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In these few pages we'll give you some highlights of our family and adventures.  Click on the links at the left for an update on specific family members and activities, or on the links below for specific Highlights.   

The family size continues to be stable, three kids and eight grandchildren!  Most fortunately, the family and extended family
were all together for a rare photo at our 50th Wedding Anniversary party!

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2017 Highlights 

The highlight this year was our 50th Wedding Anniversary!  Click here or on the invitation to see more photos and watch the video!

 

2017 Other activities

It was a turning year – the end of our RV era and celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary!  After 12 wonderful years of traveling the country from Key West to Northern Montana, with many trips to South Carolina, we decided it was time to sell our beautiful home away from home.  After two short trips in the Spring, including our last trip to Port Aransas, we sold it.  We now anticipate travels will be some cruises, flying to some destinations and driving to others.  In fact, we have a cruise through the Panama Canal booked for 2018!

Carol's broken foot (the reason we had to cancel the Panama Canal cruise last year) healed very nicely and she is back to walking 3-4 miles a day and playing tennis every Monday morning.  She is highly motivated by using her Fitbit to beat everyone else in step-count every week!  She continues to work in the office at St. Helen church, but she resigned as treasurer for Cinnamon Bear, the crafts show she’s been doing every November for 30 years.  Her primary works again this year were hand-painted Christmas ornaments.  She also does homemade dips, and candy.  In addition to walking and playing tennis she plays bridge, and has wine with lady friends once a month.  As always the kids and eight grandkids take a portion of her time as well.  

Richard was honored with the addition of a display at the American Computer and Robotics Museum featuring his homebuilt computer from 1974 http://www.compustory.com/.  Last year he donated the computer and many parts and tools to create an exhibit depicting computer hobbyists in the 1970's. He has still not been able to fully resume running, he tore his rotator cuff and had to have shoulder surgery in September.  It may have had something to do with spreading 200 bags of mulch, leveling the deck and replacing several boards, and lining the driveway with a couple dozen 80 lb limestone blocks.  He has just completed 12 weeks of physical therapy but is not allowed to lift more than 5-10 lbs until mid-March. He continues to do projects around the house and in the yard, as well as expanding his amateur radio station.   

2017 The Family

Annette is settled in her new position as Assistant Principal at  River Place Elementary.  It seems to be a good match and she is loving the new challenges.  Richie continues building projects throughout the surrounding counties, staying extremely busy with several supervisors reporting to him. Madison is a Senior at Baylor University majoring in Environmental Science. She continues to be involved in various volunteer projects and was recently invited to present her research work at a symposium in Washington DC.  Macy is in 7th grade, still full of energy and playing very competitive volleyball.  Harper is now in 3rd grade at Annette's school and still loves American Girl dolls.     

Suzanne is loving her job as Office Manager for a local Farmers Insurance agent.  Having weekends and holidays off is such an improvement!  She continues as President of the Ladies Club at church and is active in PTA.  Shane is in his 10th  year working nights at HEB grocery.  Austin is now a junior in high school and playing baseball under the high school coaches.  Jackson is in 7th grade and still loves playing video games.   

Stephen is still doing construction management with Leander ISD, continuing to build more schools in this fast growing section of the country.  Leander schools passed a $454 million bond in November for construction of new schools & renovations to existing campuses.  The Leander public school system continues to grow by about 1,200 new students each year, so Stephen's department will be quite busy the next three years keeping up with the growth.  Amy continues as  prosecutor in the Lakeway, TX justice system.  Amy and Stephen celebrated their ten year anniversary this past July with a five day escape from reality at the Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Angela and Kenley are away at Samford University in Birmingham AL.  Kenley joined Alpha Omicron Pi and is majoring in Human Development. She plans to pursue a career in counseling or social work.  Angela joined Chi Omega and is majoring in Health Sciences.  She plans to become a Physicians Assistant or a Physical Therapist.  Both girls have been offered jobs this coming summer at Pine Cove Christian Camp in Columbus, TX.  Kenley will be working as a horse wrangler and Angela will be working in the camp health clinic.  Noah is in 8th grade and continues to enjoy video games having recently assembled a powerful gaming computer.  His action-packed summer started in June by completing a three-week overnight camp at Camp Champions on Lake Marble Falls.  He followed this with two intense weeks in July working 7am to 4pm daily, helping assemble and install furniture at a new elementary school in Leander.  This was followed by a two week driving trip from Texas to California which included stops at Carlsbad Caverns, the Grand Canyon and culminated in a visit to Comic Con 2017 in San Diego.  


Prior Year Highlights

2016 Highlights 

Our highlights this year primarily involve travel!  With Richard's back finally doing much better after surgery last year we got back on the road RVing, and also took a plane flight to New Hampshire.  So we set off on two long RV trips, one 2500 miles and another 5100 miles, with several shorter trips in between. 

2016 RV Travels - click on the state or photo

South Carolina
Christopher and Molly Wedding
  Georgia
Jim and Ruth, wineries and Fort Mountain State Park
Tennessee
Dollywood & Gatlinburg
  South Dakota
Mt Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Site, and Wall Drug
 
Wyoming
Devils Tower
  Montana
American Computer & Robotics Museum


Montana
DC & Patti
  Las Vegas
Our 49th Wedding Anniversary

2016 Other Travel - click on state or photo

New Hampshire
White Mountains

2016 Other activities

Carol is still working at St. Helen church two days a week maintaining the data base, and painting furiously for months on end to prepare for her annual crafts show.  She paints Christmas ornaments and scenes, and does homemade dips, rubs, and candies.  For more info click here.  She plays tennis weekly, has wine with some lady friends and plays bridge monthly. 

