This is the best cleaning schedule around!

This is the best cleaning schedule around!
Perfect for busy moms!

July 30, 2009

Family Reunion at Kentucky Dam Village

The main purpose of our trip to Kentucky was for a family reunion at Kentucky Dam Village Thursday through Saturday. My Mother-in-law has a brother who lives in Memphis. He and all his kids and grandkids traveled up to Kentucky and all us Ohioans traveled down there. I don't know that anyone got an official head count....but I would say that there was probably close to 50-60 of us.

On Friday night, North was in charge of cooking for the whole group. Despite our poorly equiped cottage kitchens, we whipped up quite a spread that included hamburgers, hot dogs, cheesy potatoes, cowboy beans, bbq meatballs, salads, and yummy cake and cookies for dessert.

On Saturday, it was South's turn. Oh my was it delicious! The prepared a traditional southern bbq for us complete with pulled pork sandwiches, fried bologna, and spicy cole slaw. Followed by dinner on Saturday night, they had what I hear was a beautiful memorial for the matriarch and patriarch of this beautiful family. Sadly, I didn't get to hear one word of it because Gauge was being fussy and wouldn't sit still. I had to settle for the recap from my hubby.

Here is a picture of all the children.
all the men and boys....
Sadly....they never did get a "complete" picture of all the women and girls.

This is our family. My Mother and Father in law, all their children and grandchildren.
Aren't we a nice looking family :-)
I think that the best part of our family reunion was hosting Ohiopolooza in our cottage each night where we learned how to play card games such as
Up the River Down the River and Shanghai. We were also entertained by Kristyn's "Apache Magic!" ;)

July 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Happy 2nd Birthday!

July 28, 2009

Land Between the Lakes: The Homeplace

On Friday, we once again piled the kids in the car and headed for the Land Between the Lakes. This time our destination wasn't in Kentucky, but Tennessee. The Homeplace is a 19th Century working farm.

As you walk down the path to the Homeplace, you are greeted by this beautiful log cabin. It has 2 bedrooms downstairs, a summer kitchen on the back and 2 more bedrooms upstairs.
This is the back of the Summer Kitchen

Mommy, Grace, and Gauge standing in the walkway between the 2 upstairs bedrooms.
Grace and Gauge were both fascinated with the spinning wheel and baby doll cradle.

Grace striking a pose beside the wool for the spinning wheel.
A wagon in the "boys" bedroom upstairs.
Let's go see what's outback!

Grace in the Spring House
This gentleman was whittling a serving spoon.
Drying tobacco
Cute little chickens

This is the smokehouse where they dry and smoke all their tobacco. We also found two very dirty sheep in there trying to get in out of the heat.
Wheat hanging in a barn.
They had 2 bulls outback. They were HUGE!!
kids getting a better look at the bull.

Plowing the field. Can you imagine plowing a whole field this way?
Mommy and her man.
When we were finished touring the Homeplace we went inside the store to look at more displays. The kids enjoyed trying on kids clothes from the 1800's.
It was such an interesting trip. I loved seeing how people lived and how much work it must have been.

July 27, 2009

Land Between The Lakes: Marina & Nature Center

On our way from Mammoth Cave to Kentucky Dam Village....
we made a pit stop at The Land Between the Lakes. We had horrible thunderstorms the previous night which contributed to the overcast, hot, and extremely sticky day. We pulled into the Marina so the kids could see as the sail boats.
and the gorgeous view of the lake.
There were adorable cottages surrounding the marina. Can you see one perched way up on top of these rocks?
We took a walk out on to the pier. Both the kids were obsessed about pointing out all the goose poop, so we wouldn't step in it! LOL
It is so hard to get both of them to look at me and smile at the same time.
Now Dad's the culprit :)
After we left the marina, we stopped at the Land Between the Lakes Welcome Center. We found out that you can buy a fun pass that will get you into all the little attractions that they have to offer. We bought one and decided to spread out our little excursions for the next few days. So our next stop was the Nature Center.

The kids really enjoyed seeing all the animals.

The Bald Eagle
The adorable little screech owl.
This guy with a beautiful rack. The kids thought it was funny that the deer were eating carrots, broccoli, and strawberries.
They had beautiful flowers
and TONS of hummingbirds
Gauge even got to color a little picture.

July 24, 2009

Mammoth Cave & Bowling Green

Day 3 of our vacation was spent at Mammoth Cave. We scoped out the tours ahead of time and decided on which tour we wanted to go on. Once we got there, we learned that they don't allow you to take any kind of backpack carrier into the caves. This totally put a crimp in our plans. Gauge is only 1 and there was no way that we were going to take him on a 1-3 hour hike through a cave and have to carry him on our hip. After much grumbling and a bit of arguing (lol) we decided on the Discovery Tour. This is a self led tour that is only about 1/2 hour in length.

Since Gauge is still in diapers and you just never know when you'll need a diaper...I decided to take my Diaper Bag Wrangler with me. As we were walking down towards the cave entrance, we were stopped by one of the rangers. She informed us that no bags were allowed into the cave and it didn't matter what was in the bag. We were instructed to either take it back to our car or rent a locker inside the building.

So needless to say, we were not too happy at this point. Mammoth cave was turning out to not be such a baby friendly place.

Here is our view as we walk down to the cave entrance.

Mommy and Gauge at the entrance to the cave. As you approach the entrance to the cave, the temperature drops about 20 degrees. You can just feel the cool pouring out of the cave. It felt wonderful!

Grace getting ready to go in. Both of the kids had their own flashlights so they can "explore" better!

It was really dark down there. I had to just point my camera and hope that I was getting everyone in the picture.

Gracie and Daddy

Good looking crew!

Best Buddies

Mommy and Grace being silly with the camera

Outside the caves we stopped at the Choo Choo so the kids could run around a little bit.

After the train, we enjoyed a nice picnic lunch and a short hike. We then drove back to Bowling Green; went to the mall, and ate supper at Fazoli's. After supper, we went back to the hotel and swam in the pool. Needless to say at the end of the day we crashed!

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