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Frontier Days

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This past week was Frontier Days celebration in Eva, a small town near my parents. Saturday was the tractor parade and booth sale downtown. Dad's antique tractor club had a big tent with lots of activities planned, so we picked up the grands after school and headed up for the fun. We got there Friday in time to ride the 4 wheelers a bit before dark.

Dad has several tractors, but chose his John Deere to drive this year.

While he was busy getting things ready for the parade, we hit some of the activities.

Antique Car show

Angus is an animatronic steer with a photo sensor, and moos at the most unexpected times.

There were a few rides.

The ROTC led the parade.

PawPaw was in the middle of the tractors (he is on the green John Deere).

If you wave, they throw you candy.

There were pedal tractor races.

Slowest tractor race.

Blind Man's Bluff (drive blindfolded and try to be closest to the barrel).

Ladies Frying Pan Toss.

We intentionally avoided the food vendors, drank water, and got a lot of walking in. It was a good day.

The boys got to visit with their great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, too. It was a good weekend.

Life is good.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

1BEARWIFE 9/26/2011 1:23PM

    What wonderful Patriotic home town, family first, photos!! Looks like your Grands take after YOU with all their enthusiasm and willingness to try out new driving 4 wheelers!
Thanks so much for sharing these!!! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 9/26/2011 11:58AM

    That looks like a really great day!! Thanks for sharing.

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COLEENCOLE 9/26/2011 9:35AM

    And more fun with the grands.

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W5VEOTX 9/26/2011 9:30AM

    Neat! Thanks for the photos. Grew up on farm where county seat was only 1000 people. Brings back lots of memories, small is often best.

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BILL60 9/26/2011 7:22AM

    Sounds like fun!!

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Family 5K

Monday, August 15, 2011

For his birthday my DH wanted our youngest DD to run a 5K with him.

So we turned it into a family affair.

For reasons I won't go into, I was unable to run the whole 5K, but did manage to walk/run the whole thing.

Our SonIL and youngest DGS (4) did some training and ran a good part of it.

DGS got 3 place in his age group.

Our oldest DD and DGS (7) walked it.

We had a wonderful morning together. Life is good.

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1BEARWIFE 8/16/2011 12:09PM

    What a GREAT idea to have a FAMILY 5K!! Sure wish Bossy Daughter and family lived closer so we could do that. There's nothing better than a family where everyone keeps healthy and fit!! emoticon

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KRISLEEB 8/16/2011 8:52AM

    That is super great!!! How'd DH do??

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CARLANNIE 8/16/2011 8:48AM

    What a terrific smile you have there - awesome! And what an exceptional way to spend a Saturday morning. You could make it an annual event.

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GOODGETNBETR 8/16/2011 8:30AM

    emoticon Liked the way you made it a family affair. Keep up the great work.

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/16/2011 7:41AM

    Congratulations! The family that plays together, stays together!

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COLEENCOLE 8/16/2011 7:05AM

    What a great idea.

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W5VEOTX 8/15/2011 11:07PM

    Fantastic - having the family out for this is great.

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Friday in Panama City Beach, then coming home

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Friday everyone was feeling so much better so we all went to the beach. No rain, no undertow, and the water was great. DH went for a swim in the surf and the boys took lessons on how to break through the waves.

Max is our ladies man and always manages to attract a cute little lady to play with.

For the afternoon, the hotel put up an inflatable slide. It was a wonderful play toy, and if they could have stuffed it into the suitcase, it would have come home with us.

The tide was really high and the waves were washing up under the cabana chairs. So instead of a sand castle, we decided to make an "island" in the water. It was an effort in futility that lasted most of the day.

But by evening we when the tide receded a bit, we managed to have a nice impact crater.

This last evening was the most beautiful we had all week. Everyone up and down the beach was out taking group pictures and enjoying the beautiful sunset.

So it was with heavy hearts we bid farewell to the beach for one more summer. Saturday we visit Nana and Pappa Simon then head home again.

Thank you all for stopping by my BLOG and sharing my summer vacations this year. We still have a few short trips planned, so keep checking back.

Life is good.

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KRISLEEB 8/4/2011 2:11PM

    looks like a super great trip!!!

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Thursday in Panama City Beach

Monday, August 01, 2011

Thursday morning Max woke up with a fever. His Dr phoned him in some antibiotics and he spent the day (unhappily) in the room with his dad.

David got to go to the beach and we made a space ship in the sand.

We played in the surf and the pool.

By the time we got back to the room, Max was feeling much better.

The evening was spent with a quiet walk on the beach and some tv in the room.

Life is good.

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1BEARWIFE 8/2/2011 1:47PM

    Sure looks like a "Sunny day at the beach" to me, my friend. I especially like the one with you on the beach. You look so happy and contented!

Just in case you didn't already know it, there is a great quilt guild in Panama City, and absolutely WONDERFUL quilt shops!!! emoticon

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SEATURTLE86 8/2/2011 12:16PM

    Glad you are having a great vacation in my home town! Your grandson David looks like he is have a good time! Brings back memories of when my kids were little. I hope the little one is feeling better soon. Hopefully the seaweed has cleared up in the water alittle. My kids called it "whale snot" when they were little. LOL Sometimes it gets bad this time of year. It is safe to swim in, just annoying when it gets into your swimsuit.
Hope you have a safe and fun time on our beaches.

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CARLANNIE 8/2/2011 10:34AM

    Glad the antibiotics kicked in to help Max feel better quickly! What gorgeous photos!

Oh - when I saw the photo of you sitting down on the beach playing with your dgs, the first thing I thought was, "I would do exactly the same thing!" emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 8/2/2011 8:36AM

    Yes, life is good! Especially with Grands!

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LKWQUILTER 8/2/2011 7:25AM

    What a great vacation!

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DDOORN 8/2/2011 6:46AM

    What terrific times!

Thx for sharing!


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Wed in Panama City Beach

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wed we woke up to clouds and rain. Not to be discouraged, we bravely went to the beach. But the rain continued, so we went to WonderWorks (the upside down house).

We played with a very LARGE Google Earth. We found our house and followed the road to great-grandmaw's house.

I wanted to spend some time with the optical illusion art, but was out voted, so we just walked through.

Max got to stomp some aliens while his dad and Aunt Sara rode the 4D roller coaster.

We got to fly in a jet simulator, and (crash) land the shuttle before giving a piano concert.

David took off to the 4th floor and ropes course with my DH who didn't have a camera. I don't do ropes, so no pictures of that.

Then we headed back to the hotel for a quick lunch and hit the beach between rains. DD and I took some time and floated around the lazy river before heading back for a "rest" (can't call them naps around the boys).

Wed night we hit the play ground on the beach. The boys ran, and ran, and climbed, and had a great time before the hula show.

A quick walk on the beach to chase some crabs, then up to the room and bed.
Life is good.

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MAKULEWAHINE 8/1/2011 10:19AM

    OMG! I wish I were with you:)) Sounds like a lot of fun. Great memories.

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4DOGNIGHT 8/1/2011 9:15AM

    I'll have to check out that house!

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CARLANNIE 8/1/2011 9:11AM

    Fun, fun! Good moments to add to life.

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