Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

chain of rocks bridge

Sunday was a great day to walk across the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Nice fall weather, a little sunshine, and two happy dogs. This great old bridge has seen a lot of history in its time. From its opening in 1929 to becoming part of the renowned Route 66 in 1936 to the site of a film by John Carpenter in 1980 to a tragic rape and murder of two sisters in 1991. For me, it's a bridge that evokes many feelings, memories of childhood, and memories of later times with my dad, and the one thing I always feel while crossing this bridge is an appreciation that it's still standing today. The bridge is now used for bicycling, dog walking, people walking, eagle watching, etc. Hopefully, it will stay around for a long long time to come, maybe even forever.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

happy birthday dear daughter

34 years ago today...around 6 in the beautiful daughter Mandy entered the world. I'll never forget that day. Happy birthday to my dear dear daughter. I love you so much. Mom

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

a good day

Saturday was a good day. :)

First stop -- Schlafly’s in Maplewood for the 2014 Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Although chilly and damp outside it was still fun to browse thru the various booths and afterward partake in a little beer sampling.

Second stop -- Hwy 61 Roadhouse in St. Louis where I had the DDD Sampler. To see why it’s called Triple D, click:  I’m not big on spicy food (other than Mexican anything) but my Cajun spaghetti and other samplings were pretty darn good. Mark stuck with his usual red beans and rice and Marilyn and Bob had gumbo and pepper jack hush puppies.

Third stop -- yummy Bailey’s Chocolate Bar in Lafayette Square where we all had the Bailey’s Chocolate Brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and just because it’s soooo good, an extra scoop of salted caramel ice cream. Yum.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

babysitting Jonah

I had a little help babysitting Jonah Saturday night. :)

yes, Jackson helped too.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 Kee Family Reunion

The Kee Klan - mid 1940s
(click on picture to enlarge)
After 20 years of graciously hosting our family reunions Aunt Mary and Uncle Denny are passing the torch. This year was the last one at their home in Collinsville. There's no way to really thank them for all the wonderful years of opening their home and making it possible for us all to gather there. Rain or shine (this year we had both) they went above and beyond for the sake of family coming together from all over (Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Florida, California, Oregon, and many other places over the years). For a few hours there would be lots of hugging, laughing, catching up, stories to share, new babies to see, and of course, remembering loved ones no longer there. Not sure who will pick up the torch, not sure when, or even if, there will be another Kee family reunion but one thing there will always be...memories. We'll always have the greatest memories. Thanks Aunt Mary and Uncle Denny and of course you too Aunt Donna. Thank you all so much.

brothers and sisters from left to right:
Uncle Stan, Aunt Betty Lou, Aunt Donna Jean, Uncle Denny,
and last but certainly not least :) Uncle Conrad.

Friday, September 19, 2014

talk about job satisfaction

I had the best job in the world last week. Babysitting my three-month-old grandson Jonah for five days was great. There were lots of hugs and kisses (from me) and yes plenty of dirty diapers (from him) but it was all good. And at nap time the pleasure of watching him sleep peaceful and content made me feel the same. I can't think of a more satisfying job.

An added bonus was fixing Oreo balls for Jude
and receiving this sweet thank you message. I love that boy. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

strange bedfellows...

Yep, this lasted about 5 seconds until Lucy woke up and realized who was sleeping next to her. :-)

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's gonna be fun!

So excited to be off next week taking care of this little fella.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cedar Lake Cellars

Fun Saturday with Mandy, mom, Mark and Emily. :)