Thursday, June 29, 2017


One of the benefits of being a part of a co-op, is getting some serious discounts on different attractions.  We jumped on the opportunity to go on the year-end trip to The Land of Make Believe!

A lot of these pictures are not mine.  I can take no credit for more than half.
This year was the first  year I haven't had to lug a stroller or diaper bag and all that paraphernalia. I was able to actually go on some of the rides with the kids.  Unfortunately, part of the water park section was not open, but everyone had fun anyway.  

We had the park to ourselves for a couple of hours.  I think maybe some of the groups cancelled due to a threat of rain, but it turned out to be a really nice day.  Later on, several groups came, but even so--it was not over crowded and THAT was really nice.  

Boogie and his cousin were buddies for the day.

Bubba there surprised me with enjoying ALL the rides!

We pretty much did the "dry side," ate lunch and then spent the rest of the time in the water section.
I stayed with the ones that were not allowed on the big water slides and my sister took the big kids on the slides..over and over and over again!  ;)

We finished up with the train and hayride before everyone was herded out of the park.
They were serious about closing time.

I hope we can do it again next year!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Softball ended earlier this month with dinner at the park and a parent versus player softball game.
Oh yeah, awards too.

Coach  made up special awards for the girls, including something like "The Speedy Award,"  "The Strong Arm Award," "The Most Improved Award," and such..focusing on a strength or skill each girl had or worked on during the season.  

Missy received "Slugger of the Year."

They got a certificate, cookie decorated like a softball, and a trophy.  A nice added touch was an actual softball for each girl to keep signed by all the teammates.  

After dinner and awards, it was parents/siblings versus the team for a couple of innings.

It was actually a really nice way to end the season, plus the weather was nice.

There was a playground right there for those too young to play as well.

The girls were a bit outnumbered, but it was all in good fun!
Good job this season!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Don't they look thrilled to be learning new things?

Monday, June 26, 2017


A friend and I made plans to meet up for a late afternoon hike and picnic dinner recently.
We agreed to meet somewhere in the middle.
It was a nightmare to get to due to road closures and bad direction.  I was ready to give up and go home but we finally (!!) arrived and it was all worth it.
The park is beautiful!

We took a short hike, along the stream for a bit.
I believe there are longer trails in the park, but with little legs, this length was perfect.

Big leaves!

A small pond for fishing

Kids, water, and a summer day...
it is inevitable.

They had fun exploring the little area.

This guy liked throwing rocks into the water.

After our dinner, the little kids played on the playground while the big kids explored in the water.

Froglet. ;)

Gathering before goodbye.

Always nice to get together!

Until next time!

Saturday, June 24, 2017


We are definitely on our summer schedule.
A much lighter school load and lots of activities.
I have a bunch of posts due, but here is just a glimpse into what has been going on..

firepit..inevitably leads to smores.

Pool is open..just not company ready.
A few things still have to be taken care of for the sake of safety.

Annual end of co-op field trip!

Park meet-ups with friends..even in the drizzling rain.

So much outdoor play makes one tired!

Hiking and picnicking with friends!

Summer Reading Kick-off party and festivities..

And just some good "ole' fashioned fun."

I'll try to get on here soon to get more in depth.
Happy Summer!