Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Of course, I must share our "first day" pictures.
We trickled over the summer and had our annual Not-Back-to-School Celebration yesterday.
Today was our official start to the new school year.
Let me tell you--we have a PACKED schedule.
I'll share curriculum and all that one of these days.  I have about half of it in pictures already.
Anyway, without further ado--

Happy Schooling!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


We headed to the County Fair the following week.
The 4-H kids got wristbands for admission, under 5 is free of charge, and Mike rode in on the firetruck, so that left my admission.  I can handle that!

One of the highlights of this fair is always the hot air balloons.

Face painting.

A clown and playing in the kid's tent.

Staying cool.
(It was a humid, sticky night!)

Yeah, you know it!

Each of the kids got to pick one ride.
I'm pretty sure that this was the first time Jared and Travis went on a ride.  
Travis always backed out previous years, if my memory serves me correctly.
I could be wrong.
Either way, they both enjoyed the cars.
I rather view these things as a big waste of money, but seeing the smiles made it worth it.

As this ride started, Michael and Rian were non too sure that they liked it.
Afterwards, Rian said she loved it and Michael said to remind him not to go on it again! 

Carina playing it safe!

We went over for the fire truck judging contest and hung out there for a bit.

They won 1st place for the engine.
Prizes were a trophy and money.

Then we all stopped for some ice cream,

and that was enough for one year.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


The Garden Club  met mid-July to prepare for the county fair.
There were weeds to remove, ground to be raked, and a pizza garden to plan and plant as well as pepperoni to paint.

Over the summer, each child had a plant to take care of at home.

We brought those plants to the fairgrounds to set up.

The finished product.
If you look closely, the "pizza" is divided up into slices.  Some of the plants included tomatoes, parsley, basil etc.  All pizza related.

We ended by actually eating pizza!

Next stop, county fair.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015





Wednesday, July 22, 2015


VBS is in mid-swing!

Saturday, July 11, 2015


At the end of June, Mike's youngest brother got married.

We were "in charge of" games.


The girls handed out bubbles 
and Michael was the ring bearer.

Escorting out Great Grandma


Partial room.

Congratulations, Matt & Jen!


Michael turned 9 today!
Almost to the double digits!

Michael was recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease and we postponed his birthday party (which was scheduled for today) until he is back up to his normal self.
We gave him presents this morning..

and then as a treat, went out for brunch.
The day is still young, we will see what else it brings.
I know it will bring dirt dessert..and chicken drumsticks as requested, but other than that, we're laying low.

Happy Birthday Michael!
We love you and are so glad you are feeling better!