Tuesday, December 31, 2013


December 31, 2013 - We're both back in Houston now but had a memorable Christmas in Ohio. Marsha got to experience some SNOW, but Paul escaped the worst of it. As a matter of fact, the weather was so nice one day, Paul mowed the grass and cleaned up the leaves.

Paul mowing

We had a partial-family Christmas Eve party, and then the entire family returned on Christmas day to exchange gifts and enjoy a wonderful Christmas ham dinner. With the family together there is always time for a few beverages and some card playing.

Kelly making one of the numerous dishes for Christmas Eve.Kelly cooking

They are really having fun but must wear their game face while playing. poker 

Table ready for the Christmas dinner.Christmas table

How can there be so many presents and we don’t even have any children?Christmas tree

A few of our favorite gifts.
2013 Christmas

After dad/grandpa said a few words to us all, we made a toast to another blessed Christmas day.

dad and toast

This isn’t a normal gift for an 86 year-young man. We got dad/grandpa a new computer, and he loves it!

Marsha’s brother and sister with dad and his computer.dad and computer

As we stated in an earlier blog, our oldest daughter, Kelly, got engaged. That means Marsha is involved “big time” in wedding planning. Carrie will be the maid of honor so the girls were busy discussing wedding options. Paul knows it's best he avoid these discussions, so as planned he headed back to Houston the day after Christmas.

Kelly had a very unique way of asking Carrie to be her maid of honor. She wrap a note in one of the candles she made for Carrie.

kelly and carrie

Marsha and Carrie caught their flights back on the 28th and both had uneventful flights. Temperatures in the 70's welcomed them home, so we spent the day relaxing outside in the sun.

We'll be attending the New Year's Eve party at the Elks Lodge, aka…the Club…where we are enjoying our friends here in the campground. Bella has sure enjoyed the field of grass next to our RV and the many birds that visit the bushes nearby.


We've decided to remain in Houston for the winter. The women have a wedding to plan, and Kelly and Dave will be flying in for a long weekend in early February. We may make another short trip to the Rio Grande Valley but considering the difficulty in getting a site here at the Elks (our Houston home), we may either leave the RV here or erase those thoughts all together.

We wish all our family and friends a very happy, healthy and safe New Year!

new year toast

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. It definitely looks like you will be having a Happy New Year as the family continues to grow. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Who would have ever thought that Paul could do yard work there in the Winter! Lots easier than blowing snow, and clearing sidewalks and driveways, eh? Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Happy New Year to the Weavers and Dave. It sounds like 2014 will be another busy year for you, Marsha and Paul!

  4. When is the wedding? Marsha, you are going to have so much fun planning with the girls. But I'm sad you won't be coming to Q this winter. Happy New Year - give Bella a smooch from the girls.

  5. Glad you had such a nice Christmas and happy new year to the whole family.

  6. I love the new family of five photo!!

    That is some dinner table! How neat to have everyone together.

    That is so neat that your dad was excited about the computer.

    Happy New Year!! Glad you are back to warmer temps.

  7. Sorry to see you aren't coming to Quartzsite. Looks like you'll be plenty busy in Houston. Happy New Year to you both!

  8. That's one long table you had there. Looks like everyone had a good time at Christmas. When there is planning to do, sitting still in one place is a good thing. We're going to sit still in Port Aransas for a while.

  9. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you. I know Marsha is really excited about the wedding. Paul...good move getting out of the way.

  10. Great header photo - love it. You sure have wonderful family celebrations and this Christmas was no exception as it looked like great fun.

    Happy New Year to you both and to your entire family!

  11. That's a lot of people to cook for for Christmas dinner! Happy New year.

  12. Happy new year to you all. A new year, a new family member. When is the wedding?

    1. Forgot to ask, does that mean that you are going to skip Q? We don't think we are going to make it. Body work at Tiffin is taking up time.

  13. All the best in the New Year and keep warm for the winter.

  14. Very nice that all the family made it for Christmas dinner. If you run out of things to do in Houston this winter, come on out to the refuge for a tour!

  15. Looks like you really enjoyed hosting Christmas in your new home and a good time was had by all! Until I enlarged the picture of Paul mowing the grass, I thought I saw him wearing a Santa's hat! LOL Oh what a fun year planning a wedding. Wishing you and yours a most blessed new year!

  16. Looks like fun! Luckily our family from Ohio came to us in FL:)

  17. What a wonderful family Christmas you had! I just looked at the temps in Ohio and I am guessing you are glad you are once again in TX. Here is Destin, FL, the temp at 8am is still in the 20's and it is windy outside...brrrr! Happy New Year to you and your family.


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