Went to visit Alex & Ian in Ripley.  Taylor met us there from Cincinnati.  We went to a farm to get pumpkins, go on a hay ride, and explore a massive cornfield maze.




One of our traditions is to open a gift on Christmas Eve.  It is no surprise as to what the gift is… Christmas jammies.

Her are some select photos from Christmas morning.  In order to keep my family from killing in my sleep I am not allowed to post some of the photos taken.

Taylor with charm bracelet: swimmer, cell phone, soccer ball charms.

Alex meticulously opening one of her gifts.   She would start on one corner with a little tear and slowly remove all the wrap.

Taylor checking out one of the dog’s gifts.  She is wearing her Christmas jammies and three scarves she got as presents.

Alex modeling her new sweatshirt from Grandma Pam and Grandpa Tim.

I’m wearing one of my gifts and holding another.


The trees up and presents are wrapped.  We are just waiting for the big day.  May you all have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.


Well, we started our 4th of July celebrations yesterday. We went to the Cincinnati Reds (they won) which included a very nice post game fireworks show. It is a nice way to watch the fireworks as you are in the stands looking out over the river. The show was choreographed to music and lasted about 15 minutes.

Today, the plan is to go camping starting today, but the weather isn’t cooperating.

Hopefully, the rain will move out sometime this afternoon and we can have a nice camp out at the lake.  We are meeting up with a number of the families from the Cincinnati Marlins.


Well, it rained a bit on the 4th, but overall the weather was pretty decent, so we stuck to the camping at East Fork Lake.  Everybody seemed to have a good time.

The girls. They all stayed in our two room tent.

You can’t go camping without a fire. Of course, the kids couldn’t help but stick their “walking sticks” in it and playing.

We met up with our ole’ pals the cicadas. These are the annual type, so not quite an invasion. There were two of these guys and they are just a creepy looking as their every 17 year cousins (see “Invasion 2008! Cicadas”)

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