Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Our cabin in Townsend. We were about 30 minutes away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, right at the base of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. OHHHHH I wish I could have spent several more days there.
Did I mention how much I loved this cabin? The only scary part was driving up the steep dirt path to get to it, especially at night in the pitch black
The water ride at Dollywood
What we might have looked like in the 1860's as our husbands went off to fight in the Civil War. Probably wouldn't be smiling so much though. The lady who dressed us was most put-out that we wanted to dress as Yankees and not southern rebels, but I have to show my loyalty to Ohio.
Lastly, on a trip to Cades Cove in the Smokies, look what we saw. If he had dropped out of the tree I would have squealed like that pig! I'm not sure what he was doing - looking for acorns maybe?
Monday, September 14, 2009
We went for a ride on one of the boats and had a shufty around the little shops. They also had a bit of fair stuff, including bouncy castles, which amused Jack to no end. I could watch him play on that stuff all day, screeching with delight and shouting "look at me mama!" as he throws himself head first down a big bouncy slope. Sheer joy.
Marietta is lovely. It has a gorgeous college campus and historic brick buildings that date back to 1788. It's the oldest town in Ohio I think. The river is still used by huge barges that carry coal and other supplies, but like most of Appalachian Ohio, the town is having some hard times right now.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
It is so nice to have family here who love to play with the kids. It feels weird to have them playing with someone else and demanding someone else's time but it's great that I can do some housework without doing it at breakneck speed with one eye constantly on the kids. Imagine having family support all the time - must be heaven! Jack is so excited to have them here it's lovely to see. We aren't sure yet where we are going while they are here but we'll make sure they have a great time. They've done 16 states so far and it would be great to do more but it's hard to take them somewhere interesting without driving 500 miles to get there.
Friday, September 04, 2009
When I lived in England I never watched American football because it just looked so boooooring and the way they stop and start all the time looked annoying and confusing. I think I can speak for 99% of the population when I say that American football is not part of the average Brit's viewing pleasure.
BUT if you go to a game, and especially in Ohio Stadium, then you love it.
The game is fascinating, really it truly is. It's very strategic, like a military operation. It isn't fast paced like real football (soccer) but I would say it's a cross between rugby and chess. But a bit more aggressive. With lots more players. You get the drift.
You would have to be numb not to feel the emotion and the patriotism when the Army raises the American flag and people stand, hand on heart, to sing their national anthem before each game
The Best Damn Band in the Land might do script Ohio
Sometimes (like tomorrow!) really cool things happen, like military jet fly-overs
Sitting in one place with 105,000 like-minded people is just great. The singing, the chanting, the Mexican waves, the banter.
At the end of the day, the players are not professional athletes being paid big money, they are students from The Ohio State University. Our students and we love them.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Finally, Ava retorted "Sophia - I don't like your attitude!" and Jack looked at her and said "you don't like applesauce?" and everybody cracked up laughing.
I think my boy should work for the UN