Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fourth of July Activitites

On July 4, we decided to take a drive.  We figured the best place to visit on Independance Day is Lady Liberty herself.  We loaded up the van and drove .  

The kids all gathered around the base of Lady Liberty for a photo op.  For some reason, I thought she would be much taller and surrounded by water not fields :)

We also drove some of the country roads and the kids had their first near death experience (or at least they think they had a near death experience).  We had had a lot of rain the previous week, but we were driving down a gravel road that was safe -- until the gravel turned into what looked like a dry clay road.  Well, the dirt and clay was not the least bit dry as J.A. surfed and pushed the van through.  At one point we were stuck and trying to figure out how we would get out (the particular location had no cell phone reception).  However, J.A. the master pilot was able to baby the van until she cooperated and we finally arrived back on almost dry ground. 
We drove straight home to pick up some coins for the car wash.  We did not want the clay to stick like cement to the van.

At home, Ezekiel decided he wanted to be supper, so he climbed into the roaster and continued to try to turn it on (he neglected to notice that it was not plugged in).  

This is not yet the end of our Fourth of July adventures, but I will save the rest for another post.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Backyard Campout

All summer we have been trying to have a backyard campout in preparation to actually take the kids camping.  However, everytime we would have an opportunity to set up the tent and campout, I would take a look at the weather forcast and discover -- Thunderstorms coming our way.  Thus, the campout continued to be postponed.  Monday afternoon JA set up the tent.
We planned to camp out Monday night, but since the kids had spent most of Monday outside, by six o'clock they were grumpy and tired, so we decided it would be better to wait to campout Tuesday night after having a good day of rest (I think this may have been a mistaken judgement). 
As you can see Ezekiel thoroughly enjoyed his s'mores.
Kara, Lydia, and Andy roasted all the marshmellows for the s'mores.      

Tuesday came and the kids rested, and spent the day inside (so as not to destroy the tent while they played outside).  After nap time, we ate dinner and then daddy fixed a campfire so we could roast marshmellows and enjoy s'mores.
 After enjoying our s'mores we got everyone ready for bed, and then descended upon the tent.  Even Ezekiel was excited to get to sleep in the tent.  It took quite a while, but we finally all fell asleep shortly after midnight.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Child's Pizza Kit Giveaway

Check out In the Kitchen with Audrey.  This blog is a great blog to follow if you have young kids.  Can you imagine cooking on a daily basis with your two year old?  I certainly can't (of course that may have to do with the number of kids I have). 

Currently, you can become of follower of In the Kitchen with Audrey either through facebook or through signing up as a follower on her blog and win this great kids in the kitchen set.

I know I would love to win this for a Christmas present for one of my girls.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Fourth of July

This year for the Fourth of July, we had a church service in the park.  We rented out the town windmill (I can't believe I don't have a picture of it), and held services inside.  The day was very wet and rainy, so we were thankful for the shelter to keep us dry.  Thankfully, the day was nice and cool so we were able to comfortably enjoy the service.  We were excited to have Kayla (the girl wearing the glasses), her father, and a friend of his attended our services.

We had a wonderful morning of worshiping the Lord and hearing about True Liberty in Christ Jesus.  After the service we enjoyed a dinner together.  I enjoy services like these where we are forced to step back from our traditional Sunday habits and forced to focus on our reason for meeting -- To worship our King together, and to edify each other.  It was also a great opportunity to reach out to the community for those who would not normally attend church.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Delinquint Blogger

I have neglected to update this blog for the last two months.  I can give the excuse of spending the first part of the summer sick to my stomach, and the second part trying to get my house back in order after being sick.  However, those are simply excuses.  I will attempt to get my blog caught up and have some great things to update on (the least of which is my failure of a garden). 

The kids are growing quickly, and have been a great help this summer.  We have been busy establishing family jobs, and trying to grow closer together as a family.

We attended my sister's beautiful wedding.
More pictures here

We also attended T-ball games for three of the kids this summer.
More pictures here