05.18.19 Kallie Girl’s Ponchatoula High School Graduation – Part Two, the Party

On Saturday, the day after our oldest granddaughter Kallie’s graduation ceremony, a graduation party was thrown in her honor!  The location was Kallie’s daddy Ronnie Barnes and step mama Dee Dee Barnes home in Ponchatoula.  They have a back porch perfect for the band to set up and play. Also, a large open carport where we all sat to eat and enjoy the festivities! Misty and Chip and the Barnes really did it up nice!  I hope it is a memory Kallie will take with her as she goes off to college and in the future!

Kallie playing her daddy’s drums.  WordPress is causing the video to stretch larger than it should.  I couldn’t get it to shrink enough to make it clear but this is such a precious thing seeing Kallie playing her daddy’s drums I left it in and hope you won’t mind.

The band playing at Kallie’s graduation party

Here’s where the party food production took place!

Paw Paw Roy loves his sweet Kallie Girl!

Misty and Chip had a photo book made for Kallie of photos taken each year of her life.  Kallie is reading the beautiful card that went with that gift. Misty’s love for her daughter spilled over in a few tears in the last of these three photos. Class of 2019 GuestbookKallie and her bestie Madi!

Paw Paw Roy, Misty the Proud Mom of a 2019 Graduate and Daddy Chip

Kallie’s little Sissy Madisyn and Daddy ChipMadisyn, Alaina, Grannie Rosalyn and Kallie GirlMama Misty and her daughter Kallie enjoying some dancing! The Master Griller was Dee Dee Barnes brother

Kallie’s cousin DJ Redden and Dee Dee’s other brother!

Daddy Ronnie Barnes playing with his band for Kallie’s party 

Some of the party attendees enjoying the music and visiting!

Kallie’s Great Uncle LC HooverMisty’s Uncle Dennis Mumphrey and precious little Cali were quite a cute dancing couple!DeeDee Barnes joined the cute couple dancing!

I feel certain everyone had a great day.  Lots of kids swimming in the pool, lots of old and young ones eating delicious food and visiting.  Kallie’s now graduated from high school and will be on to college next year at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, MS.  We love you Kallie Girl!  Go make us proud!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

06.21.15 To my wonderful husband Roy Chauvin, Happy Father’s Day!

Reposted Sunday, June 18, 2016 with updated photos of Roy and his family added at the end.  We all love you Roy!  Thanks for being the great father and grandfather that you are!

11377100_10152526363489364_1682411937975987897_nSunday, June 21, 2015 –  Father’s Day is a day set apart to honor fathers.  Mine, Leroy Blum, was an amazing father throughout my whole life.  My husband Roy Chauvin has been even more amazing raising two young men, our oldest son and Chip Chauvin.  Our oldest son and Chip have gone on to be amazing fathers to their children.  God has blessed us abundantly!

Here are some pictures of Roy being a father and grandfather over the last 36 years.  Hope you enjoy it honey!!

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Roy has worked hard every day to provide for our family.  He’s brilliant in more ways than I can count.  The knowledge and skills he passed along to his sons is amazing.  For all the years of sweat and tears, love and caring you’ve given to me and the boys, I thank you Roy!

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful and caring dads out there!

P.S.  This is your card and your present!

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12.15.14 Boondocking, TBC Christmas Cantata, Ponchatoula Christmas Parade and Soldier Chip!

We enjoyed our time on our new land but were real ready for the boondocking to be over with!  For you RV newbies, Boondocking is Dry Camping in the Boonies without Hookups. We’ve done it in Walmart parking lots for a day or so but never 5 days in a row.

