Saturday, June 27, 2009

Red River Gorge

I just got back from a six day camping trip in Kentucky's Red River Gorge. The Gorge is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. We arrived Saturday afternoon and found a good camp site that had showers. We were all really happy about that after spending our first day out in the heat! We rock climbed most mornings for about 5 hours, traveled back to camp and ate lunch, then went in search of a swimming spot so we could cool off. Thursday night, there were thunderstorms for 8 hours. Our tent leaked so we decided to head home on Friday instead of Saturday.

Nice and clean at the beginning of the trip.

We took a skylift to the top of the Natural Bridge.

The Natural Bridge

This walkway was only a couple of feet wide.

We swam in this water hole that was fed by a waterfall coming off of the lake. On the third or fourth day, a snake swam right at us! We decided not to come swimming here again.

Craft night with Breagan and Aaron.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

These are some pictures from the rollerblade/bike ride Aaron, Isaac, Ben, and I took today. And so as not to break tradition, we stopped by Dairy Sweet for some icecream before heading back to the van.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday afternoon fun

Last night, the little boys were bugging me to do something with them outside. So first, I taught Ben how to rollerblade. He caught on very quickly and has been skating every available minute ever since. I got up at 9 this morning and he had already been outside to skate.
After Ben, Isaac, and I had been skating for a while, Aaron came outside. We decided we should probably do something that he could do with us. My first thought was a relay race, but then someone threw in the idea of a triathlon. Since we have all the components - running and biking space and water - I decided it might not be a bad idea. To make it more interesting, we decided to do a relay triathlon with two people on each team. The course began with running from the swimming pool deck around the yard, behind the barn, back to the swimming pool, swimming two laps in the pool, running to the bikes, riding from the cement to the walnut tree in the field via the trail, back to the cement to drop off the bike, then back onto the swimming pool deck to tag the next runner. Me and Isaac had to go first. With a time reduction for the bike chain coming off, we ended in 6 minutes, 48 seconds. Aaron and Ben beat us by two seconds (they had a time reduction for their bike chain falling off as well). Although it was very exhausting, it was a very fun activity for a Sunday afternoon. I'm sure variations of the race will follow.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

facebook username

I just claimed my facebook username. You can now reach my profile at I'm still not quite sure what I'll be able to use it for ... Peter explained it to me a few days ago, but I've forgotten already. Anyway, I have a username for when I figure it out :P
Last Saturday was my cousin Alaina's wedding. She asked me to play violin during the prelude and ceremony. Peter, Abby, and Breagan were able to come for the weekend, making our house very full but very fun. It was also my birthday. 21! I can't believe I'm that old already. I certainly don't feel like I am.

I spent this last week at Peter's house helping out with VBS. I enjoyed myself very much and am very thankful I was able to spend one more week with Peter before he goes off to Washington. I'm also glad I got two Titan burgers from Tony's through the course of the week. I have to say they are the best restaurant burgers I've ever had!

Abby was getting pretty hungry at the reception!

This started out as a simple, one camera photo shoot. By the time we were done, there were three cameras and about 9 people!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

We have a bunch of chicks in our garage right now. My dad hatched quite a few chickens and we just got turkey chicks in the mail today! Poor post office :P

The cute yellow one are chickens, the darker ones are turkeys.

Monday, June 1, 2009


It is so good to be home again. I love being in the country! I especially love the fact that as soon as I got home, all of my brothers wanted to talk to me and catch me up on their individual lives. I've missed the spontaneous talks while at school.

I spent all of today cleaning in an attempt to find space for all of my stuff. I only half succeed. I guess I'll try again tomorrow.