Archive for April, 2011

Psyching up to drive again.

Still on the McDonalds project, and I am psyching my self up to spend about 9 hours driving on Monday. I have to work in Ohio and had 4 of my jobs canceled and then one added that is 4.5 hours away from where I am. Grrr... These people really need to work on their scheduling and routing. It's like monkey flinging crap. In 2 weeks I goto Nashville. I hope the tornadoes are done.

Easter

We are back at Big Oak Ridge for easter break. The kids are enjoying themselves in spite of the fact that is has rained everyday since we got here. I am starting to get a little cabin fever from it. Got to see my sister and some of my friends. Hoping to see a few more before we head out again.

Home Again Home Again, jiggity jig

We survived the tornados of Kentucky and finished our jobs early. We packed up Thursday at lunch time, and beat feet back to Pennsylvania. It's good to be home, but it's cold. It rained all day yesterday. Today it's still wet, but it may clear up. We have a bunch of stuff to get taken care of while we are home, but it's all good. It's amazing how much our little camper is home to us, and yet we still love to come back to the farm. No other place quite compares. 🙂 We are looking at some houses and properties nearby. Hopefully we can settle into a place before winter.

Kentucky

Well you find the Travel Tek working his way through Kentucky. We were working in a bunch of obscure places and couldn't find campgrounds. So we used the Harvest Hosts thing we won early this year and found a farm to park at. 🙂 This was our first experience, so we weren't sure what to expect. I have to say, it was pretty decent. We stayed at Serenity Farms - Alpacas. I learned some very cool things about Alpacas that I never knew before. Tim, the owner, was very cool and answered all my questions. The only down side to this experience was the absolute lack of cell service and internet. 🙂 But there wasn't really cell service anywhere around the middle of nowhere Kentucky. 🙂 We are now in Louisville. I did 5 of my jobs in one day so that we could come park at the worlds most expensive and worst KOA. They charged us $10 a day for our kids and the cable is $3 a day. No real grass and the play ground is old and crappy with gravel under it. They can rip people off because there are no other good campgrounds near here. I totally need to buy some property and run them out of business. 🙂 Anyone want to invest?

Some of the other pix here... We celebrated Thing 2's bday at Chuck E. Cheese. Then while taking a walk Thing 4 wasn't paying attention and walked right into a mailbox. OUCH!

One last time at the beach

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We just had to hit the beach one last time before we headed north. It was fun. Unfortunately I got burnt pretty bad. The water was cold and the wind was blowing so you just didn't notice how burnt you were getting.

Now we ate in the cold. Blah.

2 Museums in 2 days

Taking advantage of our museum membership, we decided to hit up a couple of museums that were on the list of free ones we could go to.

First on our list was Great Explorations. This one may have been more fun if the stuff had actually worked. The museum was well used and a lot of the exhibits no longer actually worked. They were renovating some stuff, but we got bored after about an hour. We certainly would not have paid to go to this museum.

The second one was MOSI (Museum Of Science & Industry) in Tampa. Now this was more like it! 4 stories of stuff in one building and then another whole building just for kids. We spent several hours here. We actually got tired and hungry and left before seeing all of it. There was so much to do and so much to see.

We finally got to do a real planetarium show and learn about some stars. The kids thought that was awesome. They had a huge Disasterville exhibit to simulate what it would be like to be in different disasters. That was pretty neat and I learned a few things I that I had been wrong about. We had a blast here and would certainly recommend this one to anyone with kids or without and just wanting to have some fun.

Aquarium and stuff

SO here is our pictures from our trip to the Aquarium in Sarasota, FL. We had a good time and learned some new cool stuff. They have a manatee! It's big! They also had some giant sea turtles. Also very very cool. Got to touch a sea cucumber and a starfish. And all for free with our zoo membership. Score!

On the way home we stopped at Goodwill and found some "treasures". Not really that great, but Thing 4 found a dress she just fell in love with and had to have, Thing 3 found a bigger bike since he had outgrown his, and I found a slot car track for $8. 😉 Yes I know it's more stuff when we were trying to downsize, but I figure, we use it till we are bored and then donate it back again. So $8 to rent some fun?? The aquarium should have cost us like $75. I think we are doing just fine. hehe.

Here's the pix! Enjoy!

Clearwater beach

We spent over an hour shopping for a bathing suit for Shelli. Its terrible that moist of the suits out there today show off more skin then most under wear. If you want to be modest you have to look like an old lady. Anyhow we found one she was comfortable with and looked good. Then we finally went to the beach to swim. After swimming we watched some street performers and walked the pier. Not a bad day.

Swimming at the pool

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It was 86 today and one of my jobs got canceled. That means pool time!

Stopped for lunch and to play

Just thought I would share a few pix from stopping for lunch at McDonalds. We stopped to have lunch and to play in the big field. 🙂

This is Duncan and the kids and are clean rig.