05.26.16 Madisyn, Grannie and Paw Paw fun times!

Happy Wacky Wednesday! – Nope it’s not Wednesday and this is not that blog.  This was Madisyn’s contribution to today’s blog.  She posed for all the photos as her other contribution!

thursday 10Sunday May 22nd to Wednesday May 25th, 2016 – We got to spend Sunday evening to Wednesday evening with that little spitfire which we lovingly call Hurricane Madisyn!

We crawled under the fence and picked blackberries, went fishing, fed the fish, did lots of crafts, went girlie shopping, to the movies, watched Daddy Chip play softball, ate pancakes topped with bananas every morning, ice cream topped with strawberries and served over sliced bananas every night, and lots more fun stuff!  FamilyFun

We even had a wonderful visit from my sister Harriett and brother in law George.  They brought Madisyn an art project which she created while they were here.

The following photos depict quite well the wonderful time we had with our little pixie!!

I want it known that I do a ton of things with Madisyn that no one ever takes pictures of so therefore Paw Paw is in most pictures, not sweet Grannie.

Ice cream with strawberries and bananas.  That makes it healthy, right??

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Madisyn and I tried our hand at Oragami and on step 2 of 16 we could go no further.  When Madisyn went on to doing some cross stitch, Paw Paw conquered the Alice in Wonderland Oragami figure. The rest of the Oragami figures are stored till we all grow older!

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Checking out the pond, planning a day of fishing!

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Blackberries we snuck under the fence and picked!!!20160523_151619

Feeding the fish is quite an exciting thing to do.  We purchase catfish food and throw it into the pond by the cup full.  20160522_190100      20160522_190100

 Mini pancakes smothered with bananas!!!20160525_101508

Goofy child taking a selfie!20160524_215849

She was pretending that her pretty hat was her graduation hat and she threw it in the air like graduates do!20160524_190431

Her big purchase from Charming Charlies was a purple striped umbrella.  It did not rain but she loved prancing around with it and posing for pictures!20160524_190428 20160524_190140  20160524_190046  20160524_185745

At the Angry Birds movie she saw one of her classmates from this year, and we just had to sit them!!20160524_164237

Madisyn and Paw Paw fishing

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The first of several nice fish Paw Paw caught!20160524_131705

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Chip is playing first base at the game we took Madisyn to.  It was wonderful getting to see him play ball again!  We have promises from Misty that she’ll send videos while we travel!

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One of Chip’s hits,  I know Madisyn will want to watch this one again!

One our way back to Ponchatoula to give this precious one back to her parents.  Sad but we had some great times these past few days!

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We returned Madisyn to her parents at her softball game yesterday evening after enjoying a yummy dinner at the Chinese restaurant in Hammond.  She got a great hit in the game, and made it to second base.  Now our little darlin’ is back home and our home is so quiet.  We’ve cleaned up so there isn’t pink and glittery everywhere now.  We will miss her as we travel but are so happy to have been blessed by having her snuggle and love with us for a few days!

Tonight is her last softball game and we’ll have front row seats for that!

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04.25.16 Chauvin Family Fun!

13083290_10153612372207029_1035924775327657336_nMonday, April 25, 2016 – Madisyn played two games this week, won one and lost one!  She thinks they win them all and for now that’s a good thing!

One of the teams they played against wore red long baseball pants with red and white striped socks.  Sort of looked like they should be in a Christmas movie!!  Madisyn has been playing right behind first base these last two games and is doing a really good job backing up first.

Madisyn is the center girl

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Daddy Coach Chip by the dugout gate and Madisyn getting ready to bat20160421_180212One of the players on the other team with their cute red and white outfits!20160421_180423

Madisyn on first base!20160421_181231 That’s the softball fun we had as a family this week.  On Saturday Chip, Kallie and Madisyn (Misty had to work) came to visit us in Amite and we went fishing down at the pond.  Here’s some photos and videos of our fun! Chip and I got to visit which was great while the others fished!

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The weather right now is sooooooo perfect, beautiful clear skies, light breeze, highs in the 70s and the humidity is low! We are enjoying spending every minute we can out on our RV patio under the awning!  Roy just finished putting in an outdoor television in one of our outside compartments and I’ll share that soon.  I just saw one of the fig trees has little figs starting to form!!!!

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11.24.15 Almost 43 years, Family Thankgiving and Updates!

royandrosalyndatingTuesday, November 24, 2015 –  On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Roy and I will celebrate 43 years of wedded bliss – well not exactly total bliss but mostly bliss!! We’ve been together as a couple for 45 years since granniepictures012revised  I was 16 and once I made 18 we got hitched!! My husband means the world to me.  He makes me laugh with his wicked humor and silliness.  He is the missing part to my brain and saves me more times than I can count when my brain hiccups and doesn’t want to work.  He can and does fix ANYTHING, be it a household repair, RV repair, automotive rosalynandroyrepair, toy repair, computer repair, any repair.  He has saved us millions in repair bills over the years with his technical abilities.  He’s grown old with me and sometimes we even like being old, since we get to do it together.  He loves the Lord and is a Godly man.  That may not be first in this list but it is absolutely first in my heart.  We are loving this RV life that we have together and getting to see so much of our amazing country together.  Happy Anniversary to my dear love Roy!

Our family and my sisters family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at Harriett’s house this past Sunday.  The only thing missing was our oldest son’s family. We hope that one day he will choose to be part of our family gatherings again. We all miss them.

Here’s a photo with the whole family (except me, picture taker) right after we thanked God for the food.  Chip’s girlfriend Misty and her daughter Kallie are the newest additions to our Chauvin/Roussel family.  We miss all of them when we are on the road. It was great to get to catch them all up on our travels and what we’ve been blessed to see and do. use 2 use

 

Our little slice of Heaven in Amite at night.  The green lights are shining under our RV.  It’s a Roy thing!

