Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nothing like Bible Camp

We helped with Bible Camp again this year. It is really amazing to see so many adults take a week off of work, spend a week away from home, endure sleeping on bunk, staying without air conditioning in 95+ degree weather all week - just to share God's word with the youth of congregation and their friends.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this another great year!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Banana Pudding anyone?

When someone mentions it is time for church camp I think of banana pudding. I know that sounds strange, but in the past 11 years I have made gallons and gallons of banana pudding. This year will be the same, except I won't be there all day every day.

There comes a time when it is time to pass the torch. My wonderful hubby and I have been to camp almost every year with our kids and we loved it. I have worked in the kitchen each of those years. I can't imagine how many kids I have fed. But it is all about the kids.

So many bring back special memories. From the one who passed away less than 2 months ago, another one lost a mother and brother this past year, to some who are now married and raising little one's of their own. I hope some of the lessons learned at church camp are staying with them through life's journey.

Now, off to buy supplies - top of the list 18 pounds of bananas!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Dreaming of vacation, less than three weeks away. Can't wait to go back to some of our favorite places.

Historic Savannah

Maybe a hearse tour again

Tybee Island lighthouse


Monday, July 5, 2010

$110.60 trip

So, the surprise location for a relaxing get-a-way weekend was a hit. We traveled to Manchester, where my husband went to elementary school. There are also farms there his family rented and raised dairy cows.

This was a very economical mini-vacation. Since our schedules rarely allow us two days off in a row together - we try to take advantage of those occasions and spend some quality time together. That usually requires leaving the house. Between two kids, 8 cows, 3 ducks, 3 dogs and few barn cats - there is always something to keep you busy at home.

We already had a vacation planned for the end of the month - so we needed to travel on a budget. We had a great fun-filled weekend that didn't break the budget.

None of our activities cost a dime - but were all very enjoyable. We drove around hubby's old neighborhood on Saturday evening.
Sunday we strolled around Old Stone Fort State Park, and had a close encounter with a long skinny creature. We also enjoyed the peacefulness of the water falls.

Sunday afternoon we enjoyed a relaxing swim in the hotel swimming pool and were later joined by our son. We watched a movie - hotel tv had a built in dvd player! Drove to Tim's Ford State Park and walked a portion of the trails.

While in Winchester we stayed for the hour long fireworks display. Rather shocked at how long it lasted, a real treat. On Monday, we enjoyed a back country road drive back through Shelbyville and Murfreesboro and on to Lebanon, Galatin and finally back home.

Here's a recap of how we spent 3 days and 2 nights away for only $110.60. I do know we used our hotel points - but our room would have only been approximatley $90 each night.

King Suite for 2 nights Sleep Inn & Suites $0.00 - used Choice Hotel Rewards Points - included breakfast both mornings
Refilling the tank - $32.83
Saturday dinner - Sandwiches from home
Sunday Lunch - Pizza Hut - $25.00 with tip
Sunday Dinner - Krystal - $15.00
Monday Lunch - Demos' - $25.00 with tip

Trip to Dollar Tree (forgot toothbrushes, tooth paste and nail clippers) - $4.38
Trip to Wal-Mart (forgot bug spray) $7.29
Red Box Rental - $1.10

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Surprise Trip

Today my wonderful husband & I are leaving town for a couple of days. We are headed nowhere special, just away. Sometimes that is the best type of trip - no real plans - just a couple of ideas.

The best part - he has no idea where we are going other than we aren't leaving the state. I have put the GPS coordinates in the car and he will just have to follow the directions. (Yes, I know - man+trip+following directions=who knows what.)

Taking just a quick cheap couple of days to relax. Must save $$$ for our beach vacation at the end of the month.

Will try and post photos of our trip to nowhere next week.