Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21 ~Easter Weekend~

One of the best parts of this weekend was the weather. Hopefully, spring is finally here!  Sara and Matt both had Good Friday off from work so after Evie's egg hunt at her daycare, they drove up for the weekend.  I picked up my mom from the Madison House around noon and then we ordered lunch from Los Mariachi's take out and we spent the day just enjoying the wonderful warm weather.  Evie and I picked up sticks, well, I picked up sticks and Evie rode along in our UTV or jeep, as she calls it, and later in the evening we built a fire in our fire ring and had hot dogs and toasted marshmallow s'mores.  On Saturday, Matt and Andy spent the morning at the High Street Flea Market while Sara and I took Evie up to the John Deere place on 42 for their egg hunt.  It was a great time!  There were quite a few kids there but with 4,000 eggs no one went home with out a few eggs in their baskets.  They also got a small rubber JD tractor with all that chocolate.  Kudos to JD Equipment.

Of course the eggs were JD green and yellow

In the afternoon we all drove to Springfield and had Andy's favorite lunch, Cassano's Pizza.  Since we were so close we couldn't go home with out some ice cream from Young's Dairy.  Evie got to feed the goats, ride a tractor and sit on a cow, and Mam-maw had her ice cream!

Sunday morning we all went to Sunday School and enjoyed watching the little ones hunt eggs in the parsonage back yard.  We stayed for the Traditional service and Evelyn was very well behaved.  Dinner was a delicious spiral ham from Kroger with all the fixin's.  After dinner Andy and Matt napped while Sara, Evie and I went over to have bunny cake with my brother and his family and Mom.  What a glorious weekend celebrate "new life" and the selflessness of our Lord.  I pray your Easter was as wonderful as ours!

Asher was so sweet helping Evie find Easter eggs

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday,April 7~Zoo & Thurman's

Sara, Matt & Evie came up from Cincinnati for a visit this past weekend.  Evie has become quite the little conversationalist and is ever so polite using her "thank yous" and "er welcome".  She still has to be reminded sometimes about her "pleases" as her asking often comes out as a demand but that is to be expected of most 2-18 year olds!  Saturday we spent some time at the zoo.  It was a little cold so we stayed on the west side of the zoo with the fishes, snakes and manatees.  We wanted to walk through the walk-about with the kangaroos but it was closed.  We had lunch at the Old Bag of Nails Pub in Powell.

Sunday I was bad and skipped church and we drove over to German Village and ate at Thurman's.  They hosted Man vs Food in March and Matt wanted to try one of their gourmet burgers.  It was fortunate that we got there at 11 when they opened because we got the last table.  The service was ok but we were there nearly an hour before our food came out and when we left there was a huge line of people waiting.  The burgers were good and Andy liked the deep fried portabella mushrooms.  We ordered a basket of onion straws that were good but nothing like the ones at The Counter in Honolulu.  We decided that it was great for our first time visit but probably not high on our "can't wait to go back" list.  We stopped at the Scioto Audubon Park on the way home and walked some of the paths around the visitor's center and took the walk across the wetlands to the play area.  It was such a pleasant afternoon and I could almost believe that spring is nearly here to stay.

Andy's bacon, cheese burger
Sara and I split the Western Burger (cheddar cheese, bacon & BBQ sauce)

We've also been watching the wood ducks in the creek as they search for that perfect hole in a tree to lay their eggs.  I'm hoping it is somewhere close so I can watch them through my spotting scope that I got for Christmas.  We saw the female again this morning.  Yesterday it was the pair.  I think they are the prettiest ducks that we have here in Ohio.
The male is beautifully colored with iridescent blues, purples and greens outlined in white with red eyes
The female is buff brown and gray with a distinct white eye ring
These ducks are easy to identify by their sounds.  Unlike the quacking of other ducks, wood ducks squeal or squeak making a woo-eek, woo-eek sound as they fly
Wood ducks are perching ducks with sharp toes on their webbed feet that can grasp tree limbs enabling them to land in trees.  Mallards on the other hand are dabbling ducks that tend to look for food near the edges of ponds by dabbing their heads under water.
There are also diving ducks...but that is information for another day!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3 ~Lily's Good News

I have not been very motivated since my return from Texas.  Think I needed some time to adjust from going through 4 time zones. Going from Eastern to Central then Mountain adding in Daylight Savings, my body was not a happy camper!  If the weather ever starts to get warm, I think I will be ok.  I spent last week reading.  Sara gave me the book Divergent at Christmas and even though I took it with me to Alabama and Texas, I never did get a chance to read it.  Once I started I read it and then I ordered the second and third books on my Kindle and basically spent all last week reading.  The book, without giving too much away is somewhat similar to Hunger Games and based on a Futuristic America, Chicago to be exact with a little genetic engineering added to make it interesting.  Very good books but I still liked Hunger Games better!

Some of you may have seen my FaceBook post about Lily's MRI and MIBG scans that were two weeks ago.  But for those of you that may not be on Face Book, she had her appointment with her oncologist Monday and the news was even better than we ever dreamed.  Her doctor said that she was going to categorize her as a "Survivor" and it would not be necessary to do any more scans.  I couldn't believe what Trish was telling me on the phone and I asked her to repeat it several times.  No more scans.....and I was thinking good news would be scans every year instead of 6 months or maybe every two years but no, the doc said "no more ever".  I hope it wasn't because Lily spit on the nurse or the fact that it took 4 adults to hold her down for her IV but whatever the reason we are praising the Lord for such wonderful news.  Pretty sure that this year's 4th birthday party is going to be quite the celebration.  Thanks to everyone who held Lily in your prayers and sent all that positive energy her way.  Our families are ever so grateful!
 Have a blessed week!