Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
Bentley - our Heartland Bighorn

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 28, 2015 - Day 1 of the Excapees Region 17 Rally


April 28, 2015 - Day 1 of the Escapees Region 17 Rally

 
I had a great night's sleep last night and didn't wake up until 6:00.  We enjoyed our morning coffee and for me my daily RV blogs.  Dean enjoys watching the news.  I don't mind the first time around, but after hearing the same news stories numerous times I'm sick of it by the time we shut the TV off.

We headed to the clubhouse about 8:45 or so where they had coffee, cinnamon rolls, toast with butter, jellies and peanut butter.  We both had some toast and we visited with several new folks this morning.  I almost immediately feel comfortable talking to all of them.  This morning was registration for the rally which included $10 in annual dues for this Region and then $15 each for rally costs that includes 4 meals.  Tonight they are purchasing pizzas from Pizza Hut and the President's wife is making salad and brownies.

After visiting until almost 10:00 we headed back to Bentley in order to make a trip to Wally world.  What RV trip would be complete without that!! :(

On Friday evening they have a brown bag exchange that is played like "Dirty Santa".  The gift should be around $5 and typically is a food product since no one in an RV wants more "STUFF".  That was one of the main reasons we needed to make this trip, but our battery that operates the remote to our electric fireplace had also gone caput!  We soon found everything we needed and headed back.  Dean thought he would replace the battery in the remote and remembered that possibly we had bought that same battery last year.  Sure enough in checking our battery compartment we already had one.  Oh Well!! We will be prepared for next time – unless we forget!

We made some lunch and decided we'd take a walk since we did not get one in this morning as we did daily last week.  We have been walking 2 to 3 miles a day and want to keep up with this new habit.  Dean's knee was bothering him some today but it seemed like the walk helped a little.  As we came down the road back to our RV, several folks were sitting out in their lawn chairs a few RV's down from us and they asked us to join them.  Soon almost every attendee was in the circle that just got bigger and bigger until shortly before 2:30.

At 2:30 the rally opening ceremony was held and was opened with Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.  With all of the things going on in our country it is really comforting to begin a meeting with these two observances of God and our country and know there are people who still respect both.

We stayed around and visited with different ones until about 4 or so before heading back to Bentley.  We were hoping to meet up with friends Gary and Paula Trotter for dinner or lunch one day.  I had sent Paula a text earlier about getting together for lunch on Thursday since there was a large break in the day.  That worked well, until they announced at the opening ceremony there was a change in the noon luncheon on Wednesday to Thursday.  There has typically been one meal where the women go somewhere together and all the men going to another location.  However, they advised that since their current finances are in exceptional condition they will be paying for everyone's lunches on Thursday at Rib Crib.  We hate to miss this as a newbie to the group so we will just go by to visit Gary and Paula on Friday for a little while since they already had plans for Wednesday. Agendas are always subject to change.  I should KNOW that by now!!  :)

Our dinner tonight was very good with more great visiting.  We have managed to sit with different couples each time and it sure helps in remembering their names later.  Fortunately they are wearing name tags.  After actually visiting with them for an hour or two you can really put the name with the face.  I like that.  We don't have name tags yet but being new it's probably easier to remember us; versus us remembering 17 or 18 other couples.

After dinner we joined a group to play the card game hand and foot.  Dean was on one team of 4 and I was on another.  You play partners and we both happened to be one of the partners of each team that won.  I have written down the rules and hope to play this with Logan and Tucker when we go to South Dakota, especially if we happen to have a rainy day.

Got home about 9:30 or so and watched the rest of Dancing with the Stars.  This time I managed to stay awake!

See you tomorrow.

April 27, 2015 - Cedar Oaks RV Park, Grove, OK


Monday, April 27, 2015 - Heading Out and Setting Up

Well what started out to be a simple day with a good plan turned into a little bit of a challenge and a test of our anxiety levels.

