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Sunday, December 04, 2016

CANDLELIGHT CAROLS!!!!!

On Saturday, Tim & I took a bus trip to Chicago for Candlelight Carols at Moody Church.  When we pulled out of the driveway, we couldn't help but take a picture of the neighbors yard.  In our "new" city, they pick up our leaves one day a year.  They have to be bagged in paper bags.  We bought five bags for ourselves.  We would rake the leaves, fill the five bags and then take them to the city to dump them.  As they say at work, "rinse and repeat."  We would fill the bags, dump them and refill them.  I think we made over eight trips (that's 40 bags full if you are counting).  Our next door neighbor raked, filled bags and put them in his backyard.  If you want to feel sorry for us in the fall, here is what it looks like if you bagged them all at once, kind of a WOW!

Next door!

Waiting for the bus that was 30 minutes late because they got lost.

Finally on the bus!

Let all the sunshine in!

Because the bus was late getting to the church in Holland, we were going to be rushed to buy lunch in Chicago.  We should have gotten to Moody Church around noon, but we arrived at 1:00.  The concert started at 2:00.  Thankfully, we had reserved seats or we would have had to skip lunch.  We wanted to go to Elly's Pancake House for old times sake (we used to go there when we lived in Illinois, Elyse LOVED eating there).  Elly's was only a block away from Moody Church so we decided to risk going there.  It was crowded with people standing outside waiting to get in.  We gave our names to the hostess and she said it would only be a few minutes.  She was right!  The whole crowd was in our seats in less than five minutes.  When our meals came, we realized that we could have shared a meal - they were huge servings.  We didn't have any trouble finishing our meals though - we were stuffed!


Moody Church!  They have a HUGE pipe organ - wonderful sound!

The concert was good, but a little high brow (if you know what I mean).  On Friday, we went to hear Zachary's college concert called Gloria 2016.  It was a MUCH better concert.

Zachary, the man!

After the concert we had 45 minutes to be on the bus.  We were so thirsty that we decided to walk to McDonald's.  Across the street was a Starbucks.  Tim got coffee at McDonald's, while I walked to Starbucks and got their "white flat" drink.  If you go there, don't bother getting that drink.  I had to put three sugars in it to make it tolerable.  It was nasty.  AND, with Chicago prices, it costs $5.18 - definitely not worth it.


My drink!

On the bus ride home, Moody Radio provided each of us a box lunch.  It was so much food!  We had a sandwich, chips, apple, granola bar, cheesecake and a water bottle.  Even after our coffee, we finished the whole water bottle.  Why we were so thirsty, I'll never know.


Our boxed lunch.

Another proof we were in Chicago.

Not only did the bus get lost this morning in Holland, they got lost in Chicago.  We left Moody Church at 5:00, picked up our lunches at Moody Bible Institute, and drove around the streets for another 45 minutes.  All the drivers had to do was turn left near Moody and drive straight to Lake Shore Drive.  But, no, they went all over with these two HUGE buses, in high Chicago traffic, it was crazy.  Because of all of that, we arrived back in Holland an hour late, then we had a 45 minute drive home.  Very frustrating!

We have never been to Candlelight Carols, even though we attended Moody.  We were glad to have gone this year because now we won't ever have to go back again.  One thing crossed off our bucket list!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!!!

Elyse turned 17 on Wednesday.  Zachary & Diana were going to come over for her special dinner.  We had already given her the gifts from us.  Elyse decided to invite Naomi & Lydia too.  So, I made a double recipe of her birthday dinner choices:  Biscuits and gravy, egg nog, and asparagus.  The twins got her candy, gum, bunny slippers and a super cute coffee mug. Elyse was thrilled with her "party."










Saturday, November 05, 2016

VISITORS!!!!!

I had seven precious visitors yesterday at work.  Aren't they gorgeous?  Tim says four of the five children pictured here resemble something in their looks like Gma.  The other one got my hair!



Thanks for coming and making my day!  "L" was being held by the photographer, Lacey.  Love you all!

Monday, October 17, 2016

MORE CHANGES!!!!!

I never want to "just" clean, so this is the result of my "cleaning" and rearranging.

Tim painted both the front door and the side door - now they match the shutters, mailbox and house  numbers.

Master bedroom...



Living room...


The living room will have to be arranged differently in December, if I want our Christmas tree in front of the big window.  Until then, I like it.

The main reason for changing the master bedroom was to block out the light coming through the window.  I hope it works.  I'll find out tonight!

Friday, September 09, 2016

DAY 1!!!!!

Yesterday five of the ten grands invaded our house.  Last night they opened gift #1 and I didn't think to get pictures of it.  They got a map of the United States to put the state quarters in.  When they searched through their quarters, we searched through mine.  I had three they needed.  They still have several more to find though.

Today (Friday) they got sidewalk chalk.  The following pictures will speak for themselves.






Grace wanted to take pictures of my flowers.  This is my Rose of Sharon.  It has really taken off with the blooms lately.  



If you look closely, you can see the bee gathering pollen.

I'll try to add the daily activities, but I might get behind, ha!