God’s Hand Upon the Americans at the Battle of Trenton

What a marvelous vacation we had had but it was now coming to a close. On our last day in New Jersey we went to the Old Barracks Museum which was built in 1758 during the French and Indian War and then was also used during the Revolutionary War. Disease killed more soldiers than the war and smallpox was a very deadly one. At the Barracks they would give mass innoculations for smallpox. During the Revolutionary War, the Barracks first housed the British soldiers but then on December 26, 1776, when General George Washington’s troops marched into Trenton, they moved out and in January 1777, the American soldiers moved in. Once again, the tour guides were very passionate and educated about their topic. After leaving…

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Princeton University Campus

Only 2 days left on our vacation (New York was first. Little Italy & Chinatown, historical sights,ย  the 9/11 museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Liberty & Ellis Island, then it was Connecticut for a day), so two days left and the weather turned quite cool and rainy. After leaving Thomas Edison’s laboratory we had driven further south to the city of Princeton and stayed at a great hotel my husband had secured for us through Priceline. I wanted to visit Princeton University because of its long history. Did you know that it was a Bible college first? Started in 1746 by Jonathan Dickinson, John Witherspoon, William Tennent and Aaron Burr Sr., it was located in Elizabeth, New Jersey but in 1756 was moved to Princeton. It was…

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Thanksgiving 2016

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving however you chose to spend it. Things were a little different for us this year. Every other year we go to Pennsylvania to be with my sisters family and parents and this is the year we would do that but because we had just went to New York in October, we decided not to go east again so soon. We were invited to a few places but then decided we would just stay home and have a quiet Thanksgiving. But I knew I still needed to do something special since it was Thanksgiving which I think is a very special holiday. So Wednesday (last minute, I know) I headed to the store and purchased the things I…

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Visiting Thomas Edison’s Laboratories & Office

What a fascinating tour we took of Thomas Edison’s laboratory and office in West Orange, New Jersey after we left Connecticut. It is a national park, so if you have a parks pass 4 people can get in without paying the admission fee of $10 and children under 16 are free. This is one place that I think is a must see. You can tour at your own pace and/or listen in to their guides as they talk. The guides were very good, so enthused about their topic which showed in their talk. Standing just outside of Thomas Edison’s library and offices/laboratories.   The library was 3 stories and was filled with all kinds of books. Edison didn’t want to have to go anywhere when…

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Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport

This trip, like all the others I’ve shared, always takes longer than the actual going! We decided to go to Connecticut for a day to meet with some friends. They suggested we go to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum where they not only have a working shipyard but they also have recreated a village built like it would have been in the 19th century. Most of the “businesses and homes” have people working a particular craft you would have found back then, telling stories or even singing. (tugboat that was on the waters for many years) It was a cold, windy day but in the summer it would be most enjoyable strolling around visiting the different buildings. The Charles W. Morgan was launched in 1841…

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Visiting Liberty & Ellis Island

I’m preparing to cater a wedding this coming weekend so I’ve been figuring up amounts and now the cooking is beginning. It’s a simple menu of soup & salad, so that’s nice. But that’s why I haven’t been around much this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our last day in New York City we went to see Lady Liberty which has been a dream of mine for years. It was a cool, windy day and the lines were long. Buy your tickets ahead of time (and save more time by printing them out instead of will call) because if you don’t, you will be waiting in lines (one for buying tickets and another for the ferry) for hours. I had purchased tickets ahead of time and I had…

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The Brooklyn Bridge

Thanks for joining me as I recount our recent visit to New York City. It’s a very interesting place. One of the oldest cities, it was named New Amsterdam by the Dutch in 1626. My previous posts are here.ย  Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3. The Federal Reserve building which is said to have the largest gold repository in the world with 7,700 tons of gold bouillon. They give tours of the building and the vaults that hold the gold.   The Brooklyn Bridge is another suspension bridge in NYC. There are many bridges there! It was completed in 1883 and was the largest suspension bridge at the time it was built as well as being a milestone in American engineering. ย ย    The…

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Visiting the 9/11 Museum and Other Historical Sights

So here we are with Day 3 of our trip to NYC. You can read about our country family visiting the Big Apple here, Chinatown & Little Italy hereย  and see some of the historical sights in NYC here. We went for a visit to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center used to be. I had purchased tickets ahead of time which is a must otherwise you will be standing in line for a long time depending on the time of day you choose to visit. You need at least 3 hours to see it all and you could easily spend 4-5 hours. They have done a great job with the museum and remembering the almost 3,000 people who died in the attacks. The…

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I had some glitches with my photos yesterday so I was unable to post but here it is today. ๐Ÿ™‚   Day 2 of our visit to New York city continued… You may think of NYC as all modern day skyscrapers but New York was given that name back in 1664 after the Duke of York. Grace Church was built in 1846 by a young architect, James Renwick who was only 23 years of age.   The church was built in the Gothic Revival style.         There was a tomb inside with the name of Edith Gorse Evans inscribed on it. She was a passenger on the Titanic who gave up her seat on a lifeboat seat to a mother who had…

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Walking Through Chinatown & Little Italy in New York City

