Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Final installment on the trip to Alabama

In real time I have 2 more blocks done and 3 more to finish up TODAY! Here is May DSC02826 And December DSC02829.
Other news on the homefront ~ The search for a new house continues. This is the front runner at the moment. DSC02789 It's a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath with a nice large pool. We've gotten them to come down a bit in price which is always good. Our only holdback is that it is in another school district which means moving the kids to yet another new school and we'd really like to NOT do that if at all possible. So the search continues .... I did run across these guys the other day... see how big the chicks are gettingDSC02791 Some I've seen lately are even bigger. Pretty soon you won't be able to tell the babies from the parents.
Back to the trip... Saturday was our last day and probably the best ~ especially if you ask the kids. We drove over to Sequoyah Caverns in Valley Head, AL where Nathaniel got to feed a peacock while we waited for our tour of the caves DSC02736
I was worried that my claustrophobia might be an issue in the caves but they were pretty open and not too many people on the tour with us so I never felt "trapped." DSC02755Here are my two big kids fooling around (as usual) DSC02753 And here we are at the end of our tour DSC02759
After our tour we bought some bags of "dirt" and mined for gems. DSC02762I think Julianne got the biggest haul of the day. Lots of garnets and a few emeralds and even some copper. I think I'd like to have one of the larger garnets made into earrings for her maybe for Christmas.
Saturday night when we got home one of J&J's neighbors came over and we grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner. It actually got downright cold and the neighbor had brought over his fire pit and we made a fire and roasted marshmallows. DSC02781
All in all ~ a great ending to a great trip. Thanks so much to J&J for being such gracious hosts ~ we miss you guys already!
So, how was your day?


Julie said...

The quilt is going to be so neat when it's all done!

Looks like a nice weekend.

Debbielou said...

Wow you have been really busy - you seem to be able to pack so much into a day !!

jillytacy said...

Wow the chicks are getting so big. Very neat to be able to watch them grow! The hand print quilt is very neat. I want to modify your idea and make a tote bag with hand prints. I think it will be a great way to make a keepsake gift for my daughter's preschool teacher. There are 10 kids in the class so I think I can do it without making a gigantic bag. I'll have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.