Imagine our delight when our Waco kids came for a visit this past Sunday! Especially given that Waco isn’t exactly around the corner from Camp Lavon and good ol’ Dallas is smack dab in the middle of the route. But they were willing – and we were happy to have them come. To simplify lunch (feeding 8 folks in our RV was not high on my “fun things to do” list) we met a nearby restaurant to start our visit.
[Do you suppose it’s a proven fact that it’s impossible to get four little men to smile at the camera at the same time? I think Weston (front right) was working on his “how weird can I look” face, while Taran across the table was just over it. Man, I love those little boys!]
Although we’ve had some lovely cool-ish (for Texas anyway) days recently, Sunday climbed well into the 90’s so for much of the day we just hung around in the RV. It was a little crowded, but we set the boys up with the dominoes on the tile floor, and they kept pretty busy building towers or seeing how many they could line up to knock down! Every now and then one would wander up front and I caught this shot of little Anderson with the sun hitting him just right!
Eventually, though, we braved the heat and went for a little walk around the conference center. We checked out the lake front
and then ended up at the camp’s swimming hole where one of the camp families (also with 4 young’uns) was playing in the water. The boys couldn’t resist, and although there were no pictures taken, joining them for a bit of splash time was the perfect end to a hot walk. Once everyone was back in dry clothes, they loaded the van and headed back to Waco (with a quick stop at the DWF airport to pick up a friend – didn’t that work out well!). I snapped one last shot of this little guy –
who turns ONE tomorrow!! As the saying goes – #dontblink!
We don’t get many family visits when we’re on a SOWER project, so Sunday afternoon was a very precious time indeed! Thanks for coming along for the visit!
There are lots of things to love about our time outside of Waco earlier last month, when we spent a bit over a week with our youngest son and his beautiful family! Here are just a few of them –
We got to park in their driveway!! We had good power (no official hook-up just yet, but we had a more than adequate temporary hook-up), the slides were out, and almost every morning there was a little knock at our door by a couple of fair headed little boys wanting to come into the RV! Now in my book, our home is very utilitarian and there is not much for little ones to do. But that didn’t seem to matter. From the swivel chairs to the road atlas to the grapefruit spoons in the silverware drawer, there seemed to be no end of adventures in Lizzie.
We loved having them stop by each morning!
We got to teach them a new game – Pegs and Jokers (very similar to SORRY). It combined cards and fun ‘pegs’ and a bit of strategy, and many a game was played during our visit.
We left it with them and I hope they continue to enjoy it!
We (ok, it was mostly Gary) got to work on a couple of projects. Can you guess what he’s building?
Yep, a loft bed!
Weston was pretty stoked about that!
And then there was some outdoor work –
Helping out with some new fencing. Nothing fancy, just enough to keep the dogs home and the chickens (yes, there are chicks on order!) in the yard!
Of course, there was the Christmas Trampoline –
Now that was a fun project, and even more fun watching the kids get acquainted with this new backyard delight!
But regardless of the games that were played and the projects that were accomplished, the best part of our Waco Days was being able to spend time with these guys!
It was exciting to see them settling into their new (to them) home outside of Waco, and to hear them share their plans for the days to come! It was hard to say good-bye, but there’s a pretty good chance they’ll come to see us here at Lake Lavon since we’re not all that far away (in the overall scheme of things!).
Yes, our Waco Days are filled with wonderful memories!
I know, I know – we haven’t even made it to October yet so what on earth is this Merry Christmas stuff! Well, in our world it always pays to plan ahead (as much as you can in this crazy year of 2020!). Since we’d decided to change up Christmas this year and stay south, I wanted to try and ‘deliver Christmas’ to the kiddos when we visited each family in September. And as timing would have it – this was the Christmas Stocking Year.
Toby’s family already a good supply of GramMade Christmas stockings –
But the addition of Everly in June necessitated a new one. For once I was thankful I had kept the leftovers from that project years ago, and was able to complete the set!
It’s up to Toby to make a bigger hanging board!
