05.29.19 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019

This is not about Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure but it comes close.  Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion 2019 is in the books and I think it went well!.

Harriett and Rosalyn – two old gals loving life!

In years past we’ve gathered as a family two times a year, at Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. We did this either at my house or my sister’s house.  Before that we did it at our mama’s house, Jo Traylor. This was always a time where we enjoyed some delicious food, played fun games and had a memorable fellowship.  Several years ago we stopped doing that.  We were living on the road in our motorhome and were seldom here to do this.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my husband and sons after this dementia thing takes me to Heaven to be with God.  It’s become very important that my sons and my sister’s son and daughter have a renewed relationship. And that it be a relationship that lasts even after I am gone.  We’ve lived in our tiny house for a year now and I decided it was time to renew that event by having Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion.  A once a year gathering that I am hopeful will go from our house this year to one of the cousin’s house next year, and so on.

Watermelon and Blueberries

One thing I’ve always loved about these gatherings when they were at our house was the deep cleaning and sprucing up our house and gardens got.  This time was no different. We have more gardens now but the house is smaller!  I always start three weeks ahead of time doing a little each evening or day until the big day.  It saves me from losing my mind trying to do everything in the last few days.

Roy’s broken body parts this year did put a crimp in the planning but God is always looking out for us.  A dear friend who asked to remain nameless showed up to cut our grass and weed eat a couple of days before the event.  This brother/sister in Christ will always be remembered for this awesome gesture and hard work.  God Bless You dear nameless friend!

Our son Chip, his wife Misty and daughter Madisyn showed up early the day of the event and helped with setting up everything.  They also did a lot of the takedown and put away afterward with help from some of their cousins! I won’t ever clean this much again but it feels good to have even the tops of the door frames spotless for once!

The reunion turned out to be such a blessing to me and I’m hoping to all the 20 something others. For the most part, we gathered in a big circle down by the pond or around the tables near the house.

 The kids love rock painting and hiding.  I gave each of them several rocks that I painted that were ready for hiding.  They took them home to hide at places around where they live.  Then they painted several rocks that I’m working on finishing up by spraying with clear spray after gluing on one of my labels.

After we ate we played games. The first was tossing water balloons from one person to another backing up a step after each successful toss.  What we were surprised with was the toughness of the balloons that didn’t seem to want to burst which is where the big fun is! It was a hot day so a busted water balloon felt good!

The water balloon toss game!

After that, we played the MInute to Win it game trying to get a cookie from your forehead down to in your mouth not using your hands, just the muscles in your face.  First, we had the four adult cousins try this, looking quite funny with their contorted facial expressions.

Then several of the children cousins played and were just downright precious! I was very happy that since it was at our house and I was the host that I didn’t have to play and look totally silly!

 

Roy got his drone out and took an aerial video of some of us in our gathering circle! He took several other aerial photos.

More photos from the 2019 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion

That wraps it up folks!  I have an extremely wonderful family and I love each and everyone of them bigger than the moon.  Three were not able to come, Annie, Sally and Nancy.  We missed you guys a lot!  Can’t wait for the 2020 Harriett and Rosalyn’s Family Reunion!!

Have a Blessed Week!

 

 

 

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05.14.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part One, the Ceremony

 

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie Barnes, graduated from Ponchatoula High School on Friday evening.  I‘m thankful that the next graduation will be 7 to 8 years from now as this one stirred up a lot of emotion in my heart!  Ponchatoula High School is in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.  It is where both of our sons graduated from lots of years ago. They are 37 and 40 years old so it’s been almost 20 years. Wow, they are old!!!! I’m not but they are!!

 

Back to Kallie! I tend to get sidetracked and go down memory road. Friday night at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center we were blessed to see this precious young lady graduate.  A big milestone for any young person.  These are some photos from the big event!

Kallie in her beautiful white dress for under the graduation gown!

