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Monday, August 31, 2009

August? Done!

Just 25 days until we leave Pennsylvania until May 2010. Wow. Hard to believe. Gotta be sure to spend the days wisely and see as many friends as possible. It always seems that we wait until the last month to get all those dates on the calendar. Oh, well. As long as we do it!

Started the day off like being shot out of a cannon! Had to get up and out early (7:10) so I could get Curves out of the way. Back home I jumped in the shower and got myself ready to go back out the door for a breakfast date with Cheri. I made it to the restaurant by 9:15 as planned. Whew.

Cheri and I had a great time at breakfast - lots of laughter and chatting. It was 11:00 before we knew it!! Thank goodness the restaurant wasn't full so we didn't have to feel bad about taking up a booth for that long. :)

The weather was so gorgeous today that when I got home from breakfast, I got my dulcimer out and sat outside in the screen room for almost 2 hours playing music. It felt really good to play again. I haven't touched my dulcimer but once, maybe, since we've been in PA. Gotta get my fingers limbered up for Alabama!

This evening we met Lins & Reagan at TGI Friday's for dinner. That was nice 'cause we hadn't seen them since Thursday. I know, I know. That's not that long, but it is for us when we're here. We usually see each other every couple of days. I felt like it had been forever! :) We got to hear all about Reagan's first gymnastics class as she had come to dinner straight from it. Sounds like she'll be getting a workout!

Tomorrow we're packing a picnic lunch and going to a park in Littitz. Lins says it's a great park and it has a free petting zoo. Can't beat free! I just want to be out in this fantastic weather.

Hope you all are doing well wherever you might be! Until the next time . . .

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Weekend Update

Yesterday we got together with friends we hadn't seen in a long time, at least socially. At one time all of us worked together at Grace Community Church - and most of them still do. Larry & Denise hosted the gathering; Denise having been the office manager at one time. I had held a couple different positions at the church, assistant to the lead pastor and then administrator of youth ministry. It was wonderful to get together with these folks and be able to catch up with them and what's going on in their lives.

Eating - what else do friends do together?
My former bosses, Joe & Mark

Today was a lazy day at home. We attended the church service held here at the campground. We've never done that before and it was nice. A retired United Methodist pastor gave the message and Greg, park owner, played the piano during the hymn. It was a small group, but a loving one.

The rest of the day has been spent reading and napping out in the screen room (me) and watching TV inside (Randy). The weather was gorgeous today - low/no humidity, sunny blue skies, and high 70s. Now, that's what I'm talkin' about! Perfect camping weather!

One more thing - as our son, Kevin, begins his year-long deployment in Iraq, we ask that you keep him and all of our military personnel as well as their families in your prayers. We know that God has His hand on Kevin and we are trusting Him for the future.

Until the next time . . .

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lazy, Rainy Day

What a change in weather!! When I opened my eyes this morning, I couldn't believe it was going on 8am!! I thought for sure the clock was wrong 'cause it was so dark outside. Then, I heard the rain hitting the roof and realized why it was so dark AND why I slept so late. :)

So, blaming the rain and being lazy, I blew off going to Curves this morning. I gotta get back into the routine on Monday. No more excuses. :) The rest of the morning was very laid back, too. Just reading blogs, watching morning news, etc.

This afternoon Randy and I went to see the latest Harry Potter movie. We've been saying we were going to see it since it came and just hadn't gotten to the theater yet. Today was a perfect day to go. It was good, not my favorite HP movie, but still good.

After the movie we went to WalMart to pick up a few things to get us through the rest of the month. Then, it was back home.

The rain is still coming down and it's almost chilly. Weird to say THAT in August. :) And that's about it for the day. Tomorrow we're going to a cookout at an old friend's house. Larry & Denise are having a bunch of us from Grace Community Church over - folks who worked together in the offices years ago. Should be fun.

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pictures from OC

Just wanted to share with you some of our adventures from our visit with my folks in Ocean City, MD. Enjoy!

