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1: Visit from Tom and Sharon (three weeks after we'd seen them in California) July 19-22 | Our traditional before-church photo

2: What Old People Do to Amuse Themselves | Wii Fit "Bird's Eye Bulls Eye" Exercise

3: Shopping Day Show and Tell (traditions rule) | The actual shopping had been the day before in Branson, but I didn't feel up to this raucous evening after taking a thudding fall out of a restaurant booth that night. | We almost always end up buying something alike | Apparently, Sharon doesn't approve of my purchase

4: Patriarch Turns 73 | The | He was a relaxed observer while others played Wii

5: Mike considered this a very serious endeavor | Apparently, not just old people enjoy the "Bird's Eye Bulls Eye" (aka "Flap Like a Chicken") challenge | serious

6: away we go... | On July 24, we took off with no itinerary, pointing our car north. The Ohio River Scenic Byway across southern Indiana was our first new territory. Beautiful country!

7: It was surprising to see this nuclear power plant among all the corn and lush greenery. | 1 - Many of our pictures were taken out the window or through the windshield 2 - Technology made traveling so easy! Here I'm making the night's reservations through Hotwire.com sitting outside a Holiday Inn (using their Wi-Fi) 3 - A rare disappointment and wild goose chase (there were no falls) | 1 | 2 | 3 | Corn. Corn. Corn. Throughout Indiana, and later, New York and Pennsylvania. It was everywhere!

8: Thirteen life-sized statues placed randomly around town in places that would be appropriate for the subjects. It was very hot that day, but we didn't want to leave and miss any of them. A charming little town that further made points with us because there were flowers everywhere. | Auburn, Indiana "Sculptures on the Square"

9: The Window Washer Probably my favorite -- loved the detail of the book in his back pocket | When we got home and looked at pictures, we particularly got a laugh out of these. Two days before, Bill was stopped for speeding (no ticket)

10: The Henry Ford Museum & Rouge Factory Tour | Got to see these trucks being made | We used a '56 Chevy on our honeymoon, so wanted this one in our picture from the museum | Dearborn, Michigan

11: Potato Bowl -- We only ordered this out of curiosity because we saw so many of them being served. It was great! | Greenfield Village Part of the Henry Ford complex, a recreated village of the early 1900s. It was so hot, we took this Model T tour to see the highlights. Could have spent a lot more time here! | Picturesque | . | .

12: Views from a Detroit River cruise (also saw beautiful homes, but didn't take pictures) | GM Renaissance Center, which is made up of seven interconnected skyscrapers | DETROIT

13: Guardian Building: These pictures don't do justice to the elaborate art | Statue (with scripture!) we saw while walking around the downtown area | The People Mover stops throughout the downtown area, only 50 cents a ride | Taken from the 72nd floor of the Renaissance Center | . | deco style from the 30s. It's now a bank, Also a little coffee bar | where we had something cold to drink and rested our weary feet. | *

14: entering CANADA | TORONTO | We found the double-decker bus tour while walking down the street -- a super convenient hop-on-hop-off ride with excellent guides. This map was invaluable. | . | .

15: Toronto's landmark CN Tower

16: I particularly enjoyed traveling a section of Yonge (pronounced "Young") Street. It goes through retail, entertainment, and financial districts; begins at the southern Ontario border and continues through the entire province! Loved the combination of old/new architecture. Our second stop was Casa Loma Castle, where there were very convenient telephone-like audio guides.

17: Toronto skyline dominated by the CN Tower, taken when we were on the boat portion of the city tour. | Our introduction to a Caribbean festival in the harbor area was this steel band -- exciting music! The atmosphere throughout the area, with food booths, live entertainment, and lots of people was... just plain FUN! | Hard to pull ourselves away, but we had a long walk back to our car. Before we reached the parking lot, we crashed in a booth at a Texas Steakhouse -- perfect ending to a perfect day.

