Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The House and a First Birthday



The house is looking good - the windows and doors are going in. The roof is going on. I had a great video of Benjamin's early birthday with part of the family. I have never seen such happiness on a child's face. I had a great little video of it - I am pretty sure Claire then managed to erase it from the camera - so much for Benjamin's first birthday video. This was the first time he has ever had a birthday party or a birthday present. Can you imagine having 5 birthdays that no one ever mentions - Hopefully he will feel really special this year!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Autumn Moon Festival






Friday night we had our annual Northern ____ County Autumn Moon Festival Extravaganza for Families with Kids from Asia and Elsewhere - I think the name of the event is kind of catchy! We had some chinese food and the kids chased each other for about 3 hours straight and everyone had a good time. Our house is making progress the roof trusses are up and the roof should go on in the next week or so. We also made a family trip to Mammoth Springs last week. We toured the little train museum and ate at the Riverview Restaurant - outside on the deck with the bee and flies - The kids had fun and we were all worn out when we got home! Last night Hurricaine Ike hit here - we were out of power for a few hours - I had to go to church without blow-drying my hair! Can you imagine the horror!!! Numerous trees were uprooted - but we were a little to north to have to worry about the tidal surge.

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Farm Visit






We went to Kansas City a few weeks ago to visit. We went to the Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park. The kids had so much fun. There is no admission fee and the kids had a great time - We were there for about 2-3 hours and there was no whining - Can you imagine? (I know I can't!) The link to the website for information is http://www.opkansas.org/_Vis/Farmstead/index.cfm The kids especially liked petting the goats and bunnies. They also liked panning for pretty rocks and checking out the Indian tepees. Now that I have 4 kids - all of whom are generally old enough to pay admission on I really appreciate a donation only kind of trip. So - for a small optional donation we had a morning of fun - I doubt we would have had such a good time anywhere else!

I have included a few photos of all the fun things we saw. I tried to take photos of our new house today - but I forgot the camera battery and I was to lazy to walk back up there after we went home.
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