May 2014

Well I’m quite behind on posting things so I’m going to just try to recap this month and slowly work my way backwards month by month.

We started out the month of May on a business trip in our new motorhome. We left on the 28th of April and were gone through the 2nd of May. We drove all over southern VA and the northern part of NC. Each night we camped in a Walmart parking lot. We really enjoyed our new motorhome and are looking forward to many memory filled trips in it. We had a little mechanical trouble along the way that gave us an opportunity to gain some more patience. We had water in the fuel so we kept having to stop and drain the filter out. We were able to stop at a truck stop that had a shop and the guys there were very nice and helpful. They happened to have a fuel filter that would work for the motorhome and they were so nice selling it to us for a reasonable price instead of ripping us off since we were pretty much in a pickle.  Between our mechanical troubles and the weather we had a very memorable trip. We knew there was bad weather all over VA and NC but we couldn’t just sit around and wait for good weather to do our trip. It wasn’t too terrible most places, just mainly rain off and on. Only once did we have a close call. Ches had just finished up at a client and we were just heading out trying to get back to the highway when I got a weather alert on my phone saying to take cover that a tornado had been spotted. Yeah right! Where do you go when you aren’t familiar with a place and you are in a HUGE vehicle. I jumped on the weather radar map to see where the storm was and where it was heading. Chester kept peddling hard hoping to out run the storm. From what we determined the storm was coming from behind us but heading in a northeast direction and we were heading in a southeast direction so we just kept it pedal to the medal and fortunately didn’t have any trouble. I never spotted the tornado but I sure kept checking for it out the back windows. (We were looking for a good place to pull off, like maybe under a bridge or something like that so we could crawl up in it but we never ran across one and all the ditches had about a foot of water in them so culverts weren’t an option.)

Many hands make...well....

Many hands make…well….MEMORIES!

I want to see to Dad!

I want to see to Dad!

One day Chester bought each of the kids a treat. They were starting to go a little stir-crazy in the motorhome with multiple days of driving around. Chester got the boys each a Lego set and they were in Heaven they thought. Our bed became the Lego building area.

LegoLand

LegoLand

Nap time!

Nap time! He had been fighting it but finally just conked out at the table.

One of Chester’s stops was just a few miles from OBX so we decided to just drive out to the ocean and play on the beach for a bit. It was sprinkling when we arrived but by the time we had all changed into water clothes it was done so we headed out for a few hours of fun on the beach. I loved watching Kolby. He was 1/2 thrilled 1/2 terrified of the waves. He would nervously giggle as the waves came up and then he’d take off running away from them.  We enjoyed just relaxing on the beach. Chester and I enjoyed watching some  rain clouds head out to sea. We were just saying that it looked like the storms had passed by us when we turned around and realized we were fixing to get soaked. We quickly grabbed up the kid’s toys and called the kids but before we could even cross the road back to the motorhome we were in a DOWNPOUR! We ran to the bath house and hosed the sand off and then Chester ran each kid to me in the motorhome. We got cleaned up and back into dry clothes then headed to dinner at Captain George’s! YUMMY!

Our first trip in the motorhome!

Our first trip in the motorhome!

Kolby running from the waves

Kolby running from the waves

Chester & I

Chester & I

Our 4 beautiful kids!

Our 4 beautiful kids!

Pretty Kaylin Girl!

Pretty Kaylin Girl!

The boys really enjoyed the water!

The boys really enjoyed the water!

Playing monster trucks! They love to drive those trucks.

Playing monster trucks! They love to drive those trucks.

This was so cute, as we headed to the restaurant I looked back to see Kaylin holding her doll up so she could see the ocean as we drove along.

This was so cute, as we headed to the restaurant I looked back to see Kaylin holding her doll up so she could see the ocean as we drove along.

On our way out of OBX we stopped by the Grave Digger Monster Truck place so the kids could check out the monster trucks. They thought that was pretty neat.

The kids in front of Grave Digger

The kids in front of Grave Digger

The kids sitting in front of another monster truck

The kids sitting in front of another monster truck

Kolby found his little "spot". He would bring his pillow, blanket, and backpack up to want the floor closed over the stairs and then he would play or take a nap. He had his own little spot close to Dad and Mom so he was all set!

Kolby found his little “spot”. He would bring his pillow, blanket, and backpack up to want the floor closed over the stairs and then he would play or take a nap. He had his own little spot close to Dad and Mom so he was all set!

Along the way the boys had some money burning a hole in their pockets so they bought some RC toys. (and batteries) They were so excited to try them out. Cooper actually got pretty good flying his helo on our bed. It was perfect because it was a soft landing while learning the controls.

Bryant and his new remote control truck

Bryant and his new remote control truck

Cooper with his new remote control helicopter.

