Stacy Ritter and Christy Bowman at TMS.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Christy and Stacy are big NASCAR fans. They enjoyed spending Tuesday morning at Texas Motor Speedway. From all the laughter, I think they had a good time. I'm sure they would love to attend a race together.
Samantha and Steffinee at the depot before departure.
Samantha, Lindsay, Linda, Steffinee (in hat), Lauren (behind Grandma), Janet, Steve, Cindy, Stacy, and Chad in the back.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Samantha loved the red tinsel tree.
Grandma liked the green on this tree and Samantha enjoyed sitting on the window ledge.
I was just strolling along when Samantha tugged on my arm and pointed up. I would have missed this one but she notices everything.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
More Main Street Fun. Dustin refused to get his picture with Santa this year so Samantha insisted Grandma sit down. She told me I didn't sit close enough to Santa (his foot was in my way!) and that I had more of a frown than a smile.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
There are so many beautiful Christmas trees on Main Street. I took pictures of Dusin and/or Samantha with several of them. Here are a few:
Dustin collects coke items so we had to get a picture with the coke bottle tree.
Samantha like the blue tree even though the sun was in her eyes.
The big ornament tree and the sun wasn't in Samantha's eyes.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
More pictures from our visit to Grapevine's Main Street yesterday.
Grilling with Santa outside the BBQ restaurant on Main St.
Dustin didn't want in the pink bows picture!
Writing her letter to Santa. (She took her Indiana Bear with her so it could celebrate the Texas way!)
Mailing the letter.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The old fashion train, sometimes pulled by the steam engine, is a special treat in Grapevine. You can ride from Grapevine to the Ft. Worth Stockyards daily. But at Christmastime they have the North Pole Express. Children wear their pajamas and hear the Polar Express story on their trip. We didn't do that but did get a picture in the Grapevine Railroad 'picture engine'.
I do so love our hometown of Grapevine, Texas. I love Main Street all year but especially at Christmastime. It is amazing how the city and merchants make it so Christmasy. It has become an annual tradition to take Dustin and Samantha downtown and take lots of pictures. We went this afternoon while the temperatures were around 70 degrees. Will have to go back one evening for the light show. Papaw couldn't handle it and spent most of his time sitting in the library. Dustin, Samantha, and I walked almost the entire length of Main Street up and back. This old grandma is one tired lady!
At Main Street and Dallas Road. Samantha had to shade her eyes in the bright sunshine.
In the park by the log cabin. More shade her so Samantha didn't have to shade her eyes. I have their pictures next to this large ornament for the last two or three years. So interesting to see how much Samantha has grown. Dustin hasn't changed much.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
This is another of my ornaments that hang on my tree every year. This ornament reminds of one of the best group of Sunday School kids I ever taught. It was a combination class of kids from the church and bus kids. It was a large group of 5th and 6th graders. The bus kids had very little knowledge of the Bible and the church kids were very helpful to them. This ornament was given to me by one of the girls in the class from our church. The year was 1991. Her mother was a precious friend who is in Heaven now. I am still in touch with some of the kids from that special class.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I know is just a cheap little ball ornament but it has a special place on my Christmas tree every year. Mom and Dad gave me a ball ornament every Christmas. You can see this one is dated 1988. That is the last one from both Mom and Dad. Dad died in April of 1989 so while this may not look special you to it is very special to me. I sure miss celebrating holidays with my parents. We had a lot of great Christmases together.
This ornament also reminds me of my Indiana childhood Christmases.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I love pictures of beautiful 'House Beautiful' Christmas trees but that is just not me. I have been putting my tree up this afternoon and with every ornament that goes on it there is a Christmas memory. From my childhood to last year, memories are all over the tree. Here is a picture of my favorite ornament. Just seeing this little angel takes me back to my happy childhood Christmases. We lived in an old three-story farmhouse with very high ceilings. My dad would go out into the woods and come back with a tree everyone said would never fit in a house. But they always did and my sister and I loved them. And this angel was always on that tree. I am so glad my parents allowed me to take that angel with me after I had a family of my own. I have always called Lauren "Grandma's Angel". When I can no longer use this little angel I want it passed down to Grandma's Angel.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Love this picture of a very young Chad on Christmas morning at our house on Northwood Dr. in Bedford, Indiana. This was Christmas 1979 when he was three-years-old. Seeing this picture brought back some great memories of Christmas with our families when the kids were young.