Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A deacon

Sunday was a special day for our Drew he turned 12 and choose to be set apart as a deacon in our church.I'm so proud of this kid. He's kind, loving, hardworking. He loves hockey and science and hates math and mashed potatoes. He's finally enjoying trying new things, but still thrives in structure and consistency. His favorite food is shrimp, he loves riding bikes, swimming, and has a weird thing about scabs. Last night while maddi went to a birthday party, I got to spend some time with just him, and I loved every second of it. He's easy to talk to, skimpy with his smiles, and always makes me laugh. Time had passed so quickly. It seems like I just carried him around on my hip yesterday, but I'm realizing his childhood is almost over. Every moment I have with him is a blessing, and I hope we always have a relationship of love, friendship, laughter, and respect.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Celebrate America

Here are a few pictures from the patriotic concert I got to sing in. It was an amazing experience, and allowed me to share the gratitude I carry in my heart for our country and the men and women who sacrifice themselves for my freedoms.

Friday, July 4, 2014

summer fun

So here's a quick recap of our summer so far... from my cell phone and in no particular order...
                                                           afternoon movies on the weekend
                                                       horse riding for Sean's 31st birthday

                                                 ballet camp with a Frozen theme

                                                         family bike rides
                                                    Uno and Concerts in the Park

movies and shopping
                                   art camp with painting, an Elsa makeover, and ice cream
                                                                       mother's day
                                        swimming.  They're both going underwater this year!

                                             Maddi learned how to ride her bike
                                                 So we've been on LOTS of bike rides.
                                                     drive-in movies under the stars

Thursday, July 3, 2014


We ended the homeschool year with a few Science labs.  We dissected a dogfish shark which Maddi really got into.   Her favorite part was seeing how the eyes look behind the lens.  We also swabbed a few icky places like Sam's water bowl and Drew's hockey skates  them transferred the contents of the swabs onto agar petri dishes.  Then we put them in a dark, damp place for a week.  After a week, we checked the results, and YIKES.  The kids loved it though, and I'm grateful to take the summer off!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

summer rush

This summer has had us running all over the place, so I have a lot of blog catching up to do, but I thought I'd take a moment to write down a special little something about these two kiddos. 
I've been doing a lot of volunteering lately.  I volunteered to sing in an Independence Day concert with the Military Band which was an awesome experience but took a lot of time practicing and memorizing music, and I volunteered at the local Scout day camp even though my little boy is too old to attend (He just turned 12! I'm really behind on posting!)  I'm not alone in my volunteering, Sean is always quick to help someone change a tire or mow their grass, but as a parent you always wonder if the good things you do go unnoticed by your kids.  I spend so much time carefully steering them in the right direction, but I wonder if the small things that make us who we are can be recognized by their growing little minds. 
So, the other day, I heard the front door opening and closing, cabinets banging, the wrestling of bags... very unsettling, messy sounds.  I went to check on them and to remind them that it is a million degrees outside and I might have a heat stroke if they continue to let the cold air out when I see Maddi giggling and pulling the door shut with her toes as she sneaks outside with an armful of garbage bags.  With my curiosity peaked, I gazed out the window unsure of what I'd find and saw my two little love bugs cleaning up a mess in our elderly neighbors yard.  No one asked them to, they just saw a need and went to help.  I love these two more than life.  I feel so blessed to know them, to learn from them, and to call them mine.  I hope they continue to find joy in service and through that joy and love, are able to live in gratitude and grow closer to God.  With their compassion and humility, the world is theirs to change.

Here are a few pictures of them trying out the archery station before camp started.  I would post pictures of the choir and them cleaning, but I've been a bit lazy with my camera lately.