Our plan was to leave Oswego around 1:00 p.m. to head south to Cedar Oaks RV Park in Grove, OK for an SKP Rally.  I had a doctor's appointment in Pittsburg at 11:00 a.m.  I managed to get everything packed in Bentley and the house straightened before heading out a little before 10:00.  I had time to run by the post office to stop our mail until we returned home and then headed to Pittsburg.  I should have realized something wasn’t right when I walked in shortly before 11:00 and the office was entirely empty; except for the office staff.  I signed in and then headed to the restroom.  I came out and set down.  In a few minutes the receptionist called my name and as I approached the window she said we tried to call you but you had evidently already left.  My heart sunk!  The doctor was called to an emergency in Girard for a surgery, however they expected him back by 1:45.  Did I want to wait or reschedule?   I had already rescheduled once and I was here so I decided I would stay, although I wasn't real excited about it.  I had a bit of anxiety at the fact I didn't want to be here because - I was ready to hit the road!!!!!  But I made the best of it by making a phone call for a business matter that needed to be resolved and was able to take care of several questions I had.  With the promise to forward signed papers when we returned home via fax, that item was checked off my list.  Now, how was I going to waste another 2-3 hours?  Ugh.   It’s hard to wait around when you are just wanting to go-go-go. 

I really was not in a shopping mood at all but to kill time I headed to Meadowbrook Mall and walked through Penney's and a couple of other clothing stores.  I found nothing that appealed to me, but I managed to waste an hour.  Del Rio, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants was also here, so I decided to enjoy a nice lunch by myself.  I had a wonderful meal, read a few emails and just relaxed a bit to calm myself.  I returned to the doctor's office about 12:40.  Fortunately he was back and I was seeing him by 1:00 or so.  YEAH! 

I have had quite a few sinus infections this past year which was the reason for my visit.  My doctor had suggested I use a nose spray RX twice a day in each nostril as well as an over the counter allergy pill (generic Zyrtec), and since I had been doing this regularly I was feeling much better with no more problems.  We decided at this time to continue doing that and if I should begin to have problems again we might want to consider allergy testing with the possibility of allergy shots.  I hope this will resolve the problem and no further visits are needed.  Taking allergy shots once a week when we are gone with Bentley would be a chore I don’t want to have to deal with. 

I returned home near 2:30.  Dean had the truck hooked up and was ready to pull out.  I still needed to fax those business papers from the call I had made earlier.  We hooked up the fax machine and after a couple of tries with no success I contacted the representative by phone.  They gave me another fax number to try and after several tries to it, it didn't work either.  We decided we would scan the documents and I would email them.  Since I had already packed the laptop in Bentley it meant I had to go out and climb over furniture in order to get the laptop, since the slides were already in, in preparation for leaving.  After getting the laptop on, up and running and several attempts at this it finally worked.  We left about 3:30 and arrived in Grove around 4:45.   My anxiety level was already going back up!  Lol!

One other thing had me a bit apprehensive during our short drive to Grove.  I had decided to try something new since we were only traveling a short distance on this trip.  I had cut strips of the rubber/plastic type shelf lining product and placed a large piece of it under my coffee pot and another between the glass container and the heating element.  I had read this worked well for others.  I also have a nice copper colored paper towel holder I keep on the counter by our stove and used the same thing there to hold it in place.  Every time we hit a bump I could see that glass container flying off and shattering into millions of glass shards on the floor and into the carpet.  While I had a sense of dread I still could not wait to open that door and check to see if this had really been that great of an idea.  To my absolute joy - I do not believe either item moved even a fraction of an inch during our drive.  It was nice to see this went well as it could have been much worse than the previous somewhat anxious episodes at the doctor and trying to get those documents sent.

We got settled into our site, #84 after a few attempts with help from the campsite assistant.  Of course I wasn't quite satisfied, mainly because he had backed us right up to some branches that were brushing the back of Bentley.  So we straightened up with the concrete patio and moved forward a bit and that satisfied both Dean and I.

