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A Trip to Auntie C's

Over the weekend of August 5, we loaded up the Toaster (that's what we call our Scion xB) and headed for Wytheville, Virginia to visit Allen's sister Carolyn and her husband Bill. Mitchell calls them "Auntie C" and "Big Bill". We stayed at a hotel on the way down, which Mitchell enjoyed very much. At Auntie C's we saw a band play at a local park, visited a fair in Bland, Virginia where Bill works, and just generally had a great time!

Mitchell relaxes and watches a
Thomas video at the hotel

Carolyn drove us to the top of the
mountain to get a better view

We enjoyed some great dinners on the
patio with Big Bill and Auntie C!

Robin and Allen were able to sneak away for an afternoon picnic at Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway


Learning About Airplanes

On a warm summer night this year we had the great experience of flying with Doc Cottingham in his Citabria airplane. Doc also turned out to be an excellent teacher as well. Besides explaining the different parts of the airplane, he also taught Robin the difference between field corn, sweet corn, and those little tiny ears of corn you see in salads!

Allen and Mitchell get ready for takeoff with Doc

The crew after pushing the plane back into the shed


A Busy Fourth of July Holiday

We really kept the patriotic spirit going! On Monday night (July 3rd) we had our own fireworks celebration in the backyard. On Tuesday the Fourth it rained in West Lafayette around noon so we headed for Greg & Kelli Pearson's house in Independence. We all went down the road to Danny & Suzanne Pearson's to visit and swim. Then we zipped back to West Lafayette in time to catch the orchestra and fireworks on Slayter Hill at Purdue.

Robin and Mitchell enjoy sparklers in the backyard

The fireworks on Slayter Hill
at Purdue were spectacular!

Mitchell and Gracie Pearson
dry off after swimming

Mitchell does his "hovering light ring" trick on Slayter Hill


A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine

In late June with took a trip to Connersville, Indiana to attend an event called "A Day Out With Thomas". It was an all-day combination of a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meeting Sir Topham Hatt, and a fair. Our special guest on the trip was Gracie Pearson. Mitchell and Gracie were in awe of the "little engine"!

Gracie and Mitchell anxiously await boarding time

Mitchell tells Sir Topham Hatt that he is "really useful"

Playing on a Thomas made entirely out of Lego's

And of course, the star of the show...
Thomas the Tank Engine!


Hot Potato Hot Potato!

Some people dream of seeing their favorite artists in concert. For some, it might be Springsteen. Others, U2. For Allen, it's The Stone Roses (although that probably will never happen.) But for's The Wiggles. His dream came true when we drove to Evansville, Indiana in May to see the Aussies in action. It was an awesome show! Mitchell was mesmerized during the entire performance.

The day before the concert we drove to Corydon, Indiana and stayed at the home of Bruce, Debbie, Leah and Andrew Johannes. Bruce has a tractor and real cows!

And don't forget Henry the Octopus, Dorothy the
Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword and Wags the Dog!


The Wiggles drove out on stage in The Big Red Car...
Greg, Anthony, Murray, and of course, Jeff!

Mitchell studied every aspect of the show