Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My 2009 Top Ten 'Bucket List' aka New Year's Resolutions

1. Get rid of some weight! I know, heard that before .. rrrrrr
2. Remove almost all back pain!! Yes, the dr. said
3. Learn something new....maybe to play the piano! Maybe yoga!
4. Buy some new clothes, and they can't say "Fort Robinson" on them :)
5. Spend more time with precious friends- why haven't I done that before ;(
6. Travel to some place I have never been before - even if it is only 50 miles away
7. Walk at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Dr.'s orders!!!!!!
8. Use some of this scrapbook and Quilting stuff I keep buying, maybe quit buying so much!
9. Get my 'Cottage Garden Studio' done. - Yes, friends, I will when I have less back pain!
10. Attend chruch, get closer to God

Monday, December 29, 2008

My best friend!

Today I got to spend some time with my best friend. It wasn't near long enough but the time we had we spent laughing, crying and making plans for her move that will be closer to home. In just 18 months she and her husband will retire and move...close! Just not sure where yet. She, as always, motivates me. I came home with big plans to lose weight (she has dropped some 70lbs!!), to paint and remodel and craft........AAGH!! I have so many ideas in my head I need to write them down before they vanish. She too is a camera buff and here are some of her fall pictures. Love Ya Jackie!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

This one little ornament..........

This little guy doesn't look like much but to myself and my two sisters this ornament gives us the chance to remember our Christmas' past. Growing up we had the most magical Christmas's that anyone could ever hope for. No, there weren't a ton of presents under the tree, as a matter of fact there are few presents that I remember but I never, ever, forget how I love Christmas. It always started out with us getting one of the old pickups out and cramming our whole family into it. We traveled just a little ways to what is called Cedar Canyon. We looked and looked for the perfect tree, which somehow always seemed to be 3 canyons over. The smells of those cedar trees, the feel of the cold wind on my cheeks, the blue berries that covered the trees, the fun we had picking them will always be forever embedded in my heart and head. We then would take it home, many times singing Christmas songs and have hot cocoa while waiting for dad to put the tree in a bucket and set it up. Now this wasn't just out of the packet hot cocoa it was creamy hot milk with cocoa, sugar and vanilla added to it. Our tree was cedar as you guessed from the name of the canyon that we picked it from, probably not a perfect shape but ooh how I thought it was beautiful, the smelled filled the room (some would say they don't like the smell of cedar but to me it was wonderful). We all would decroate it and the last ornament to be put on the tree was this little 'Silent Night' ornament. After both mom and dad were gone we girls had the hard chore of deciding who got what. To me it was amazing what grace we did this with however the one thing everyone wanted was.......you got it, the 'Silent Night' ornament. Being the politician of the family I came up with the idea of passing the ornament from home to home so that we all got our time with it. It works fairly well, however in the 17 years that we have done that I have only had it a few times.........but that is ok, this year it is proudly displayed at the top of my tree. I am thinking that this will be my last year, seems like it is time to let that beautiful little ornament go. I will always hold dear my wonderful memories of my Christmas past, however with all wonderful things there is a time, a time to let go. Now that I am grandma, I have new traditions, new ornaments, and I am always amazed at the ones my children remember from our past trees. This year I was lucky to have Brandi and Jaxon spend time with me before Christmas and little Jaxon renewed my love of Christmas watching him push, pull, pack, shake, sleep on his present that was under the tree. He, Emma, Adrianne, Jaxon and Taylor all touch, hang and rehang the ornaments while looking at them. I see a glimpse of my childhood in them, and my soul sings out for that joy of Christmas' past, present and future.

Monday, December 22, 2008


This is a picture taken on our annual fall ride that we take with Leonard & Becky Chubb. We travel through the Black Hills taking in all the beautiful fall sights which includes Spear Fish Canyon. Then we stayed in this quaint B&B just outside of Piedmont. It was a great time. 
1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on the computer
2)Select the 4th picture in the folder
3)Explain the picture
4)Tage 4 people to do the same
I TAG Phay; Lisa; Jess; Angie

Friday, December 19, 2008

Adrianne in her Christmas dress.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Austin The "HUNTER"

Austin got his turkey hunting permit yesterday AND two turkeys. He shot both turkeys with one shot, which I thought was good for an 8 year old. His dad told him to tell me all about it, you know how you locate and sneak up on them, or how Drew scared them back down the canyon, instead Austin told me about how they flopped around and their heads were all bloody... AAGH!! I know, I'm not much of a hunter. I sure am glad he and his dad get to spend time together and enjoy the sport. NICE SHOT AUSTIN!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

1945 Dinner

Phaedra did NOT disappoint her aunt Bob and sang like the angel that she is. Thanks Phay!!
The cardinal Singers entertained the crowd. Wow - they sounded great!