Once we got settled a gentleman walked over and introduced himself as the President of SKP's (Escapees) Region 17 group.  We had a nice visit with him and a couple of others who soon joined us, before we continued getting everything set up.  We were ready for something to eat and then just relaxed for a bit.  What a relief to be here!  The SKP's is a group that has many branches in Canada, US and Mexico.  There are several regions and many, many groups within the entire SKP's such as Boondockers (dry camping with no hookups); Military Families; Bikers (motorcycles); Bicyclists, etc. Members of any region can belong to the various types of groups based on the activities or interests they have. 

After a while we decided to take a walk down by the lake since we are just a short distance from it.  As we neared the end of our road we noticed a couple from Wagoner, OK were sitting outside their RV.  They asked us over so we stopped to visit; and about 2 hours later we headed back to Bentley.  We had a great visit though and as always learned many things about RV traveling.  They gave us a few tips about our upcoming trip to South Dakota.  The thing I enjoy most about attending rallies is talking to the other RV owners and what they have done, what they enjoy most, their trials and tribulations, etc.  So many people have already been there, done that.  It helps us keep from making mistakes, spending needless money, preventing problems, etc.  We have yet to meet an unhappy camper!  We also are meeting so many people and it's great to have such an immediate commonality between us.

Monday nights we watch Dancing with the Stars.  We just purchased a “DVR” type product so we could record shows from Dish while we are gone from the RV.  It was our chance to see it worked or not.  Fortunately for use it did – however, I couldn’t keep my eyes awake to watch it and about half way through Dean turned it off when he noticed I was sound asleep.

Off to bed we went a short time later.  I hope I go to sleep right away!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 - Choctaw RV Park, Durant, OK

Monday, April 13, 2015

Well as I left you last night our intent was to head home this morning however plans change and you learn to go with the flow.

Dean was working outside and I inside when it started to rain - lightly at first, then a little harder until it was coming down pretty good.  We were basically done except for checking the lights and getting one last chock once he pulled forward slightly - but the left flasher and blinker light was not working.  We continued trying to figure out the problem until the rain just became too hard to stay out in it; so in the trailer we went, soaking wet.  We had to get every towel we had to dry things off from the rain blowing in and all of the rain dripping from our rain jackets.  We stayed in the RV with the wind rocking us to and fro for about an hour.  It finally let up enough we moved out of our RV spot (as another group was moving in today) to the incoming parking area and then ran into the office in order to be somewhat comfortable.  It looked like this would continue until 2 or 3 this afternoon.  Even once it quit if we left, we would just be driving into it for a good part of the drive home.  With the wind so gusty we made the decision to just stay another night and take out in the morning.  While there is rain in the forecast tomorrow it is not nearly as heavy and it appears the wind will be quieted some.  So here we are.  We are now dry and comfortable.  One nice thing about a home that moves with you.

We made a quick run to Wal-Mart as our food supply was a little low since we intended to be home today but found something to get us by. 

By the way, Dean got the lights working so we are okay to go for tomorrow.  I believe it was God's way of telling us to stay put for the time being.  :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 8-13, 2015 - Choctaw RV Park, Durant, OK

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It's hard to believe that we attended the Oklahoma Heartland Rally here in Durant, OK just one year ago.  Dean and I have discussed how much quicker time seems to pass since we've retired and here is another example.  We really enjoy attending this rally and have met some really great people.  So glad we are part of the Heartland group.  We still love our 5th wheel and while everyone can find something they might like to change, we feel it still meets our needs very well.  It seems the more we use it, the more I find ways to utilize the space better.  We love the openness of it and the views we have available to us from the large windows in it. 

We left home on Wednesday, April 8 about 7:18 a.m. and arrived here in Durant at the Choctaw RV Park at 12:36 p.m.  That's pretty good time considering we made at least 3, maybe 4 stops.  You can count on me to make almost an hourly stop while on the road.  Dean is always understanding and I do appreciate it!  We fought a south wind all the way and had one of our worse travel days for mpg - only 8.9.  They are calling for storms here later this evening and again tomorrow.  (Update:  We never received any significant weather, only a few rain drops and lots of wind).

