Unfortunatly, vacations have to end and we have to get back to regular, everyday life. I miss my sister and her kids. I wish we lived closer, but life is like that! We had a ton of fun visiting and playing with them! The boys already miss and talk about their best cousins, Julia and Tyler! We love you!
June 30, 2010
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Ian's baseball season ended on June 8th with a great last game. The end of the tournament week, they had an awards ceremony but we missed most of it due to mis-communication on all ends. But Ian still received his medal for participation! He loves it! His team got 2nd to last place overall... but hey, they could have been last!?! haha! Ian showed GREAT improvement in his baseball skills, especially as a catcher! Remember fall ball? He cried everytime they put him in as catcher... this spring, he begged to be the catcher. He did great too! I think Ian has the potential to be a pretty good ball player - but it will be up to him. As of right now, he doesn't want to play anymore, so we'll see. I love going to ball games and cheering him on. I hope I get to do that in the future! I'm proud of you Ian!
My birthday this year was so sweet! With everything else going on, we didn't have a party, which is fine.. I'm a big girl, I can handle it! haha! But Dave was sweet and brought me cinnamon rolls in bed for breakfast. He let me get ready for church and he took care of getting the kids ready. (which he usually does anyway, which I'm SO grateful for!) After church, Dave let me take a nice long nap, and made me a cake while I was doing so! WOW! First time he's made a cake.. and it was DELICIOUS! Mom came over and we had cake together! We didn't have candles, so we used toothpicks... it was hilarious! Oh well! I was glad to be together with my family on my birthday!
The week after the High Adventure campout, I got to participate (since I'm a cub scout den leader as well) in the Cub Scout Day Camp! I went only one day, but it was fun! I got to take Ian, Luke and my nephew Tyler to the pixie camp they have for the younger kids who are not scouts yet. They had fun! At day camp, we played badmiton, did archery, shot BB guns, made monkey bread and hobo dinners, carved soap, made neckerchiefs, and learned how to burn the end of the rope so it won't fray, make picture frames and race styrofoam boats! And that was just ONE day! The boys had a great time, and I'm glad I had this experience!
First of my adventures over the last weeks has been our YCL High Adventure campout for the 16-18 year old girls at church! Since I am the Stake Young Women's camp director, we thought it'd be good for the girls to have a 'high adventure' like the boy scouts do. So, with the help of some of the best women, the leaders took the girls down to Shades State Park in central Indiana to go on our High Adventure campout!
19 young women, 6 leaders, 1 priesthood protector! Good morning!
6:00 am came quickly that beautiful friday morning, and we were off! First stop... the Canoes! There had been so much rain in the past month that the river was very high, and very dirty and faster than normal. (See pictures of my Anniversary trip to see the difference - same river!) So, we took the girls on a 15 mile canoe trip! We packed lunches with us, and paddled our way down the river - after a short lesson on how to steer! With 13 canoes out on the river, we got spread apart, and some girls and leaders capsised, some got spiders on them, some had to empty out the water, some just got out and walked a bit, some got hurt with scratches, bumps and bruises. But all in all, it was a fantastic time, and we were all watched over and protected!
The forcast for that day worried me, since we'd be on the river for about 5 hours, the thunderstorms that were coming had me worried. Fortunatley, we had sunny skies until about 1 mile to the end of our journey! Then it HIT! The sky got dark, we could hear the thunder, the winds picked up and all of the sudden, that last 4 canoes were in the middle of this thunderstorm on the river! We paddled our hearts out to reach the end, where we knew the rest of the group was waiting for us. Then, there was lightning! The 4 young women ahead of us got pulled off the river by some tubers and other canoers bringing people into the woods so they wouldn't get hit by lightning! Luckily, we saw them and pulled off as well. Once the lightning stopped, we got back in our canoes and took off toward the finish! Everyone was relieved that we were ok, since they were done canoeing by the time we got caught in the storm. (long story - keys were lost in river, and AAA was being called) But we did it! And it was SO fun! Even in the rain!
June 7, 2010
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Luke had a great time for his 5th Birthday! I can't believe my second baby is 5 already! He is so tall and so funny! He cracks me up every single day! His laugh is contagious, and his smile is infectious! All he wanted this year for his birthday was to go to the park and have pizza and cake! He's so easy to please! Even when the park plans got rained out, he was glad to still have pizza and cake! The family came over and Luke enjoyed playing with his cousins. He wanted a 'Storm Trooper' party, so I did my best to try and decorate! Too bad I couldn't find much to decorate with, so I got creative. I bought some white balloons and drew storm trooper helmets on them. Luke helped a little with that too! I printed out some images from the internet to use as little table decorations and face masks! It was cute! Luke was happy and that's all that matters! He got a few cards in the mail, and that was exciting for him to open some mail! Hope your birthday was great, Luke! I love you so much!
This picture says it all. I love my little cute Mason, he brings joy to me each and every day! But look out... he's a stinker! Look at those eyes... you can tell he's thinking up something mischievious in that little brain of his! He's so funny! I love you little Mason!