Hailey managed to spot Ricochet, the mascot. We had to get a picture of that. It was a great night with the kids. The Roughriders ended the season with a 4-1 victory.
Sunday April 15- We had made plans to pick up the kids for church this morning. When we woke up boy did we have a surprise.....We had hail with a side of snow. It was also very cold out. We decided to cancel the church thing. They are calling for a big snowfall. Miss Ruby wasn't really sure about the white stuff..
The forecast was wrong, which made us happy. It quit snowing and warmed up. We had planned to get everyone together today for a meal. I didn't really want to go out and neither did anybody else. I thought it would be a good day for soup. I made some chili and chicken noodle soup to take to Justin's. Everyone showed up and it was nice because we didn't have to hurry to get out. We could visit all we wanted. It was a great day and the soups where really good too. It felt good to have everyone together under one roof.
Monday April 16- Today we had some phone calls to make. First we called Nashville to see how that is going. We had sent the estimates and was waiting to hear what was next. She, Michelle was very pleasant and told me that the check would be put in the mail today. Wow that was good. Then we had to call a vet in Vinton to get the dogs checked for heart worms. Our vet retired and we couldn't get any meds without the check up. We have that set up for Friday. It was really cold outside. We decided to make a trip out to Pleasant Creek to see the park and our camp loop after the upgrades. It looked like a beauty of a day until you stepped out of the car.....brrrrrr.
After driving around the park and our camp loop we went to the office to talk to Carl. We don't want to come out here until the water is on. It is a long drive to haul water. There is still one more cold front that is suppose to make it's way thru. We will stay put until that passes. On our way back we stopped in Palo to see Lenny and Dawn. They were home so we stopped to catch up. We heard about there winter and we shared about ours. When I got home I got out Maddyn's scrapbook and finished that up. Justin gave me pictures from her newborn photo shoot. Once I got started I didn't want to stop, so I was up later than normal.
Tuesday April 17- Today we just worked on getting some stuff done around here. Jeff was in need of a haircut, so got that done. Our grandson, Ashton has a school project he has been working on. He called and asked if I could help him make a quiver for his arrows he has made. I told him I would help if he needed to do it. I went and found some options. We also had lunch out at the Olive Garden. We had a gift card from Christmas. It is not my favorite place but today it was especially good. We went in to Seth and Katie's after supper. The kids are leaving tomorrow to go to Hawaii.So we got to see them before leaving. Katie's mom is coming to stay with Ashton and Hailey for the week.
Wednesday April 18- Today the weather was suppose to be horrible. They are calling for sleet, freezing rain, and then up to 6 inches of snow. Seth gives me a call in the morning and wants to know if I could come in and be there when the kids come home from school. He also wants me to stay over night. They didn't want Marilyn to have to drive in that crappy weather. She lives a ways away. We are only a couple minutes from them. I told them I would. We were lucky with the weather, we got a little but most of it went north of us. The kids came home from school and they were surprised to see me. I let Ashton pick out what he wanted to use for his project. Then he got started on that. He did a really good job. I took advantage of there washer and there bathtub. We even got the kids rooms cleaned up.
Thursday April 19- Did I mention along with the 2 kids they have 2 dogs? One of them is a
puppy, a huge puppy. Well there puppy likes to get up at 4:30 a.m. I don't sleep well in others beds so that 4:30 came super early to me. I got up and got the kids ready for school. Jeff came in and took Ashton to school. I walked Hailey over to her school, which just happens to be right behind there house.
Friday April 20- Boy did it get cold last night. It was in the 20's. We left at 8:30 to get the dogs to the vet on time. We have been there before but now it will be our vet when here in Iowa. I brought all there records and helped her understand them. Both dogs were tested for heart worms. They passed so now we can purchase them on line. That will be handy. While in there Carl messaged me saying the water is on and that we can come out anytime. So when we got home that's what we did. Didn't have much out, no water or sewer so that was easy. We made our way out there and pulled in to our site, #27. There is still some work that needs to be done, but our site was fine. We got all set up. We got a few more things out but still have things to get set up. We will have to get some of our stuff that we store at the kids house. For supper we went over to Justin and Molly's. We had got some homemade weiners, so we took those. I wanted to give them that scrapbook I made. We also got to play with the newest Marlin, Maddyn.
Saturday April 21- After walking Ruby I made my way up to the 2nd loops shower house. The host up there isn't there yet and ours in closed. We also have an empty loop because it is still not open. So we will be taking care of that shower house until the host arrives. We have some projects around here to do before our loop is open. There camp loop is almost full. It's not really that warm yet but I think the people in Iowa are ready to get out and start some camping. I made a quick trip in to town to get some supplies to get started on a T-shirt quilt for my son. I got back and then we went to Justin's. I was going to babysit for Maddyn and everyone else was going to the show. We had a great time Miss Maddyn and me. She was super good and a lot of fun to be with.
Sunday April 22- Since we didn't get the kids last week for church we told them to be ready and we would be over to get them this morning. When we arrived they were ready to go. So off we went.
It was nice to be back at River Of Life Church. The kids were good too. After church we went out for brunch at Perkins. Everyone had a great breakfast. Next stop was a furniture store. We have decided to replace our couch. We want something that will fit in the back when we close the slides. We are tired of moving it back and forth. We are even thinking about a sofa sleeper. Well living in a RV has plenty of challenges, especially finding a sofa that has a smaller depth. Then we have a smaller door to try to get it in. So we are taking our time. What is really bad is that we will probably have to special order it. If you order it and it doesn't fit you are just stuck. So we need to be sure.
I think the kids were really ready to be done furniture shopping. We left with some more options to think about. Took the kids home and made our way back to the campground.