First milkshake of the visit - the kids LOVE my dad's milkshakes!

Visiting Assateague Island National Park

Indoor mini-golf

Pretty Routine Day

Life is back to normal, I'd say. After reading my Scripture reading for the day, I got myself out the door to Curves. I sure didn't want to! It' always amazes me how fast I can get out of THAT habit. :) I've been going to a different club the last couple of times - it's 6 miles closer than the one I belong to. I wanted to try it for awhile before deciding whether or not to transfer my membership next summer. I think I will, though. The women have been very nice and welcoming. So, once I get back from Alabama next May, I'll have my membership transferred to this new club in East Berlin.

The rest of the day was spent on my cross stitch project. I'm just about done with the stitching part. I need to get a backing sewn on and then it will be done. YAY!

I also put together our dinner casserole for the evening; we're taking it to Lindsay's. I made Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti, which is one of my favorites.

A little before 4pm, we packed up the laundry, Blackie, and dinner and headed over to the Lindsay's for the evening. In addition to doing our wash, we were on Reagan duty after dinner as Lindsay was going to parent orientation for Reagan's preschool. We weren't on duty long, though, 'cause Jason got home about 40 minutes after Lins left. And since he'd been away since Sunday, we left pretty soon after he arrived so he and Reagan could have time together.

Now, I'm just watching TV, posting this entry as well as another one, then it'll be veg time. :) Not much planned for tomorrow other than a trip to Curves. Looking forward to just hanging around the RV.

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

I am home. While it was great to get away, see my folks, and spend lots of time with Lins & Reagan, it is wonderful to be back home with Randy. It was an uneventful ride home and that is always a good thing. :)

Looking forward to getting back in the routine. Curves tomorrow!

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Much Better Day

I'm glad to say that we had a much quieter night last night and lots of fun today. Actually, Lindsay and Reagan went to bed at 8pm last night and slept until 8:40 this morning! They sure caught up on much needed sleep. :)

The morning, what was left of it anyway, was spent up at the pool. Perfect pool weather - not too screaming hot, but warm enough that the water felt refreshing and you were comfortable when you got out of the pool to relax in a lounge chair. About 12:30 it was getting hot, so we packed it in and came back to the house.

Once we got cleaned up from the pool and had some lunch, it was time to find "something else fun to do" to quote Reagan. :) She really wanted to play miniature golf, but being the party pooper that I am, I so didn't want to do that in the hot afternoon sun! Grandma came to the rescue by telling us of an indoor mini-golf place in OC. YAY! So, after a stop at the bank, that's where we headed.

We had a blast! Took lots of pics, but I can't load them 'til I get home. Guess I'll have to post a picture entry to let you see all the fun we've had the past couple of days.

Tomorrow is our departure day. It's been fun to be here with Grandma and DadDad, but it's time to go home. I think we're stopping by one of Lins' friends on the way home. Angie just adopted a newborn and I haven't met Travis yet. Angie has been friends with Lindsay for almost 20 years, so it will be wonderful to see her in mommy-mode.

One more thing - Kev called today to let us know he has received his orders for deployment. He'll be leaving this weekend for a year in Iraq. Randy & I covet your prayers for his safety as well as his unit's while he is gone. Please remember our daughter-in-law, Sara, as well. I think the families of our military personnel are heroes, too! We take comfort in knowing that God is in control and He is watching over Kevin. The next year will be a tough one, but we'll get through it.

Until the next time . . .

Monday, August 24, 2009

Things Changed Quickly

Yesterday I ended the blog with the hope that Reagan would feel better today. Well, things took a huge turn for the worse a couple hours after I posted that!

About 10:30 Reagan woke up throwing up in her bed! Needless to say, that certainly was cause for concern as we've all heard that throwing up after a head trauma is not a good thing. Lins called the emergency # of her pediatrician to see what action we needed to take. Since all of Reagan's other vital signs were good, i.e., she was responding to us, her pupils weren't dilated, etc., the nurse didn't feel she needed to go to the emergency room. However, the nurse did tell Lins that if Reagan threw up again, she should be taken immediately. Well, no sooner had Lins hung up the phone, Reagan threw up again. So, off we went to the ER. That was about 11pm.

