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Monday, January 20, 2014

Nice visit to a Crafts Mall

Nice visit to a Crafts Mall

Had a nice visit to the Branson Crafts Mall - looking for a new sign for the cabin.

We were pretty happy to find this one. The exercise was good, for January, as well! 

It was a pretty nice day! ;-)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Robins in the Snow - January 4 - in front of the cabin

Robins in the Snow - January 4 - in front of the cabin

We had hoped that early snow would be "it" for this season, but, of course, that was incorrect.

We got to Austin and back without weather issues, but as soon as we got settled in the cabin, we woke up to a few more inches... with hundreds of robins out on the road in front of the house.

I'm posting this on the 9th, actually, and we got about this much more snow, again, a couple days ago.

Supposed to be in the 50s for the weekend... it would be nice!  ;-)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Austin Activities in the New Year - 2014

Austin Activities in the New Year - 2014

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!

Happy New Year to one and all! ;-)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas II in Austin 2013

Christmas II in Austin 2013

Our Christmas in Austin was a few days after Christmas - but that just spread the joy!!

Took this early photo of Alex, for Allison, back in Branson. Alex will be 10 in April. ;-)

And, took this one of Kaylee... just to get us started. She was 6, in November! ;-)

The night before we opened presents in the afternoon, Alex had a "overnight" birthday party with a good buddy - he was so soundly asleep, he laid their all the time we opened presents... he opened his after his 3 hour nap! ;-)

Annette and Larry got some "concert chairs" from Ben and Arrion - off of their Wish List!

Arrion liked her Ree Drummond cookbooks, from Allison, even though the flash didn't go off! ;-)

Kaylee liked the book, and bookmarks, she got from Allison, as well. We all like books!

Ben shows off the accessory for his dashboard and iPhone - nice tree back there, as well!

When Alex woke up, he really liked the iTunes Gift Cards we got him. Can you tell?

Alex has come to really liking to play board games - this is the new one he got.

Annette shows off the purse Allison got her from her Wish List, as well.

Kaylee was tired out, but very happy, after handing out everyone's presents... How sweet! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013, Snowstorm

December 6, 2013, Snowstorm

Had the shovel ready, but didn't expect this - this early! ;-)

The pretty view...

Measure the snow on the car...

After snow removed...

The drive ready to be "cleared"...

Getting started...

That's enough, for now! I can get out, if necessary! ;-)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013 in Austin

Thanksgiving 2013 in Austin

Wednesday we continued finishing puzzles. Arrion was very proud of the Dragon Castle Puzzle she had done.

Nancy working on her computer, after another one was finished.

Ben playing Triple TicTacToe with Kaylee and Alex.

Arrion was preparing dressing - more proud of her new refrigerator.

Arrion caught a photo of me playing with Kaylee.

Kaylee in her Turkey Crown from school - kindergarten.

Thanksgiving eve dinner - noodles, fresh rolls!

Arrion cooked the turkey, but let Ben cut it.

We ate buffet style... here, Nancy is choosing her turkey... yum! yum!

Leftovers were good,  today, as well... and, good planning, all gone!  ;-)

Having a great time in Austin! ;-)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

First Night in Austin

First Night in Austin

Two puzzles were underway as we arrived for our holiday visit. What fun!

This was Arrion and Alex finishing Arrion's dragon puzzle.

Kaylee had started on hers on the table... Grandma was anxious to help!

After Pizza, and lots of Grandma "help!" -  Kaylee was happy to see it done!

Ben got back from Belgium, relatively uneventful trip, so that was a positive as well! ;-)

It was a very good day!  ;-)