Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

How Can Life Be 
Hectic and Wonderful
At the Same Time?
June 19, 2017

The three oldest of the grandchildren in McAllen

A few minutes ago I pulled up the previous posting and saw it had been 2 weeks since I wrote an entry and that one ended with me mentioning that the following 2 weekends would be spent caring for our grandchildren who live about 80 miles away.
 The four youngest and a baby kitten - one of two they have currently
Thinking of those weekends, they were hectic, wonderful, exhausting, relaxing, delightful, and fun.  There are seven children in that family and what fun it was to spend several days with them.  The weekend of June 10, I went to their house on Saturday afternoon.  Our son and his wife had expected to leave early in the afternoon to take a week long trip.  As often seems to happen when any of us have our plans all made, things happen that delay those plans.
 The two youngest boys playing happily together
As I walked in the door my daughter-in-law hollered to me to take a different route through the house because the washing machine had just flooded across my normal path to the kitchen.  They were mopping and setting fans to dry out the area.  Our son was doing some last minute grocery shopping.  When he got home he spent time in the small utility room on the floor trying to repair the washer.  Actually I think by the time they left that evening, he had it working.
 Video game time in the living room
So on that first weekend with the children, I was there from Saturday afternoon until Monday afternoon.  The  children have never been better, and that is saying a lot because they are usually very good.  We must have all been tired because the first day everyone just relaxed.  On Sunday the oldest girl had to be at the church very early.  The rest of us were on time.  Everyone was up early, dressed, fed and ready to go.
 Early morning in the school room
Vacation Bible School started at their church that week and so on Monday most of the children slept a little late, which would help out for the evening VBS.  We had good meals and enjoyed some treats.  We did some cleaning.  It is amazing how much can get done in 15 minutes with 8 people working hard.  One of the girls has been writing stories and she spent time doing that.  The girls played dress up and one played piano while the youngest made up dances to go with the music.  They were all good about doing their chores without having to be reminded.
 The middle girl with her favorite kitten
Monday morning I baked biscuits for breakfast.  Our daughter-in-law had left the freezer well stocked with things to bake while they were gone.  When I started to fix lunch, the oven would not work.  I tried everything I knew to try, but had no luck.  That changed the menus for the next week.
Spaghetti was great (and doesn't need an oven)
Late afternoon Monday their other grandmother arrived and she took care of the children until Thursday late afternoon when I returned to stay until Sunday night.  During my time back at home, I had several appointments and I was trying to finish a quilt top that my friend Dolores was going to have time to quilt for me. 
 Ron helping the little boys with Father's Day project
When Ron and I went out to dinner on the 5th for our anniversary, I had lost my Kindle Fire.  He called the place we had eaten and they had found it and were waiting for me to come get it.  So we returned there for the Kindle Fire and supper.  We had supper with friends another evening.  I worked long hours on my reports for the accountant since I was going to be gone again.
Yummy spaghetti
When I left the office to return to the grandchildren on Thursday I was really rushed.  I stopped along the way to pick up lunch about 3:30 and by the time I got to McAllen, I was sick from my lunch.  Yuck!  Thankfully it passed quickly, but left me very cautious in what I chose to eat for the next few days. 
The boys always have so much to discuss, it is hard to get them to eat!
One of the older boys still has some school work to finish up from their home schooling.  The other of the older boys has been doing some carving and is enjoying it very much.  The children were still being very good and we spent some time working on gift shopping/making for Father's Day since their dad would be home on Sunday evening. 
 Wood carving in the hot garage
Ron came up Friday evening and stayed until Saturday evening but returned that evening to teach his class Sunday morning.  He helped the boys and I helped the girls with their gifts.
Saturday sewing
One of the granddaughters and I spent a lot of Friday and Saturday sewing.  She did a great job on learning how to make a new quilt block and then spent time sewing fabric pictures on paper to make little books.  She got 2 or 3 done and made note cards, too.  Sunday morning the kids were showing their exhaustion from summer heat, VBS. and grandma's visit.  We all did a little cleaning that afternoon and then relaxed.
Note cards made over the weekend
Hearing issues for me always arise.  When we are all in one room to eat, the noise level gets to be too much.  I can't always get the things the younger ones are saying.  At their church, hearing is very hard for me.  I did not go to Sunday school this Sunday.  The teacher is great, but he talks way too fast for me to understand.  The kids were moving much slower this Sunday after evenings of activities.  Most of the week it was 100 degrees or more in the afternoons at their house.  There was almost no playing outside.
She spent a LITTLE time on roller blades, but it was just too hot!
This week looks like it won't be too hectic.  I have one medical appointment and so does Ron.  He has a job or two promised out of the office.  I need to get back to my house cleaning.  Plenty to keep us busy.
Bringing in the mail