Richard continues to do projects around the house and in the yard, as well as expanding his ham radio station.  He is currently in the process of updating our home automation system that controls much of the lighting, replacing aging boards on the deck around the pool, and doing the annual staining of the deck.  For his ham radio he recently added a new technology Flex 6300 "software defined radio" SDR that uses computers to perform most of the functions of two-way radio communication.  For more info click here

We have managed to make some improvements to the front of the house and yard following the untimely demise of our three big beautiful shade trees.  We extended the front porch, added a railing, and surfaced the porch with textured Sundek.  We also removed about 1,000 sq ft of grass and replaced it with a mulched flower bed, which Carol immediately filled with shrubs and flowering plants.  Finally, our two replacement oak trees are really starting to take root and fill out - over 20' tall now.  We just need to keep the deer out of everything.  They killed one of the original oak trees and are constantly eating the "deer resistant" plants.  Carol uses chili powder as a deterrent! 

2016 The Family

Annette and family are all settled in their new house from last year.  Following the completion her Master's degree she was offered a position as Assistant Principal at  River Place Elementary.  It seems to be a good match and she is loving the new challenges.  Richie continues building projects throughout the surrounding counties, staying extremely busy with several supervisors reporting to him. Madison is a Junior at Baylor University majoring in Environmental Science.  This Summer she will be a Research Assistant.  She continues to be involved in various volunteer projects.  Macy is in 6th grade, still full of energy and sometimes mischief.  She has recently joined a new volleyball league.   Harper is now in 2nd grade at Annette's school and still loves American Girl dolls.     

Suzanne finally got out of Retail, leaving Bath and Body after over 20 years.  She is now Office Manager for a local Farmers Insurance agent.  Having weekends and holidays off is such an improvement!  She continues as President of the Ladies Club at church and is active in PTA.  Shane is in his 9th  year working nights at HEB grocery.  Austin is now a sophomore in high school and playing baseball under the high school coaches.  Jackson is in 6th grade and still loves building things and playing video games.   

Stephen is still doing construction management with Leander ISD, continuing to build more schools in this fast growing section of the country.  He still spends time volunteering with the local YMCA.  Amy is still the prosecutor in the Lakeway, TX justice system.  Angela and Kenley are Seniors at Vandegrift High School and have been accepted to Samford University in Birmingham AL.  Noah is in 7th grade and continues to enjoy football and video games. 

 

2015 Highlights 

Richard's 70th Birthday

Richard turned 70 in November and we had a surprise party for him at home.  It was well-attended by
friends, family, and neighbors. It was a great opportunity to get the family together for the rare family photo: 

 

 

 

 

Please click on the links or photos to visit the pages. 

Cruise to Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan

In August we took a cruise from Galveston to Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas. 

RV Trips

RV trips this year were somewhat curtailed due to Richard's back surgery in June.  We had to cancel our big trip to South Carolina and Georgia. 

  • Cedar Ridge Park, Lake Belton, TX

  • Escapee's RV Park, Lake Livingston, TX

  • Gulf Waters RV Park, Port Aransas, TX (twice - May & Oct)

  • Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, Kerrville, TX

2014 Highlights 

Mother's Day  


Harper goes to Disney World

Madison's Prom and High School Graduation    She entered Baylor University this Fall. 


Carol's Cinnamon Bear Crafts Shows

     
     
     

 

2014 Travel

Please click on the links or photos to visit the pages. 

Albuquerque NM

Carol's 50 Year High School Reunion - Sandia High School with Jack & Jackie

Prescott AZ

Visiting 4th cousin Jack Berry with a side trip to the old mining town of Jerome AZ, and attending the famous Prescott Rodeo and Parade

Darby MT

Visiting friends Dave (DC) and Patti at their cousin's cabin with side trips to Triple Creek Ranch, various lakes, a forest lookout station, and ATVing. 

Glacier National Park

Visiting Glacier National Park, traveling the famous Going to the Sun highway, cruising on St Mary Lake and visiting the spectacular turn-of-the century lodges. 

Pocatello ID

Unplanned five day layover in Pocatello ID caused by a tread separation tire failure on the trailer.  While helping the tire service guy I ruptured a disc in my back and ultimately had to have back surgery in August. 

Prior trips worth revisiting - Click Here  

 

2013 Highlights Worth Revisiting

Madison and Angela Reap Their Rewards!
Madison has been honored with a four year full tuition scholarship to Baylor University!  Her years of hard work and volunteering have paid off.  We are very proud of her!

Angela's marching band from Vandegrift High School in Austin won 1st Place in the State Band Competition!  Angela plays French Horn in the orchestra and Mellophone in the marching band.  We are very proud of her also! 
YouTube Video - Vandegrift State Finals  (skip ahead and start at 3 minutes into the video)


Madison with a scholarship to Baylor!

Angela - State Champion Band!

2012 Highlights Worth Revisiting  

Madison and PaPa take up Sky Diving!
Madison and PaPa received Sky Diving certificates for their birthdays, so on April 6th (Good Friday) we did it! 
Video included!