Thankfully, the ER was empty when we got there and Reagan was taken right away. She was being such a trooper; not thrilled with having to go to the "doctor," but still being so good. After going through triage, it took about 40 minutes for the doctor to see her. Based on his exam and Lins' explanation of events and symptoms, he determined she probably had a mild concussion, but to confirm that diagnosis, it would be best to give Reagan a CAT scan.

The tech explained to us what a CAT scan would entail as none of us had ever had one. She told Reagan that her table would go through a "doughnut" and Reagan thought that was funny. Within 10 minutes, Reagan had her CAT scan and was back in the room. Then we just had to wait for the results. Praise God, the results were great - there was nothing wrong!! So, we were given our walking papers and left the ER about 1:45am. Whew! What a night.

We did sleep in a bit this morning; Reagan didn't get up until almost 9:30! So far today there haven't been any repercussions from the fall except a slight headache. We did have to take it easy today to ensure that Reagan was fine, so no pool today. The weather cooperated by being overcast and rainy off and on. We went shopping for a while, but that was it.

Our time in OC has certainly not been what we expected thus far! But, we are just grateful that Reagan is fine and we got such great care at Atlantic General Hospital ER. We are all ready for an early night tonight!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Few Days in Ocean City, MD

Since I was leaving for a few days, Randy & I had a great breakfast at one of our favorite local diners, White Horse Diner, this morning. (Like we need a reason to go to breakfast!)

Full-bellied, we headed over to Lindsay's so Randy could drop me off. A couple of hugs later, Lindsay, Reagan, & I headed out. We had an uneventful drive to my folks' in Ocean City. It took only 3.5 hours to get - with a 15 minute stop to grab some lunch.

My folks are thrilled to have Reagan here. They last saw her at the 4th of July blast at my sister's house. My folks absolutely adore their grandchildren and great grandchildren and love having them around. So, for the next few days, I'm sure Reagan will be spoiled. It actually already started because we were here for only a few minutes when Reagan asked DadDad for one of his famous milkshakes - strawberry, please. And, of course, he complied. :)

This afternoon we, including Grandma, went to the visitors' center at Assateague Island National Seashore. There are sea creatures to hold, a big aquarium, and lots of other shells, driftwood, etc., to touch and explore. There is a program that allows you to adopt one of the wild horses that live on the island. Each of the other three great grandchildren have done this, so of course, it was Reagan's turn today. She picked a young pony named Chestnut. After the paperwork was completed, we jumped into the van to see if we could find him. The rangers said they often see him and he is easy to spot because he has unique markings on his neck. While we saw lots of ponies and deer, unfortunately, we didn't find Chestnut today. Reagan took it very well, too.

Next on the agenda was dinner. We stopped back at the house to pick up DadDad and headed to Applebee's which is Reagan's favorite. After a good dinner, we went to WalMart because I wanted to find a visor as I had left mine at home. No luck finding one, though. I think it's the first time I've ever walked out of WalMart without spending ANY money!! :)

That was our day. We did have a little scare when Reagan fell out of the recliner and landed on her head! It scared all of us - especially her. She's got a pretty good headache, poor thing. We're hoping she's feeling better tomorrow.

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Not Much Happening

This was a very quiet day. The only time we left the RV was to walk Blackie. And yes, I actually went along on one of his walks!

We spent the day in front of the TV, catching up on all of the shows we'd DVR'd. Lots of time was logged on the computers, as well. I also spent some time cross stitching. So, as you can see, the Guilers were not very productive today. But, it was a good day anyway.

Tomorrow Lins, Reagan & I are going to my folks' for a few days. Randy and Blackie are staying home. I'm looking forward to seeing Mommy & Daddy. It may be the last time I see them before heading south next month.

Hope your Saturday was a good one. Until the next time . . .

