other chores immensely. It was a great party. Thanks kids and thank you Bob for always being there for me.

When ready to leave I filled the cart with the birthday gifts, picked up my cane, (which I use when I go out to keep from falling on non level surfaces) walked across the room and thought "I probably must seem really old to my Grand kids." But, I feel so young at heart and in spirit. In reality I'm not old. I am starting over again. It is only my second bonus birthday. Thanks to God who made it possible.

Me with my son John

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My son-in-law Rob's Dad, Bob.

Bob and Lucy invited us to their home in Show Low AZ. for Thanksgiving. They have been building their house for the past few years until Bob had to have open heart surgery then cancer treatment. Bob is doing very well now which is one of the many things we were thankful for this year. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed their mountain retreat. This is a special memory for us.

Rob's Stepmother Lucy.

Lucy prepared many fabulous meals during our visit. In this photo she made some delicious pancakes from scratch.
Make'n Bacon by Bake'n.
For a large group Lucy places slices of bacon side by side in cookie sheets and bakes at 400 degrees. She takes them out and turns them over once. When finished she places the bacon over paper towels. Delicious and quick!

Rob's sister Carrie and Stepmother Lucy

Preparing breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.

Joy sitting at the cliff's edge of the mountain.

Side of the home

This house was so massive and spread out that I had to take pictures in sections.

Entry way of the home

Breezeway between the house and the garage

Part of the back of the house

Part of the back of the house

Overlooking the mountain

Part of the eighty acres

Forest in Show Low AZ.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Birthday John!

Today is John's birthday. A wonderful son, husband and father. We hope your day is great and hope you know how much we love you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Brooke!

14 today! Beautiful, talented, loves horses and a very sweet girl. We hope you have a great day! We love you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What do you do when you have a blended family and friends displaced from their immediate families and you all care for each other? You have a huge feast! Many members of our family will not be here for Thanksgiving so we had an early celebration. Three turkeys, one of which was fried with all the trimmings and more. Below are images of some of the loved ones attending. We also celebrated November birthdays which were John, Brooke, Robert, and Taryn's son Luke. Taryn and her family are moving to Colorado in a couple of weeks so we were also bidding them farewell. There were too many people to sit at one table. It was raining and we couldn't be outside resulting in everyone finding their little corner to eat. We had a wonderful time. As I looked around the room and saw so many people that I love and that came to be together I realized how blessed we are. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.



His car goes everywhere with him.


Brooke and Fawlyn

Fawlyn is Brooke's friend.


Donna and Chris

Donna is Angie and Robert's Mom and Chris is their half brother.

Luke, Chris and Taryn's son


Angie and Brent

Logan, Taryn's and Chris's son