Monday, September 27, 2004

September 27, 2004

Wow it has been way too long.  We are so sorry.  Tina claims most of the responsibility except that Joel changed web hosting services and had yet to show this new way of doing things to Tina as of a week ago.  But that has now all changed.  This past spring and summer went so fast that we are having a hard time remembering all of the fun stuff that we have done along the way.  Well we should probably start with the fun stuff from May and then bring you to date.   Labor day weekend was a very big weekend here.  We took on a large project of knocking out the front picture window and replacing it with two smaller ones and extending the porch across the front of the house, with the help of Tina's parents.   There are new pictures on the Our house page in the photo book.  

At the very beginning of June we took a trip to Baltimore over our 4th wedding anniversary.   We drove and it wasn't too bad of a drive.  We did split it in half both ways by staying a night in Independence, Ohio (both ways).  When we arrived in Baltimore we got a quick tour of the neighborhood by Sara and Ryan's house.  For those of you that know them we added pictures of their house in our trip photo book , so check it out.  On our second day we went to the National aquarium which Maddie had a really good time at.  She just loves the fishies.  We then spent the rest of the day strolling around the downtown area.  It was a very nice city to check out.  Also on our trip we spent a day at the Baltimore Zoo.  It's a bit smaller than the one in Battle Creek.  When the trip was all done we agreed it was fun but it was great to be home.  Maddie celebrated her 2nd birthday on July 3rd with a really nice party and gathering of friends and family.   She also said goodbye to her first best friend, Ayla, this July because her Daddy got a new job in Madison, Wisconsin.  Later in the middle of summer we took our newly bought pop-up camper to Midland for 2 nights and saw Joel's Grandmother.  It was nice trip and we can't wait to camp again.  

Over Labor Day weekend we set off on our adventure trip to Myrtle Beach.  We called it the adventure trip because we were uncertain as the Weather people were as to the direction that Hurricane Frances was heading.  It took us two days with an over night stop to get to Myrtle Beach.  We had two 1/2 days of sun while we were there.  We didn't do much while we were there.  The guys took two mornings and went golfing while us girls took in the sun.  The afternoons were also spent pretty lazy too.  Labor Day was rainy and we went shopping.  As you can guess the girls had more fun than the guys.  Tina's parents were to leave on Tuesday and us on Thursday, but due to the remains of Frances heading our way we packed up and head home with them.  As we left South Carolina we would get about 30 min or so out of a county and there would be Tornado Warnings for them.  Also that night after we got of North Carolina parts of I-40 was closed and we had to take part of I-40 to get home.  So needless to say we were so glad we did leave because Myrtle Beach got lots of rain and storms for the following few days.  That weekend was also a very big weekend for us other than Tina's Dad turning 50.  We were able to tell our parents that we are expecting our second child in April.  So as you can see these last 6 months have been rather busy.  Hopefully Tina can do a better job of keeping things going on here even with this second one on the way and all.  Until next time, God Bless you all.