Here are several days worth of pictures. We had Christmas with Steven and Chandler on Wednesday, Penny, Clayton and Jeffrey on Christmas morning, Chris and Steven and Brandy, that afternoon. Then Christmas with the whole family at Grandma and Grandpa Van Campen’s house on Sunday.
Jeff had another concert on Dec 15th. We are all very proud of him. He and his grade were definitely the best. They played last and were worth the wait.
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Penny planned to have a celebration of Clayton’s 50th birthday at the gig on the 19th at Bourbon St. Bar & Grill. I was totally unaware of this plan. They caught me by complete surprise! It was fun. She brought out a cake in the afternoon and revealed it during our first break. Awesome.
She invited several friends out just for the party. It’s nice to know I have so many friends.
We did it again. This time with 3 other couples. All 8 of us went to sunny warm Mexico and had a great time. I uploaded all my pictures, way too many. They are here Cruise Pictures. I condensed it down to a few in the rest of this story. Video playlist is here.
Matt and his Haven marching band perform in Andover.
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Penny and I spent an hour or so in the afternoon and checked out the Fall Festival this year. Pretty much the same thing it always is. We browsed the crap, I mean craft vendors. We watched a little of the tracktor pull. We even saw a junior band (tweens jamming the classic rock).
Here is a few pics and a very short video.
Clayton and Penny went to our friends’ Daryl and Jen’s Halloween Party this year. We were glad to have been invited this year after hearing so much about it from Gayle and Darlene. We had a great time! Clayton went as Slash, and Penny was a zombie nurse!
Jeff had a concert this October. He did great as usual.
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It is kind of sad, but this was our last trip to the lake in the trailer for the year. We set out to have some fun relaxing, fishing and enjoying the weather for a weekend. We did just that.
Jeff got him a fishin’ pole this year. Not just any pole, a Hawg Seeker. This one has electronic fish detection and a really long pole. Here he is with the pole and his cake later.
I don’t know why, but my last vist to the folks house I decided to borrow the old family films and projector. I intend to convert them to something usable in this century. I will be posting them here as well as going to DVD format.
Penny and I went to see the concert at First Council Casino. It was great!
We ate dinner at the buffett in the casino and watched a great show. The stage was set up in the parking lot, and an area was roped off with plenty of seating. It was a beautiful night and a concert under the stars. We even went into the Casino and won a little bit after the show. All in all, a great evening.
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Clayton and Jeff visited Mom and Dad in August. We had a truly wonderful time! We saw a Cardinals game in the new stadium. We went fishing at Creve Coeur Lake, and even caught some fish. Clayton did an upgrade to Mom’s computer as well. We spend several days visiting and playing cards too. All in all, a great visit. Thank you Mom and Dad!
At the last minute on Friday night, we decided to go to Lake Afton for the weekend. It took about 40 minutes to get the camper and truck ready, and Jeff and Clayton were on the road. Penny followed a little later with the rest of the ‘in progress’ laundry.
It was a nice relaxing weekend. We spent a lot of time fishing, but Penny is the only one to actually catch something. It wasn’t for lack of trying.
We spent a week in the Ozarks with Gayle and Darlene, and had a great time. We started at Tom and Louis’ Mother’s house in Garfield, AK. on Beaver Lake. She has a nice house and dock and a boat as well. We camped in her front yard with Gayle and Darlene. We did some chores for her while we were there, later got some boating and swimming in. We stayed two nights and had great cool weather while there. Video at the end of post.