Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jerry Left for the Winter

We had a meal tonight to send Jerry off. He pulled out after dinner in his new truck and travel trailer for South Texas. We will miss him - especially Marlow! She will miss her "rhino buddy."

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Homecoming Tailgate Party

Rick and I went to Mansfield today to pick up Marlow. I was glad she could be here to go with us to the Homecoming Tailgate. This is the only picture I got although Jonah was there, too. All the little football teams got announced at the pep rally.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Glory's 9th Birthday

Happy 9th birthday to our first-born granddaughter! She brings life to any party! Love you, Glory!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy 10th Anniversary, Rickie and M

That was a fast ten years!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

San Diego Trip to See Marci & Donnie

Tim, Rick and I flew to San Diego this past Thursday morning (very early). Marci and Donnie picked us up at the airport. First stop was breakfast at Cafe Coyote in the Old San Diego area.

Tim and I had been to San Diego before but this was Rick's first time out there. For the next five days, Donnie and Marci were our fabulous tour guides. Donnie has active military clearance, so we were allowed on all the bases we could squeeze into our trip. We saw so many I can't even remember all their names.  I do remember Camp Pendleton and Miramar. We loved seeing all the planes, helicopters and ships. Donnie grew up in a military family and served abroad in two trips. We enjoyed all the information he shared with us about military life.

I loved getting to see the "Top Gun" house which is being restored.

They live very close to the ocean. Isn't this terrible they have had to adjust to these kind of views?!

Already looking forward to another trip out there!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jonah and 7-on-7

We have been enjoying beautiful Saturday afternoons around here this fall watching Jonah play football.  There is something so special seeing this young guy in GT blue and white!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Two Birthdays and Labor Day Weekend

We enjoyed some great family time this Labor Day Weekend. The first birthday was Jonah's. We had a birthday meal at Justin and Keelie's for his12th birthday. He's such a sweet boy!

We all enjoyed his cake.

Molly enjoyed guacamole!

Jackson enjoyed anything.

Glory and Marlow enjoyed the outdoors with Jenna.

Next birthday was Jenna's. Jared had planned an overnight little trip for her on Saturday. We kept the kiddos. Sunday evening we had a meal down at Marilyn's.

Love three-day weekends with family!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Portland Fishing Trip

Rickie, Marilyn, Rick, and I went to Astoria, Oregon for a King Salmon fishing trip. Rickie and Marilyn did this last year, but this was our first time. Let me clarify quickly; only Rick went to fish. I knew I couldn't handle it because of my motion sickness!

We flew into Portland, Oregon on Saturday afternoon and then drove to Astoria on Sunday. We were disappointed that the Tillamook cheese factory was closed for remodeling (Marilyn and I had seen this on another trip). We did, however, find Hangar B - the Tillamook Air Museum. This was an impressive thing to see; we all enjoyed it.

We stayed in Gearhart with Brian in a five-bedroom house. He cooked steaks and the fixings Sunday night. We had a great room and a sweet patio to enjoy.

Monday morning Rickie, Marilyn, and Brian left at 4:30 AM to go fishing. Fishing was a little slow for them so they stayed out from 6 AM to 4 PM. Marilyn forgot sunscreen so she got a terrible sunburn. Marilyn and Brian both got two fish. Rickie got one - the biggest catch of the day. We went out to eat that night in Seaside.

Tuesday was Rick's day to fish. He went out with Rickie and the rest of the guys. Rickie and Rick each got a fish. Marilyn and I stayed at the house and went to Seaside to get something to put on her sunburned face. Late in the day Rick finally got a great one.

After the guys cleaned up, we left Gearhart and drove down the coast line to Lincoln City for the night. Little did we know that in one week this town of 3000 could possibly have up to 200,000 thousand people watching the total eclipse of the sun. Rickie, Marilyn, and I went to a casino for a few minutes. On Wednesday, we went to Washington to Vancouver National Park. We took Rick to see the Vista House and Multnomah Falls which is on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.

Thanks for a great trip, Rickie and M!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Molly's First Birthday

Molly is one year old! Her party was held in her backyard with family and friends there to celebrate.

She is such a sweetie. She has grown and changed so much over the last couple of months. Look at that precious smile. We love you, Molly!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Marlow's Tubes and Marilyn's 60th

It was a BIG weekend!

After endless ear infections the last several months, Marlow got tubes Friday. Jenna and I had to have her at the hospital early this morning. When it was time for surgery, they gave her a little something to take the edge off and help with separation anxiety. There were no tears, and she got to take her "lovey" back with her. Everything went fine. The procedure was so quick! We were back to the house within a couple of hours. 

Marlow and Papa slept quite a bit while Jared, Jenna, and I got ready for a special birthday weekend here in Mansfield for Marilyn's 60th that began when she came down on Friday with Justin, Keelie, Jonah, Glory, and Molly.

Justin, Keelie, the kiddos, and Marilyn got to Mansfield around noon on Friday. After lunch at Rosa's, Marilyn, Keelie, Jenna, and I went for Chinese "foot massages." By late afternoon, Chad had arrived. He was supposed to have surprised Marilyn with Greg and Isabel, but Greg could not get out of Tennessee. All the planes had been delayed or canceled because of weather. We had pizza for dinner. 

Tara drove in Saturday morning. All the kids went out on the lake and enjoyed all the water toys. That afternoon Rickie and Jerry drove down. For an evening birthday meal, Rick and I bought Raising Cane's chicken (Marilyn's favorite). I made homemade ice cream and cake balls for dessert. Rick and Jerry went home Saturday night, and Marilyn stayed in Mansfield to visit with Chad and Tara some more before they headed back to Houston Sunday around noon. 

To Marilyn....

Happy birthday, sis. Without a doubt, one of my greatest gifts in this life is you. We might have fought a little (lot?) the first 10 or 11 years, but then something magical happened. It could have been something about that “kiss and make up” that Mother always made us do. But for whatever reason, we began liking and, more importantly, loving each other.

Years later, we are still best friends! Can't even imagine having gone through these years without you. Here's to many more...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Jackson is three months old today. He is a great eater and very easy going. What a precious smile!

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!