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. 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Marlow, Jackson and Glory

With Jenna and Jared having a pool, they put Marlow and Jackson into weekly swim lessons many months ago.  Last summer Marlow gave up puddle jumpers in their home pool. She was swimming like a fish!

Yesterday at swim lessons Jackson (three years old) was moved up to the next class with Marlow. He has made so much progress. Anyone need some puddle jumpers?!

Today Glory went to Loy Lake. This sweet girl amazes me. She is doing new and fun things. Her style, creativity, and thoughtfulness are so special!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Snowmageddon February 2021

Around Wednesday February 10,  it started getting really cold around here. Valentine's Day, February 14 was technically the first day of the Snowmageddon. We did not have church services that morning as the snow had begun to fall, and it was bitterly cold. The temperatures were below freezing on Thursday and would stay below for the next 10 days. 

We had about 3-5 inches of snow - enough to cover the ground. School had to be canceled along with everything else for the next week. The night temperatures were under 15 with a low of -2 one night. On Tuesday and Wednesday we received another 3-4 inches of snow. Supposedly this was the lowest temperatures in 70-80 years, and the second longest period of days below freezing.

Many people in the Gunter area experienced rolling black outs where they would have electricity for 15 minutes and off for 45 minutes. Everyone had a different story. Some people lost power for days, some lost water, and some lost neither. We lost our internet for 5-6 days. We collected drinking water and put some in the bathtub "just in case." The grocery stores were very similar to the early days of Covid. People were hoarding up water, bread, and other basics.

Rick and I had just recently gotten a load of firewood. We had plenty of propane and groceries. We stayed out in the game room during most of this time and kept the propane heater going. We stayed nice and toasty. 

We were very fortunate that all we lost was internet for a few days and had no damage after the ten days. The church and school did not fare well through this; they had many burst pipes. Justin had several shifts during this time and the department as a whole had record numbers of calls. Jenna had to stay at the hospital two or three nights as she couldn't be on the roads. They both had quite the stories to tell. 

I will say it was hard on Rick having to go out to feed and care for the animals. Thank goodness Justin and Rickie helped him with cracking ice on the ponds. Unfortunately, we lost all our "pet" geese. After so many days of snow, they wandered off for the first time ever. We found two on the road; they had been hit trying to cross. The others were never to be seen; we feel like they made it across the road but fell to coyotes and/or bobcats. So sad we lost them after so many years. 

I must say the kids enjoyed the snow break.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Justin and Keelie's Birthdays

Justin and Keelie recently had birthdays. Keelie was 41 on Jan. 26, and Justin turned 40 on Feb. 3. Because of outings and a fishing trip, we were celebrating at crazy times. I did get pictures of cakes I made for each of them. They aren't perfect but certainly made with love!

This is just one of my favorite pictures of them in one of my favorite places (Colorado).

Monday, January 18, 2021

 Camping in the Hill Country

We left Sunday, January 3 for Kerrville where we camped for a couple of weeks. We usually camp in Fredericksburg but wanted to venture to a new campground. We had a great campsite at the park there in Kerrville. Our only issue was the wifi but the scenery was so pretty. We took some day trips to Comfort, Bandera, Luckenbach, and Fredericksburg. It was a great trip.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Christmas, New Year, and Covid 

We are those people! Marilyn and I decorate for Christmas early every year. But especially this year it was necessary to do it more so than ever. 

On December 18, Chad's nanny and her husband tested positive for Covid so now the Christmas gatherings got changed after his family had to go into quarantine. I decided to try to keep Marlow and Jackson safe from exposure at daycare right at Christmas time so I kept them here in Gunter from Sunday to Wednesday before Christmas. Christmas Eve (Thursday) Jared and Jenna came in. Marilyn got to pick Greg and the girls up at the airport Christmas Day. It was a crazy day for her though as she had no communications with Greg the entire day. We had all found out that there was a bombing in Nashville that knocked out all the ATT services and the airlines also had some issues. The plane was only 45 minutes late, and they arrived back in Gunter at 9:00 pm. Family Christmas could begin. We had all the kids present with the exception of Chad and his family who were all still quarantining. 

Saturday (December 26) at noon while we were getting ready for lunch, Rick got a call from Mindi that he could get a Covid shot. We were so thankful he got it! 

Saturday was set aside as our family Christmas with food, gifts, and games. Santa did not come in person this year, but he did leave a sack of goodies on the front porch that the girls found on one of their Rhino rides. The food was a charcuterie tray for lunch and Chicken Fried Steak for dinner. We did dinner earlier than normal so we would not be rushed during our games. Games this year consisted of smelling candles, craps, counting marbles, "lump of coal" Saran Wrap, golf, candy cane/ toilet paper, etc. Tim came for dinner and watched some of the game fun. 

Jenna and her family left on Sunday. On Tuesday morning, Marilyn had to take Greg and the girls back to the airport. 

None of Chad's family got the virus, and they came to celebrate. Justin's family had now been exposed to the virus, so they were quarantined, and Chad did not get to spend time with the cousins. Rick and I did go to Marilyn's to spend time with them.

New Year's Eve Rick and I watched television and actually made it to midnight. 

Yesterday January 2, Rickie, Marilyn and I got our first covid vaccines. Praise God!

Rick and I have had many special moments throughout the past twelve months. Thank you Justin, Keelie, Jared, Jenna, and our five grandchildren for giving us the best gifts of all.....your love, and time! We are thankful we could continue to worship with our church family whether online or in person. We are thankful that Marilyn and Rickie had light covid cases and that no one else in our family got it. We are thankful that most of our family members have now been vaccinated. Keelie and Jared will get theirs soon and that will complete the list!

As we look forward to 2021...praying we all are encouraged and hopeful for a "more normal" year. God is in control and He loves us. We must all continue to have an attitude of gratitude for He is good!