Penny's Passion: Weekending - August 3, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekending - August 3, 2018

It's back to work on this Monday for me and Eric.  With vacation behind us, we are ready to move into the work week feeling a bit more relaxed.  I'm actually pretty excited to get into work today and grind through my emails that have been sitting waiting for my return.  But let's rewind and talk about the weekend!

Friday was the day we traveled back to the US from Cancun.  We had a smooth flight out of Mexico to our layover location of Ft. Lauderdale.  From there, we headed home to St. Louis.  Leaving was a bit sad.  We both could have spent a few more days in paradise.  I would be lying if the thought of selling everything and moving to the ocean didn't cross my mind about a million times last week!  With views like this, who could blame me!

The alarm went off bright and early on Saturday morning.  We got ready, hopped in the car and headed to my home town of New Florence, Missouri to enjoy the annual Old Settler's Picnic.  I have some friends who work all year to make sure this family-friendly event goes off without a hitch and once again, they did a fantastic job!  There's a parade, cake walk, bingo, games for the kids -- just great fun for the whole family.  Speaking of cake walk - I was lucky enough to be standing on the number picked and won this delicious German chocolate cake!

It's just a wonderful place to see friends and catch up. My dad and his friend Gordon have been buddies for 65 years, now living hundreds of miles apart. Gordon and his wife, Sue, visit Missouri every year to come to the picnic. It's so cool that he comes back to support his home town.

Best of all is the fish sandwiches from the Men's Lions Club food stand. My dad has been frying fish in the food stand for as long as I can remember.  This year they were as good as ever and I'm already looking forward to getting one next year.

Always a hit with the little ones is the corn pit. It's literally a sand box type structure filled with corn kernels.  Genius for the kids to play in!  

I happened to catch this rare moment when my three youngest nephews and niece were sitting still with my mom.  They were watching the greased pig contest and were studying the event pretty intensely.  It won't be long before they are part of the action!

We headed home in the afternoon to visit Ian and Kayla.  It was Kayla's birthday and they were celebrating moving into their first home!  We are so proud of them for working so hard to get the house.  It's gorgeous and I'm sure we will have tons of memories there.

Our grand cat, Albus, seems to have adjusted pretty well to his new home too.  

On Sunday, we slept in a bit and then got up to the realization that it was our last day of vacation and we would be heading to work on Monday.  The washing machine got a work out and I finally took down the Fourth of July month of July decorations.

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!  I'm going to try to do a post about our vacation and a book review.  See you soon!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.


  1. Looks like a super fun weekend! It is always hard to come back from vacation! That is so exciting that Ian and Kayla got a house! It looks like it's a nice place! Glad the kitty has settled in also!

  2. Cancun..yes please! What a great weekend you had after vacation. It is always so nice to have a couple of days to get back into the swing of things before starting back to work from vacation. I hope you have a great week! I loved all of your pictures!

  3. I'm actually reviewing a book called "Excess Baggage" by Tracey Carsich, which is about a family of 5 who quit their jobs, sold everything they had, and traveled for 18 months and saw 24 countries. It's pretty great so far.