Friday, August 8, 2014


Ack!! I left this young chap at camp almost a week ago and get to go see him today!  I keep thinking about the quote that says once you have a child you forever walk around with your heart on the outside of your body.  I think a little bit of my heart is at Kanakuk this week, it's just not the same without this booger around.  I wish my body could be there too - jumping on the blob and hanging in the lake all week!

Dang  - he's just so big and so little at the same time.  I am so thankful for Kanakuk and all the people there that are making this an incredible, unforgettable week for Wesley. AND for showing him what men and women of Godly character look like and act like - and teaching him a little more about HIM.  Priceless. 

I can't wait to hug this guy's neck and hear all about his week! I am SO going to embarrass him in front of all his new friends!!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014


A few weeks ago my parents took the kids fishing.  It's on their bucket list and something that I just don't want to do.  Maybe if it was one on one - but the idea of all those hooks flying around and lines getting tangled . . . and then IF they actually catch a fish I would have to touch it! No thanks. So - a big thanks to Bubba and Yaya for picking up the slack and doing it . . . 

and they got a bonus time at the park with their cousin - woohoo!!!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

demo derby

Awhile back we decided to hit the fair.  We only had a little bit of time but squeaked in a few rides:

The main reason we went was the demolition derby - I hadn't been to one in such a long time and thought the kids would think it's fun. Wouldn't it be fun to get an old car and paint it all wacky and go crashing around until your car just couldn't hang anymore? Or better yet - go crashing around and destroy all competitors and WIN!! Sounds fun to me!

Such a fun night with my goofballs!
 (and my parents - but don't let them fool you, they are plenty goofy too)
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Friday, July 18, 2014

colorado, pt. 2

We spent a couple of additional days in Colorado Springs doing our own thing - the kids are getting a whole lot more fun to travel with. There was a bit of fighting, etc. - but no more than at home - and overall they were really fun to hang out with.

We went and played at Focus on the Family - we are BIG fans of Adventures in Odyssey so the kids had a lot of fun seeing all the characters and playing at Whit's End:

And of course we had to spend some time hiking - I only have pictures from one of our hikes, but it was a lot of fun. I may have done a little too good of a job training the kids to stop and take pictures - there was a whole lot of posing and they all wanted turns. Wesley's latest thing is to flash peace signs every chance he gets.  I will spare you all of them, but trust me when I say I have a least 10x the amt. of these pictures:

Then we decided to eat at Joe's - the kids haven't ever been to one and thought the bibs were hilarious:

and also Waffle House - one of our favs. Best greasy breakfast ever - and killer hashbrowns. Whenever we are out of town we try to hit one up:

 We took a tour of the Olympic Training Center too - some of it was a little over the kids' heads, but overall they liked it - and maybe even learned a thing or two along the way:

Fun times! I love Colorado and love these people!!
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

colorado springs, pt. 1

Last month we made a trip out to Colorado Springs for a few days - the first few days we spent with some of our friends that live out there. It's always fun to chat and catch up with them. I love how we can pick back up right where we left off, and so far the kids seem to be able to do the same as well - they just hop right into the business of playing!

One of the mornings we went down to a penny arcade in Manitou Springs - it's super cute with tons and tons of games.  Very few which are actually a penny to play - but fun none-the-less:

And this girl hit the jackpot and got over 700 tickets. She was so cute to watch at they just kept coming and coming and coming - woohoo!!!!

We also went to this fabulous park with a fun sculpture fountain the kids ran around in. It was so gorgeous and warm out - hard to top it.

I usually get a group shot of our two families and completely forgot!! Oh well - next time!! Thanks for the good times, my friends.
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Monday, July 14, 2014


In June our church put on a week of Daycamp and VBS - my dad and I co-led a group of 3rd grade boys (including Wesley). It was a blast! It's amazing how attached you get to the kids after a week of craziness. I'm used to teaching 3 and 4 year olds so the jump to 3rd grade was a bit of an adjustment - but I'm so glad I did it! What better way to spend time with your kids? The days involved tons of wacky, and a lot of Jesus. I teared up almost every day watching them worship together - it's a beautiful thing!

And one token picture of Shep at VBS in case you think he got left out. I didn't get to see much of what he was up to - but I know he had a blast with his friends!

Until next year . . . 
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