Day 2 in New York Our hosts prepared a special breakfast for us the next morning and so we joined them in their apartment where we not only had a tasty breakfast but were treated to a few songs on the violin and harp. It was beautiful.   The day was chilly and rainy but armed with several umbrellas we took to the streets and headed for the subway. There were 13 of us non-locals so it was nice that our friends came along to help us figure everything out. I feel sorry for them when I think of them trying to make sure everyone was on the right train and that we didn’t get separated. My little niece being a goof. She brought shoelaces,…

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Visiting the Big Apple

Well here we are. This country family has come to the big city… New York City to be exact. What a difference for us and most definitely different for my two boys who just came out of the Canadian bush after being there for 5 weeks. Arriving in New York we were shocked at the cost of crossing ONE bridge $15. We had just paid a toll in New Jersey for their bridge and not even 5 minutes down the road here we were paying $15 just for crossing into New York. The Verazzano Bridge that opened in 1964.ย It is a suspension bridge that links Brooklyn and Staten Island together. The towers are 693′ tall. Our first evening we went to the New York Philharmonic…

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A Little Video of Our Time in the Woods

Here’s a 9 minute video I put together of our recent elk hunting trip. I hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well thank you to those who left comments saying they enjoy everything I post – even my organizational ones (be still my heart). Those are the kinds of posts that make my world go round, so I’m happy to hear you like them. As far as happenings with our family, I have so much to post about that I’m not sure I can keep up with it but bear with me and we may just get through it all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hunting Camp is a long weekend we look forward to every year. Even though the nights are quite chill (remember we live in the desert where temperatures can drop steeply at night), the weather is generally beautiful during the daytime. This year camp was a…

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Off to the High Country

I won’t be posting for several days since we’re off to the high country for our annual elk hunting/camping trip. Looking forward to this time in the woods. See you all when we get back! ๐Ÿ™‚  

A Canadian/American Wedding

Well here it is. I wasn’t planning on posting about a wedding we went to in Canada last month, but my sister’s getting after me again(!) for not sharing more pictures – apparently my organizational posts don’t do much for her… so here we go! ๐Ÿ™‚ The five of us that are home (my boys are in the bush (wilderness) of Canada far from any phone contact) flew to Saskatoon, Canada for a wedding of good friends of ours. There were quite a few that came from Arizona and going and coming we were on the same flight as some of our Arizonan friends.   Since we don’t have a television in our home, sometimes the kids can become quite enthralled when they are around…

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The Final Year

One of the only extracurricular activities my children do – besides our normal routine which happens to be extremely varied and busy – is 4-H. We have been involved in 4-H since my oldest was 9. This year Serenity, Justus & Audrey raised lambs.   Since it was Serenity’s last year they all decided to raise the same animal. We had them for about 5 months and then it was time to take them to EXPO where they show for 2 days and then they sell them at an auction where business owners/leaders are the main supporters. Lambs had to be sheared… Loaded….   And taken to EXPO where all the different animals (steers, lambs, goats & pigs) all have pens under this red and…

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What the KonMari Method of Folding Looks Like

As I mentioned in my last post, Marie Kondo suggests a particular way to fold your clothing. At first I thought that it was maybe a little over the top but I’m willing to give anything a try at least once because sometimes the very idea you scorn is the one that really delivers the best results. So I tried it and I was impressed. It may seem like extra steps to fold but really it goes just as fast as normal folding once you’ve learned how to do it. I didn’t get a chance to put a video together but here is one that is quite thorough. The idea is to have a small rectangular package when you are finished that can stand on…

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Decluttering Clothing the KonMari Way

I’m still going strong on decluttering my closet the KonMari way; but things had to get worse before they got better. Seriously, I had such a mess going on. A few years back I got rid of my dresser and decided to just use the shelves in my closet. I have a large bookcase in my room and that combined with the dresser was just too much. My husband was not using the dresser at all and all that it was being used for was some miscellany along with my underclothes. A huge dresser for only a little bit of stuff. I was tired of the room it took up so we removed it and I haven’t missed it since! But over time my closet…

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The KonMari Method of Decluttering and Tidying Your Life

  Several months back I heard about a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Since I love anything to do with organizing, I had to take a look at it. This book is different than any book you will have read on the subject, bringing new thoughts to the table on how to finally say goodbye to things you’ve had for a very long time and are reluctant to give away or discard. The author, Marie Kondo, says that the KonMari Method isn’t just a set of rules for organizing your home but a “guide to acquiring the right mind-set for creating order and becoming a tidy person.” Some of the basic thoughts in the book…

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The CK Girls Visit Horseshoe Bend & Lake Powell

I had heard of Horseshoe Bend a few years ago and have had it on my bucket list to visit ever since then and so after touring Lower Antelope Canyon and a dinner at El Tapatio, we drove to Horseshoe Bend which is only a few miles from the town of Page.   It was not what we expected. We are really not into crowds out in nature and this place had plenty. I felt like we on a pilgrimage with the trail of people going to this scenic spot stretching out for quite a ways.   Everyone wants to be there at sunset and especially photographers. Unfortunately, there were so many clouds that there wasn’t much of a sunset. There are no barriers so…

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