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So thankful for visits with kids

…and long driveways!
We had a great visit with our Waco kids last month! We were there for almost a week before we took off with Weston for his Galveston Adventure, and we managed to be productive even while we were playing with the kids! Ok, ok. Gary was mostly the productive one and I was mostly the playing with the kids one – but it all worked out in the end! I did help out with finishing up some painting, but mostly I was hanging out with these crazy guys!
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Gary’s project was screening in the back porch.
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He’d already begun framing it out in this picture, and by the time we left for Galveston he had it all framed and ready for the actual screening.
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But even though he was pretty busy with that porch project,  we still managed to fit in some local fun! Like indulging in some of our favorite Waco food!
Shorty’s Pizza – love their Pizza pillows!
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and of course In -N-Out! Mmmmm….cheeseburger animal style!
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We even managed a quick drive-by of our little Waco house – we still miss that house somedays!
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But aside ‘Walking down Waco Memory Lane’, we mostly spent time with the kids. We played some games,
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celebrated Deacon’s second birthday
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and even had some puppy time!
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After our Galveston week, Gary finished up the screening lickety-split!
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We left the trim for Josiah to finish up, and before we knew it, it was time to hit the road!
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We might not get back this way until next year this time, so we’re so very thankful that we got to spend this with our Texas family!

Landed!

Lots to catch up with here, but I thought I’d better at least touch base and let you know we have arrived safely at our November SOWER project location – Whispering Pines Baptist Camp in Citronelle, AL (which is about an hour North (and a bit west) of Mobile. See the map over at the “Where are we Now” Page). I’ll be honest here – after a whirlwind October – which included, but was not limited to, South Dakota goodness,
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a Galveston Adventure,
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a bit of a  construction project,
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and pirates armed with minions – arrggghhhh –
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– we’re so very thankful to be sitting all by ourselves at a sweet camp, parked with a beautiful magnolia tree in our front yard.
There’s lots to share, but for now….
Sleep well, my friends! I know we’re looking forward to some sweet rest tonight!
Steph

Family Visit

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.
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[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!

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Eventually, though, we braved the heat and went for a little walk around the conference center. We checked out the lake front
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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 –
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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!
Steph

Waco Days

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 –
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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.
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We loved having them stop by each morning!

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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.
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We left it with them and I hope they continue to enjoy it!

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We (ok, it was mostly Gary) got to work on a couple of projects. Can you guess what he’s building?
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Yep, a loft bed!
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Weston was pretty stoked about that!
And then there was some outdoor work –
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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 –
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Now that was a fun project, and even more fun watching the kids get acquainted with this new backyard delight!
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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!
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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!).
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Yes, our Waco Days are filled with wonderful memories!

 

Sometimes the day

…just doesn’t go as planned.

We shared hugs all around, and set out right on schedule from Josiah’s house this morning.
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We were first in line at then inspection station
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and we passed with flying colors. (To my Pennsylvania friends – the inspections here in TX consist of making sure the lights work, the brakes work, the wipers work, the horn works and you have current insurance. Total cost – $7.00. Quite a difference from the PA inspection system!) But I digress…
We stopped at a diesel repair shop to have some ‘codes read’ to help figure out an intermittent sputtering/missing problem we noticed on our way to Waco. And that’s about when our ‘best laid plans’ took a detour. It turned out they couldn’t actually do the diagnosis until after lunch so we decided to make the most of the morning and took care of a chore – doing the laundry! Then we enjoyed lunch at a favorite lunch spot (from when we were doing the Parrott Ave renovations last year). Once we got back to the rig, they were getting ready to do the diagnostic. But first I had to empty out the closet (Oh, the joys of have a diesel ‘pusher’). No pictures of that – it’s too embarrassing!
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The tech spent a lot of time checking things, but in the end everything looked fine. He loaded us up with a new computer program for the engine, took the girl for a nice long test drive and everything checked out. Of course, by that time, it was closing in on 5PM so they told us to come back tomorrow to ‘settle up’. (Gotta love Texas!) We found a nice pull-through RV spot at a local campground on Lake Waco, and tucked in for the night. Hopefully, after we stop back at the garage to pay our bill, we’ll soon be on our way! Again.
It certainly wasn’t the day we planned, but it started with hugs, included clean clothes, a good check-up at the diesel doctor, some yummy food and ended with a lovely sunset.
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We really can’t ask for more than that! Thanks for coming along for the (non) trip!
Steph