Cooper with his new remote control helicopter.

We were able to stop in Newport News at the Air and Space Museum on our way home. We had a picnic lunch in the park and then spent a few hours in the museum.

Kaylin, Kolby and Cooper at the Air and Space Museum.

Kaylin, Kolby and Cooper at the Air and Space Museum.

Flying in the hot air balloon

Flying in the hot air balloon

Their favorite display!

Their favorite display!

Air traffic control signals!

Air traffic control signals!

May 8-11

After lots of packing and all we were able to head down to Camp Post on Thursday afternoon. Anne and Blaine Bledsoe were able to go with us. Anne was a big help making dinner for us to take and cleaning up the kitchen, etc, for me. Matt & Amy and Robby & Abby were able to make it down on Thursday. This year we took our tents for us to sleep in and let Granddaddy and Grandmommy Cotten and Lloyd & Linda and boys stay in our motorhome. It was really nice being able to pack all our camping gear in a big vehicle instead of cramming into the van. Blaine and Anne actually got to stay in the motorhome on Thursday night because their friends weren’t there yet who they were supposed to be tenting with. Friday was pretty low key. Abby, Amy, & I took all the kids down to the river to wade and tube. Saturday it was rainy off and on during the day so that made it a little challenging to do stuff. We had an enjoyable time though with lots of visiting. Some went on a bike ride one day, lots of fishing, some frisbee-golf, kite flying, and kick ball all were some of the activities of camp. We were one of the last few to leave after the camp was cleaned up. We got to chauffeur Granddaddy and Grandmommy back to C’ville as they had ridden down with Lloyd and Linda but Lloyd and Linda had gone on to Texas from Camp Post. Robby & Abby, Robert & Jill, Chris & Melissa, Granddaddy & Grandmommy, Blaine & Anne, and our family all had dinner together at Outback on the way home.

Kaylin & Gwenyth decided to play house and clean the motorhome before Lloyd & Linda and Granddaddy & Grandmommy arrived. They also helped dry dishes. Work is so much more fun in a RV!

Kaylin & Gwenyth decided to play house and clean the motorhome before Lloyd & Linda and Granddaddy & Grandmommy arrived. They also helped dry dishes. Work is so much more fun in a RV!

Titus Cotten

Titus Cotten

Chester & Kolby trying to stay dry under the canopy

Chester & Kolby trying to stay dry under the canopy

Kolby got something in his eye and it puffed up and bothered him most of camp.

Kolby got something in his eye and it puffed up and bothered him most of camp.

Super Cooper!

Super Cooper!

Matt & Amy's campsite

Matt & Amy’s campsite

Ches & Kolby fixing to fly kites.

Ches & Kolby fixing to fly kites.

Our tent site. Cooper & Bryant stayed in the small tent.

Our tent site. Cooper & Bryant stayed in the small tent.

The bike riders about ready to head out!

The bike riders about ready to head out!

David cooking their grub! A tradition-SMOKE I mean cooking over the fire!

David cooking their grub! A tradition-SMOKE I mean cooking over the fire!

Anne Marie, Kaylin & Kolby

Anne Marie, Kaylin & Kolby

Bryant & Cooper fishing below the dam.

Bryant & Cooper fishing below the dam.

Kaylin & her good-looking Dad

Kaylin & her good-looking Dad

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Looking out over the lake.

Looking out over the lake.

May 13

I decided to deep clean the CUBE office and move our HUGE desk from the school room into the CUBE. It worked perfectly but was a lot of work to unload it, take it all apart, move it into the other room, and put it back together. Hopefully it will help streamline fulfilling orders. Cooper decided to make use of some of the stuff I cleaned out of the office. I came upstairs to find him at the table “recording an Adventures in Odyssey episode.” So cute! I think he has a bit of his Dad in him.

Recording Session

Recording Session

Love it Bud!

Love it, Bud!

May 16

This morning Chester & I realized we had made a HUGE unredoable mistake (yes I just made that word up). We had been invited to Grant Clem’s college graduation ceremony! Pretty big even for him and he was the only student that go to give a speech for the whole thing. We were excited for him and looking forward to celebrating with him. We talked about it off and on. It was on our calendar. Yesterday Elizabeth had called nailing down the final details about dinner after the ceremony and all. I told her we planned on being there and all. Well last night we had a quite evening at home aside from the torrential rain. We talked about today’s plans-what time we needed to get ready, leave, and be there at Grant’s graduation. We had it all worked out. Vann texted Chester this evening “105”. What did that mean? Oh well we’d figure it out later. Well this morning as I was reading my Bible I hear LOUD EXCLAMATIONS from Chester in the living room. He just kept saying, “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it!” He poked his head in the room and said, “I can’t believe it! Grant’s graduation was LAST NIGHT!” What? How could that have happened? We had been planning on going for how long and we missed it? Needless to say some how we had gotten the wrong date and put that on our calendar. Have you ever done something like that? It just kind of takes the wind out of your sails. Not only do you feel stupid, you also feel like you missed out on something really special. I guess we needed the reminder that we are not perfect, we are HUMAN! We were very sorry to miss the graduation. Tonight was rather sad as we had plans but then suddenly the plans were wrong and now we just had a quite evening ahead. (Which I do enjoy but not when you think you should be at a special event honoring a friend.) Anyway hopefully we won’t do too many more of that type of mistake. We make mistakes all the time but most of the time it isn’t such a big deal. You usually can figure out another way to make something work but this was done. No redo! So sad…

