Monday, May 30, 2011

Some more of Graduation

Here are a few more pictures that we took at the high school.

Jaxon Graduates

Jaxon really did it! He graduated on Wednesday. It was really nice. Now he just has to figure out what to do with his life!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fishing and tornadoe relief

Last week was another typical non-stop week. Monday and Tuesday were work and house cleaning days :). On Wednesday I drove up to Haverhill Ohio for meetings Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday we did a little more house work and then went fishing with our neighbors the Herrings. Cade caught his first two fish ever (ok, Brooks caught the first one and then gave Cade the pole :), but he caught the second one all by himself).

Kaitlyn caught her first four fish ever and she had a blast doing it!

Sadie was a non-stop stress machine. She was running back and forth on the dock and I can't believe she never fell into the water.

She did decide that she wanted to fish also, she laid down and stuck Kaitlyns pole in the water and then dropped it :) Kaitlyn threw a fit and sobbed for a couple minutes and then she got over it.

We had soooooo much fun. I've never really liked fishing but that's primarily because I never caught anything :). It was so great to see Kaitlyn and Cade actually catch fish.

After fishing we all went out to Meksico for dinner and then I headed to Chattanooga to help with the cleanup after the tornadoes a couple weeks ago. We camped out on the stake center softball field and then woke up and drove to Cleveland TN where we used chain saws, bobcats, and good old fashioned labor to remove trees and debris from peoples yards. It's really amazing how much devastation mother nature can inflict. I've never really been around tornadoes before but they are absolutely devastating.

We worked all day Saturday and Sunday and finally got home about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday (Mothers Day). Luckily I'd sent Cindy a couple of nice Mothers day letters on Facebook and e-mail. Also, I called and asked Kaitlyn to get a package out of the downstairs closet and give it to her. It was a great week!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

One More Day

Only one more day until Nate and Cindy leave for Idaho. Yippee!! I am ready. Only 5 more school days until Christmas Break.

One More Day in DC

Robert and I had a miscommunication about what time out flight home was. Ky relieved him at his meetings so that Robert and I could do some sight seeing. There was a mess up at the Archives with the records that I had ordered for the morning so Robert and I bagged the Archives and set out for the museums. My feet were killing from the walk the night before but we made it to the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History. Needless to say we only saw a small fraction of each before our flight out. We decided to we needed a week at the Archives and a week for sight seeing. I got to ride the Metro back to the airport. We passed the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery but there wasn't time to see either. Oh well! Another time maybe... Anyway thanks Grandpa and Grandma for the trip. I learned so much and it was a great experience.

Our Walking Tour of DC

After wasting a day in the airports and losing a day at the Archives, I decided that I better make the most of the time that I did have there. Robert and Ky had meetings all day. I got up and went down and asked how to get the National Archives. The luggage guy showed me a map and explained how to get there. I then asked how would be the best way to get there and he said, "Walk!" I thought to myself, I am a country hick from a small town like you have never seen. I have never even dreamed of a city this big and you want me walking around by myself? What if I get shot, mugged, kidnapped (because I am so gorgeous), etc. However, I didn't want to look like a chicken and so I decided to suck it up and walk. I paid very close attention to my little map, and made it there safely. The security around downtown DC is incredible. There are cops and security everywhere!!! It took almost an hour to get clearance to look at documents at the Archives. That in and of itself is a whole other story!! Anyhow, I spent all day looking at records that my ancestors had actually written and touch. It was awesome. I went with over 30 records that I wanted to look at but due to cancelled flights, and tons of red tape at the archives, I only got to look at 6. However, now I know more for next time! I will be able to use my time more wisely. That night, Robert and I followed Ky around downtown DC (he had spent the previous week there at different meetings). It was freezing cold outside and we walked forever!! I thought I was going to die. However, I am still alive and we saw some really neat things. We walked around for about 4 hours before returning to our hotel for a nightcap (juice, ice cream and cookies) in the "Club" before heading to bed.

Washington DC

Robert had meetings in Washington DC the first week of December. So as a Christmas present to me, his parents sent me along. I took a week off of school and was hoping to spend a few days doing genealogy in the National Archives. However, we got FOGGED in in SLC. Can you believe that. They cancelled our flight out due to fog. We did finally get out on Monday but then we spent the full day on an airplane or in Denver Airport. I was bummed! We made it to our hotel around midnight only to find out that our room was not ready (it was missing a door). So for our convenience they put is up in the "Club" rooms on the twelfth floor. It was so special that you had to swipe a card to get to that floor. Talk about awkward! The hotel was beautiful but we probably would have been more comfortable on the regular floors. However, we did find out that only on that floor, if you swiped your card again, you could get into a "Club" room where we could have free breakfast, snacks, juices, cookies, etc. It was pretty fancy. In fact, it was so fancy that we decided that we'd never have another experience like it. I made Robert buy me room service breakfast, just so that I could say that I had actually had room service before. Weird, huh???