Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tomorrow we plan to have brunch with all the family, visit Niagra Falls in the afternoon, and then drive as far as we can. Monday we will breakfast with our Great-Grandmother (Mom's Grandma), and then drive to Grandma and Grandpa's home in Illinois, where we will spend the night. The Tuesday will be the long stretch home from their house to Rolla. I cannot wait to get back. :) This has been a wonderful trip, but I really miss the peace of our home, and of course, Andy and Dad. Friends in Rolla- Give me a call or shoot me an e-mail when I get back so we can get together, okay? I miss you all. . .
Thanks for bearing with me all this time.
Okay, so this is kind of a random picture. However some will appreciate it. :) Only 3 left!!
This was a sculpture in Philadelphia. It is in rememberance of all the Irish who died on their way over during the Potato Famine.
The Liberty Bell
Isaac, aka George Washington. I love this kid. When we were on the trolley, a lady asked him about his "pirate hat". He corrected her quickly - "No, it's a colonial hat, like George Washington's."
View of the river from Mt. Vernon - the picture doesn't do it justice. :)
Here is Miss Libeth, back to her happy, goofy self! We are so thankful that she is better! I think she is using the sun shade on her stroller as a head-rest.
Isaac dressed as George Washington - he was absolutely thrilled when we found a "George Washington" hat to buy. He wears it all the time. :D
The Lincoln Memorial - unfortunately, this is about as close as we got.
The Capitol Building
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial - the words engraved on the walls are truly a testament to the faith of our Founding Fathers. It is wonderful reminder of the Christian foundation of our nation, something that is often forgotten in this crazy, busy city.
Me, Libeth, Isaac, Zeke, and our friend Patrick (from Rolla!), in front of the National Archives Building. I believe Abby's head is behind Zeke's - she is someday going to regret ducking out of all the photos. :D
The gardens, which Zeke was especially interested in.
We took so many photos of the flowers on the flower path, but this was my favorite, probably because of the color.
A unique bench in downtown Charlottesville. It was a mosaic. . . so cool. We wanted to buy it, but we don't have space in the van. ; )
And here is the dear little sickie. Poor thing had the "splint" on her arm to keep the IV from bending. She slept most of the time in the hospital, which was a blessing. Mum was able to spend the night with her, also a blessing.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Okay, this is a little weird, but these bugs were ALL OVER one of the rest-stops in W. Virginia. It was so gross!!
One of the beautiful farms in KY.Horses. . . . need I say more?
So this is the Greenbrier Hotel. And this is just the main building. It's got tons of little cabins (well actually BIG cabins) and the grounds are amazing.
And this is the "Humpback Bridge". Pretty exciting.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Well we are on day one of our family vacation. :) I think I may have forgetten the proper cords to download photos, so it may just be boring words. At least until I have a chance to thoroughly search the van tomorrow. Today we had lots of fun. We mostly drove, but also took a few hours at Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana. It was really cool, because in addition to the museum, they had a living history farm. They actually farm, and have animals, and live as Lincoln and his family did. Mum and I both decided that we would have to throw away our computers to have the time to do all that they do. We saw a king snake, then drove on, through a town called "Santa Claus" (I'm not even joking), and ate dinner in Shelbyville at a Cracker Barrel. We are staying here tonight at a hotel with a very cold swimming pool, and wireless that isn't working. :/
Favorite Quotes from today:
"How do you say diet soda in Polish?" - Zeke
"I don't like eating at this rest-stop because it's wet. I think though that when it isn't wet, it probably isn't as wet. " - prefers to remain annonymous
Most interesting wildlife spotted:
Very dead deer on the side of the road
Love you all, and wish you were here!
P.S. I found the cords and software!! So here are some photos from our first day:
Abby Swinging at our first rest stop - the wet one. :)
Copy of the Gettysburg Address at Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana.
At the Living Farm at Lincoln's Boyhood Home.
I think we had been driving for about 30 minutes with the tank on Empty before we found this gas stop. Thank you Lord that we didn't add running out of gas to our adventures this day!
Did you know that most gas pumps will stop at $100? We didn't either until gas prices reached over $4/gal., at least out here in the east.
Hangman Game between Becky and Zeke (I won!)
Grandma and Grandpa playing checkers at Cracker Barrel
Sunday, May 25, 2008
God Bless, and drop me an e-mail to let me know what you're up to this summer!
The whole family
While reading Andy's biography. . .
