Camping with the kids….

We decided to take advantage of a “free” weekend at a Thousand Trails Campground – it’s a private campground system that you buy into and then can camp for free at their facilities. In exchange for the “free” weekend, we listened to the sales pitch and had an extensive tour of the campgrounds. Toby, Tammy and Ellie joined us for the camping experience – and it was very delightful. The weather was picture perfect – enabling us to have a great time outdoors along with us being able to be outside while Ellie napped. We did a little swimming, a little boating and a lot of visiting! It’s been a while since we’ve had a nice long visit with the kids! Ellie is getting so big, and is so smart and is so cute….am I a Gramma or what! Baby number two arrives in November – it will be a big change for all. It will be a big blessing too! The sales pitch wasn’t too painful, we said our polite “no”, and went on our way. The camping was good practice for our big family camping event scheduled for early February 2005.
We also accomplished a couple of chores, visited with friend Jen, and just plain had a grand time all around.
Check out the Family Picture page for some photos of our time together….

Campground du Walmart

Walmart Camping….
We’re pausing here at a Walmart in Carmel, Indiana – (just North of Indianapolis) before we head south in earnest tomorrow morning.
Without getting in the car, we could have eaten at
Wendy’s
McDonalds
Burger King
Steak and Shake
White Castle
Applebees
Fridays
Don Pedros Kitchen
Chilies
Charleston’s (that’s the one we picked)
Old Country Buffet
Panara Bread

We could have bought birthday cards, engagement rings, dog food, office supplies, sporting goods, mattresses, bedroom furniture, little girl’s clothing, cell phones, shoes, bed linens, smelly girl stuff, a suit for Gary, and a dress for me all without going into the Walmart, Target or Kohls that are also within walking distance of our camp site!

So much for the great expanses of the Mid-West!
Feels like Home!

Road Pictures

I’m starting to collect “on the road” photos – just a couple of front seat pictures that show the difference in the areas that we are traveling. (If nothing else, it will show whether or not my plant grows!)

This is from one of our first legs – heading to New England-
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Here we are in Vermont, headed to Burlington…..

And here we are in Ohio…..

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!