May 16-The mountains and sky were so pretty that day. I had to take this picture on my way to Stanardsville.

May 16-The mountains and sky were so pretty today. I had to take this picture on my way to Stanardsville.

May 17

I got up and went to some yard sales. At lunch time we headed up to University Tire where they were grilling chicken and hot dogs for lunch. After lunch they smashed 4 cars with a monster truck. I had no idea what it would be like. I have to admit it was a bit frightening. Kolby got very upset. We had ear muffs on him but he was still freaking out. We finally realized that he wasn’t upset by the noise he was upset that the monster truck was destroying the cars. After the car smashing was over the fire department came and showed up how they use the Jaws Of Life. That was pretty interesting.

The show about to begin

The show about to begin

Hoping up on the first car.

Hoping up on the first car.

It was like there was nothing in the way. CRAZY!

It was like there was nothing in the way. CRAZY!

Now for jumping the cars. Even MORE CRAZY!

Now for jumping the cars. Even MORE CRAZY!

Catching Air

Catching Air

All Done!

All Done!

Using the Jaws of Life to remove the doors and top of the car.

Using the Jaws of Life to remove the doors and top of the car.

That evening we went on a walk and Kolby learned a new stunt from the boys. He now knows how to do wheelies on his strider. I tried to take a picture but he was so quick I couldn’t get a good one. Before we got home he had popped a wheelie and gone over backwards and split his head on the road.

Stunt-Man Kolby

Stunt-Man Kolby

May 18

We had a work day preparing for camp at Merrie Meadows after meeting. I snagged these pictures of Kolby working there.

Kolby wanted to help Grandmommy clean the doors at the meeting hall.

Kolby wanted to help Grandmommy clean the doors at the meeting hall.

He would try to squat down just like her.

He would try to squat down just like her.

May 19

The boys borrowed an army belt from Philip and Rhonda and in it was some face paint. They had a hay day dressing up in all their gear. More of their daddy’s blood in them. I have seen many pictures of Chester in camouflage while he was growing up.

Warrior #1

Warrior #1

Kolby trying to pose with his guns

Kolby trying to pose with his guns

Lt. Hull

Lt. Hull

Soldier Dudes!

Soldier Dudes!

While the boys were out fighting their wars Kalyin was in drawing pictures to send to Jana of her three babies.

While the boys were out fighting their wars Kalyin was in drawing pictures to send to Jana of her three babies.

May 21

Laura invited us to go along with her and Rose Ellen to pick strawberries. It was a beautiful morning to pick. The berries were super yummy!

Cooper with his yummy strawberries

Cooper with his yummy strawberries

All my kiddos with their pickings

All my kiddos with their pickings

Kaylin and Kolby did a great job picking berries.

Kaylin and Kolby did a great job picking berries.

May 23-26

Taking a nap before we went to camp. She picked the most "comfy" place-on top of the pack n play and sleeping bag I had set out for Jimmy and Stephanie.

Taking a nap before we went to camp. She picked the most “comfy” place-on top of the pack n play and sleeping bag I had set out for Jimmy and Stephanie.

We were able to take our motorhome to camp to stay in. That was so nice! I love staying at camp. Jimmy & Stephanie stayed at our house as well as one night Steve & Lindy were there as well. We brought dinner to share with Molly and the boys for Friday night. They are usually there early and I’ve always wanted to do dinner together but never planned ahead enough. This time I did. Clare wasn’t there yet so we didn’t get to eat with him, maybe next time. Camp was very encouraging. I really enjoyed Brett’s message on Your Place in the Body. (That wasn’t his title but the thought) A good reminder to fill our place in the body. I really appreciated Uncle Scott’s encouragement in his message about not talking negatively about others not at camp. I think that was a helpful reminder to us all since we were a bit discouraged that so many weren’t there for whatever reason. Uncle Jed’s message was very entertaining as well as encouraging. He gave a trip report, pictures and all of their trip to Africa for their 35th anniversary. He told about how he had prayed for God to open his heart and learn what he could on his trip. I want to be more open to God and what He has to show me like that. Larry gave a message on Monday about Marriage and Parenting. I caught most of the marriage part but by the time he got to the parenting part I was busy parenting a child who believed he had sat through enough meeting for a while. :-) Kolby definitely knows the word “out” now! I enjoyed getting to visit around as well as I enjoyed one day a bunch played different games such as badminton, KanJam, and ladder ball. Sara Loyd and I played as a team. We weren’t the greatest players but we had fun!