Here’s one of the things you get to do if you’re willing to boondock.   If you know where this is please let us know because I want to sit in that very spot sometime this coming year!

boondocking by edge of canyon

There is no clothes washing, daily bathing and no dish washing because we had a limited amount of water.  Dora (our RV) can generate enough electricity for watching TV and all the lights.  We have to run the generator if I’m going to cook and when the electricity Dora’s creating isn’t enough. The air conditioning cannot be run without the generator but if the temperature is in the 60s you’re fine.  Above 65 and it’s hot inside the RV without air conditioning or fans.  We like the freedom that boondocking allows, but have learned we need to study this form of RVing more before doing it again. I was out of disposable cooking pans so the pots and pans piled up.  I’m not facing 6 loads of laundry which was greatly reduced from probably 10 loads by Chip helping us out and washing some clothes this weekend and us wearing clothes longer than we normally would have.

If any of ya’ll are experienced boondockers please share with us any tips you have on doing it right.  Roy’s looking at getting a generator auto start machine to better manage our generator use.  Even the simplest tip would be appreciated.  I know to be better prepared with lots of disposable things but beyond that not much! We want to boondock when we go out west and enjoy the solitude this type of RVing brings.

We’re at Jellystone Yogi Bear Park for up to a week so that we are out of the way while the dirt man moves our dirt around to level off our property.  Once that’s done, it’s scheduled for Tuesday which is tomorrow, and the septic system is installed we can then get the electricity turned on and move back since we’ll have full hookups.  I don’t think this is the general rule elsewhere but here the septic system being complete and inspected must happen before you can get your electricity turned on.  We’re going to drive back to Amite in Boots our truck tomorrow to watch them move the dirt!!!

Saturday, our granddaughter Madisyn was in the Ponchatoula Christmas Parade with her dancing school, Stepping Out.  Ponchatoula is a town next to Hammond where we lived.  We went with Kim, Chip, Braxton and Bentley.  They had big eyes watching all the colors, lights, people, horses and all marching by.

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Sunday our home church, Trinity Baptist Church, presented it’s annual Adult Choir Christmas Cantata.  We thought that leaving Amite at 10 am would get us to church by 10:45 but we were 5 minutes late and thankfully didn’t miss any of the special music.

You’ve heard me talk about how much I love hearing this choir sing and this Sunday was no exception.  What an amazing thing to hear people who love the Lord sing praises to Him.  A couple of new soloists, Christie Williamson and Barry Sterken, joined Teddy Forest, Deanna Cummings, Derek and Koree Wall, and Barbara Davis singing solos and duets during the cantata.  The choir wore new choir robes which is a new thing for Trinity (at least in the almost 30 years we’ve been members) and they all looked fantastic.  Here’s a picture of all these special friends of ours.

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Sunday evening our son Chip was a soldier in a local church’s presentation of “One Night in Bethlehem”  a drive through showing scenes from the time surrounding the birth of Christ.  His daughter Madisyn went to see it and took a picture with her daddy.  Here it is.

chip soldier and madisyn

This got lots longer than I thought when I started!  I’ll end with a new video about our beloved Saints.  They haven’t done too well this season but they are Our Saints and we’ll hang in there no matter what.  This is a local parody of the song “All about the Bass”.  It’s called “All about the Saints”.  Hope you enjoy this little peek into our little Who Dat Nation!  The Saints are fixin (Southern talk for getting ready to) to play Da Bears right now so I’d better turn my attention to that!  Click on the photo to see the video.

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11.17.14 Dora’s Blog Changes and other stuff!

I now write and publish three different themed blog posts each week.

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(our travels and what’s happening in our world)

 

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I am working with WordPress on a way to separate them so that they are not all under Dora and the Explorers.  So far it seems it may not be as clean of a differentiation between the three as I want.  You may see things look a little different or act a little different but please be patient as I try to get this worked out.

