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Thursday, June 24, 2021

 Rick and Medical Issues

I thought I would document some issues that have been going on with Rick medically. First he had to do several weeks of chemotherapy cream treatments on his face beginning the first of May. It was not fun! Then the first of this month he had to have some urology surgery which kept him down and not moving much for two to three weeks. However during that time frame on Father's Day, he fell and cracked some ribs (AGAIN!). This was terrible for him. The first three weeks he slept in his recliner. So painful!

During the "ribs" recovery period, he had to go for his post op visit. The surgeon helped him on and off the table. A few days later we had to go for his annual MRI and neurological doctor visit. Finally all the appointments were done. Phew! 

Can I say this man is tough?!

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Marlow's Kinder Graduation

Marlow's Pre-K class at daycare had a drive through graduation ceremony this evening. It was complete with cap, gown, and music. We didn't really know what to expect but it was so cute! They called out each child in the vehicle and had lots of hoopla going on. I am so glad I videoed it! We all went to Rosa's afterwards to celebrate. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Nashville and a Kinder Graduation

I flew with Marilyn on Monday to Nashville. She had gotten a rental car, and we drove to Greg's in Franklin. Anja had her kindergarten graduation on Tuesday. It was a cute ceremony. We enjoyed visiting with them. As always, food was involved in our trip. Today M and I toured the Johnny Cash museum before meeting up with Chad and Dave Dunn for lunch. We flew home tonight. Great trip!


Friday, May 21, 2021

 Girls' Trip

With 2020 and all the pandemic ramifications, travel plans had been very limited. We finally decided to do a road trip to Branson this week. We had a great time playing on the way up and back home. It was a little nostalgic being in Hot Springs and then on to Branson for several reasons. I had been back several times over the last few years, but it was Marilyn's first time to be up in the area since Carl had passed away. Thorncrown Chapel was a favorite to see again; Rick's parents had taken me there for the first time many years ago. Special memories......

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Helping Out With Marlow and Jackson

We have kept Marlow and Jackson the past few days while Jenna and Jared were on a trip. We kept them busy each day after we picked them up from daycare. I even got to take Marlow for a tour of the elementary school where she will be attending kindergarten next year. 


Saturday, April 24, 2021

T-Ball for Marlow and Jackson

Marlow is playing t-ball for her second year. Jackson is playing blast ball; this is basically baseball for a three-year old toddler or older to start building skills and an attitude towards baseball and to just to have fun.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Rick and I spent a week camping in Colbert. We had beautiful weather. We took a drive one day to Tishomingo and had lunch at Ole Red's. We shared a great chicken friend steak.  We saw the owner, Blake Shelton (on the wall). We also got out at a city park dedicated to locals who had served. Saturday afternoon Marilyn and Rickie popped in at our campsite. We enjoyed visiting while I gave her a haircut.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

 Volleyball for Glory

Glory is playing in a spring volleyball league for 6th grade girls. This is her first time playing a sport; we are proud of her for trying new and different things. She is doing well and most importantly having fun. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 Easter Weekend

Gunter did not have school Thursday or Friday. So the kids got a nice break. Jenna, Marlow and Jackson came in on Thursday. Jared came up fairly early on Friday. We had planned to do our Easter on Good Friday at Marilyn's. So Jenna, Jared, Justin, Keelie, Chad, Tara and all the kiddos got to be with us.  

We had a charcuterie board for lunch and then for our Easter meal Justin grilled chicken, steak, and pork chops. We had our Easter egg hunt in between meals. That evening we had fireworks. 

Saturday everyone kind of did their own thing for lunch, but that evening we had a meal for Tara's birthday.

Sunday Jared, Jenna, and the kiddos went to church with us. We had leftovers for lunch at M's, and then they had to head to another Easter meal. 

Justin, Keelie and their kiddos had another Easter on Sunday.

Friday, March 12, 2021

 New Floors and Paint

During Snowmaggedon, Rickie put down new vinyl planking wood floors for us. We have needed our carpet pulled up for so long. He did a great job. This was followed by a painter. We are so pleased. We are definitely not finished with our projects but getting started was half the battle. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 More Spring Break Fun

Today Marilyn and I took Jonah, Glory, and Molly to Sherman. We had lunch at Whataburger. Then we took them to play arcade games at The District. Wednesday is a good day to go as the games are 1/2 price; therefore, they can play twice as many games! We got ice cream at Dairy Queen on the way home. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 Spring Break Kickoff in Mansfield

Loved this weekend! Rick and I went to Jenna and Jared's on Thursday. Rick and I had lunch out by the pool. Jenna and Jared both got home fairly early; they ran errands and grabbed a bite of dinner while out. We got the kids from daycare and ran through McDonald's for them to get "happy meals."

On Friday Justin, Keelie and the kids came down. Justin brought Jared his workout equipment that Marilyn and Rickie were getting rid of. We ordered out food and played Rummiken all night while the kids played. 

Saturday morning Jared took Jackson for blast ball pictures and his first "game." We had lunch and enjoyed another beautiful afternoon. Justin and the family left Saturday afternoon late; he had to work the next day. We didn't come home until Sunday evening.