Saturday, January 31, 2015

MLK Day 2015

MLK Day was spent as a family enjoying each other's company and temperatures in the 50's.  The kids all brought home excellent report cards the week before and for the first time ever, all 3 kids scored on-grade level in the MAP scores (state assessment tests). We thought that deserved a celebration so we enjoyed lunch at our favorite Kentucky original restaurant, Wallace Station.  We even ate outside at their picnic tables (crazy for January!) We couldn't travel too far from home because we had evening activities so we headed to a park in Lexington.  McConnell Springs is the founding sight of the the town of Lexington. In June 1775, William McConnell and his fellow frontier explorers camped at a natural spring in the wilderness of the Virginia territory known as Kentucky. Word came from nearby Fort Boonesboro that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their future settlement “Lexington”. It is now a 26 acre park that is surrounded by a vast industrial area.  It was my kind of hiking-level trails that were all paved.  
The kids thought it was boring (of course, no mountains and boulders to climb all over)
Chloe performing in the amphitheater

Essie checking out a small cave

Chloe in front of The Blue Hole
(which is covered in algae, a result of industrial run-off (I'm assuming)

The Boils

When the area gets a heavy rain, the water boils up in this area like this



Railroad bridge




This is definitely a great place for young and old to walk some easy trail and enjoy nature, especially for those who live in the city.  For my kids, however, we'll need to find some much more strenuous hiking the next time around. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Girls' First Basketball Season

The girls decided they wanted to give basketball a try this year.  They are playing on an Upwards team, which has been a great experience for newbie ball players.  I missed their first game (due to work) but got to catch the action during their 2nd game. 

Essie & Chloe






Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More Basketball Highlights

I'm a bit behind in posting but here are some highlights from AJ's last couple of basketball games. 






Last week's game, not sure what the final score really was because the league stops keeping score once a team is up by 15. This was the breakout game for AJ where he decided to have some fun.  We thought AJ would actually have some competition because the other team had a kid as big as he.  As you can see though, AJ ran circles around him. 

  






Sunday, January 18, 2015

AJ Starts Basketball

Here's some highlights  from last week of AJ's first basketball game of the season.  He's playing on a local rec. league team. His team won easily.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas With The Kinnells

We had a Christmas/New Year's celebration with Matt's parents and sister tonight.

Classic Chloe-I love it!

Guess who got this present?  

Aunt Buffy made this amazing blanket for AJ.  She almost got it done, just has to finish piecing it together. 


Matt found this pendent for his Mom, who was just given a Pandora bracelet for her 10 years of services at Asbury University.  It's the Ethiopian flag inside a heart. 

AJ wanted a study pillow like the girls have.

Essie
Chloe

The girls love to listen to Adventures in Odyssey

Grandma

The whole family pooled their resources for Grandpa's gift.  A new LED TV for his bedroom.


You know your family loves you when they give you your Xmas present in this festive gift bag.

Ale-8 shirt for Matt

Craft projects from Aunt Buffy


Aunt Buffy knows how to get to this boy's heart-NIKE gear!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014

This year we celebrated Christmas in Indiana with Amy's family.  Christmas morning, we opened presents with our immediate family.
Essie is obsessed with cutting things so a multi-design scissor set seemed like an appropriate gift for her. 

AJ says "I dominated..." all the time so a UK shirt that says "Dominate" fit the bill.

More arrows!

The week before Christmas there were some packages that appeared at our house from "Dave, Bob, & Larry".  The kids have been totally confused who would give them a gift as they don't know any group of people by that name.  The video explains it all.







Soccer ball iPod case

Dad's gift from the kids

Mom trying out her new selfie stick


























Yep, it works!

Chloe trying out her new Spirograph