Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Day Four ~ Mimi's Cafe

Going to Mimi's Cafe was a lot of fun! It's a full service restaurant with a nice variety on the menu. The restaurant is decorated in 'New Orleans' style ... which is a good thing because it gave Joseph lots to look at and helped keep him occupied! Nehemiah, taking a little nap :-),
A Soft Shelled Turtle,Another Turtle.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Day Three ~ IKEA

Well... for 'Day Three' we didn't do a whole lot, first we fed the birds some of our leftovers (like cookies and bread crumbs :-) ) then around lunchtime we loaded up and drove to IKEA.

Here is a description of the IKEA stores:

(copied from the IKEA website)

"IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. This is the idea at the heart of everything IKEA does, from product development and purchases to how we sell our products in IKEA stores globally.Anybody can make a good-quality product for a high price, or a poor-quality product for a low price. But to make good products at low prices, you need to develop methods that are both cost-effective and innovative. This has been IKEA's focus since its beginnings in Småland, Sweden. Maximizing the use of raw materials and production adaptation to meet people's needs and preferences has meant that our costs are low. The IKEA way of doing things is to pass these cost savings on to you, our customers."

IKEA also has a restaurant which serves Swedish food, below is a description of the restaurant:
"At the IKEA restaurant you can take a break from the hard work of shopping. You can even start your day at IKEA with breakfast before the store opens. Or why not have coffee and cake in the afternoon! In the restaurant you’ll find healthy Swedish and local daily dishes made from high quality fresh produce. You can use our highchairs and baby change stations for the little ones. And while the grownups rest a few minutes after lunch, the kids can have fun in the children play area."

I didn't take any pictures while we were at IKEA though, sorry :-(

Anyway, here are the few pictures I did get of 'Day Three':
Feeding the Seagulls,

A Seagull in flight,

After we got back from IKEA, this Big Tree Frog was waiting at the door for us, isn't that nice? :-)

ETA: (Edit To Add) a picture of Isaac sleeping at the bar :-).He looks comfortable, doesn't he?! :-).

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Day Two ~ The Holy Land Experience (continued)

This is a model town of Jerusalem,

Sam, in the belly of the whale!

Joseph and a dolphin,
MaryVance and Elijah, holding 'Jesus' ' hands.

Then Mama asked me to take some "nice" pictures of everyone,
so here they are! :-).
Me ;-),
Luke, MaryVance,
Joseph, on the camel,
Joseph again ;-),
And Nehemiah.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Day One ~ The Holy Land Experience

Sunday, December 14th 2008.Our day started with breakfast (of course ;-) ) which, as you can see consisted of milk and cereal :-),Then we went outside and watched the birds,After we watched the birds we came back inside and watch an episode of
"Daniel Boone" :-)

Sam and Nehemiah, watching "Daniel Boone" :-).
And then we loaded up and drove to the HLE
(Holy Land Experience )

The Temple,
Jonah, floating in the belly of the 'Big Fish',
Jesus, walking on the water,
Sam with a baby giraffe,
A group picture of Us,
Joseph and the baby elephant,
And well, that's all for Day One :-).

We're HOME!!!!

-sigh- it's SO good to be back!!

I'll be back sometime later with a full report and LOTS of pictures!!!!

P.S Did ya miss Me?!?!?!? :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Take a look at what the boys built!!

(The 'boys' meaning Caleb,Sam and Luke, Mama had the idea for it though :-) )
It's a "Lean to" for the dogs!!! (to keep their food dry while we're gone)
And the really good thing about 'it' is that 'it' didn't cost ANYTHING to build!!!! (meaning we had all the supplies on hand!! :-) )

A picture of the almost finished product (it started to rain before I could go outside and take the picture... I'll have to take one later )
Sam, posing for a pic with the "Lean to"

Caleb, putting on the finishing touches :-)

:: News ::

We are going to Orlando, FL for a MOMYS Retreat!
I will not be able to post on the blog until we get back, because we will not have a computer with us.

We will be leaving on Saturday (the 13th) and we'll be coming back on Saturday (the 20th), so we'll be gone for a Whole WEEK!!! :-)
I guess ya'll will have to get along without me for a Whole WEEK!!

And here are some of the places we plan on going to while we are in Orlando: The Holy Land Experience, Blue Springs State Park to see the manatees, The Wycliffe Museum, and we are going to go see our friends in Tampa!!! :-).

We still have lots to do before we can leave, like:
-Pack :-)
-Take care of ALL the animals
-Buy food to eat while we are there
-Clean-out the refrigerator
-Haircuts for All the boys
-Clean-out the van
-Do ALL the laundry, (that's My job :-), and I just have a couple of loads left to do -yay!!- )
etc... etc... etc...

Well, that's all for now! :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Psalms 105:1-5

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known
among the nations what he has done. Sing to him,
sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who

seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles,

and the judgments he pronounced…

Psalm 105: 1-5

P.S I didn't take this picture :-).

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Critters of all kinds!... :-)


A 5-inch long Stick Bug!A 2-inch long Preying Mantis! A 3-inch long Grasshopper!A very unusual looking Caterpillar!!

Reptiles and Amphibians:A 3 foot long Rat Snake!
Isn't his/her pattern beautiful?!
A Anole!
Another Anole! peeking out of the chair!! :-)
And Another Anole!! this one is hangin' out on the roof of the Play House!! :-)

A tiny Toad :-)
A tiny Leopard Frog! :-)
And a little Tree Frog!!

Well, that's all of the Critters, for now anyway!! :-)