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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Just a few more camping photos


Cameron got all the firewood cut for us for our big campfire on Tuesday night!  Thanks Cameron!


Rachel, Adam and Ethan enjoy the camp fire.


This picture just makes me smile.  After spending a BUNCH of the summer together, Rachel and Adam are still not tired of each other.  Look at them grinning at each other!! 


Everyone pitched in and helped get supper ready.  Ron and Erik sliced and breaded and deep fried some zucchini and squash.  Oh, yeah..and a cucumber, too.


Adam helped by sitting nicely in a chair.  NOT.  Grin.


Kelly and I and some of the kids assembled the Hobo dinners.  It was a GREAT meal.

I didn't take my camera to Six Flags.  It was just a rain all day kind of day, and I just didn't want to risk getting it wet.  So we took pictures in our heads of all the fun we had there that day!

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And then we went BACK to Missouri!

After Pizza Hut, Rachel, Ethan and I hopped back in the car and headed towards Missouri.  We made it to Terre Haute that evening, and then on to Erik and Kelly's Saturday afternoon.  We went to the lake and the kids swam and we went for a boat ride and  we all had a grand time.  Sunday evening, Ron, Caleb and Cameron joined us for the remainder of the week.  Kelly and I shopped, and we all went to the lake again.  We laughed and ate a lot.  On Tuesday we headed to Meramec State Park outside of St. Louis.  After setting up our 3 tents, we enjoyed steaks and salmon, vegetables and  hotdogs on the grill.  Wednesday was a BEAUTIFUL day.  The kids played croquet, they hiked, we toured Fisher Cave, some of us played in the was just a gorgeous day to be camping.  Lunch was Mac and Cheese and spam, and supper was Hobo Dinners, deep fried vegetables and cherry and blueberry camper pies for dessert.  MMMMMMM.  Campfire for the favorite part of camping.

Thursday we went to Six Flags.  It rained.  Pretty much ALL day long.  But, everyone had fun.  The kids enjoyed the fact that the place wasn't crowded and they didn't have to wait in line for long for any of the rides.   Adam enjoyed meeting Scooby, Sylvester, and a bunch of the other Looney Tunes.  It was a fun day...even in the rain.  We've just learned that whenever we camp, it WILL rain. 

It rained ALL night Thursday night.  Thunder storms and rain.  The whole night long.  Thankfully it stopped in the morning and we were able to pack up without it raining on us.  It was wet and muddy, but...not raining.

Then, Ron and the kids and I drove home so he could be here by 5:30 for a wedding rehearsal.

Here, of course, are some pictures of the last week of our vacation.


Erik and Aaron work on canopy assembly


Caleb and Cameron assembled our tents quite efficiently





Cameron made a duct tape wallet for Kelly.  He's carefully teaching Aidan how to do it!


just relaxing around the campsite (of course, all the kids are thinking "I'm BORED")


we saw this...lovely (?)...tarantula on our tour of Fisher Cave. 



some of us had an easier time fitting through tight spots in the cave than others!


All My Children




this was looking directly UP.  OUCH if it would fall!




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Fun times with Cousins! (and catching Japanese Beetles!)

Ok, I'm slowly getting all the vacation stops blogged.  It's taking longer than I thought it would, but ya know...sometimes life (like mice in the pantry!!  EEWWW!!) gets in the way of my computer time, LOL.

So after visiting my sister, Rachel, Ethan and I headed south to visit Ron's folks.  We were there from Wednesday evening through Friday lunch.  We couldn't leave before Friday lunch, because Grandma and Grandpa always go to a Pizza Hut buffet for Friday noon meal...and we CERTAINLY didn't want to miss out on THAT! 

When we got there on Wednesday evening, Ron's sister Martha and her son Nathan were already there.  Her son William arrived shortly after we did.  It was great to visit with them again.  After dinner, Mary, Martha and I went to the Ladies Aid meeting at St. John.  It was great to see Aunt Melba and cousin Beth, and other ladies from St. John.  Aunt Melba served a delicious lunch...crab dip on crackers and an apple dessert with cool whip.  MMMMMM..

On Thursday afternoon, Ron's sister-in-law Krista came over with 3 of her kids, Adam, Sarah and Hannah.  Rachel has been DYING to see Sarah for a long while, and Ethan and Hannah are big time buddies too.  Nathan, William and Adam had a grand time hanging out and playing ball in the back yard.  When they weren't bluetoothing and texting on their cell phones, LOL

While there, we discussed Lester and Mary's Japanese Beetle problem.  These pests were busy eating away at the grape leaves and destroying the plants.  Mary had to go into town for a dentist appointment and stopped at Wal-mart.  Oh, did we laugh at her when she came home with a couple of little plastic bags with a yellow plastic ...thing...on top.  It looked very much like this.

bag a bug - best bug catcher around - for japanese beetles

So, Martha and Lester puzzled over the assembly for a few minutes, and then took the two things out back to hang them up.  They drove a stake into the ground, while leaving the trap on the golf cart.  When they went to get the trap, it already had a couple of beetles in it!  OK...we were surprised, but still a bit skeptical.  They got both traps hung up by about 4 that afternoon.  We weren't expecting much, especially considering that, according to the packaging information, the traps are most effective between 8am and 3 pm.  We went back to check them at around 9, and by golly...there were a stunning number of those bugs crawling around in those bags!  We weren't laughing at Mary any more, LOL.  There were probably 50-75 of them in each bag that evening.  The next noon, before heading out to Pizza Hut, I ran down to check again, and there were more than double the amount from the night before.  I still have to call them and see how the whole thing ended up and if they got bunches more or not, but I will admit that I was wrong and those little $5 traps from Walmart work well!  Here's an interesting article about them (and the how/why they work)

Japanese Beetle Trap

Ok, so on to a couple of pictures from our visit.


playing with Grandma's milk jug caps has entertained the grandkids since they were infants!


Ethan (9), and Hannah (8)


Adam, Sarah, Rachel, William, Hannah and Ethan after lunch at Pizza Hut.


Sarah (12) and Rachel (13)




Ron's folks, Mary and Lester


Thanks for lunch, Grandpa and Grandma!

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Toledo Zoo

Sue Ann, Jordan, Madi, Rachel, Ethan and I enjoyed a day at the Toledo Zoo while we were visiting in Ohio.  It was a beautiful day for the zoo.  Hot, yes, but sunny, and not raining :)  Here are some photos.


E and Jordy


awwww....isn't he CUTE???




hee, hee...this is one of my favorite shots of the day.  Just LOOK at that tongue hanging out!


Rach and Aunt Sue Ann


Jordan learned an important lesson at the Zoo that day.  Never, EVER let your MOTHER hold the button on the drinking fountain!


eeeewwww....look at that ...salad...coming out of his mouth!


Here's how THIS conversation went. 

Me: "Ethan...what are you DOING to that poor goat" 

Ethan: "I'm helping him smile for the camera!"


don't ya just want to tape a stick to him and mop the floor with this thing???


I have a picture of me with my cousin Todd, sitting on these EXACT same turtles!  About...38 years ago!


I'm so glad they got to hang out together!  They had a great few days together!




we saw some of the STRANGEST creatures at the Toledo Zoo!


you REALLY don't want to know how I got up on there!  Let's just say, it wasn't a pretty picture.  And since this is MY blog...I don't have to post it!


ok...I"m sorry...this picture just TOTALLY cracks me up!!!


talk about photogenic!  They take after their Aunt that way :)



Ok, of course I have tons more pictures, but we'll just say this is probably more than enough :)

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