Kallie and her bestie (from childhood to present) Madelyn Crowley. Madelyn goes by Madi in real life! Yes, they are pretty inseparable! They even plan to go to Southwest Mississippi Junior College together, majoring in Nursing!

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden, her mom Misty Chauvin, her stepdad Chip Chauvin, cousin Haylee Perrotto and little sister Madisyn Chauvin waiting for the big event to begin!

Kallie’s nieces Raylynn, Alaina, her sister Stephanie Barnes and Stephanie’s boyfriend Travis Hahn. There were other relatives there supporting Kallie, I just didn’t get their picture!

The Ponchatoula High Orchestra

After all the graduates marched in the Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.  We are proud to live in an area where this is still respected.

The Senior Choir sang a combination of classical and hip hop music

The big moment arrived when the seniors lined up to receive their diplomas!  Here is Kallie waiting in line for her turn!

Drum roll please!!  The PHS Senior Kallie becomes PHS Graduate Kallie!

Only a mama (Misty) could get this picture, picking her daughter out of the hundreds of graduates!

And in our area prayer is still a respected moment.  This was taken right before they prayed. A student gave the closing prayer and I know God was smiling!

All Ponchatoula alumni in the audience participate in the Alma Mater.  The video pans to Chip participating with his finger held high!  I love this part of the ceremony, the graduates are all so proud to graduate from such an excellent school!

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 Ponchatoula Alma Mater

Ponchatoula, Alma Mater, we love to sing thy name in praise,
And we cherish pleasant memories of all our happy days.
We love thee dear old Alma Mater fair
In our heart’s a song for you we share
Through the ages sing the praises of dear ol’ Ponchy High.

And the most fun moment of the night when the graduates celebrate and throw their caps in the air!  This is always a special moment in any graduation and this was Kallie’s graduation’s special moment!

A few photos were taken after the graduation outside the University Center with Kallie’s mom Misty Chauvin, her Dad Ronnie Barnes, and her cousin DJ Redden

After graduation we all went to Don’s Seafood for an after graduation dinner.  The food was delicious and the family visiting was even better! All the young girls want a place on Paw Paw Roy’s lap. They let me in the picture too!

Sweet Alaina got Paw Paw Roy to take a picture with her inside Don’s!  Stephanie’s girls have claimed Roy who is Kallie’s Paw Paw as their new Paw Paw!

Madisyn and her Paw Paw.  I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best so here is Roy hugging on his granddaughter Madisyn Ann Chauvin.  Grannie and Madisyn

I planned to include Kallie’s Graduation Party in this blog post.  I changed my mind and it will be in a blog post all its own.

Ya’ll come back now for Part Two!

05.07.19 Chauvin family is expecting a new baby!

Our tallest stalk of corn is expecting its first baby corn!!!  It’s not time for a full vegetable garden update but this new development is too wonderful to wait!

This is the stalk that was started from seed inside and was the only one that lived long enough to be planted outside!  The rest of the stalks were seeds planted directly outside so they are a bit behind that one.

Roy and I are very proud grandparents and cannot wait for the arrival of our newest grand baby, even if it is a corn!

The proud mama corn stalk

Baby Corn, due date unknown!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

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03.24.19 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

Founded in 1971, the St. Patrick’s Parade of Metairie has been taking to the streets of Old Metairie for over the past forty years! The parade consists of floats and trucks, bands, marching clubs, and all the carrots, cabbages, potatoes and beads you can catch! Our family has been attending this parade since before Roy and I were married in the early 1970s!  Roy grew up a  block from Metairie Road and we’d all walk together, as a family, from his house to the parade every year.  After Roy’s mom died we pretty much stopped going.

A few years ago after we got Dora (our motor home) we began coming to the parade again. We parked Dora near the route and enjoying the parade with family and friends again.  Dora’s gone now but I went with Chip’s family to Metairie Road after church Sunday morning.  We missed some of the parade but still got to see around 100 floats!  Roy’s niece Christy, her husband Otis and their son Zachary were there and we loved seeing them!

