Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Plymouth 2010 - Wednesday & Thursday

Get prepared to become bombarded with photos!
Let me begin by explaining how this trip got started. Don Pinson of Heritage Ministries of Ky, (the ministry that Brian and I help) called us at the end of August and told us about an opportunity to go to Plymouth, Massachusetts on Sept. 25 to be part of a scene in a documentary that Kirk Cameron is doing called, Monumental Movie. He was going to fly his daughter, Christis, up there but asked us if we'd drive her that they would provide our gas instead of buying her a ticket, so that we could be a part of this too! So we thought about it for about 2 minutes and said, "SURE!" Ha! Christis Joy and her mother, Vickie both went with us.
Anna's birthday was on the 23rd and we didn't want to be traveling all day on her special day so we decided to leave on Wednesday morning and drive until we got there! So that is what we did!

The girls with Liberty, Jubilee, & Felicity (Christis' doll)

The last time we went to Plymouth we took I-287 around New York City. But this time we'd be going through around midnight, so Brian (who drove the entire time) said, "Let's drive through the city instead of bypassing it. This may be our only chance!" So we all agreed that it would be a great opportunity. Of course we thought our wonderful GPS would keep us on an interstate or an expressway the entire way. But nope. It took us right straight through Chinatown! I knew something was up when I read - Exit onto Canal Street....

This is the Manhattan Bridge that we crossed.

NYC funny story #1 - When we passed this sign I totally had a brain spasm. When I read "W Broadway" I said, "There is something on Broadway, what is it?" Then almost in unison everyone in the van started laughing at me. Christis's mom, Vickie, said that all she could think of when she saw the sign was the song, "On Broadway."

NYC funny story #2 - We got stopped at a red light in some traffic. It was the light before the turn into the Lincoln Tunnel. We sat there for about 15-20 minutes and we could tell that there was a way to get around the blocked intersection, but it was impossible for Brian to get out and pull around because of the traffic flying beside us in a turning lane. We just sat there, not moving. The two cars in front of us even bumped into one another and exchanged numbers and got back in their cars. We still sat there. All of a sudden Brian said, "Let me show them a little lesson in Panamanian driving and pulled out in front a NYC cabbie! Horns started blowing (including ours:) and Brian just kept on going. It was hilarious! He got around the traffic jam and had to squeeze beside two cars that was still blocking the intersection. By this time we were all in tears from laughing so hard! Christis even said, "Brian is our hero!" Haha!

This was at the street department garage and I was just taking random pics of the street scenes. Do you notice anything making a shadow on this building?! I said that it was a sign from the Lord that He had us covered!!!

Of course it was dark and I couldn't get the best pictures, so please look over the blurry quality. If I hadn't of refused to roll my window down they might of turned out better. Ha!

On our way out of the Manhattan area of the city we were suppose to take a certain exit to another expressway. But we missed the turn, so Brian had to take the next exit and here is what I saw:
It felt like we were in a movie! We had to cross the intersection in between the pillars below the subway and everything! We just crossed the street and got straight back on the expressway. But still this small town Ky girl didn't much like being in those neck of the woods!

This is the best and probably only picture I'll ever get of the NYC skyline. Ha! We were able to see the Statue of Liberty, but I couldn't get a good pic of her.

We (read: Brian) drove straight onto Plymouth after our adventures in NYC. We got there around 4:30 a.m. and the only thing open was a Wal-Mart and we were all desparate at this point to take a break. After Wal-Mart we decided to watch the sunrise over Plymouth Harbor.

Of course it was now Thursday, September 23rd and also Anna's 11th birthday!

The Mayflower II

Tired (& chilled)girlies :)

The girls with the Plymouth Rock Monument behind them.

It was beautiful that morning! Definitely something none of us will forget any time soon. Including Anna!

Plymouth Rock with the sun shining in from the Harbor!

We went and ate some breakfast and then went to the hotel to see how early we could check-in because at this point we were all getting pretty tired! The really sweet girl, Erin, at the front desk took our number and told us that as soon as a room was available she would call us. Brian just pulled the van over to the edge of their parking lot and we all took a little cat nap :) Then at around 9:30 a.m. my phone rang and a room was ready!!! Needless to say that as soon as we got upstairs we all just crashed!
Since it was Anna's special day we let her pick what she wanted to do. So after our naps and getting showered she wanted to go to the beach, of course!
Here she is on Scusset Beach in Cape Cod.
It was beautiful weather and the girls had fun getting their toes in the sand. But that water was freezing!

Our familia!

Christis picked up this sea snail and to be honest it was gross!

There is just something about seeing the ocean that just soothes the soul!

Our girlies having a good time!

Patterns in the sand that the water was making.

For her b-day dinner Anna chose the Lobster Hut that is located right on Plymouth Harbor. We ate here last year and it is super yummy!

Holly was giving us her mean eye.
Here is Anna's attempt at a mean eye :o)

The moon shining over Plymouth Harbor, the same spot that we watched the sunrise about 15 hours earlier.

We went back to the hotel for cupcakes and cookies to celebrate!

On Friday we took the girls to Lexington and Concord, MA to visit the first two battle sites of the Revolutionary War. Then on Saturday we went to the film shooting for Monumental Movie and the New England Solemn Assembly. I'll have to do separate posts for each day to get it all blogged!

The So Called "Guest" Room

For Kelly's Korner this week we are sharing our guest rooms. Since our girls share the big loft room upstairs, when we decided to homeschool we turned our guest/3rd bedroom into a classroom! It works perfectly because we can shut the door and get down to business!

Here is a picture of our first day of school way back in September 2008 in our new classroom!

This is what the room usually looks like :)
We have added a bookshelf since this picture to help with the organization a little bit!

Here is the front of the classroom and where I stand most of the day!
Hope you all have a great weekend and please make sure you exercise your right to vote on Tuesday!!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Home Again!

We just got home this morning at 5:00 A.M.!!! We had a great time in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We had an opportunity to be part of a worship service/filming for the documentary movie that Kirk Cameron is doing called Monumental Movie at the National Monument to the Forefathers. And we were also able to be part of the New England Solemn Assembly that was just amazing! Very exciting stuff going on in New England right now and I can't wait to show pictures and write all about it! But first, I must unload the van! Haha!

Here is the status that I just updated on my facebook page:

Filling up w/gas at the last exit in PA so we don't have to stop in New Jersey=$46, Toll to cross Geo.Washington Bridge=$8, Brian driving Panamanian style in Chinatown, New York City at 1:00 A.M. & then watching the sunrise at 6:00 a.m. on Plymouth Harbor (on Anna's b-day)= Priceless!

We definitely had an adventure!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Miss Kensey Morene

Our good friends Stacey and Jason welcomed their baby girl into their family yesterday! They have two boys that are adorable and now they'll have a baby sister to take care of!
We went over to visit tonight after Brian got off work and let me just show ya how precious she is:
Both mom and dad have dark hair and Miss Kensey had all sorts of blond hair going on! :D

So sweet!
Nothing sweeter than baby feet!

Momma and baby were doing wonderful! I can't wait until I can get my hands on her again!!! :D

Psalm 139:14
" I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well."
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