Christmas 2021

For us, Christmas 2021 was Sunday night, January 2nd, at my son’s house.  Just like Thanksgiving 2021, too many people were not feeling well on the normal day for the event.  However, we did have a blast on January 2nd.  Besides the usual presents and good food, I bought 20 Nerf Guns.  One for every person that was at the party.  I also bought flashing Christmas light necklaces and head bands for everyone.  Of course, we had a big gun fight at the OK Corral.  Unlike Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, there were no injuries or damaged property when the smoke cleared. 
The most fun I had was watching Beckett fly his toy drone in the house.  I was surprised how fast he learned how to use the controls.  However, at one point he brought the drone down to his chest level and stood next to it.  When he touched the control again, the drone moved toward him as if it was going to chase him.  He looked concerned and started backing up.  Now, that was funny.
Diane and I also got the little Grandkids new bikes for Christmas.  We gave the bikes to them the Wednesday before Christmas due to the weather.  January 2nd, the day we had the party, was going to be too cold to be outside.  The video of the kids receiving their bikes is on a separate video.  It appears we will not be returning any bikes.  The kids were very happy with their particular bike.  To quote Mercer, 5 years old, We all got new bikes.  Mine has a place for my baby doll, Oliver’s lights up, and Beckett has a kick stand.  They all have something cool.”  Let that be a lesson.  It is the little things in life that make the day.  “He got a kick stand.”  

Thanksgiving 2021

Wednesday, November 24th, we were at Leslie’s house for Thanksgiving. Thursday, November 25th, we went to Gene’s house for another Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday, Leslie and Aaron hosted both the Stephens and Wilkersons. Aaron’s sister traveled from California and his parents from Florida. Thursday, Gene and Jessica hosted Thanksgiving for her family. Diane and I also attended. Jessica, Gene’s wife, has a large family. It is always fun when they all get together. There were lots of kids. I took 186 pictures from both days. Most were deleted, but it gives me a large group to select from for a 2021 Thanksgiving slideshow.

First Trip in the New Van

Diane and I took our “first” trip in the new van. We took some short trips close to home to get used to it before heading out, but this was the first multi-state adventure. We headed north to Lindsborg, KS, also known as Little Sweden. The pictures don’t do it justice. It was colorful and the people were friendly and inviting.

Then we headed west to Hasting, NE. I lived there when I was four years old. We went looking for the famous fountain in Hastings. I remembered more than I thought I would, but I couldn’t find my school, Lincoln Elementary. Then we ran into a lady who had lived there all her life. She told us it had been turned into a police station.

Next, we headed east to Des Moines/Altoona, IA. The drive there was white-knuckled, with winds of 50 MPH and rain. We made it to Altoona, but we were exhausted. After a good night’s sleep, we headed further east to Moline to visit with my Aunt and cousins. We took short trips to Cambridge and Carbon Cliff to visit where my grandparents lived and were buried. The last time I had been there was when I took my father.

Then it was time to head home. We made a short detour to visit Little Amana Colonies in Iowa, stayed the night near Kansas City and made it home before dark. It was a great trip. Diane is busy planning our next little adventure – – but not too soon.

After Prom Party

This was an after Prom Party at school. The idea is to have an all night party after the Prom to keep our young adults from drinking and driving. Diane and I were chaperones for the event until 6:00 am. We all had a great time.

One of the events they had during the night was a hypnotist. He was great. Occasionally, they intentionally turned out the lights in the small auditorium to reestablish the hypnosis. I did not do a very good job filming this because there was a lot of activity going on all over the stage. This short video will give you an idea of the craziness.