Tuesday, July 31, 2007

8 years ago today . . .

. . . I became Mrs. Herring!

We celebrated with a lovely meal (and cool views) at the Revolving Restaurant!

Started out here - overlooking the park in Covington, KY.

Finished up here - the Cincinnati skyline.

And finished up our wonderful meal with incredible desserts! Yum!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Dayton Air Show!

We had a great time at the Dayton Air Show on Saturday with Matt and Erika! What a neat experience. They had incredible air shows and a lot of planes that you could tour and other things to see. The only bad part was the plane crash that I'm sure everyone has heard about by now. It was really sad. Matt and Aaron had just walked up closer to the runway and called back for Erika and I to bring the chairs and join them since the view was so much better. We were walking towards them when the crash occurred. There were 2 planes performing stunts simultaneously and I knew something was wrong when only one of them came back up after doing spirals toward the ground. There was a huge cloud of black smoke and it was evident that something dreadfully wrong had occurred. The pilot, Jim LeRoy, died. It was really sad - an eerie silence was over the huge crowd as everyone just stood there stunned. The rest of the show was canceled.

These 7 planes were amazing! They flew in from Brazil for the show.

The Stealth Bomber - ooohhhh!

A Vietnam era plane and the Stealth Fighter.
They looked really cool, and it was neat to get to see them fly.

Inside the huge DHL cargo plane.

This was the other plane that was flying with the one that crashed. As you can see, it is not a very big stunt plane at all.

Tired, sunburned, and ready to go home. :-)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Happy Birthday to Kristin, Happy Birthday to You!

Birthdays are good things - and we celebrated Kristin's tonight at Buca di Beppo's in Rookwood. I had never eaten there before and absolutely love trying new restaurants. The food was great and the fun we had was even better! We had 6:00 reservations, but we all stayed and talked (outside the restaurant and not tying up a table, of course) until after 10 PM!

Yes, we had their lasagna and it was very GOOD!

The server brought this to Kristin while we all sang. She blew out all 3 candles (apparently they didn't have 8 of these - she was turning 24)!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Congrats to Rhoda!

Congrats to my good friend, Rhoda Shulaw, who graduated from nursing school tonight! We were freshmen together at GBS and made tons of good memories in the dorm as well as our 7 AM English class!

The graduating class tonight was the largest class in the history of the school and is also the last graduating class from The Christ Hospital School of Nursing since they are changing to The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences (supposedly it sounds more "collegiate"). Out of 135 gradutes, they gave out about 7-8 awards and Rhoda got one!! This award was voted on by the faculty, so this was definitely something to be proud of. Way to go, Rhoda!

Monday, July 09, 2007

The Most Beautiful Place Ever!

We're Back!!!!!!!!

I have returned to the States from the most beautiful place on earth I have ever been. I loved the Cayman Islands!! We had such a great time and made lots and lots of memories. Mark and Kristin were so much fun to travel with. We thought we were going to be home on July 4th, but after a loooong flight delay in Grand Cayman, our flight from Miami to Cincinnati had already left without us. So, we were stuck in Miami for the night and actually most of the next day. They did put us up in a nice hotel (with meal vouchers), and we were able to take a shuttle to the mall to kill a few hours before getting home really late that night.

I have so many pictures that I couldn't decide what to post. Here's just a fraction of them.

Yes, these sea turtles really are as big as they look. Some can weigh up to 500 pounds! Those are obviously not the ones in the "touch tank" or the ones we picked up. :-)

No, it wasn't all play and no work. We did have revival services each evening and twice on Sunday! The services went well and the people were very kind. We really enjoyed being with them.

On our way to Sting Ray City!

I had no idea that Sting Rays were so big - they were huge!

Yes, I really did snorkel! For those that know me - THIS is an accomplishment since I'm deathly scared of water AND I don't know how to swim. It was way worth it though and once I finally made myself relax, it paid off tremendously. The Barrier Reef was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Ever wonder why God put so much beauty UNDER the water? It was something right out of National Geographic - I really couldn't describe how beautiful it was, so I won't even attempt.

I had never seen a real starfish before! We walked right out into the ocean and just picked them up - they were so fascinating.

The sunsets were so beautiful!!

Our host and pastor - Rev. John Jefferson, Sr. - was such a nice man. We had a lot of laughs with him. He is also a chef, so we had very nice meals, too!

Bags all packed and packed in all the sun we could get - headin' home!