Thursday, July 31, 2008


We have finally bought our first 'real' furniture...a dining room set. So we are wondering if we are finally adults? It does feel that way anyway...finally getting rid of all the 'college' furniture that we have acquired over the years. Have dined at the table every meal we've been home since it arrived, but haven't been able to use the china cabinet yet as we discovered last weekend that the legs got quite banged up on its way to our house. They are supposed to bring us a new one on Saturday, and we asked them to pack it better for the trip down our gravel roads...we'll see if they listened!

This picture is the one we took at the store when we first looked at it. We wanted to make sure that if we looked at it again in a few weeks, we'd still love it as much as we did when we first saw it. We did, and still do!
We bought the table, 8 chairs, the china cabinet and a sideboard as well. Our dining room is quite full!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

April Ann trip...Day 3

We had so much fun in St. Augustine on Friday that we decided to go back on Saturday. We shopped along the historic district, visited the old fort, and then checked out the beaches along the intercoastal highway back to Jacksonville. We found the greatest beach at a public access point, and it was hard to leave! Someday when we win the lottery, I want a beach front house here!

I don't have great pics of the fort since it was huge, but here are some of the cannons on the top. They were all different, and captured from different wars that the have been fought in our country.

This is my favorite beach. As you can see in this and the next pic, the storm was moving through so we got quite wet out here, but had sooo much fun playing in the waves.

April Ann trip...Day 2

So Day 2 (our actual Ann. day) of our trip found us headed to St. Augustine to spend most of the day on St. Aug Island. We climbed up in a lighthouse, played a round of miniature golf on a beachside course, and spent the majority of the day on the beach.
I became quite intrigued by the brown pelicans that just seemed to hang in the air riding the breeze blowing in off the ocean.

April Ann. trip..Day 1..Amelia Island much has been happening, but I can't remember 1/2 of it it seems. First, we had a wonderful 10th Ann. trip in April to St. Augustine, FL. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The beaches between Jacksonville and St. Aug are wonderful, and often not very full of people either. Amelia Island (North of Jacksonville) is really nice too, even though we didn't spend as much time there. But, we loved the place so much that we are going back in a couple of weeks and taking my parents. This will be my mom's first time to fly, and the first trip to the ocean for both, as well as their first real vacation (that didn't involve staying with family) in many many years. We hope it all goes well!

Anyway, it was an amazing vacation for us because we went without a plan and had a great time just randomly doing whatever we thought sounded fun. We have been known to spend the entire time fighting, so this was definitely a great trip for us. The first day when we landed, we had no idea what we wanted to do, but in looking at the map, saw that the Jacksonville Zoo wasn't too far from the airport, and the only thing Northwards that we wanted to do. In the search to find lunch before heading to the zoo, we saw a sign for Amelia Island, and decided that we could go to a zoo anytime, but not an island (a serious downfall of living in KS!) It turned out to be a great choice and we had a lot of fun...tons of surf and shells!

So here are some of the better pics from the day on Amelia Island. As you can see it was rather cloudy, and starting to get dark, so the pics didn't turn out the best:

Sunday, March 23, 2008

it's been a while

Well, for anyone out there who is still reading this blog, sorry to not post in a while. We have discovered just how tiring moving 400 miles with 5 horses, 6 cats, 3 ducks, 2 dogs and 2 humans is. But the good news is that we are all starting to settle in pretty well, and we think the house in Missouri is sold (want to see that $$ in the ol' bank account before we count our chickens!). So now maybe life can settle down into a somewhat 'normal' state.
Haven't downloaded any new pictures off my camera lately, but here are a couple of the ice storm we had in December in KS.
This first one is the road leading to our house. The electric lines were loaded to ice and bouncing up and down. Needless to say we were without power for the first 3 days we owned the place.

This is some of the rose bushes in front of the house. An older woman used to own the place, and I'm guessing she loved roses from the looks of it. Unfortunately they were not taken care of well and most have converted to wild roses. Think we are going to let them live through this year to see what exactly we have, and then make a decision on what goes and what stays...I'd let them all stay but they have taken over and block the walkways into the house with their thorny tendrils.

Well, lets all keep our fingers crossed that I stay on top of this a bit better in the future!