Jun 8, 2017

End of School Year/Beginning of Summer

Spring Observations:
As our school year ended, I found myself excited to switch things up in our home and daily routine.  I think that is a normal feeling for me this time of year.  So the DAY after we ended school, we rearranged!  We made some bookshelves.  We switched the older girls' room with the craft/music room.  Moving kids downstairs was a big move!  We even did it while Daddy was away.  With an enticing vision, kids can lift a lot!  With the encouragement of my husband, I also wanted to change some habits in the Word and prayer this summer.  So I put together a study/prayer journal and it has been very refreshing for my heart to be putting forth some more thought and effort into those areas.
Helping the Jaynes plant their oak tree.
This time of year, we try to seize all the opportunities we have to be out in natural settings.
 Hanging with Rod's family and friends at Tuttle Creek:
 Camping at KOA Camp in Lawrence with the Sapps:
Malia learned some tricks from this outdoor survival guide for kids.  She and Josie thoroughly enjoyed learning to use a compass, making solar stills, identifying poison ivy, and starting a fire!
Meyer Reunion in Benton: 
Out to Wildcat Park with Daddy for lunch: 
Pillsbury Crossing with friends: 
 Malia and Jo went to 4-H Camp this year for the first time and had a blast!  This was the Sunday before they left at church, already dreaming about "camp". :)

Apr 20, 2017

Marbles, Easter, and Tree Roots.

 April is already over half gone.  Oh what a glorious month.  So much outside time to play, observe and learn.  I am amazed at the breadth of science happening in our own backyard...
 ...and around town.
Our most recent nature journal time with friends was at the Cecil Birding Trail.  We did not see many birds, but the kids did stumble upon this tree with washed out roots.  
 Their fort with a slide entrance.

 I spent Easter at home with a sick Aliza, but the other kids had a great morning, other than the fact that I made them wear dresses. :)

This amazing young girl turned 9 the next morning.  Nate and I had a blast making her gift of a homemade marbles game board, made to match the one my Dad made for our family, and that also served as the template for the one my brother made for his family.  Keeping the tradition alive!
 We took some dear friends to Tuttle Creek park...
 to paint...
...and grill out.
 Then home for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with chocolate chips and marshmallows on top.
 And post cake was a late night viewing of Star Wars Episode 1.
We are so very thankful for this sweet bunch of kids that celebrated Josie with us!

Mar 28, 2017

Summit and other happenings...

 Birthday dinner for Angie and I with dear friends!  We love Happy Valley. :)
The girls' friend wrote a play and the kids were able to practice lines, put together costumes and props, reserve a stage, add music (Malia), and perform their show in the middle of tornadic weather.
Dez's birthday!
 Painting the gorgeous "worm moon" we had a few weeks ago.
And what is becoming our annual trip to Summit!  This year, Aliza and Ezra came along.  They did awesome, I can't believe how well the trip there and back went.  It totally helped to have Nate's parents caravaning with us. 
Nate's birthday.
The ride home involved an accident and the 8th seat in our new van (Clifford :) getting used.
No one was hurt, our friends van was totaled (which has a happy thing), and the everyone traveled great even considering the full vehicles.
 Summit was a sweet time of connecting with God, friends, and students.  We are grateful for the opportunity to go!