Thursday, June 25, 2009

Samson's Swimming Video

So here is the promised video of Samson swimming out into Adam & Brittany's pond to fetch a football. It is funny how he swims more on top of the water but he wears himself out this way pretty quick. I am hoping he soon learns how to swim the normal doggy swim. When he finally got the ball; though you probably can't hear it in the video, we could hear him breathing really hard from shore! Anyway, enjoy! :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yellow Squash Casserole

So Jon's Mom sent a bag of yellow squash home with me from Arkansas. My Mom has a wonderful recipe for Squash Casserole and thus the cravings began... :)

Yellow Squash Recipe

1 Stick of butter, melted
2 Cups cooked Yellow Squash (I fry in skillet on stove til slightly browned)
1 Medium onion, diced *optional! :)
8oz Sour Cream
1/4 bag of Corn Bread Stuffin' Mix (dry, not cooked)
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything together, using only half of stuffing mix. Put the rest of the stuffing mix on as a topping & bake for 45 min to 1 hr. Enjoy!

Jon doesn't like this casserole (not a big veggie fan) so since it made a thin 9x13 pan, and I had been craving it so bad, I ate half of it that night for dinner. I ate the other half for lunch the next day. Will be a few weeks before I try to make it again. :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Arkansas- Family Pictures

My Brother-In-Law Lance (Amy's husband) has a great studio in their house and was kind enough to help us all get together for a family picture while Jon & I were in town. I think they turned out great. I mean, when you have three wiggling kids and some squirming adults, it can be long and tiresome but definately well worth it! :)

Amy, Ellen, Jerry, Jon, & Angela

Siblings: Amy, Jon, & Angela

Pennington Family: James, Trenton, & Angela

"Mamaw" & "Papaw" with two of the three grandsons, Trenton & Caleb.
Ethan is the oldest and not shown. He was tired of pictures.

The Shadle's: Lance, Ethan, Amy, & Caleb

Cute picture of James & Angela

Jon & I

The siblings/in-laws: Amy, Lance, Angela, James, Me, & Jon

Arkansas- Bentonville

On our way home from Eureka Springs, we went through Bentonville to get on the interstate.
In Bentonville, AR is where the Wal-Mart Distribution Center is and it is also the home
of the very first Wal-Mart. Pictured above is Sam Walton's "Walton's 5-10" Store which
is now the visitor center and is filled with history of the Walton's and about WalMart. It was really interesting and a cool place to stop!

Sam Walton's red pick-up

Did you know Sam Walton's dog was "Ol'Roy"? Thus where Ol'Roy Dog Food began...

Stats from inside the Wal-Mart visitor's center

Jon's nephew Trenton plays in the fountain while Angela holds him from falling in.

Trenton, Jon's mini-me
He looks a lot like his Uncle Jon when Jon was that age...
Jon, Me, & Trenton

Ellen & Jerry watch us at the fountain.

Arkansas- Eureka Springs

Inside the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs

The outside... just beautiful...

Looking down one of the streets in the "old" section of Eureka.

There is a lot of very different artwork there!

We traveled on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway...

The interior of the train was so neat!
I loved how the seats helped "turn" the car around on the tracks.
We had a fun two days together there!

Arkansas- Christ of The Ozarks

Jon's parents; Jerry & Ellen in front of the Christ of the Ozarks

Where the makers of the statue are buried.

This is supposed to be a piece of the Berlin Wall.

The Christ of the Ozarks is in Eureka Springs, AR. This was our first day in Eureka Springs.

Arkansas - Lake and Pond Adventures

Chastin & I at Red River

The guys are trying to see who can see who can stand in the freezing
cold water of the Red River the longest. It was funny!

Samson & Preacher play fetch in Adam & Brittany's pond.
It was Samson's first time to swim. Preacher got him started and then we
couldn't keep Samson out of the water! They had so much fun!

Adam & Jon ride Adam's go-cart

Brittany, Chastin, & Adam Stephens at Red River.
We stayed the first few days with them when we got to Arkansas
and we had a lot of fun at the river, the lake, and hanging
out at their house.
Jon & I with our still-developing sunburns at Red River.

The beautiful Red River! It was really hot out that day and the water
is always so cold. There is a mist on top of the river. The water is so cold
and clear you can see to the bottom even farther out.