Chip, Misty, their friend Carlos, Madisyn, her friend Cheyenne and me, Grannie, piled into Chip’s big SUV and headed for Metairie.  Carlos doesn’t walk too well so Chip wanted to park as close to Metairie Road as possible.  There were no parking spaces block after block after block.  All the side streets were packed but somehow Chip managed to find a spot less than a block from Metairie Road.

I’ve never seen so many people out there for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

This was an interesting set up. Children will sit on the bench on top of the ladder and can drop everything they catch (except a large cabbage) down the shoot where it will land in a big tub at the bottom.

Madisyn and her buddy Cheyenne with their baby dolls shoved down their sweatshirts.  They did get some odd looks

There was so much waving arms and catching food and beads, not a lot of pictures of the floats were taking !

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Another new feature seen often at this parade were the big blue buckets in the picture below.  They make an excellent large target for the people on the second floor of the floats to throw at!

I didn’t get this photo taken in time for you to see President Trump’s picture on the back of this float with an American flag waving.  I loved it.  of course it was also a New Orleans Saints Football float! 

This young man caught one of the yellow referee flags that were thrown from some fo the floats.  This was in reference to the “non call” that cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl. Yes, Louisianian’s never forget……………….

I came home with 5 cabbage, 10 carrots, 12 potatoes, 10 lemons and some other snacks. Way, way less than last year.  That was on purpose but when it started flying off the floats to us it was hard to resist getting more.  I cooked all the potatoes and made potato salad with half and a cheesy potato casserole with the other half.  I made unsweetened lemonade with half the lemons.  Three of the cabbage were cooked and will turn into a cabbage casserole this week!  Lots of yummy food!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Sunday!

03.19.19 The Big Red Barn – Madisyn’s 10th and Kallie’s 18th birthdays!

Our oldest grandchild turns 18 today!  Happy 18th Birthday Kallie Barnes!
Can’t wait to see how this beautiful lady rocks this world as an adult!

We just discovered the coolest, most adorable, fun place in Ponchatoula where we attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party.  The Big Red Barn Creative Art Center is a perfect place for many different activities, parties, art classes, paint and play, art camps and sewing classes.

As the owner says on her website,

“It’s not Big, it’s not Red and it’s not a Barn, but it is A LOT OF FUN.”

If you have children or grandchildren this is a place you must take them to.  I didn’t know it existed until we learned Madisyn’s 10th birthday party would be there. Now I’m wishing I was a 10 year old so I could go to all of the activities there.

The brilliant young lady behind the Big Red Barn is Melissa Durel-Porter: artist, teacher, dreamer, and dabbler.

Melissa (known as Ms. Missy) has 23 years in arts education for over 23 years. This experience includes dance, creative dramatics, visual art, and music appreciation.  As soon as I met her I liked her!

When you walk in the front door you are in her cheerful play room, filled with toys.  The playroom is used for class discussions, stories, rug/lesson time, and free play. These two pieces of art made up of various miscellaneous objects create a tree and a pink flamingo!

Through a pair of french doors is her art room where most of Madisyn’s birthday party took place.  The room is filled with light and color and is perfect for all sorts of creative art activities.

I am aware that I “may” look out of place with all those little girls but I can’t tell you how much I loved getting to paint with them.

The library/lounge was a comfortable place where the children played and adults rested while the girls painted.  The sewing room has several sewing machines, tons of fabric scraps and vintage sewing patterns and notions.

Another play room had doll houses, a tent play area and just about anything a child would want to play with.

This blog post could be (but isn’t) very very long since there is so much to share about the amazing spaces she’s created at The Big Red Barn.  Every square inch of all the walls are filled with creative art, art supplies, toys, etc.  I throughly enjoyed being there. There are so many activities taking place there that the list would be very long.

I’m going to stop here because her website and facebook space describe it all so much better than I could.

