Sunday, December 10, 2017

Restaurants, Rides and Dorms

I can think of only one thing that would make Grant any happier than this meal at Steak 'n Shake.

A milkshake to wash it down.

Fun at Kentucky Kingdom this summer with big sister.

And that is Grant sliding down the incredibly terrifying blue slide.  And YES the yellow one beside it is also a slide...almost a vertical drop...which our kids are forbidden to slide on.  I would like them to live a few more years.

Can't remember if I posted this before....
This is John's dorm room.

It was pretty barren when we dropped him off in August.

He now has a different room.
His roommate had difficulty managing the newly discovered independence
that comes with college life. 
The freedom led to bad choices
which translated into being a pretty bad roomie.

The university gladly offered John a single room midway through the fall semester.
He was grateful.

And this is Emily's dorm room.

She has one roommate and shares a bathroom with a total of three girls.
It's a pretty sweet arrangement.

Next year she's moving to a college apartment on campus.
She's really excited about that move.

She will share the apartment with three other girls.
Each will have their own bedroom.

And THIS was David's very sad face
as we drove home from dropping the second child at college.

We LOVE our kids.

We do.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Boys' Weekend

Before school started in August, I spent a weekend at the farm chaperoning, supervising and generally trying to keep six boys from bodily harm.

The weekend was spent doing boy stuff like catching crawdads

and playing with stray dogs.

Boys were calling home hoping their parents would gladly
open their homes to a new pet.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the parents
were not thrilled with the idea.

Grant suggested we keep the dogs.
I said no.

They spent most of the day swimming in the pond
or at the pond fishing.

And by nighttime they were more than willing
to slow down.

Maybe we can make this a back-to-school tradition.

And about the dogs....

Both dogs came home with us. 
We searched diligently for their owner.
Neither dog was chipped,
and no one had listed them on websites as lost.

We brought them to town and cared for them
while we looked for adoptive families.

Once again, I will say God is in every detail of our lives.
How else can you explain the convergence of events

that would put two abandoned dogs at our farm

the same weekend as six boys needing entertained.

And other than a few chewing mishaps,

we got along well with our furry house guests.

We placed both dogs with new owners in less than two weeks.

 New owners took home the short haired dog.
They named him Mr. Dump because he was dumped at our farm.
They obviously possess our animal naming skills.

And this fuzzy bundle of cuteness
went to live with a friend of mine
 His new name is Harvey.

....and they all lived happily ever after!

The End

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Motley crew...not Motley Crue

Thanksgiving gathering in Edwardsville -  Aren't we an awesome looking bunch?

 And THIS trumpet tooting guy is John...again.
 Emily took this picture of John at the Thanksgiving weekend game
between UK and U of L.

The game was in Lexington this year.
She said his face was on the big screen several times during the game.

What's up with the cameras loving my boy??

And you will have to ask John or Emily which team won.

Laundry can be a lonely job,

but I have lots of help folding laundry each week.

Jet loves to curl up on the clean piles
which is totally counter productive 
to the goal of having CLEAN laundry.

 Sometimes I get tired of moving him,
so I just pile newly folded clothes on top of my sleeping cat.

He never seems to mind.

 And just because...
here's a picture of Grant 'dabbing' 
while rolling around the rink
at the most recent skating party.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vacation to Chattanooga/Gatlinburg in July

 This summer, we took what quite probably will be our last vacation as a family of six.
We spent a week sight seeing and hiking in Chattanooga and Gatlinburg.  It was an amazingly relaxing and memorable trip.

Riding to the bottom of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga.

I was surprised by how much the kids enjoyed the incline railway.

But they enjoyed this monster treat even more
once we walked across the road from the railway station.

David and Joh shared this bad boy of a dessert.
This was the signature ice cream creation
at the local ice cream shop.

It was a simply (though ginormous)
banana split.

We also visited the aquarium while in Chattanooga.

There was a lot to see that did NOT involve water or fish.

But there was plenty enough water fun at the KOA.

After shifting from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg for a few more days of fun,
we enjoyed a fun dinner
at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede.

Our meal for the evening looked like this.  Delicious, right?!
Notice anything missing?

You are served this wonderful meal 
and then are politely informed 
that there will be no utensils provided.


At the Dixie Stampede,
you eat with your fingers.


We then spent a few days
hiking in Smoky Mountain National Park.

When we weren't hiking or playing in the creek
or hanging out at the KOA

we were racing down the side of the hills
on the Alpine Slide.

We even went back for an extra trip down the slide
at midnight one evening.

Yes.  Midnight.

Our last full day of vacation was a trip even farther east.

We marked one very big house off of Emily's bucket list.
We visited the Biltmore Estate.

It was beautiful.
And there aren't enough words to describe the grandness of the place.
So I won't even try.

Happy Friday!!!!