Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Rick and I left today to go camping up near the Red River. Planning on lots of rest, relaxation, and reading. Once we got the RV set up we took the truck back for some repairs and brought the car back with us to run around in.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Updated MRI and Appointment

Yesterday Rick and I went to his Dallas neurosurgeon. Rick had his MRI and then followed up with an appointment with the doctor. The MRI report was great -- none of the tumor has grown back. Thank you, Lord!! We were encouraged to go back to the pain management doctor to see if there is additional meds that could be added or current ones tweeked to control the daily facial nerve pain he has. This pain has increased over the last six months.

Needless to say, we are very thankful that the tumor is still "gone." Once again....thank you, Lord!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Our July 4th Season

This time of the year normally means we have lots of family time. This year we were blessed to have all the family here at one time! The firework stands opened June 24. Thus, the craziness began!

Greg and Isabel came first, then Lisa brought Anja. Jenna, Marlow, and Jackson came next, then the rest of the family came in and out for the two weeks. 

Throughout the almost two weeks of firework selling, in addition to cooking, Marilyn and I continued to do the cooking with some gardening thrown in here and there. 
Highlights of the two weeks included:  
various friends and family that came to visit and hang out with us, taking the babies to McCalisters (3 times) and other lunch spots, great firework shows, swim time, Isabel's birthday party, music by Dave Dunn, Jerry's rhino rides for the kids, rain showers, cooler than normal temperatures, and THREE city July 4th shows!!

Just for the record, Jonah is eleven going on twelve, Glory is almost nine, Marlow is 19 months old, Molly is 11 months old, and Jackson is two months old. Marilyn's two grandchildren are 22 months old (Anja) and the youngest one year old (Isabel). It's unbelievably crazy, entertaining, and just down right fun to have five babies under three years of age under the same roof. Thank goodness though Glory is old enough and helped out tremendously. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Maternity Leave Trip to Colorado

While Jenna was on her maternity leave with Jackson, she had really wanted to go back to Colorado. We left on Monday, June 12. We took Jackson with us. Marlow (because she despises her car seat as an eighteen-month old) stayed with her dad and other grandmother.

For the next three days, Rick, Jenna, Jackson, and I saw some of our favorite things in Pagosa Springs, South Fork, and Creed. On Thursday morning, we picked Jared up at the Durango airport. We stayed in Durango Thursday night. Jared and Jenna rode the train the next morning; we met them up in Silverton. Then we spent two nights there. Jared and Jenna rented a RZR and had a great time on the back trails. We also had a day trip up to Ouray which is one of our favorite spots. 

 And then there was this! Salted Caramel Funnel Cake in Silverton.

After spending another night in Durango on Sunday, we took Jared back to the airport on Monday afternoon. We started home as well. 

We enjoyed our time together. Jackson as a six-week old newborn was at the perfect age to take a road trip!  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fun Day with Jo and Glo

I took Jonah and Glory to the movie theater in Frisco this morning to see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul." 

After the movie, they chose Sonic for their meal. Why I'm not really sure as we have one here in town and that doesn't really seem like a treat. Honestly, I was not shocked at their choice though.

After the "Blasts," we walked through a couple of stores in the mall. We ended up at Target for some fun shopping!

They sure are growing up too fast!