Thursday, July 1, 2010

July 1st!!!! Wow, where has the summer gone?

Hi Blog Followers!  Long time, no post, sorry about that!  So here is the hightlights of June for me.

I h ave been pretty busy so far this summer. Just one thing or another; Some of the usual like running child A to point C and Child C to point A.....  The three kids are at a pretty good summertime age - 12 for Griffin and 9 for the twins.  We have a good mix of doing stuff together and without mom! 

Speaking of something without mom, I spent a wonderful 8 days with my friends Katie and Sarah in mid June.  We drove to Southern Indiana and stayed at the French Lick Villas.  What a beautiful part of the country that is!  The three of us took our scrapbook stuff and spent the week scrapping and site seeing.  It was really fun to have our scrap stuff set up for a week and being able to scrap anytime we wanted.  We really did accomplish a lot.  I will post pictures in the next post.

Site seeing was one of the big reasons why we chose that area because about an hour away is an Amish and Mennonite Settlement.  We knew our resort ran a bus tour but had no idea how much fun we would have!  We rode an hour on the bus to a restaurant where we picked up our Mennonite tour guide, Rosanna.  Then we proceeded to the country roads of Dubois County, a.k.a. Amish Country.  Our driver, Norris was a retired police officer and had been running this tour over 10 years.  He had a route where he knew who all the families were and what was what with all of them!  The Amish families knew him too and so did the children. (and his arrival time).  Norris would stop at each farm that had children and open the bus door and toss out candy.  The kids were either already lined up by the road or came running across the yard when the bus pulled up.  It was so much fun to watch! 

We also were allowed to tour a home and visit a few of their stores and quilt shops that were on their property.  Pretty neat stuff, but due to no electricity it was a bit dark and VERY hot!

The Amish do not believe in being photographed as a rule, but there were families that did allow tourists to go ahead and take pics.  I will show some of my favorites here.

After our tour we were at the all you could eat buffet cooked and served by Amish.  Wow!  that is all I can say! Then we shopped a bit more and home we went.

The reason we picked this area is of our common love for the Amish way.  All three of us are avid readers of Amish romance books by such writers as Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter.  Actually making this visit really has helped us with our mental picture during our reading.

The week just sailed by and we enjoyed other things such as a winery where we tasted all of their wine!  And of course there was a lot of scrapping.  Before we knew it we were headed home to our families.  As much as we loved our trip, it was good to be home again.

I know prepare for my last trip of the summer and this time with my family.  We are headed to Branson, MO and will be there during the 4th.  We will take in Silver Dollar City and a water park as well as a few museums.  Of course I will be hunting down the scrapbook store!

Thanks for reading my update here.  Be sure to visit Creative Scrapbooking Divas  and The Everyday Scrapper  while I am away.  I am on the Design Team at both sites and there is much summer fun planned for all of you!

Have a safe and happy July 4th weekend!

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