THE BIG RED BARN WEBSITE  http://bigredbarn4kids.com/index.html

THE BIG RED BARN FACEBOOK SPACE https://www.facebook.com/bigredbarn4kids/

Madisyn’s birthday party there was fabulous.  The party theme was Hawaiian luau and all things beachy so we started off by painting flip flops, sand and water on canvas with instruction from Ms. Missy.  I say “we” because yes Grannie Rosalyn and 12 little girls participated in the painting.  I loved it!  One thing I thought was cool was that there was no “example” to look at.  This was to let us be as creative as we wanted to instead of trying to copy the example.

Chip and Misty provided pizza, fruit/vegetables and desserts. The girls and us sang Happy Birthday to Madisyn.  This is such a great birthday party idea and every one of the girls loved it.  Here’s some of their flip flop creations!

Madisyn had a big smile on her face the whole time and was a beautiful Happy Birthday girl! Several of the girls went home with Madisyn for a sleep over. We weren’t there but from the looks of the pics it was a great night which included getting made up by Madisyn’s big sis Kallie!

If you like what you see here or on their website here’s The Big Red Barn’s contact info, 234 SE Railroad Ave, Ponchatoula, LA 70454,  985-373-0468.

After all this fun on Friday night we rested Saturday. I went with Chip’s family to Metairie on Sunday for the St. Patrick’s Day parade!  All about that in our next blog post!
Ya’ll have a blessed week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

01.31.19 Sunshine, Food and Family

What a wonderful time we had this past sunshiny Sunday afternoon with our family.  A lot has been happening in our families life not leaving much time for to just sit a spell and visit.

We got to do that Sunday with our son Chip, his wife Misty, their niece Haylee, and Chip’s friend Trey who he calls his son, so I think that makes Trey our grandson!   We ate bowls of chili and got to visit.  Here’s Misty, Chip, Trey and Haylee.  All of these photos are clickable to enlarge.

We went down by our pond where we had a nice long visit while Haylee and Trey road around the pond in our paddle boat.

Haylee is pretty good at catching fish with her hand.  This pic shows her holding a piece of bread tempting the fish to jump up to get it!

I love it when Roy brings his new drone out and takes videos and photos.

This is the screen on his ipad he uses to show what the drone sees.  These are some photos Roy took with his drone Sunday afternoon.

In the photo below,our house is on the left.  I absolutely love seeing our area from so high up! 

Having Chip, Misty and those two young people around was fun.  The weather was beautiful and the fellowship was even better!

Ya’ll have a Blessed weekend!

 

10.26.18 Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Roy and I, Chip and Misty and a couple of their friends from church went to the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow on Sunday afternoon, October 21st.  We made the mistake of not going on Saturday and only going late on Sunday (had to stay home until the weekend renter brought Dora back) so we missed most of it!  What we saw was fabulous and we will definitely correct our mistake at next year’s show!  The following is information I gathered from various sources along with photos we and others took this weekend.

Coming off of a 26 year hiatus, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow was back on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. The theme of ‘Freedom, Then and Now’ honored the Hammond Airport’s heritage as a WW2 fighter pilot training base. Here’s how everything was laid out.

The show featured Skip Stewart, one of the most entertaining pilots in the world and his Prometheus BiPlane.  The AeroShell Aerobatic Team has been performing for over twenty-five years, amassing thousands of hours in front of airshow fans all over North America. Also performing were the world record holding Shockwave Jet Truck, the all female Misty Blues Jump Team, comedy act by Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys and Big Air Insanity FMX Motocross Team.

Shockwave Jet Truck

Skip Stewart Air Shows

Helicopter rides were available at $45 a person and for all the kiddos there was a Kids’ Zone with flight-themed bounce houses and slides.

The Grand Finale each evening was the F-22 Raptor which is rare to see. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, super cruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in war fighting capabilities. Although over 300 airshows requested the F-22’s presence, the Raptor is only making 23 appearances nationwide this year and Louisiana is one of them.