18: Again, flowers everywhere! We walked around the downtown area looking for a bank that would accept our debit card. | Beautiful Toronto

19: At the top of the CN Tower, the highest free-standing tower in the world (1,815 feet, approximately 142 stories.) At the left, we spotted our car from different levels . Above: I had plans to text Mike and Lori from the very top, only to find out the phone battery needed to be charged. | TOP | view from the | looking down through the glass floor 3/4 of the way to the top

20: There are actually 1800 documented islands in this area of the St. Lawrence River. We were amazed that homes were built on them -- some islands were barely large enough to accommodate a house. And the river freezes during the winter! | Our 3rd boat tour | Thousand Islands | contentment | A gorgeous day, surrounded by water = a super time! Live music on the boat really added to the enjoyment.

21: Yes, even in Canada, Bill couldn't pass up a real estate brochure | We had breakfast at Tim Horton's regularly, and knew this might be our last time to see one.

22: Back in the U.S.A. | Loved the state Welcome Centers and the reading material I got there | A charming little restaurant in Clayton, New York, where we got to have lunch outside. | My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountainside Let freedom ring!

23: A perfect day for strolling the campus of Syracuse University

24: looking up

25: diRondAck MouNtainS | A | We took a two-day loop through these mountains. Beautiful drive! The highlight was our evening in Glens Falls, NY, where I sat and read by the pool, and we had a perfect meal on a deck overlooking the busy tourist area. | At the top via ski lift; note the unique Adirondack chairs made with skis.

26: Amish Country | As we were driving on the freeway, I needed a potty stop, so we took the next exit, expecting to find a gas station. Instead, we discovered a charming little restaurant nestled next to a stream, surrounded by trees, and had lunch in the gazebo. | Surprise! | Land of pretzels and horse-drawn wagons | and a silly sign | Bill getting ready for our nightly Hand & Foot game, which he usually won | We played almost every night | Pennsylvania

27: Day Trip | It began with finding this pagoda, a Reading, Pennsylvania, landmark. Then we just roamed, loving the country roads which took us to much of the area surrounding the city. And, surprise! Model homes, which just happened to open as we stopped to take a look. The day ended in pouring rain as we visited a huge outlet mall (our 5th or 6th such establishment on this trip.) | R | R | E | A | D | I | N | G | Day Trip

28: Lititz Lititz was typical of the many little towns in Pennsylvania, with buildings close to the road, much greenery, and beautiful old churches. We bought some sinfully rich chocolate-covered pretzels here. | . | . | charming | quaint | picturesque | beautiful

29: from Pennsylvania to Virginia -- four states -- in 45 minutes | An unlikely display in the Museum of the Shenandoah Lexington, Virginia Couldn't pass it up!

30: As we drove south on Hwy. 11, adjacent to the main freeway, we came across a community yard sale.....only to drive a bit farther and find the sale continued (a two-community yard sale?)....then more (a county-wide sale?)....and on and on. When we stopped for lunch, we found out it was called the Highway 11 Garage Crawl! It extended for 50 miles across the state and is an annual event. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, traffic, and sights, but after 30 miles of it, hopped back on the freeway.

31: We watched potatoes go through the process of being peeled, sliced, fried, dried, seasoned, sorted, and put into bags in an eight-minute process. Pretty fascinating! The covered bridge was on our way to the Route 11 Potato Chip processing plant. | And we got to sample while they were warm

32: Staunton Presbyterian Church, where President Wilson's father was pastor when Woodrow was born. We attended church services there. | No more pictures before returning home -- to find it 90 degrees inside our house. We turned around and headed for a motel until the air conditioning could be fixed the following day.

33: Lori took this adorable picture of Lily and Mia

34: Salt Bowl | First Game of the Football/Band Season War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock September 3

35: the Legacy of Bryant | Gerry and Linda Stites were visiting and really enjoyed sharing the September 10 game with us. It was 91 degrees at 9:00 o'clock that night! Travis said his face was so sweaty, it was hard to hold his trumpet to his lips. We could tell he was pretty miserable. But the band looked and sounded GREAT!

36: Vanderbilt Invitational Band Contest Nashville, Tennessee A long drive, but well worth it! Very cold, but worth it! No trophy, but Bryant won a "Superior Band" rating! They were great!

