Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Allyson has completed Pee Wee Pony Camp...and finished w/flying colors, I might add. :) It was amazing the difference in how I saw her ride on Monday compared to what I saw her able to do on Friday! She enjoyed it SO much and had the time of her life! Before leaving camp, Allyson went around to all the stalls, visited w/all the horses and wished them farewell.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Well last summer, because we had the extra money in our savings account, Kevin went over and offered to pay half of the bill...because since we live right across from each other pouring the tree sap saves us from getting road dust as much as it saves our neighbors. We did not help out the summer before this(our first summer here), nor did we enter into any kind of a written or verbal agreement last summer when we payed half.
So the gravel road has just had it's first pouring. This morning while Kevin was working in the garden, our neighbor walks over and hands Kevin a bill for $212 dollars...our half for the dust maintenance. We did NOT personally choose to have this done to the road, nor would we ever. Our neighbors called the company, set it up and decided to have this done w/out conversing w/us at all. Our neighbor's kids are grown and out of the house....so I would hope they would realize our priorities are different than theirs. Things come up...like doctor, hospital and ambulance bills...that make it impossible for us to spend money on road tree sap.
I would like some input or advice on how YOU would deal w/this situation.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Beautiful girls at our favorite store Claire's
Anna and Allyson let us join them for lunch and a shopping trip at the Mall today! Allyson bought a purse, nail polish and a dress. Anna bought nail polish, bathing suits, PJs and clothes. We lunched at Arbys and Panda Express in the Mall food court. Abbie, Kaleb and Travis tagged along w/their big sisters...and so did Marian and Candace! :) We had loads of fun and can't wait to go shopping again w/Anna and Allyson!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
At the time of the signing the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England's King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly referred to as "Taxation without Representation" as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare war.
In April 1775 as the King's troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts Paul Revere would sound the alarm that "The British are coming, the British are coming" as he rode his horse through the late night streets.
The battle of Concord and its "shot heard round the world" would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for Independence.
The following May the colonies again sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. For almost a year the congress tried to work out its differences with England, again without formally declaring war.
By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After various changes a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 - Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.
To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock signed his name "with a great flourish" so "King George can read that without spectacles!."
The following day copies of the Declaration were distributed. The first newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776. On July 8th the Declaration had its first public reading in Philadelphia's Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung. The "Province Bell" would later be renamed "Liberty Bell" after its inscription -
Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof
And although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year - July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America's birthday.
Did you know...?
That in 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the newly independent America?
....and in 2008, there are over 304 million people living in America?
That Americans import $207 million worth of fireworks from China for their 4th of July pyrotechnic shows? We export, on the other hand, just $14.9 million in fireworks.
"It is a maxim of mine that men (being superior creatures) are bound to improve women--if they can. When a woman wants me to do any thing, I always insist on knowing why. The oftener you make them rummage their own simple minds for a reason, the more manageable you will find them in all the realtions of life. It isn't their fault (poor wretches!) that they act first, and think afterward; it's the fault of the fools who humor them."
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
These are all the beautiful birthday cards I received from the sweetest family in the whole world. Thank you, everybody! I will save them forever.
Thank you for your Happy Birthday post here on the blog. I have read it many times and also printed it out to save.
I LOVE YOU!