Monday April 23- Today...get things done day. We decided to take back the fabric samples to the furniture store. Going to wait on the couch because we aren't sure it will fit in. A Walmart run, Aldi's, and Lowe's. Now we are looking for blinds. Ours are starting to act up. If you have these fold shades you know what I mean. We found some we really liked but boy ore they cashy. I used the price chart but there are lots of hidden expenses when you start figuring the price. We had him stop half way thru because it got to high. WOW...that's all I can say. We came home with a lot to think about and nothing purchased yet. So we will still be looking at options for a couch and blinds.
Tuesday April 24- Today I had to get up really early and get ready. I have to be over a Justin's at 7 a.m. I am going to watch Maddyn today. Their regular daycare lady is on vacation. When I got there she was still in bed. She gets up happy. We had a fun day together. She doesn't take many naps during the day. We took a couple walks and did some playing. Jeff came over around lunch time. He brought the truck in because he was going to pick up our stored stuff at Seth's house. He watched Maddyn while I went to pick up my prescriptions. While Maddyn took a short nap I used there big living room floor to lay our the blocks for a T-shirt quilt I'm trying to put together. It's impossible at our place with the small floor and Miss Ruby. The afternoon went by quick we even went for a walk. Dad came home and relieved me from my babysitting duties. We had a fun day together.
Wednesday April 25- Today it is still chilly out there. I went to take Ruby for a walk but had to come back cause my feet were freezing. Let it warm a little then I started putting up my hummingbird feeders. I want them ready when my hummingbirds come back. We called our mail service to see if our check from Yogi Bear in Nashville has arrived. Nope, oh no I don't want to have to deal with the mail again. I called them but they weren't available so I left a message. She messaged me right back and after some going back and forth I decided to give it a couple more days. Hope it shows up and didn't get lost. I sat outside and worked on quilting a quilt I have been working on for over a year. It is really hard to hand quilt because the puppy liked to chew on the batting.
Thursday April 26- Another day of daycare for Maddyn. I arrived around 7 and she was already up and happy to see me. I brought my laundry and my camera to see if I could get some good pictures of our princess. I took her for a walk in the morning and after a real quick nap I got some pictures. She was very cooperative...and happy.
She really didn't take much of a nap but more like little power naps. I tried another photo session in the afternoon. As I was laying down on the floor a lady poked her head in the back door telling me that the dogs had gotten out. Well the door goes to the garage and I had the big garage door open so I'm guessing the wind blowed open the door. So I panicked grabbed the baby, put her in the stroller and away we went to hunt down the beasts. I spotted Barkley following a couple walking. He was just prancing behind them like he knew who they were. They heard me yelling at him and stopped. He stopped too and then started coming to me. I also found Bella. So here I am with a stroller and trying to capture 2 dogs. Oh did I tell you I didn't grab any leashes? So I put Barkley the weiner dog in the compartment under the stroller and carried Bella. Oh boy what an ordeal. At least we all came home unharmed. Wow that was a close one.
I also got lots of really good pictures too. Oh and our mail service called...we have recieved our check for our broken window. I messaged Michelle at Yogi Bear and thanked her. Before heading home I stopped by Seth's to pick up our heart worm medicine for the dogs. I had the evening to myself because Jeff went in to Palo for his Thursday jam session.
Friday April 27- Today I started off by calling and singing to my best friend Judy, it's her birthday. Jeff wanted to go get some guitar strings because he broke some last night. While he was in the guitar store I went to Gordmans. I don't usually like that store but today I found the pet section and so many t-shirts for Ruby. Well I found plenty I wanted but only got 3. They were also very inexpensive...win win. We went for lunch at Emil's Hideaway. Jeff got some taco chili, I had chicken tenders. Our lunch was really great. They even have Kathy's pies. So we got a piece to share for dessert. It was YUM!
We came back to the campground after lunch. We are going back in tonight to watch Justin play at Chrome Horse. In the afternoon the Griffey's came by and we visited with them for a bit. The camp out here quite often. The just got a new RV and are going to pick it up on Wednesday. Nice to see them and catch up. One of the positives of this life style....all the people you meet. Then when you get back to there area you get to reconnect. The evening was spent at the Chrome Horse watching Wellstrung.. While we were there I get a message from Seth, he is still in Hawaii, mom can you call me. I went outside and called he said there flight tomorrow had been canceled. They found another flight but need me to go relieve Marilyn tomorrow. So that's my plan tomorrow.
Saturday April 28- I started the day cleaning the shower house. On my walk back I got a call from Amanda, she is volunteering in Curry Hammock. One of our favorite spots. She told me that they already love it there. We caught up and promised to keep in touch. I got back to our site and got busy putting up and filling up my bird feeders. We haven't really seen any birds yet but I want to be ready when they get here. We left to go to see the kids and give Marilyn a break. We watched them jump on the trampoline and Jeff fixed Ashton's bike.
We went to get an early supper at Ruby's Pizzeria. Since it was a weird time there wasn't a soul there. We ordered our pizza and while waiting a man came in asking for money so he could get something to eat. Boy that was weird, we told the people at the restaurant that it happened. Well we waited for our pizza and when we got it, it wasn't what we had thought we ordered. Nobody liked it. It had lots of sauce on top. When we ordered it that was one thing we said we didn't want. We wanted a thick crust sausage pizza. We didn't really understand Chicago style or Detroit style. Just a thick sausage pizza. Needless to say not a good experience today. Back to the kids house and more jumping on the trampoline. There parents should be here by 10 tonight. Jeff went back to take care of the dogs. He was coming back to pick me up when they got home. Well Jeff misplaced the keys so for a while I thought I would be spending the night. He found them, the kids made it home safe and all was good.
Sunday April 29- Such a busy week today I'm not doing much of anything. It is sunny out but really cool, especially the wind. We just watched as all the campers are leaving the park...