It may end up requiring my followers to have to sign up to follow each one.  If you’re not interested in each one it’s certainly not a requirement.  If you read any of them from time to time please go ahead and select follow on the right hand side and enter your email address.  WordPress will send you an email each time a blog post is published so you can stay current with all our travels, all the funny and heartwarming Wednesday things and learn all you can about caring or just loving someone with Alzheimer’s.

give thanks scrabble lettersI just left Roy up in the attic of our sticks and bricks house.  The home inspector report gave our house a pretty good the lord is my strengthreport but there were a few things they recommended we do and we agreed to do them.  The house is 26 years old so we’re pleased (and I’m very thankful Roy can do most all of the work) with our short to-do list!  It is costing us money and a lot of hours work on Roy’s part, but I guess it could be worse.

I joined Roy in the attic for 3 hours cleaning off the duct work insulation so the new duct tape would stick.  I then re-duct taped many seams and tears and am quite proud I didn’t fall through the floor/ceiling or fall out of the attic opening which was my biggest fear!  I just kept saying to myself “Be a big girl and you can do it, you can do it.”

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Last Wednesday I cooked a big pot of Chili and brought it to Chip’s house for everyone to enjoy.  Precious Madisyn met us at the door with a big smile.  We had a wonderful time visiting with them. Here’s some pictures from our time with them.

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Madisyn coloring at the counter. They display her creations under a plexiglass sheet on top of the counter top. She loves it!

We have a couple of weeks (less if all goes well) before the act of sale when we’re officially no longer Hammond homeowners.  That’s my update on our world!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

07.02.14 God’s blessings while we’re getting the house ready for sale!

blog 4The picture above says it all.  One exhausted, worn out man taking a break in front of his fan with holes and paint on his shirt and pants!  He didn’t get to do too much of this but it was nice when he did!  This post covers our last two weeks so it may turn out to be a long one.  We haven’t visited any interesting locations except inside and outside our sticks and bricks house but hope to be heading out west where we’ve planned many wonderful stops and will, of course, be sharing them with ya’ll!

Our days the last two weeks have been full from sun up till after sun down.  No more sleeping late for us for a while, though we’ve been so exhausted that we fall into bed as soon as we’re finished for the day and sleep soundly until the alarm goes off!  Our renters have moved out and we had a long list of work needed to get the house ready to put on the market.

Day after day was spent cleaning, painting, repairing, weeding and dozens of other jobs.  We cleaned all the kitchen cabinet fronts and the master vanity which is a beautiful piece of wood furniture with many many crevices and ornate woodwork and a marble top.  I used six different chemicals or blends of homemade chemicals to clean glass work (glass bath doors, vessel sink and waterfall faucet, ceramic cook top). Just a little note here when you mix baking soda and vinegar it acts like it wants to blow up which was rather frightening since I was in the house alone at the time. That did stop and after adding more baking soda it made a nice paste to scrub with.  Then there was scrubbing walls (I went through 21 magic erasers – my new favorite cleaning tool), painting walls, baseboards, banisters, stairs.  Roy painted a lot of this including the trim on the two dormers on the roof (we call them dog houses!). Then there was lots of wood floor revitalizing, pressure washing, repairing some things, buying lots of things, planting new plants, transplanting old ones, and mulching what we could.

blog 8Painting the dormer trim, see pictures below, involved Roy climbing on the metal roof after attaching a bolt to the floor inside the second floor of the house attached to a rope going out the window and tied around his waist. Because there are two windows he had to attach the bolt and rope for one, unattach it when he was finished, take it to the other room, attach and reattach that one, Reaching the top of the trim involved putting a step ladder on the roof, me going inside to the second floor and holding onto the ladder through the windows hoping I wasn’t going to let it slip and see my husband tumble down the roof.  Even if he was attached to the rope who know how he would fall!

blog2blog3Weeds were pulled from the gardens every day by the bushel full. At the end of the two weeks new weeds had already dared to grow back in some of the first gardens I weeded. This Louisiana rain sure does grow some strong weeds!  I have scratches, bug bites and I think poison ivy on 10394041_10152457151943903_3710178840653846148_nevery inch of my hands, arms, legs and feet.  I usually post pictures of most everything but you would not want to see pictures of my skin right now! I think it looks like leprosy, Madisyn says it looks like chicken pox.

