Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Swimming

Last weekend we went camping with a family very dear to us.  They are how Adam and I met nine years ago and while we don't get to see them as often as we'd like but it's always a fun time when we do.  The M-sette's have grown with us from the beginning and our family lives have somewhat happened at the same time, them being a little ahead of us most of the way.  
Adam and I have each had our own adventures with them before any of us had children and boy were those fun!  Now we all have children, who are all about how to invest in Netflix stocks the same age, and our adventures have changed.  
Two years ago both families traveled out to South Dakota's Black Hills together.  This year we were only able to get away for a weekend but it was a memorable one!  Next year we hope to be able to do something a little further from home and a little longer.
Of all the things we did over buy Netflix stocks the short weekend, this was by far and away this kid's favorite thing to do.



Well, except for maybe one child.  She kind of preferred to sit by the stairs.  If you look a little closer to the picture, or maybe you don't have to look that close, she is terrified and clinging on for dear life with Daddy.  {I think you'll notice by Daddy's tan, he doesn't spend much time in the pool and I'm not one to talk.}
On the way home we make a few decisions about our kids activities, or lack thereof.  We haven't put them in too many activities.  Henry was in soccer for two years, Karley for one and this summer neither one wanted to do Netflix stocks it at all.  They both did a round of swim lessons through community ed last year and this year.  This year neither one passed to the next level and I was left with little to zero information with why, but to repeat the level.  That was a little heartbreaking, but not surprising, considering how much time they really don't spend in the water.  Lastly, Karley has two years of community ed dance under her tutu.
We live in a pretty remote area and unless you're willing to drive and spend money, community ed is as good as it gets.  In all honesty, I haven't been willing to drive, be out late, over dinner and ask to spend the money.  That is until last weekend after spending time with the M-settes. 
In the end I had some conversations with the kids on what they want to do for activities over the next school year.  They want to swim.  I've even finally convinced Sophie or so I think.  {She's my attached child who left dance last year bawling and wouldn't go back}  I may just end up getting in the pool with her, please no.
So this week and next the big two are taking classes at a swim school 45 minutes each way for a 30 minute lesson.  It's a good school and I could tell the first five minutes into the class just how much better it was.  The place is set up for everything you could need or want for swimming lessons.  The best part is the kids love it.  Or maybe the best part is that Sophie said she'd take lessons solo!  {I will be praying for this!}
During the school year if we can work this out the girls will start gymnastics at a gymnastics academy which is only about 20 minutes away, but almost 40 from school.  Henry will continue swimming and by the grace of God, we'll work the girls into swimming as well. I'm going to have to be more prepared for dinners, menu plans are going to be the rule {unlike this summer}, crockpot meals and soup ahead as well as snacks prepared for the drive to these places.  And most of all a good attitude especially come January when I'm tired of driving all over and feel like my homebody self is never home. 
The kids will have fun and that's what it's all about!

Joining 52 Photos Project

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August Break 2013 Catch Up Volume 1

It's pretty safe to assume these days that I'm not going to be able to post every day like I think I'm going to when I linked up to this project.  I have great intentions but the busyness of our summer has gotten away from me. 
We are operating on little structure other than what just comes along.  For instance, I thought August was going to be less busy but we've just signed up for another two week swim lesson camp that is 45 minutes away and starts at 11:30.  You can see how that eats up a good chunk of the day. 
Sophie's birthday is on Saturday and her party on Sunday.   That makes for some extra shopping, cleaning, cooking and house guests.  All good, all great, all allows for little extra time for blogging.  
Our summer has been great, we have enjoyed many many things that hopefully I'll be able to post about soon.  While we are still in the summer mode we are also getting stuff ready for the school year.  Yesterday uniforms for Karley came.  Half of the order was a hit, the other a miss.  I knew that was about how it would go, hence the early start.  Shirts are itchy and waists are big.  Thank God for a Gram that can sew!  The itchy on the other hand is going to take a lot more work and searching.  We also picked up some school supplies on the way back from swimming lessons.  Wow, two in school full time one starting pre-school.

So back to the August Break 2013:

Here is a small recap of my stretching this August Break 2013 photo recap:

1. Breakfast (Need to fill)

2. Circles:

3.  Yellow:

4.  Love:

5.  Close Up (Need to fill)
6.  Diagonals (Need to fill)

So that's all I have for today.  Off to make breakfast (oh....ideas), swim lessons, Shred etc.  Hope you have a great day!


Friday, August 2, 2013

August Break 2013

There are so many exciting things going on for the month of August! 

I'll share my August Break 2013 photos on Monday after we get back from another camping trip.  This time we are headed out of state.

I have been working on a big new endeavor that I'll share as soon as some of the basics are taken care of.  Its' been keeping me awake at night and busy any moment I can, even the ones I've been stealing, during the day.

And because all posts should {cause I read it on the internet somewhere} have a picture, I share my county fair entries {I'm a late bloomer in the county fair experience}:

Digital Enhancement ~ 3rd Place

Color No Enhancements ~ 2nd Place
See you next week for the August Break 2013.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blog Lovin

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Apparently, I'm behind because even my blog is on Bloglovin' when I was not.

I have remedied that and thank you to the people who already follow me on Bloglovin'. 

Wow, that was something to already be started.  :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

52 Weeks Photo Project: Down Below

We had a great little summer vacation.  I have many photos to go through and a story to recapture but wanted to quick share this photo for the 52 Weeks Photo Project I'm going to try and keep up with.  I knew I'd see last weeks challenge of "stacks" on vacation but by the time I got home the collection had closed.  I'll share my idea of "stacks" in a couple of days.

But for now, here is "Down Below" the kids favorite place on vacation, the park {in addition to the ice cream store!}.

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