Our vacations

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Johann and Matthew riding the horseWe spent most the day at home today, nothing to exciting happened. Johann had fun playing with the kids.  He even got baby Madilyn to give him some big smiles, which was absolutely adorable.  In the evening  our family went to our family friends house and rode horses for  a few hours.  He seemed to really enjoy it and was great about letting the kids ride along too.Johann and madilyn

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Family Photo with JohannWe had our Ashby Family reunion this weekend, we took a family photo but took a few photos with Johann in them too.  Might as well, we totally enjoy having him here and love him as if he was one of our own kids.  Amazing how fast you can grow to love someone.  He is such an amazing boy, and makes our home a happier place just by having him here.Johann and Matthew playing the flour gameHe jumped right in and participated in all our silly family games.  But did tell us in France they EAT food, instead of playing with it.  Since most our games had something to do with food.
Johann with a 52oz sodaMy brother went to grab a soda at the gas station, when he came back Johann was shocked at how BIG his soda was.  It was a 52 oz cup, but that size drink for one person  can’t be found in France.  Johann with a pet ratHe was also a little surprised when he found out my niece has a pet rat. He was brave and let the  little thing run all over him.   He also got to ride a 4 wheeler, which he totally enjoyed.  Typical teen boy that loves to ride fast and make a lot of dust :).  It was a great weekend!Johann with the 4 wheelers

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Johann fairWe went to the county fair. We had fun looking at the animals, art, hobby displays and watching some of the entertainment.  But of course since we were at the fair we had to let him try some “fair food”.  Pulled pork sliders in a cup, handmade corn dog, and a funnel cake.  Not a very healthy choice but it sure was good.Johann fairLater that day we went to Roy’s Hot Springs in Emmett Idaho for our Ashby Family reunion. We had a great time swimming and as always Johann was a great help with the kids and all the cousins adored him.
Family photo at swimming poolSwimming with the family

After swimming our whole family stopped at Sonic for half price shakes. It was 9pm and Johann was surprised that we would eat ice cream so late at night.  While we were in France all the meals were very scheduled, and there was NO SNACKING in between meals and a late night sugar run was not common.  Since he was eating like an american and eating a large shake so late, he also decided to give the foot long chili dog a try.  Which he was very impressed with …lol.Johann with ahis foot long hot dog

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Johann softballToday Johann went out the shooting range to shoot some real guns, they also went to a shooting simulator and did that for a few hours.  Lots of shooting today :)

Tonight we played softball again with our church, he did well but is still learning the rules.  He ran over 2nd base but did not keep his foot on the base, then was tagged out.  Little things like that make it hard, BUT by the end of the summer he should be a softball pro and able to teach it to all his friends back in France :). Johann softball

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johann gunsIt is not common to own a gun or even see a gun on France.  So today we took Johann to Sportsman’s Warehouse to see lots of guns, ammo and hunting equipment.  We had the cutest little gal behind the counter showing  him all kinds of guns and telling him all about the ammo.

On the way home we decided to get him a slushy at Sonic, he had never heard of them before.  In France many drinks are served at room temperature,  you have to ask for ice if you want it in your drink.  He also had never heard of a brain freeze, or ice cream headache.  He decided he wanted to try and get one…lol. SO he chugged his slushy as fast as he could, took a few minutes but finally got the dreaded “brain freeze headache” we laughed that he is becoming more American by the minute.johann coon skin hatsOur church youth group went to the lake to go boating. Johann was very excited about this.  He got to try and wake board for the first time ever, took him a few times to get the hang of it but once he got it down he had a blast.

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DSC_3172 aWe have a riding lawn mower to cut our grass since we have a large yard.  Johann had never seen one before, and became very excited when he found out that he could ride it to cut our grass.  Matt got a kick out of watching him cut the grass, you would have thought Johann was at the fair riding the newest ride. He had a blast and once he was done, he asked how often  we cut the grass so he could do it again.DSC_3178 a

For lunch we had ham sandwiches, grapes, chips and fresh made guacamole.  We were talking about the difference in meals between America and France.  He said the only time his family had sandwiches was if they travel, much different than here in the states where we have a sandwich a least a few times a week.

That night we played church softball and Johann got to play too, he played rather well for never playing before.  We also went to the park and played disk golf which is golf that you play with frisbees. DSC_3180 aBefore he came, he kept asking what he needed to bring.  My husband told him to bring a shovel so he could dig to China.  This was the photo my husband sent his parents today LOL.

 

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