Thursday, July 20, 2017


I always go into summer thinking it will be more relaxing and low key than the school year.
Especially this summer after a pretty crazy school year, I've been looking forward to slower days.
I guess I have to keep on looking.
Is it just me or did July just fly by?  

Between library events, family events, vbs x2 and 4-H--we've had a really full plate!  Plus add into that all the meet-ups/playdates that we can't do during the school year!  All these things are good things but whew! I'm hoping August will not be so jam packed.  I know fair week will be busy--but I'm aiming to keep it more low key next month.  I'm hoping the kids will have TIME to get bored! I also need to get our school year in order and get my co-op classes prepped! Eek!  I'm not ready for all that yet!

Anyway, I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


This year our VBS was in the evening!
A first for us, but hopefully not the last time!
It was shorter and certainly went by faster--BUT there was no time for the kids to be bored and we did manage to fit it all in.  I also talked to several of the parents at the end of the week to kind of gauge how they felt about evening versus morning and it was an overwhelmingly positive response!

The fact that we also provided dinner for all the attendees could also have contributed to that! ;)

I helped with the pre-k group again.  It is always the largest group and requires the most people.

Pretending to be Goliath!

Craft time!


Silly girls waiting to greet people

Another day of crafts--shields!


Our monster vehicle came in handy for VBS week.  I took some of our neighbor/friends with us every day and then added some cousins to the mix!  We were almost to the max!  A smaller vehicle would just not have worked.

Closing program!!  Family BBQ, followed by performance and then ice cream!!

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It is too bad a LOT of kids were not present for the closing program, due to leaving for vacations etc.
It worked out though and the kids in attendance did a great job!

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Until next year's program!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Our eldest Rosebud turned 11 this month!
Due to the busy-ness of July, we decided to celebrate with family on the 4th of July.

Cake..(5+6=11..don't judge, that is what we had)

We did picnic-style with swimming and games.

Later on, everyone was invited to join us for local fireworks.  
Most people went home, but a few did come along.


And fireworks!

On his actual birthday, we did the usual birthday menu request but for breakfast.
VBS fell during birthday week and we had an evening VBS this year-- per his request, he wanted to go to VBS on his birthday rather than missing a day.  So we did birthday dinner on Sunday evening instead.  He had to wait all day to open gifts until Dad got home.

I guess it was worth the wait.
Lego tape!

New filaments for his 3-d pen

Happy Birthday, MJ!
We love you !