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

52 Years and Counting
June 6, 2017

Wedding reception June 5, 1965

Yesterday June 5, Ron and I celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary.  We spent most of the day at the office and then went out to dinner late in the evening.  The celebrations were not fancy.  There were not other friends and family with us, but it was a good day.  I think for most of us, when we celebrate special events, we think back over the past and ponder how we arrived at the point of the celebration.
Ron playing with one of the grandchildren
Ron and I lead a rather quiet life.  Well, as I just typed that, I thought of those of you who may only know us through this blog.  You are probably thinking of the blog entries you have read and are wondering how I can say it is a quiet life with all the things you have read about in the blog.  I, on the other hand, am thinking about evenings like tonight when I came home, spent a little time in the yard filling the bird feeders and bird baths and then at the computer catching up on the mail.  Ron had stayed to work late at the office and I fixed a very plain supper.

We don't attend very many fancy, formal events, but we do enjoy dinner with friends regularly and  small parties with our Sunday School class.  We are a lot alike in what we enjoy socially.  Social events are MUCH harder for me now due to the hearing limitations.  I don't really enjoy large gatherings or dinning in noisy places.  This past Sunday we met friends for lunch.  In all there were 6 of us, in a very noisy, crowded restaurant, so I could hear almost none of the discussion at the table.

When we celebrated our 50th anniversary, we didn't want a big party.  We just wanted a weekend with our children and their families.  Anytime we get the family together, it is a good time.  We love our four sons so much and love seeing them together and listening to them laugh as they share memories.  God has blessed us abundantly over the years.  There have been easy times and hard times.  But through all those times, God has been there and our family has stood together.  I can't imagine my life with out my husband and our sons, and now their wives and children.
 Working on the bed 
Last night we had decided to go to Olive Garden in Harlingen for supper.  As we were closing the office, a storm was blowing in and when we got home, we decided to wait a bit to see if the storm was just blowing over or hanging around.  In a little over an hour it had blown away, just leaving a few huge rain drops at our house and lots of rain at our office.  We headed to Harlingen to find it dry all the way to the restaurant.
 Furniture grandson built from a kit
The last week was busy.  We met our son in Harlingen Tuesday evening and brought his two youngest boys home with us to stay a few days.  We had some fun working on projects.  The older of the two built some wooden furniture for a little house and then started preparing to build the house.  He sanded the pieces and painted some of the objects.  The younger of the boys built a wooden airplane from a kit and got some of the parts painted. 

The boys spent some time with me at the office.  We tried most of the fast-food places in town.  We watched the birds, watched episodes of the TV series Monk, and the boys spent hours playing with Legos.  It was a good time together.  One afternoon while the boys were with me at the office Ron went flying with a friend so that they could take photos of an aircraft carrier being brought into port to be dismantled.  He had a great time and got some good photos.
Aircraft carrier
For almost 2 years now, I have not had any household help.  I have neglected a lot of the chores around the house.  So I started Saturday by giving the living room and library area a good cleaning.  It is so nice to have all the clutter put away and the dusting done.  Now, if I can just keep up doing the other rooms.  I have worked on one of the bedrooms the last few days, but it will still take a while.  I also worked on sorting one cabinet and reorganizing the items in it. 
 Aircraft Carrier heading into port
This blog entry seems to be filled with scattered thoughts and I hope you are able to keep up while I jump from date to date and activity to different activity.  I think in a very recent entry, I talked about going to my niece's wedding in North Carolina.  After that weekend, I returned to Dallas and my little grandson.  Our daughter-in-law Barbara returned home while Mom and my sister Debbie spent a week touring around that part of the country before going to Debbie's house in Idaho.
Mom, Debbie, Barbara
Mom intended to stay at Debbie's until about Memorial Day and then come home.  A couple of weeks ago she hurt her back and has been in severe pain ever since then.  The injury was very much like the one she had 3 years ago where she spent 3 months in North Texas with my other sister, staying for weeks in the hospital and weeks in a nursing/rehab facility.  It looked like she was in for a similar extended stay this time.  But today Mom had a procedure done that they tried in Ft. Worth after the other injury.  It seems to have brought much better results this time.  Mom is doing very well tonight.  Hopefully she will be home before too long - maybe a couple of weeks instead of a couple of months! 
Children's musical

Sunday morning the children's choir presented a musical and it was amazing.  The props were awesome, the kids had memorized lots of lines and music.  I give it an A+!  They were having a good time and their director, a young woman named Debbie, had done an outstanding job with them.  There were close to 20 in the bunch.  The kids with speaking parts had microphones and I could hear a lot of what was being said - not all, but enough to follow the story line.
 Children's choir

I will be spending the next two weekends caring for the grandchildren.  Fun times ahead!