Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas Everyone!

My grand-daughter Peyton and my daughter-in-law Casey put this together for Christmas dinner.  They are black olives, cream cheese and carrots.  They are really too cute to eat.

Happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Often Bob will have a few days of vacation in December.  We love to travel to the south of Texas for quick getaways.  There are so many places in Texas to visit.  Last year we went to South Padre Island.  The weather in the south is usually a little warmer than in North Texas.  What I don't understand is that the Southern Gulf area is a little deserted at that time of the year.  The hotels are almost empty.  But, it is a great time to get a good deal on a room.  Last week we went to Galveston for a couple of days.  I love that city and never tire of going there.
In the photo below I am standing with two friends, Kristine and Rick who own two restaurants in the Galveston area.  The restaurants are the "Seaside Bistro" located in the Victorian Condo Hotel on Seawall Blvd. and the other one is in Kemah Texas called "What's Cookin'."  The menu consists of a huge variety of dishes prepared with a German flair.  When you are in the Galveston area make sure to treat yourself to a delicious lunch or dinner. And say hi to Kristine and Rick for us.

Kristine, Rick and Me

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The day after Thanksgiving my niece Chasity, her husband and two children drove from Indiana to Chicago for a visit. We had never met Gavin which goes to show you how long it had been since we saw them.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of Chasity's husband Brandon. Sometimes I get so involved in visiting that I don't take enough time for photos.

My niece Chasity and Her Two Children


Gavin and Gabby

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

You will have to scroll down a couple of pages to see some of the images I posted from John's 40th birthday celebration. Casey arranged to surprise him in the bowling alley of the resort. Some family and friends of the kids going all the way back to high school attended. It worked out great because there was entertainment for not only their friends but their kids could also bowl and be part of the special event. One of John's friends from high school (Lenny) surprised him also. The kids were very close in age and shared many of the same friends in school and remained friends throughout the years. Bob's sister Mary Ann and her family spent the day with us. We really appreciated it especially considering she had worked all night. John's father-in-law John D. took my camera and took some of the pictures. That was fun.

Me with Bob

My brother Sy and his wife Hollie

My niece Lisa with Joy

John's father and mother in law, John and Diana

Bowling, Reagan, Conner, Joyce, Andy and Bill

Brent with Angie

Brittany and Peyton

Me and my sister-in-law Mary Ann

Rob's sister Carrie, Rob's friend Scott and Rob

Joy and Melisa, Best Friends from school.

John's friend from school, Lenny

Amy and Denise

Amy and her friend, Tom


Casey, Joy and Reagan (Joy's best friend's daughters)

Ben with Casey's Dad, John

Kevin with Reagan and Conner

Casey and Casey

Friday, December 9, 2011

Jane, Ben and Jake visited us in Texas this past spring instead of coming either Thanksgiving or Christmas as they do every year. This year for Thanksgiving most of our families either flew or drove to Chicago. We also celebrated John and Brooke's birthdays. John turned 40 and Brooke turned sweet 16.

Jane made arrangements for everyone to stay at a nearby resort. Bob and I stayed at Jane's. We drove up a little earlier to visit and help with dinners and celebrations. The resort was really nice with a pool, spa, sauna, bowling ally, golf course, and restaurant. This became a play ground for everyone to meet and do things together. The guys played golf a couple of times. We had a surprise 40th party for John in the bowling alley. That was a perfect idea and I will post pictures in the next few days of that event and other activities.

I love the banner that Jane had made showing John as a little boy and John now. The suit that John wore in the little boy picture was made by my Mother. She was a really good seamstress. It is funny how little things like that bring back the memory of my Mom who I miss so much.

Banner Made for John, Little Boy Picture and 40 Years Old

Jane's Living Room Set Up For Thanksgiving

Celebrating Uncle John's 40th and Brooke's 16th