Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ahhh Summer...

So, obviously I haven't been blogging alot lately. I try but I get distracted. But enough with excuses.

Summertime has been very nice so far. We have already gone on one vacation (the slideshow is at the bottom of the page now), I have been starting up a garden, and we have just been enjoying ourselves here at home with the beautiful weather.

My garden this year will be the first garden I have ever......um...gardened. :) I will post pictures later. My Dad was kind enough to bring his rototiller over and get the ground all nice and chewed up for me. Thanks, Dad! I have started with seeds and am learning about the little creatures around here that like them for breakfast. Goofy critters! Also, I will be keeping a log of my mistakes throughout this whole process so as to better myself next year. Hope I have enough paper in my notebook! My Grandma was very good at gardening. She made it seem so easy. Even the neighbors knew of her green thumb! I sincerely hope that there are some gardening genetics in me so I can have some decent results. We'll see.

So far this summer the kids have been having a great time. BB got to go camping with his friends this past weekend. More fishing! As you probably know from SAAM's blog, BB has been quite the fisherman. We're so proud! He also did some swimming, hiking, and had a good time on the paddleboats. When he got home, he was tired. A good tired. He has also been having a great time with the kids that visit the neighborhood's grandparents every summer. I'm so glad we got the trampoline. It has paid for itself many times. These kids are out there for hours at a time playing around on that thing. A nice way to keep them active and away from the TV. Even LB has been hanging around everyone. He's becoming so social lately!! And normally when we have people over for dinner or whatever, he is usually in his room watching his videos. But just recently he has been coming out of his shell. He is hanging with the crowd now!!

He really has been doing well this summer. This boy, who has had quite the speech difficulty, has been talking soooooo much!! We are just all amazed at how his progress has been! He's got some great teachers that work hard with him throughout the school year. He has been talking about school very steadily for the past 2 weeks now. I keep telling him that he won't go until August, and he understands that. He is just talking about it over and over. And it's only June! We will be hearing about school for the rest of the summer I think. You know, how when you pray for something, you sometimes get it? Well, prayer for speech has been getting answered. And it's cool!

Well, gonna wrap up this post. I will have to show you some of my garden pictures soon. As soon as I get them out of my camera. Right after I check in on Facebook. Oh man, there's that distraction I spoke about earlier. I'll try to get better. Honest, I will.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Hershey slideshow

I've been having a bit of trouble with trying to get the slideshow on here. This is the best I could do. I know there isn't a place to comment above, but feel free to comment under this post.

The pictures start with the museum, then the Hershey Gardens, our hotel room, and then Hersheypark and Chocolate World.

Enjoy! Oh, and you might want to have some chocolate handy while your watching. It will get you in the mood plus you will get hungry for it anyway.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Wondering where I've been?

Yeah, you know what really takes alot of my computer time? Stupid Facebook! Not only are there friends to talk to and check in on, but there are other things like games and web pets and such. I have been on this thing for a while now and every time I get finished with Facebook, I don't do anything else on the computer. Obviously, since I have been away for a while. So I apologize for being away so long. I will be better about posting on here. I'm sure you have been wanting an update on us here.

Well, we did go to Hershey and had a great time. Yes, the smell of chocolate is in the air. Yes, there are chocolate kisses for street lights. And yes, we ate alot of chocolate. Really really good chocolate. The funny thing is, when you eat chocolate in Hershey it ACTUALLY tastes better than the bars you buy at home. I believe it has to do with it being fresh. We went out and bought a Hershey bar at the store down the road from us and did a taste test. The store stuff tasted just like the wrapper it came in. And the stuff we brought home from Hershey was OUT OF THIS WORLD! It really wasn't just a placebo thing being there and all. There is a real difference. So a word to the wise....If you plan on going to Hershey, bring alot of chocolate home from there to nibble on for a while. Well worth it!

I will be posting some pictures up here soon from our trip. I haven't gotten them all on the computer yet and am trying to get a slideshow going but having a bit of trouble figuring it out. So until then, you can imagine it in your heads. :)

We stayed at the Hershey Lodge for a couple of nights. We got a package deal that got us park tickets, some tickets to the museum and the gardens. The first day, we went to the museum where we learned all about Milton Hershey and his ideas getting together. --And cool side note...Milton Hershey's birthday is also mine! I knew I liked this stuff so much for a reason!-- Then the Hershey Gardens and it was really pretty. So many roses! They also had a Children's Garden with a butterfly house. The weather was a bit on the coolish side so they weren't fluttering around. Just clinging to the walls and waiting for it to warm up. It didn't warm up too much while we were there. But is was still in the low 70's, high 60's. Not too bad. At least it wasn't like Disneyworld in August. That was a bit warmish. whew!

The next day we went to Hersheypark. We rode alot of the little rides because LB felt safer with those. He really liked the rollercoasters in the past, but this year, he has decided to put those on hold for a while. We did manage to get one rollercoaster ride in. A mild, hilly, wooden coaster that must have been one of the firsts. It was really fun. And even though I had a little pout-fest of my own because no one wanted to tackle the BIG coasters with me, we all still had a good time. We got some entertainment in, had our $40 burger lunch ( you know how those parks are!), and got to see all the walking and dancing chocolate treats! And yes, we did get to ride the ferris wheel. Gotta do that!

Next to the park, is Chocolate World. This is the place to go through the tour, see a cool 3-D movie, and buy all the cocoa paraphernalia you can find. --Remember to stock up on goodies for home here.--

We did get quite a few freebies while we were in Hershey. For the three days we were at the hotel, we each got a full-sized bar for each day. Also we got free samples at Chocolate World for taking the tour and seeing the movie. It was awesome!

We all had a great time! Hope to have some pics up here soon. Oh, and I recommend this vaca to anyone out there. After all, chocolate IS good for the soul.