Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Veisha 2009

This past weekend, the 17th - 18th, Kevin and I went to Ames for Veisha. Veisha is a spring celebration on the Iowa State Campus. We went down Friday night because Allison needed a parent fix. She has been really sick with mono. Poor girl. We had planned on going just for Saturday festivies of the parade, food, and fun. But instead, we went Friday afternoon and visited with the kids and took them out to dinner. I know I've said it before, but we are so enjoying watching our kids grow into adulthood. They are so much fun to hang around with. We actually get to visit, and talk instead of correct and seperate. :-)

We arrived on campus around 8:40, went and had a pancake breakfast (or they called it a feed). and then we met up with my mom and sister Kim. We walked around campus seeing the booths, and exhibts until parade time. We watched the parade then walked around some more. We milked a cow, ate cherry pie, laughed, and talked and had a great time together. The weather was great except for a short time during the parade when it rained. But we were prepared with a huge golf umbrella.

Allison joined us around 1:00, she sleeps a lot, and is trying to get as much rest as possible so she can get better. (sorry no photos of her, prednisone made her puffy) We had lunch and then said goodbye to Kim and mom, they had a 5 1/2 hour drive ahead of them still. We went to the greenhouse and looked at plants, then went to the aerospace engineering building to see what they had to show us. Emmanuel gave us a personal guided tour of that department, pretty neat.

We finally said goodbye to Allison around 2:30, and headed for our car. Of course it was parked at the farthest parking lot away, so we said bye to Travis and Kris and Melinda around 3:00 on the other side of campus.

We walked all day, and boy were we tired! I am so glad we got to go and share the day with the kids though.

I know I haven't updated in a while we have been very busy with work, church and kids. I wanted to get this done tonight before I put it off yet another day. I hope I didn't ramble too much.

More Veisha Photos

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Mom milking a cow

Diana and Mom
and very tall corn stalk

Kim and Mom

Solar Car

Veisha balloon at parade

And Even More Veisha Photos

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T-Shirt shoot

Canoe Racing

Worlds Largest Frying Pan

Allison and Emmanuel came home for Easter and we had a great time with them. Kris had a project due on Monday and a paper due on Tuesday so he stayed at school and worked. Saturday of Easter weekend, we (Kevin, Allison, Emmie and I ) went to Iowa City to see an uncle who was in the hospital down there. We met my mom, sister Kim and nephews Travis and Logan down there and visited over lunch and a little shopping. It was nice seeing everyone.

Our trip down there was fun too. We stopped at the "worlds largest frying pan" in Brandon, Iowa.

Then we stopped at a car show.

We had a good time even though our main purpose was to go to a hospital.

We dyed eggs Saturday night, I don't think we started until 10:00pm, but we got it done. (thankfully I had boiled the eggs Friday.) Emmanuel had never dyed eggs before, so it was fun sharing that with him.

Bocce Ball

Kevin and I broke out the Bocce Balls earlier this month and had to adjust the game. Zoey kept stealing the little white ball, so we would take turns throwing one of our larger ones. We would have to throw a stick for Zoey and then one of our balls toward our goal, then hope she would let it roll to a stop before she tried to go after it. Sure we could have tied her up or put her inside, but we had more fun watching her try to lift those heavy balls then playing the actual game.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Snow

Easter is almost here, and just in time we got our spring snow storm. Sunday morning we awoke to a cold wind blowing, hard pellets were stinging as we opened the door to let the dogs out. We could hear the wind and pellets hit the kitchen window. It was loud. We went to church, and by the time we were out, at least an inch of wet, heavy snow was on the ground. We visited with friends in the cafe area of the church for almost an hour. We could see the snow blowing and could barely see across the road at times. Kevin and I left and went out to eat for lunch and by that time, there were about 3 inches of snow on the ground. At last by 12:30 we were home. We watched the storm from our warm cozy house, I took lots of pictures (mostly from inside). I only ventured out when there was a lull in the storm. Then I bundled up, put on my snow boots and took the dogs out to play. Zoey loves the snow, and Brindle does for a while. They caught snowball after snowball, first one to Zoey, then one to Brin. Over and Over and Over...

Now it's Monday and the snow is mostly melted, almost 6 inches total. I'm glad it will be in the 50's this week.

Zoey and her favorite outside toy, her basketball. (Now Very Flat!)

Becky Tirabassi

I saw the announcement for weeks in the bulletin, I ignored it. A friend asked me to go with her to the Saturday morning event, so I finally said ok. I didn't really want to go, and put off signing up. I even let the 1st deadline go by. At last, I bought my ticket, paying 5 dollars more then I would have if I would have bought it the day before. Oh well.

Saturday the 4th of April, I would have rather slept in then get up and be ready to be out the door by 8:00am. But I got up, tried on multiple outfits, (I couldn't find anything to wear- you know how that is) and went to see Becky Tirabassi speak.

What an uplifting morning. Becky gave us ideas on how to pray better, more personal things. She gave us new ideas for devotionals and reading the bible. I have really been encouraged to read and pray more then I am currently. I am so glad I got to go. I think Satan was really working at keeping me from attending, but I made it anyway. Praise God!

Her web site is