We got an estimate from a professional painter for just the trim outside (not the dormers) and the walls inside.  It was a very fair estimate and probably right in line with other painters but way way over what we can afford.  Again God blessed us by putting this wonderful man who paints by day at Southeastern and has for years, into our lives.  Roy saw him painting at the office and just mentioned he could use a man like him at the house.  He said he’d stop by the next day and he did.  From noon till about 7 that night and a couple of hours the next morning he painted all the trim ceilings, columns, and windows on the front and back and the green decking  and shutters on the front porch.

What a tremendous burden that took off Roy and the amount he wanted was less than one-fourth of what the original estimate was and this guy did a perfect job! Roy painted the white trim on the sides of the house leading up to the second story peak which was very difficult but the rest added to that would have been too much.

Anyone in Hammond wanting this guys contact info please let us know.  He was a pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommend him.

IMG_20140717_143759_042 IMG_20140717_143914_110When I post cute little graphics about God’s blessings and what he can and will do it’s real, this is a perfect living example of God taking care of us because we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and gave our lives to him.  The first weekend I had chest pains from doing so much work, being 10489924_10152472930218903_7163219169099977594_nunder so much stress and not eating properly.  Once I rested for a little bit that weekend I was better but the scope of what we were trying to accomplish was bigger than Roy, me, Chip or our finances could handle and he stepped in to ease that.  What an amazing God we serve!

Since we sold our lawnmower we went in search of someone to cut our grass and found a wonderful man to do it and his first grass cutting and weed eating made everything look wonderful.  Thanks Scott Tribble for being the wonderful Christian responsible man you are!  He’ll cut the grass for us ever 10 days until we sell the house.

Roy’s working 10 hour days at the University now (temporarily doing his old job) so I had plenty of alone time working at the house.  He was off for four days for the 4th of July holiday and took a day off work the following week so we could finish it all in fourteen days. Fourteen long, awful, draining, exhausting days.

It took 5 days of work (not full days) to pressure wash the house, garage and all our sidewalks and porches. Roy, our son Chip and I took turns with that wonderful project.

Chip helped in so many different ways and I truly believe without his help and God sending us the painter this project may have been more than Roy or my health could handle.  It was fun having Chip around and seeing him take such pride in the work he was doing.  From digging up azaleas and transplanting them for me, to hauling off piles and piles of branches, pressure washing the whole garage and carport, and more things I can’t remember, his help was a blessing! One of the best things Chip did for us was to make sure we had lunch every day and wonderful Gatorade to keep us well nourished. IMG_20140717_143853_053

We finished the last item on our seemingly never ending list a couple of days ago, Roy’s been working every day at Southeastern and I’m recovering while trying to make some headway on cleaning the RV which got severely neglected for two weeks!

The MLS internet listing pictures turned out beautiful.  I’m so thankful they used a professional photographer because she captured the house’s features in a beautiful way!  Thanks to Kelly (photographer), Tiffany and Jamie (our realtors) for doing such a wonderful job!  Check out the pictures at http://www.kw.com/homes-for-sale/70401/LA/Hammond/11337-WARDLINE-Rd/3yd-KW-8_998527.html

IMG_20140717_143811_262This is our address on Wardline Road.  I’ve always loved these tiles and wanted this picture to  remember this neat little momento of our time living in this lovely home!

We just got word that they are showing the house at 1 pm today!  Wonderful Scott came by to cut the grass just in time for him to finish before they get here.  Do you see it?  God’s timing is always perfect.

Here’s praying everyone has a restful, peaceful, recuperative weekend.  It’s forecasted to rain here all weekend so we’re going to hunker down and watch movies as much as possible.  If these folks don’t buy the house we’ll let you know when it does sell which will mean we’ll be preparing to move out west!  We might just have to buy us a couple of cowboy hats for the journey!