Monday, December 21, 2015

Texas Trash and 'Quad' a Weekend!!!

All the decorating is done and it's time to sit back and enjoy the season!

Louis Dean is slowly getting better but he is still not well yet.
He hasn't been out of the house since last Monday except to walk outside once a few days ago. The wind and whatever was in the air made him even sicker and he was back in bed again!
Hopefully tomorrow he will be better and we have a few places we need to go.
He is really SICK of being sick!!!

He's not contagious since it's asthma and allergies so the quads arrived Saturday evening to spend the night right on schedule. The first thing we did was put on our jingle bell necklaces and go for a walk through the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights. We took Lucy with us and the kids took turns holding her leash. She literally drug them a time or two and then THEY drug her as well!!

Back home for some playtime while I prepared dinner.
Corny Dogs and Hash Browns and Ranch Style Beans!
Two of the four ate TWO corny dogs!!!

They laughed and giggled the entire time they were here!!
We LOVE that sound!!!

I read a chapter of Little House on the Prairie and then it was time for bed.
Kailey slept with Granddad in the guest room and Logan slept beside me with Trystan across the foot of the bed. Harrison slept on the floor beside our bed. Louis Dean rested with Kailey while I catnapped with the others until they were asleep. Then we got back up to finish watching the football game!

We all got a good night's sleep!
 It was late when we put the kids to bed but they slept a good 10 hours!

This morning my crew woke up first. It was about 8:30 and Trystan said, "Look, MeeMaw!! The sun is up!!" We all got up quietly and went out to the den to play until Granddad and Kailey woke up.
I made coffee, cleaned the fireplace and started a fresh fire while the kids colored some papers.

Kailey woke up happy!!!
She dearly loves the toy cash register and the play money that goes with it.
She gets a handful of bills and holds on to them for ever so long!!

After a first cup of coffee, Louis Dean was awake enough to fry up some sausage, fry up some eggs and bake up some biscuits. I was out of milk so we had some Strawberry Banana Smoothies I had in the fridge. Win! WIN!!!

I opted not to even try to take all four to church this morning by myself since Louis Dean wouldn't be able to go. Instead we did a little lesson on the nativity using my art appreciation pictures.
Last week our painting was The Arrival of the Shepherds and the kids noticed the wise men were NOT in it!!

This morning I gathered up four different nativity scenes and they each chose one.
One by one, they described what they saw and then what they saw on this week's painting - Adoration of the Magi by Giotto. I heard Trystan say, "Look, GUYS!!! Here's the Wise Men!!"

Children are like little sponges just soaking everything up.
It reminds me to make certain I have good and godly things for them to absorb!

Their Mama had packed up a bag with their clothes for today all packaged and labeled!
This made for an easy dressing time! Kailey was the only one who combed through the bag of 'extra' clothing for what she wanted to wear!

Our featured entertainment for the day was a movie - The Minions!!!
They stayed focused through the whole thing - they had already seen it once in the theater!
Even Granddad stayed interested!
I popped up some popcorn about halfway through and when the movie was over they wanted to go outside to play. Doesn't EVERY child want to play outside??

Mama and Dada picked them up about 1:30 and Louis Dean and I went back to bed!
I'm sure everyone can understand that!

This evening I started the Texas Trash marathon!!!!

THAT will make a LOT of Trash!!!

I layered it all in so I wouldn't have to work so hard to get it mixed up.
This is BEFORE the butter, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings and BAKING.

My mother used to make whole trash cans FULL of this stuff!!!
We all loved it and she gave some to all of her kids and families as well as all her employees!
It wasn't until I started making it myself after she had a stroke in 2005 that I fully appreciated the gift of Texas Trash! It is not cheap and it is time consuming!!!
It is WORTH every bit of it though!!!!

At midnight I took the last two trays out of the oven!
It is DONE!!!
I will pack it all up into tins tomorrow!
NOW all I want to do is go to bed!!!

I close with a photo from this time 6 years ago when we were in Aberdeen Scotland.
Amber took this pic and I loved it then and I love it now.
Brings back such good memories!

It was an experience we will never forget!!!


Hootin Anni said...

Such a wonderful, wonderful family and life you have with L. D. and the quads!!!

Vee said...

Praying that Louis Dean is feeling much better today. No fun to be under the allergies for a week. The grands are smart kiddos! Loving and well behaved and active, too. My heavens! You have a fortune tied up in Texas Trash! My dear auntie used to make it. Sometimes my daughter-in-law makes it. Love that stuff! A Merry and Bright Christmas week to you, IF I don't make it back again before the big day.

MadSnapper said...

brrr on Scotland but a precious memory. yum on the trash.. and i could hear two giggling adults in the video. listening to all that giggling had me smiling. the sleep over is always fun for all of you

Linda said...

Sounds like Louis Dean could benefit from a good hard freeze to kill some of that nasty stuff in the air. Always enjoy seeing the quads. First time I've heard of that much party mix. That's a hoot.

Susie said...

Linda, I always love to see your pictures. The little film clips allows me to hear those sweet giggles. I love the picture of the snow and bench. Looks peaceful. I am praying LD gets well , 100 percent. I think a gift tin of that Texas Trash is a wonderful gift. You know most people love things made special. Blessings for a smooth running week. Love you guys, xoxo,Susie

Debby said...

Merry Christmas. I want to be a quad and come to your house. Hope your hubby feels better soon. Hugs and Mary Christmas.

Cheapchick said...

Holy cow - you do make a lot of Texas trash! I am sure everyone loves receiving it just like you did when your Mom made it.

Nancy Chan said...

A sweet post and your quads are so cute and lovable. Have a beautiful week!

Jill said...

Looks like a lot of fun going on at your home! Hope he is feeling better soon! My oldest suffers from allergies and asthma too and has been having one heck of a time trying to manage it this year. Take care.


Shirley said...

Merry Christmas, I know you enjoy those four little ones a lot. They keep us young. I am sorry that Lewis Dean is not feeling well. When you have asthma, it is not fun. Our oldest has what you call chemical asthma. I hope he doesn't get sick while he is home. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Debbie said...

Praying that Louis Dean feels MUCH MUCH better soon. Nothing worse then to be sick of being sick! You were certainly busy but looks like fun with the quads. Now that Texas trash sounds wonderful! Never had it but sure I would love it. If I don't get another opportunity I want to wish you and that wonderful man of yours a very merry and blessed

Bev said...

Praying LD gets better! He needs some Canada snow air to breath!!....:)....Fun weekend.

White Lace and Promises said...

I love this. My kiddos are still not quite ready for sleep overs. That will be fun! Did you mean quads as in they are really quadruplets? They all look the same age and are beautiful!

Linda said...

I can only imagine how exhausting enjoying the quads is. they are growing up so fast. Love the snow picture from Scotland! If Jalen is here and we don't make it to church or Sunday school we have a devotion here also. Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

The grandkids are getting so big! Soon they will be too big for footed pajamas! Ha! That Texas Trash looks good. I bet it's time consuming to make but then you can munch on it for days. I hope LD starts feeling better soon.

Penny said...

Still on my catch up reading Linda! The Texas Trash looks like fun! Perhaps you could post the recipe one day X