Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lacrosse, Saturday In the Park and Carousel Horses

It has been a busy, busy week! Last Friday I drove to Buena Vista, Virginia where I stayed with Skye and Ryan and watched Reagan while her mommy played in SVU's 2nd Lacrosse match of the season. 

Reagan was so cute and would say "Run Mommy, Run" and "Go Mommy!"

Final Score 10 - 1  Go Southern Virginia University! 
 I left Skye and Ryan's Tuesday morning and drove to Mocksville, NC to spend the day with Grandma Peggy. It was a nice relaxing day.

. On Wednesday I drove over to Madison, Alabama to stay with Shiloh and Jason's 8 children while they flew off to New Mexico and then to Utah for Amelia's Wedding. - Last night I brought them back to Meridian so we could spend the weekend with Grandpa. First thing after breakfast we went on a scavenger hunt to find The Carousel Horses of Meridian. We found over 20 of the 63 horses. Here are some pictures of a few of them. 

Here is Lydia on "Clothes Horse"...

Adam and Maggie on McTiger

Emily on Fruit of the Vine (It was in front of the Fine Wines and liquor store)

Adrianna on 'Horse Play' in front of the Meridian Little Theater. (Notice the Jazz Hands!)

Preston on 'Gypsy'.

Jonas on Grandpa's personal favorite - Iron Horse, located at the Train Depot. 

I love the detail on this horse.

Lydia and Micah on 'Horsepower'.

Maggie on "Your Horseness of the Queen City".

Adam on 'Star Spangled Pony'.

Lydia on 'Blue Chip'.

'Lady' with the family.

'Hope's Call' was covered with Pennies and mirrors.

Disco pose anyone?

'Fair Filly'

'Shimmering C Jewels'

'Midas Mare' at city hall.

At the Library we found 'I Spy'.

The kids had fun pointing out characters from books painted on the horse. 

'C.C. Rider' the crusading horse in front of St. Patrick's Catholic church.

'Caretaker' in front of the health clinic.

As we walked around town the kids became educated on why some parts of town are run down ...

Taxi anyone?

And we talked about the renovation going on making the downtown area beautiful.

After the morning hunt was over we went out to Bonita Lakes park for some canoeing with grandpa.

And the younger kids worked out at the exercise stations-

While Jonas, Emily, Adrianna and I went for a run around the lake.

The kids loved rolling down the big hill. 

We finished the afternoon at Highland Park taking the kids for a ride on the Antique Dentzel Carousel. The oldest operating double row Carousel in the Country. 

A cook out with Red Hots and Brawts with the Missionaries for company followed. 
What a fun day we had! Well, time to get ready for bed. Later gators! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Fun Round-Up

I know this is supposed to be from January, but I had to add these cute pictures of us with Skye and Reagan from Dec. 29th. 

Darryl and I were leaving straight from church and had a hard time saying good-bye.

Sure do love these girls!

We talked Shiloh and Jason into coming to Meridian and staying with us for New Year's Eve. When they first arrived we had a belated Christmas for the kiddos.

Jordan and Janet Evans arrived with their 4 kids and the party started! Six adults and ten children in our small 1 bedroom apartment. What fun! We played games, ate great food and had a swell time! Janet and Jordan left at 10:30, the older kids, grandma and Shiloh stayed up until 12:10, then they grabbed some floor, or a couch and crashed!

Guess who was the first one up at 5:30? Yep, Micah was rarin' to go!

He helped grandma fix the first breakfast of the new year!

We played games and visited. The weather warmed up nicely so we fired up the Ruckus and Jason took the kids for rides. Emily even got to drive it!

At noon I left to go to Indiana to be with Family as Louise's health was failing so fast. As I headed north Past Huntsville on I-65 they have a rest area with a Rocket. On my way home I stopped and took some pictures.

The end of January brought temperatures in the teens here in Mississippi and most people don't have the outerwear to work in that weather, so they closed the construction site where we were working. Darryl and I took advantage of the closing and went to Alabama to visit the kids.

It was Preston's Cub Scout Pinewood Derby! He was able to be the starter for one of the races!

1-2-3- GO!!

Preston's car is on the far right. He came in second in this heat!
We all had a lot of fun and Preston received an award for the best paint job. He thanked his mom for helping him. He drew the design and she helped him paint it. Hey... it's a family affair!

Yes, we are in the south, but they do sometimes get snow.

This was 5 days ago in the evening of January 28th. We received almost 2 inches of the white powder. Since most everything around here was closed I was happy to stay inside and catch up on my journal and other projects I had going.

Yesterday was February 1st. It would have been dad's 81st. birthday. It was also 67 degrees here in Meridian, Mississippi. You gotta love the South!