Happy Sweet Twenty Sixteen

So a new year…  Freak!   Time goes by fast.  Matt and I decided a few weeks ago to head up to his hometown in Missouri for a few days after Christmas.  His mom was originally going to come here but due to some health issues was not able to make the trip.  So we loaded up and embarked on the 10 hour drive.  The big kids already had their own plans for New Year’s Eve so it was just Milo tagging along with us.  I will say that he is getting better at this road trip thing.  Movies and snacks are the key…


He doesn’t like to sleep in the car so that complicates things a bit.  What kid doesn’t sleep in the car?!  I still fall asleep on long road trips…but not this kid!

Once we arrived at Ninna’s, Milo was in heaven.  She had several gifts for him (this is a big deal when you’ve been told Christmas is over…) and he got lots of attention – his favorite thing.

play Collage

that plastic campfire must put off some serious heat…

We spent a lot of time going to the park and taking walks.  It was COLD while we were there but we were determined to get out and do things.  No snow, but some days it barely got out of the 20s.  (thermals are your friend in those kinds of temps!)


For New Year’s Eve, Matt and I headed to the local Legion Hall to see the Welter Four band.  The Welter Four is a band that has been performing together for 40+ years and also…they are all Matt’s uncles.  LOL!  I’ve been wanting to see them since Matt told me about them years ago, so NYE was the perfect opportunity.  It was actually a dinner/dance event.  And it was mostly people over 75.  And the dinner was a potluck with homemade dishes that all the little old ladies had brought in – think fried chicken, deviled eggs, casseroles, pecan pie.


It was super fun and great to see some of Matt’s fam.  The senior citizens were adorable and several came up to us and talked for a bit.  They danced every single song – I can’t believe the energy they had!  Not one time did they sit around at their table with their face in their iPhone…those people know how to have a good time!

One of the days we headed out to one of the local theaters to see Star Wars again.  This is the same theater that Matt saw the original Star Wars in when he was just a kid – almost 40 years ago!


I thought it would be fun to see it again in the same theater.  And apparently we were just in time because I guess it’s being torn down as a new one is going up just down the road.

It’s always a little sad to leave Ninna’s because Milo enjoys it so much.


First pic is Milo taking a serious nap after some serious play…He is not even on his blow-up mattress and his bottom half is under the other bed in the room!

And I always dread the drive home because the drive home from somewhere is never as easy as the drive there…


first pic is me telling Milo we still had 2 hours to go… second is when we turned into our neighborhood – woo-hoo!

Mostly I think about all the laundry and junk that will have to be done after spending a whole day trapped in the car.  At least this time I didn’t have to dread going back to work after being on vacation!  So that’s what we did to ring in the New Year.  I’m not really a resolution person but I’ve got a few things I’d like to accomplish this year – don’t we all?

One last thing, I’m taking part in a 52 week Photography challenge this year.  I’m so impressed with the others in the group – they are real artists.  Each week there is a theme.  Week one was “set your camera’s self timer and take a self portrait”.  I’m excited about the challenge and excited to be part of a group that has so much photog knowledge.  I’m hoping to learn some good tips on using the REAL camera.  I take 95% of our pics with an iPhone but would love to get better on the DLSR.  I have a feeling my pics this year will be a mixture of both.


Happy New Year and thanks for reading!



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