Monday, August 18, 2014

Supper over the fire and a goodbye to Amy

 We haven't had a campfire this year at Grandma and Grandpa's house because it has been so hot and buggy...but tonight was the night. 
 Perfect weather and cool temperatures.
Kimmy husking the corn and Luke raking the dry leaves away from the fire place.
 Gracie getting the citronella candles lit to keep away the mosquitos.
 Looks like all toe, Amy!  Amy leaves on Friday to head back to college after a year off. And boy, was that year full of hard, hard work!
 Mark and Luke testing their soccer skills.
 Time to get the fire going.
 Danny and Grandpa
 Pat cooked the hotdogs over the open fire.
 Some of us gathered around the picnic table.
 Swistak corn...the best!

 Laura and Becky
 Poor Mark, braces will cause this to happen.
 My bookend babies.
 Time to make the s'mores.

 Grandpa..look at him...can you believe he is 86 years old...I can't
 Gracie and Grandpa
 Everyone wants a s'more.
Everyone was able to wish Amy a grand farwell except for Matt and Alexis.  (Boy I miss those two!)

 Laura being silly and cooking a marshmallow over a citronella candle.  I bet it wouldn't taste very good if she kept it up.
 Look natural, Grace.

 Pretty Kimberly
 Becky getting ready to take part in the ice water bucket challenge...Pat is the assistant.
 I thought this was Becky's challenge.
On the way home, with Kimmy adorned in her Seminole Indian headdress.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beautiful Craftmanship!!

 I ordered this gorgeous bag from a dear friend who has moved far away but remains in our hearts.
She is a trememdous--crafting--sewing--embroidering....artist.
Ann blogs over at Learning Late In Life. She sews many beautiful items and does amazing machine embroidery 
 I ordered my bag and then left it up to Ann.  I did request the dark color fabric...this is just beautiful!
 Kimmy discovered a very cute embroidered bird on the inside of the bag.
Kim then realized you could turn the whole bag inside's a two for one bag!
Inside out.
Thank you Ann for your beautiful and quick work...I love my new bag.
If you would like to place an order Ann's email is:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Trip to The Wild Animal Experience

 We didn't know.
A wonderful family fun gem was only a 10 minutes drive away from our house.
It is the most hands on zoo we have ever been to, and the kids (and grown-ups) loved it!
 When you arrive you are greeted by  a barnyard full of hungry goats.
 This sign cracked me up.
 But they were serious....the lemurs waited patiently for Froot Loops to head down the feeding chute.
 Kimberly was very brave...she fed everything.  No matter how much slime they left on her hand.
(there were many hand cleaning stations all around the zoo)
 Will this be a new tradition?  I think so.  Even Mark joined in.  What a good sport he is.
 A few of the animals, like this Zebu, seem to need to see an orthodontist.
 Do I need braces?
 Is your Mama a Llama?
 Luke's all time favorite animal...Jase the Giraffe.  Look at that tongue. 
 Kimberly was standing on platform...she still had to stretch to feed Jase a carrot.
 Okay...that tongue kind of freaked me out....

An American black bear....lounging on its back.
 Cute kids.
 A watusi---It was huge, and those horns were unbelievable. A watusi can reach 1600 pounds and the horns can be 8 feet across.
 Very friendly fallow deer waiting to be fed.
 The fallow deer were just beautiful.
 Kimberly's all time favorite animal..the kangaroo.  We got to see a small joey climb out of this mother's pouch and then climb back in.  It was so cute. 
The bigger zoo we usually go to doesn't have kangaroos or giraffes, so the kids were very excited to see their favorite animals.
A huge white Bengal tiger. 
We were told it is a snowflake tabby Bengal tiger.
It was so weighs about 800 pounds
 and stands 8 feet tall.
 The keeper said it eats over fifteen pounds of beef a day.
 Let's feed a camel.
 Brave Kimberly...Luke was afraid it would spit on him so he stayed far away.
 I enjoyed this sign.
 Luke did feed the alligators....of course he was way up on a platform.
 The guinea hens ran loose, eating all the animal feed kids drop around the park.
I think these guys were my favorite.
If you are local...The Wild Animal Park is definitely worth your time.
Thank you, Daddy for taking us on this adventure.