These days…

we have been working on our version of an art studio.  The kids and I both wanted somewhere we could leave unfinished paintings, drawings, projects and have a place to go and create.  The best place for this was part of the third floor, the unfinished part of the attic.  The downside the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter, but we will figure out a way around that.  The pluses outweigh the minuses in my opinion.  Lots of space so everyone can have their own area, exposed rafters which fill me with joy, and a window in the back that swings inward and lets you have a nice view into the trees.   It is not finished yet, we still need to put together a large table in the middle, I need to get some string lighting and bring in some more supplies that are still scattered over the house, but here is a sneak peek.  It doesn’t look like much now, but I see a lot of potential.

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We have celebrated the first week of school, worked in the yard, built a new fence, worked inside the house and started soccer practice…

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This evening we are going to work on a new fire pit area for the backyard and possibly pitch our tent for a backyard campout.

Wrapping Up Summer

Despite the weather forecast which calls for almost 90 degree weather this week, I am saying goodbye to Summer.  My least favorite season has been good to us.  Up until now, it has been humid but not unbearably hot like last year.  With the first day of school this Wednesday, we have been busy enjoy the last few days of freedom.

We visited Ben’s parents and went school supply shopping.  Followed by a visit to the playground, making popcorn and getting manicures.

There was swinging at the school playground in Thornville

There was swinging at the school playground in Thornville.

I cannot keep shoes on this little guy.

I cannot keep shoes on this little guy.

Training just in case there is ever a kids version of American Ninja Warrior.

Training just in case there is ever a kid’s version of American Ninja Warrior.

Her upper body strength amazes me.

Her upper body strength amazes me.

We watched the Fire Department fill the dunk tank for the church’s event.  The firemen let the kids “help” with the hose.

Filling the dunk tank

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The church where Ben and I  were married.  Sunday was our 12 year wedding anniversary.

The church where Ben and I were married. Sunday was our 12 year wedding anniversary.

Manicures by grandma.

Manicures by grandma.

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The kids also went with Ben to the Bengals Training Camp at the practice fields just outside Paul Brown Stadium.

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Last weekend  the girls went to a friend’s birthday/pool party and Blackburn and I went to the park to ride bikes so he wouldn’t feel too left out.

This photo of the girls makes me laugh every time I see it.  So many personalities in this group.

This photo of the girls makes me laugh every time I see it. So many personalities in this group.

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Bonaventure Cemetery

One of my favorite parts of our vacation was visiting the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.  Some may think it is a bit morbid, but the cemetery was absolutely beautiful and very well taken care of.  The headstones ranged from extravagant to very simple.  Below were some of our favorites (sorry, but there are a lot of pictures):

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Wormsloe

While in Savannah we visited the Wormsloe Historic Site which has Savannah’s oldest remaining tabby ruins and beautiful oak trees.  It wasn’t crowded at all and we did not have to rush to take any pictures while driving down the oak-lined lane.  We stopped first at the museum and watched a quick film about the history of Wormsloe and its founder.  The film made the tour of the property much more interesting and you could recognize landmarks and imagine what it would have been like for the families just starting out in a new world.

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Museum and gift shop area. I suggest watching the film before you explore.

Museum and gift shop area. I suggest watching the film before you explore.

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I think I was born to be a Wickie…

Wickies – A nickname given to early lighthouse keepers who spent a great deal of their time trimming the wick on the lamp in order to keep it burning brightly, and to minimize sooting.

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Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light!

A portion from The Lighthouse poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I would love to live in a lighthouse, especially in this one which we saw on our dolphin tour in the atlantic ocean.  Despite the fact that I cannot swim, I think I would love to be surrounded by water.

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