This was what was in my "diploma" when I opened it. Zephan had typed up an "application for a diploma", gotten both my parents to sign it, and printed the "rejected" stamp on it. I almost fell out of my seat laughing, which would have been very un-graduate-like. ;)
Playing the "bottle game"
And the teenagers playing volleyball
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Portrait of an ISTJ - Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging
The Duty Fulfiller
ISTJs are quiet and reserved individuals who are interested in security and peaceful living. They have a strongly-felt internal sense of duty, which lends them a serious air and the motivation to follow through on tasks. Organized and methodical in their approach, they can generally succeed at any task which they undertake.
ISTJs are very loyal, faithful, and dependable. They place great importance on honesty and integrity. They are "good citizens" who can be depended on to do the right thing for their families and communities. While they generally take things very seriously, they also usually have an offbeat sense of humor and can be a lot of fun - especially at family or work-related gatherings.
ISTJs tend to believe in laws and traditions, and expect the same from others. They're not comfortable with breaking laws or going against the rules. If they are able to see a good reason for stepping outside of the established mode of doing things, the ISTJ will support that effort. However, ISTJs more often tend to believe that things should be done according to procedures and plans. If an ISTJ has not developed their Intuitive side sufficiently, they may become overly obsessed with structure, and insist on doing everything "by the book".
The ISTJ is extremely dependable on following through with things which he or she has promised. For this reason, they sometimes get more and more work piled on them. Because the ISTJ has such a strong sense of duty, they may have a difficult time saying "no" when they are given more work than they can reasonably handle. For this reason, the ISTJ often works long hours, and may be unwittingly taken advantage of.
The ISTJ will work for long periods of time and put tremendous amounts of energy into doing any task which they see as important to fulfilling a goal. However, they will resist putting energy into things which don't make sense to them, or for which they can't see a practical application. They prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when the situation demands it. They like to be accountable for their actions, and enjoy being in positions of authority.
The ISTJ has little use for theory or abstract thinking, unless the practical application is clear.ISTJs have tremendous respect for facts. They hold a tremendous store of facts within themselves, which they have gathered through their Sensing preference. They may have difficulty understanding a theory or idea which is different from their own perspective. However, if they are shown the importance or relevance of the idea to someone who they respect or care about, the idea becomes a fact, which the ISTJ will internalize and support. Once the ISTJ supports a cause or idea, he or she will stop at no lengths to ensure that they are doing their duty of giving support where support is needed.
The ISTJ is not naturally in tune with their own feelings and the feelings of others. They may have difficulty picking up on emotional needs immediately, as they are presented. Being perfectionists themselves, they have a tendency to take other people's efforts for granted, like they take their own efforts for granted. They need to remember to pat people on the back once in a while.
ISTJs are likely to be uncomfortable expressing affection and emotion to others. However, their strong sense of duty and the ability to see what needs to be done in any situation usually allows them to overcome their natural reservations, and they are usually quite supporting and caring individuals with the people that they love. Once the ISTJ realizes the emotional needs of those who are close to them, they put forth effort to meet those needs.
The ISTJ is extremely faithful and loyal. Traditional and family-minded, they will put forth great amounts of effort at making their homes and families running smoothly. They are responsible parents, taking their parenting roles seriously. They are usually good and generous providers to their families. They care deeply about those close to them, although they usually are not comfortable with expressing their love. The ISTJ is likely to express their affection through actions, rather than through words.
ISTJs have an excellent ability to take any task and define it, organize it, plan it, and implement it through to completion. They are very hard workers, who do not allow obstacles to get in the way of performing their duties. They do not usually give themselves enough credit for their achievements, seeing their accomplishments simply as the natural fulfillment of their obligations.
ISTJs usually have a great sense of space and function, and artistic appreciation. Their homes are likely to be tastefully furnished and immaculately maintained. They are acutely aware of their senses, and want to be in surroundings which fit their need for structure, order, and beauty.
Under stress, ISTJs may fall into "catastrophe mode", where they see nothing but all of the possibilities of what could go wrong. They will berate themselves for things which they should have done differently, or duties which they failed to perform. They will lose their ability to see things calmly and reasonably, and will depress themselves with their visions of doom.
In general, the ISTJ has a tremendous amount of potential. Capable, logical, reasonable, and effective individuals with a deeply driven desire to promote security and peaceful living, the ISTJ has what it takes to be highly effective at achieving their chosen goals - whatever they may be.
It kind of freaks me out how well this describes me. :) If you want to take the test and find out your personality type, this is my favorite one.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Way too cute!
Sigh. . . people grow up too fast! Abby is becoming such a beautiful young lady. Some days I suspect she may catch up to me anytime. . .
No more pictures!
Racing somewhere. . .