Happy New Year’s Eve everyone. We hope your year has been a blessed one, and hope 2016 is even better. Terri and I are still amazed that we have been able to embark on this adventure to be able to spend more time with family and see this great country. As we end the year, we won’t concentrate on RV stuff (too much,) but rather fun times with family since we’ve been here in MD.
Many days have been spent enjoying time with Jason, Meghan and family. A lot of great meals together, and time with the grands. We have been able to get the kids overnight from time to time, and that necessitated a trip to the Post Thrift shop to stock up on more toys for the kids.
Up to the 16th now. This is the only RV (mostly) portion of this blog. I’ve mentioned in the past that our nephew Seth has a new construction business, and we hired him to finalize the clearing of the land in WI for an RV pad. Here are a couple of shots of the progress so far.
Fast forward to the 18th, and it’s time for the annual Ginger Bread House build with Peyton:
On the 19th we had Logan overnight. He really likes to play on the steps, which makes grandparents nervous, but he handles it well. We had a great video of him playing his drums, but I still have some work to do to figure out how to upload videos via you tube and google.
This brings us up to Christmas Eve. Logan was not in a sleeping mode, so Terri walked him from Jason’s to the Coach (about 30 minutes away). I had been at the Coach most of the afternoon taking care of the tanks and such, and getting ready, so by the time she arrived, I walked Logan back. He slept both ways and got his nap in before Christmas Eve services.
We had an awesome meal on Christmas eve, and headed out early so we could get back in the morning to see the kids walk downstairs and see what Santa brought.
We had an awesome meal too…we made a standing rib roast, and my sister provided some great instructions as she makes one usually every year on Christmas. It was awesome! On the 26th we were blessed by the visit of Ashley and Toby! They flew in from WI for a few days, and we all had a great time.
On Sunday, we headed into Annapolis. It was great weather, and we had fun walking around the city. We also visited the US Naval Academy. Kids do say the darndest things. When going from the Crypt below the Chapel to the upstairs, Terri and the girls got in the elevator, and Jason was not there. Peyton said, “Don’t worry about Jason, he’s OK.” Not Dad, or where is Dad.
On Monday Terri, Jason and I baby sat for part of the day while Meghan and Ashley got some time to themselves. Later in the day, it was time for cookie making:
On Tuesday, we headed to Port Discovery in Baltimore. What a great place for the kids to let it all hang out. The place has every type of thing any young kid would want to do.
My heart got tested on this day as well. There is a huge center section in this gigantic complex that allows the kids to climb ropes, slide down two-story slides and everything else you can imagine. Peyton LOVES slides, so I climbed the ropes and everything else with her to get to the second story where the slide starts. I waited in line with her until she was next to go down, and saw her sit on the edge of the long, two-story tube, and told her to wait for me at the bottom if I didn’t get there in time. As soon as she said “OK Grandpa,” I flew down to the first floor and waited…and waited…and waited! Several other kids that were behind us in line came off the slide! No Peyton! I ran back up to the 2nd floor, and no Peyton! I called Terri and told her to help me find her. Ashley was in the area as well and asked her to stay by the slide and keep looking. They do have a really good security program here…each person in your party has an arm band with numbers, and only those with matching numbers can get in and out with kids, so unless something unreal happened, Peyton HAD to be inside. As I was about to lose my friggin mind, Ashley yelled and said, “here she is,” as Peyton came flying out of the slide. We will never know what happened. She may have beaten me to the bottom and went back up on her own, or maybe she was hanging out inside while other kids went flying past her…whewww!! Too much for Gramps!
We asked Toby what he thought was the best part about the trip to Port Discovery, and he said, “The elevator that goes right into the parking garage!”
We got back to Ft Meade and had a nice evening together. I made a quick trip to the Shopette and was greeted by the Budweiser Clydesdales…they must have an affinity for the Military or something. None the less, a great sight.
And all too soon it was later in the evening and the last night that Ashley and Toby would be with us. Grams is known for her skills at many things, but one that all the grand kids love the most is bath time with her! I remember not liking baths that much when I was younger, but these kids go nuts when Grams asks if they want a bath.
We were up really early yesterday to get Ashley and Toby to the airport in time for a 0750 flight. All went well, and they got a little bit more of vacation time in.
That brings us to today, New Years Eve. Wow…have we done it up so far today! Terri went and watched the kids for a while so Meghan could shop for groceries; I did the laundry, cleaned up in the Coach, and wrote this blog. Terri got back and also got busy with our Christmas present from her mom Shirley and to each other. We bought a Dyson cordless for the Coach. We had a full-sized Dyson, but it took up too much space, and really was hard to use in this small space. This cordless thing works great, and has a lot of attachments that allow us to clean spaces we have not been able to get to before. Terri spent part of the afternoon mounting it in the closet, and drilling a hole for access to an outlet since there are none in the closet.
So, that’s about it for our last post of 2015. It’s been a great year for us, and hopefully for you all too as mentioned earlier. It looks like the cold weather is finally going to descend upon Maryland this weekend, but we are actually going to extend here for two more weeks. Would hate to miss Peyton’s birthday party! Pray that our heating systems all function properly please.
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living Yours Dreams!! Happy New Year!!