Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Our 2 dogs have given birth to puppies. The other day the kids were outside with the camera taking pictures of them. I found this "commercial" on the camera. I think it says it all.

By the way, they are not "For Sale". They are FREE!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Catch Up Again

A lot has happened in the 2 1/2 weeks since I last posted. So here are several new posts. Sit back and enjoy!

Mini Vacation

We were invited to a wedding last Saturday. Mark was scheduled to work but took the day off. When he takes one day off, he has five days off in a row. Since we had extra time, we decided to do some extra things. We had been wanting to go to the Creation Museum, and this was the area we were headed to.

So Friday we went to the museum. We spent about 7 hours there and didn't see quite everything.
Some of it was above the kids' heads, but there was plenty that they did understand. We took in a lecture/workshop with Buddy Davis. He is a songwriter, author, singer and sculptor. He has sculpted many of the dinosaurs at the museum. The kids really enjoyed him. He taught them how to walk like a T-Rex, a song about behemoth mentioned in Job and how to sculpt with clay. They have a petting zoo where we saw a Zonkey (1 parent donkey, 1 zebra) and a Zorse (1 parent horse, 1 zebra). If you ever get a chance, it is worth it, and there is something for everyone. Several of the extra lectures, etc. are an additional fee so be prepared for that.

Saturday morning, we went to the Cincinnati Zoo. I didn't want to do the zoo in the rain. It looked like it would be clear until later in the day, but wouldn't you know after we paid for tickets and parking and had just walked in the gate, it started to rain. We had to take a restroom break immediately, and by the time we came out, it had pretty much stopped. The rest of the time was overcast, but no rain. They have just built a new deck in the giraffe exhibit that allows you to handfeed the giraffes. But since they had just finished it, the giraffes were shy and wouldn't come to the fence.

In the afternoon, we went to the wedding. It was very nice, but we didn't get any decent pictures.

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Cincinnati Trip

Snake Pictures

For those of you who do not care to view snakes, this post is NOT for you.

A few weeks ago, the kids went to a local park that had activities to raise money for something. (I forget what. I didn't go along this time.) They had a reptile demonstration there, and the kids learned about different snakes and were able to hold one. Krista refused, but the others were very excited about it. They even got their picture in the local paper.

While at the Cincinnati Zoo, three of the keepers came out with snakes. Two of them were able to be held so of course my three younger ones were right up there first in line. The man could tell that they had held snakes before because they did it the right way. Again Krista was not interested but watched from afar. SHE takes after me; I don't know what happened with the other three ;)

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Snake Pictures

Kara's Graduation

Kara finished kindergarten this year. Because Krista and Kendrick had a graduation ceremony when they attended school, I decided to have a ceremony for Kara with family here at home. I was hoping to be in the house before time, but that didn't happen. So you will notice stud walls in the pictures.

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Kara's Graduation

Rich and Dawn's Twins

Rich and Dawn were in for a couple of days, and we went to see them and their babies. The girls are 7 months old and are doing well.

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Rich and Dawn's Twins

Kaylee's and Paul David's Birthdays

For Kaylee's birthday we went to the nursing home where Mark's dad was for a couple of weeks. We shared pizza and cake with him, and she opened her presents.

We also went to my parents and celebrated her birthday and my nephew Paul David's birthday. He turned 16 this year.

These pictures are a combination of those two events.

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Kaylee's Birthday