Friday, August 21, 2009

Busy Friday

I started the day with my usual cup of coffee and Bible reading. Then, it was off to Curves. I went to a new club today; it's more than half the distance of the one I belong to. I wanted to see if I would like it. Each club is different as it takes on the personality of its members. Some have not been very friendly, while others are very small and still others are too friendly. :) I like my home club in York, but since Lins doesn't go any more, I figured I'd try this other one. The women were friendly (not too!) and made me feel welcome. My only concern about it is the parking - it's on street and with my behemoth of a vehicle, it is sometimes difficult to find space big enough. But, I'm going to try it for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.

Back home, I made a grooming appointment for Blackie - it's WAY overdue. Then, I called in for refills on our prescriptions. I finished a second cup of coffee and it was time to go to Lindsay's to do laundry. The only good thing about doing laundry here is that I get to see Lins & Reagan. I spent a few hours there, did three loads of wash, and came back home. Randy was kind enough to clean the bathroom for me while I was gone. It needed it badly and I just hadn't got to it this week.

We had a couple of hours of down time before I had to get dinner going. We had breakfast for dinner - scrambled eggs and scrapple. Yummy.

This evening I went to a function at church, Girls Night Out. Lindsay and two of her friends, Pam & Michelle went, too. I had no idea what to expect, but it was great. Lots of laughter, funny skits, stories, and TV clips from of some classic comediennes - Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner. That stuff just doesn't get old. I had a really good time.

I've said this before, so excuse the repetition. There are few things I truly miss being a full-time RVer. But, one of them is belonging to a local church body. There is nothing like feeling part of a community. This evening was bittersweet in that as much as I enjoyed it, I knew that I wouldn't be able to expand on it and become part of it. That's hard for me because I am a joiner. However, as in most things in life, there is lots of good and a little bad, or less good. RVing is a wonderful life and I am grateful to have the opportunity to do so while we can. So, if I whine once in awhile, remind me how blessed I am, okay? :)

Tomorrow looks like it's going to be a lazy day. The weather's supposed to be ugly, so it'll be a good day to stay at home. Sunday Lins, Reagan and I are headed to my folks' for a couple of days. I'm looking forward to that. After that, who knows? :)

Until the next time . . .

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Today we attended a memorial service for Jason's paternal grandfather. We did not know him, but we do know Jason's dad and wanted to show our support for both Jason and his dad. It was attended by family, mostly, with a couple of friends there as well.

Being at this service reinforced my heartfelt belief that we must tell our families how we feel about them. Even if we're mad at someone in our family, we need to talk about it, get it out and get over it. Family is just too darn important to let slip away.

So, take a moment to tell the members of your family that you love them, are mad at them, or whatever it is you want to say. Just be sure to work it out and keep talking to each other. Hopefully, at the end of all that talk, there will be hugs all around.

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dinner with Friends and a Sleepover

Monday we got to visit with Don & Joyce from our days at Ramblin' Pines Campground. This was the campground where we lived during the last six months of our working lives which were also the first six months of our full-timing lives!

It's always a treat to have dinner with them because Joyce is a fabulous cook! Plus, we enjoy their company so very much. You know how there's always a house in the neighborhood where people gather? Well, at this campground, that is Don & Joyce's site. During the week it's pretty quiet, but come the weekend - Don & Joyce's is the place to be. They personify hospitality. Needless to say we had a great evening catching up with them.

Yesterday after Curves, I joined Lindsay & Reagan for an afternoon at the pool; well, that was the plan. We did eat lunch at the pool and got about a half hour IN the pool and then the thunder rang out. Everybody came out of the pool as instructed to wait to see what would happen. More thunder happened! We decided to leave before the rain came and got back to Lindsay's just as the rain started.

Reagan was coming home with me to spend the night; so after transferring her carseat and other needed items to the truck, she climbed in and we were on our way to the campground. Then, the rains came!! We had a rainy drive home, but, thankfully, it cleared up as we got nearer to the campground. We were able to get into the RV before the rain hit again. Whew!

