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view on the way to Ayers Natural Bridge

bluffs at Ayers Natural Bridge

bluff behind restroom at Ayers Natural Bridge

Ayers Natural Bridge

grandkids up a tree

Nick and Addalea

Cris patiently trying to catch fish

under the bridge

On the bridge

Matt on the bridge

Aria and Grandpa on the bridge

First stop, Grand Island, NebraskaWe stayed in Grand Island, NE our first night of the trip. We got there at supper time and after we ate some Godfather’s pizza we headed for this really cool community park Matt had researched online before we left home.
Grand Island Kids Kingdom
Aria on the swinging bridge
Aria and a friend on swinging tires
cris climbing
samantha in the arbor
posing in garden

first Wyoming rest stop Rest stop where I picked wild sage and rosemary.
oooh, cacti! Cacti!
scenery On the road again.

Independence Rock Independence Rock day trip.
Addalee, ready for fun in the sun
getting teady to crawl up the rock
yes, it's steep
that's high enough!
wait for me!
view from top

 Alcova Resevoir We swam at this resevoir, it was cold!!!

up to the waterfallwaterfall on Casper mountain
cris against cliff
Matt at waterfall
Nick on cliff
Amy taking a breather
mountain poppy?
Casper mountain hillside

Today was the 100th day of school. Wow. We are more than halfway through the school year! My kids are growing like weeds this year, it’s amazing. I’m still enjoying my job, but also still wishing it was part time because I miss being at home so much. I’m ready for spring now. The snow isn’t as exciting anymore. We did get in some iceskating with the kids which was lots of fun even though it was for a short time. I love skating!!! So did the kids. Miss all my friends like crazy, hope everyone is well. Well, I’ve got to cook supper now. Have a great evening!

White cake with white icing and white candles and race cars.  Wheww was it sweet!  Oh, and chocolate ice cream.

We picniced on the back porch.  (Isn

Waiting for everyone to gather so he can open gifts.

Still smiling.  It was a fun day.  We sure did miss the cousins and aunts and uncles though!  Sniff, sniff.

Samantha was chosen to participate in the district math contest this year. She was soooo excited and surprised, math hasn’t been one of her stong subjects. I was surprised too and then I felt bad because I had doubted she could make the team and had told her not to be dissapointed if she didn’t but that she could try out if she wanted.

It was a great experience for her and I believe a confidence booster. It didn’t hurt her math skills either. She had lots of practice on her basics and learned several new things that I wasn’t even sure how to do. (Probability problems, for example!) She met with three other 4th grade students every week to practice and then we traveled to Hannibal, Missouri for the actual contest.

I rode with her on the school bus with the other Knox County students and parents to the Hannibal middle school. Here are some pics.


The fourth grade contestants.


The Knox County representatives.


Waiting for the others to finish testing.

Sam did not place but several of her friends did and several will be going to the state contest in Springfield. Knox produced last years first place state high school winner! Perhaps next year will see two Bowmans on the team. Cris will be in 4th grade this coming year.


Enjoying a rootbeer float on the bus trip home.

This week, Samantha, had Misouri History Night. The fourth graders worked hard all quarter on researching famous Missourians. They wrote a report, gathered props, made props, decorated posters, and came up with costumes. They displayed their projects and represented their famous person as parents browsed by asking questions and admiring thier work. It was a lot of fun. I even learned some things. 🙂

Samantha’s famous person was Sacajawea. She made a woven basket out of paper and did a teepee display along with her poster. I put together a costume for her, very last minute, but she seemed thrilled with it.

Sacajawea’s display.

Lewis and Clark and Sacajewea.

We are now the owners of a “new” car, yet again. 🙂

Look, Cindy, ours is silver too! Hee,hee.

It is an ’89 Chevy Lumina, with only 80,000 miles on it and it doesn’t have any dings or spots on it any where. It rides smooth and quiet and best of all we can fit our entire family in it if need be. In other words, it is a boat and what I have christened, The Old Man Car. This is mainly because we test drove several Grand Ams and a Grand Prix before we decided on the Lumina. 😉

The kids love it, it is “new” after all. I like it too, even if it does look like an old man’s car (and probably was, before we got it!) Hopefully it will be as good a car as our previous Lumina that we had for several years before it got totalled. It was a really good car for us.

Here is a pic, pretend the bushes are not there. 🙂

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Easter baskets in the morning. Notice the snow out the window!
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I made ribbon wands to put in the kids baskets this year. Last year I made knit bunnies.
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The ground was white with snow and still falling as we headed to friends for a brunch and egg hunt.
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Fun with eggs and friends.
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I made something!! It was so fun. I love making things! This was pretty easy. I got the idea from a gift that a friend gave to Samantha when she was about 3 yrs old. You sew a matching pot holder onto a tea towel and voila’ , you have an adorable child sized apron!

Wal-mart had an apple set, and a rooster set that also would have been cute. I imagine you could make less frilly ones for boys too, with plainer towel sets. I think I may have to make some more of these!

I added a yellow ruffle, ties, and a ruffled pocket.
Here is the one I made for my neice. Happy Birthday, Dora!!!! It’s in the mail!

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I’ve decided to start an additional blog. I want to try to capture at least one “moment” from each day to celebrate, think on, share, meditate on, ect. A daily log, not necessarily wordy though. As I was joking with someone the other day, a bit more “artsy fartsy”. 🙂

Here is a link to any who are interested. Heavenly Now

Update: It was brought to my attention that my new blog title is similar to Serenity’s. I did not at all mean to copy and I didn’t even realize it was similar! Ooops! Sorry, Serenity! I have tried to figure out a different title, but haven’t come up with anything that captures what I want the same way. If I do I will change it. 🙂 I really did not mean to copy and I’ve never been a Seinfield watcher (is this a connection to your title? it was mentioned as well)