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!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Anniversary in Heaven

Today is Mother and Daddy's anniversary. They were married 49 years before he died in 1990. She lived another 15 years. Love and miss you!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Camping, Twins, a Broken Arm, and a Migraine

Rick and I took the RV over to Ray Roberts on Monday. We had such beautiful weather. We walked and spent a great deal of time outside.

Tuesday afternoon Justin called to tell us that we had twin calves born. That night they called to let us know that they had gone to an urgent care center; Glory had broken her left arm (scooter accident). We felt so sorry for her. She was able to smile some though when she got the news that it was a clean break that would require no surgery. Praise God!

On Wednesday we left the trailer at our campsite but came home for the day. Rick needed to check on the twins, and I had my ladies bible study that night at the house. We did, however, go back over to the park after it was over.

Thursday morning Keelie took Glory to get her cast.

At noon Rick and I decided since Justin was at the fire station on duty we had better go back to check on the calves. So glad we did. The momma cow had basically left one of the twins, and it was in bad shape. Marilyn and Rickie came to help us move the cow and both calves down to the pen where we could try to save it. So....we bought a bottle and milk to attempt bottle feedings. We have had cows for all our married life but this was a first for us.

Yesterday I woke up at 1:30 a.m. with a migraine. Throughout the early morning I took tylenol and a pain pill. After being very nauseous (throwing up!) all morning,  I went to the doctor around 11:00. After two injections and some meds, I FINALLY got some relief about 3:30 p.m.

Justin, Keelie and the kiddos spent the night in the RV last night, and then they brought it home this morning. This afternoon we got the garden planted. And as I journal this, both little calves are alive.

What a week!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cousins Reunited 

On Saturday, April 1, Jerry, Marilyn and I went to Cleburne, Texas to meet three of our cousins and their families. In February when we found out that one of our older cousins had passed away, Marilyn and I decided we would try to make contact with all of our living cousins on Daddy's side. You have to know that Daddy was the baby boy out of 11 siblings. Therefore, his oldest siblings already had children of their own when he was born. That makes for a gap between all of our first cousins!

Anyway, I found an old business card I had kept and started with that. After several phone calls and messages through Facebook, we were on a roll. Our oldest cousin's daughter-in-law helped set everything up. 

Uncle Eustice's (Daddy's older brother) family was thrilled that we had made contact and wanted to meet up with us. Mary Jo, the  middle lady, is our oldest living cousin at 89 years old. She came all the way from Michigan with her daughter to meet up with us. Jane came from Branson, Missouri. Jimmie Charles and several of his children came from Burnet, Texas.

Thanks to Marilyn and all her work, we shared ancestry information with them. It was a great day!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

M's Grandchildren

Greg, Lisa, and the girls came to Texas from Tennessee this past weekend. Greg and Lisa went to Houston to meet up with Chad and Tara for them to go to Round Top Antique Show. They got to M's Saturday night. Sunday morning before Greg and Lisa left, we all had breakfast for both our families. The only two missing were Chad and Tara. Although it was for just a short time, we had a great time. It was super fun having all our grandchildren together:  Jonah (11), Glory (8), Anja (2 1/2), Marlow (16 months), Isabel (8 1/2 months), and Molly (7 1/2 months).

Marilyn had the girls until today. I enjoyed helping out when I could. It sure is easier to have a helper!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jenna's Pregnancy

Jenna is now well into her third trimester. Our newest grandson is scheduled to arrive on or before May 9. Marlow will be 17 months old at that time. I just know she will be a great big sister. Jared and Jenna both are getting pretty excited to meet their son (as we are!).

This past weekend we went to Mansfield on Friday. We picked Marlow up from daycare. We all pitched in and, for the most part, finished the new nursery on Saturday. After church on Sunday, we went to brunch and then headed home.

Crossing my fingers they get to come here this weekend so that we can be together with Justin, Keelie, and the kiddos.

I cherish family time!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

California Coast Trip

This year for our spring break we flew into San Jose, California. We traveled down the coastline and then went inland to make a large circle. We travel over 1100 miles and had superb weather while we were there! Accommodations included some of the best and a couple of not-so-good hotel rooms. We had a great time.

Highlights of the trip included:
  • Highway 1 coastline ( including Carmel, Monterrey, and Pebble Beach)
  • Hearst Castle
  • Sequoia National Forest and King Canyons National Park (still with snow)
  • Muir Woods
  • great bakeries and diners 
  • a mission
  • San Francisco city tour 
  • Tor House