Friday, December 31, 2010

More pictures

Anna, waiting for the new furniture, still watching TV

Trying out his race car

Grandpa and Patrick looking at his new remote control car instructions

Santa brought the girls gift certificates to Harry Potter World for this winter.

Anna and a new computer game

Megan and her new e book

Megan and Anna, figuring out the dog game.

Emily of the big blue eyes


Sweet Julia Dunn

Lane looking snuggly

Mark's grandmother and father with Lane on Christmas Eve

Pictures of the grandkids for Christmas. Some from Julie, some from November, since some don't post pictures on their blog!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday pics

Megan and Anna, the bigs

Emily playing with her new doll stroller.

Grandpa Paul gave Patrick a big car hauler truck for matchbook cars.

This has been a great week with the grand kids. And Julie and I sneaked in a shopping trip and lunch. Very fun. Miss shopping and lunch with my mom and all my girls too. But I am glad you all live in cool places.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best Wednesday

Javiar, Carlie and Susan at the Carole Sing

JJ, Carlie, Javiar and Paul

Richard, the best bartender ever, has some new toys. He says he has the best job, he gets to go to work and shoot the customers. Javiar and I love the Nerf machine guns. We were looking at them at Academy and didn't think they would go over very well as grandkid gifts but would be fun at the lake.

Then we took the golf cart to the Munoz home and decorated it with a lot of masking tape and do dads. Everyone except me rode in the parade. I had the van and went to Robert's Park to take pictures. Some very nicely decorated carts. Had to have lights to win and we didn't have time to figure out that. Several had little generators on board.

At the park there was free hot coco and cookies and Christmas Carole's sung. Very nice and the first time ever for this event. It raised money for the Food Bank.

Nice weather again, I love it, but it makes me worry about the payback. Had a beach walk and a long phone call with my sister.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Here is the annual beach6 picture. Paul and the golf cart. Absolutely perfect day, just a light breeze, sunny and in the 70s.

We started out the day with church, then a beach walk, then happy hour with neighbors, then bar-b-q at Hooks, then dancing at Bernie's.

Going to Corpus for Christmas shopping Monday morning.

High Creepy Factor

I was trying to be nice, because I am sure that Arkansas is a perfectly nice place to live. The landscape was beautiful, even in the bleak winter. Hills and streams and curves, everywhere. The young girls working in the grocery store were very nice, or maybe scamming us with heavy fake accents. Who can tell? I am going with nice and hillbilly.

It was very creepy way back in the state park, all alone. Lots of strange birds making strange sounds, even at night. Very, very dark. Deep woods behind us.

After we were driving the next day, I had a local radio station on. It was interesting, and I could understand the DJ's. Was good to hear the weather, etc. They the started the call in program. The question of the day was "What thing does 40% of people do every day?" It went on for hours. There must be 45 to 50 folks that listen to the station, some called with guesses 3 and 4 times. Good guesses, like: Brush your teeth, take a shower, take your blood pressure, check your sugar, go to the bank, and other really dumb things. The answer was take an asprin every day.

I laughed a lot, it passed the time. And they had real hill billy accents. But really, still a bit creepy.

If anyone from Arkansas ever reads this it's just a joke and you will never find me.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Finally in Texas, Palestine, in the east

Yesterday we were near Forrest City, Arkansas, and had no phone or internet. A state park in the sticks. Narrow, curvy and hilly roads all the way. I could hear banjo music. We were the only ones in the campground, about a mile from the Park Office. We drove a number of similar miles to Wynne for dinner. There was a Pizza Hut, a very small, plain pizza hut in lower case letters. We passed many beautiful homes, there were many businesses, not one decent restaurant. The girls at the grocery store had a great Arkansas accent.

Today was ok, pretty good traffic and dry roads. I am tired and glad we will be in Port Aransas in 6 hours. After we leave on Friday.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

Grandma and Lane snuggled in the quilt that I made him.

After a wonderful week cuddling new baby Lane, we headed home on Friday morning. The usual bad weather was coming in and we wanted to make it past the lake effect area of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Didn't quite work as planned, wet roads and snow for hundred of miles, before we broke into the sun setting in a blue sky near Lake Erie. Paul drove most excellently and we saw more rigs with wheels side up in the median. We arrived at Cyndi and Wy's about six pm. It was good. We had a great visit.

Got home at 3 on Saturday, good weather, hooked up the trailer to the motor home, started packing up for our great escape. OOPS there is a blizzard coming. And the refrigerator in the motor home isn't working. We only have scraps of food left in the house, and it snowed all night. Not too windy yet. The 40 mph gusts will come later and continue into Monday. We were wakened at 5 am by the power going out, the handy "touch" lamps by our bed blinking on and off and the talking alarm clock gently buzzing.

Which is why I am up so very early, almost too early to start on the Chocolate Covered Potato Chips from the Alps Sweet Shop near Katie's in NY.

So listening to Christmas music in between the weather channel hoping to find a break in the weather to skate through to Texas, sunshine and beach.

Girls, no more winter babies. Andrea, you are excluded from this ban, this time. Just kidding, mostly. They are all very nice babies.

Chocolate covered potato chips are great, crunchy, salty and a vegetable.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lane is a great little guy. We will miss him when we leave. We are enjoying lots of time with the new "puppy", he snuggles in and loves to be patted and petted. And he is warm too.

Mark and Lane, I keep thinking he looks like Katie, but he sure looks like his dad too. He does have Katie's tiny Irish nose.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Big Boy

Grandpa Paul and Lane Lawrence.

.Marjie and cute baby buddy

It took two days of driving through all kinds of weather but he is so cute, worth the drive for sure I got to hold him as he slept for a long time. Grandpa did too.

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Grandson

Lane Lawrence Sens, born 3:33 pm 12/3. 8 lbs. 7 oz.

We are relieved and very happy.