Wednesday, May 30, 2012


We awoke Monday morning to this in our yard.  Our friends know how much we "love" this company, so they thought they would show how well it's produce grows in our yard.

I think I'll add to the sign...
"Cheap corn today, costs you your health tomorrow..."

Our Lillies in Bloom

The first of the tomatoes 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Camping in Shenandoah Natl. Park

The Papa Cardinal that we got to enjoy watching raise his two chicks
(see previous post)

Johannes crashed out in the tent our first morning
Thaddeus still waking up

Our campsite
Janelle and I still own our tents from our single days, so rather than buy a family tent, the boys get one and we get one

This is inside Luray Caverns
The floor of this picture is water reflecting the ceiling
The younger boys on the trip described the caverns as Star Wars landscape

Thaddeus loved finding caterpillars and they seemed to like him as they stayed on him for a good part of the weekend

Janelle was amazing all weekend, hiking with her boys, sleeping in a tent, and less than 4 weeks to go before she welcomes Nathanael to the world

Superhero poses
Thaddeus running with the "big" boys all weekend, not always an easy task

Dark Hollow Falls

May 26, 2012

Our wonderful friends that joined us camping

Along the trail we met up with some horseback riders, who let all the kids have a ride

Pleased as punch

S'more time

Johannes loves to" hike"

Thaddeus was wishing his cape could make him fly up these trails

but he learned that  slow and steady wins the race

Blue Ridge Mountains

Beautiful family

Father & Daughter

Green Forest

At the end of the trail

Mountain Laurel in bloom

Back home
Hannes loved camping, but is still most happy double fisting any ball he can find

Friday, May 18, 2012

Currently reading...

Featuring 113 primary source documents, The U.S. Constitution: A Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution at Hillsdale College.
Divided into eleven sections with introductions by members of Hillsdale’s Politics Department faculty, readings cover the principles of the American founding, the framing and structure of the Constitution, the secession crisis and the Civil War, the Progressive rejection of the Constitution, and the building of the administrative state based on Progressive principles.

Please update me about Hillsdale’s online seminars on the Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution: A Reader Perfect for classrooms, civic groups, book clubs, and more!

Hillsdale College is a private, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with approximately 1,400 students. Founded in 1844, the College remains, in the words of its Articles of Association, “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the presence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety” in our nation, and dedicated to “the diffusion of sound learning” that is “essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.”
Hillsdale College is distinguished by its rigorous core curriculum, by its principled rejection of federal and state taxpayer funding, and by the pledge of its Board of Trustees to resists any attempts by the government to regulate its internal affairs.
Hillsdale College promotes the principles of liberty nationwide through its national speech digest, Imprimis, which has a monthly circulation of over 2 million, and through several outreach programs. In 2008, Hillsdale launched its Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. The College will also launch the Hillsdale Graduate School of Statesmanship in fall 2012.


Enjoying Spring
Training up my baseball team...

Everyday I am greeted with, "Do you want to play baseball...or ride bikes...or play soccer?!!!"
I am so happy to oblige my boys, as they never once have asked to play a video game, and rarely ask to watch a movie, unless they feel sick  :o)
May it always be so!

Hannes gets to join the team, now that he has his own mit!

My latest placement of the flagstone;
I have moved these around the place about 4 times since moving here

We have had a wonderful time watching a mother Cardinal nest in a bush off our porch and now look what has hatched.  The boys are being so good to only be observers and not disturb.
We have been reading about them and have learned that Cardinals raise their young a team.  The female nests for approx 21 days, while the male feeds her, then the baby's are fed by both parents for the first 9-11 days, then the mother begins building a second nest for round 2 of laying and nesting, while the father continues to feed and raise the first clutch.  Pretty awesome!

This is our Mosquito Magnet