Saturday, December 9, 2023

Changing of the Guards .....

Amber and Mike are having such a great time on their International Getaway.
It was a business trip for Mike - at least for the first few days.

That gave Amber some time to get a bit of pampering and shopping done!

By night they went out for dinner and strolls.

She is so pretty!
Inside and out!

We grandparents are so happy they trusted us with the grands and that they have had a week of being a twosome in Europe again!

Normally, grandparents would say that they are taking care of the kids - and we are - 

but THEY are taking good care of US!
The TV in the living room wasn't working well so Kailey drew this diagram of the remote and then proceeded to drill me on using it!

I watched a few good movies.....

while doing some art!

Monday I will finish this ornament for Amber adding a wreath of bluebonnets and a few sunflowers.

I finished addressing all 240 Christmas cards and they are in the mail!

Wednesday morning's 'Tea Tray.'

Louis Dean has stayed somewhat busy clipping burned out light strands from garlands and washing dishes. The dishwasher had  a leak so he's done all the dishes by hand. I'll tell you a secret - he LOVES washing dishes!

Then sometimes he would just go out and sit in the sun on the front porch.

He made meat sauce for the pasta I cooked earlier and we had dinner all cooked and staying warm in the crockpot while we did the school pickup. We all ate a little early as the girls were playing in the Winter Concert.

Son Jesse drove over to join us for dinner and to drive us all to the concert since it was dark and he knew I can't see to drive at night. S far I am good until about 5:30!

Can you spy two of the girls?
Kailey was in the trombone group at the back of the band.

But here she is!!!
She said, "I knew you would want to take a picture."
She squeezes my heart!

Our last Tea Tray on Thursday morning.

We packed up our things, changed the bedding in the guest room, ran a few loads of laundry and Louis Dean started to load the car when he discovered he hadn't brought his set of car I gave him mine. A tiny voice told me to be careful - but I ignored it and -sure enough - Louis Dean took out the last load and couldn't find the keys. He kept locking the car between trips (??) and finally decided he must have locked them in the trunk.

Not to worry - just a minor inconvenience!
We drove back to Irving in the Suburban and Louis Dean was going to pick up his set of car keys - except he couldn't find them!

Summer has covered us with her AAA account so we drove BACK to Dallas and I could call someone to come out.
When we drove up to their house, Louis Dean saw his cap on the hood of our car.
Guess what was in his cap???
My car keys!

We finally made it home a couple of hours later than we planned.

Summer was up from Arkansas for a few days and she came bearing a hearty late lunch from Babe's!

Chicken fried steak for Louis Dean!

Fried chicken for Summer and me!

Bless her heart!
She worked on our front door - again!
Always helping and always smiling.

We watched football on Thursday night and then Christmas at the Opry on Friday,

Brenda Lee was my favorite performer!

Summer left early this morning to head back to Arkansas.
I'm still decorating and cleaning!
All I have left now is the guest room and the gazebo.
I have sorted and thrown a lot of stuff away and two sacks to take to Goodwill.

Our spring like weather is turning colder now and we will be down in the 30's tonight.
We will be picking the kids up in the morning for church and changing the guard for the final two days.