Monday, January 20, 2020

I'm Here! I'm Here!

Yes, I know...I've been such a slacker!

It's pretty bad when people text/email you 
to remind you that you need to blog.

I'm here!

Last week was business as usual...

Three days of kids and two days of trying to get things done.

My phone is being cantankerous, It's holding my photos hostage.

I did manage to snag one photo...

Teagan discovered the "Let's Go Fishin" game.

Her game is to take the game into Pappy K's office and saying, "Play."

 Oh, she's such a charmer.

When the week finally slowed down,

On Saturday we went to see Locklan riding the unicycle.  

He's getting closer and closer to becoming proficient!

Next we went to a boat show to check out a new dock for Camp Manfred...

I think we're going to invest in it.

After that excitement, Mr K and I got some dinner and headed for 
Butler Little Theater where we saw the play 
Lunch Hour by Jean Kerr
(of Please Don't Eat the Daisies fame)

When we went to check in, they could not find my name...

Finally, the theater manager did find it...

For FRIDAY night.  

Fortunately, she was able to exchange our tickets!

We really enjoyed ourselves and will do it again for sure.
Also, Saturday evening, Tony sent me two photos of Henry.

He learned how to open the gate at the bottom of the stairs...

AND learned how to open the kitchen cabinet and climb inside.

Last night, he sent a video of Henry taking his first steps!

I guess he decided he didn't want to be a baby anymore.

Today Locklan doesn''t have school so 
both he and Teagan will  be here all day.

It'll be fun.

Now I'm off to try to make peace with my phone!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Too Cute!

I'm really busy, but thought I'd share this photo of Henry.

I get such a kick out of Tony's captions...

Back in a day or two!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

One Wheel Wonder(ful)

Our family, or at least Andy and Tony
are unicyclists!

Andy and Tony were muni cyclists
(mountain unicycles)

Tony on the left, Andy on the right, participating in a cross country race.

And now, we're adding another generation to the unicycle family...

Yes, it's Locklan!

Our town has a unicycle club.
Every Saturday they take over the gym at the YMCA

They welcome anyone who rides or wants to learn!

They have unicycles of all sizes to try.

Locklan was pretty pumped.

Me too!

Thursday, January 09, 2020

The World According To Locklan

Every Monday and Wednesday
Andy takes Locklan to pre-school,
Drops Teagan off at my house and heads to work.

A few hours later, I load Teagan in the car
and go to fetch Locklan.

Teagan usually falls asleep before we get to the school
so Locklan and I have time to chat.

Occasionally, we'll take the long way home so she can sleep longer.

Occasionally, we'll detour through the drive-through window at McDonalds
for coffee for me and fries for him.

Yesterday, we did that.

Locklan is sitting in his car seat munching on his fries.

Suddenly he asked if there were mashed potatoes 
inside of French fries.

I explained that both were made from potatoes.

He then said he can't eat the fries because he hates mashed potatoes.

That was that!

We started talking about lunch.

I suggested macaroni and cheese.

He said he can't eat that.

He explained he could only eat the good kind that his mother makes in a pot,
not the bad kind I make in the microwave.

Go figure!

I bought this police station/fire house off of Facebook last week.

It's so cute!

The kids played with it all afternoon.

It folds up with all the furniture and vehicles inside.

AAAAAAnd before we knew it,
Andy came to get them.

Teagan gathered up her baby and purse

And I needed a nap!

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!

Whew!  How long has it been?

Was I really MIA since December 20?  How could that be?

We did go to the party at Mark's nephew's house and had a good time...

Considering we had kids...lots of kids!

We had 7 kids with Locklan being the oldest of them...

Yes, 7 kids under 5 and one 8 year old.

I felt grouchy and couldn't wait to go home!

I had a schedule so that all my chores and Christmas duties could be completed 
at a pace that was not too demanding.

Saturday, I felt worn out but agreed to have my little buddy spend the night.

We blew up the air mattress and slept under the Christmas tree...

On Sunday, Andy came to reinforce the gate connection to keep Teagan and the dogs from running up the stairs.

Of course, Locklan helped...

Andy is so patient with him!

I was feeling like I had been dragged through the mud so I fell slightly behind on my schedule...

Monday, I woke to find Andy and the kids, the cleaning people and Ron all needing my attention.

I went back to bed and slept 16 hours!

On Christmas eve, I was up before the chickens
and managed to have everything done by time my 
family arrived at 5.

We had 14 people here for dinner.

The only person missing was my oldest grandson, who turned 27
that week.

It was amazing, and no, I don't have a plethora of photos.

I was too busy loving it.

More later, but before I go, here's a picture of Henry, who is quite a character...

Too cute, right?

I'm off to get ready for breakfast with friends!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Short and Sweet!

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here.

I've been busy, had to take mom to the oncologist
(where Teagan and Locklan entertained everyone in the waiting room).

Mom had been complaining about feeling drained and fuzzy headed.

She chalked it up to being 88.

Her doctor sent her to the hospital for a blood transfusion!

They gave her 2 units of blood and she says she feel like a new, 88 year old, woman!

I still can't get around very well, but it's so much better than if was 4 or 5 months ago.

I downsized my decorating...

Went from 5 trees to two, one inside, one outside...

The inside tree has been decorated, undecorated and redecorated several times...

I let the kids do it!

A couple of years ago, I bought a Tree Dazzler after Christmas for $5
and promptly forgot about it.

I found it this week and got it out for the kids...

They decided it was more fun to decorate themselves...


We took the kids to the mall, just to walk by Santa.  

Locklan actually talked to him, from a distance.

Teagan just screamed!

I had some shopping to do, but to leave the mall, we had to walk past Santa.

He saw us and waved and said bye bye.

Teagan waved and said bye to him.

The next day, she pointed to a picture of Santa and said Santa!

I asked her what Santa said.

Her answer:  Bye bye!

I'm done shopping but have not begun to wrap...

I had one snafu...

I bought a gift for Ashley from Amazon...

I checked online and it said it had been delivered to my mailbox!

I sent Mr. K out to retrieve it.

It was not there!

Amazon's web site said to give it 48 hours...

I did, still no gift.

I called Amazon, talked to a robot who authorized a refund on my credit card.

I reordered it.

It came in two days

The original came two days after that, 

The envelope had been torn open, wrapped in packing tape
and held together with a rubber band!

Someone opened it (hopefully by mistake)
and decided I deserved it.

I think I have as many returns as I do gifts!

Tonight we're going to a party at Mark's nephew's house.

I feel so blessed that the family still includes me.

Now I have to find an ugly Christmas sweater!

Wow, guess this isn't all that short.

Hope it was sweet!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Soooo I'm Way too Busy!

'Tis the season!

I've always loved the hustle and bustle of the Season...

This year, it's a little different...

It's taking me ten times longer to get things done...

I have to rely on Andy or even Mr. K to help me do things...

I'm doing much better,

But not 100%

Still, having little kids around makes it all so much fun!

We do Christmassy things,

But we also do 'life' things.

Teagan is at that age where she identifies her dolls as people...

It's so much fun to watch her...

And when I suggested it was nap time,

She thought it was a great idea...

For her kids too!

Yesterday Locklan didn't have school, so he came along to spend the day.

It was cold and ugly out there, so we stayed in and snuggled...

In layers!

Okay, back to work...

I am working on a few 'secret' projects...

I can't say much, but one led me to rediscover things like this...

Yes, that's ME circa 1954!

I'll be back soon...