Friday, July 12, 2013

In the Good Old Summertime...

It's been an extremely rainy summer here in Kentucky. While record heat engulfs the west we have see rain consistently for weeks. The rain even delayed our setting off 4th of July fireworks.  

All the rain continually filled up the pig that sits on the table on the patio.

Annah and Abigail playing in the rain on the 4th of July

Catching rain drops...

 YAY for the 4th of July!

When the rain cleared in late afternoon on July 6th, this is what appeared in the skies over Kentucky! This was taken by our friend's daughter out on their farm!

This was what we saw at our house! 
Although you can't see it in this picture, it was a double rainbow!

On the occasional sunny days we've had the girls like to get a little sun.

Abigail, never far away from her iPad....
it's under the towel with her so she can see it!!! 

And Annah gets in a little reading time... 
(lawn chairs on the trampoline??)

  Abigail on her way to Trek...what a pretty pioneer!

 Ella...such cuteness!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Little Summer Catch Up...

It has been a very long time since I have done a blog post. It's been almost 2 months. I have no good reasons why other than I have been flitting around doing my own thing. Who can complain about that?  Not me. 

Since I last wrote, lots of things have gone on....

  • At the beginning of May Jacob moved out leaving us with 2 out of 6 kids at home. While I do miss him in many ways, it was just time. He knew it and we knew it and we are all happier for it. He now shares a townhouse with 3 other guys (Ugh! I know.... I can't begin to imagine what THAT place looks like!) 
  • School got out the last day of May. A few weeks before that I got pink-slipped. The funding our school gets for Special Eduaction (from which I am paid) was not yet in place so I was let go. This happens sometimes at school but usually funding issues are resolved before school begins again and you just pick up where you left off. That is what I am hoping for. I don't want to think of what happens if it is not resolved. :/
  • Jordan was accepted at BYU and made the move from BYU-Idaho down to Provo. He is finishing up his Associates Degree from BYU-I with a few online classes and he is taking a few online classes from BYU this summer and will begin as a full time student in the fall to continue persuing his goal of working in the medical field! YAY Jordan!
  • Tim and Lisa came from Arizona for a visit! It had been 2 1/2 years since we had seen them. The last time they were here was Christmas 2010 and it turned out to be a difficult time. That Christmas, Tim's father passed away on Christmas Eve and we ended up leaving the kids with Tim and Lisa while we drove to Minnesota for the funeral. Early in the morning on January 1st when we were leaving Minnesota to drive back to Kentucky, I got the call that my father had passed away. We rushed back to Kentucky, got Tim and Lisa to the airport, packed the car and headed to New York for his funeral. So we were looking forward to a much more relaxed visit with them this time around! We did lots of things while they were here...
We went to Old Kentucky Chocolates and took a tour to see how they make all their chocolaty goodness right there in the place! 

The Chocolate Car Wash was the place where 
strawberries get covered in chocolate! 
They let us take a strawberry off the other side when it comes out ~ yum!

They make chocolate e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g at Old Kentucky Chocolates...even chocolate legs!!!!  :)

Annah (pretend) licking a chocolate covered horse on display in the store!

 We went to Waveland, in Lexington, for a tour of the Greek Revival 
home and plantation of Joseph Bryan.

Sisters...with attitude!

 Tim and Lisa

Lisa, Annah and Abigail -- my favorite picture!

 We went to Shaker Village. We love the peacefulness of Shaker Village as you walk and wander around the grounds and in and out of the original buildings. The scenery is beautiful, the history is rich and it makes for a very lovely day!

Annah, Tim and Abigail

We brought a picnic lunch and there was a 
friendly old goose who came to see us. 

Ever since Abigail got bit by a mean goose at a park when she was about 3, she has been afraid of geese. I was throwing bread for him to see how close he would come and Abigail wasn't happy. HA! Love the look on her face!

We took a ride on the river boat, Dixie-Belle, on the Kentucky River.

 Reenacting the Titanic scene....the captain saw them and brought it to eveyone's attention on the boat! I am betting it wasn't the first time it has been done judging from his comments! Hahaha!

Trying out a Shaker hat and broom! 
 Their handmade brooms can stand up by themselves!!

Annah's hat seems to be more fit for a safari! :)

The lovely ladies...Lisa, Annah and Abigail!

  A Muscovy duck has got to be one of the UGLIEST ducks ever created!! Ewww!

We went to Cumberland Falls and took the Rainbow Mist Ride that took us to the base of the falls and back. Andrew and Jacob were able to go with us on this excursion, along with Abigail's friend, Jen. Wished Jordan could have been with us -- he was the only one missing.

This was when we first arrived. Nice a dry...for a little while!

Suited up for the river....

Shoes off and ready to go!

Lisa while she was still dry!

Andrew at the head of raft and our guide, Malachi, on the left!

Getting closer to the falls...not so dry anymore! (I didn't dare take anymore pictures after this point because my camera would be ruined!)

My favorite picture of Jacob!

Andrew, Annah and Jen

Jacob and Abigail

Tim and I 

Back on shore....Abigail and Annah

Lisa and Tim....yes, Tim is wearing Lisa's right shoe!  Hahahaha!!

Andrew and Jacob


Andrew doing his Karate Kid pose!!!  (Tim's favorite movie ever!)

 Jen Abigail and Annah all have the same shoes!

After Cumberland Falls we went to Bubby's where they have the greatest barbecue we have ever had! Tim and I found this place last summer when we took the girls to Girl's Camp and we've said ever since that we wanted to bring the kids here. When we heard that Tim and Lisa were coming we knew right away that we wanted to take them to Cumberland Falls and to Bubby's! YAY!

Funny sign we saw when we were leaving Bubby's! :P

Andrew on the trip home...(photo bombing compliments of Abigail!) :)
And yes, we had 9 people in a 7 passenger van! It wasn't quite as easy as it was when they were all a lot smaller but we managed! 

Tim and Lisa's week with us was wrapped up with a silent movie, Sheriff Tim, the Defense of Nicholasville! Lisa, Abigail and Annah put it together and what at great time! See the trailer for the movie here

We sure enjoyed having (almost) everyone together for the week. We look forward to future times that we can gather the kids together again and make some more memories!