Thursday, July 21, 2016

Walking in Downtown Cincinnati

Saturday we spent the day in Cincinnati, Ohio to attend the wedding of some dear friends. We attended the rehearsal dinner the night before and decided to stay for the night. One of the hotel employees suggested we go to Adriatico's on West McMillan Street. He said it was about a mile from the hotel. We easily walk a mile every day and decided not to drive.

Walking a mile in Cincinnati is so different than a mile in Wilmore. Before we got out of the parking lot, we saw a helicopter land on top of a hospital. After that we saw beautiful churches, old houses, new apartments, construction, and trendy shops and restaurants on our mile walk.

After seeing these and many more interesting things, we made it to Adriatico's. We split their summer salad which was delicious and a Hawaiian pizza.

We enjoyed our walk and our lunch and we learned exploring a city on foot is a lot of fun.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Moving toward the Big Day

In December Scott proposed to Kellianne, and she said yes.

Since then the months have flown, and we're less than two weeks away from the wedding.

We've celebrated birthdays, attended showers, enjoyed Easter, and Kelli graduated. It's been a wonderful and fun year full of blessings. We look forward to Kellianne Crouse becoming Kellianne Layton and our new daughter!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bald Head Island Conservancy

What is the Bald Head Island Conservancy?

It's a non-profit whose mission is barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. IT sponsors and aids in scientific research that helps coastal communities. It provides many fun and educational activities to children and adults.

The students we met in the Conservancy were friendly and helpful. They have programs with names like Jr. Scientist, Budding Naturalist, Marsh Kid's Fishing, and Hands On Dissection. They have lab stations in the main building and take kids exploring. As a child I think a trip to the Bald Head Island Conservancy would be tons of fun.

If you have an opportunity to visit the Conservancy, I'd highly recommend it.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Flag of the Week

This week's flag comes from the Ashley Inn at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center in Lancaster, KY.

Ashley Inn is more than a bed and breakfast. It can be the site for retreats, holiday parties, special events and corporate meetings. And even more exciting, it's a great place for a wedding and reception. And the future site for Scott and Kelli's wedding later this month.

We stopped by the other day, and enjoyed the beauty of the setting and the friendliness of the horses. The owner says some of the horses even like to come to the fence and watch weddings. We plan to bring carrots in case that happens.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bald Head Island

Over the next few weeks, I plan to share about Bald Head Island. It's more than a beach or fancy place to play golf. In June we visited and were surprised how much wild life inhabits the island.

The major mode of transportation on the island is golf carts.

Our first stop was to rent a cart for the day and explore the island. We knew we wanted to explore the beaches and hike a nature trail.
Tim saw a deer and we saw many different birds and a turtle's nest marked off for safety. The island is also home to alligators and red and gray fox. Thank goodness we didn't see any alligators.

We saw a snake on the road, and we saw other snakes at the Conservancy. I think Bald Head Island would be a great place to vacation with children because there are so many nature activities to enjoy.

Next week I'll share more about the Conservancy.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Signs of Patriotism

As I ran around my little part of the country this weekend, I saw signs of patriotism. So many people appreciate the freedom we have, and it shows.

Concerts and parades were scheduled to celebrate the Fourth of July and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Fireworks have gone off every night for days. Americans still love the USA!

Enjoy these pictures of our American Spirit!

Even the sunset seemed to show a little American pride.