The Pine Ridge Job Corp and Windy Hills 4-H teamed up to help serve the meal.

Brandi, Misty, Lisa and Angie enjoying the dinner.

My centerpieces (thank you Brenda, Kay & Satch for all your help)

A closer look at the centerpieces.

The 1945 Historical Dinner was held Sat. night and I will deem it a success. We sold all of our tickets, there was plenty of food, the entertainment showed up, the decorations were pretty, what more could a person ask for right? I really enjoyed getting ready for the dinner, I can't tell you how many hours I logged in but I know for sure I worked six days straight, three of them were 16 hour days. Everything was wonderful until my back gave out. I made it through the evening but left a hurting unit. I think I will take it easy for a couple of days, maybe even call that surgeon and check for an available date for the surgery. Then, I will be good as new and ready for next year. That celebration will be 1935 and I already have my colors and centerpieces picked out. I think the crowd must like those centerpieces since they keep stealing them........next year here I come.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


16 hours, 3 bfs elves, and several hot glue gun mishaps and the center pieces are done! They turned out really cute, made from horseshoes, (thanks to Mr. Jones, his welding class and Dave F), pine boughs, hand made snowflakes and rusty barb wire, they really depict the Fort Rob era. We also made 3 large snowflakes, painted light bulbs, printed programs, picked up the menus and hung lights yesterday. Today one of the supers is cutting me down 4 trees to make pine boughs with, these will hang around all the windows and enhance the wreaths that the guys make. All will have a touch of white, silver, and blue to go with the theme. This should be a beautiful year at the Fort Dinner! Our entertainment is lining up beautiful and thank you God for the beautiful blanket of snow that will make all those Christmas lights glow like bright candles. If you get a power surge on Sat. at 5 p.m. know that all the lights kicked on! OHHH and the poinsettias are in, that is exciting in itself!! Everyone have a good day...you know I am crafting away!

Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Official.......I can start decorating without making Jeffrey too growly. If I start to soon he
gets grumpy, however, he did help me put up some lights outside last weekend! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope that everyone else did too. Cherokee and her mom made dinner and it was YUMM!! We missed having Emma, Damion and Daunee' home but it was great that everyone else got to be together. Christmas will be different -- EVERYONE will be here. YIPPEE!! I can't wait.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brick 17

Brick 17 - yes, the 'haunted' brick got a Christmas face lift this week. On Sunday Laurie, Kay, JoAnn, Debbie and myself braved the cold winds and started decorating the old brick. Today we put the finishing touches on the 2nd and 3rd floor. If we don't blow any fuses, or breakers it should be very pretty when the lights come on Dec. 5th at 5 p.m. Its been a little bit of a competition between Jim and myself on whose unit looked the best and although Adobe 7 has looked like a little gingerbread house it just didn't make the grade that the grand daddy of all bricks (Brick19) did. This year. since we took over a brick and gave Chubb Water Wells the adobe,  we are going to give Jim a run for his money! Be sure to make a drive through during Dec. to see the lights. Oh, and if you feel like it, be sure to tell Mike, Jim and the guys how GREAT Brick 17 looks:)

Friday, November 21, 2008

You can't hide chocolate from three year olds!

I had the greatest time last night. Jaxon and Kamden spent the evening with me while the girls celebrated Phaedra's birthday. Being the good grandma that I am (tee hee) I pulled out the bag of chocolates to intice the little ones to eat their dinner. Kamden was a trooper and ate most everything, however Jax was much to busy to eat, giving all of the animals, dolls etc. in the toy box flu shots and checking their teeth. Soooooo, Kamden got a piece of candy, but not Jax. He didn't really care about the concept 'if you don't eat your supper you don't get a piece of candy' and was a tad bit upset with me, so I told him the candy was all gone. HA! He crawls up on my lap looks me directly in my eye and says "Grandma Debbie....I can smell it". What a chocolate hound! Anyway the evening was spent watching the two of them play, their imagination is out of this world and Jeff and I laughed and laughed watching and playing with them. We also had to eat plates of 'chew' (whatever that was); get our flu shot and have the dentist fix our teeth; lost our power when we had our shoes removed (ok that was an idea I gave Jaxon while taking papa's shoes off one night when we were batman and Optumus Prime ..sp); run circles around the footstool on our imaginary track; bake cookies; wear pom poms on our head to look like clowns....and the list goes on. On these nights I am always grandma, even to Kamden who usually calls me 'aunt Bob' , and it is so funny to watch her come up with reasons to talk to me so she can call me grandma..kind of like when you use a cuss word that is legal. You know, when you repeat something that someone else said, so you can use the cuss word because they used it first. Anyway what a night we had! I LOVE being grandma.

