( Here's a close up of my low-lights. I like saying that...low lights, low lights, low lights... )
I feel much less of a fuddy-duddy now. I'm not so old after all :)
Here's Josh in the ice cave:
It has since collapsed because of the warmer weather. No one mourns its passing. We're all so happy that the weather is in the 40's. Literally, the kids have started praying for spring to get here. Sweet boys o' mine.
Behind the cut you will find a pic of Josh standing by a snow bank, to give you an idea of how high the snow banks have been. Also, the house on our street that burned a few months ago was demolished last week and I took a pic of that. Josh and I walked down to oogle at the destruction for a while. It was cool to see that excavator at work!
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( Arizona sunset )
I'm so happy to be home! My own bed, my own shower, my own kitchen. We moved Connor's crib out of our room and in with the boys last night. This is the youngest I have moved one of my kids out of my bed. Zack was 4 and Pete was 3 when they moved out. During our vacation he slept in a playpen the whole time, so this seems like the most logical time to do it, while he's still used to sleeping on his own.
I took several pictures of hurricane damage around Ft. Walton Beach. Fortunately it wasn't too bad. Here are the pics for your veiwing pleasure.
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The weather was beautiful on the day we went to Tuskegee. I learned so much while we were there. I wanted to go there because I studied Booker T. Washington last semester and read Up from Slavery.I was very impressed by the great things he did in establishing the Tuskegee Institute and I wanted to see it for myself. However, I will admit that I was nervous about going to Tuskegee. I had no reason to be. Everyone was so polite. People actually went out of their way to greet us. It was an odd feeling to be a minority (I know that may sound horrible to say, but it's true.) I knew very little about George Washington Carver and they had a very informative museum dedicated to both him and Booker T. Washington. What a man! He did so much to better the people of Tuskegee and in turn the whole South.
This is the Tuskegee Court house. It is the only courthouse in Alabama with Gargoyles on the tower. It was also where a famous lawsuit concerning the Tuskegee Syphilis Study was filed.
The Oaks: this was Booker T. Washington's home. It was designed and built by students of the Tuskegee Institute. The bricks were also made by students.
Here I am with my four sisters. We have a brother, but he wasn't able to be there. We are standing in order of age. As much as I'd like to claim that's me in the middle, I can't. I'm the first one, then comes Shannon, Holly, Wendy and Bonnie. I love having so many sisters. As we get older, it is more and more precious to me to have these wonderful women as my friends and family. I really am blessed to be part of such a great family.
We tried to duplicate the picture with all the kids, but they didn't quite have the same attention span....
I snapped this picture as I was stuck in traffic today. Don't misunderstand me. I love the South. But there are some aspects of it that I don't understand. The need to still fly this flag is one of them. It reminded me of an experience I had a few years ago when I worked at Wal-Mart pharmacy. I was chatting with a Pharmacist about the Civil War. His great, great grandaddy had fought in the war, on the Confederate side. As he was telling me about his ancestor, I was counting pills and sort of just half listening. Suddenly I realized that he was crying. The story he was telling me about his grandaddy was so special to him that it had moved him to tears. This is what he told me: His grandaddy had been held in a Northern prisoner of war camp. When the war was over and he was released, he walked all the way home to Alabama. When he arrived at his home, he didn't go immediately in. He got the attention of one of his slaves and had the slave bring him clean clothes. Then he proceeded to clean himself up before he allowed his family to see him again.