My Whirlwind Weekend

I had a really busy weekend Saturday was post office, tax day, errand day, company day and party day all rolled into one.

I was up early and got packages ready for the mail.  Our little post office is open Saturday mornings from 8 to 8:45am.  That’s when I try to get there if possible.  That way I can go on my own and don’t have to depend on the kids to help me get packages there.  The kids are helpful but as always, I hate asking.

It turns out just as I had the packages ready Karl said he was leaving.  He had plans to visit friends in Minneapolis and to see a play.  He said, “Do you need anything before I go?”  I mentioned he could do my post office run and he did.  YAHOO!!

From there is was up to Cresco for my tax appointment.  That was about as fun as I expected.  To be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with them….We’ll see how everything pans out once I get the returns back.  I think I saw just an assistant and she told me several times, “I really do have to do a lot of input for your account.”  She really didn’t seem excited or happy to have my business but who knows…it might all end up fine.

From there off to get groceries.  Kalissa had a list for me to pick up too.  We were having Georgia’s and Gannon’s parties together on Sunday and Kalissa needed food for the guests.  I hadn’t been to the grocery store for a long time so $366 later, I was finally out of there.

On my way out of town I drove past the cell phone store.  I had cracked my screen some time ago…back in October I think.  I knew I needed a new phone.  As I was driving by the parking lot was empty so I turned in and got myself a new phone.

I was getting towards 3:30 by the time I pulled into town.  I dropped groceries off at Kalissa’s and then home to find Buck and kids had made their way to my house.  YAHOO!

I was so worried how Lucy would deal with Rosie.  I’ll be honest, Rosie is still what we all politely say is, “a bit too much”.  She is.  She isn’t the best with kids yet.  Lucy though…LOVED Rosie.  I was so happy.  Rosie was a even a little rough from time to time but Lucy didn’t mind or care.  Here was an action shot I got…Rosie jumped up on the chair and Lucy tumbled back in the recliner.  It didn’t phase Lucy a bit.  She was pretty rough and tumble with Rosie…and Rosie loved it.


Here’s a picture I snapped of Georgia, Lucy and Rosie looking out the door.  So sweet.  Lucy turned two in December and is a big girl.  Georgia turns one in about a week and is petite.


Buck helped me carry in groceries and then I started scrambling.  The firemen were having their Christmas Party…a winter get together really, at the chief’s house.  It was potluck and I needed to make food.

You all know the firemen were so good to Kramer and I when he was sick.  Those same guys have continued to be good to me.  I still got an invitation to the party, even though Kramer passed away in June.  It was so nice.  Buck used to be on the fire department so I took him and the kids with.  Seriously…I had a great time…we all did.  I don’t know what it is but the firemen and their wives create a real safe place for me.  I think it’s because many of them were with us all along the way of Kramer’s illness being as helpful as they could. I truly love this group.

Sunday was a joint birthday party for Gannon and Georgia.

You all don’t see pictures of Kelli’s husband Jason much.  I thought I’d add this series of pictures….


He is an AWESOME day to Georgia.  I couldn’t have picked a better guy for my granddaughter’s daddy.  He loves her so much and she knows it.  Kelli says that Georgia adores him.  You can see the love is mutual.

Here’s Gannon.  Today is his birthday.  I loved this picture.
Kayla and Spencer came with Jasper.  He was good in the car…I’m so thankful he has been.  Here he was fussing as we all had yelled surprise.  It was startling to him.
Here he is again.
I was sitting by Kayla and playing a bit with the camera on my phone.


I got some pretty good pictures.  Here’s Carver playing “tickle toes” with Jasper.  We “invented” tickle toes.  We tell all of the kids that the baby’s favorite game is to play tickle toes.  This was the kids touch the babies toes and not the baby’s face or hands, hopefully spreading less germs.


Here is Lucy…doesn’t she look like me?


A couple of you asked about Buck’s finger.  It’s doing the best it can.  He has to wear this wrap for 10 more days before he sees the doctor again.  The bandaging is already so dirty.


He’s looking a little scruffy.  He says he’s not trimming the beard until the baby comes.  We’ll see.  Baby is due in April so he’s going to be even scruffier by then.

Here’s Kelli with Georgia.
..Here’s Gannon with his Baba.  Kalissa has had a recommendation to keep him on formula and a bottle until he gets seen in Milwaukee in April.


It was a bit of a challenge to keep Carver and Scotty out of the birthday gifts.
All in all it went pretty good.  Even this picture we took of me with the grandbabies wasn’t terrible…that is considering there are now six of them….all four and under.

Gannon and Georgia are in the front.  Then I’m holding Jasper and Lucy.  Carver is in front of Jasper.  Scotty is by Lucy.
Georgia had enough at this point.

I would like to note…Lucy did so good this weekend.  I’ve told you that in the past she really has never been fond of me.  Every picture we try to take to get a family picture, Lucy as always been crying….but look!!  She did pretty good.  I’ll take hands in the air over crying any day.

If you think this is a crazy picture, you should have seen Kelli, Kalissa and Buck all making funny faces, jumping up and and the like to get the kid’s attention.

This is the last picture I had with them all….Jasper is new since then.  This one was taken in August.

All in all….it’s the perfect picture of my crazy life.

By 5pm-ish it was just Karl and I at my house…him in the basement…me writing blog posts.  WOW…what a whirlwind of a weekend…

10 thoughts on “My Whirlwind Weekend

  1. Judith Fairchild

    What a happy ending to a gorgeously busy weekend loved all the pictures. Praying for all of you.

  2. Jean

    Wow! What a great family weekend. The little ones are growing so fast. I had to laugh at Buck’s beard. My son in law did that, too. Our grandson was born the end of August, so that beard was not very comfortable toward the end. My son in law shaved it off the next day in the hospital room! lol

  3. suzanne yerks

    Beautiful family Jo! All the blessings that surround us! As for taxes. It is not like the old days. Accountants had systems they used with paperwork and they were on top of things. Now its all software driven. When I ran my business I used quickbooks. I would enter my receipts, income, etc once a week and at the end of year or quarter I could run a report for taxes and it was all categorized. It was handy.
    Also if for whatever reason your kids needed info it would all be there in your computer. Easy access, no scrambling looking through papers. Anything that makes tasks easier allowing us to do the more fun things I am all for. All work and no play…… you know the adage

  4. Mary Ann Mettler

    Wow now that is a busy weekend – love the grandchildren picture – so sweet – looks like Lucy and Jasper have matching outfits :) So nice to be together with family and capturing such nice pictures!!

  5. The Joyful Quilter

    What great memories you must have to go along with all of these wonderful photos!! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us. And just think… Soon there will be SEVEN for the “grands” picture!

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