Thursday, August 13, 2015


We have done nothing "big" or expensive for our last week of family vacation of Summer 2015, but it has definitely been packed with activities.  Unfortunately, JP has spent many, many hours working on charts on the computer - so much for carefree vacation time!

Yesterday we "did the Fair" - went in the evening for food on a stick, and to ride the rides.  The girls only ended up riding one ride each, I believe.  They always enjoy the petting zoo, which featured 2 extremely cute baby camels this year, as well as a tiny, bristly pig.  We spent the most time watching a chainsaw carving show, in which one of the gentlemen turned a huge log into this cute piggy.

Usually we enjoy walking through the Rabbit Barn when we "do the Fair."  We did spend time there, but only because Wednesday was the day scheduled to clean cages, plus J had her 2 hours of "barn duty" that night.

We woke the girls at 3 AM this morning, and after bundling up in sweat pants and hoodies, we drove up to our neighbors' field at the top of the hill.  We snuggled up in sleeping bags, lay on the ground, and watched shooting stars for about an hour.  It was incredible!

This morning, we had an appointment with the Prothonotary (per Wikipedia - the principle clerk of a court) to renew passports for the girls.  She congratulated JP and I on our "beautiful family," so I started off the day with warm fuzzies.

After another visit to the Rabbit Barn to feed and water Chaz, we strapped the bikes on the back of the van, and drove to Wheeling.  The girls and I rode for more than 12 miles on the Heritage bike trail...all the way to the Pike Island Locks & Dam. 

JP had a tire issue about 1/2 mile in, and had to head back to the van, where he (you guessed it) worked on the computer while we rode.

I was proud of the girls, as this is the farthest they have ever ridden.  They did extremely well until the last 1/2 mile or so, when we were all thoroughly pooped.  My hand is hurting big time tonight, despite a big dose of Advil and an ice pack earlier.

We ate dinner at one of JP and my old haunts before heading home.

On the docket for tomorrow:  the Library auction, where the girls get to use the "Book Bucks" that they earned by reading and attending Reading Club at the Library this summer to bid on school supplies and other fun stuff!  There will, of course, be a trip to the Fairgrounds for feeding and watering of 4H projects.  We are also considering another day's still up in the air.

On Saturday, 4H-ers and families are supposed to spend 2 hours cleaning and putting away cages, and putting the Rabbit Barn back to post-Fair order before bringing Chaz home.

I told you we were keeping busy this week!

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