Monday, July 17, 2017

Bartholomew Reunion-Iowa

The long anticipated event arrived!  Time to head out for my family reunion!  We were loaded to the hilt inside and out.  Lee is a master at loading the bikes top and back and Clark loaded several things himself.  We left later than I hoped and sadly that makes me cranky. (I need to work on that!)  I forgot to drop off library books at our local library, so we had to go a little out of the way to drop them off in Harrisonburg.  BUT we finally left!
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We had a decent drive through the night to Iowa.  We did have to pull over though and we both slept for a couple of hours.  Lee resumed driving at about 3:30am.  We made it to Deb's house right at lunch.  They had already left to eat at a park, so we drove over and met them there.  I love how the cousins are always excited to see each other.  Several came running over to meet us.
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Haley especially loves her cousins' dogs.  This one is Boomer.  The other dog is Sally.
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And these boys, Elden and Reed, enjoyed having Boomer run over them.  So funny and uncomfortable!!!
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After a great lunch we headed to downtown. I love their downtown!!!  Oh and Deb fed all of us the ENTIRE time!  It was awesome, thanks Deb!  (Well, one stop for lunch we all ate at a local cafe.)
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So, you HAVE to go to the Scratch Cup Cakery in Iowa.  I think they are the best cupcakes I've bought at a cupcake store.  I've actually had cupcakes from the Cake Boss bakery, from the well-known Georgetown Cupcakes, and our local cupcake joint.  These are the best!  Not sure if they're as good or the same as my friend Courtney's cupcakes, but they are really good!
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We gave the kids a spending limit and they all chose to get a slurpee-like drink.  Since those didn't cost very much we opted to get three cupcakes to ourselves and split all of them just between me and Lee. YUM YUM!
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It was fun peeking in a few other stores downtown, like this fun candy shop.
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Next stop....the much anticipated public swimming pool: "The Falls".  Yes.  You read it right.  This is their PUBLIC swimming pool.  SO SO SO FUN!  No need to go to a water park when you can visit The Falls for $7 a person!
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We never got a picture of it, but you can see an opening into the lazy river from the slide drop off...
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Joseph and Cal are apparently having a dance contest?
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Watching old Disney movies is so fun with my family.  We watched That Darn Cat and had pizza.  Then we had fun doing fireworks.  The Bunker's treat us right!
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We were wiped out.  Even Elden fell asleep on this wooden bench.  I don't know how we do it, but when Lee and I drive through the night, somehow we manage to stay up for the rest of the next day.  An occasional nap might get snuck in here or there, but for the most part I'm amazed that we can stay awake.
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We had a lovely Sabbath.  Their church is about a mile away so Lee and I and the kids walked to church.  We should have left sooner as we were late.  Naturally,  I am not a punctual person.  It's my free spirit side coming out. I am more of a situational punctual person.  Like church for example.  I feel like I'm late if I don't get there 15 minutes early.  Or even 10 minutes.   My kids inevitably have to use the restroom or get a drink of water. And I'm surprised how long a drink or bathroom stop can take.....
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After church we ate and visited.  Such great times!  Wish I lived closer to my family.
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Monday morning Lee and I went on a run--Lee did 6 miles with me!  A couple kids played a game Joseph and Cal made up.  We packed up and headed out.
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We enjoyed the first leg of the reunion.  Family time is the best time.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

HAPPY 4th EVERYONE!  What a great holiday.  What a great country the U.S.of A. is!  We are so incredibly blessed to live in this wonderful land.  I have been reading a book called Wild Swans and the oppression and hardships of the lives of these Chinese is so sad.  Many things have changed I am sure since the book was published--which is a non-fiction book, by the way.  Weirdly enough this book by the author, who is from China, is banned from China.  And another of her books is banned from China.

Moving on to happier thoughts!  Cal is working on his mountain biking merit badge. It's a good excuse for us (or Lee) to take the kids out on a bike ride.
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In addition to not being super-punctual (see prior post) I tend to put things off.  But once I start the project I can't just let it go half-way; I need to get it done! Like stay-up-till-3am-to-get-it done! I bought paint for our shed a couple months ago and we got the shed painted.  We don't have a floodlamp so I held the flashlight for a good long while.  I need to post more photos, but it looks SOO much better!
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After just a few hours of sleep we headed over to Oakdale Park for a tri-unit potluck breakfast, games, visiting and a 5k.  We don't have hardly any patriotic t-shirts.  Then next best thing: blue BYU shirts.  So USA-ian! I did my best in a long while....about 8:30 per mile.  My poor friend Sara....we planned on going to this race together and then I didn't even run with her.  I guess I was too psyched up to get a good time knowing it was only 3 miles. A young man came in first, Cal second and myself third.  Granted there weren't very many people running, but it was still fun!
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After the park we went swimming with our friends the Whitings at their home.
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So July 4th was so fun and relaxing-especially thanks to all the people who hosted us!  For dinner we headed to another place for a crab and shrimp boil.  So fun!

After dinner we headed to the Copeland's house for s'mores, ATV rides, fireworks and more pool swimming!
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They don't mess around and bought TONS of AWESOME fireworks.  The most I've ever seen at a home.  The kids were in heaven.
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On our way back we saw the fireworks show going off in our little town. I had NO idea that our town put on a fireworks display.  Apparently they haven't done it the past few years.  I hope they keep up the firework display!

Now my nerd peeked though on this mission: get the kids' backpacks ready.  We finished them up July 5th, I think, and now they are sitting in my room awaiting the start of the school year!
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Cal also learned how to do his own laundry.  I don't think he's ready to go solo, but maybe he is.
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A local dairy hands out a free pint of chocolate milk to the kids signed up for the reading program.  They have baby calves to put and what not.
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Some little tag-ons at the end, but wow, what an incredibly fun 4th of July!  My mom pointed out that this is one of her favorite holidays.  There isn't a lot of work involved, just being with good friends, family and a chance to celebrate our freedoms.