A little late in posting but wanted to share some fun from our Thanksgiving break. My nephew and his family had relocated from San Diego to Dallas and we invited them for Thanksgiving. My brother and his wife were also able to join us as well as several other family members. Our moving truck arrived on 11/14 and we hosted 18 for Thanksgiving dinner and 12 of those family members spent 1 or more nights with us! We had FABULOUS weather and a wonderful opportunity to visit and just enjoy each others company. We all provided goodies for the feast – I learned my nephew, Justin, is a foodie at heart and made the most fabulous onion dip! Jeanine and John provided the “purple salad” and several other side dishes. My daughter-in-law made the pies and they were oh so YUMMY!
The kids were all very well-behaved – when you have fabulous weather and a sand pile as big as the house they have no reason to get on each others nerves!
Here are the photos (lots of them) from our time together!
I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as ours! We have so much to be Thankful for!
Last week we closed out the construction loan on the new house and were handed over the keys to our new home! For our first overnight stay we took the grandkids and setup camp in the new home. We had purchased a “mac-o-pedic” from Mattress Mac with a bed frame for the guest bedroom and that is what we old folks slept on. On a previous trip to the site we had taken out the bunk bed frames and mattresses. We had the grandkids sleep on the mattresses in their sleeping bags. Because our “move-in” clean was scheduled for Monday we did not want to “fill” the house up just yet. With the exception of the queen frame and mattress set and the 2 twin mattresses which we placed on top of the queen set we left nothing in the house on Sunday.
Each fall the town of Luling has a festival “Night in Old Luling” where any non-profit can set up a booth for fundraising. We went last year with our grandson and it was a lot of fun so we wanted to make sure we went again this year. The “town” of Leesville, TX also has their annual Country Fair the 2nd weekend in October so we decided to check that out during the day.
A cool front had rolled in Saturday morning and brought some much-needed rain to the area, but it did make it a challenge for the fair organizers.
Here are some photos from the Country Fair in Leesville.
After the Country Fair we went back to the house and played some board games, rode bikes up and down the hill, played in the sand (then took showers) and setup the electric train!
Sorry no photos from Night Out in Old Luling – they are on our phones as I did not want to carry the big camera all night. The kids played games and won prizes. We all went on the Zombie Hay Ride and that was a lot of fun – we had squirt guns to keep the zombies at bay!
Great fajita from the Luling VFD booth and played a little bit of bingo.
Each year my son and his wife head north of Houston to Montgomery County where the annual TX Renaissance Festival is held for several weekends in the fall. They camp with friends the opening weekend, mid-October and then take the minions on “All Hallows Eve” weekend. 2009 I decided I wanted to go for my birthday and we would help with the grandkids. They were just 1 and 2 at the time. What a fun time we had. Here are a few photos from the kiddos first RenFest.
RenFest is for kids of all ages – there is all kinds of entertainment. Fun food – turkey legs and stuff like that! Games and activities for the kids!
As our reunion came to an end we had some additional fun activities. Several attendees headed to the Uintahs for a little target practice. Some went hiking.
We headed to Midway, UT. My father was born in Midway in 1906. My grandparents are buried in the midway cemetery under a beautiful tree. Midway is a beautiful swiss inspired town and I just love the laid back feel.
And here are a few more candid photos from the cousins just being kids!
All in all it was a FANTASTIC family adventure. Our next Green’s family reunion is set for 2016; hopefully in Yellowstone! Get your reservations to Linda to make sure you are included!
The 2nd day of our re-union was hosted by Aunt Iris’ family, the McCleary’s. It had been a few years since we had all had the chance to visit – their family has grown so much, adding new daughter-in-laws and adding new babies which is always fun! I am sure Aunt Iris is watching and smiling! Her family is beautiful and a delight to be around!
So many memories that just cannot be put into words or photos!
A friend of mine was telling me a new place they took their grandchildren. In July of 2014 the Galveston Children’s Museum opened to the public. It is in the basement of the Moody Mansion and I must say it exceeded my expectations.
It is small, but very well organized. There are plenty of aproned helpers to be sure the little museum visitors stay safe. Local businesses funded many of the activities and they are designed to inspire creative play.
There is an Art Room, where children can make projects from a variety of items. They can also take their projects home with them.
There is an outdoors area with areas to play with sand as well as well as water activities.
A pretend cafe area where the children are serving up “pizzas, burgers and salads”. There is a also a cash register and children take turns ringing up their customers.
A performance room with a variety of costumes and you can make your own puppet.
The toddler room has a variety of educational toys. A favorite for kids of all ages is the kinetic sand play area.
There is even a workshop where the children can saw, drill, hammer and build all kinds of fun things.
