Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer fun 2

While we were in Hagerstown we did some historical sightseeing . This is the house of Johnathan Hager  the founder of Hagerstown.  We took the tour and found out many interesting things. One thing I learned was that the number one cause of death for a colonial women was her skirt catching fire. I thought it would be child birth or sickness. Who knew?
We walked around city park and took some pictures too.
Rachel enjoyed getting to meet Benny for the first time. Benny is Uncle Big Tim and Aunt Tania's puppy. He was about six months old in these pictures. He is so sweet and loving. He will lick you to death.
Rachel always loves to play in the creek down on my great grandparents farm. She likes to try to catch crayfish, skippers or minnows. This time Benny played in there with her and both were muddy and wet by the end of the evening.
Chick-Fil-A had cow appreciation day and so Rachel dressed up as a cow so she could get a free lunch. She had a good time and enjoyed the free food.
The other day I was mowing the yard and all the sudden I saw two claws trying to pinch the mower tires. I had this little guy in our yard. I thought it was a scorpion but my neighbor told me it was a crayfish. I was also told that scorpions can grow to be this big.I didn't think it would live outside of the  water  but he can for awhile. Always something going on at our house.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Fun 1

We have been on the go so much I have not had a chance to update my blog. Rachel and I missed the last two days of school in order to drive to Maryland to see my niece graduate from high school. Isn't she so pretty and what a sweetheart.
Taylor posing with my parents.  When all the celebrating was done Rachel, Mom and I went to see good friends ( my former youth pastor and his wife and extended family) of ours in Bethlehem, PA. We were only going to stay an hour or so and ended up staying  6. We had such a great time I forgot to take a picture of them.
We drove to Reading, PA and spent the night and then drove over to Lancaster(Amish country) Rachel was not real thrilled at first but then had a wonderful time. We stopped and took a buggie ride, went to a pretzel factory did a little shopping and a lot of looking.
I love this picture of a man plowing his field using horses. I wish we had a little slower life like the Amish. The flower gardens had little or no weeds and I loved seeing the wash hanging outside to dry.
We stopped at the Choo Choo Barn to see the huge model train display. Rachel loved getting her picture taken in this train. Many years ago Tim, Dwight and I had our picture taken in a very similar train.
Rachel made two cards while up at Grandma Leathers. She came up with these designs on her own. She also sold her first nine cards while in Maryland. Way to go Rachel!!!