Why Hello There!

So it's been almost a month since my last blog post. It's funny, because if you look back through my archives, you will notice that I always seem to disappear around this time of year because our summer schedule is pretty crazy. But I just wanted to say hi, and give a little update of what we have been up to. Phillip went on a 10-day mission trip to Jamaica a few weeks ago. It was the longest he has ever been away from me and the boys, and we sure were happy to have him back. We picked him … [Read more...]

Summer Learning Activities

The few weeks we were at home this summer, we managed to squeeze in some learning activities.   Buddy loves to play with my label maker. He thinks it is his little computer. When he plays with it, I take it as an opportunity to work on numbers with him. Toy cell phones, the microwave buttons, elevator buttons and hotel room numbers when traveling, are all great and natural opportunities to talk about numbers.     Another fun activity we did was a color scavenger hunt. I laid different … [Read more...]

Boys and Girls

You may remember that last summer, I always had pictures of Buddy playing with his cousins. Sadly, they moved away last fall and we do not get to see them often. We were so excited when they came to visit us last month. The little friendships picked right up where they left off.      They played and played and played. We did a little art project together painting watercolor postcards.       We also made a fun dinner called Cowboy Stew. It's an old camp favorite. Each person takes a … [Read more...]

VA Children’s Museum

While we were in Virginia this summer, we took the boys to the Virginia Children's Museum.    Little Man's favorite area was the pet shop. And his favorite thing to do was crawl in and out of the dog house. He probably did this for 15 minutes or so.     He also really enjoyed looking at the trains.     Buddy loved driving the fire truck!       I think Buddy's favorite area was the theatre. They had lots of costumes for dress up. The kids could control the … [Read more...]

Virginia Beach

This was our third summer taking some of our teens from church to Virginia to work with an inner city camp in the Norfolk area. When we are there, we are only about 30 minutes from Virginia Beach, so we always try to head over there several times during the trip.We didn't have great weather that week, so we only made it to the beach twice. The first time was July 4. The beach was crazy busy and with all of the stuff that we had to carry, I didn't even attempt to bring my nice camera for fear of … [Read more...]

Summer Blues

Summer blues??? I know, crazy, right? Most people get the winter blues. Well, it happens to me in the summer.    For the last couple of years, our summer schedule has been NUTS!    Two weeks of youth camp, one week of mission camp in Virginia, a few days of having family in town, a week of Children's Revival, and a week in Ohio visiting family.     Our brief moments at home were filled with a lot of laundry!     I've learned a couple of things about … [Read more...]

We Survived Summer Camp!

  My husband is a youth pastor and part of his job includes him working at our denomination's state youth camp for 2 weeks every summer. Last year, having a 4 month old and 2 year old, I chose to stay home. But I hated being away from Phillip and was pretty miserable being home alone. So this year, I weighed the pros against the cons of going versus staying home, and camp won out. And I'm glad we went because we had a great time!    I knew Phillip would be extremely busy while we were there, … [Read more...]