09.20.18 Madisyn’s school’s family dance with her family

Thursday, September 20, 2018 – When I got the phone call from Madisyn asking me to go to her school’s dance with her on my birthday, this Grannie’s whole insides lit up! She’s given me permission to write this blog post and share her photos!

Her new school had a Family Dance and Madisyn probably had the most family there!  Paw Paw, Grannie, Chip, Misty, Kallie and her mom Liz.

The adults mostly sat in the chairs along the walls watching the little ones (1st grade to 5th grade) run around and dancing some.  They all had those glow stick necklaces around their necks and glowed the night away!  Not sure I liked the choice of music but the kids like it and some even danced!  The  6th – 8th Grade had a Back to School Dance the week before.  In two years that will be Madisyn going to the big kids dance!

Madisyn’s family (minus Grannie who took the photo) Kallie, Misty, Roy and Chip before the dance.  Notice the fingers over the adults heads, yes that’s my husband and son doing that!

Chip, his wife Misty and Madisyn

Madisyn and Chip

Kallie, Misty, Madisyn, Chip

Roy and I and two of our granddaughters Madisyn and Kallie!Grannie and Madisyn

Madisyn and her sissy Kallie taking care of her!

Paw Paw dancing with Madisyn!  I think she survived!

The photos above are all of Madisyn and her family.  She spent a good bit of the evening with her friends and classmates and it was fun seeing her having such a good time!  Thanks Madisyn for letting all of us join you at your family dance! Love you doodlebug!

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09.14.18 Chauvin Produce Company

Friday, September 14, 1954 – Today is my 64th birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!  Lots of wonderful birthday wishes from my Facebook friends and family, my sister and my two sons.  My birthday celebration started a couple of weeks ago when our oldest son’s family took us out to dinner at LaCaretta – DELICIOUS!!! Our youngest son Chip, Misty and Kallie took us this week to a new restaurant in Amite called Boot Hill – new found DELICIOUS!! I truly think we’ve found our new favorite restaurant in Amite!  Iplan to rite about our meal at Boot Hill since it’s a new restaurant and the word needs to get out! We are celebrating yet again this evening at Madisyn’s school’s family dance. I will share about that later.  Sunday will be birthday cake at Chip and Misty’s house.  I feel so loved!

Here’s what was originally today’s blog post before I started on the birthday kick!

No, there is no such there as Chauvin Produce Company but as much effort as this garden is taking there should be.  My honey Roy is a beast and works as hard as he can to complete every project he undertakes.

We are moving lots of our flowering plants from over by the RV patio; moving our blueberry plants AND undertaking our first real vegetable garden in years.  Last year’s pitiful effort taught us we need to learn more and do things way different.

First on the plan was to make room next to the house to move the eight blueberry bushes to.  They will be in mostly full sun.  Where they are located now they are mostly shaded.  A little sun but not enough.  The last two years our crop from eight bushes we had two berries one year and three berries the next!

This 25 foot by 8 foot degrassed space will be the home of our future blueberry garden!

The 25 foot by 8 foot area of grass was transplanted to an area we’ve been trying to get grass to grow since we moved here. Peat Moss, Cow Manure and Compost along with Fruit bush fertilizer containing ground sulphur will be mixed in with the soil for our blueberries. Lots more than what this picture shows.

My sweet ex boss and dear friend Donna and her great hubby Chuck said we can use their tiller for our blueberry patch and our vegetable garden.  Next up will be photos of several days of work on Roy’s part digging up the grass.  Yes grass that we hand planted and lovingly helped to grow and spread.  That’s the grass Roy dug up!

 

The seeds planted two weeks ago are ready to be put into the ground!  And my rock row markers!  I added some different vegetables after we started so there was more rock painting for the onions, bell pepper and brussel sprouts!

Here’s Roy carrying the roll of grass down the hill in the wheel barrow.  

The boards Roy got to frame the vegetable garden.

Next time I’ll share all the tilling, adding layer after layer of nutrients, building the vegetable garden frame, digging rows and planting the vegetables I started from seeds.

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