Our last week in Wisconsin has gone quickly and now it’s almost time to board a plane and head back to San Antonio. We’ve had a good time spending time with our Wisconsin babies and grandbabies. Unfortunately, the time always goes much too fast. Our current travel plans include being back in this area in early April for a couple of weeks. So knowing that helps this Nana’s heart ache a little less.
Alex (5 in December) is taking piano lessons and is doing really well. He holds his hands just right and is able to play keys without looking at his hands. He even gave us an impromptu concert one afternoon when he played “Twinkle, Twinkle” for us.
We were able to go to Alex’s first football lesson of this fall season. He’s a bit of a peewee compared to some of the other boys but he had a good time nonetheless. He’s got a good throwing arm but seems to be a bit afraid of the ball when it’s thrown to him but I’m sure soon enough he’ll be catching the ball just as good as he throws it!
Ben (3) had his first soccer lesson of the season too….and we were able to attend that too. He didn’t have a big ‘hurry’ in him as the others ran from one end of the indoor field to the other…he kinda ‘turtled’ it…but that’s our Ben…he marches to the beat of his own drum. Nothing wrong with that…that’s kinda what makes him so darn cute!
Michael and I picked the boys up from school separately on two separate days and took them to McDonald’s for lunch. They seemed to enjoy the one-on-one time with Nana & Papaw and Nana & Papaw really enjoyed spending time with each of them away from the rest of the world.
On Alex’s day we ran into one of his friends, Henry, from school and sat with him and his dad and the boys chattered away and then played on the play equipment before Henry and his dad had to leave.
Michael’s back has been acting up again. It was in sad shape when we flew up here but was feeling considerably better while we were up north. Unfortunately, when we came back from our weekend in Rhinelander he was quite uncomfortable again. He seems to be improving a bit and I’m hoping that by the time we fly tomorrow he’ll be even better.
Amanda and I went to a craft fair at the area High School this weekend and I came home with more than I planned. I actually had no intentions on buying anything but ended up finding a Christmas gift for Ben and a couple of items that will work well for us at home – a small Christmas wreath, a dish towel holder and 2 placemats for our dining table.
That afternoon my oldest sister, Janice, and her husband Mike made the drive from the Milwaukee area to visit us for a few hours. Amanda and I put together a lunch of deli meats & cheeses, pasta salads, chips, pickle wraps, cheese and sausage, etc and Janice brought a homemade apple crisp which just so happens to be one of Dan’s favorites.
We had a nice visit, although too short, but Janice and Mike had to get back so that they could let the dogs out. They’d not seen Dan’s new home yet so they got a chance to do that and we were able to do some catching up on our kids and grandkids.
We enjoyed our last Wisconsin fish fry at the St. Joseph’s Church in Dodgeville. This was the church we attended while we lived in Dodgeville and the fish fry is very yummy. It’s all you can eat fish (& chicken while not in Lent), french fries, baked potatoes, cole slaw, green beans, bread and dessert.
Amanda’s mom and step dad joined us which is a treat for the babies to have all of their grandparents with them sitting around the same table. I don’t have any memories like that and hope that we’re making lasting memories for Alex, Ben and Zoe.
Michael and I went to a movie Sunday afternoon at our ‘old’ theater. The theater went through a renovation last summer and now has recliners for seating. We’d not been there since they renovated and wanted to check it out and ended up really liking the new seating….quite comfy!
We saw the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” which is a true story about Desmond Doss who was the only Conscientious Objector awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. He enlisted and served as a Combat Medic while never touching a weapon as it was against his personal beliefs but he wanted to help with the war effort. He ended up being a true hero during the battle at Hacksaw Ridge where he single handedly brought 75+ men to safety. Absolutely amazing…go see it!