Monday, December 5, 2016

The Weekend

Rick, the kids and I rented a space at a flea market to sell stuff to help the twins with their mission trips and Jasmine with her choir trip. 

Then later that day was the big Christmas parade. I only stayed until Jasmine played. I get really, really, really bored at the Christmas parade. It's dark and every organization in town tried to take part. It runs two hours. I much prefer the daytime parades--Veteran's Day parade and the school parade which is coming up this Friday morning, and all the schools in the county bring their preschool and kindergarten classes.

Sunday night Jasmine had a Carols concert at a local church.

So our weekend was fairly busy.

Jessica, Hunter and River had an exciting week. They had planned to go to Gatlinburg, and of course that was on fire. So they decided spur of the moment to drive from the Florida panhandle to Colorado Springs. Jessica had wanted to give Hunter a white Christmas, so wish fulfilled.

Going up Pike's Peak

Love this picture of River
And on the way home they bought a brand new van! They traded in Jessica's car which was a 2014.
LOL Rick and I both drive 2007 vehicles. And I've only owned mine a year. I was driving an '01.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fun Friday: Here's an Easy One

Here's an easy one:

What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment but never in a thousand years?

Leave your answer in the comments section.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Random Thanksgiving Photos

It's been a quiet week here, so I'm going to post some random photos from Thanksgiving at Jessica's house.
Adam photo bombing Jasmine, Tara and ZonaMae (Hunter's niece)

Part of the crew. We were waiting for Rick and the twins to arrive.

Rick carving one of the turkeys. Jessica got one from work and baked it, and a friend of Hunter's gave them a fried turkey. It was amazing.

Adam, Tara, Kayla, Jasmine, Kaleb

The three "littles," but with Kealen, River and Winter (on the way), they aren't the littles anymore. I guess they are the middlers. Or what else could they be?

I played around with the filters on this photo. Which of the 4 do you like best? (I can't' remember which I ordered for Christmas cards)

Adam, Tara and Kealen. Wasn't sure if Tara and Kealen would be there. They are on again off again a lot. But they are young and have plenty of time. Still, Tara and Kealen would be welcomed members of the family. Adam spent 18 + months with Deja, but one year after they broke up, she had a baby. Didn't lose any time there.

The only thing I did in the last few days was dive and manage to lose my fairly new $450 dive camera :(

The camera is still strapped to my left wrist in this picture.

 Ty and I were supposed to dive today, but conditions are poor.

Hopefully I'll have something more exciting to post about next time! Slow week here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

And the name is ...

Winter Robin!

(See last post and the comment if you have no clue what I'm talking about. Hevel had it.)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

Thankful for my family and sad that we are missing a few.
Jessica and Hunter hosted Thanksgiving.
Missing Jeff, Ashley and family and #9. 

Front: Kaleb (striped shirt), Kayla (bright pink), Jasmine (greenish), Tyler (jacket and hat) Back: Kathy (me) with River, Adam, Rick, Jessica, Hunter

Jessica also revealed the gender and name of her next baby. Any guesses? They are sticking with nature-ish names.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Just Stuff

We are finished with adoption class. But as I think I said last time, they've said they aren't going to even get to our paperwork until January at the earliest. So I just need to focus on other things and not sweat the wait. 

The good thing is that I know a social worker in another county that I had the privilege to meet at a writer's conference. She is genuinely a good person, and she let Parris' case worker know we are interested in him but that our county is in no hurry to get to our paperwork. She sent our 2008 home study, but that is 8 years old. The twins weren't even home yet. Jessica was a junior in high school, and she now pregnant with her second child! I wrote a description of our family now and included a couple of pictures, and she sent that too. Unfortunately, she hasn't heard back.

We really haven't done much this week. I signed up for nanowrimo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it's a commitment to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November. That comes out to 1,666 words a day. I am at 34,263 so far, and pretty much on target.

Yesterday there was a write-in that went to three places. The writers started at one place and wrote (or drew), walked to the next place and then to a third place. Jasmine and I caught up with them at the third place. We took a couple of pictures outside and a couple inside.

Ha! Check out all the sugar in this picture! Jasmine helped me with it :)

We are coming up on crazy times, as are the rest of you I'm sure.
We have friends coming for taco soup tomorrow night and hope our adult kids can join us. Jessica is hosting Thanksgiving.

The big Christmas parade is Dec 3, and I think both girls are in it. Kayla can't really play the music, but I think they are going to let her play with the older band anyway. It's a title 1 school who just hopes the kids show up for school, and she will have lots more chances to succeed without having to be the best of the best.

December 4th is Jasmine's carols concert, and the 5th is the festival of choirs. 

The 8th is Kaleb's band concert.

The 9th is the Millville parade, and all the schools bring their preschool and kindergarten children. I think every school band in the county is there for it. I find it a lot more fun than the long. boring Christmas parade.

The 10th is breakfast with Santa. After breakfast with Santa, Kaleb has a swim meet and the parade of boats is that evening. It turns out the 10th is family day where Hunter works, so River can't go with us.

The 13th is Kayla's concert.

The 16th is Rick's work party, and the kids have early release on the 21st.

So that's what is ahead for us!

What's next up for you?