Monday, June 29, 2009

Happy Trails...

I have been told by several kind people that I don't post on my blog enough anymore. Which is a true statement. I am most humbly apologetic and beg y'all's forgiveness! I racked my brain for something profound to post about, and though I didn't come up with anything that will shake the world, I did come up with a little something. :)

This past weekend we made our way over to the state of Colorado for a Homeschool conference (CHEC). It is absolutely gorgeous there, and we loved every moment of it! The Chapa family kindly hosted us and we had a lovely time getting to know them, and also meeting up with our friends the Hectors (well, 4 of them.) and two of the Davis'. Not to mention the many new friends we made!
was a delightful time of fellowship and fun...we didn't want it to end! But end it did, and from there we made our way back home, stopping once in Kansas for a short day of sightseeing. It was a good way to get our minds off of what we were leaving behind and we greatly enjoyed ourselves!

Here are a few photos of the events:

Mom and Dad were on a panel about Courtship at the CO homeschool conference. They did a great job. :)

Everyone's face seemed to have a smile! Which, of course, means that everyone must have been extremely happy. I know I was!

We had a time of Bible reading/discussion and a bit of singing on Saturday evening at the Chapa's lovely home.

The group all together!
Imagine this, all of these people (minus just one.) were staying at the Chapa's house! We were a big tight, but it was definitely worth it!

4 Hectors and 8 McDonalds, right before they left for the airport!
It was a rather sad farewell.

After leaving CO we made our way to the Kansas History Museum! It was a *very* exciting, if a bit small museum. We loved it! There was a life-size old train in the museum that you could go into. Not to mention a train station, a telegraph office, diners, wagons, cars, retro gas was fabulous!
If you're ever going through Kansas you should stop and take a look!

Didn't his parents tell him never to play on the train tracks? *tsk tsk* :)

My parents on the "Carousel." Not really sure what the horse is doing in this picture...but it doesn't look too happy...

Moosh, Tiff, Me and Caleb in the mirror at the museum.
I thought it look kind of "artsy". :)

"C'mon Texas! C'mon! Gidyup!"

"Santa Fe! Are you there? Do you swear you won't forget me? If I asked you would you let me come and stay..."
Guess that song lyric!! :)

Don't you wish those adorable people were smiling at *you*? :)

I suppose we forgot to tell Grace that one generally doesn't look up the end of a cannon...

I love buffalos and I love my little brother. So the two seemed to go well in a photo. :)

Our family's new home! Come visit some time! We might lend you a pair of moccasins and feed you roasted buffalo...
Actually, nevermind, we do not eat buffaloes. We are vegetarian Indians!

We might feed you roasted peppers! Do come!

"I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss...and the prince I'm hoping comes with this..."
Aren't you jealous? Don't you wish that *you* found him first?

How fun would it be to take a drive in that car?? Like stepping out of the 1930's...

A few of us McD's in front of the Retro-Style McDonald's! McDonald's had the cutest emblem back then! This cute little hamburger looking guy. They should really go back to that sign!

A little retro "diner" they had in the museum.
Dad says that he remembers eating at a place that looked just like that!

Dad and Mom in the "diner". :)

We couldn't decide on East or West. Hmmm...where should we go??

I hope to post more often in the future!! May the Lord bless your week!

In Christ Alone,



Sisters 4 said...

We were at the CHEC conference too. It was a lot of fun, and I hope you had fun with the Chapa family. (They're really fun to be around.)

Our daddy was also a speaker at the conference. :)

In Christ,

the Swanson sisters

The Hector Family said...

Hooray! A post!

There are too many pictures for me to comment on every one, so I'll just pick the highlights....

I did not realize how much taller I am than Tiffany!!!! I look like the Jolly Green Giant.

Chapas are delightful people, and it was great getting to know them. Squished? We weren't all that squished. 15 people in an RV is squished.

That looks like a very, very, very fun museum. The family is simply going to have to drive through Kansas on our next trip East.

Grace in front of the cannon was hilarious, especially since I just watched this Brian Regan clip:

Go to 1:15 on the counter for the specific section.....

Thanks for the post, and the pictures! (Even if it wasn't profound....)



Anonymous said...

what a lovely post. you have a wonderful family!

Anonymous said... many kids are in your family. i wish i had a bigger one. there is only 7 kids in my family. 20 to 7.

Fruitful Vine Lady said...

We had such a great time with all of you! I have to say it seems kinda lonely and quiet around here now. You all were such wonderful guests to have. Our little girls miss yours. And, of course, Faith misses William. She just lights up when I show her a picture of him. I think they had a lot of fun together. I'm so glad we had that time to get to know your family. And the Hectors. I think we have made life-long friends in all of you.

Jessica said...

That song is off Newsies! I love that song! Although, I am sad to say that I can't really hit the notes in the same key as Christian Bale. He is too low of a bass. If you wanted to know the specific name it is... "Santa Fe"... though you pretty much already said that!

I love your blog design and all of the interesting and creative post's that you do. Your taste in clothing is excellent. But most importantly... I can see your love for God in every post! I am currently reading your mom's book "Passionate Housewives Desperate for God" and I am loving it! Your whole family is so talented. I am so glad that you are all using your gifts to serve the Lord and others.

Many Blessings,
Jessica P. (Another Jessica!)

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Swanson Sisters, Yes! I saw y'all! :) Wish we could've met!!