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Boots, our truck, got new brakes today and something else that was squeaking was replaced.  We are enjoying some beautiful weather here.  Highs have been in the 50s and 60s with plenty of sunshine!  This will be a quiet week for us and we are enjoying that!

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11.17.15 Home again in Amite!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – We’ve been home in Amite for almost 3 weeks and couldn’t be happier.  No, we won’t stop traveling, but yes we are loving being here! The cows have been visiting and our little buddy (dog) Jake has been spending time with us.

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We do not have any cows of our own but here’s a couple of pictures of our neighboring cows.  There are 50 to 100 cows but only a few cows and one horse came to visit for picture taking time!

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First and foremost of the things that are making us happy, Chip introduced two young ladies into our lives that we’ve loved from the first hug!  Misty and her teenage daughter Kallie are new to our family but we’re sure hoping they will be around for a very long time.  Chip, Misty, Kallie and Madisyn came to Amite Sunday afternoon and we had a great time.  We ate, fished and made s’mores around a campfire!  Check out the fish the girls caught on their new poles!

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We traveled to Tennessee last week to meet with Dr. Lawrence Schrader, an orthopedic surgeon who will be doing a full knee replacement on Roy in the near future.  His very advanced surgical technique makes him the perfect doctor for Roy.  Roy saw our primary care doctor in Hammond this week for pre op things and surgery clearance and so far all is well.  When the surgery is scheduled we’ll stay in Bartlett, Tennessee (outside of Memphis) for a couple of weeks while he recovers enough to drive Dora, our RV home.  You can see from the X Ray that his left knee still has a cushion between the bones but his right has none.  We hoped for a partial knee replacement but it is obvious he really needs a full knee replacement.

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Being home brings with it lots of activity for Roy fixing and replacing things on the RV.   We decided to upgrade from a modified sine wave inverter to a true sine wave inverter because it is better for our computer and electronics.  That probably makes no sense to most folks but Roy will be writing a blog post soon about what all this means and what it does for your RV.   The new one is pictured first, then Roy putting it in and lastly the old inverter.  20151111_104702 20151110_151204 20151110_130316Another thing that happens when we are home is Roy stays busy improving our property.  The picture below is the fence end of the culvert that we went through so much with last year.  Roy reinforced that end by building a concrete wall around the culvert to help with the flash flood waters that seem to come around here at least twice a year.  It is suppose to rain again like that this week so we’ll see how it stands up!

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As always we try to spend a lot of time with our grandaughter Madisyn when we are in town.  We didn’t know we’d be spending time at the Emergency Room with her but here she is with her dad and Misty. Her mom, Paw Paw and Grannie (me) were also there.  She had a bad ear infection (inside and out) and some other things going on.  She was quite pitiful when we got there but by the time we all left the strong antibiotics had kicked in and she was feeling much better!20151108_132006

Madisyn is now in gymnastics so of course a visit to the gymnastics studio was in order!  She’s new to this but I think she has the hang of it so far!20151105_190129

She spent the night with us and fished with Paw paw out by the pond.  She caught 17 fish – pretty small ones but I think we have a pro fisher in the making! She is so much like her dad, doing silly things.  It started sprinkling so she made a covering for her head with the lawn chair.  Then there is Madisyn and Paw Paw’s favorite spot, snuggling on the sofa!20151031_125534 20151031_122020 20151031_081844

Halloween was a fun night going round a neighborhood with Chip and Madisyn while she Trick or Treated!  Here she is at someone’s door asking for goodies!20151030_193014 The one non family, fix it or doctor related thing we’ve done is attend Worship at our home church, Trinity Baptist Church.  We have a new interim Pastor, Bob Adams and Minister of Music, Nicholas Varnado.  Bro. Bob and Bro. Nick are wonderful additions to our church staff.  Bro. Bob’s sermon was very clear, educational and inspirational.  Ya’ll know how I feel about a choir and Bro. Nick’s leading of the choir was perfect.  They responded to him so well and his leading of the music with the congregation put a smile on my face.  I’m not trying to say that I need a perfect Worship Service to Worship God.  He is worthy of our make time to do what makes your soul happy with autum themeWorship no matter how it is done.  I just really felt like we were “home” and left there Sunday feeling quite blessed to have been there.

We have so much to be thankful for right now.  All of the above are some of the things we are most thankful for!   Not the things we’ve purchased but the people who enrich our lives so much.

We’ll go to church with Madisyn this Sunday and then take her with us to my sister Harriett’s home for our family Thanksgiving dinner.  We eat a little unconventional in our family for holidays.  I don’t know what all we’re having but I am making my spinach casserole!  I love my amazing family which is growing so next blog will probably be about our family Thanksgiving.

1382199_646561998721400_1122776444_nI know I mentioned several things that Roy’s been working on but don’t think I’ve been resting.  I wish!  The gardens had very large tree bushes in them that had to be cleaned out and removed.  I did a good bit of that, raking up pine straw from around the pine trees and the rest of my time has been pretty consumed with RVillage work.  That is slacking up a bit just in time for the holidays and more time with family!  I am very thankful to RVillage for hiring little ole me to help with the online Village administration.

We collected many dozens of rocks in very large, large and small sizes as we traveled from state to state.  Here’s a couple of pictures of where we placed them around the garden.  Our bayleaf plants that you’ll see in the picture almost didn’t survive the transplant but they are making a good come back!  Most of the rocks are marked somewhere on them with the states they came from.  There is plenty of room for rocks from the Eastern states!

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I hope everyone will be with family sometime this season.  God’s bounty and blessings are overflowing! Happy Thanksgiving all!

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