Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Funny

E: Be brave, old lady.

N: I'm being a shark, not an old lady!

E: Be good or I’ll call the 'quarium people.

Kristy

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Funny

I like the cars without the ceilings! -Ellie

Kristy

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trip to Cincinnati

We had occasion to head back to Cincinnati over the weekend, for the memorial for Justin's PhD advisor.  One of Justin's former students from here has made her way up there to graduate school, and is in Justin's old lab, so she let him take a peak in the renovated lab, which was fun for him.

Despite the sad circumstances, we did find some things to do afterwards with the children in the city.  Generally when we have occasion to stay in the city, we choose a Drury Inn (dinner, snacks, and breakfast all being included and ready access to suites to accommodate our family), outside of town.  This was a holiday weekend, however, so we got a room right downtown.  We had assumed we'd have to drive to go somewhere during the course of our stay, but once we got settled in we found that just about everything we needed was in walking distance.

While we waited for check in, we stopped by Mt. Storm Park.

In 2002

In 2011, right after he defended his dissertation

There are several brands of Cincinnati style chili, but Justin grew up in a Skyline family, so that's the only place we ever go, so we had a late lunch of Skyline. 


Then we took a quick walk through Fountain Square Park, which was virtually across the street from us.  The sun was bright, but that didn't last too long!

We walked over to the Crew Tower, where we walked through the shops and found while many of them were closed, the Hathaway Cafe, where we occasionally would go to breakfast when we were there was still in business, though closed for the afternoon.  We picked up post cards for the older girls' pen pals, then, as we walked out the door, it began to pour.  We had about a 5 block trip back to the hotel, so we arrived rather soaked.  We took a hairdryer and an iron to our clothes to get them dry, while the storm passed.


Since the kids had eaten at the reception and had a late lunch, we decided on Graeter's Ice Cream and whatever snacks we could find at Walgreens for dinner.  The ice cream was wonderful, as always, but we found that the Walgreens had closed at 4:00!  So we missed out on that.  Our hotel did have some options in their little pantry that, while expensive, tided everyone over.

At midnight Justin woke me with low blood sugar.  Typically we travel with sugar ready, but as we never needed the car, we had not brought up the food on the second trip that we planned from the car (which was valet parked).  Most hotels with in room coffee have sugar, but this one did not, so I made a quick dash for the pantry and a Coke for him.  Crisis averted!

We spent less than a day in the city, but we crammed in as much Cincinnati as we could!

Kristy

Sunday, May 13, 2018

8 1/2



Nate is the last of the half birthdays here.  He is growing up so quickly too!  His reading has taken off this year, and he's proved to have a knack with numbers.

1. What is your favorite color? blue
2. What is your favorite toy? t-rex
3. What is your favorite fruit? banana
4. What is your favorite tv show? Phineas & Ferb
5. What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings (Fellowship)
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? blue shirt & shorts
7. What is your favorite animal? cheetah
8. What is your favorite song?Amazing Grace
9. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
10. Who is your best friend? Jase
11. What is your favorite snack? goldfish
12. What is your favorite drink? Dr. Pepper
13. What is your favorite breakfast? chocolate chip pancakes
14. What is your favorite lunch? wrap sandwiches
15. What is your favorite dinner? breakfast
16. What is your favorite game? Minecraft
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside?green swing
18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
19. What do you sleep with at night? my pillow
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? an astronomer

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Funnies

Ellie's Grace:
God, thank you for our food.  Please get us safely to the [family friend!s] house.  And don't let the dogs eat us.

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The older three were discussing how a character in a book was named Pandora.

Nate: Maybe she was a pain in a door!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

10 1/2

Our Gabby is growing so quickly!  She's added bangs and braces since her last half birthday.  Oh, and a guinea pig!


1. What is your favorite color? teal
2. What is your favorite toy? books
3. What is your favorite fruit? grapes
4. What is your favorite tv show? Series of Unfortunate Events
5. What is your favorite movie? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. What is your favorite thing to wear? Pjs
7. What is your favorite animal? guinea pigs
8. What is your favorite song?
9. What is your favorite book? Harry Potter series, favorite book: Keeper of Lost Cities (6th)
10. Who is your best friend? Ruby
11. What is your favorite snack? chocolate
12. What is your favorite drink? cherry Coca-Cola
13. What is your favorite breakfast?chocolate chip pancakes
14. What is your favorite lunch? macaroni and cooked carrots
15. What is your favorite dinner? pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes
16. What is your favorite game? Risk
17. What is your favorite thing to play outside? Terabethia
18. What is your favorite holiday? Easter
19. What do you sleep with at night? one or two of my stuffed animals
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a mom and a baker (at home)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie: I need crackers because I'm sick

Me: No, you're not sick.

Ellie: Well, my leg was burning for a minute earlier.

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Justin: You need to sleep.

Ellie: I close my eyes and they pop back open.