Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
After awhile, posting on the blog or writing the Christmas letter, things get to be a little too clean. So I decided to show a few pictures that represent our REAL family on vacation. Anyone who has ever sat with us for more than 5 minutes knows that we are just goofy.
This is really our dog, Dexter. He looks sort of lopsided and silly. I dropped him at our favorite kennel and when I picked him up the guy noted that Dexer is getting older, but is still playful. Then he said, "We tried 3 different kinds of food. He wouldn't eat anything, Deb, just his cookies. He didn't give up on his cookies." So I have a dog that spent a week surviving on depression and cookies.
Before we left on vacation Riane went on her 10 day retreat. She follows a special diet that cuts out all artificial colors and preservatives. She told us that on retreat they didn't have many options for her so she was stuck eating "box" food and "cafeteria" food. This expression pretty much sums up how she felt when she arrived at our house.
I did not tie my kid up. This is how he slept in the car. He had a couple of other interesting positions, but I didn't have my camera handy. How could this be comfortable?
I cut off the bottom of myself before I thought about writing the REAL family. Too bad. After hiking up an "easy" trail I was sweatin' baby. I spent a lot of my park time with my hair tucked up, sweat pouring down my face -- leanin' on a rock.
Hmmm.... I have no idea!
Friday, June 4, 2010
We are on our long awaited vacation-that-we-didn't-really-plan. We thought we were heading to a conference in Nashville. Since our condo was flooded out, we ended up with a week in the Smoky Mountains. Definitely a good thing. Our mantra has been "This vacation is for us to rest." Consequently, it is 9:00am in the morning and other than Jerome and I, only one kid is up. Highly unusual for this family of up at 6:30am and doin' life by 7:00am. There have been days we didn't get out of the condo until noon. We have been having lots of fun.
We have seen a lot of critters:
We also saw a bear cub on our first day out. We were a little bit of a distance and so totally in the moment that we didn't get picture.
Jerome has been doing a lot of this:
Driving us from place to place!
We got in a little fishing -- but didn't catch anything.
Had lunch on the river.
We have beein in two places at once.
We have seen some beautiful scenery:
Hiking has been really fun.
We took an auto tour of a place called Cades Cove and got the feel for how people lived here in the 1800's before it was a National Park. This is one of my favorite pictures:
Just hanging out at the condo has been fun too. They have a miniature water park and pools ...
Today we plan on a little shopping -- tomorrow more rest and swimming. It has been quite a different trip from our Washington DC, Amtrak- Metro ridin' adventure just six months ago. This trip we have slept more -- read more and had far less of an agenda. We turned off the TV's and just let the kids watch a movie at night that we rented from a local store. Most days we start so late and end so late that the kids can be up until midnight watching that movie -- and we don't even care. I have barely been able to bring myself to check e-mail ... we have unplugged and got away from our life for a bit. Nice.