We went after Christmas shopping last night and again today. I bought lights, ornaments and tissue paper. I am gathering ornaments for an ocean theme tree. Now, just to find the tree!
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Today was our last day of school before Christmas break. Riley and Chloe came to school with Jennifer. We gave them a little gift. They helped in the kindergarten classes, watched a movie and just enjoyed the day visiting all the classrooms. Jim and I went to see the performance of Light Wire at the Civic Center tonight.
Jennifer gave us our gifts today. We each got an Origami Owl gift certificate and new hot cocoa mugs. Mine is a Snoopy cup with a Woodstock spoon and Cindy's is an Olaf mug! We washed those cups and made our self a cup of hot cocoa!
We bought Christmas ornaments to place on the tree in the park in memory of my great niece Raegen Grace Bundy. She was born on October 13 and only lived about 2 hours. She had Potter's Syndrome. Her lungs couldn't develop because her kidneys were not formed correctly. I'm so thankful that Tyler and Christen were able to place this tree in the park and we could help decorate it.
Sue DuBois, who is in the center of the first row, has been successfully treated for breast cancer. I drew a Zentangle heart and Allison had a friend screen print the shirts for us. We are so happy that she caught this early and treatment was successful.
Can you see the red coat? This little old lady walks down Main street, crosses Route 29 and goes to McDonald's everyday. She always wears a red coat, even in the summer time. She really scares me, because she just walks out into the highway across four lanes of traffic and two turn lanes. This road is very busy and there are several accidents at this intersection every month!
Our stuffed tiger mascot got a few of the other animals from around the building to read Jovie the book, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Of course, they all had to have a red nose! Cindy was sick today, so it was a very busy day in the office.
We pulled into the drive about 1:15 pm. We opened the trunk and the contents was "shaped" like the trunk lid! OMG! I don't think I could have stuffed another folded up sock in the back of that car. I prayed all the way home that we didn't have a flat tire or get in an accident! It didn't take Jim and I a long time to unload everything. Sure was great to be home and out of the car after 4 days on the road!
We have been taking turns driving for a couple of hours at a time. My dad said he was enjoying riding in the passenger seat for a while. He hasn't ever sat on that side of this car! LOL I drove his car to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. I kinda liked parking the car in the first parking space! I also went to the "Slice of Pie" to get some pie of course. I brought a dutch apple pie back to our family. We stayed in Rolla, MO, tonight.
This is the view out my parents trailer where they live in Yuma, AZ. They live in the foothills of the mountains. They are 15 miles from the Mexican border and 15 miles from the California border. It is about 65 to 70 degrees this time of year. We left at 10:30 am to start our journey back to Pekin. We will stay in Socorro, New Mexico tonight.
I was on 3 different planes and landed in 4 different airports today. I flew from Peoria, to Dallas, to Phoenix and Yuma, AZ. My parents needed my help to pack up and drive back to Pekin. My mom is not doing very good with the change in living arrangements.
I bought these Santa's many years ago at a craft fair at Richwoods High School in Peoria. I added the lights recently, so they could be seen at night as well. The wreath has gone through several revisions, but the paint has held up really great!
The turkey went into the fryer...and then onto the grill! After Jim dropped the turkey in the hot oil too fast, the oil wouldn't stay at the correct temperature. We finished cooking it on the grill. It was still good! Just not very pretty.
Monday, November 24, 2014
We ran a few errands tonight. I stopped at Bath & Body Works and picked up a few foaming Christmas soap. I usually wait until after Christmas and buy them on clearance, but I saw these scents on their website and couldn't resist!
When we first found out that John had Lymphoma, we got the lime green lymphoma bands. We have since added metal bands for John. JKLIVIN has been John's motto so to speak and couldn't be more appropriate now. We added the shamrock because St Patrick's Day is his favorite holiday, as well as John and Stacie's Wedding Anniversary and Jim's birthday. Fight was added when we found out he had lymphoma for the second time.
These feet and arms belong to Nate. He always supports John by wearing his lime green lymphoma bracelet. He also has green shoes that he wears at work and just recently replaced his jawbone fitness tracker in lime green. We just love our Johnny Mac!
Today is the one year anniversary of the horrible tornado that went through our neighborhood. This house is one of the few that still remains with no repairs what so ever. Two of the houses have been torn down completely. One is being rebuild and the other lot has a for sale by owner sign on it. This house has a sign posted from the city requesting it be repaired or it will be demolished.
I am doing a December Daily album again this year. This is my favorite page. I constructed the majority of the album when I went to the Barn for my scrapcation on November 8. This year, I am using a Simple Stories paper from a couple of years ago. I hope to have it finished in January 2015, before I go back to work from Christmas break.
This is a day we have been looking forward to for 22 days. John got to come home from the hospital. He spent 22 days in the same room during his stem cell transplant. He was very sick during this time and we are very happy that is he home and feeling much better.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Coco and I went for a walk tonight. It might be the last one for a while. The weather is predicted to have snow flurries the next few days. We don't have a single tree in our yard any more, but these leaves have gathered at our door step tonight.
John was cleared to walk in the hallway. He has not been allowed to go out of the transplant room since he was admitted on October 22. He had to wear a mask to take his walk. His blood count is climbing every day. It won't be long and he will be back in his chair at home!