Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Staycation - Day 4


When we decided several months ago to do a stay-cation, I made a list of 14 or 15 different things we could do.  Then, we sat down as a family and voted.  Everyone was allowed to choose five and then the five with the most votes were the ones we did.  Because it needed to be done, I just happened to throw 'paint the porch' on the list.  I never thought it would be chosen.  I can assure you ... Aaron and I did not vote for it.  It not only was chosen, but was one of the top choices.   

Now ...  on with Day 4

We painted the front porch.   

Painting the Porch


We also went and picked out a few things to decorate the front porch.  We let the kids choose.  We let them help pick out a new light fixture as well.   Aaron will get the new light up at a later date, and then I'll take pictures of the final product.

Then, for supper tonight we had ice cream sundaes!  The kids loved it!  They asked if we could do it every week and we said no.  Then, they asked for once a month and we said no.  Finally, we agreed upon once a year.   We had a wide variety of toppings and ate until we could eat no more.



We finished the night with a fun game!

Staycation - Days 2 & 3

Day 2 of our staycation we visited the town of Shipshewana.  We went to the Menno-hof museum, which describes the history of the Mennonites and Amish.   Although it was a guided tour and geared toward adults, the kids did very well and really enjoyed it.



Then we had JoJo's pretzels for lunch.

Then, we visited some shops.  We concluded the day by visiting the cheese house and buying some cheese for supper.   The bacon cheese was a favorite!

Day 3, we drove to the dunes.  We spent several hours at the beach.  Then we found a picnic area that had a playground and ate and played.   I think my kids are the only kids in the world who are more excited about a playground than anything else, LOL.   I think we could have just traveled to a different playground every day and they would have been happy.   


Then, we did some hiking.   All of us climbed to the peak of the third highest dune.  Aaron, Rachel and Caleb continued on the trail to the peak of the second highest dune.  I took an easier trail back with the rest of the kids, where we hung out at the nature center while waiting for the trailblazers to return.

The kids have all agreed that they are having a lot of fun!  I guess thats all that matters.

Wordless Wednesday - Who needs a teething ring?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Staycation - Day 1

We decided to take a staycation this year.  We're going on a bigger vacation with Aaron's side of the family later in the summer, but we still wanted to do something with just the 8 of us.    We're going to spend the next five days doing various day excursions ... and ending the day by sleeping in our own beds!

Today, we started the day with cartoons in Mom and Dad's bed.  All of us (except Alex, who I had just gotten back to sleep) squeezed into our bed and enjoyed a few shows.  Sundays are usually crazy at our house, so it was nice to just be able to relax.

Then, we went out for brunch.

Breakfast at IHOP.

I wanted to take a picture of the kids at a rose garden (I know ...  it's probably too late for most of the roses) and Aaron said he knew just where it was.   He didn't.   So, we skipped  that part of our day and may be able to do it later in the week.

I did get a great shot of all six of them, though!

Then, we played some frisbee golf.   We are not any good, but most of us had a lot of fun.   We didn't do the whole course because Sarah and Alex were not happy.

Frisbee Golf

Then we played at the playground.

We got ice cream on our way home, then spent the afternoon relaxing at home.  Tonight we're going to see Cars 2 at the drive-in theater.  None of us have ever been to a drive-in ... we're hoping it's as fun as it seems!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Things that are making me smile ...

  • Every time we leave the house, Sarah says, "Bye, House!!"
  • Sarah is asking several times a day, "Can I hold him?" while holding her hands in her lap.
Can I hold him?
Then, she is so proud as she holds him ... of course he is almost as big as she is!

  • My biggest and my littlest snuggling together


  • Big Sister Hugs

  • Glimpsing out into the house from the nursery as I nurse the baby ... and remembering that this didn't even exist a year ago.

  • Doing a little decorating around the house.



What's making you smile??

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    i ♥ Faces - Let's Hear It For the Boys

    My boys.  Two big.  One Little.  Two perfectly posed.  One teething.


    Sunday, June 19, 2011

    Five Months Old

    I learned to roll over

    I love to laugh

    I grab at anything within my reach

    I squeal with delight

    I like Dad as much as I like Mom


    I love to have people talk to me

    I love playing in my exersaucer

    I scoot around the house in my walker

    I pull my pacifier out of my mouth ... and then get mad

    I spend most of my floor time on my tummy

    I'm only waking up once or twice a night

    I still eat every two and a half to three hours

    I'm happy most of the time

    I love playing with toys

    I am well loved by everyone in my house

    I weigh 16 lbs. 2 oz.


    Week in Review - Summer Vacation

    Only 4 weeks of Summer Vacation left!!  It's flying by.

    For some reason, I didn't get a lot of pictures this week.   Alex had a rough week this week, although he was much better last night.   I feel like I didn't get anything done this week ... and yet it felt like a whirlwind!
    "Three little pups sing, 'woof'".

    • Sunday afternoon we enjoyed lunch with Aaron's friend and mentor.   It was great to enjoy some time with him before he heads back to Texas next month.
    • Caleb went to camp this week.  We dropped him off Monday (and I forgot my camera) and picked him up this morning.  Not having Caleb here made for less fighting, but also a lot less help.
    • Aaron took the other four kids to our local state park to swim Tuesday afternoon.  I stayed home so I could rest.  Alex screamed the whole time they were gone!
    • Aaron stopped by Turtle Days and bought me an enormous elephant ear on Wednesday evening.  I'm not a big fan of fairs and festivals ... but I love elephant ears and funnel cakes!
    • Josiah and Aaron went to see Super 8 Wednesday night.   The girls and I stayed home and watched Emma.  
    • Thursday I wasted over an hour at the doctor's office.  I just needed a little blood draw, but the nurse couldn't hit a vein.  After being poked and prodded, I left feeling sore and bruised without any blood being drawn.
    • Thursday night Joe went to his 4H meeting with friends (Thanks George!!!  Saved me from having to drag 4 kids).  Then he and Aaron went to a concert of a local band.   They both really enjoyed it!
    • Friday I drove into Fort Wayne to the hospital to get my blood drawn.  It literally took the phlebotomist 30 seconds.   Not sure what the nurses problem was on Thursday.
    • Aaron cooked steaks on the grill for supper Friday night!!!  Yummy!
    • Aaron and I enjoyed a "Date night" at home Friday night.  We watched King's Speech.  It was excellent!
    • Saturday we picked Caleb up from camp.  Then, we enjoyed a beautiful wedding in the afternoon ...  congratulations, Kara and Nick!!
    • Saturday evening, Aaron and the kids were in our town's parade.  Alex and I enjoyed watching from the sidelines
    Alex slept  through the whole parade.


    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    Ten on Ten

    Ten Pictures ... on Ten Consecutive Hours ... on the Tenth.






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