Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Almost One!

Keelie took this today at the park. Precious Molly is soon to be one year old. Unbelievable!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Baby Jackson's Testing

Today, Jenna and I took Jackson to Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for a second round of testing on his enlarged kidney. The first test included a sonogram with lots of pictures. He was awake and charmed the technician.

His second test was much more involved. He got two IVs and a catheter.  They ran fluid through him to watch for kidney reflux; this was for 30 minutes. Then they gave him a diuretic and watched for another 30 minutes. Can you imagine an hour long test with a little one on this table? Fortunately, he had enjoyed a little “extra” in his bottle and slept through the procedure.

We won’t get the results for another ten days or so. But he seems to be doing great and is so adorable!

P.S. Have I said lately how much we love Joe Pool Lake? It is such a nice camping area and five minutes from Jared and Jenna’s house.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


After church today, we left for Joe Pool Lake for a week. I  prefer to pull the RV on Sundays if at all possible; the traffic is less hectic and crazy. I'll be going with Jenna to medical appointments for Jackson, and then Marlow gets tubes in her ears on Friday. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Our July Birthdays

My birthday was on Tuesday, July 25. Marilyn and I began celebrating though on Monday. She had to go to Plano for a follow-up appointment at Key Whitman. So we took the opportunity to eat down there. I picked Pappadeaux’s Seafood. We shared a platter. This was MY half!

 On Tuesday, Marilyn and I went to play. No shopping for this girl! She later cooked a birthday dinner for me that included cake and homemade ice cream. Because Justin was off duty, he, Keelie, and the kids got to come.

Then we began celebrating Jerry's big 70th birthday! 

On Thursday, Marilyn and I talked him into going with us to do some historical stuff. First, we went to a site where “The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas" occurred. It seems through Marilyn’s research she discovered we had an ancestor to be hung there. 

Next, we went to a very old cemetery where our great-great-great grandparents are buried.

Today, Marilyn and I cooked dinner for Jerry. He had chosen homemade peach cobbler and ice cream for dessert. Let me just say Marilyn makes a fabulous cobbler!

Next up in one week ---- her birthday!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jared's Grandmother 

This picture is to be treasured!

Jared's grandmother, "Nin," is holding Jackson (11 weeks old) with Marlow (19 months old) looking on. Jared and Jenna had picked up dinner that evening and taken it over to her house so they could visit. That was on Thursday, July 13. 

She died Tuesday, the 18th. She was sharp as a tack but her 92-year-old body gave out. We are so glad we got to know her. 

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!

Friday, June 9, 2017


Marilyn, Cheyrl, and I went on our summer girls' trip this past week. We went to the Montreal and Quebec City area. We did walking tours of both cities. We absolutely fell in love with Quebec City. The city is so rich in history.

Money exchanging proved to be no problem. Because of previous trips and experiences, the Canadian one-dollar and two-dollar coins (loonies and toonies) were a breeze.

However, we did find it interesting and sometimes challenging to speak to people in the different areas. French and English languages are not too similar! The most difficulty proved to be putting gas in the rental car. Sounds like it would be easy, but trying to read those pumps and follow their directions (in French) forced us to sometimes make new friends at the pump.

Some of the Montreal highlights included:  Rue St. Paul Street, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Old Port.

Quebec City highlights included:  Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, the Chateau Frontenac, The Wall, Montmorency Falls, Saint Anne-de-Beaupre,  and the Funicular Elevator (which takes you from the Lower to the Upper part of Old City Quebec).

The pastries were to die for. 

And somehow...we always find ice cream. This was unbelievable -- a salted caramel dipped ice cream cone!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekend With The Grands

Baseball Tournament Champs

The Cutest Little One in the Stands

Game Time After a Meal

And Just a Couple of Random Shots

Friday, May 26, 2017

 Crawfish Boil

I'm pretty sure this was a first for Rick and me. It recently came down at Jared and Jenna's house. Rick and I didn't actually eat the crawfish. He ate sausage, and I ate my weight in shrimp! I've never seen so much food. 

Fun time!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jonah and Baseball 

Just a cute pic of Jonah that I snapped on my phone after a big win in a tournament. This is his first year to play baseball. So glad he is learning and enjoying it!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jackson's Kidney Issue

During Jenna's pregnancy, she found out that one of Jackson's kidneys was enlarged. Throughout the remainder of her pregnancy, she was monitored by her doctor as well as a high risk doctor.

Marilyn and I went down on Monday, May 15, to go with Jenna to take him for three appointments including two scans and his pediatrician. Jackson was diagnosed has having Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR). For short, I just call it kidney reflux of the right kidney. I had to research it because I did not know anything about it.

Today, Jenna took him to see the pediatric urologist. The specialist explained everything and thought it was in Jackson's best interest to be put on a very low dose of an antibiotic to prevent UTIs. Although this was not desirable, the doctor said for now that option is better than perhaps having to do surgery.

He will have new scans in two months.

(These are a couple of photos from Marilyn's photo shoot she did while we were there.)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jackson's First Week

As journaled in my last post, Jackson was born on Tuesday, May 2; they went home of Wednesday. On Thursday, Friday, and Monday, Jenna and I took him to the pediatrician's office just so they could monitor his weight and make sure he did not develop jaundice (which he did not). He was doing great. Rick and I came home last night after being at Joe Pool for over three weeks. Such a great setup for us being so close to their house!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2 and Arrival of Jackson Joseph

Jenna was induced today. It was such a special time with the family all gathered together waiting to welcome a new little one to the family.

Jackson Joseph arrived at 1:47 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21 inches long. Perfection!

Dad, Mom, and big sister are doing great. Jared and Jenna are now "Hermann family - party of four!"

Monday, May 1, 2017

Waiting on Jackson

Today Jenna worked from home and also managed to get a few errands accomplished. We also went to see her doctor. Tomorrow is the day!  We can't wait to meet Jackson!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Unexpected Issue and Baby Update

We had truck issues today while we were out exploring a new area. We had to be towed into Grand Prairie to get the truck to a repair shop. First time to ever ride in a tow truck!! We will be "truckless" for a couple of days. So thankful though for a nearby reliable service center.

Jenna left work a little early to pick us up. We grabbed some lunch and went to her house. Then I went to the doctor with her.

Her doctor said she will be induced this next Tuesday if the baby doesn't come before then.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Camping and Baby Watch

We had perfect camping weather this past week. On Friday, we went to the Ft. Worth zoo with Jenna and Marlow.

Yesterday we drove home for the day. We went to church and had a birthday meal at Marilyn's for Rick's birthday coming up. We were glad that Justin, Keelie, and the kiddos could come for dinner as well. We drove back to Joe Pool last night. So glad we get to continue camping!

Still waiting on our baby. Jenna goes to the doctor tomorrow.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Weekend

We had an Easter meal together Friday evening. All my family plus Marilyn and Rickie were there. We enjoyed a night egg hunt (FUN!). Then we shot off some leftover fireworks (MORE FUN!).

Saturday we attended a birthday party in McKinney for Kelle and Shawn's twins. That evening we had another meal at the house; Justin missed this one as he was on duty.

Today we celebrated Easter at church with Jared, Jenna and Marlow. After a quick lunch, they headed home.

Then Rick and I packed up the RV for a week of camping at Joe Pool.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Grands
Can't get enough of these kiddos!

Jonah and Molly


And one more to arrive in three weeks or less!