Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rams University...Oh yeah!!!

A new friend from our new homeschool coop invited me to attend Rams University with her. Her husband works for a local company that supplies different things to and for the Rams and his company gave him the tickets.

There were 5 of us who went. When we got there Amy told us that we had access to park in VIP parking...AWESOME. We start to get out of the van and she tells us that we get VIP seating...none of us had ever been to this or anything like it before so we weren't quite sure what to expect. The VIP seating allowed us to go into a different area to check in and get some AWESOME goodies then they walked us out past everyone to the other VIP area where we would sit...NO WAY!!! It was SO cool...we got the table that was front and center and closest to the stage/players...WAY COOL!!!





Thanks Amy for asking me to go...I had an AWESOME time!!! WOO HOO - Go Rams!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ALL around Alton...

Last Saturday we decided to go spend the day in Alton, IL. We want to try to hit a few places that are close to home that can be used 1) as a day trip away from home & 2) as a school field trip. Alton served both of those interests for us.



We began our day there by eating at "My Just Desserts". It had that country decor thing going on that I just love and they serve MUCH more than "Just Desserts"! My hubby got a chicken salad sandwich, I got a Honey Turkey, Bacon club and Heather got a ham & croissant sandwich. All of our food was SUPER yummy but Heather and I topped our meal off with a Toll House Blonde Brownie...that made the day already for me!!!

We had a tour scheduled for 12:30 at The Beall Mansion - While I don't think it was worth our $25 that we spent...the lady who did the tour was really fun & friendly and shared alot of information about the 1903 mansion that donned the middle of "Millionaire Row".

Our next stop was to visit the museum that contains the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow's memorabilia. At the age of 22 he was still growing, at his time of death he was 8 ft 11 inches and weighed 439 lbs. My grandmother was facinated with the Alton Giant and I wish she had gotten a chance to view this stuff before she died. The museum was VERY informative about all kinds of historical stuff and I would HIGHLY recommend a visit to Loomis Hall.

We continued our visit to the "FREE" Melvin Price Locks and Dam which is run by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. We were fortunate enough to 1) get there in time for their last tour of the day (3pm) and 2)be there when an actual barge came through. There are approximately 29 Locks and Dam systems up and down the mighty Mississippi river to help accommodate the millions of tons of commodities that pass up and down the river. The lock and dam is designed to help control the flow of the Mississippi so barges are able to navigate the ups and downs of the river better. The tour took us up about 100 feet above the water outside and we watched over the ledge walkway.


Our tour had to go before the barge actually got out of the bay but when they closed the bay all up and started pumping the water out to allow for the lower elevation on the other side...the water dropped 18ft in about 15 minutes...it was unbelievable!


We finished our day at the Great Godfrey 2.5 mile corn maze.





    And since I "AM" my mother's daughter...what day would be COMPLETE without...ICE CREAM???

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

It's been a YEAR!!!

Well it's DEFINATELY been "SOME" year...and it's not over just yet!!! Along with the blessings we've been getting We've also had an OVER abundance of medical bills (my hysterectomy, Larry's cardiac cath, Larry's Staph infection, Larry's specialist visit for something suspicious on his prostate, Larry's chest xray that found a spot on his lungs followed by a MRI which found 3 spots on his lungs, Larry's upper GI, Larry's sleep study - all which have gotten us to his $5000 out of pocket medical deductible and my surgery was $5000 out of pocket. Larry's getting ready to have ANOTHER sleep study (because he DOES have sleep apnea but they couldn't determine it in time to get the machine on him), another upper GI to make sure the severe acid reflux is healing up, another visit to the specialist concerning his prostate, another MRI to see if the spots on his lungs have gotten larger, and he's going to have a carotoid artery ultrasound) and vehicle repairs (Larry's front end needed $400 worth of repairs, then his transmission went out $2300, then the CO2 censors went out $605 and my front end on my Grand Vitara just had $675 worth of repairs) I'm SOOO thankful we have God in our lives and on our sides...with everything else going on for us...without God I don't know WHERE we'd be!