Friday, August 14, 2009

We're Back!

Well, after a very fun 3.5 week vacation we have finally come home to what should seem like normal life. I wish I could say I was feeling normal, however, after waking up at 10:30 a.m. and not even realizing how late it was until I looked at the clock, I realized that it's going to take a day or two to get back on a regular time schedule.

We had such a good time while we were away! I can't think of anything that I wish I'd done that we didn't. I hope that those we stayed with are able to get back to "normal" quicker than we are. We want to say thanks to everyone that took us places, entertained and fed us. Yes, it sounds like I'm a mooch...but I'd do the same for them if they ever came out EAST! We'll keep working on that.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Braden Tree Climbing (or descending)

Okay, so there was a little "wait time" to also play in the sand.
Do a close up on this picture and you'll see a great smile...just hoping the teeth will work themselves out!

Don't worry, he doesn't hit her in the does look fun though, doesn't it?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

From Boy to Bobcat

Braden was pretty excited to get his first Cub Scout badge....he has made it to Bobcat. He was kindof embarassed up there in front of everyone, but there is a good group of boys in our den and it was pretty fun for him.

I didn't know they gave pins to the moms. Boy is there a lot to learn about this stuff! I am liking this program more and more. I know it doesn't look like much, but one day I will look back at this and just wish he'd want to pin something on me!

This was his first pack meeting and he got to be the "announcer" that did the flag ceremony ....with help... and he did great! I just wish I could find someone that would sew on these badges for me! It ALMOST makes me want to move to Utah where they have the lady that does a dollar a badge!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Seven Year Snow!

So here in Virginia we don't get much's been seven years since the last big snowfall and last Sunday was our big chance! It was GREAT! There was beautiful white packing snow to the tune of 8 inches. The kids have been out of school for 3 days and are finally going back tomorrow, albeit 2 hours late...what is that all about? All the trees do help to make it more beautiful. But my Azalea bushes that were weighted down to the ground didn't like it much, and we'll see how the dogwood and tulips do...there were due to come out soon.

This is Crackers. He was bigger than Parker, but not quite as tall as Braden. When I told Braden to put a banana on for a mouth I didn't think he'd PEEL it first! Boy did that make it easy for the neighborhood animals to enjoy! **Items of note would be the strawberry Nesquick that we sprinkled on his top to give him the tie-dyed t-shirt effect.
Other items of note could be the "cup of Joe" that he has on the end of his stick. That's what Parker called it. You might also notice the beautiful green hair coming out the top, that too was Parker's portion.

Don't ask me how I got this flipped around, but I guess this is how our house would look if it was backwards. You'll note that we took the banana out and put in peppercorns for the teeth...we tried raisins, but they were gone too fast. I think the peppercorns weren't much of a hit with the neighborhood animals....indigestion city! Maybe we should have done Tums for eyes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Braden finally got baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!! What a great day it was! He was very excited. I think it may have been too much excitement in the build-up for Parker because as soon as Braden came out of the water Parker was right there on the edge and he says in his very loudest voice, "That was it??" Oh, if he only understood the truly eternal decision that was! It was really fun to have George and Addie there as well. We had a good time as ususal with them.



Yes, this is our little Parker coming down the wave. He was very brave to try it...didn't hesitate a bit! This wasn't the only thing to do there...there are actually 8 water slides, lazy river and all kinds of things to climb on. I have to say this is one of the most fun indoor waterparks I've ever been to....and one of the cleanest!
Mark would go only after Braden did it first, but he soon got the trick. If you fall off of your board the water pushes you right back to the top...hold onto your swimming suit for sure!

Mark did actually get up on his knees...maybe next year we'll try standing. Or....maybe he was just trying to impress the instructor....

Braden was the first one to try it and did really good when he didn't get washed back up over the top. He could actually go from side to side even!

This was just a funny shot, so I threw it in.


These are the hibernating baby bats. They were so cute there hanging on the ceiling. There was only one that we saw flying around trying to get out, but otherwise it was SNOOZE TIME!
This was like a little mini world cavern all in itself. It was only about three feet from top to bottom. It looked like a little elf or fairy town.

They actually held gown balls down in this area....okay, it was back in the day of prohibition, so they had parties down in this area, but they called them balls. It was very interesting. They've even had weddings there as recently as 1996.
These caverns were found in the 1800's by two 10 year-old boys that were rabbit hunting and chased a rabbit behind a boulder, moved the rocks and found this huge hole. There is no end that has been found to these caverns as yet. It was very interesting even to my kids!

Do you think Braden will ever give us a good face? What a goof! These hats were great until you look up. Parker looked up at one point and his hat came crashing to the ground. Even the tour guide jumped out of her skin. I swear we all thought the caves were coming in the way it vibrated around the room. It is funny now luckily.

MASSANUTTEN...not Mass of Nothin'

And it took a Dentist to get that tooth out! The googles might have been a little snug (note the red marks around the eyes)
It was a fun trip, but not so fun to pack for because we had to take winter stuff for the sledding hill and summer stuff for the pool!

I never said I was an expert at action shots...and it shows!

The CRAZY Train!