December 31, 2008
December 20, 2008
So, for those of you who know our son, you know that he is NOT comfortable in the public eye as evidenced here. But, we all have our gifts, and his are numerous. . . just don't ask him to show you in front of a large group of people. Bradley, on the other hand, usually welcomes an audience but perhaps this gig was a bit too much for her.
December 02, 2008
During our first few weeks here, we tried to brainstorm ways to cover her up to make our home more G-rated. But over time, we got used to her and now barely notice her as we pull down the driveway. A few weeks ago, we got home from a trip, and to our great surprise (and dismay) she had been repainted and spruced up! She was a bit more palatable when all the colors were muted, but NOW everything is florescent!! She practically gleams now -- especially with her spotlight that comes on at night. . . sigh. . . .
Let's end on a positive and say, that it's REAL easy for the pizza guy to find us! We always say, "We're the house with the naked mermaid," and people always know where we are. We're getting a giggle out of it, and isn't that a grand thing in life. Any creative ideas on how we should decorate her for Christmas????
November 23, 2008
This is what we see everyday from our house before day turns to night. Have I mentioned before how much we love it here?
November 13, 2008
Our Halloween was made even MORE fun because we had my sister's family in town with us! Loved having them here, and the cousins had a ball together.
Have I told you that we have a giant mermaid statue in our front yard??? This was taken from the back of her. I'll get a picture in the next few days of her frontside. . . .
I'm slowly catching up on the blog. Thanks for your patience! Here are some pictures from our trip to Burkes Garden, VA. John's family has a house in this SW Virginia mountain valley. John remembers flying there as a small boy with his granddaddy and now has a memory of taking his own family here. It truly is one of the most beautful places on earth. Click HERE to see even more pics from the trip.
November 02, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 08, 2008
(this one was my favorite - the one on the left was the Foolish Man's house built on sand and the one on the right is the Wise Man's house built on the rock.)
After the contest, we played on the beach for a while, ate deliciously unhealthy food and let the kids indulge in a few fair rides. Maybe one day I'll get a picture of me posted here. Sigh. . . . .To top off the weekend, we also attended the Acoustic Music Festival. This was not as overtly entertaining for the kiddos, but we enjoyed a quiet sunset evening on the waterway with new friends listening to Eddie from Ohio and the Old Crow Medicine Show. Can you see the water behind the stage? Henry & Bradley danced to the music and rolled around in the grass the whole time. It was one of those perfect evenings where you want a glass of wine, a nice camping chair, dinner in some sort of box brought to you and the company of friends. We had the friends but none of the other stuff, so unfortunately, our evening was cut a bit short. =)
October 07, 2008
September 23, 2008
September 21, 2008
We started with a delicious kabob meal prepared by Chef/Doc Malcolm.
Then, the boys retired to their quarters. Henry loved camping so much that he has requested to sleep outside for every nap and for every slumber since. (which we have denied)
View from the tent at dusk:
September 16, 2008
Here's what I got that afternoon:
And, here's that "look" that says "do not point that thing at me again!"
September 10, 2008
Me: "Hi Bradley! How was school today?
Me: "What did you do today?"
Me: "You played with boys?"
Bradley: "Yeah, boys."
Apparantly, she loves boys! Oh, the teenage years are going to be fun!
September 05, 2008
Bradley, on the other hand, was not too excited about leaving the house to be dropped off with strangers for 3 hours. She collected herself by the time we arrived at school, but voiced her opinon LOUDLY for the first part of our journey.