We got set up pretty quickly and had a quick lunch.  There were no planned activities for today, however a number of members had arrived and continued to arrive as the day went by.  We visited with several throughout the afternoon.  The RV Park provides a coupon for a buy one/get one free breakfast at the casino.  Seven couples decided we would meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 and take the shuttle over to take advantage of this perk.  Wednesday night is "American Idol" one of our favorite shows.  We decided we would run into town and grab something quick to bring back.  We've always liked Long John Silver's.  We rarely eat it so we decided to order from there.  It was not as good as we remembered.  Ha!  Maybe that is a good thing as I think I had three days of calories, fat, carbs, etc!!, so now I have to be as good as possible the rest of the week.

As we left the RV Park to head into town we seen this old one lane overpass bridge to allow passage of rail cars.  I thought it was interesting and thought I would share.





Thursday, April 9, 2015

We got up and got around this morning and at 9:15 we had a knock on the door to see if we were going to breakfast.  Yep - we were almost ready.  We made it to the clubhouse just as the shuttle pulled up.  That was about 9:30.  We left the restaurant at 11:00.  The food was pretty good but service was definitely slow.  We also received $10 free play for each of us.  We haven't made use of it yet but we will before we leave on Monday.

Today was a meet and greet at the clubhouse with cookies and coffee.  Had some good visiting.  The former Oklahoma Heartland Chapter leaders, Larry & Donna Keever, asked us to join them and several others for dinner at the Main Street BBQ in Durant.   This was a great place to eat.  Dean had a combination plate of pulled pork and polish sausage with fried okra and macaroni cheese which he said was very good.  I had the super baked potato with BBQ pulled pork.  It was wonderful and so big I could only eat half of it.  The rest will be my lunch for tomorrow.

Durant has horse statutes and sculptures located around their downtown area.  I have not been able to determine what the background for this is but that are quite interesting, painted various colors.  Here are a few pictures:






A few hours after we returned several of us gathered at one of the member's RV with our lawn chairs and visited for a couple of hours.  We finally had to give it up as the temperatures began to drop. 


Friday, April 10, 2015

So I always seem to have some wild story to tell, and this trip is no different.  About 3:00 this morning Dean suddenly jumped out of bed which awakened me right away. I then noticed there was this loud roaring noise coming from Bentley.  I jumped up too and we were both walking around trying to figure out what was going on.  It sounded like it was coming from the bathroom.  Of course we are half asleep and I'm wondering what type of thing could possibly be wrong with the toilet and would it blow up in my face while I was standing there.  (Not a pretty picture and thankful it did not!)  I walked out, down the stairs to the pantry closet and Dean was wondering around as well.  We had not turned the heater on before going to bed, no that wasn't it.  Dean was headed back to the bedroom to put on some clothes to investigate further and I'm standing at the bottom of the stairs leading to the bedroom when the noise started lessening and I then realized it was our built in vacuum system.  Somehow it had came on in the night on it's own.  Dean pulled the fuse and we headed back to bed.  Unfortunately I never could go back to sleep and finally gave up at 4 a.m.  Might be an early night for me!

I peeked out of the window this morning and the sun peeking over the clouds was really beautiful so here is a picture of it to share with you!  God provides some awesome scenery for us, doesn't he?


 

Each morning the Chapter Leaders provide coffee and doughnuts at 8 am.  Dean went up to visit.  Since our potluck dinner is tonight I wanted to get a couple of things made and I needed to get ready as well.  I made broccoli/cauliflower salad with bacon and cheddar cheese.  I also made a cherry crisp but it didn't turn out quite as good as normal.  I forgot to bring the butter I bought before leaving home.  I only had tub butter and of course it didn't set up like real butter!  But I stuck it under the broiler in the oven and it kind of crusted up and I think it will still be edible.  Who knows maybe I'll like it better!

