Mt Rushmore

So I forgot that I took real picutres with my real camera while we were at Mt Rushmore… so lets go back there just for a minute so I can share those images..

K, thanks!

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We made it to Grams and Gramps!    First day here and the spoiling begins!

Fishing with Uncle Kelly, Grams and Gramps

and then swimming at Uncle Woody’s!

Its a rough life I tell ya…

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This is what happens when you ask Caleb for a photo of the building. …. Photo bombed selfies. Is that a thing??


Uncle Kelly insisted that Caleb be armed with more explosives than most countries allow and then took him to the river to set them off.  Boys!  UGGG!


Crash really doesnt like thunder, just incase you were wondering….

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We finally made it to Kentucky!  I say finally, but really we made it about a week earlier than we expected.  So instead of  just spending one night here, we decided to spend 4!  It was a nice break from the road.. especially after surviving the traffic around Chicago and downtown Louisville .

Oh and hello allergies!


We spent our time being regular tourist and visited the Slugger Museum

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Chris had a bat personalized for Caleb and then Caleb got to visit a batting cage for the very first time!  He used the bats provided… not his new one, just incase your were wondering 🙂

We also got to visit the Mega Caverns.  When we first arrived we only planned to take the tour.  But a certain little boy just had to have a go at the ropes course.  Im so glad he did, it was a perfect day… well for me.  I got to watch.  Chris not so much.  He had a hands on experience 🙂

During the tour Caleb volunteered to eat a worm…

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The creepiest part of the entire thing is one section where they have hundreds of mannequins set up to show what it would have looked like had the caverns been used as a fall out shelter.


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You know Spam saved the world, right?  And that there is a museum in Minnesota dedicated just the this “meat” product….

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It actually was a pretty neat experience.  Super nice people and free samples.  And according to the people in front of us… Spam is Kosher.  We didn’t have the heart to tell them differently….

North Carolina here we come!

Im spending the last day of 2014 trying to catch up….  We’ll see if I finish today or not.  But Im hoping to have all our adventures from this year cataloged before the new one starts!

So Im pretty sure I left off just before our move to North Carolina…

Caleb was a huge help this time!  Normally we send him off to play with friends while we have the movers come in and then while we clean, but this time he stayed with us and helped.   I love that hes growing up and willing to help, but its also kinda sad….


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After a quick trip in Bend to visit with some friends we were on our way out of Oregon.  How very fitting that the last part of that state would be through the desert. We often described our time there as a desert.  But God is good,  and was even there. When we felt so very far from Him, He was always there!

General Caleb!

Presenting United States Calvary General Caleb!  🙂

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We had such a great time making this uniform coat  and hat today I just had to share!  I’ve been trying to wait and share all of our Civil War unit study at once.. but I just couldn’t!

Today we also learned about the Battle of Antietam…  my sweetheart of a boy with tears in his eyes asked if we could thank God for the men who were willing to fight and die for what they believed in.  And of course I broke down when he added ” and so that we can be a family today.”  He then went on to pray for all the men and women currently serving.  I just love him and that great big heart of his!

After that it was perfect timing for a fun project.

We spent way to much time on it. Its not at all accurate.  But he loves it!


Using our Uniform project from the other day to decide how to make his



A quick look at the living room about half way through…



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Ha! He chose to be in the Calvary because ” Mom! I have a horse. It just makes sense!”