"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Thursday, June 10th we all went to the homeschool convention in Richmond! Our cousin, Sarah, came along with us (remember...they were in town).
Alexis, Sarah, and Josiah trying to solve a crossword puzzle in the car.
Hannah's curl...isn't it pretty?
(I had the camera in my hands, and her curl was just hanging there, so I had to take a picture. ;)
Once we were in Richmond, Daddy found us a parking spot on the road and we all piled out. Soon we were walking to the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Mama on the move (and Josiah!).
Getting ready to cross a street.
Soon we arrived!!!
...these are the people who host the homeschool convention every year. They do a great job!
Mama filling out name cards.
Once inside, Daddy and Mama told us older kids that we didn't have to have name tags to get into the Exhibit Hall on Thursday night. So, we went ahead while they stayed behind to get the name cards for the rest of the convention. Well, we started to go into the hall when the security guard stopped us and told us we had to have name cards. So, we went back to the tables where Mama, Daddy, and all the little fellows were and got our name tags, before going into the hall. This time we could gain entrance! :)
One of the history programs we looked at.
For those of you who haven't been to the homeschool convention (which is the majority of you reading this) the Exhibit Hall in the convention center is where hundreds of vendors from across the U.S.A. bring books, supplies, and anything you can imagine...to sell to us homeschoolers! :) The exhibit hall is amazingly huge - sorry, I don't have a picture.
While we were in the exhibit hall, Na-naw, Paw-paw, Aunt Stacey, and my other two cousins, Kaitlyn and Rachel, joined us!
One of the highlights of the homeschool convention, is the escalators. It sounds funny, I'm sure, but we love them! :) Before we left, we rode them a few times - up and down, up and down.
Seth going up.
Everyone else going up.
Lydia had so much fun going up and down!
After around 1 1/2 hours of browsing and walking around, it was time to go.
We said goodbye to everyone (my aunt, cousins, and grandparents) and then went back towards the car.
Along the way, we stopped by the Marriott in Richmond, that was across from the convention center. They had a pretty glass at the front of the hotel that water ran down and that changed colors. Of course, we had to stop for a few pictures! :)
Lexi and Lydia.
Lydia gazing at the display.
Seth touching the water.
Hannah and Daddy waiting for us.
We hadn't eaten dinner yet (we got to the convention as soon as possible) so we were all hungry.
Lex and Lydia.
Some Marriot flowers.
There's the Marriott we were playing by. Mama, Lexi, and Lydia got stuck on one side of the street (too slow!), so we had to wait for them. Isn't Richmond so beautiful at dusk?
(You can see the changing water-glass-thing, that we played in, by Mama, Lexi, and Lydia.)
One more thing about the above picture...on Friday and Saturday (June 11th and 12th) we ate across from the Marriott for lunch.
Josiah waiting for the others.
Like I said, Richmond is so pretty at dusk! :)
Caleb taking a break.
Eden smelling some petunias.
Mama and the rest soon made their way over to us, and we made it to the car in safety. When we arrived home, Grandpa and Grandma were waiting for us! (They came down to watch Caleb, Seth, Eden, Josiah, and Lydia for us, so we could go to the convention.)
We then ate the Papa John's pizza that we picked up and talked to G-pa and G-ma until it was time for bed.
Friday morning we woke up early (we meaning Hannah, Alexis, Mama, Daddy, and I) to get ready to go the convention. The first session was at 8:30 A.M., and we live about 30 minutes away from Richmond, so I'll let you calculate what time we had to get up! (Make sure to add in time for breakfast, showers, and finding a parking spot! :)
Mr. Jon arrived at our house right on time (he wanted to come too!), and then we were all off to the convention. We made it in time but Daddy and Alexis sat somewhere away from us, because they had to stop and pick up Lexi's name tag and they couldn't find us in the huge room where the keynote sessions were held.
To make a long and great weekend short, we really enjoyed the convention and all the time being refreshed and renewed through Christian speakers. It really was a wonderful time. We also met tons of people that we knew...it was so much fun catching up with everyone!
Friday night we went to Outback for dinner. (By the way, their food is a lot smaller in size now. Did anyone notice that?) Saturday morning we were up early again, but we left around 4:30 so we could get home.
So, that ended our wonderful homeschool convention!
You can probably tell that I'm rushing through this, but I've got lots to post about Hannah's birthday and such, so more posts will be up here soon! (I hope...)
Delighting in Jesus,
Before I finish...here's a funny picture of Mama: