Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On the road!!

Had a fun weekend at Thumperpond in Ottertail, MN at the annual resorters conference.  Got to see a lot of our friends from back in our resort days – a lot of good laughs, good food and so interesting to hear about the new ideas and issues in the resort business.

This morning we are heading for TX, will be stopping in Topeka, KS this evening, Altus, OK Thursday evening and should be at the house in Mission Friday afternoon late.  Bob’s niece Jenny and her husband Mike have recently moved back to the states from England and are now stationed at Altus air force base.  They are also expecting the first child any day and we haven’t seen them since June of 2009.  Will be fun catching up with them over dinner.

Take care and will keep you posted along the way.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Finally–an update for Summer 2012


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Grant 3 and Caleb 4 And Little Brother Keegan 6 months
Our Only grand daughter Rya 3 2012-10-06_12-52-59_799
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We spent most of the summer in the area with our kids and grandkids – helping out with daycare when needed.  They are growing so fast and it’s fun seeing their individual personalities develop.

We spent several weekends with our dancing friends at festivals in New Prague, MN,Clarissa, MN, Stump Lake, ND, Bird Island, MN, Brandon, MN,  Bechyn, MN and Litomysl, MN.  These are always fun – camping and getting together with a lot of people we only see during the summer along with connecting with some of our TX friends.2012-06-20_21-14-10_739Gary and Marjorie and our bunch in Stump Lake2012-06-20_21-10-58_637

In June we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and retirement with a party and dance at Roscoe, MN.  Had music all afternoon, followed by dinner- had a great time with about 200 friends and relatives!

Vicky continues to work part time for the one of the Minnesota resort associations so we had a few meetings to attend in the northern part of the state.  This weekend is their fall Resorters Conference in Ottertail so we’ll be heading up to that early Sunday morning thru Tuesday.

In September we were in Chicago to celebrate with Vicky’s brother and wife their 40th wedding anniversary.  Shortly after that we were in New Orleans for an insurance conference.  I’m on the board for a fraternal life insurance company in St Paul and we get to attend the annual conference at various locations around the country.  We had great meetings and a fun time at the grand party.2012-09-08_18-42-40_4602012-09-08_18-39-40_554

When we are not traveling around we hang out an RV park new New London.  There’s a number of retired couples that spend the summer there along with some permanent residents – a great bunch of people and we have our daily happy hour, potlucks, fish frys, casino runs, garage sale runs and whatever else comes up.  The annual fishing contest resulted in the awards you see in the picture below – and a whole lot of funMugMartini glassPizzaWinking smile!!!2012-09-21_19-44-20_429 2012-08-23_18-26-40_8432012-08-23_14-05-24_412012-08-23_13-37-24_412

We will be heading to TX Wednesday morning – will be there for a couple weeks..  Coming back to MN for grand kid birthday parties, Thanksgiving and meetings for both Vicky and myself and we will celebrate Christmas with our family on Dec 15 – flying back to TX on Dec 17 for the rest of the winter.

So life continues to be good.  maybe we’ll have more to blog about when we head south!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We are still alive–in retirement!!!

Wow it’s been a while and we are getting grief for not keeping this updated to I guess I better get back in the routine of blogging!

Retirement has been great – not sure how we had time to work while we were working. We’ve gotten quite comfortable with it just one problem though and that is keeping track of the day of the month.  Still know what day of the week it is so haven’t lost it all yet.

We had a great winter in TX – did a lot of the regular activities but also got a bit more involved in the community and helping with activities which was fun.  We got back to MN at the end of March – both Vicky and I had a couple of meetings for our part time jobs in the first weeks of April, had baptism for grandson Owen, Kelly and Blake’s first.2012-04-15_11-07-51_149  2012-04-15_13-30-55_439sponsors Auntie Kristin and Jeff.

On April 20th our fifth grandchild Keegan was born.  Darin and Bethany had their 3rd boy.  .2012-05-01_11-10-52_770

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Our only grand daughter Rya is growing like a weed and likes spending time with “her” grandma!  Her mom and dad were very busy with school so she has spend some time with us.

We also celebrated Bob’s mothers 84th birthday so we got to see his sisters and many of the nieces and nephews on that side of the family.

We are now holding up in or 5th wheel getting ready for our anniversary and retirement party on June 2nd, putting together pictures, flowers meal plans and etc.  Will be fun to seen everyone.  After that we will be on our summer trek – traveling to Polka fests and visiting family and friends – looking forward to be “On the Road Again”.