Thursday, December 29, 2016

The End of 2016

I only have two months to catch up, which is better than I have done the rest of 2016. This should be easy. LOL

The best news is that Chad and Tara are home from Singapore (to stay - even though they came home kicking and crying because they did not want to). This mom is thrilled to death; not because I will see them that much, but at least they are on my side of the world, and if I need to get to them, I can.

We watched a lot of Friday Night lights. Sixteen perfect games that ended with a state title. The Gunter Tigers had a great memorable year. For the Lowe boys, it was a great ride. Peyton, a Freshman, and Zach, a Junior, were key players throughout the season. The final game was played at Jerry's World with me on the 50 yard line - three rows up.

December 3-4 was my time with my boys. We had Marlow's first birthday party in Mansfield, where we all got to see Tara the first time after arriving back in the states. Then on Sunday, we went to Highland Park Lutheran Church for Isabel to be Christened. Then we went to brunch at a Vietnamese restaurant in uptown.

Diana and I knew that it was going to be crazy during the holidays, so we started decorating for Christmas the first of November. We just didn't realize how crazy it really would be. None of my family were around for Thanksgiving and Diana's kids worked, so we did a Brisket meal on Saturday night for our family Thanksgiving. We played football on Friday, as we did every Friday through December.

Christmas was even crazier. None of my kids were going to here, so to accommodate Diana's kids we were going to do Christmas on December 23. However, our plans were changed because she had to have an emergency appendectomy that night. So we got to spend two days at the hospital. Christmas Eve after we got her home, we had Christmas at Brandy's with the girls. Christmas Day was just Rick and I. Our Christmas Meal came from the Jack in the Box at the Shell station on 1417 in Sherman. The Jumbo Jack ended up being our best Christmas meal during the holidays. We are rescheduling our Christmas to December 30.

After the state game on Thursday, we left Friday morning to take all of Rick's kids and grandkids to the cabin and skiing. It was windy driving on Friday, and then it snowed 6 inches on Saturday to make it great for sledding at the cabin. Sunday we went to Red River for skiing which was perfect - great snow and no lines. Monday was our driving around day and picture day. We saw bucks, does, turkeys, bison, antelope, and donkeys.

The only concert we attended during the month was Dolly Parton. She talked about God and Country, told great stories, and sang many of our favorites. It was a great three hour concert.

As I end all my post - Life is still good, and I am still blessed.