Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Scott, Sydney and Jake spent some quality time together in Indiana.  
Basically whatever Jake wanted, Scott and Sydney did :o)

There was a lot of car playing...

Some present opening...

 some scooter lessons...

and lots of smiles and fun!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Highest peak

One day we drove the twists and turns to hike to the highest point in the Smoky Mountains.  
Thanks to my  motion sickness we had to take a break on the drive up while I recovered with a double dose of Dramamine.  
The kids did a bit of pre-hike rock climbing.

And then we took the trail to the top.

 On the way back down we hiked a short distance on the Appalachian Trail.

Waterfall hikes

I was very impressed with their hiking skills as the days rolled by.  
They would hike for 3+miles and do awesome!

Here is one of the waterfall hikes we did.

I tell her to smile and she gives me this goofy pose.

We made the trek up another trail to discover this waterfall.

Smoky Mountains

The kids learned how to weave on a mini loom.

 We had lunch by a fun little water area.  The water sure was cold! 

Skipping stones...

Smoky Mountains--first hike

Our first day in the Smoky mountains and we hit the trail.  Unfortunately we did not time this hike well so we did not make it the 2.1 miles before we felt we should turn around and have dinner.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Smoky Mountains--the creek

In June we headed up to the Smoky Mountains.  We stayed in a "cabin" with a creek running behind.

We spent time catching minnows and craw fish,


mixing, digging and "cooking"

Friday, June 13, 2014

Finally...an underwater swimmer!

It's been a loooong 2+ years trying to convince Sydney to swim under water.  
She does things in her own time.  
And I guess now is her time...


As usual this pup is hanging out pool side, chasing rings.  
Now if only she will start jumping in and swimming...