It is a pleasure having Reagan to ourselves once in awhile. And once in awhile is all we can handle! :) She is busy, busy, BUSY from the time she gets up until the time she goes to bed. But she is such a funny little girl with lots to say and we love being with her.

Making use of Nana's computer
One thing she likes to do is take pictures. (Digital cameras are great! No wasted film.) Here are a couple of her pictures:

How Pop spend his quiet time :)
This morning we met Reagan's folks for breakfast at Bob Evans. After that we ended up going with Lins & Reagan to Chuck E. Cheese for Reagan to use up some tokens she still had from a previous visit. Man, that place is crazy! Kids of all ages running from one activity to another. Whoever thought up this concept was brilliant, though. It's a safe place to have fun with your kids.

Ride 'em, cowgirl!
On the Chuck E. Cheese roller coaster
We made a quick run through WalMart to pick up a few things and then it was time to take Lins & Reagan home. Once we were home, I collapsed in the recliner and promptly took a two hour nap! Think I was a little tired? :)

This evening I got the chance to catch up with my friend, Cheri. We hadn't seen each other since last year, with the exception of her triathalon in June. It was good to sit across the table from her, have dinner and talk. As I've said before, many times, that's the hardest part of this traveling life we lead - we don't get to see our friends as much as we would like.

Tomorrow we'll attend a memorial service for Jason's grandfather. Not much planned for the weekend. Gosh, could it be? Another quiet weekend? How nice.

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Quiet Few Days

It's about 5pm on Sunday evening and we've had a quiet weekend. Of course, some of it was enforced as I wasn't very ambulatory during the latter part of last week! :) But, I am very glad to report that my blisters are almost healed and I am walking with just a bit of a limp; nothing truly noticeable.

Thursday evening we watched Reagan for a couple of hours so that Jason & Lindsay could go see Jason's grandfather. Unfortunately, it was the last time they would see him as he died early the next morning. This was totally expected and the reason they made sure to get out to him on Thursday.

Friday evening we went for an ice cream run with Penny to Bruster's, our favorite ice cream place. Penny had never been to Bruster's, but she loves ice cream and was ready to try. Needless to say, she was very happy with her brownie sundae. :)

We never left the rig on Saturday. I didn't even get dressed! Stayed in the muu-muu all day. Love it! :) Made a lot of progress on my cross stitch project and just enjoyed the day.

This morning was church where the pastor gave a great message on acceptance of others, especially those who do not "fit" in our idea of the norm. Very convicting for me, I'll admit. I do struggle with being judgmental and it was good for me to hear the things God shared today. Don't necessarily like it, but it's good for me! :)

After church we decided to go out to lunch so we stopped at a new (for us) restaurant called Mary Jane's Restaurant. Just a little local place, but very good food. We'll go back, I'm sure. Gotta try it out for breakfast, you know! :)

And that's about it for us here in Dover, PA. Tomorrow we're going to dinner at old friends' house. Don & Joyce live at Ramblin' Pines Campground where we based ourselves for the first couple of years of full-timing. We haven't seen them in two years so we're really looking forward to catching up. We also get to have a sleepover with Reagan on Tuesday night. So, we've got some things happening this week.

Hope your week is looking good, too. Until the next time . . .

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Celebrating a Milestone . . . and other happenings

I don't know the last time I had more than a week between blog postings!! This was not intentional, but life just got in the way. None of you can relate to that, can you?!??!?!?! HA!

Last Thursday and Friday were rather quiet. Thursday was filled with laundry and Friday I had breakfast with Lins & Reagan, then had my monthly mani/pedi. And it turns out the money was wasted on the pedi - but more about that in a minute.

Early Saturday morning, at 7:00, Randy & I pulled out of the campground for a 14 hour drive to Alpharetta, GA. Well, according to the GPS, the drive was just under 12 hours, but you have to add in potty breaks, food stops, or fuel fill-ups. We were going south to attend our niece, Tara's, graduation from Auburn University. After an uneventful trip (which is ALWAYS a good thing!), we pulled into Missy's driveway about 8:45pm.

