Friday, February 29, 2008


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Friday, February 15, 2008

We Had a Date!

Today I only had one student to tutor, so hubby and I had our second date since Ava was born! My mom watched her, and we drove to Camp Hill for XPN's Free at Noon concert. We saw Ryan Bingham-- MEE-ow! Check him out. I wish all shows were like this one- in the middle of the day, seats for everyone, no smoking, and no one spilling beer on your shoes. I highly recommend this concert series. They offer a free concert every Friday.

It's been a busy day, and I need to get to bed. Good night.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

They (are about to) pave paradise and put up a parking lot

This weekend my dad took me to see my family's dairy farm. It had been in our family since the 1700s, and the ancestor who built the farm actually purchased the land from William Penn. My great-grandfather sold the farm to some Amish in the 1960s, and they recently sold it to the Manheim Auto Auction. They will be knocking down all of the buildings and paving the fields to make more parking. My dad and his brother and sisters have a lot of memories of the farm, and I'm so glad I got to see it for myself before it is gone. I heard lots of stories and took lots of pictures. It is amazing that the farm had been in our family for so long, and in just a few weeks it will be completely gone. The farmhouse:

It looks totally different here than in did when my family owned it. The Amish family really let it fall into disrepair.

Many of my ancestors are buried on the farm. At one point, all of these headstones were breaking and falling down. My great-grandfather gathered them all up and arranged them like this. They date back to the 1700s, and some are written in German.

Ava Sits!

...and she's getting two teeth! She has also been working on a cold for the past two days, so that makes for some restless nights for all of us.

Friday, February 1, 2008

I Finally Finished Something!

Ava is almost five months old now, so it's about time that I finished this little book about her first week. I bought the book before she was born. We didn't find out what we were having, and at that point I was convinced that she was a boy! After she arrived, I got some "girly" papers and embellishments. I finally got motivated to whip this up. It didn't take long to put it together, and it was fun to create these little layouts. More photos here.