EXCITING times! There have been many celebrations since our last blog post. We enjoyed Thanksgiving with the Wachter’s then there was a little holiday gathering at our house with our North Carolina Family. Our septic system is upgraded and we can flush with confidence! Babe and Old Glory have their North Carolina License plates and Mark and I have our North Carolina Real ID Drivers Licenses. As official North Carolinians we feel like we should get better acquainted with our area. We have found a couple of hiking trails/ fishing holes but there are still a lot of places on our local bucket list to check out.
Then, Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021 were spent with the Maryland Ballards as we all awaited the arrival of the newest little Ballard. She kept us all on pins and needles while staying put past her “due date” of January 6. Obviously she hadn’t marked her calendar or maybe she was just feeling a little shy. At any rate, she finally joined the party. Welcome to our world Leilalyn Hope!
We puppy-sat while they were at the hospital and we were able to stay a few days to meet and get to know our new granddaughter after they arrived back at home.
After Tim, Dear and Leila came home we drove up to Syracuse for a quick visit with Dad and Mom Ballard. It’s about a 300 mile trek from Tim’s to the Syracuse Ballards. We drove up and just stayed overnight then back to Maryland we went for more Leila time.
Uncle Grant and Aunt CK came to Maryland for a quick visit to meet Leila.
Dear cooked Hot Pot and we tried a new recipe for French toast casserole.
We took the pups for some fresh air as we all went for a walk around the neighborhood.
Expect to see lots more pictures of Leilalynn on this blog. RVing will remain a part of our life and next winter there are plans for an extended RV trip to Florida. We are in the process of preparing the best place for the fifth wheel (Old Glory) on our property. We will need to trim a few branches, cut down a tree, have some grading done and hopefully then we can bring Old Glory to our property. In the meantime, we have found a great storage site for her.
This year there will be yardwork, gardening and some basic home improvement projects going on. Gardening, possibly some canning and of course Leilalynn will be some of the blog topics in the coming months. We pray you are all healthy and happy in this beginning of a new year. Look around and spread some love, be a friend, make someone’s day brighter and just be the reason someone finds hope in 2021!