Jason’s 40!!!

Happy Birthday!!!! Jason has officially crossed over into the 40’s, finally joining myself and all of our friends. It is funny watching him struggle with this age. He is 4 years younger than me, yet he seemed to have a few issues crossing over into the 40’s. Now myself was excited to turn 40 and so far have enjoyed my forties most of all. And I know my husband will too after his shock wears off 😂!!!

For this Birthday I had to make it special and fun. Every once in a while I am reminded of his no big deal 30th birthday, lol…

So off to Tulsa for his 40th! We had dinner at our favorite steak house, The Spudder. Of the food… the gusher ( rib eye ) which is huge and Jason’s fav! And the pork tenderloin and they have the most delicious potatoe soup. We have been coming here several years now, thanks to our good friends the Farmers. The Spudder will always be a favorite.

I got Mercy Me concert tickets for his birthday night as well. I thought Jason needed some good worship time and you will get it at one of their shows! Jason had never seen them in concert before so for the big 4 0 it was just what he needed!

The Mabee Center in Tulsa was a packed house! They had just released “I Can Only Imagine” movie so people were buying tickets still the night of show and piling in! Unfortunately we missed the first musician Tim Timmons ( whom my daughter Kelsie & neice Vanessa love, I took them a few years back to see him ) who is a wonderful Christian artist. We were able to see Tenth Avenue North, amazing!!!

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Then Mercy Me came onto the stage! What awww aspiring amazing artists they are!

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If you have not seen Mercy Me in concert it is a must!

What a Night!!! The food was delicious, the show was amazing and time together priceless! We had a much needed wonderful date night in Tulsa to celebrate Jason’s 40th Birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday Jason!!! You are the love of my life, my soul mate and best friend! You are the best father and papa and are loved by many. You will see, you too will find that your forties will be the most enjoyable age by far. I promise!

Happy Birthday Babe! xoxo 💋

Oh and don’t forget it snowed in Missouri in April on your 40th birthday ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Spring Break 2018

Spring break has come and gone. Cameron went back to school today. I enjoyed the week with him. It wasn’t long ago I looked forward to him starting kindergarten, him to have fun with new friends, learn so much and me to have a little free time. So I really enjoyed all the time together this past week.

Just a close to home vacation. The river, we went! We love taking the travel trailer camping with our grandson. Other than being a Grandma, trips to the river rates a close 2nd on my favorite things to do list.

No fishing on this trip! We just relaxed, enjoying our days. I enjoy the trails, so the boys joined me on the river trail. I collect a rock from each trail we hike and write on it the name of the trail, the date and who all joined me. I’ve got a good collection over the years.

Cameron was all about the adventure this trip. Wether it be climbing down a small area off a trail and climbing back up or crossing a small spring without falling in the water.

He made several videos, unfortunately too long to post on here. He recorded our drive through one of the campgrounds and it literally was over 5 minutes long, lol. The videos are great!

We also one day walked the dry river bed quite a ways. Very peaceful out enjoying nature with my boys. Days like that are all I long for. When I’m old and gray I pray for many trips to the river!

After a nice time at the river, we traveled home. Dinner with Jason’s grandma and mom. Cameron’s Great Grandma June and Great Great Grandma Joyce for prime rib at our favorite Lil Cafe in Oklahoma. So he had dinner with 3 Grandmas ( lucky boy ). The boys love Grandma Joyce so much! Everyone does. She is wonderful woman.

On Sunday, the last day before heading back to school we went to the local movie theater for “Sherlock Gnomes” it was great, Cameron had a great time!

And that’s what we are put on this earth for! To love and spoil our Grandchildren every chance we get. Thank you Lord!

“Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged” Proverbs 17:6

A Family Garden

My parents and my sister and her family bought some acreage a few years ago close to the outskirts of a small town I grew up in. This will be the third year of the vegetable garden. Each year it gets better and better.

The last couple of days we got together to plant the onions and potatoes. One row of onions so far and five rows of potatoes. Someone said something about planting potatoes on the top of the hill and just placing straw on top of them. So we decided we would try that in just a small area. Putting wire fencing draped over top to keep the straw in place. We will see what happens.

In a couple of weeks we will plant four rows of corn and a couple rows of other vegetables like okra, squash and tomatoes.

We started planting a few days early this year on grandmas, my moms mom, birthday. The weather forecast this week was perfect for planting. So hopefully weather permitting we will choose to plant on grandmas birthday every year.

My brother in law Chris worked on the blackberry bushes, cleaning them up and tying them up the fence. I can’t wait to pick those and bake a blackberry cobbler. My sister tended to the fruit trees.

