4th-We have been planning on having a yard sale all year long but when it came down to it we weren’t as prepared as we were hoping to be. I crammed this week and got a bunch of stuff out and priced for the sale. I was able to make some muffins and cookies last night for the kids to sell. They believe their part of a yard sale is to sell muffins and cookies that I have made and keep all the money. I’m happy to help them make a little $ but this time I had them pay me for the ingredients so it wasn’t costing me both time and money. Anyway I was up at 6:15 am this morning getting ready for the sale. Ches and I carried all our stuff out in the dark. It was kind of fun being up before the sun came up. Lydia Hunt and Ann Marie Bledsoe brought stuff over to sell. We had a pretty steady flow of people through and I felt like we sold a fair amount of stuff. We did have a lot left over but I boxed most of it up to donate to the Vietnam Vets. Even when the others packed up I stayed opened until Chester took the signs down around 4. We packed up and then got around and went to Landon’s Marching Band Competition. It was pretty chilly so we had to bundle up. I enjoyed watching the bands play. They all did great! There was a band from a school up near DC. It was HUGE! It had over 200 people in it. They just took over the whole field to do their performance. Glad we were able to go share in Landon’s excitement for band!
6th-Cooper built this Lego drum kit. I thought it was so cute! Great job bud! I love your imagination!
7th-Well I guess I’m getting old. I have noticed over the last several months that I was just having trouble being able to see things. It just seemed like I had a hard time focusing. I have been getting headaches and decided finally I needed to go have my eyes checked. So today I went in to get an eye exam. Sure enough they said I need GLASSES! My astigmatism has gotten really bad and that is why I’m having troubles seeing. My eyesight is actually pretty good except the astigmatism. They wanted to do a test where they have to dilate my eyes. While they were waiting for the drops to kick in they said I could go look around for glasses in the waiting room. I tried on a few that I liked. I then sat down and waited for them to call me back. I was texting Chester until I couldn’t even see the letters/words on my phone. Very weird not being able to read when you know that your phone says something. I finished up and went to leave but realized I was in no condition to drive anywhere. I sat out in the van for a while hoping the drops would wear off. Finally I decided it was ok to drive, I couldn’t see the greatest but I had to get some things done. I did a few errands. Wow! It was very tiring trying to grocery shop. Kroger is in the middle of remodeling so everything is rearranged plus I was trying to figure out what the best deal was. Pretty hard to do that when you can’t read the fine print. Oh well! I managed to finish up before Chester met me in town.
Chester and I are joining Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group (BRMRG, pronounced Ber-Merg). We have to go to classes to be able to be a member. We have missed a few classes as the classes begin with the fall semester. They were fine with us joining late but we just have to make up what we’ve missed. Anyway classes are Tuesday nights from 7-8 and Saturday mornings for a few hours. It will be up very busy for a bit but we are looking forward to it. Tonight we headed down to UVA to find out where we were supposed to be going. They were eating together at one place for dinner and then going to another building for class. We were planning on grabbing some dinner with them but we couldn’t figure out where exactly we were supposed to be going and then it started raining. It was pouring and we both didn’t have rain coats or an umbrella. We finally decided to go to Taco Bell for dinner so we wouldn’t get soaked and then head back to figure out where we needed to go for the class. We wandered around for a little bit before we found the correct building and then we wandered around some more before we found what room we were supposed to be in. I was a bit overwhelmed by the end of the class. We have to memorize the phonetic alphabet, learn a bunch of knots, memorize some pager codes, etc. The list seemed a bit daunting to me. Oh well I’ll give it a try and see how far I get.
11th-We took Cooper and Bryant over to John and James’s birthday party this morning. They were really looking forward to going over there for the day. They took their airsoft guns and army gear so they could have a war. Chester & I decided to work on figuring out what cabinets we needed for hanging in my sewing room. We ended up having one huge cabinet left over so we stuck that on Craigslist as well as a few other things we came across. We got busy cleaning out the old school room and started turning it into a music room/game room. We were busy working away when we realized we need to switch gears and head out to our CERT cookout. We went over there and visited around and then grabbed hamburgers for lunch. (Thanks to Gateway Church) Right as we were getting ready to eat someone wanted to come pick up our cabinet we had put on Craigslist so Chester & I left Kaylin and Kolby with Bobby and ran home to get the cabinet out of the house. We headed back as soon as the cabinet people left. We spent the afternoon visiting, checking out the HAM radio guys, playing on the play set, etc.
14th-Our history project today was to make a 2 piece set of armor.
This morning I had to run to the Health Department so after we finished I took the kids to the library to get a back of books for tonight during the CERT monthly meeting. Chester is now in charge of communications for our CERT group. I think he is perfect for the job… Anyway our main guy ended up having to go see his grandmother in the hospital so he asked Chester to run the meeting. We headed over to the meeting in the rain. When we got there there were several people standing at the door under umbrellas waiting for someone to arrive with a key. After a bit we realized that Steve had forgotten to get a key to us before he headed to the hospital so we were locked out. We decided to go ahead with the meeting under the front porch and just do a shortened version. It was pretty funny all of us crowded under the little porch. We had the kids just sit in the car and read book and eat cookies. I kept checking on the kids, by the end of the time they were a BIT wound up! I was very thankful we had been able to get such a big bag of books this morning. Not sure if they kids would have survived if they didn’t have them.
