Christmas Day 2011

After a late night on Christmas Eve waiting for hubby to go to bed so I could put his gift under the tree ~ he didn’t go to bed till after 1:00 a.m.!!!  Doesn’t he know that Santa doesn’t come till everyone has gone to bed.Finally into bed and sleep we did ~ 
slept till almost 10 a.m. and so we decided not to go to church.  I made a breakfast of scrambled eggs w/cheese ~ definitely need to do that more often.  And then Ron saw his gift under the tree ~~~ you see, he has said over and over that he wanted a new rifle so I bought him one.  Well not  a real one, it is like fire starter/clicker.  The only bad thing is that the darn thing doesn’t work ~ so now we will be planning a trip to Beall’s to return it.  That will happen later this week.  But in the meantime this is what it looks like.
Ron and his new rifle.
Checking out the scope
Ron and his new Rifle
And then we took our tableware and silverware over to the clubhouse.   We visited for awhile and then headed back to the motor home to change and get ready for dinner.  We made our way back to the clubhouse about 1:30 p.m. ~ dinner was being served at 2:00 pm.  And what a wonderful dinner!!
Our table all ready for us to enjoy Christmas Dinner.
Margaret collecting $$ from Sue S.  Dinner cost us $5 per person…not bad for all you can eat of ham, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, rolls & butter,  and peas & onions.  Topped off with peppermint ice cream.
Thank you Ruth, Don and the rest of your dinner committee members for all the hard work in giving all of our 110 closest friends at the LSC for a delightful Christmas dinner.
1. Kitchen Crew  2. Armando & his parents  3.  Max & Jerry  4.A view of the clubhouse 5. Euona (one of my adopted momma’s here at the LSC)  6. Another view of the tables.
1.  Santa (I just love the guy!!)  2.  The peppermint ice cream   3. Marie, Larry & Louise at our table  4.  Jane L.   5.  Us from the night before – I really like this picture of us and 6.  Kay, Larry & Marie, another view from our table.
Our best gifts were talking with Jamie and Brandon and all our grands!  And just before we headed off to bed we got to Skype with Max, Christopher and Treyson thanks to their Grandma Lynda and Pop Pop Dan.  Definitely a great way to end our day!!!

Christmas Eve 2011 at The Lone Star Corral

Christmas this year was a little different for us in that we weren’t attending worship services with our Northwood Family or spending the evening with our children or grandchildren but that does not mean we didn’t have a great evening.  We joined our new Lone Star Corral family for Christmas Eve Festivities. 
Here are some pictures of the clubhouse all decorated for Christmas:

The large Christmas tree.
The Christmas Village
This Christmas tree has an ornament from person/couple who has owned a lot here at the LSC.
Snowman standing guard over the whole room.
And for our Jewish friends the Menorah is set and table decorated for Hanakkah.
Our MC for the evening was Kay, Treasurer of the Blue Bonnets here at the LSC.  You can read her view of the evening by clicking on her name.

Kay reading a Christmas story to the LSC family.
 We began the evening singing Christmas Carols led by Ruth & Don K.  They did a great job and at one point I led the group doing the hand motions to Away in a Manger while Ruth & Don led the singers.  
Ruth K. leading us in song.  Mike L is chatting with his wife.
Ruth & Don leading us in song.  They did a great job!!

 And then came time for presents.  The way it worked was everyone who put a gift in the gift exchange received a ticket.  The first person whose ticket was chosen picked a gift from all the wrapped gifts.  That person then drew another ticket.  The 2nd person then either got to choose from the unwrapped gift (stealing it) or choosing one from the table.  And so on, and so on.  At first people were being nice and not stealing gifts but little ole’ me got the ball rolling by stealing a stocking that had a Santa shelf sitter and some lottery tickets inside.  A little later it got stolen from me again and so I stole a beautiful candle and so I stole the stocking, Santa shelf sitter and the lotto tickets back – and after the gift has been stolen 3x it is that person’s so guess what ~ I got to keep my stocking, Santa shelf sitter and lottery tickets and one of those won $1!!  I must say after I got the ball rolling there was lots of stealing going on – the most popular gifts were the many bottles of wine and packages of lotto tickets.  Everyone had a great time!!
Faye not wasting any time opening her gift.
Sandra M. stealing a gift (M&M’s and some lottery tickets), which were later stolen from her.
My lotto tickets, shelf sitter and stocking!
 And of course there was lots of food.  Each couple/person was asked to bring a finger food and boy was there lots on the table: meatballs, sandwiches, vegi’s and dip, and of course multitude of cookies!!

And Santa himself!! was in attendance.
Ron aka Santa and Ali aka Mrs. Santa!
So glad to be able to spend the evening with about 65 of our closest friends here at The LSC.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

We are thankful for the many ways we have been blessed this year.  Most of all we are thankful for our boys, Jamie & Brandon and their sweeties, Suzanne & Danalyn, and four wonderful grands: Opal, daughter of Jamie & Suzanne and Max, Christopher & Treyson, sons of Brandon & Danalyn.

And here is Treyson (stole the picture from Facebook)!  Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!

Isn’t that the cutest smile you have seen!!