Sunday was spent visiting with Randy's sister, Missy, and the kids, Tara, MacKenzie, and Patrick. It had been almost 2 years since we've seen them so it was really good to be together. We also finally got to meet Aaron, Tara's boyfriend. We'd heard great things about him and it turns out they're all true! :) Aaron is a wonderful young man who seems to love Tara and her family so much. That's nice to see.

Aaron & Tara
Aaron is a manager at a local pub, Olde Blind Dog, and we went to dinner there Sunday evening. It is a uniquely decorated Irish pub, with William Wallace greeting us as we entered. The food was good, too! So, if you're in the Alpharetta area, stop by this pub!

The family
A booth at the pub
Monday was the day - graduation day! Tara left before than the rest of us as she needed to get to campus early. The rest of us, Missy, Randy, MacKenzie, Patrick and I left about 10:30 for the 2 hour trip to Auburn. Once there, we got in line for the traditional graduation picture in front of the Auburn University sign. And such a tradition this is - we waited in line for 30 minutes for our turn! And I think we were lucky it wasn't longer. We got our pictures and headed off to grab some lunch before the graduation ceremony began.

The graduate
MacKenzie, Tara, Patrick, Missy & Aaron
Tara and us
A very proud momma and her daughter
From lunch we headed to the Coliseum which is at the opposite end of campus from where we had lunch. And this is where the money spent on my pedicure was wasted. Whether it was the walk, the heat (which was probably 105 w/the humidity), or the shoes, but I developed two major blisters on the bottom of my feet during the 15-20 minute walk. It was ridiculous!! I was in a lot of pain by the time we got to the arena.


However, we were there for Tara and her special moment. And she did it in FOUR YEARS!! Many people aren't able to do that. So, congrats to you, Tara!!

The ceremony was about 2.5 hours and it went fairly quickly. I am always amazed how fast the calling out of the graduates goes. You look at how many grads there are and think you're going to be there the rest of the day, but no, within a couple of hours, it's over. I did get a slightly blurry pic of Tara as she shook the President's hand.

A blurry Tara
I was a bit concerned about having to walk back to the car after the ceremony, but thankfully, there was a shuttle running, so Missy, Randy, Patrick & I rode the shuttle while Aaron, Tara, and MacKenzie went to get the cars. They met us at the shuttle stop and we headed for home.

The drive home was a bit shorter than the drive down; not quite sure why, but it was. Missy had planned dinner for us and a couple of Tara's friends came by, too. We were all tired, but it was a nice way to wind down the day.

Tuesday morning was travel day again for us. We got out about 7:15 and headed north. It was a very loooonnnnggg day. More so because of the pain was I experiencing with my feet. Each mile seemed to bring more swelling and pain. After another 14 hour drive, we got home about 9:30pm. I was sooooo glad to be home!

Of course, this is the week that our doctor is on vacation! I really needed to see someone about my feet so on yesterday off we went to the local Urgent Care facility. My feet were treated and bandaged and I was given an antibiotic and we went on our way.

Our next stop was Lindsay's - of course! ;) They had kept Blackie for us while we were gone, so we had to pick him up. Oh, and if I got play with Reagan, too, how could I turn that down? :)

While there, Lindsay followed Randy over to the Ford dealership, because yes, the truck is back in the shop. UGH!! There is some noise going on and Randy was very concerned. Hopefully, it's nothing major, but I guess "it is what it is," to quote a good friend of ours.

And that brings you up to date with what's happening in the Guiler RV. We're waiting now for the dealership to call us with the news. We'll let you know!

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A Day in Hershey – Ends with S'Mores!

About 9:30 this morning, with picnic lunches packed, Lindsay, Reagan, Randy & I headed to ZooAmerica, which is part of the many attractions in Hershey, PA. Lindsay had taken Reagan to this zoo a couple of years ago, but Reagan was so young she didn't remember it.

