Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Freedom has it's life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree. ~ Thomas Campbell
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham LincolnIt is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Dick Cheney
We are in the process of obtaining quotes for shipping our antiques back to the States, so of course that means...buy more to make sure we get our monies worth!!!! I was lucky enough to purchase a church pew from the mid 1800's last week. Unfortunately, it was located on the southern coast---3 hours away (+ another hour added on because it was a bank holiday and every Brit was on the road with their caravans). We left at 11:30, after Michaela's dance exam practice, and drove down to Torquay (pronounced Tor-Key). We arrived at 3:30, ate lunch, and then the girls and I walked the boardwalk and watched a boat race while Steve went to pick up the pew. When Steve got back, we walked around the boardwalk and looked at the boats and then headed to the beach. Let me point out here--it has not been above 70 degrees in a few weeks and we are wearing our long sleeves and light jackets. This fact did not stop the girls from going in!!!!!! They played in the sea for about an hour. I put my feet in for about a half a second and Steve survived for a few more than me!!!! We then headed back to the car for the 300 mile trip to Lakenheath where we stayed at lodging so we would be closer to church on Sunday!
SITES OF TORQUAY
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
She did very well. She wanted to run without stopping. She stopped a few times BUT....she finished!!!!!
THE BIG FINISH!!!!
THE EXTRA MILE BIG FINISH!!!!!
Friday, May 16, 2008
First the right!
Then the left!!!
I am not sure how long she 'worked-out'! She was in her room when I came out of the shower and asked if she could watch SENSE AND SENSIBLITY!
I sure wish I found my time with Ms. Smith as exciting!!!!!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Steve took the girls to the base with him to do laundry so I could have quiet time--the best Mother's Day gift there is. They just sent a text and said they were on their way home--so I guess I am finished rambling on the blog!!!!
*** I HAVE ADDED A FEW PICTURES OF THE GIRLS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BLOG. THESE WERE TAKEN THIS WEEK!
WHITE HORSE HILLThe weather has been so beautiful for the last week, we decided to take advantage of the fact that there was sunshine, I was not watching any children, and Stephen was off work, and we headed to White Horse Hill-about 40 miles a way--near Stonehenge.
The horse is the oldest chalk horse in England--dating back from over 2500 years ago. There was a castle there at one point in history (300BC-43 AD), but as it was only a wooden fortress and is no longer standing. Directly down from the horse is Dragon Hill. Legend has it that Sir George slayed a dragon on that hill and where the blood was shed, nothing has grown there since.
THE GIRLS STANDING ON THE SPOT WHERE THE DRAGON WAS SLAIN
MICHAELA IS A SMALL DOT GOING UP THAT HILL
*click on the picture to enlarge it and see her*
About 1.5 miles from the White Horse Hill is Wayland Smithy. So of course we had to walk to that!! It is a long barrow used for burials approximately 5500 years ago. It was a nice leisurely walk with great views--and various bugs that Emma looked for to distract her from the fact that she was exhausted and her little legs were tired!!!!
THE ENTRANCE TO THE BARROW
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Monday, May 05, 2008
After 2 of the 3 children I was babysitting were dropped off, we headed to our friend's house for a Cinco de Mayo party. There were about 40 people, lots of yummy Mexican food, and loads of sunshine!