Saturday, August 29, 2009

Playing in the Rain

For some time the kids had been asking to go to the dollar store so they could purchase their own umbrellas. We were able to do that last Friday, and on Saturday we woke to a soft rain and no thunder and lightening. God is good like that! Naturally, the kids headed out to test their umbrellas.

Little Red Wagon & Umbrellas

Abby in the Rain

Andrew in the Rain

Abby in the Rain

And bubbles are always fun when it's humid.

Andrew + Bubble

Friday, August 28, 2009

You Know It's Hot

at the pool when you see this

It's Hot

and this

Cooling Off

and Whoa! maybe it's time to go home

You Know It's Hot When...

These pictures were taken on the day The Pretzel King was crowned.

It was HOT that day. However, we did find other ways to cool off.

Abby @ Pool
Adam @ Pool

Maybe, just maybe, I'd taken one too many photos.

The Look

I was able to take 6 days of vacation to be at home with the kids before school started. We had lunch with some friends, did our school supply shopping, went to see a movie, played at the pool, went bowling and played some basketball. What a blessing to have some days off to enjoy time with the kids.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

And So It Begins

The First Day of 4th Grade
1st Day of 4th Grade

The First Day of Second Grade
First Day of 2nd Grade

The First Day of Kindergarten
First Day of Kindergarten
Thanks Grandma for the Dirt shirt. :)

And questions like this:

Abby: "Mommy, what was it like back in the day when you were in school?"

Me: "Pretty much like it is now."

Adam: "Oh, you had all of these cool things?"

Me: "Okay, not so much like it is now." Geez. No Smart Boards or anything like that Back in the Day.

Adam: "Well, you had those cool phones back in the day. You know the ones with a wire connected to it?"

Me: "Right, the wire." I won't even go into how he proceeded to explain that the phones we used Back in the Day were the kind where you talked into the mouth piece which you held in your hand and the part you dialed looked sort of like a triangle.

How old do they think I am anyway?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Major Breakthrough

Major breakthrough at our house this weekend. Adam was able to cut the grass by himself. Yay for Adam! Yay for me!!!

Adam Mows

Adam Mows

Friday, August 21, 2009

Nothing is Impossible

Zinnia 3
For with God, nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Pretzel King Has Big Guns

The kids came home from their summer travels Sunday evening. A special meal was requested...Tyson chicken strips, macaroni & cheese and green beans. It was further requested that this meal be followed by a movie and popcorn. That I could handle. It was nice to have everyone at home and around the dinner table (such that it was). It was even nicer to snuggle into the love seat with all 3 kids to eat popcorn and watch a movie. Monday was spent shopping for school supplies and lunch with a good friend and her son. Tuesday we puttered around the house in the morning and went to see G-Force in the afternoon. It's been incredibly hot here so it was a relief to sit in a dark theatre and wear sweaters and jackets. Does anyone else wonder why they have to keep it just a few degrees above freezing in those places? My goodness. It doesn't seem very cost effective, does it?

Today we headed to the pool to keep cool. Adam declared himself the Pretzel King. The Pretzel King with Big Guns.

Pretzel King
Pretzel King Has Big Guns
Big Guns

Yet another use for the noodle.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


The theme at I Heart Faces this week is Bubbles. This is an image of Abby I took earlier this summer where the Bubble is the focus.


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Friday, August 14, 2009


...all things were created by Him, and for Him.  Colossians 1:16
"...all things were created by Him, and for Him. Colossians 1:16

After 'talking' with one of WPT's contributors, I'm linking up with this reflection image. This was taken as the sun was beginning to set on a recent evening at the beach.

Settings were as follows:

Canon Rebel XSi
Aperture Priority
Lens: 55-250 f/4-5.6IS
Focal Length: 55mm
ISO: 100

I'm really wanting to learn more, so any constructive criticism is welcome. And, Cindy M., I'm looking forward to learning lots of great things from you!

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we picture {this}

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


<Joy is not in things, it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner
Joy is not in things, it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner

I spent a few days at the beach, and it was joyful.

The kids continue to be away, but will return this Sunday. I can't wait. They've been away too long this summer.

Monday, August 3, 2009



Call upon me and I will answer thee and show you great and mighty things you cannot even imagine. Jeremiah 33:3