ZooAmerica is a perfect zoo for little ones - you can walk through it in an hour! And it's all about the animals found in North America, primarily the United States. It's well laid out and an easy walk. I didn't take a lot of pictures because, really, how many animal pictures does one need? But, here are a few:

Roadrunner - such cool little birds
Very handsome elk
Snowy owl
Time to go
It was only 11:20 when we were finished with the zoo, so we headed over to Hershey's Chocolate World for its tour. This is a free tour that takes you through the process of making chocolate. When I was a kid, the tour was in the actual chocolate factory and you saw the employees working the assembly lines and such. Now, it's a simulated tour, but it still gives you the feeling of the real thing. And you still get a piece of Hershey's candy at the end of the tour!

Welcome to Chocolate World
How much chocolate can there be??????
As much as you want to buy!
After Chocolate World, we found some picnic tables in the Outlet Shopping Center next to Hershey Park and had our lunch. We had gotten really lucky with the weather - thunderstorms were forecasted, but never appeared. Instead we had a great breeze and partly sunny skies. Perfect for being outside all day.

On the way home, we were all ready for a nap; well, all of us but Reagan, of course! She's NEVER ready for a nap!

Gotta amuse ourselves somehow on the ride home
We left Lins & Reagan at their house and we headed for the RV. Randy & I both relaxed for awhile, but neither of us slept. We were gearing up for Lins & Reagan to come over for dinner and s'mores.

Dinner was hotdogs on the grill, salad, and a Mexican dip Lins made. That dip was so good - it was almost enough for a meal on its own. I gotta get that recipe. :) And grilled hotdogs are on my top ten list of favorites.

After dinner, it was time to make the s'mores. We were going to have a campfire, but Randy thought we could roast the marshmallows over the hot grill. NOT!! The coals were not hot enough and, with no fire, there was no melting! Reagan, Lins & I were not happy.

Then Randy said we should do them over the stove burners since we have a gas stove - Lindsay called it a "ghetto campfire." :) As weird as it sounds, it did work. Next time, we'll have a real campfire, Lins, I promise!

We had such a fun day. Tomorrow it's back to chores - Curves and laundry. Oh, well. Every day can't be a s'mores day!

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, August 02, 2009

New Year's Eve in August

Last night we celebrated New Year's Eve - that's right, you read me correctly. :) Each year the campground holds a "New Year's Eve in August" party. Of course, that makes sense since we celebrated Christmas last week, right?

This is a big deal here. Greg & LeAnn, our park owners, do a great job of this. And they are teaching their sons, Jake & Jaron, how to put on a good party, too. There are activities all day long, with a huge potluck dinner and dancing at the end of the evening. Greg & LeAnn supply the pit beef and ham and campers bring dishes to share. Once the dinner is over, a band plays for several hours while everyone has a great time.

Last year Randy & I went to the dinner and the weather was HORRIBLE! It poured rain the entire time. So, we just ate and came back to the RV. This year the weather was great. Yes, it was a bit warm and humid, but there was a breeze most of the time so it wasn't too bad. Of course, we having a great time with friends, so who cares if we were all a bit sweaty? :)

Jackie & Colin
Darlene & Dick
Just before the band started, 2009 eyeglasses and noisemakers were handed out. Also, Jaron went through the entire crowd putting beads around everyone's necks. He was an equal opportunity beader - kissing the men AND the women! :) It was a hoot. Jaron is a wonderful young man and thoroughly enjoys his role as "future owner."

Cute, aren't I?
Jaron in a beading frenzy!
He got Colin . . .
. . . and Penny (and lots of others, too!)
It was a great night!

Today was spent at home. We had planned to go to church, but lost our power just about the time I was getting out of the shower so I couldn't finish getting ready. Also, we didn't want to leave the rig without knowing when the power would come back on. So, we've had a lazy Sunday.

Tomorrow is filled with our first-of-the-month chores - banking and grocery. Both of us also have dentist appointments to complete our crown work. Fun, huh?

Hope you've had a good weekend! Until the next time . . .