Milistary Ministry at the Wagner's

Milistary Ministry at the Wagner's
Thanksgiving Day 2016

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Another New Game - Mexican Train Dominoes!

Saturday evening May 6th we played a game we had not pulled out since 2004! Mexican Train Dominoes...using the double fifteen set. We could have played all night long with that many dominoes!






There was some major concentration going on in this game! Check out the faces.






I like the colorful dice in this game! Way better than just black spots on white tiles.




The little plastic trains are cute too!


Here are the ladies...


"Hey, Don't look at my dominoes!"


Then, of course, we have the weekly mustache photo update!


Several people won a round, so we let the clock determine when we quit. No real winners and losers this week. Although, we NEVER have any losers...only one winner. :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Taco Salad and Scrabble!

April 30, 2017

Last week Josh Ellinor and John Ortiz came over and since there were four of us I pulled down a game we've never played on a Saturday night - Scrabble!

 So we fixed ourselves Taco Salads or Tacos (whichever was preferred) and ate dinner. Josh shows off his colorful work of culinary delight. But, do you notice what else he is showing off? And no, that isn't taco sauce on his upper lip! He's actually sporting a new mustache!



And this is my work of art...oh, I guess you're too late...I ate it already!


Yvonne is eating nachos....well, tortilla chips with melted cheddar cheese.


And then we went to the game. I think you can tell the level of enthusiasm from the looks on the guys' faces...



But as we began to put words on the board the intensity and competition came out!



Josh finally won with the word "RIN" a Japanese coin. Yvonne and Josh were so close!


Then it was time to call it a night!


Sunday we had chicken, roasted potatoes, and green beans. Dessert was cinnamon rolls. Just after we ate, the door bell rang and Ruth Davis was standing there! Ruth is Andrew Davis' mom. She was bearing German cookies to boot! We had a nice time catching up with her. She and Mike came to visit Andrew when he was staying with us way back in 2009. She and Mike are really active in supporting our troops in Illinois.

By now you know me...I have to have pictures. Words alone just don't seem enough. Here are a couple of pictures of Ruth and Mike when they were here back then and Andrew too playing Attack Uno!


Do you notice anything unusual about Mike's face? Yup! He has a mustache! :) I just had to point that out!


Lamb Gyros and Logos (The Board Game)

April 22, 2017

No, I didn't misspell the word Lego. There is a board game called Logos. It's basically a trivia game that finds out how familiar you are with the advertising and logos associated with common products you use all the time! It's fun, and there are so many times that you feel like slapping yourself because you should have known that.


But, before we played the game we ate! Yvonne took the left over lamb from Easter Sunday and made Gyros! And yum were they good! Yvonne even looked up the recipe and made the tzatziki sauce.



And for dessert we had Klondike bars! What would you do for a Klondike bar?




Can you tell everybody was busy eating??? Then we played!


Guess who won the game? Todd, you are such a card!



Since I am terrible at taking selfies Bethany stepped in and helped me out. She really makes the picture much prettier than I would have alone! That was the mustache picture for the week too!


Monday, May 1, 2017

RISK! The Game of Global Conquest

April 15th

Tonight it was Josh, John, Yvonne and me again. We pulled out our RISK game tonight. We haven't played that game in ages! I took Yvonne out of the game and got her cards, which gave me a bunch of new armies.


And then John took me out, which gave him a lot of new armies. That left Josh and John to battle it out! If you look at the board you can see there's pretty much only one color left.


Then John moved through Asia and conquered Josh. Just check out the major wall of armies, cavalry, and artillery that swept across Asia in the right side of the picture. John came, he saw, and he conquered!


Josh , good sport that he is gave the victor's trophy to John.



And finally, we have the mustache picture of the week. It's actually starting to curl up on the ends now a little bit. But boy! Do I have to lose weight! I'm not liking that chin.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Andrew's Birthday and Going Away Party

April 1, 2017

OK, this is probably the hardest part of our ministry - saying goodbye to our sons and daughters! Andrew Raffety is leaving. He's saying goodbye to active duty and opening a new chapter in his life - heading to the university.


So, since Andrew's birthday was on April 2nd, we had a birthday party for him. Yvonne asked him what he would like for his birthday meal and he said it didn't matter. But when she asked what kind of cake he wanted, well right away he said "Your cinnamon rolls!" He really likes the Civil War era so we gave him a book on the...yup! You guessed it - the Civil War.

Bethany and Cristian were here too!

We played Settlers of Catan again...can you tell that's one of our favorite games? Cristian Fabela won!



Here's Cristian admiring his trophy...


And, giving his victory pose!



All except for saying farewell to Andrew, it was a fun evening!

I was trying to take a selfie so I could post a picture of my mustache, but I am terrible at taking selfies, so Bethany came around and took one for me, with me!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Seeing Madison off as she deploys on the USS Leyte Gulf

This afternoon we were pierside again as we said goodbye to Madison and the USS Leyte Gulf. We told her Saturday night that we would come to the pier to say goodbye. We weren't sure if we'd see her or not. Yvonne and I were really glad when we walked up to the ship to see Madison standing on the brow waving to us.


She told us she would be a line handler on the aft end of the ship. So we went back and watched her work!


Last minute instructions from the big guy in the hard hat!






"See, those are the old people I told you about who invite me into their home on the weekends..."


"That's us she's talking about!"

Madison is the one handling the huge rope on the left. She's WORKING!


See you guys when we get back!


Casting off the lines from the pier.


Can you tell which one Madison is???


Then it was time for the tugs to move the ship away from the pier and out into the channel.

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