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Well, May and June have been pretty laid back, so all I have is bits and pieces!  The University emptied out the first week of May and we are enjoying the sleepy nature of Fayetteville in the spring.  It is a favorite time for us because everything slows down.

However, not everyone in the family has been sitting around on the porch.  Emily went on a 10 day hiking trip in Scotland.  She hiked the West Highland Way, which is 96 miles long.  The photos look gorgeous.  She met quite a few other hikers along the way, including a 78 year old man that “ate her lunch” going up a hill.  She was impressed!  I am hoping Emily will write a guest post about the adventure, but until then, here are a few photos:

Emily in Scotland

Emily in Scotland

Falling asleep on the banks of bonny Loch Lomond

Falling asleep on the banks of bonny Loch Lomond

Sheep!

Sheep!

Hiking the Highland Trail

Hiking the Highland Trail

Our youngest son, Patrick, went on a trip to New York City to visit friends and attend a 3 day concert.  I have only seen one photo and that was on Instagram!

Patrick at the New York City Football Club

Patrick at the New York City Football Club

And this is what he said about the photo:

What Patrick said about his photo

He said the trip was great and I still have hopes he will share more photographs.

Brandi, my niece, and her husband, Matt, went on a trip out west.  It was ambitious but sounded fun.  They were married one year ago!  I wrote about that day here.  Hard to believe a year has passed.

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Randy went to Tulsa for a week to play general contractor at our house.  We had a new roof put on and several other projects that needed to be done.  The biggest visual project was getting rid of the utility chimney that sat squarely in the middle of the kitchen.  Having taken down two similar chimneys in our Fayetteville house, we knew what a huge job it was going to be.  It was worth it!

with the chimney

with the chimney

The old "focal" point

The old “focal” point

And the after photos:

The kitchen without chimney

The kitchen without chimney

another no chimney photo

another no chimney photo

On his way back to Fayetteville, Randy stopped at Natural Falls State Park west of Siloam Springs.  We have driven past it 7000 times and not stopped, so it was time.  He took some photos and it looks gorgeous.

Natural Falls State Park

Natural Falls State Park

Oklahoma is beautiful

Oklahoma is beautiful

Randy and I also went to the Block Party on Block Street a few weeks ago.  Block Street is only a couple of streets over and we always enjoy walking up the hill and back down.  Here is a crowd shot:

Block party on Block Street

Block party on Block Street

We went to George’s Majestic Lounge last week to see the Cate Brothers.  I am not kidding when I say it has been 35+ years since I last saw them play.  Pretty sure that was at the old Swinging Door.  If you are not familiar with George’s, you definitely need to check the link! I also linked a good blog post someone did on the Swinging Door.  It was a great concert and all the “old” people were there.  The dancing was phenomenal.

The Cate Brothers at George's

The Cate Brothers at George’s

That is it from me.  We are looking forward to all three children being in Fayetteville in a couple of days.  It only happens once a year in Fayetteville!  Let me know what you have been up to.  Bound to be more interesting then my recent life!

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TAGS: Fayetteville, New York City, Painted Desert, Scotland, Tulsa

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