UTMB plays an important role on the Island and community outreach at the museum is fun learning experience.
A couple of weeks ago the grands and I headed to San Antonio for Mighty Muscles Camp. My 2 grands were joined by a set of triplets and another grand for a total of 6 happy campers! Mighty Muscles is a day camp and we would drop the kids off at 9:00 am (I must say that first morning was a little hard for me; my daughter-in-law had entrusted their care to me and what if something happened?) and we would pick them up at 3:00. Each day for 4 days they had a variety of activities that they did, including but not limited to, swimming, karate, dance, climbing a rock wall, tennis, arts and crafts. When we would arrive to pick them, they were exhausted. Somehow on the air-conditioned drive home they would gain a second wind. Good thing we had lots of fun stuff for them to do in the off-camp hours.
My friends hosted all 6 children and 3 additional grandparents for a total of 5 adults. This kids took over the quilt room.
Swimming of course was a major activity (grandma’s know this will wear them out!)
We dropped them off the first day and they figured out how it all worked…..
Some of our evening activities included tie-dye, decorating cupcakes, making a snow globe and scrap booking……
One of the kiddos favorite activities was ‘smores. One of my least favorites – we are giving children long poky devices with hot marshmallows on the end!
We attempted Crayon Art!
A few photos from camp….
And just a few with the grands!
Thank you to all the grandmas that hosted our gang. My grandkids are still talking about how much fun they had and they can’t wait for next year!
Today is Mr. B’s Birthday. There are a few funny stories about Mr. B that I think I will share here.
On the day he was scheduled to arrive I had kept his much older sister (by 1 year 3 weeks) and the next morning we headed to the hospital to meet the new family member. I sat down with my new little grandson in my lap and along came Little Toot and proceeded to push him off my lap. I had to ask for help so he would not be flung to the floor. She was quite determined!
The next day I had gone over to spruce up my daughter-in-law’s house as she had been on bed rest for the last few weeks of her pregnancy and I wanted her to come home to a nice clean house. I left just before 5:00 pm and headed to dinner with my hubby. While at dinner I had a missed phone call from my son, I figured it was Kat calling to thank me for cleaning the house. Before I could return her call they were ringing my husband’s cell looking for me. Apparently right after I left the power company had come by their home and disconnected their power for an “Unpaid” bill. My son had actually talked to them the day before, my daughter-in-law had been trying to get it straightened out for over 2 weeks. She had proof of payments but there was still a past due balance. Come to find out, the payments had been applied to their “old” account, not their new account.
Anyway – Andy, Kat and Mr. B came to spend the night at our house. They could not even get in their home until they borrowed a key from us because their keys were locked in the house and they only had the garage door opener, which would not work without power!
About 3:00 am there is a knock on my bedroom door – it is my daughter-in-law telling me OUR power has now gone out! I might’ve chuckled but I am sure I did it very quietly – because if you have not seen a hormonal just gave birth, unhappy mama, YOU DON’T WANT TO! Well we figured our problem was probably vines that over grow the power lines in our neighborhood and we called our power company. In the meantime, I suggested to my hubby and my son (proud papa) that they should go out to the shed and get the generator so we can run the small a/c unit. They both kind of snorted at me and I explained that was their choice, but they could tell the women in the bathroom who was crying hysterically – they both got up and headed to the shed to get the generator! Remember NEVER mess with a hormonal just gave birth, unhappy mama! Well – the generator would not start, hubby had replaced a part the previous year and something got put on incorrectly, BUT, we did not know that until our power was restored and he could see what he was doing. Remember this is between 3:00 am and 5:00 am. Luckily about 5:00 am we heard the power trucks and we had power shortly thereafter.
Except for their 1st Bday’s the kids have a combined birthday party. They do something with family on their actual birthdays, but the party is a combo – and for the past 3 years they have rented a water slide for their backyard and had a GREAT time! It really is the best way to celebrate when it is Houston and over 100!
Here are a few photos of Mr. B over the years and a few of various birthday parties!
When I see the smiling faces on the grandkids I can’t help but sing (to myself!) Green Acre’s is the Place for Me!
Kids need space to play…….
They need to be able to explore in nature and just play in the dirt!
And if they happen to have a Grandpa with a tractor – then they can also drive a tractor!
They also helped DeeDee (me) pick up trash a never-ending battle! It was so funny – she said she would help but she needed a pointy stick so she could just poke the trash and put it in the bag! They toured the house several times, guessing what room is what and of course made mud pies!
Waiting for the 4-way inspection, then the framing walk through with the builder, then sheetrock arrives while the exterior starts getting painted etc etc etc.