Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thanksgiving in January

After a little schedule juggling and wheeling-dealing with the Southwest website, we joined the Lawsons in KC then flew together to Tampa to spend five days with the Greenhaws. It was our Thanksgiving trip redux, and it was so much fun! Having the whole family (including the two babies-to-be) in one place was truly a blessing!

Backyard fun with the little ones! ... feeding fish in the pond ...

... getting a workout and enjoying some laughs at BounceU ...

... games around the house ... Saturday evening worship at church ...

... that's a gator across the pond! ... at Lettuce Lake Park ...

... fun in the sun, sand, surf - and wind - at Ft. De Soto Park

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Eagle Spotting

We went for a drive along the Mississippi today from Alton to Grafton to spot some bald eagles. Even on this frigid day (15 degrees) there were several of these majestic birds flying along the palisades in the brilliant sunshine. Really quite a sight! Too bad we left the camera at home.

Just as impressive was seeing the Mighty Mississippi full of ice - not even a small navigation channel of open water remained at Alton. Several barges were surrounded by the ice and didn't look like they'll be going anywhere for a while. Slabs of broken ice were stacked up so thick you couldn't tell this was a river as nothing was moving on the surface. We can't remember the last time we've seen anything like this, and we're hoping to get back there in a day or two. With the camera this time!
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SUNDAY we did get back to the river and the Lewis & Clark bridge to take some photos of the ice and one of the trapped barges.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

¡Felíz año nuevo!
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Shana Tova!
Prosit Neujar!
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

Happy, Happy New Year!!