We went to Kemah Texas over the weekend to celebrate our son and daughter in-law birthday. We had a great time with them Friday then Friday night we took them and our two grandsons plus their girlfriends out for a birthday dinner.
My son and daughter in-law live on their 40 foot sail boat. Every time we have been down there he has had some project going refurbishing the boat that he couldn’t take us out on it. So Saturday around noon we headed out into Galveston Bay. The wind was blowing around 25 knots so it was a little rough but the boat handled great. They extended the Jib sail out about half way and the back sail about the same. For as windy as it was we sailed verily smooth. We were doing around seven knots out to the ship channel. we sailed around for a couple of hours it was so relaxing for me and Charlotte of course the Kids and their friend who came along as a mate did all the work. We had a great time with the kids, but the weather back home was forecasting snow so we decided to cut the trip short and head home Sunday.
Back in April of 2016 we went to on a trip back East. I was told that I had some American Indian in me so I looked it up and found that supposedly my 4th Great Grandmother was Shawnee. We went to that area of what is now West Virginia and looked up what I thought was my Sixth Great Grandfather.
My son got me a DNA kit from Ancestery.com and so I sent it in. According to it I am 53% Great Britain, 18% Ireland, and 29% other. The other shows 0% Native American. So if I do have any Indian, it is so low that it did not even show up.,
It did support that my family came from England though so that is a good thing. I guess now if I get a chance we will have to plan a trip over their.
Praise the Lord here in Amarillo the ice storm in our part of town wasn’t to bad. After staying in the house all weekend we woke up to about 3″ of snow. Last night after it started getting dark the temps started dropping and so the rain turned into snow. This morning the clouds started breaking up and the sun is peaking out. I haven’t seen the reports on how much liquid we received by the snow but before it fell we have had 2 1/4″ of rain the past 48 hours. This should help break the drought we have here.
We are having an Ice storm in our part of Texas. So far we have received a little over 3/4 inch rain and the Temp out side is hovering around 32 Degrees F. So I decided since we are going to be stuck at home it was time to have a fire.
January 5-6, 2017 We had our first Snow here in the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo received 3.7 inches. Temp dropped to single digits plus minus zero F. wind chills during the night. In fact we will get to 2 degrees F. tonight.
Thomas E Creek Medical Center
Our VA hospital tries to take care of our veterans. We have several volunteers that do many things at the VA. I drive the parking lot shuttle on Friday afternoons. The veterans we pick up are so grateful for us especially on days like today. They have served their country and put their lives on the line so this is the least we can do for them.
Charlotte and I made to about 11:30 pm last night. She had fallen asleep on the couch so I woke her up to go to bed. It only takes me about 3 min. to fall asleep. She did say that she then stayed awake till midnight.
We got up and went to church, then came home and had breakfast for lunch. We have a tradition in our family in fact several people have this tradition. That is to eat Black eyed peas for “good luck for the new year”. Charlotte had made some black eyed pea dip. we took some over to the kids and kept some for us.
Tonight for dinner I went out to Taco Villa and picked us up a couple of salads. then we had some of the dip. Oh by the way I actually won at Skip Bo and then we watched a little TV. Hope you all have a very happy 2017.
The Harbin family would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
We had a wonderful time last night with the family that was here. Things or changing though. Our oldest Grand son did not make this year he stayed back in Houston to be with his girlfriends family. And of course our daughter got to be here for Thanksgiving but could not come for Christmas.
It is always so much fun watching the younger grandkids open their presents. We got the youngest one a Harmonica he loved it. He went around asking how did we know he wanted one. He said that he hadn’t told anyone that he wanted one. We told him that Maw Maw had special powers and that she just knew it.
We are now going to First Baptist Church here in Amarillo Texas. The music ministry put on a program. They had two hour and a half programs Sunday and one Monday night. The church was packed at each one. It was a free program but you did have to get a ticket from the church to make sure you could have a seat.
Charlotte played in the small orchestra, plus there was large choir. The children’s ministry also participated. At the end we had Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus. Who by the way was a real baby and he was so good. With all the music from the orchestra and the choir singing, he just looked around.
It was a beautiful service and so touching.
Not all of our kids were able to come for Thanksgiving. Our Houston kids could not make it this year for Thanksgiving, but our Daughter and her boy fried made it from Kansas. She wont be able to come for Christmas so we celebrated it with her the day after Thanksgiving. It is always so much fun to pass out presents when our grandkids or here to do it with us.
Since we were only to exchange gifts with my daughter and Brian and them with us and the boys. My grandkids were so excited though they had gotten me a present even though they were not supposed to. I opened it and it was a US Navy Christmas ornament. I let them hang it on the tree. They were so excited and found the perfect place to hang it
Just in time for Easter
My son’s friend Scott invented this product and he is trying to get it established. Also my son has filmed this short commercial staring my grandson and Scott as a rabbit. This is just one of many short commercials that has been filmed.