18 August 2014

End-of-Summer {field} Trips

 Our summer is about to officially wrap up~can't believe fall is almost here!  August has been crazy busy so far, but these last couple of weeks are (hopefully) going to be a little slower.

We had two short trips back-to-back at the beginning of this month ...which made me realize more than ever that my son is just not a very good traveler.  But we survived.  And even had some fun in the meantime ;)

Our first trip was to Indianapolis for a ministers conference.  I didn't attend much of the conference, but I did get to hang out in a cozy hotel room downtown with my kiddos, eating some delicious pizza, and watching lots of the Food Network (a guilty hotel splurge since we don't have cable).

The kids and I also did a bit of walking around downtown while Vince was at the conference.  Indy has a lovely downtown and I always enjoy visiting there!

So then we came home for a couple of days and turned around and headed back to the Cincinnati area.  One of my childhood friends who lives in Alaska was in the lower 48 visiting family and friends, so we made plans to meet for the day at the Creation Museum.  It was so much fun to see her!  We haven't seen each other in person since before either of us was married.  It was fun introducing our kids, too.  We have daughters who are just 6 months apart in age and sons who are just 2 months apart in age.  

Of course, we loved our visit to the Creation Museum--it was our 4th visit (if you count the debate) and they have awesome new exhibits every time we go!  If you haven't been before, I highly recommend it.  Oh--and this year all kids are {free}!

While in the Cincinnati area we were able to stay with some dear family friends who live nearby~Jack & Joy.  And they were a true joy to stay with!  Jack is one amazing cook and I think we gained 10 lbs while there...ha!  

It seems like most everyone has started back to school or homeschool by now.  We will be starting on September 2nd--the day after Labor Day is our tradition.  We have already begun the school year's activities with our local homeschool group though and are enjoying that.  I'm glad that I've still got a couple of weeks to get organized for school!  

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