Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rain, rain, go away

Back to our Dauphin Island vacation.....the predicted weather showed rain EVERY day!  Luckily, the rains came mostly during the night.   It never was a totally washed out day.  We had a morning or two that it rained just a little and play was contained in the house.

Incidently, these are words that Claire uses.

Lots of screen time.


Then Mindy took the kids out on the deck and they played red light, green light.

 Sun come out!  We want to swim!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The rodeo

We got to the rodeo and Aunt Gayle had tickets for us!
Thank you, Gayle!

The sky continued to clear and the sunset was very bright!!

 Our niece, Bailey, and a friend of hers sang the national anthem.  It was beautiful!!  Well done!

After watching a lot of bucking broncos, the girls were ready for a little break.
They wanted some funnel cake and to see about riding ponies.

 Al's brother, Sid was grilling up hamburgers.
                         "Hey, Gayle!" - not sure what Gayle was doing, but we surprised her!

The pony rides were not operating any more.  Next year we will need to come earlier to the rodeo.  But we did find rock climbing to do!

Go girls!

We went back to watch the rodeo and to share our funnel cake with Papa.

There was sheep riding for the little children.  Most of them fell off right at the gates.

 I think we all agreed that the wild bulls were our favorite, especially when they chased the clowns!

It was 11:30 pm when we finally got home and went to bed!  What a fun date with our granddaughters!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The rodeo - yee haw!

We had decided to take the older girls to the Pretty Prairie rodeo BUT
it was a rainy, drizzly day.  We didn't know if it was worth going if it was going to be pouring rain.  The forecast was not looking good, so we chose to take the girls here.

 The girls picked up quizzes in their own age bracket that they could fill out.  At the end, they would turn them in and receive a prize.

The girls were not fond of the mummies!
They would not even step into the room!

After looking at dinosaurs, the Egyptian empire, the world wars, and the history of our nation, we went out to eat.  The girls were all about "all you can eat" chips!

The rain let up and the radar showed the probability of no more rain so off we headed for the rodeo at Pretty Prairie!  Yay for clearing skies!

First, we had an adventure - geocaching!

 We located a spot on close to the farm where Al grew up.  We knew the "treasure" would be found in this cemetery.  Al had no idea about this place!  He never went south of the farm on this road.
 We looked and looked for the treasure!  Then Hannah spotted it!

The scrambled clue said that it was about waist high in a tree, 
but there were so many trees!

 We opened it up so see what all there was.
The girls each picked out a treasure to keep

and put in treasures to replace them (sea shells from Dauphin).

We left the cemetery and drove the couple of miles to the family farm.  Al's brother and his wife are adding on to the farm!  That is why they haven't replaced the siding that was damaged due to hail since it will all be redone anyway. 
Next stop -
the largest night rodeo in Kansas!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


On Dauphin Island, there is an interactive musuem of aquatic animals.  
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a marine research, policy, and education center.  

The grandkids wanted to go see it again, so we left the adult kids back at the house (while Claire took her nap) and we had a wonderful time with these 4.  Next time Claire will be old enough to go along!

I wondered how the workers cleaned the aquariums.


A fun, educational afternoon!