15-Today Chester turned 36. Since we had been going so much we decided to just do a party here together as a family. I made hamburgers and potato dippers for dinner. Yummy, if I do say so myself! Then we watched Chester open presents. Cooper got Chester a Lego Skydiver Minifigure. The other kids gave Chester a Life Is Good Biking t-shirt. I had fun shopping for Chester this year as he had a lot of ideas that were easy to get and reasonably priced. (unlike most gift ideas for guys) I got him a Gerber Bear Grylls Survival knife, a couple t-shirts, and a really neat sounding book called Stealth Down. He got some other fun gifts like a RV windshield squeegee, trekking pole, an audiobook about the Honda Company and a few gift cards. I made him a Flourless Chocolate cake for dessert. Wow it was SUPER chocolatey! Glad he liked it because it was too much for me!
16th-Tonight we were able to go over to Eric and Jeannine’s along with Bobby and Laura to visit with Max, Jen and Quinlyn. Such a fun evening. Glad Max and Jen were finally able to make it down. Loved holding their little girl. Glad she took a fancy to me. It was fun snuggling her.
17th-19th-This weekend was Apple Butter. We took our motorhome over to stay in at Merrie Meadows. Weldon and Lorianne stayed at our house once again. I ended up helping in the kitchen pretty much all Friday evening getting the trip tip trimmed up and ready to cook. Enjoyed getting to visit with Camden, Brodie, Callie, and Carla. I know there were several others in there but I’m drawing a blank at the moment. Saturday we made Apple Butter and just visited. Saturday evening we had a sing around several fire pits.
Sunday, Chester had volunteered to organize another big search for Hannah Graham. They had 2 separate groups of 200 searchers that they were going to use to search a specific area. Chester was in charge of doing like we did before, getting all the searchers registered, organized, and out on tasks in an orderly fashion. Well Saturday we were notified that all searches for Hannah Graham had been suspended. Come to find out her body had been found on the property next to where the big search was to take place the next day. Wow! How sad! Her family was definitely in my prayers all day! I pray that they know Jesus and will be able to know His peace that passes all understanding. Anyway that kind of changed our camp a bit since Chester was able to be at camp the whole time. Definitely it was on my mind the rest of camp though. Kind of an adrenaline let down I guess. This whole search has been a mind bending time for me. Definitely a new experience, not something I’ve ever been a part of before.
Anyway Sunday we had a meeting in the morning and then spent the rest of the day visiting, playing ball, etc. I took one picture at camp of the kids playing dodge ball. Pretty sad, I know! Oh well, I did enjoy visiting and helping out in the kitchen this camp though.
21st-This evening the kids were going to go to David and Janelle’s while we went to our BRMRG training. I had to run some errands earlier in the day. While I was shopping at Harris Teeter I got a call from Janelle who was broken down in Hollymead. I ended up going and picking her up. We went by our house and Janelle ended up just taking the van and the kids on to her house so we didn’t have to drive out there before heading to town. Chester & I ran around town to a few glasses shops. I am a bit OVERWHELMED by this whole decision. Not sure what would be best. It was fun seeing what Chester liked and didn’t and trying to blend that with that I liked and didn’t like. We decided to try out a new restaurant Eric Woods had told Chester about called Sedona Taphouse. It was very yummy! I got a seafood pasta dish that was amazing. Chester had some kind of fish that was very good also. A fun little spot that will be fun when we want a little splurge date night. After we hurried and ate dinner we rushed over to our BRMRG training. After that finished up we went grocery shopping before heading back to David and Janelle’s to pick up the kids. The kids were having a blast there wrestling with David. Sure is neat for them to have the relationships they have with David and Janelle. Thanks so much David & Janelle for watching them. We finally stopped visiting and headed home around 11:15. Crazy!
22nd-We got up and got school pretty much finished up before it was time to jump in the car and head to Richmond. We went to REI to make a return and shop around before heading to Brett and Leah’s, so Brett could work on our van. Always enjoy hanging out with them. I really appreciate their family. While we were there Leah introduced us to Mexican Jumping Beans. I’ve always heard of them but had never seen a real one. It was quite fascinating. We got our science lesson for the day…If you want your Mexican Jumping Beans to really start moving place them near your wood stove. These little guys started really hopping around after we placed them near the fire.
Anyway, we had dinner at their house and then all went over to Richard and Debbie’s for a Bible study. We headed home after meeting was over. Another late night…
23rd-26th-We went camping at Douthat State Park. (See separate post)
28th-Tonight was another BRMRG training. We had Anne Bledsoe come over to watch the kids. Right before we left we wanted to watch NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket launch on the computer and then we were going to run out and see if we could see it fly by since it was launched at Wallops Flight Facility. We were all able to watch the rocket launch on the computer. So fascinating! So the launch happens, and within a few seconds all the sudden things went terribly wrong and they had to blow up the rocket before it hit the ground. Wow! I never thought I’d see that happen in real time. Pretty fascinating like I said! We had to run out the door so we weren’t late, so we didn’t get to watch the whole aftermath. We had a few errands we had to do and then we grabbed some dinner at Brixx. Wow another yummy place! We are definitely broadening our horizons. Two new really good restaurants in the same month! We had our BRMRG class and then headed home. Thanks Anne for babysitting! Much appreciated! The kids enjoyed spending time with you.