Down in Waco, I’d also been staying on top of the Stocking situation. Josiah and Abigail had been gifted Christmas stockings as wedding gifts, so as each little boy was added, I was able to follow the style, even if the fabric choices were a bit different.
The green one was one of the original wedding gifts, the two red ones belong to Weston and Taran. (Although I can’t find a picture of Anderson’s I’m pretty sure it does exist!) This year I made one for Deacon (who unbelievably turns ONE next month) and also one for Georgeanne ( Abigail’s mom – aka MeeMah – who lives with them!)
To help tell them apart, I put a fancy ‘grown-up’ lining in MeeMahs!
I think (so they tell me) that completes the sets for that gang!
Meanwhile, in Gahanna, there were NO GramMade stockings at all!
Since I was starting from scratch with that household, it was fun make to each one a little different while keeping the basic style the same!
(They really are all the same size – it’s just a weird perspective!)
To complete my Christmas sewing, I even made a little Christmas Tree for us –
Now I just need to get it quilted and bound before December!
This year we also went with the Family Christmas Gift concept- and did our best to have them arrive while we were visiting.
The one in M-ville arrived after we left, but it looks like it will be put to good use.
We were able to work together to construct the one in Waco
and it’s been a great hit down there too!
In fact, according to a text I received yesterday, this is happening….
“All day, every day!”
I’m feeling all kinds of Christmas love!
Our long weekend in Ohio wasn’t just about getting that basement ‘suite’ finished off. It was about getting to see our family, of course! After that oh-so-brief meet and greet with little Everly when she was all of two days old, it was wonderful to get more acquainted with her.
With so many willing arms to hold her, I was glad to get any opportunity to cuddle with that little cutie. For me, one of the high points was getting all of our Ohio family together for a Sunday afternoon picnic at a local park. There was a great obstacle course that all the kids really enjoyed while we older folks just moseyed along to watch.
Yikes – that was pretty high, brave little one!
Everyone safely maneuvered the course and we even got a chance for a group picture –
Of course, the two girls on the left go with the adults on the right and vice versa, but you can see we were quite the crowd. (Even a few over the ‘no group larger than 10’ COVID restrictions. Shhhhhhh)
At the end of our picnic time the girls began a quick game of “Get the Hat on the Baby” –
Oh the joys (or dangers) of being the sixth child! With both Mom and Dad supervising the game, I think little Everly rather enjoyed the attention.
It was great to spend time with the kids as they were all getting back into their fall schedule. School is looking different this year for both families, but everyone seems to be making the best of it. With everyone growing up so fast it makes me ever so thankful for Zoom and FaceTime and texts with pictures and phone calls. (Yes, dear children, that was a not so subtle hint to CALL YOUR MOTHER!)
Precious days indeed!
I don’t think I ever recapped our short but sweet visit with our Ohio kiddos (2 families, and a total of 8 grandkids!). Although we were only there for a long weekend, we managed to cram a lot in. First the was the completion of the Great Bedroom Shuffle. Or at least our part in it!
The project started last Christmas, as the basement was being rearranged and renovated to include a bedroom and a bathroom in anticipation of the arrival of their new baby in June.
By the time we left after Christmas, the framing was (almost) complete!
Then during the winter and early spring (when everyone’s schedule was freed up by the pandemic) Toby continued to work on the egress window and moving the plumbing to facilitate the bathroom.
Since we also had a rearranged schedule this spring, we were able to get back in late May and help get the drywall up!
By the time we left, the drywall was up and ‘mudded’ and ready for paint.
We left right after little Everly was welcomed into the family, and even with that sweet distraction, the finishing touches continued –
Finally, just before we arrived at the end of August, the carpeting was installed!!!
The common room and stairs also a nice makeover!
I think the carpet was a big hit with everyone!
Finally after the last bit of window trim was done, the furniture was moved, and the girls got to decorating!
The bathroom still needs a bit of pizzazz
but let me tell you, these teenage girls are pretty excited to have their OWN BATHROOM!!
The upstairs bedrooms got shuffled around too, but I totally failed to document that! I can say that everyone was pretty darned pleased with their new ‘digs’!
More about our Ohio days in future posts! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your Sabbath tomorrow is blessed!