Friday, January 6, 2017

Hall of Fame

This year, my dad and Mat were both inducted into the Falcon Foundation Hall of Fame in our home town in Pennsylvania.  We went in to Connellsville for the ceremony which was very nice.  They gave Mat a plaque and its replicate will hang at the high school.  The foundation honors people from Connellsville who have made a difference in the town, or who have come from the town and have been very successful.

We were very proud of them both.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A brand new school year

I figured I would start with pictures of the kid's start to the 2016-2017 school year.  Finley and Cainan started 4th grade this year.  Arlington started 8th grade - her last year of middle school.  I cannot believe that next year we will have a high schooler.  It is just too much.  I can still her mad little squished up face on the night she was born.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year - Time to Blog Again

I made a decision that I want to restart this blog.  It is a record for my children, and of our family, and I have neglected it for too long.

So - I am vowing to try to post at least a few times a month, if not more often, so that I can keep that record going.

The last time I updated this blog it was July 2016.  We had just returned from Idaho.  A lot has happened since that time.  My grandfather, and last living grandparent, died in August at the age of 96.  He was an amazing man and he lived an amazing life.  I will miss him, but I know that my Grammy was there to meet him in Heaven.  Now they will be up there pestering God together.

In September, Arlington started 8th grade and her last year of middle school.  Where has the time gone?  Finley and Cainan started 4th grade.  The school year has been off to an amazing start.

We increased the amount of rental properties Mat and I hold from 1 to 7 this year.  Because we have lost our minds.  It hasn't been that bad, actually.  We have an amazing contractor/property manager.  We have a great realtor, real estate attorney and CPA helping us.  And we like the changes we are making to my parent's neighborhood.  Time will tell how many more we will acquire.

In November Cainan had a major mouth surgery related to his cleft lip and palate.  He had a bone removed from his hip and it was grafted into his jaw where he was missing bone from the cleft.  It was a 3 hour surgery, but it went very, very well.  He only spent one night in the hospital, but has spent the last 6 weeks drinking nothing but liquids.  In a few days he gets to go to a soft diet for 2 weeks and then he is FREE.  His mouth looks amazing, and I am looking forward to seeing the changes it will make to his bone structure of his face.  We are all glad to have that surgery behind him.

Arlington was a lead in her school musical this year.  She did a great job, and we enjoyed seeing the cute little middle school show.

We went to Pennsylvania for Christmas this year instead of Hawaii, but it was just as fun.  It was great to spend the holidays with our family.

So, now that you are caught up - I will spend the next few days gathering pictures to portray all of those events, and then we can go from there!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vacation Day 10

Last full day of vacation.  Today we had to take the long drive back across Idaho to Boise where we would be catching our plane the next day.  But we didn't just drive.  We had planned stops to make the day fun and break up the 8 hour driving day.

We spent the entire day stopping at fun places along the way.  We stopped and saw a Lava national park which was called "Craters of the Moon" which was really neat.  The folks that made it a park called it Craters of the Moon because they felt that is what it resembled.  A long time ago, astronauts used to come to the area to practice.  In reality - they found that it isn't like the moon's surface at all, but the name stuck.

Then we stopped at Balanced Rock.  This is exactly what it sounds like - a rock that looks like it is balancing on another rock.  IT was really cool.   It was a bit of a hike up to the rock, but well worth it.

We drove by Thousand Springs State park - not enough time to stop, but we could see many of the water falls from the road.  Then before we knew it we were back in Boise and settling in for our last night before heading home.

We had a great vacation.  I cannot believe how beautiful Idaho is.  If I would have known what we were missing, I would have gone a long time ago.

At Craters of the Moon an Artist made a rendition of a Lava Tube

 We walked to the top of this lava hill.  It was super windy, but great views!

 there was snow down inside one of the deep caves in the lava

 Balanced Rock area

 Thousand Springs State Park

 Last dinner in Idaho.  

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Idaho Vacation Day 9

Second day in the Yellowstone area.  Today we did see Old Faithful, and went to the southern part of Yellowstone.  We continued OUT of Yellowstone and down to the Grand Tetons.  Because they were there.

We had a very long, but very fun day.  We saw a ton in a 12 hour period, and since it was our last day in Yellowstone, we made it worth it.

Waiting for Old Faithful.  These days it goes off around every 88 minutes - give or take 10 minutes.  It was freezing, so we took turns going inside the visitor center to get warm.

 That blue water.  So hot....

 We found this interesting - an old geyser - a tree growing in it

 a Geyser errupted while we were walking around

 Grand Tetons in the distance....always snow covered

 Riding a boat across Jenny Lake

 Doing some Hiking around Jenny Lake

 Having dinner near the Tetons.  One last Bison burger

 We had a fun time watching these Elk.  The little ones were running all over the place, chasing each other