Monday afternoon Matt & Amy were going to a reenactment at the Vietnam Museum so they invited our boys to go along. It ended up that Chester went and took our boys, Carson, Brooks, & Leyton Cox and Anthony Clem as well. They had a blast. After everyone headed out pretty much we went over to Eric and Jeannine’s for an ice cream gathering they were having. There were lots of neighbors and friends of theirs there. There was lots of Yummy ice cream. The kids enjoyed their time playing water balloon fight! We headed back to Merrie Meadows for our motorhome about 8:30. The kids were all wet and dirty so we decided to just shower them before heading home so they wouldn’t get everything dirty. We then realized we didn’t have to even go home that night. We could just sleep in the motorhome one more night and just go home in the morning, so that is just what we did. We were able to get to bed earlier which was nice for the last day of camp!

May 27

Day after camp the kids were in much need of a nap. Kaylin has a thing about napping in interesting places and positions. I walked in and couldn’t figure out what all she had going on on her bed. Just an umbrella under the blanket to keep the sun from shining in her and her baby’s eyes. IMG_4076 IMG_4075 May 28

Kaylin got sick last night right after we got in bed. She was sick all night throwing up every 30 min to an hour. I was very tired this morning. When I got up and came out Chester had dressed Kolby and he was just jamming on his ukelele. So cute, he was so proud of himself!

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

Poor Kaylin spent all day next to her bowl.

Poor Kaylin spent all day next to her bowl.

May 30

Kaylin seems to be back to normal today. She had 104.2* fever last night but thankfully that broke during the night and she finally settled down and slept through the rest of the night. She didn’t get up until 10:00. But I knew she was feeling better when she ordered up “those eggs with the white outside and the yellow I like to cut around” (also known as fried eggs). I only would let her eat 1 as that seemed a bit much to start out on after being sick. Today I picked our first strawberries from our strawberry bed. YIPPEE! I love fresh strawberries. Everyone except me got a strawberry for dinner. There are two more out in the garden that will be ready in a day or two so I guess since I had to wait for mine I get to eat both. :-)

Five Yummy Red Strawberries!

Five Yummy Red Strawberries!

May 31

This morning I got up and took Cooper and Bryant to some yard sales. We were able to find Bryant some Lacrosse gear so he was really tickled. Cooper bought a rocket with engines and accessories so he was happy. And I found a few clothes for Kaylin so it was a successful yard sale trip.

After we went yard saleing we did some errands and then grabbed some lunch and met Chester & Kolby at VA Staffing. (Kaylin wasn’t quite back to normal, still pretty tired so she stayed at Grandmother’s house.) We hiked over to the JPJ for Spencer Clem’s graduation. Wow! Quite a production. I’ve never been to a formal graduation party like that before.

The sea of graduating students.

The sea of graduating students.

There were LOTS of people there.

There were LOTS of people there.

After the ceremony Kolby and I went and did some more of my errands while Chester took Cooper & Bryant to Burton’s Grill with the ones that were there to celebrate Spencer’s graduation. After they were done there they did some errands and then went to do a music practice with some of the guys.

One of our stops was the mall. As we went in Kolby spotted the carousel. He was so excited and wanted to get up on the horse. I let him sit on one but didn’t have enough quarters to let him have a ride. After a bit we went and did our returns and as we were coming back to the car there was a little girl getting on a horse on the carousel. Her daddy was fixing to start it for her. She saw Kolby and asked if he could ride with her. Kolby was more then happy to oblige. It made the little girl’s day to have someone to ride with and made Kolby’s day to get a ride! We were in town until 7:30. I was worn out! We got grocery shopping done as well as a bunch of returns and miscellaneous stops done. Hurrah! On our way home we stopped and picked up Kaylin. I fixed the kids oatmeal for dinner and snacked while I unpacked groceries. Kaylin decided to go ahead and get sick again! Poor thing, this stuff is NASTY! At 9:30 we were all ready for bed. Kaylin was sleeping in our room on a pallet so of course Kolby didn’t want to sleep in his bed. No! He claimed Dad’s spot! He was very proud! Funny kid!

Kolby got to ride the carousel.

Kolby got to ride the carousel.


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