Emotional Roller Coaster

The last week has had its ups and downs. 
~ Sunday night two phone calls in the middle of the night = sleepless night = 😦

~ Tuesday good follow up appointment with Dr. Grabow, right eye is doing well = 🙂

~ Wednesday fun time at dinner and the movies; saw Happy Feet Two = 🙂

~ Wednesday night found out power was cut off to freezer, lost between $250-$300 worth of groceries = 😦

~ Friday had major Quickbook problems; had to reenter everything from 12/8 & 12/9 not once, not twice but three times = 😦

~ Friday could not get deposit to balance; took over an hour to figure out the problem = 😦

~ Saturday feeling frustrated and irritated, its cold, wet and rainy (reminds me of Whatcom County weather which I thought we had gotten away from) = 😦

~ Saturday received an anonymous gift of $$ with a note to buy some meat to replace what was lost = :))))

And remembered that even though life is rough some times and things just don’t seem to be going well there is always a blessing just around the corner…thank you to our Secret Santa.  I will be doing some meat shopping tomorrow after church.

Thank you Lord for the many blessings and ways you take care of us.  Forgive me for feeling so down and frustrated over inconsequential things like a messy motor home and loads of dirty laundry that just seem to keep growing by the minute.  Thank you for the reminder that you are always watching over us and the little surprises that come our way.

Continuing Celebrating My Birthday and an Early Anniversary Weekend

This past weekend we went to San Antonio and stayed at the Drury Inn right on the Riverwalk.  It was a fun time with lots of picture taking, walking and riding the boats along the Riverwalk.  We are so blessed to have had a weekend to reminisce about our 36 years of marriage.  We hope you enjoy this journey of our celebration weekend.
Having fun in the elevator!
An early morning walk on the Riverwalk.
The church in La Villita
Inside the little church in La Villita
Don’t know who they are but they are a cute couple!
One of the many little fountains along the Riverwalk.
Inside the Drury Inn on the Riverwalk.

A scene inside the Azteca Theater where we saw the SA Rose Live show.
The stage in the Azteca.
And this was on a guy’s hat that we just couldn’t ignore!  And speaks such truth!!

We had a great time in San Antonio celebrating our anniversary.  God has blessed us so much.  We shared about some of the struggles we have faced but through it all we have felt God’s love and blessings.  And like Ron said on the way up to our room last night – let’s keep doing this for another 40 years!!!

Our Weekend in San Antonio – Dec. 2011

We had a great weekend in San Antonio ~
hope these pictures will allow you to share in our fun. 

A couple and their wedding party on one of the bridges over the Riverwalk.
Going through the locks on the San Antonio Riverwalk during the day.
The tree at the locks taken as we went up as the water was being raised in the locks.
 
A beautiful view of the lighted building.
Looking down the Riverwalk on the water.
The Christmas Tree in front of the Riverwalk Center Mall
Another view on the Riverwalk.
This picture does not give it justice – this margarita was Texas sized!!!  One of these and I am sure I would be down for the count 🙂
Santa’s Barge!  Still haven’t got Ron to get our picture taken with Santa 😦
A group of girls singing across from La Villita – they did a great job!



A snap shot of some of the views on the Riverwalk.  Hope you have enjoyed this journey with us.

Celebrations

Today has been filled with lots of blessings.  You can read all about my birthday over at Alice’s Restaurant – definitely a day of blessings.
And we have been working with the Board of Director’s about a new contract for the 2012-13 year.   And today an agreement was reached.  We have been offered a new contract and it has been signed.  We will be here at the Alamo Area SKP Co-op, aka The Lone Star Corral.    We will now be here in Texas till May 2013.  

We want to use this time to set some short and long term goals, see more of Texas and do some remodeling of our rig.  We have 3 projects that we would like to get accomplished: 1) is building bookshelves above the nightstands in our bedroom 2) take out the bench & dinette and build a three-section cabinet: the far right side will be two file size drawers, the middle section will be a drawer on the bottom with a bookshelf above the drawer to hold my cookbooks (they are now in a cupboard above the couch) and 3) paint the cabinet above the driver & passenger seats…right now it is raw wood.

And of course, the ongoing cleaning out and purging of stuff that we no longer need or use.

So here is an open invitation ~ if you ever make your way to the San Antonio, TX area give us a shout out.  We would love to meet up with old and new friends, share a meal and hugs and lots of laughter.


Happy Birthday to Me!

Woke up this morning and hubby greeted me with “Happy Birthday, I Love You!”  what a great way to start my day.  I have had a wonderful day.  Had over 150 birthday greetings on Facebook, received a mushy card from Brandon, a phone message from Jamie, a sweet card from Dee : the outside says “I’m so lucky to have a friend like you.”  Inside: “I tend to scare normal people away.  Happy Birthday.” – I laughed so loud…we are definitely two peas in a pod.  Another funny card from Kay & Bill : front of the card had a group of people on an elevator and this grey haired gal swaying to the music as well as three other sweet birthday cards.  On the inside: “You know you’re getting old when you “groove” to elevator music!”  I was blessed with my first two Texas ornaments, a box of sugar free pecan candies and a sign “God is Faithful” and spent the evening having dinner with new friends who have blessed me over and over since we have been in Texas: Thanks Kay & Bill, Jane & Jerry, Bonnie, Chuck & Rose and Hank & Euona and of course my sweet hubby!!

I am so blessed and thankful for family and friends.