37: Most exciting game of the year | efore Melanie and I got hit in the head with a flying piece of asphalt | Trav and his out-of-town admirers | ouch! | Oct. 15 Joe, Lori, and Brenda's visit --------- | and that was | b

38: picture of senior night | Two sets of visitors for this October 29 game with North Little Rock: Dwight and Lola Jim and Merv | Senior Band Night

39: Western Arkansas Invitational Band competition at Siloam Springs Roller coaster emotions Preliminaries: Travis and Laci didn't think they did well -- then won first place Finals: Thought they did great -- then won fourth place | The Legacy of Bryant waiting for awards announcements

40: After dinner at Famous Dave's, where we valiantly followed their instructions to "eat like a pig." Note Gerry trying to show off by sucking in his stomach. | E | A | T | oink, oink | Stites' visit: September 9-16

41: Heading for some time in the car, Linda needs all the help with comfort she can get | Bill and Linda always have to spend some garden time together. | A "Good Buddies" golf date | ""Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life."

42: Happy Birthday to Linda | 60!

43: Laci was quite delighted to find she had "her own page" (prom night) in our scrapbook. Miss "notice-every-typo" Linda had a birthday cake with her name misspelled! | Linda and Bill experimenting with their voices after breathing in the helium released from the balloon. | The party's over

44: October 14: Family celebration at Mike and Mel's following a dinner at Macaroni Grill | Joe and Lori came to celebrate Lori's 50th birthday -- their second visit this year! | Laci joined us for dessert | Trying on gift of a Bryant sweatshirt jacket | Travis modeling Lori's jacket

45: Brenda was also visiting for the weekend

46: 1 | From top, clockwise: A birthday call from grandchildren -- Bill answered the door wearing a sleeping mask provided by the hotel -- Lori's reaction -- acting as navigator -- boot-shopping (unsuccessfully) -- a "haul" at Cabela's. Our first two days on the road included many shopping stops. | San Antonio | Here we come!

47: Mission San Jose | All the missions in and around San Antonio made us feel like we were in California | Taken as we strolled El Mercado shopping area. Only after this shot did we see sign after sign telling us not to take pictures in the many hats for sale.

48: River Walk

49: Shopping at La Villita -- no warning signs here about pictures in hats | Joe had more fun feeding the ducks than eating. | very warm walking tour through the Caverns. | Back to the river walk for lunch after a | Joe & Lori flew home from San Antonio the next day

50: On our way back home, we visited with Jim and Kaye Bishop. in Georgetown. Kaye is Bill's cousin, Willie's daughter. | cousins

51: Dwight and Lola spent the day with us during their Arkansas visit, with Mike and Mel joining us after work | I love the facial expressions displayed during Wii activity

52: "Forever on Thanksgiving Day, The heart will find the pathway home." ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit | Tryptophan-induced slumber

53: We Give Thanks | Hardly took any pictures all day, but just before the kids left, we got in the mood... o

54: Silly!

55: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers. I Thessalonians 1:2

56: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! | Our choir's Christmas program always begins the Christmas season for me. I've sung nine of the ten years we've been here. This program was particularly emotional because our director Judy McEarl will be retiring in the spring. What a privilege it to be a small part of this worship time! | Hope of the World!

57: We're in California for Christmas | No one could beat Keaton at this Memory Game | Mia locked herself in the bathroom right before this bath, poor baby! Just as Joe was ready to attack the door with tools, she got it opened by herself. | I love the fact that Mia enjoys cuddling and reading!

58: Everyone's Here!

59: Jet Balloons | A huge hit!

60: Mt. Shasta Snow Park

61: Fun!

67: I'm lovin' this!!!!

68: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

69: Keaton got a snowball in the face

70: Christmas Eve | Preparing for Santa

71: Dear Santa, I can explain... | Stocking Gifts

76: Keaton's duck call

77: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days

78: A daughter is a reflection of God's love

81: Post Dinner Inactivity

82: MAKING MEMORIES | During our lazy afternoon, Lori announced she was going to the barn just to move around a little. All of us joined her, found a ball, and had a rousing game of kickball that included all generations and MANY laughs!

84: Dancing | makes | me | HAPPY!

85: Bumps Happen . . . | . | No sooner had we stopped fretting over Wyatt's noggin after he fell off the hassock, than the girls returned to their dancing and, in their enthusiasm, banged into one another.

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