Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 4th 2014

This year's annual July 4th Party went so well!  Unlike last year, the weather was absolutely perfect.  A cold front (in July!) came through and cooled the weather down to the low 80's with a breeze.  It was sunny and beautiful.  A perfect day to have friends join us!

Food Preparations were made:

BBQ Sauces were carefully crafted:

New syrup flavors were created, along with some old favorites.

Toys for cooling off were gathered:

 The pyrotechnics were purchased:

 And the guests arrived!

We were blessed to have over 70 people join us!

There was music to be heard: 

The front porch was great for relaxing:

 Games were played:

And the breeze was shot:

And finally, the show!

We are looking forward to next year already!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New York Part 1

This year we decided that we needed to take one last big vacation with the girls before they start becoming adults and moving away.  It had been a long time since we had gone anywhere on vacation with them.  Somehow, it just gets harder to do once they are teens.

The girls really wanted to go see New York City.  Tom and I wanted to sneak in a side trip to Niagara.  We spent a week driving up and then enjoying all the sights.

We left early on a Saturday morning and began our drive up to Niagara.  The weather was beautiful on the drive.
Headed out of Tennessee on I75.

The fog rolling through the valley

Just outside of Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH

Lake Erie, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY

Bridge in Buffalo, headed over to Niagara.

Finally made it and relaxing in the hotel
 It began to rain some once we got to Niagara, but the weather held off long enough for us to do a little sight seeing.  The overcast day was perfect for photos!

Tom and the girls enjoying the view
Tom and I

Looking towards the Canadian side.

Maid of the Mists

The giant whirlpool
Tom, Kelsie and Sarah also went on the Cave of the Winds Tour.  Miranda didn't care anything about going and getting wet, so she and I stayed topside and just people-watched.

By that afternoon, the rain had really set in, so we just went out for dinner and ice cream.  We had some of the best ice cream at Dee Dee's!

Then, the next morning, it was off to the Big Apple!