Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Creation Museum

Another full day in Ohio!

This morning we went over to the Creation Museum. It was very crowded! ( I think the Ark has brought a lot of attention to the AiG ministry!) We enjoyed touring the exhibits and it was a great review for the older kids who used this curriculum in school for three last two years. We especially loved the Buddy Davis area and dinosaur section 😊

After the museum we spent a couple of hours at Dave & Buster's, a gigantic arcade! Then we hit the international supermarket, Jungle Jim's, for quite the culinary experience! What a neat store!

After dinner and one more stop for icecream(!), we ended the night at our hotel pool.

It's been a great little getaway! We've enjoyed our time away and have made some fun memories in the buckeye state 😉

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Ark Encounter

What a fun day exploring the Ark!

We're exhausted after a fun full day visiting the Ark Encounter! It was as massive as you would imagine and the museum was very well done. It was full of very realistic animal sculptures, biblical/historical displays, and their research on what parts of the ark might have been like for Noah and his family. It was very busy but we were able to enjoy several hours there. My favorite part was the section at the end which included Bibles from all over the world and from many dates in history. They included a special grouping of items from Hudson Taylor's mission work in China (a favorite of our Hudson, whom he was named after!) That was a neat surprise!

Tonight we headed into downtown Cincinnati to watch the Reds play the Braves! It was a beautiful night and the boys loved watching the players up close and personal. Meanwhile, it was well into the second inning before Lillianne asked when the game was going to start. Ha! It ended up being a good game for the Reds; we were able to watch a few home runs!

And a night in Ohio isn't complete without stopping for a Graeter's ice cream 😊

What a fun day!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lexington, Kentucky

For Christmas Memaw and Granddad gave the kids certificates to the Ark Encounter where they made donations in their honor. The Ark opened a couple of weeks ago and the kids were super excited to see their pegs! So...this weekend we're taking a little road trip to Kentucky/Ohio!

We left yesterday afternoon and ended up in Lexington. We've spent today exploring a renowned horse training park and racetrack (wish we could have seen some horses on the track!) The kids liked taking a pony ride at the park. Kentucky has some beautiful farms!

Before heading to Cincinnati this evening we stopped at Wallace Station for lunch (from Triple D).

It's been a fun day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 240th, America!

Happy 4th of July! 

It was a rainy and overcast day --- but we made the best of it --- 
and enjoyed spending time with our family celebrating America's birthday! 

There was no big pool party (like there usually is...), no bbq in the back yard (like we usually have...), no big gathering (normally the house is packed...), none of Pa's famous homemade ice cream, and only a quarter of the cousins were there for an afternoon of playing... but we still had a good time! 

We came home a little early, threw some hotdogs on the grill, let the kids wave sparklers in the driveway, then watched the fireworks up the street. 

Next year, we'll hope the sun will be blazin' and the whole family will be re-united! =) 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nanny & Pappaw's

(in the middle of our lonnnng car ride to Indiana! Stuck in stand-still traffic!) 

watching wresting with Pappaw

playing in the dirt


reading with Nanny


Lillianne, Riley & Layla - 3rd cousins, 2 months apart 

swinging with Nanny and Pappaw in their back yard - with those Indiana fields 

precious hands

silly boys! 

the newest addition - my cousins baby! had a great day visiting her! 

We had a fun week visiting Nanny & Pappaw in Indiana!