Saturday, December 21, 2019

Holiday Traditions

Tradition.

It’s a key player in almost every family and on almost every holiday.

When we lived our sticks and bricks life, the holidays meant it was time to haul out the holly, and lights, and tinsel, and tree, and…well, you get the picture.

Outdoor lights were hung, the wreath on the front door, the multi-piece manger carefully placed, and the 7-foot tall tree decorated all on Thanksgiving weekend.

Oh, and Black Friday was, and is, not one of our traditions. Tried it once about 20 years ago…so not worth it.

And food…well, let’s just say more than enough for Cox’s Army, even when times were tough. Turkey and trimmings, pies, fudge, party mix, and several kinds of cookies (and lots of them).

Even after the kids were grown and it’s just the two of us.

And always a night or two of driving around to check out different neighborhoods and their Christmas light displays.

Well, now that we’re full-time RVers, traditions have changed a bit to fit our current season of life.

Our 7-foot tree and half dozen large totes of Christmas d├ęcor have become a 2-foot tree and a couple of plastic shoeboxes.

Thanksgiving dinner has become Marie Callenders turkey dinner…hey...it tastes good, minimal prep and cleanup, and we don’t overeat with it. (Although I admit, I do miss the leftovers). Christmas we grill a couple of steaks.

I haven’t baked anything...in years now. I don’t need it, and Chris can’t eat it…soooo… why bother.

Our kids now carry on those traditions with their families, right down to some of the same recipes. And we are starting some new, and simpler traditions for ourselves..

We still put up some lights out side. Since we are “stationary” for the holidays, it’s fun to do. And instead of decorating the entire living room, the dashboard becomes the home of our little tree and one-piece Nativity.

We check to see what some of the local festivities are. In our current winter base of Crystal Beach, Texas, they have started an annual Christmas Festival. The first one was this year and they combined it with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree.

Last year we checked out Dickens on the Strand. We enjoyed it so much, we went again this year, and plan on going anytime were here.

This year, we added another new one. Instead of driving around and attempting to find neighborhood Christmas light displays, we went to Moody Gardens to check out the ice sculpture exhibit (Ice Land) and their mile-long Festival of Lights. Looks like we’ll be adding the Festival of Lights to our traditions!

You can check out our Holiday playlist on YouTube for a glimpse of some these events. Here's one of the videos:


So while some traditions remain the same, it’s a simpler life now and we’re able to focus more on the “why” of the holiday season instead of the “what”.

We hope your holidays are all the you hope for as you remember the “why”.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Monday, September 30, 2019

Route 66-Conoco Tower

Route 66

It’s iconic Americana at it’s best. As we made a trek to OR in 2018, we decided to travel part of the Mother Road and enjoy what we could. Things like the Conoco Tower in Shamrock, TX that we feature in this video. This time, we were traveling under a deadline…so we missed a few things.

Okay, a lot of things. But we’ll do a few videos showing what we did get to see and yes, we are planning to get back.

In the meantime, we’ll be catching up on our backlog of footage, and will share a few more peeks from places along Route 66.

Safe travels, and as we go, maybe we’ll see you on the road.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall River Balloon Festival

Up, up and away...yet safely on the ground.

Our schedules and weather aligned this year, and we were able to take in the Fall River Balloon Festival Night Glow. Join us as we go watch these amazing hot air balloons light up the night!

To learn about the Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit https://www.fallriverballoonfest.com/

We hope you enjoy this peek at the Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival. Safe travels to you, and who knows. As we go, maybe we'll see you on the road.