Zoe’ and I drove to Miami, OK. this morning and got a load of mushroom dirt for the second garden. Dad plowed and tilled it for a larger garden this year. Around Easter we will plant pumpkins in that garden.

Im looking forward to the fall and hopefully we will have lots of pumpkins for the kids to carve and me to decorate with.

I enjoyed the last couple days working the garden with my sister, makes for great memories.

Little Piece of Route 66

Over the past weekend we took a small road trip. Following a piece of old route 66 in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

On Saturday we headed out in the afternoon to the West, towards Kansas. The first stop on route 66 was in Galena, KS. Down on their main street that sets right on 66 is Tow Mater! Cameron was stoked! He had been watching the movie “Cars” on the trip. So we jumped out and walked around looking at Mater and the Firetruck. We waited on other route 66 travelers to finish up their photos, then we took ours.

The sun was so bright that day and we had a very happy grandson!

Next to see was the Rainbow Bridge in Baxter Springs, KS. You can still drive on the bridge, but of course we had to get out and walk it. A beautiful old bridge.

Crossing over into Oklahoma we took a walk around the Mickey Mantel baseball field in Commerce. What a great statue and field dedicated to a great ball player.

Finally dinner time! Good friends of ours, the Farmers, turned us onto this small cafe in Oklahoma. The Lil Cafe! The best smoked prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights. So delicious! A great end to the day.

On Sunday morning we left the house early and headed East. Driving through the small town of Carterville, MO where I grew up and passing by my parents home situated on a hill on route 66 heading out of town. Stopping at the new bridge that was designed to look just like the one replaced just last year was our first stop.

A few miles down the road, Carthage, MO. has so much to see in there beautiful town. But our goal today was sticking to old route 66. And an old favorite of ours is the route 66 drive in movie theater which is still playing shows every weekend in the spring, summer and fall. A must see when passing through!

After Carthage, MO. we continued East on 96 hwy taking all the old route 66 roads on and off the highway all the way to Springfield, MO. Stopping at a couple spots for photos that we had never seen before. We came through a very small town called Spencer, MO. It has an old gas station that I don’t know why I didn’t snap a photo of but I did capture the old bridge a few feet past it. I love old bridges…

After we crossed over the bridge we took a wrong turn and had to turn around, back track a little to get back on route. That is the one thing about route 66, not enough good road signs telling you which way to go. You have to be really looking for a sign. But it is well worth it. The last small town we came to was Paris Springs Junction, MO. While driving through the beautiful scenery of this area you come upon a small replica station. A great spot to stop for photos on a route 66 road trip!

We continued following route 66 through Springfield, MO to Strafford. Where we chose to end our 66 travels for the day. And jumped onto I-44 and headed back West towards home.

One day we hope to travel the entire route 66 from Chicago Illinois to Santa Monica California. For now we will enjoy the route around our hometown.

Love Road Trips!!!!

Stomach Bug at the K-1

As I am setting here in the car pick up line at Cameron’s kindergarten building. I get a phone call.

The school called to inform all parents that there are over 100 kindergarten and first grade students out sick today! All in one day!

They all have the same symptoms. Vomiting and diarrhea, ugh…..

They are closing school the next two days ( thursday and friday ) to disinfect and clean the entire building.

Thank heavens…..

I pray that Cameron doesn’t catch it. He has already had the flu twice since the first week of January this year! He missed so much school already. So Lord please let this one skip him by!

We don’t want it!

And all those poor small children at home sick with this or coming down with it, I pray for a quick recovery. And love to all the mommas at home taking care of them!

Everyone get well soon!

Road trip to the RV show!

It was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, perfect for a road trip with our grandson, Jasons brother Rodney and his wife Marjorie!

The 29th anual Springfield RV Mega Show happened to be this weekend. So off we all went. Jason and I love just checking out all the different floorplans and sizes of the new campers. We bought ours a couple years ago and enjoy it everytime we get to use it.

Rodney is on a mission to find a small pull behind RV. And this show had several to look at. Knowing Rodney he will end up fabricating one himself. He is quite talented that way. Marjorie is not picky at all ( unlike me – lol ) and is just ready to be camping at the river with us, getting her fishing on!

Cameron really enjoyed the smaller campers! Just his size he says long as the lights are left on at night, lol.

And he really thought the small dirt bike was Awesome!

After several hours of walking and forgetting what all we looked at. It was time to rest our feet and head to the local favorite restaurant of ours near Springfield. Lamberts! Home of the throwed rolls.

Now traveling back towards home! We all had a great day. Lots of fun and laughter. Love days spent like this! Love you bunches Rodney & Marjorie.

“Thankful Grateful Blessed”