Wednesday, August 24, 2016


A few weeks ago, I received an email from a local co-op that one of the area churches was holding a week-long drama camp.

I signed up the girls right away.

Last week, they went. 6 hours a day for 5 days.  The LOVED it.
Friday concluded the program with a short performance.
A dance, a song, and a skit.

The skit was written by the young people running the program after they had met all the participants.
So, each person had a character written especially for them.

Missy was little "Red" Riding Hood.

Bean was Cinderella, with the smallest feet in the kingdom.

Group Shot

Group Shot #2

They are already looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


MJ turned 10 in July.  
We told him that instead of having a big party, he could choose a couple of friends and do an outing.
First he wanted to go rafting, however we ran into issues with that since every place we looked into wanted 4 adults along.  So, as an alternate activity he chose a go-karting/paintballing/mini-golf combo at a place in PA.  We also invited four boys to sleepover, camping style and swim.
Unfortunately, none of the dates we offered worked for one of the boys.  So, we had three boys over one night for swimming and a campfire dinner.  

One had to go home that night.
So, we were down to MJ and two friends camping out and going for the activity the next day.
After a pancake and bacon breakfast, they headed out.

Lunch after the festivities.

MJ enjoyed himself.  I hope the other boys did as well.
Our new tradition for the 10th birthday.

Monday, August 22, 2016


The fair, as I mentioned in a previous post, was much more eventful for us this year.
Rather than going just one time, we were there several times.  Mike and Michael went a couple times to work the archery booth as well.  Michael was in two competitions.

Face painting by the FFA (if I remember correctly)

Tractor rides in the kid's corral

Hiding from the sun during a competition with friends.

Partial group shot of the 4-H club.

Pottery in the Kid's tent

J loves tractors.

After competition shot.

MJ won second place in his bracket.


It was hot and sticky but everyone had fun.
We may have two archers for next year's fair..we will see.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


As a 4-H member, fair time holds a bit more meaning and work!

The girls are still in the garden club, so we went to the fairgrounds earlier this week to  prepare the area for our club.

The kids did a great job,especially in the heat.

The very next day, we had to go back to set up for MJ's club, and it required significantly more work and time. And once again, heat.

We were pretty busy, so I didn't get too many good shots.
I'll have to take some when we go back this week of the finished product.

MJ is also in some competitions and is "working" at the fair as well in the coming week.
It is a whole new world.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


"Good friends are like stars.  You don't always see them, but you know they're always there."

Earlier this week, we hit the lake with two of my friends from high school and their kids.
It is so nice to see the bonds that they make that in turn just reinforce our bonds.

The two that refused to join the group picture.

We get so caught up in our own lives sometimes that friends sometimes slip by the wayside, but it is so true that:
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I'm thankful for my friends, near and far and pray that my children will make wise choices in their friends.

EGYPT 2016

We had our VBS two weeks ago.  
The theme was Egypt and focused on the story of Joseph.

I led one of the Pre-K/K classes for the week.
Here are a few shots from our time together.

And making Mummies.

I told him to "smile."

Joseph dressed for the occasion every day to teach the Bible lessons.
The children learned through the various stories of Joseph how God gives us wisdom, special abilities, hope, family, and forgiveness.

Snack time one day included making pyramids with our snack.

Another day of games.

Thursday was water day..and it was the perfect day for it--HOT.

Silly cousins.

Music for the 1-2 group


Closing program and showing off some of the crafty things they made during the week.

Oh, hey--I just saw that that is the back of my head blocking half the kids.

Anyway, the kids had a great time.
We were all exhausted by the time the week was over.
Till next year!