Wednesday, Jan 6 was Epiphany so we went to an evening church service at
Divine Shepherd LCMS in Black Hawk.
While there, before the service, we had a friend snap a couple pictures of our family.
|We left our Advent wreath up and lit it daily as we did our devotions.|
|Yummy cookies for a special treat|
and our little helper was more then eager to pass them around.
Time for another game. This was a treasure hunt with everyone picking a folded paper with a clue on it. All the wrapped gifts would look alike, same size and shape. Once all 8 had their gifts the game name changed to "witch one of these is not like the other". Only one would be different and that person would also be the recipient of a $10 Target card. All were tin containers, 7 were gum but one was M&M's.
It was a fun game with gifts hidden anywhere from a window sill to ice container in fridge. I actually think the 7 year old got the hardest clue and had to ask others for assistance.
I guess their family will have a good supply of gum with each metal box containing 10 pkg or 50 sticks gum!
|So the 18 year old was very excited to have the different gift and win the gift card. I wish I had had my camera ready to capture the actual excitement instead of this posed picture.|
|A little coloring going on and yes I was coloring too. These hard adult color books |
could take forever to color!
One afternoon we made our way down town to Main Street Square. Here we are in the "very amazingly fun" toy store.
|This is one of 3 in the world of this large "PERPLEXUS". How fun!|
It was a lot colder out then we had first anticipated so we only walked a few blocks, stopping at a few presidents for pictures. We will just have to do this on a warmer day. Notice a lot of the bronze president sculptures have hats, gloves or scarves on. These are placed there by local people for homeless or less fortunate people to help themselves to at this cold time of year.
|Notice how exceptional big this painting on side of building is!|
|Another of the many bronze president sculptures lining every intersection corner in Rapid City.|
|OK GANG, lets go home |
and have some hot chocolate.
These are some very special animal cups that we have had for many years. Our Grandchildren always look forward to using them when they visit. Our 13 year old made me laugh when she insisted we take pictures of them because you know they just wont last forever and that thought almost made her sad.
While there mom and dad were enjoying noon date time, we were enjoying the grandchildren. We had a delicious meal of Lasagna and garlic bread. Then we not only created the softest hands ever by doing Mary Kay "SATIN HANDS" but us girls had a facial too.
Play time and relaxation time.
These pictures speak for themselves.
|Now this little girl loves to play doll especially when it is some of Nana's special 60 yr old doll and my hand-made ceramic doll of 19 years. |
It is getting a little wobbly but has stood the test of time. I know I spent many hours of my childhood playing with this highchair, my dolls, cardboard stove, cupboard and fridge that my mother made for me. Oh yes, a pink doll bed my mother made for me from peach crates and a toy wood fold up iron board.
|I can almost smell and taste this delicious home made bread.|
On Thursday we had the great pleasure and treat of eating my daughters home made bread. It went great with the roast beef, carrots and potatoes.
I have never been a good bread baker but she wrote down the recipe and I will need to try it soon. I will guarantee you it will not be as good as her or my younger daughter's bread or rolls.
We also played the "What in the heck is it ?" game where I passed around 15 items and each had to guess what it was. This made for some very fun conversation, comments and laughter.
Who would think to "SMELL" the item
to help with identification?
OK, time for the final game where everyone gets to open the pkg #1 or pkg #2 .
Which ever was not chosen the first night they got to open tonight. Our daughter got a bag of Hawaii Chocolate macadamia coffee beans.
|OH WOW! MY FAVORITE! TEA, |
lots and lots and lots of TEA!
|Cashews and they are all mine! YUM!|
|I can't believe it! My very own big container of OVALTINE!|
We had a great time but to me and Papa, the week went way too fast. We have lots of fun memories to treasure and lots and lots of pictures to look back at when we get way too lonesome. Below you see the two youngest all ready to leave for home. 6 AM came fast but it would be a long 10 hour trip dodging snow on Eastern part of SD. We give thanks for our loving family, both daughters and their lovely family's.
|Always has that smile! but 6:30 AM?|
We are thankful that they had a safe trip home. Their cat Rusty and dog Toby were both very happy to see them.
We look forward to the next time we can spend time with our family.
|Still half asleep but I'm ready to go!|
We also made it to a few stores like Target and Walmart, and went for a couple of walks. 5 of their family finally got to go to movie to see the new Star Wars. We played pictionary game, made smoothies, pop corn, had spice tea and Irish Cream coffee and unusual beer.
The children even had to do some home work and memory work as they are home schooled. It was a busy week for all of us.