Monday, May 31, 2010

Spring Trip To The Zoo

All us girls (pictured below) went to the zoo last Thursday. We are both on C Track and both have zoo memberships that expire in June, so we decided to adventure to the zoo together. We had a wonderful time. Madi sincerely thanked God in her prayer at dinner time for Ms. Shannon buying us all kettle corn. It was cute.

Lydia, Madi, Shannon, Emma, and Moriah ready to eat lunch.

There were baby prairie dogs; they were so cute. I included the older prairie dog (front) so you could see the size difference.

Baby Zuri is about 9/10 months old. She is still cute as can be. This time visiting, she was trunk exploring in the grass. She explored passed the fence with her trunk while lying on the ground, laying on her legs (pictured above), and standing.

The rhinos, Princess and George, are usually behind a dugout that we can see the best through windows. Today they were both out in plan sight.

The Baboons were out to see, as well. They are so interesting.

This is the second time we've seen the wolves.

Thank you to my fellow blogger, Lori, for teaching me how to put more than four pictures on one post.

Friday, May 28, 2010


You might remember last time the girls tracked off they took swim lessons. During these last three weeks off track, they took the same class and this time passed. They are even better swimmers and already have been talking about swim lessons for the summer.

Emma and Madi with their instructor, Jessica, after their last lesson, showing off their achievement cards.



Madi and Madison waiting for their turn to swim.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Walk-off Grand Slam

Last Thursday, my cousin-n-law, Brooks Conrad, hit a walk-off grand slam to win the game for the Atlanta Braves. We are so proud of him. Way to go Brooks....

Click here for ESPN interview of Brooks

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bee's Baseball

Two Sunday's ago we went to a Bee's Baseball game, compliments of a family from our church (Thank You!). It was the hottest (in the 80's) day we've had all year. We were roasting until the sun went behind the stadium. During the hot part of the game, the girls and I walked around. We even went to a playground they had in the park. The girls said they enjoy watching baseball much more when Brooks plays, but even without Brooks, we still had a fun family day....

Chris and the girls fresh and ready for the game to start. I teased Chris that he looked ready for a hike, not a baseball game, but he didn't care; he was well protected from the sun (the day before he got burned while working in the yard).

Emma brought her ball she won years ago when she was watching our cousin (Brooks Conrad) play for a triple A team. She had Brooks sign it and wanted to have someone sign it on the Bee's team. We have no idea who it was (can't read signature), but Emma was excited.

I think this is the first time both girls were excited to go up to a character and get a picture taken .

Friday, May 21, 2010


Last Saturday at our church's Teacher Appreciation Social, Emma and Chris participated in a game where they had to keep an apple between their foreheads while moving in directions they were instructed to move. They tied for first and then on the tie breaker they won. They had fun and I have to say, it was fun to watch them.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blowing The Gun

Today we went to one of our youth's track meet. This was the girls first track meet they've experienced. All in all they enjoyed it, except for the start of each race. Soon after the meet started, Madi said, "I don't like it when that guy blows the gun." I looked at her and said, "shoots the gun?" We all smiled and continued to watch the runners while Madi held her fingers in her ears.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Our Apple Tree

I grew up on a farm with fruit trees and a big garden. I enjoyed eating fresh fruit and always wanted to have my own fruit trees. We now have an apple tree in our back yard. Thank you to the ones that gave us this tree.
I have big plans for our yard, but at this point we have an apple tree, tomato plant and four strawberry plants. I am going to plant a small garden this year as next year we are going to work on getting our yard looking nice (deck, moving our garden, fence, flowers, etc.). This year's plan is finishing our basement.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sermon On Ruth - Week 3

Wanted to let you know that Chris preached his third sermon on Ruth yesterday. It is the third of three on the book of Ruth. If you would like to listen to it, go to:, click on this week's sermon. If you missed the other two week's sermon, you can still listen to it. Go to media archives.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Yesterday we went to the AWANA Fair. The girls have been earning AWANA shares throughout the year for saying verses, bringing friends, etc. During the first half of the year, every month they spent their shares at the AWANA store. Starting in January they saved their shares to spend at the AWANA Fair. Let's just say we had a blast....

At this booth, you could dress up and get your picture taken. After a few minutes the picture was printed and put in a cute card. We came home with a total of 4 pictures. I have to say Chris looks pretty cool (smile). The girls picked Chris' costumes.


The girls spent lots of shares on getting their nails, faces, and arms painted....


Chris won this race. He gave me a scare as he fell after he crossed the finish line. He was thankfully okay. Emma participated in this game at another time. We participated in a three legged race as well. Chris and Emma vs. Holly and Madi. We tied. Although Chris says they won.

The girls had fun getting Commander Zane wet throwing water balloons at him.


As you could guess, both girls went back to the petting zoo twice. Emma enjoyed it until the chick pooped on her. Madi enjoyed grooming and feeding the bunny.

Emma was running out of shares and didn't want to take her shoes off, so she didn't go on the slide, but Madi went around five times. Madi earned so many shares that she had enough to do all she wanted, share with her parents, sister and friends, and still have a bunch left over. Emma is planning to say more verses and save more of her shares next year.
I have to say one more thing: for the first time ever, Chris saw a cake walk, participated in it twice and won a cake. He got the whole cake walk experience.