Milistary Ministry at the Wagner's

Milistary Ministry at the Wagner's
Thanksgiving Day 2016

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.



This Week It Was MONOPOLY : Electronic Banking!

This week Madison Cronin joined us for our Saturday evening game night. She even brought a game - "Speak Out!" but there were too many people here to play it. It looks really funny! So we all decided it was going to be Monopoly instead.

Monopoly: Electronic Banking doesn't use money. All of the financial transactions are done using a mobile ATM machine. You start out at the beginning fo the game with $15,000,000. Properties that used to cost a couple of hundred dollars inthe old version, now cost 1.5 to 4 Million dollars! Hey, that's inflation for ya.

Madison from the USS Leyte Gulf  is the one disguised as a Hollywood movie star that didn't want to be recognized! Can you tell which one that is??

John was well...let's say he was preoccupied! :) Josh was trying to highlight his new facial hair. Look close at his upper lip!!

Yvonne was really intense as she went for the dice! Andrew on the other hand??? He was busy!

Guess who won the game? I was the first one to go bankrupt! The game went really long! It didn't end until 10:30! That's an hour and a half past when we normally finish. But everyone was really into the game.

By this time in the game Yvonne owned all of the houses and hotels on the board.

Sunday Yvonne made our traditional annual Irish feast - Corned beef and cabbage and potatoes and carrots. Bread for the day was Irish Soda Bread.

After lunch we watched one session of Focus on the Family's "The Truth Project" 

and then, because it seemed to go along with that so well, we watched "God's Not Dead"

Ever Hear of the Board Game Called "Quelf" ?

We've had that game in our closet for years! This week we were trying to decide what we all wanted to play, and Tia saw Quelf on the shelf. She asked what it was and after describing it to her that was what we settled on.


We actually had time to play two games. Josh won the first one. See...Todd is crowning him with the trophy? The girls weren't too happy about that!

It was a real hoot! It makes you mime, act, draw, answer trivia questions, and even sing! But, if that isn't enough, there are also "Roolz" cards that you have to draw that make you sit under the table until your next turn, or make a sound like a flushing toilet whenever anyone gets penalized for something.

Everyone chose a character at the beginning of the game to move around the game board. Depending on which color space you landed on determined the color of the card you had to draw.

At one point in the game Andrew had to go into the bathroom until someone came to check on him. But he couldn't tell anyone where he was going or why.

Todd had to snort like a pig every time someone drew a card. But, couldn't tell anyone what he was doing. Weird!

Tia won the second game and I think you can tell the girls were much happier about that!

We had so much fun laughing and acting silly!

Settlers Settlers and more Settlers!

This week John, Austin, and Andrew joined us for our Saturday night activity. John challenged us to a game of Settlers...again! I think he loves that game! But so do the rest of us. Do you have any idea who won the game?

We didn't want to leave Andrew out of the pictures. He's getting ready to get out of the Navy and wow! Are we going to miss him!

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Logo Board Game

How good are you at trivial pursuit? The Logo Board Game is a trivia game focusing on brand name logos. It is really fun! Drew's Argent's parents got it for us for Christmas one year. We haven't played it much, but this week was a good week for it. We went to Cissi's Piza for dinner and then came back to the house for the game. We were originally going miniature golfing but the forecast called for a storm to move in between 7pm and 9pm. So that got cancelled. Todd Williams was here again for his reserve duty. So Todd, Tia, Josh and John Oritz made up our group this week.

The object of the game is to get into the middle "Winning Zone". You have to answer purple, yellow, green, and red questions all related to brands and logos of popular products.

Todd, wake up! I'm not sleeping, I'm looking at the game board.

Yea! I made it into the inner ring!

John asking Tia the game question.

Look who won! Todd!!

We were all surprised at how much we didn't remember about the logos and advertisements we had seen for the products we use every day! Another fun game!

Phase 10 Twist!

Games, Games and more Games! We have a closet full of games, so we don't have to repeat any of them very often, unless we want to. Settlers is one of those we keep repeating by popular demand. But last week we decided to play something different. We pulled out Phase 10 Twist!

Josh, Andrew and John were here for the game. Pizza was the meal. Not a bad combination - right?

This is the game board. Looks complicated huh?! It's not. Guess who is "red" and in the lead?

Andrew gives me that "You better not be trying to see my cards!" look.

"Hey, can't you see I'm concentrating???!"

Guess who finally won a game? Yup, you guessed it - ME!! And then of course, we have to have some hammed up drama as the winner's trophy gets presented.

Celebrating Madison's Birthday - Early!

One of the newest members of our family is Madison Cronin. For months we were trying to text her and get her to come over for our activities with no luck. Then her mom contacted us again about Christmas Day. Lo and behold we discovered we were texting the wrong number. Two of the numbers were switched around. So we finally got hold of her and she started coming over. Her first day was Christmas Day (she brought the ugly sweater cookies for us to decorate!), and was here with Kezia Young.

But as soon as she met us she went home on Christmas leave. As soon as she got back her ship went out for a month. So she didn't get much of an opportunity to spend time with us, or us with her. That was disappointing because she is really an awesome young lady and a lot of fun to have around!

One of the things Yvonne does every month is celebrate our sons' and daughters' birthdays. She prepares their favorite meal and dessert. Sometimes she spends hours searching for just the right birthday gift.

Her ship finally pulled in and she didn't have duty! She said February 19th she would be able to come over and join us for Sunday dinner. Yvonne found out Madison likes chicken and cheesecake, so she made Chicken Marango Skillet for dinner and her famous cheesecake for dessert.

Ooops, should have taken two pictures. Sorry about the closed eyes Madison. That week she went home on leave and will soon be going on deployment. But that's OK. We'll still be here when she gets back!

Do You Remember The Game "Win Lose or Draw"?

Saturday night is usually our game night, but sometimes we play on Sunday too. Tia, James and Bethany, Josh, and Andrew joined us for dinner after church. Yvonne pulled out the white board and markers and we played Win Lose or Draw.

 I can guarantee NONE of us were artistically inclined that day! I guess a better way to say it is were were all artistically challenged!

This is Bethany, Tia, and Yvonne trying to guess what James was trying to draw!

Then it was Yvonne's turn! And no, the picture wasn't a boat!

Then it was Andrew's turn!

We laughed, drew crazy, funny pictures, and had a really great time! We'll have to do that one again soon!