Ben, that is very true! 15 people in an RV *is* squished! But a fun kind of squished!! :D Y'know?
That clip is HILARIOUS!!! I was laughing *so* hard! Thank you for sharing the link! :D I'll have to show my family now. :D
You're welcome! :) I promise I'll try to post more in the future!! You convicted me last night! :)

Lauren Ann, Thank you! I think they're pretty wonderful too. :D There are 10 kids in my family. Two are out of the house so only eight of us at home. :)

Mrs. Chapa, We too had a wonderful time with y'all!! Please come visit us in October! We'd love to see each of you again!! :)

Jessica, You're right! It is from "Newsies"! :D I too love that movie! Musicals are totally "my thing"! :D
Thank you very much!! :)

Thanks for your comments, y'all! God bless!!

In Christ Alone,


Elissa said...

YAY!!!! A POST!!!! (I'm one to talk, aren't I??) :D It looks like you had a simply marvelous time, I wish we could've gone to CHEC (we had been hoping too, but alas...).
I love all the pictures, especially the ones at the museum, it looks like tons of fun!!!
Love you Jess!!!

Oh, and P.S. The song is from "Newsies", thanks for getting it stuck on my mind again, it took me about a month to get it out of my mind the last time I watched it... :D :D

Cassie said...

What a fun trip! You have such a large, happy-looking family!!! You took great pictures and it was great to see that you posted!!!

Love and Blessings,

The Same Anonymous Dude said...

I think I missed the profound part of this post - where was it? :P

Vegetarian Indians? All I care about is whether you pass the Peace Pipe around...

I'll pay you $5 to kiss the cow skull next time... :-D

Also, tell Grace that I became the way I am after looking up into the barrel of the cannon, and then let her decide for herself.

Jean said...


Well done. As an adjective, one of the meanings for profound is "strongly felt; intense", I do believe you have hit that mark with your post. I "felt" very "strongly" about it myself. For me, there were many smiles and leaving was "intensely sad.

The Chapas were wonderful hosts and we hope to reciprocate someday as well.

The museum looked so fun. Just the kind of place we would enjoy, too.

I'm glad to see you posting again. We've missed you.

Hope we see y'all soon.

Blessings, Mrs.H

Kathryn Grace said...

Glad to see you back in blog world again. :-) I LOVE that old car!!! My dad will point out some sports car and ask if I think it's cool and I am always forced to reply in the negative... my kind of cool is - well, that car!
LOL... Grace looking up the end of a cannon... yeah, might want to warn her about that in the future!
Thanks for posting!

Miss Jen said...

What a fabulous trip you all had!
I enjoyed all of the pics!
William is getting SO big!! *sigh*
How time flies!!!

Many Blessings~ Jen

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Elissa, That would have been wonderful if y'all could've come to CHEC! Ah well. Next time! :) Yes, it's from Newsies. :D lol. So sorry! It's stuck in my head now too. :D Love you too!!

Cassie, Thank you. :) I will try to keep posting more in the future!

Jeremy, You pay me $5 and you bet I'll kiss the skull!! :D I'll have to tell Grace... :P I though it was that your Mom dropped you on your head or something to that affect?

Mrs. H., Thank you. We miss y'all too. :( It was rather sad to look at the pictures (and decide which one's to post) and recall all those wonderful memories. I hope more can be made sometime soon. Y'all definitely should stop by that museum. It was amazing- we loved it! I think y'all would like it too. Miss you too. :( *HUG*

Kathryn, It's good to be back. :) Isn't it adorable? Old cars are the best! I'll definitely warn her next time- I want her around a bit longer. ;)

Jen, It was fabulous. I wish everyone on here could *feel* what a wonderful time we had...but I suppose pictures will have to try and do the job. :) Isn't he? It's awful how fast they grow up. He's not a baby anymore. :(

Thank you so much for commenting, y'all!

In Christ Alone, Jessica

Jennifer said...

Well, I snuck a peek over here from your mom's site, happened to look at the right side of your homepage and....GAHHHH!!! You're writing a novel! What's it about? When is it coming out? And why does the site it's linked to call you "Catherine Moreland"? I know that's the Jane Austen character you represent from the online test, but still..

Info, please. Hungry reading minds want to know :P

Tara Janelle said...

Jessica -

I've actually touched a cow's skull (at least I think it was a cow's skull....maybe a boar's? I don't know! it was a skull of some sort) at a friend's house where their boys just found it on their property. :-) It was kind of neat!

Glad to see you posting again, I've missed reading your blog!

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Jennifer, lol. Yes, I'm writing a novel. But I have absolutely no idea if it will ever be published. I would love for it to, but I really don't know. It's not quite finished yet. Getting close, though! The site calls me Catherine Moreland because that's my username in the contest that I entered my novel in. :D I will definitely announce it on my blog if anything happens with my novel!

Tara, Oh wow! That sounds kind of neat. :D I love cow's! Though I prefer them alive as opposed to dead, given the choice. lol.
Thank you! I will try to keep posting more often!

Hec @ 19 said...


Welcome back to the blogging world, you were missed. Keep it up!! I'm looking forward to the the next time that we can get our families together.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Best of luck with the novel, Jessica. I'll be an eager reader :)


Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Mr. H, I will definitely try my best to keep it up!!
Yes, so am I! A year is *far* too long to wait - we *must* get together sooner. Miss y'all!!!

Jennifer, Thank you. :)

Hec @ 19 said...

I totally agree; if you can't get a 10 gallon hat, get a 55 gallon horse.

Hec @ 19 said...

Can't decide between east or WEST???? Gimme a break!!!

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Mr. H, LOL! West is *definitely* the way we want to go!! ;D

Jennifer said...

Just a note, Jessica; I got your mother's book "Maidens" and you and your sister's poems are beautiful! Looks like you're already a good writer :)