Friday, January 2, 2009


December 25 - December 30, 2008

Keith and Maryann have been blessed by having their daughter and her family here in Louisiana for the Holidays. They all spent Christmas Day with us (Allen and Carol), our children and grandchildren. It was fun having so much family here! A great time was had by all. Two days later they decided to drive up to Dream Manor to check on her and to take a boat ride, weather permitting. When they arrived in Demopolis on Saturday evening, the weather was quite chilly. The next day was cold and rainy on and off. During one of the dry times, the “boys” enjoyed playing with Keith’s PT-109 radio controlled boat. FINALLY on Monday, the sun came out! Carpe Diem applied, so Dream Manor explored the Lower Black Warrior River for 2 hours, flipped a U, and returned to the Demopolis Yacht Basin. The river was deep with lots of “switchbacks”, making barge navigation a challenge. Except for being chilly, the trip was PERFECT. What a joy to experience new adventures with 8 year old Max! He thought it was really cool when the railroad bridge went up and then came down again to let a train cross the river. The next morning, they sadly bid adieu to Dream Manor once more and drove Stephanie, Max and Todd to the airport in New Orleans. Stephanie and family returned to the cold of NE Wyoming with warm memories to match those of Grandma & Grandpa’s here in Louisiana.

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