Sunday, October 16, 2016


We went camping with Katie's scout troop.  Unfortunately, I can't post most of the pictures I took because they have other girls in the troop in them and that's against the rules.

Our campsite was right on the edge of a river.

There was a tent set up for all the girls to stay in together, but Katie opted to stay in mine and Kerry's tent.  She likes her sleep and she had a feeling the girls would giggle and talk for a long time.

Katie and Kerry planned the menu and did most of the cooking for the campout.  Katie was working on her Fire Safety Badge and her Outdoor Cooking Badge.

We happened up on a rowing regatta and spent a good bit of time watching the race.

All the girls had to carve their own skewers to cook hotdogs.

Katie had to start a fire without matches!

If you are ever in the market for a tent, get one with a door that opens and closes without having to be zipped every time you go in or out.  It's worth it's weight in gold!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Second Surgery

 Katie had her second foot surgery.  This time, they removed the plate and five screws that were holding her ligaments together.

She studied while she waited to go back.

A couple of weeks later we were back to get the stitches out.

She has a very cool scar on her foot now that lets people know she's had a tough life!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Emily's wreck

So....Emily totaled her car.

This used to be Ben's car.  His first words were, "What did you do to my CAR!?"

Emily was trying to edge forward in order to see if she could pull out.

But she edged too far and got hit by another car, which then bounced off her and hit a third car.

No one was hurt, but all three drivers were shaken up.  It happened on the campus of Emily's college.  All three drivers were female students.  Emily said they all sat on the grass trying not to cry.

A woman who had stopped to see if everyone was okay came up to Emily and said, "I'm going to give you a hug because you need one."  She hugged each girl in turn just to help calm them down.

Emily had to go to court because of the accident.  I couldn't go because Katie had class that day so Kerry accompanied Emily to the courthouse for moral support.

He spent the last few days before her court date looking up Virginia laws and terrorizing us with everything that they could do to her.  I kept reminding him that she'd never even had so much as a parking ticket, she wasn't speeding when the accident happened, she wasn't using alcohol or drugs, and the odds of them putting her in jail seemed slim at best.  He still did his best to make sure none of us would get any sleep the night before.

I asked Emily if she had been nervous when they called her name and she had to step up in front of the judge.  She said, "No, it was like watching someone else walk up there.  I swear I could see the top of my head and I was thinking, 'Oh, she's walking up there now.'  Then the judge said, 'How do you plead?' and I slammed back down into my body long enough to squeak, 'Guilty, your honor' and then it was over and we were done."

Fortunately, she was given a fine of just over $100 for failure to yield and that was that.

She's having to pay her own insurance now and hopefully is driving a little more carefully!