P.S. Good luck Jaxon at the dentist office today and getting your flu shot!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It is just a hustle and a bustle out to the Fort with Christmas decorations springing up overnight. The guys are like little elves running around with strings of lights drapped over their shoulders, checking bulbs and climbing ladders. A LOT of work goes into decorating the buildings out here - businesses, groups, individuals...they all put in so much time and effort into making this a site to see in December. It is great for the economy too as hundreds of people drive out here to look at the decorations. I am very proud of our area for their interest in making this a better place. KUDOS to all of you who donate your time, enegry and money to "Light Up The Fort". Be sure to stop in starting Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. to see the Fort up and shining!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tay's 1st. Deer

Taylor with his deer right after the shot! Bubba Lite and Bubba with their deer.
Not only on shooting your first deer but getting a bigger and better deer than grandpa!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's time!

It's time to start decorating for Christmas........well at the Fort anyway. Today Brenda and I sat down and made a plan for centerpieces for the Historical Dinner. It should be pretty to say the least. Our  colors are blue, silver and white and we are celebrating the year 1945. That was a busy time at the Fort. We were a remount station and a P.O.W. camp so there was a lot of activity. The lime light will be on a horse by the name of "Old Gordon Russell". A stud horse used to breed some of the finest thoroughbreds ever born. So decorations will be something to do with horseshoes, (and snowflakes)  can't wait to get our hands in the middle of pine boughs, old horseshoes, thistles, twigs, pine cones, whatever we can find on the land to work with. Anyone wanting to get their hands dirty, let me know.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Congratulations - My Son

Congratulations Jeremy - 2nd Asst. Fire Chief starting in 2009!
I am very proud of you!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Taylor and Emma are coming...

Taylor and Emma will be here this weekend, that is IF the roads aren't to bad for Greg to pick Emma up. We can't wait to see them. I hope the weather is better than today so we can spend sometime outside.  Taylor is getting his first deer hunting permit this weekend and can't wait to go hunting with his dad at Deer Camp!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

sNOw, sNOw, its still fall!

It's Going to Snow!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pokey Dots


Trick or Treat....

Jaxon was so excited to Trick Or Treat with his cousin Adrianne; They looked so cute marching down the street together. Adrianne was a little angel (of course) and she looked adorable in her little dress, slippers and crown. Jax wore his Frankenstein costume even though he really wanted to be Bat Man. Next year little man..........

Halloween night  was perfect, the moon was  up and shining and kids were running around everywhere trick or treating. Jaxon was so excited about me being Bat Man, even though I had to wear underpants over my clothes to play the part,  it was fun.  We flew around the yard and around the neighborhood until we were just so tired we couldn't go any more.  (Believe me only for one of my grannies would I have worn those clothes in public)

Talon and Jaxon had a blast together. Last year we pulled them in a wagon and helped them up the steps, but this year they did it all on their own. They ran and ran, trick or treating throughout the town. It was just great fun to watch. On the way we ran into many friends and family. We can't wait for next year. 

Friday, October 31, 2008

 Halloween !!!
The Kennedy's

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kennedy annual pumpkin cutting party!

Jeremy looking a little scary! I think he enjoys Halloween, what do you think?

The finished products before we lit them.
Taylor's pumpkin!
Emma and Taylor
Cherokee & Adrianne
Greg & Emma
Jeremy, Austin & Adrianne came in color!
Getting ready to leave the pumpkin patch!
Jeremy & Austin get serious!
"Meow" - Megan
Brandi & Jax make the 1st. cut.
Damion, Daunee' and ...is Damion PG?
T.J. & Talon
Greg and his kids
Twila and Jaxon play in the water

Misty & Brandi chum up on the hay rack ride to the patch
Uncle Jeremy give Emma a new face.

Old J.D. on his John Deere leads the parade!


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