Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Quilt Done--Quilt for Sale!

We picked up this quilt in KCMO on our way to Joplin.  This is the only time I have had a quilt quilted by Julie Garrett Forbis, a childhood friend I found on Facebook.  I have to say she did the best that I have ever seen.  Every stopping and starting thread was tied back in, and then cut off!  What a lot of work!  Her quilting is beautifully done, and the batting is 100% cotton instead of poly.  I think this quilt is well worth the $750 I need out of it.  It is a King size.  Please email me if you are seriously interested in purchasing.

Johnstown BBQ Day June 1, 2013

Back in November, our family was chosen as Volunteers of the Year for the Johnstown Historical Society.  The main torture done to the honorees is to have to ride in the BBQ Day parade.   Last Saturday was a windy day, at least in the morning when the parade happened.  One of the signs on the side of the car blew away during our ride to the parade line-up.  We were conveyed in this 2006 Mustang convertible.  This picture was taken just for fun, when I wanted a break from standing on the sidewalk in the wind.  Nobody trusted me with the keys, so this is strictly pretentious!
After we put the top down, we sat on the back.  These were taken during split seconds when the wind was not gusting.  Otherwise, I had a hand holding onto the hat almost all the time!
 Riding in the parade was one of the things Rowen did not want to do.  But I told him I wasn't the one who was such a terrific treasurer for four years to get us nominated and I wasn't going to ride alone.  Thankfully, he lived through such an embarrassing proceeding!
 As the time neared for the parade starting time, a red Riviera convertible pulled up.  It was our friend Keith Smith, who collects many old and unique cars.  We had asked him to be our driver, but because of his health issues, (a recent leg surgery and non weight bearing restriction), we figured he was not going to be able to drive us.  He had never given us a final answer on it, and we hated to press him when he has been suffering.  However, here he was with one of his fancy cars, and we are already in a different car!  Emily was with us, so since the Volunteer of the Year award was for our family, we decided to put her in Keith's car.
 Here is Emily and her chauffeur and her fancy ride.  This was before she sat up on the back. 
 Our friend and favorite mechanic, Randy Kaus, came by to visit with Keith about his car.
Emily was so thrilled she had brought candy along to throw on the parade route.  That way she didn't have to wave and smile the way her cheesy mother did! 
These ladies carried the banner for the society.  Rowen did that last year, and begged to be allowed to this year.  Laurie Ryterski and Pat Kiovsky carried it in front of our car.
 All of the above pictures were at the parade line up.  The picture below is one that a friend took as we passed by in the parade.
 After the parade was over, we changed out of our fancy clothes and worked at the park all afternoon in the Historical Society's booth, where we sold ice cream treats as a fund raiser.  In the evening, we helped man the Historical displays at the high school.  The evening ended with fireworks at the football stadium.

We are glad to have all that notoriety behind us!  NEVER AGAIN!!

Last part of our Missouri trip pictures

 Saturday night, we walked over to some friends' house to help move a couch, then on to a park to play a bit.
 It was getting darkish, so we couldn't play long.  We had to walk back to Tim and Brenda's in the dusk.
 These are some pictures from Sunday.  Charissa had a new jumper on.

Lots of pictures on Grandma Scoles's front porch.  So thankful for the beautiful weather we had while we were there.
 Charissa was trying to get away, but we'll pretend she still remembers all those trips up and down the slide, and that she loves Grandma.
 Sweet picture of Rowen and Jonathan
 Here we are with all of our precious grandchildren!
 Emily wanted pictures with the boys:  Micah
 Quil and Micah
If you want to see any more pictures of our trip, let us know, or come over, we have several hundred more!  ;)

Part 4 Another picnic at Schermerhorn Park!

Schermerhorn Park is one of our favorite places to have a picnic with our family.  It is in Galena, Kansas.  We have blogged about it before.
We grilled our supper over briquets, which takes awhile, so Janet pushed Charissa and Jonathan around in their strollers to keep them content.
 Randy arrived between ABE Painting jobs.
 Two little boys, always glad to see Daddy!
 Tim and Brenda hanging out by one of the ABE vans.  Rowen was heading back to a grill to turn or stir something.  We used two of the grills to have lots of yummy food to eat.
 These vegetable/chicken kabobs were on one grill, and foil wrapped potato chunks and brocolli/cauliflower vegetables on the other.
 Charissa having a walk with her daddy.
 Brenda and Charissa taking a stroll.
Rowen and Janet
 Emily and Jonathan
 Jonathan doing something funny with his tongue.
 The kids all posing in/by a hollow tree.
 Emily and Charissa
 Jeffrey and Quil
 Micah and Jeffrey
 Emily and Joanna
 Quil and Micah, hanging out on the bridge
 Jeffrey and Jonathan
After eating, after a walk in the woods, we played on the play equipment for awhile.  Jonathan loved the swing.
 He loved for Grandpa Albertson to push him in the swing.
Charissa does not like to swing.  She actually trembled in fear when we put her in the one by Jonathan.  But she didn't mind being on someone's lap to swing.
I found out she loved slides!  She nearly wore Grandma Albertson out going up and down this slide!
 I think all the time on the slide gave me some brownie points with her.  :)
She noticed the big slide and wanted to go down it too!
 It was a fun evening for all of us, except maybe Randy, who had to eat and then go back to work. 

Part 3 of our Missouri trip pictures

 One day, Rowen took Joy and the boys, Joanna, and Emily on a hike/picnic.  This was the day Janet and Jeffrey helped Brenda reupholster the dining room chairs, so they didn't come.  It was a new hiking area in Joplin.  They went off-trail to picnic on a blanket.
 Jonathan munching on a baby carrot.
 He is so cute!
 The picnic with Emily in the pictures and Rowen taking them.

 Rowen, Quil, and Micah found a creek to enjoy.
 Emily and Jonathan, who appears to be waving!