Sunday, June 24, 2012

I Hope They Call (My Sister) on a Mission

Emily received her call.  We knew it was coming in the mail sometime this week, so we made preparations for a letter opening party. 

My sisters came over and made cake balls on Tuesday.  Andrew loved helping mash up the cake, raspberries, and frosting.   Rachel and Emily painted the continents in green, after we had dipped them in blue.  (The store didn't have blue, so we tried to dye it blue...using liquid drops!  Oops!  That is why the blue oceans look so wave-like).

We made a fun banner together, too.  What is a party without cake and decorations?

We waited and waited. Finally the letter arrived Friday afternoon.  We headed over to Nana and Papa's house.  Everyone made guesses of where we thought she was going. 

No one was correct!!!

Emily, we are so very proud of you.  You will be an amazing missionary.  Although I selfishly have to admit, it will be a very long 18 months without you.  We will miss you like crazy.  However, it reminds me of a quote a friend of mine has in her home.  "Missionaries leave their families for (18 months), so that others may have their families for eternity." 

Summer Bucket List-Week 3

Another super fun summer break week at our house!  We got a few bucket list items checked off, and a couple of fun things NOT on our list. 

First, we CELEBRATED THE BIRTHDAY OF THE MOST AMAZING 20 YEAR OLD I know! Happy Birthday, Rachel!!  The kiddos and I met the Krueger Fam at Burger King for lunch.  That night the grown-ups went alone to Melting Pot. 


Our family is participating in a book exchange program.  It is kind of like being pen pals.  We send a book and several activities to go with the book in the mail to another family, and they send one to us.  We finished ours up this week and mailed it off!  Hope they love it.  We shared one of our favorite books, Spoon.  We included lots of spoon activities: marshmallow spoon catapults, spoon puppet theater, pudding and spoons, and chopsticks for cotton ball relays (because there are chopsticks in the story, too).  Can't wait to see which book they send us!


We went with our cousins to the butterfly farm. It was a lot of fun....for everyone but Molly.  Molly is not fond of bugs.  Even beautiful ones that fly.  No, she is terrified of them.  So, when it was time to go into the butterfly house, she played with some friends of ours who happened to show up the same day, too.  (Thanks, Kim).  As soon as we drove up, she remembered the place from a year ago (she was only 2 then).  "I am going to pway wif da Pwincess ball!"  Somehow she remembered there was a princess ball there.  She ran right over, dug to the bottom of the box, and found it. 

There was also a tv reporter there the same day.   He had asked Alex, my nephew, if he wanted to wear a microphone and be on tv.  Alex very politely said "No, thank you."  Andrew said he was willing to do it.  So they put the microphone on Andrew's shirt, and my son became mute.  Would not talk, laugh, smile.  Until they took it off.  Then he was his normal outgoing self again.  They did manage to catch him on camera a couple of times.  I am including the video here.  Just click on the link.  Everyone but Ryan makes an appearance in the news report.   He managed to successfully dodge the cameraman the entire time.


After the butterfly farm, we headed to the Farmers Market for lunch.  The kids each chose a favorite treat to bring home, too.  Andrew chose nectarines, Molly chose blackberries, and Ryan chose honey comb. 


We went with friends on Friday to Reynolda Gardens.  We bought more blackberries and had a wonderful time climbing trees and exploring the gardens. 

And I had to include one more of Andrew.  He is reading the series The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.  The books are about battle warrior owls.  This is Andrew pretending to be his favorite owl character from the book. 


Catching lightning bugs is one of my favorite childhood memories.  We let the children stay up late one night this week to chase lightning bugs.  Altogether we caught 6.  We managed to hold onto 4.  Did you know it is really hard to take pics of kids chasing fireflies?  Don't really have any that turned out at all!  We placed them in a jar and used them as a night light until the kids fell asleep.  Then Chad released them outside.  Andrew also lost his 2nd tooth that night!


Saturday afternoon, after we got all of our Saturday type chores completed, we headed to the movies.  All three kids loved the movie.  (But Molly said she also thought is was scawy).  I liked the movie, too.  (But didn't find the naked bums on all the men appropriate in a children's movie.  It was completely unnecessary.  I was very disappointed.  What was Disney thinking?!?!?!?). 

We already have a fun week lined up ahead for week 4.  This summer is going by way too fast!! I am not ready for them to go back to school! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Bucket List-More of Week Two

Our second week of summer vacation was as busy as the first! (As posted previously we went to Hanging Rock and celebrated Father's Day).  

We enjoyed visiting Nanie Too-Too and taking her out to breakfast at IHOP.  Bucket List #20. 

We went to Monkey Joe's in Cary for Masen and Madylen's' birthday party.  This happened to be on our bucket list, too.  Number 9.  (The lighting there is horrible.  This is the only shot I caught).  The kids had such a great time!

We went to the Natural Science Museum in Raleigh, too.  Bucket list number 25.

We spent a lot of time the second week (and every week)  doing #76 on our list, spend time outdoors at home doing whatever we want! 

Number 77 Make Marshmallow Catapults! These were so fun, and so easy to make!

Make Shrinky Dinks #48  The kids were excited to make these, but the only ones in town we could find were Tinkerbell ones.  The boys were good sports though and enjoyed making them for Molly. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hanging Rock (Summer Bucket List #2)

Yesterday we enjoyed the perfect weather by spending the day at Hanging Rock.  Nana, Papa, and Emily came, too.  Rachel had to work.  (Sad face).  We hiked to the falls, played in the water, ate a picnic, and rented a row boat!  It was the first time any of the kids could remember being in a boat.  They all loved the boat, so I think we will have to repeat this bucket list item!