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Boy Scout Camp: Tuesday

We got rained on last night. Emily woke up and was closing up our tent and I didn't wake up until she leaned over my head to close the one right by me. Then she looked out and noticed a pool forming over where one of the boys was sleeping. She went and pulled the tent to knock of the water and woke up the boy with a little splash. I got to shoot a musket gun and hit the target in my first try. The outbound boys built boats out of cardboard & duck tape but they both sank.

Boy Scout Camp: Monday

Most of the boys are taking 4 merit badge classes each day except for the outbound boys who get a new adventure each day. It is hot but surprisingly, I woke up during the night because I was cold. The food hasn't been too bad. Dr. Dave, Stroh, Emily and I are making a run to the nearest Walmart to get the flat tire replaced and pick up some extra supplies. We asked the GPS for directions and it took us up to the top of a mountain over a gravel road. I have very little phone service at camp and the internet is not that great so I don't know if I'll be able to post everyday.

GTO Road Trip & Boy Scout Camp: Sunday

We all made it here at Camp Hale in Talahina, Oklahoma. Chris dropped me off at camp in the rain & quickly left (with my pillow) because he didn't want to get Fiona stuck in the mud. It took the Scouts a little longer than expected to get here. One van had a flat tire and was overheating a bit and one truck started to overheat. But the Scouts were resourceful and kept getting back on the road. The camp is beautiful with tall pine trees and hills. We have 35 boys and 10 adults.

GTO Roadtrip: Saturday

Several of the GTO's caravanned to Kentucky to the Corvette Museum, which contained lots of interesting information & super cool cars. We came back to our hotel in Nashville to rest before the GTO dinner. About 38 GTO's came. Chris won a door prize goodie bag with some gift certificates, a computer bag, & a jacket. Two of the GTO's have broken down and 1 had a wreck after leaving Saturday night. Hopefully, everyone else will have safe trips.

GTO Roadtrip: Friday

I'm really tired so just a short update tonight. Did a lot of hiking today (thought thats what I was gonna do next week at scout camp.) Tennessee is really pretty. Saw Merriweather Lewis's final resting place. Fiona got to meet a bunch of other GTO's tonight in a town near Nashville.

GTO Roadtrip: Thursday

This morning we got back on the Natchez Trace & travelled from Jackson, Mississippi to Florence, Alabama. It rained part of the day but we made the best of it. We packed a picnic lunch and stopped every few miles to read or walk at the historical stops. Three times today Chris has looked over at me and said, "You're weird!". I don't know what's up with that. The first pic is Chris checking out a beaver dam. The second is Chris & Fiona (she's pretty dirty now.) The last one is me in a Mississippi swamp.

GTO Roadtrip: Wednesday

Fiona carried us about 480 miles yesterday but we slowed down today. We woke up to barges going down the Mississippi out our hotel window. We spent most of the day in Natchez, Mississippi looking at the historical buildings and we toured the Melrose. Then we started traveling up the Natchez Trace. We only made it to Jackson but we are looking forward to getting back on the Trace tomorrow. It's really cool. It's a Fed park/highway with historical things all along the way. It's a nice smooth road with no buildings or signs. It kinda reminds us of the roads at Disney. It goes all the way to Nashville. We are trying to decide if we should take it all the way or detour off to Memphis.

GTO Road Trip: Tuesday

Chris Fiona (the GTO) & I left this morning for a major road trip without children, the first time in about 15-16 years. We are headed to a GTO get together/car show thingy in Nashville this weekend. We left early this morning concentrating on just getting out of Texas.

Garrett's New Room

Years ago, both boys were sharing a room and I painted it with green hills on the bottom and blue sky on the top, including the ceiling with white fluffy clouds.  I hid glow in the dark stars in the clouds and the room was magical day and night.  The boys had bunk beds and Marshall had a Buzz Lightyear comforter and Garrett had a Thomas the Tank Engine comforter.  I stenciled a Buzz Lightyear on one of the window shades and added 2 rocketships to the ceiling.

The boys got older and they switched out comforters with Marshall's being a blue pattern and Garrett's a green pattern.  Then, Marshall moved out.  We painted Marshall's room with blue stripes.  Garrett stayed in the same room but both boys got loft beds with desks underneath.  

Well, Garrett somehow outgrew the cutesy cartoon like hills and clouds and asked for a more mature room.  He picked a light green paint because the room always seemed pretty dark before.  It took 2 coats of primer on everything, 2 coats of c…

The All Natural Face Review

A couple years ago, I had a girls weekend with some friends from high school.  A friend saw me putting on "mineral" makeup and recommended that I try The All Natural Face.  I was a little worried about ordering makeup sight unseen.  As a redhead, most makeup companies don't sell a foundation that matches my skin tone.  The one company that did, stop selling my shade.  Argh!  Usually, I have to "make do" and not look my best.  Anyway, I looked it up and you could order a sample pack of colors to try out at an insanely low price.  So I thought, why not?

My sample pack came with tons of choices but, once again there wasn't one perfect shade.  I mixed two of the samples together and voila!  I found my perfect color.  So, I placed an order and asked if I could have half one shade and half the other.  They did it!  I've been a happy camper ever since.  It's time for me to re-order and hopefully I can remember which 2 colors I use....

This spring, I decid…

The Earp brothers Are My Boy's Great Uncles

I always knew my husband was related to the Earp Brothers; Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan, and James.  But, I wasn't exactly sure how so I got clarification at a recent family funeral.  My mother-in-law's father was James Ralph Flippen.
His parents were John James Flippen and Effie Lee Burch (Burch being her 2nd husbands last name.  Her maiden name was Earp.)
Effie's mother was Malinda Earp.
Malinda was a niece to the Earp Brothers.  Pretty cool!