Making dreams come true

It’s the county fair week and after sitting it out the past two years, we caved and bought tickets. Two years changes things. Junior man can now go on rides, although he prefers the tamest ones. MissE on the other hand has grown into a full-blown dare devil. She went on all the crazy, big kid rides while I sat on the sidelines and tried to keep breathing. Dreams came true for my dear husband, too. After years of wanting to ride the camel, he finally got his chance.

We had agreed that if we did the county fair we would not go to the state fair. But as MissE was whipping and spinning on the rides we got a call that she had won state fair tickets from the library. Looks like we get to do this all over again in a few weeks! Dreams coming true :)





Summer fun

Summer is is flying by and we are loving it. We kicked off the summer with our slip and slide, which soon became the neighborhood hit.



The following week MissE got to go to a VBS day camp with her BFF.



After that, my bff stopped by for a quick visit. She came because they were meeting with their social working because, you guessed it, they are ADOPTING!! It is so wonderful when my good friends become adopting friends. :)


Somewhere in there was Father’s day and we celebrated having such cool dads with ice cream. We love our dads!


Then MissE had soccer camp (she was one of two girls that signed up for the co-ed camp). She loved it and Junior and I loved our mornings at the park.


Then summer felt like it officially started with a trip to the beach.


Then there were a couple cabin trips (we hope to make a lot more!!)


I’d like to just camp out in this chair for the rest of the summer.


We even got to bring some friends to the cabin!


This week was volleyball camp. Hello to the era of ridiculous sports t-shirts. Really?



We got to spend one more beach day with some dear friends before they pack up and move away for a month or two.



Finally, while picking up an item we purchased from craigslist the seller let MissE try out his little violin. He was so impressed with her creative skills he exclaimed, “She can have it! You must get her lessons!” Hhhhmmmm, is creative really the word to use for a child playing a violin? Who wants to give her lessons?!


That is run-down of our past few weeks. Somewhere in there I also have been teaching three classes and have managed to stay up-to-date on grading. Happy Summer!!

An unexpected weekend

Time to catch up with the ol’ blog. A few weekends ago my parents came down to watch the kiddos so we could go to an adoption parenting conference. We were really excited about a little getaway and for a chance to learn and sharpen our parenting skills. Unfortunately, the weather had different plans and by the time my parents had arrived we were in the middle of a blizzard and our flights had been cancelled. Disappointed is an understatement. We had a very nice weekend, it just looked a little different than we planned.

My mom made my favorite cinnamon french toast for breakfast.



My dad build us a little mini-deck. He had to shovel a path to the door first and he built it in the freezing cold. We watched his work from inside. Great job, dad! :)




The kids love it! We love it! Now we have a way to get to our nice fenced in backyard without going around the house.


We really put my parents to work. Later my dad gave Junior a much needed haircut.



My mom taught MissE how to sew a sampler. She has been wanting to learn since reading Felicity.



My parents are amazing! We were sad to miss the conference, but really enjoyed having them here!

Thankful Thursday: A little girl’s dream come true

I have wanted to take MissE to the American Girl Bistro for some time, but each time I picked a date something came up.

My sister called on Monday to say she was going with her girl and meeting our aunt there, but we already had plans and couldn’t make it.

As it turns out, the weather has been unpleasant here and our plans got cancelled. So, with a few minutes notice I loaded up the kids and took off for the mall.

Even Junior got his own lunch buddy doll, which he thought was really fun.


The girls had a fun time reading ‘discussion questions’ back and forth.



Then there was some shopping.

‘”Aunt Margaret, look how pretty this dress is! Isn’t it pretty? Wouldn’t my doll look beautiful in this dress!”




There were some happy little girls that day.


Junior was not neglected as the mall also has a Lego store.



Junior was rewarded for enduring all the pink.


Thanks to Aunt Margaret for making little girls’ dreams come true! We had a fun time!


A Grammy WIN!

The Okee Dokee Brothers won a Grammy!

How amazing is that?

My mom’s library hosted them this summer and she gave the cd to Junior for his birthday. Our kids LOVE them! For most of the fall we listened to their music everyday driving to school. Their songs are incredibly catchy and eventually I had to hide the CD because I was sick of having their songs stuck in my head all day long.

Congrats to them! I think we will have an Okee Dokee Brothers dance party now!

Three Years Young

Four years ago we had just experienced a miscarriage. There were weeks and months filled with grief, regret, and doubt. We wanted so badly to have another child and for MissE to have a sibling. We wondered IF and WHEN that would be.

Now we can’t imagine life without our little man.

He is MissE’s best friend (on most days).

He is serious and tenderhearted, ready to be a big brother.

He is mischievous (a trait directly inherited from his daddy).

He has the most darling, melt-your-heart dimples.

He totally lucked out in the eyelash department.

And, best of all, today he turns three!

All pictures courtesy of Anna Silverthorn Photography.

Making a Splash

30 has turned out to be just swell.

Ha, look at my kids in the background. They are so proud of their mom.

Sun + water + big trampoline = good for the soul.

We had dinner at CompaƄeros. There is room in the cart for another little one! Praying against all odds that next summer we have three littles posing for pictures.

Wait, who had a birthday?

Just hanging around at Grandma and Grandpa’s cabin.

We had a really wonderful weekend and it was difficult to pack our bags to come home. Especially knowing that in coming home we have to say goodbye to some really great friends and neighbors.