Cane Creek

Thursday, May 26 –

Atlanta and Jordan took us to a new place on Cane Creek to swim.

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Jordan saw a little turtle swim to the top for air. Stockton was able to dive and find it.




I stayed dry on the bank except for that moment when I slipped on the slippery rocks (with Alan in my arms) and completely fell on my back. No one was hurt, but Alan basically got dunked in freezing water. He was not happy about it at all. Later, after he played in the sand and puddles, Atlanta had to all but dunk him again to get him clean. Hopefully, he’ll forget his bad experiences at the creek moving forward…

Here’s a video I put together with these pictures and a little footage I took with my phone:

The Memphis Zoo

Tuesday, May 24 –

While on our trip to Tennessee, we took a day trip to Memphis to visit the zoo. We were impressed with the size and style of the zoo and the exhibits. It was so special to be with Marian and Alan as they saw many new animals in person for the first time.

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I think we all agreed that Alan’s favorite animal was the elephant. Marian says she likes these wolves the most. Atlanta has been reading to her out of the Little House on the Prairie books and she’s keen on wolves right now. (In solidarity with little Laura Ingals and her special fears) After the zoo, we were very hot and tired so we found a place downtown to get something cool and refreshing.

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When I say downtown, I mean downtown. It was the famous Beale Street that so many jazz and blues music stars made famous (including Elvis). Live music was already blaring out of several interesting looking establishments, but we stayed away from the clubs and finally found our intended destination, an old department store called, A. Schwabs, that had been operating since 1876. It had an old-fashioned soda fountain, lots of souvenirs and gifts, and other interesting things. They were just moving out a lot of ladders and lights and cameras as we arrived hot and tired. Apparently, they had just shot some kind of movie or TV show there that day. They told us that the store was open EXCEPT for the soda fountain due to the filming. I think they must have noticed all our faces falling in unison, because they quickly changed their minds and opened it all back up for us. Thank you, A. Schwabs!

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If you’re wondering if the kids liked their treats, watch this video:


Must See Speech


While in Tennessee, we were fortunate enough to be able to hear this constitutional lawyer speak. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it and have your kids watch it with you. It’s practically equivalent to an entire government class. You’ll hear things you’ve been longing to hear for a long time with concise recommendations on what we as citizens can do to fix our broken system and return to our constitutional roots and God-given rights.

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Click Here to visit her website

Playtime in Tennessee

Marian and Alan discover play dough.

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Alan loves to play with tools while Marian cooks and guards the porch.

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Masquerade Ball

Saturday, October 24 –

The church where Atlanta and Jordan attend hosted a get-together while we were in town. It was fun getting to know some of their friends better.

Perhaps these costumes will give you some ideas of what to wear for our own Costume Ball coming up in Turkey next weekend, Nov. 7, everyone welcome!

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Tennessee Wedding

Saturday, October 24 –

While in Tennessee, we got to attend the wedding of one of the West girls, Cece. The venue was also at the farm of some of our friends, the Lee’s. Everything was beautiful and the weather held out and was perfect.


…the excitement builds


standing room only


Vicki, mother of the bride



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Chili and cornbread wagon


Root beer float bar

Root beer float bar



ice chips

It takes two grandmas to keep this boy in ice chips



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Quick Trip to Tennessee

Wednesday, October 21 –

With almost certain rain threatening the area, we decided this afternoon that it might be a good time to visit our grand kids in Tennessee. We left around 7 pm tonight and drove all night. We arrived in Tennessee a little before 9 am. Marian was happy to welcome Carolina and even Stockton, but wasn’t too sure about Grammie and Granddad. It had been a long time since Cimarron’s wedding which was the last time she had seen us. Alan, however, warmed up a little faster.




Learning to Forge

Stockton and Carolina have been having a blast using Jordan’s forge. They’ve been making hooks, S-hooks, and small fire pokers. They take turns pounding metal and cranking the blower.




Photos from Tennessee



cool house in arkansas


sun setting over the wal-mart parking lot in West Memphis, Arkansas


Alan, a few days old



Reading hour



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Alan with Dad


Alan’s favorite spot – next to mom in the Mobi wrap


spring in Tennessee



trip to town


almost walking



sunset over Tennessee



Helping Grammie wash dishes


Marian dipping her toast in Dad’s soup bowl


Morning nap


Old house we happened upon one night


Carolina washing clothes and running them through the wringer


Hanging out colorful baby things on the top porch



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sunset as seen from the porch



Alan’s first day in “town”. Buying supplies at “Harvest Time”


Road Trip

Friday, March 13 –

A couple of proud uncles came up from Texas on a fast trip to see Alan. Courtney and Andrea came along, too. It was their first trip to Tennessee.




Sunday afternoon everyone was outside enjoying the warm weather. Check out this video to see what was going on.