Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Break

Spring Break affected us only indirectly: our grandsons spent some time here; Mike didn't have to be at the Red Barn; and I did not have zumba nor water aerobics.
We took turns being gone. Mike did not get back from Yellowknife till the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Thursday he joined a group going back to Henryville to work. And I attended a writer's conference the last two days. Here are the photos and stories.

Sunday we had a birthday meal for Jimmy. He really enjoys shooting guns in our woods, so that was the afternoon entertainment.

The crazy Koch birthday song

Some of us tried to play Chinese checkers, and were totally frustrated, then we looked up the rules online!

We heard that our guys in Canada had done really well in the first-ever ice carving competition at that location on Great Slave Lake. Photos and specifics started rolling in Monday. Here is a photo of the finished piece and a video interview about the experience and the sculpture titled Wave Walkers

Wave Walkers
Tuesday afternoon the two younger grands came to spend the night. Zion's recognizable oft repeated vocabulary now includes: gammaw, okay, hungry, all done, puppies, skateboard, meow (over and over and over...)

Wednesday we had a lazy day catching up from the week apart. Don't you just love the 'bed-head' breakfast pic?

Of course we heard many stories from the first-time ice carver about the wonderful father-son adventure and admired his gold medal.

Thursday, Mike was off again "paying it forward" in Henryville. Go here [] for a wonderful news story reminiscent of our experience--blessing out of tragedy.

While I was gone Friday some of the landscaping work got done.
A wonderful spring surprise was to see the 'dead' hydrangea blooming beautifully. Last fall, in mid reconstruction, we were given two gorgeous plants. We did not know where to plant them or what to do with them. They were moved around many times. Finally, one was planted, the other just sat. Guess which one has more buds and shoots?

The annual ACW (American Christian Writers) conference in Fort Wayne was an excellent time to learn and be recharged through seminars and fellowship. 
Then I spent the night at my mother's in Winona Lake and got to visit Daddy Saturday morning, help feed him breakfast and sing Happy Birthday--91 on April 2nd!


  1. So much going on this past week! Good thing you didn't have some of the regular activities :)

    Just in awe of the ice sculpture. I'd seen photos on facebook, but it's nice to see a larger photo here.

    I adore hydrangeas and hope to have lots and lots of them at the new house. When y'all come visit and we go out to Sta. Rosa I'll have to show you my "inspiration" yard that's just around the corner in La Rinconada and features dozens of hydrangeas all over. Gorgeous!

    So glad you were able to spend some time with dad and mother. Ivan spoke with mom last week for a bit. We've discovered the best time to catch her is during siesta! That's about the only time we can count on catching her at home :)

  2. You guys are always so busy! And I felt rushed this week because I had church AND took communion to a shut-in - ha!

    Love the ice sculpture - & the fact that it was a father/son effort. Sweet :)


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