About the time I had things cleaned up from cooking and getting me prepared for the day, Dean returned and I left to go to the clubhouse for the Craft and Hobby share time.  As you all know I am inept at sewing, crafts, etc. but I like to see what others are doing.  There are some very talented folks here.  Several are into quilting, making wool wall hangings, crochet, etc.  Visiting afterwards several mentioned they would like to go downtown Durant to a few shops they have and I offered to be a driver if they needed one. I arrived back at Bentley right at noon, and promptly fixed us a quick lunch.  I finished off my baked potato (which was every bit as good this time as it was last night) and Dean ate the last of the lettuce in a big salad.

At 2:30 we will head to the clubhouse to play sandbag baseball.  This is so much fun.  Dean and I were on the winning team last year so we are hoping to be repeat winners again this year.  They divide the people into two teams by having each person draw a chip marked "A" or "B".  This year Dean and I ended up on different teams.  I was on the "A" team and he on the "B" team.  The "A" team won and it was my best year yet as I hit three "three base" slots.  So I now have two "winning" pins from past rallies.  We really had a great time.

As I mentioned I offered to drive a group downtown and as it happened there was enough to fit in just one vehicle so we loaded up six women in our big blue truck and headed downtown Durant.  We visited the quilt shop that had some gorgeous fabrics; a kitchen store that was fun to look through, but nothing quite screamed "buy me"; and then we stopped at the Goodwill store.  One of the ladies was looking for some new wine glasses.  She says she always buys them at Goodwill and usually does not pay more than 50 cents.  Unfortunately she did not have any luck at this one.    We arrived back at the park shortly before 5:00.  We got around and headed to the clubhouse for a fish fry tonight.  Yummy!!!!

We returned to Bentley about 9:30 after a great dinner with many potluck dishes.  My salad was a hit as my bowl was empty and half of my dessert was gone.  After dinner, we played a game, "Battle of the Sexes".  We divided the men from the women and then we were asked a question based on the top 10 answers of various items.  We kept a tally of who answered the most questions correctly and the women won by 3 points.  Woo-hoo ladies!!!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

No surprises in the night and we both slept in this morning.  It was after 6 before we finally pulled ourselves out of bed.  Dean got around and headed to the clubhouse for coffee and donuts a little after 8.  I washed dishes, got around, straightened Bentley, moved a few things around and I wanted to write on the blog this morning before we have hot dogs and the fixings at 11:30.

I was talking to our neighbor here last night, Donna Williams - or as Dean refers to her - Donna Not.  That is a story in itself that I'll explain in a minute.  Anyway she recently purchased a small hand crank washer and high speed spin dryer for her RV.  She said she loved it and thought it would be so nice not having to go to the Laundromats while traveling.  So this morning I visited my favorite shopping website - Amazon.  I read reviews on both and I am quite impressed with them.  I intend to visit with Donna more about them and check with her over the next several months before we begin our trip to see Matt and Megan in late summer/fall.  If she continues to be as happy with it as she is now it might be on our "purchase" list before we leave.

Now the story of Donna Not.  Last fall while we were at Thackerville, OK for the rally we met Donna Williams and her husband David for the first time at the potluck dinner the last night of the rally.  There are now two Donna's we know at the rally.  The chapter leader and his wife are Larry and Donna Keever.  Donna Williams and I visited quite a bit about our travels, RV forums and RV Facebook pages, etc.  I would think of something we had discussed and would mention to Dean that Donna said this or Donna mentioned that.  Each time he would say which Donna?  I would say not Donna Keever.  After saying this a few times Dean began to refer to Donna Williams as Donna Not, in order to keep the two Donna's straight in his mind. 

