Comments and observations of a retired university professor; expect at least one entry per week. This blog began before retirement, and continues into "retirement" - to document retirement activities, including commentary, and supplementing my other, more specific, blogs. This has also become our Travel Blog.
Drove down on Wednesday and Thursday. Neat fireworks over nearby gold course, sat on front walk and watched... reminded us of Urbandale, years ago!! ;-)
Early on 4th, kids all to Circle C parade. Alex, as a scout, got to lead parade with flag... he got to be the one at the end of the parade. Neat! Home and rested. Kids watched a movie. Grandma had her iPad! ;-)
Then, all afternoon (couple of hours +) all played Tripoly... Kaylee played with Ben... called out the card and counted out the chips.... Back and forth... Arrion ended up beating Alex by one chip! Grand ma barely beat out Grandpa for last... ;-)
Ben to grill burgers and fish in a bit... What more could you want... Happy 4th of July!! ;-)
Alex baked the angel food cake... we're saying it was for my 75th birthday... you may have already seen this on Facebook!! ;-)
Annette and Larry visited the cabin as May became June
Annette and Larry came to visit, flying into the Branson Airport via Frontier Airlines on May 27th. They departed the airport on June 6, while the Legends of Golf Champions PGA Tour golfers were in town.
Annette took this photo at Grandma Ruth's on Green Mountain near State 165 when the four of us visited.
Allison went with Larry and Annette to Billy Gail's Cafe, out near Silver Dollar City. Then, they went to a movie (they went to several movies...) ;-)
Here, Larry was using Annette's one of the iPhones, but didn't know how to zoom, they said:
Then, they took a group selfie:
... another, at the ice cream parlor...
Then, they took this at the India Brick Oven, where they ate, after another movie...
We also watched Nebraska and three other movies using Annette's Amazon TV "thing" that we got them for their anniversary, back in April, and brought with her. Neat! We really enjoyed each, but especially Nebraska, that we had been wanting to see.
We did lots of other stuff, but these were the photos! They got home safely, earlier this evening.
Spring Break came early in March this year. Ben, Arrion, Alex and Kaylee visited all week. Ben's parents, Andy and Brenda, and Andy's two sisters, were in town the first weekend. They stayed at the Welk Resort this time and enjoyed their visit with several shows and other entertainment. Among other activities, we all met and ate at the Fall River Restaurant together. Surprise, we got our photo taken, in Branson!
When the "kids" first arrived, "we" each had our 3DSs, playing Animal Crossing...
Here are Ben and Arrion at the cabin:
And, I caught Alex and Kaylee, in a playful mood...
My, how they are growing. Alex is in 4th grade, Kaylee is in Kindergarten.
The "elder" Rathsacks visited the cabin one day; from the stairs, to the left:
...and, to the right...
A casual photo image...
...and, everyone on their phone, it seemed! ;-)
Didn't take a lot of photos, but wanted to get these posted!
Alex was able to recruit Annette, Larry, and Ben to play with his new game, on New Year's Eve.
One activity planned for the new year was a leather project for cub scouts, for Alex. Annette and Larry brought some tools, and made a visit to the leather store, to set up a good working area.
Kaylee wanted to learn the basics, as well. So, the bought a couple of kits they could both make, while Alex practiced his skills for a more advanced project for scouts.
Here was the Coin Purse from the kit that Alex made. Very nice.
Here, Alex shared his coin purse project with Grandma. She told him about making one like that when she was about his age, as well. She told him he did a very nice job!
With help from Annette, Kaylee was able to finish her kit coin purse, as well.
Annette was nice enough to share this photo. She posted on Facebook that our family still enjoys books both in print and electronically. Here, I was enjoying the "Presidents" book that Alex had received for Christmas. Very Good Stuff! Nancy was reading her iPad.
Didn't take a lot of photos this extended trip, but spent a lot of time doing things with everyone. Arrion finished off the extended holiday by starting to put away the decorations from the Christmas tree. I thought that an "event" worthy of a photo. Nice way to end this, and get on with the year!