Monday, August 25, 2014

We're All Back!

Back to school, that is.
So the kids left for school...
and then turned around and came right back.
Yes...the littles still think this is funny.
The older boys are now embarrassed at mom's ploy to get memories on the blog.
"Mom.  The neighbors are staring at us!" 
 Jenna is in 2nd/3rd grade this year.  Combining a couple subjects with Charlie helps manage teaching time for mom!  Jenna will have math, grammar, reading, science, history, spelling, music, art, piano, and soccer.  She's also looking forward to her Daddy/Daughter trip coming up very soon!
Char is our 3rd grader.  He will have math, grammar, reading, history, science, music (on the recorder...oh, my ears), art, speech/writing, spelling, piano, and soccer.
 Welcome to 7th grade, Amarin!  He will "enjoy" grammar, reading, history, anatomy, band, speech/writing, math, spelling, literature, piano, drums, and soccer.  Don't tell him, but a Thai language program is coming soon!  He has been asking, but Thai is so hard to find!
 It's his junior year!  He's not overly thrilled with having to take chemistry, algebra 2, or speech/writing.  But, he needs to, along with band, orchestra, industrial arts, German 3, grammar, economics, piano, bass guitar, drums, and soccer.  He's also starting to teach piano at our home.  Of course, this all gets shuffled a bit since he has to continue cutting grass for the next month or so.  What is he most excited about?  Drivers ed next year! Ahhhhh!!!!!!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After-school Buddies

 Hanging out together after school.
So thankful we have Gus.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

My Fourth Grader

Laura started fourth grade today.  She's growing up so fast!
She laughed as she climbed up the steps to get on her bus.
I know she was happy to get back to school!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

As the summer winds down...

...we find ourselves enjoying just a few more lazy days of summer.
Today feels like fall...warm, dry, and a strong breeze.
School starts for Laura this Friday, and for the rest of the kids, in less than two weeks.
 
The kids are taking over meals again.  Amarin and Charlie made Mexican lasagna, with corn-on-the-cob.

 Icecream treats with Dad!
 Jacob loves reading, and Laura finds it all quite amusing.
 Jenna had a soccer evaluation since this will be her first year playing.  She did great, and thankfully, we remembered to remove her glasses as she got hit right in the face with the ball.  No tears!
 Laura and Gus are enjoying their last few full days together.  Laura heads back to school Friday, so Gus will be missing her!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

More Beach Time

 Another day of beautiful weather...warm enough to play at the beach, but not so hot that we cooked.
Char found his relaxing place.
Jenna was busy for hours building in the sand.
 Laura was happy as long as she was near the water.
 Amarin built the city of Ninevah.
 He even added Jonah sitting in the shade.
Amarin loves to fish, but didn't get a bite! 
 Skipping stones, throwing rocks...
 And celebrating Laura's birthday again with our family.
We even squeezed in some time to buy new school supplies, and found Jacob his new Study Bible he had been wanting.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Summer Vacation

I don't think there are cleaner, larger, or more beautiful fresh-water lakes in the world.
The Great Lakes surrounding Michigan are all that.  Living away from them makes us appreciate them even more.  So this summer, we decided to spend our vacation near the lakes, and near family. 
 
We left very, very early Saturday morning.  Laura assumed her regular sleeping-travel pose. 
We were at the cabin less than one hour, and they were already in the water.  Temps were in the high 60s...brrrr... 
My favorite time of the day?  My quiet, early morning time with my Bible and coffee, listening to the waves, and watching the freighters.
 Early travel mornings and swimming make for tired kids...even the teenager.  The bright sunrise couldn't stir this kid! 
 Breakfast outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. 
 In no time, they were back in the water swimming, collecting shells and rocks, and playing in the sand.


 That night, Amarin chose BW2s for dinner for his Gotcha Day.  5 years with us!  He chose THE spiciest sauce they offered.  Someone's mouth was pretty "on-fire!"
 While at dinner, a huge storm blew through the area.  Boats were damaged, docks were destroyed, and the waves were huge!  The north wind blew hard, and made for a cool Monday.  We took the kids to a local village to shop, and then to the longest suspension bridge in Michigan.  They thought it was a hoot to run and swing across the bridge.  I decided to stay put at the end with Laura!
Then off to visit family, and snuggle in the warm house.
 Later, well...Laura tried to get in some more swim time.  Sorry...no water, Laura.

It's always good to see "old" friends again.  These gals visited with their kids.  We had such a fun time catching up, and chatting like time hadn't passed at all.
 Jacob and his friends...so goofy!
Hot dog roast over the bonfire!
 And icecream cones for our friend's 12th birthday. 
 It's a great start to our vacation!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Catching Up

 Computers.  It's a love/hate relationship.
I couldn't get on my blog, and it kept telling me to get permission from the blog administrator.
I AM the administrator.
So, using a different search engine, I got access again.
Then I couldn't access my photos.
Ugh.
Nevertheless...I am back on and catching up...just for Uncle Jim!
:)
Father's Day in Michigan. Love the Great Lakes.
 Gus is still Laura's faithful friend.
 We celebrated our 20th anniversary on June 24th.
Four kids are now in glasses.  Glad we could make the eye drs. payment on his new car.

 We celebrated the 4th of July with friends.
 Laura's hair reached a length for donation.  Before...
 ...and after 6 inches were cut. 
 Laura turned 10 on July 19th.
 Her favorite present was her new pool.
 The kids are loving their slip-n-slide.  It has been such a beautiful summer.
Jacob went to Camp CoBeAc with the teens from our church.
Needless to say, they had a great time, and were exhausted on the ride home.
 Welcome home!!
Our friends have a pond and invited us over to swim.
Charlie had a blast on the rope swing, flying into the pond!
Those are the highlights, and hopefully I will be posting more often with a working blog site!