Last night we all loaded up in our big old heavy duty trucks to caravan into Durant's downtown area to one of the best steakhouses I've ever had the pleasure of eating at.  K C Roadhouse Bar and Grill was a special treat.  We really splurged on this meal but we were not in the least bit disappointed.  I had the 7 oz. filet and Dean had the 12 oz. rib-eye.  They were perfectly cooked.The flavor was amazing and oh my gosh mine just melted in my mouth.  It's been along time since I've had a steak like this in a restaurant. 

Once we returned to the RV park several of us went up and played the game LOGOS.  We had a lot of fun and while our team did not win we stayed right with them - although we did have a slow start.  There was a lot of laughing going on around that table.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

We got up and around earlier this morning so we could be sure to say goodbye to those who were leaving today.  By the time the last ones left it was nearing 11:00.  There was still food left in the clubhouse and those left (5 couples) will have a last meal together on the leftovers.  Hot dogs with chili and the fixins', beans, fish, chips and cookies.  It was almost as good this time as the original meal.  So glad it kept me from cooking.

We still have our $10 free play to use at the casino so we are heading over there shortly to try our luck.  We expect to be in and out of there in about 15-20 minutes but you just never know how the day will go.   We rode the shuttle from the RV Park to the Casino with Jay and Stella Coffman.  Stella did pretty good for starting with $10.  Of course we did not win anything.  We do not go expecting to but you can always wish huh?  Neither of us used any of our funds so we had fun playing with the casino's money.

Not sure what we'll do for dinner but I'll find something to rustle up.  Later we are going to get Jay and Stella and go for Dairy Queen ice cream.  I'm not sure we've had DQ since last fall so it will be a real treat!

We head out in the morning, so stayed tuned for our next "Travels with Bentley"!



Friday, April 10, 2015

March 18-21, 2015 - Air Capital RV Park, Wichita, KS

Dean and I spent a good part of the day on Tuesday, March 17 getting Bentley ready to make a trip west to see a couple of our boys and their families - and most importantly for this trip to meet our new granddaughter who was scheduled to arrive on Thursday morning the 19th.  Since we had just been out "camping" the weekend before you wouldn't think it would have taken us most of the day, but I did have quite a bit of laundry to do before we left - so I could only work between loads.

We got up early Wednesday (March 18) to have breakfast at our favorite local cafĂ© here in Oswego - Tina's.  Anytime we eat breakfast somewhere else Dean is always comparing it to Tina's but has not found any place that measures up.  As always it was quite good.

We left Oswego about 9:42---- in the rain.  We are getting used to making the first day's travel in the rain, which is better than raining after we reach our destination.   We made the 156 mile drive in just under 3.5 hours.  We had to make a couple of stops on the way so with the rain we thought we did pretty well.

When we checked in at the RV Park the manager led us to our site and assisted Dean in backing in.  Since it was raining I was relieved I didn't have to get out there!  Fortunately, the temperatures are supposed to be much nicer later in the week and throughout the weekend. 

We really like this RV Park.  All sites are concrete, FHU with 50 amp service.  They are nicely spaced and level sites.  We have site #57.  This is a pretty new park and is close to many restaurants, a grocery store and fuel.

We got set up, slides out and then called our son - soon to be a new daddy to see if they had plans for the evening and if they wanted to have dinner.  They were game so we met them a couple of hours later at a pizza place they have been wanting to try out called Ziggy's.  We really enjoyed our Sanibel Island pizza - Canadian bacon, smoked bacon and pineapple. After dinner, Jarred and Andrea headed home to make sure all was in order to be at the hospital tomorrow by 4:00 a.m.  Next time we see them they will have their little Emerson Rose in their arms!

We returned to Bentley and watched a little TV.  Shortly before 10:00 p.m. several very loud bangs sounded one after the other; and then our TV went off.  We looked out and all of the lights in the park were out.  We decided that was a good time to head to bed.  About 20-30 minutes later the lights came back on and then promptly went out again.  Fortunately it was short lived, and it was back on for good.  We were soon sound asleep dreaming of meeting our new granddaughter!


Thursday, March 19


 
Introducing Emerson Rose Peine.  She is about 3.5 to 4 hours old in this picture.
 
Even though this is our 11th grandchild, being here for her birth was just as special as that of all of the others.  She is so sweet and just beautiful.  She weighed 9# 7oz. and was 20" long, arriving at 7:12 a.m.
 
Mom and Dad are over the top with their precious bundle.  We stayed at the hospital for awhile, then headed home to Bentley for some lunch and then ran a few errands.
 
We returned to the hospital mid-afternoon and visited with Andrea's parents and sister along with other visitors until our son Brett, his wife Renae and their children Dacy & Tucker showed up.  Since it was spring break they drove out to spend the night here in Wichita and to meet Miss Emerson.  After a quick chance for each of them to hold their new niece and cousin, we left to for dinner.  They will return tomorrow to spend more time with the new Mom and Dad and most importantly more "Emerson time". 
 
 
 
Friday, March 20, 2015
 
After breakfast this morning our son Heath and his wife Casey (who also live here in Wichita) came by the RV Park to help us out.  We recently sold our boat.  They purchased a small boat last summer so we brought them a few things we had on our boat we thought they might be able to use.  They have three boys who are in Oswego with their other grandparents for Spring Break, but we will get to see them before we head back home.
 
One of the errands we had to do yesterday was go by Lazy-boy here in Wichita to check on the loveseat we ordered when we were here in January.  It was in, but because it rained off and on yesterday we decided to put off picking it up until this morning.  Dean needed Heath to help him remove the hitch out of the truck before we went to pick it up and then to help carry the seat portion of the loveseat inside.  Fortunately the backs come off making it much easier.  It would have been difficult for me to help Dean with this chore.  We LOVE the new loveseat.  It is so comfortable compared to the chairs that came with our unit.  We are using the chairs in the grandkids playroom at home now.
 
We made plans to have dinner with Heath & Casey this evening.  After lunch we headed to the hospital.  Here are a couple of pictures of our son and our new granddaughter Emerson.  Jarred and Andrea are very proud new parents.  
 


 
 
We stayed at the hospital for a couple of hours and watched part of the WSU/Indiana game.   Shortly after half time we decided to head back and rest a bit before we meet Heath & Casey for dinner tonight.  It was also a great time for me to write some on the blog!
 
 
Saturday, March 21, 2015
 
We were up and around this morning as I wanted to stop in at Khol's before we went by the hospital.  I really needed some summer clothes and I hit the jackpot so was very pleased.  We made another stop at Cabela's to check out some hiking equipment, backpacks, walking sticks and shoes.  We didn't make any purchases today but we most likely will in the coming months.  We really enjoy hiking and hope to do a lot of it in the coming years.
 
Once we were done we headed to the hospital to find out that Emerson will be heading to her new home later today.  We took Jarred to lunch and had a nice visit with him.  We stayed and visited a while longer and then headed back to Bentley for the evening.
 
I plan to make us a nice salad with chicken for dinner and we are going to just chill out and watch some TV. 
 
 
Sunday, March 22, 2015
 
Today was a pretty laid back day and we didn't do much until the afternoon.  We went to son Heath's house this afternoon to visit with him, wife Casey and their three boys.  The boys have been in Oswego (leaving Wichita about the time we arrived from Oswego) due to spring break.  We wanted to be sure to see them for a bit before leaving.  We had a good visit and enjoyed our time with them.  They always have new things to share and tell us about. 
 
From Heath's we headed to Andrea's parents for a cook-out and to watch the KU-WSU basketball game.  As you know, WSU won which was a happy event for most all present.  While Dean and I are not huge KU fans we tend to root for them when they are playing.  It was a great evening with lots of good food.
 
 
Monday, March 23, 2015
 
After we got around this morning we headed over to see Emerson Rose one last time before we leave tomorrow.  She's just as sweet as ever.  Nana and Papa both had to hold her one more time until we see them the latter part of April.    We didn't do too much again today.  We will head home tomorrow morning.
So until the next trip!