Friday, August 9, 2013

End of Summer trip to Tampa

Last weekend, Dan was in his final push to finish is D.Min project so I took the boys to Tampa for an overnight visit.  My aunt and cousin live there so it was a good chance to let the kids play together while the adults visited.  We met up at our favorite Tampa locale...Monkey Bizness

Bella is Brandy's youngest daughter.  She is 7 weeks older than Micah. 

Mia is her oldest daughter.  She will turn 5 in December. 

We had a fun time playing with "our Florida girl cousins!"  We don't see them often enough but it is always fun when we are together. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ramblings from vacation

We are on the 5th day of our vacation and we are both in bed on our laptops while our kiddos play.  Dan is working on sermon stuff for Sunday and I'm making a to-do list for when we get home.  My mind kicked into full planning mode late last night.  It hit me that we have only a few days left of summer vacation.  And, with the beginning of the new year, there are so many things that I need to do.  My relaxing vacation turned into a Word document of things to do.  That is where life intersects with relaxation.  

It has been nice to have Dan "back!"  While he hasn't been away overnight, he has certainly been absent in our home.  He has been busier than I can ever remember.  He has missed lots of bedtime stories and play times.  He has spent a lot of time on the phone and in meetings.  He has been away for all of the daytime and well into the night.  And, when he has been home, he has been holed up in our room writing away.  So, these last few days and the 6 hours in the car on Sunday were good for all of us. 

We've played in the water, sat on the back deck and watched dolphins, played cards and dominoes, eaten really good food, watched movies, played with parachute men, taken pictures, eaten ice cream, kayaked, done indoor fireworks and played in the sand.  But, most of all, we've just been together.  We've enjoyed the slow pace.  We've enjoyed the lazy mornings.  We've enjoyed the breeze on the back porch.  It's been a really, really good week!  (and, apparently we've lost brain cells because I just heard Micah run onto the back deck and say "One, Two, Three, SEVEN!!")

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

VBS Celebration

This year was the magic year for VBS love in our family.  My kids L-O-V-E-D every single minute of VBS this year.  They loved it so much that Micah asks at least 5 times per week if we can go to VBS.  I walk into his room to get him when he wakes and the first thing out of his mouth is "We got BBS today?"  It really was one of the best weeks of his life. 

The celebration on Friday night is always one of my least favorite things because we are so tired by then.  I always dread going back there after being home a couple of hours to rest.  But, once we get there, it is always fun. 
Micah and Miller climbed up in Donna's lap to watch the songs.  Their eyes were fixed on the stage.  They were quite happy. 

After Jonah got done singing, he came to sit with us.  His brother nestled in right beside him and I was able to capture this sweet moment. 
Then Micah left and Miller joined Jonah. 
At our church, different people wear shirt colors according to the area they work.  Church staff wore red this year.  I had the most coveted shirt of the year...TYE-DYE!  There were only two like mine and everyone wanted them. 

Micah walked to the celebration with Donna.  He was in deep conversation with her. 

The kids got to "dunk the pastor" if they raised enough money for the mission project.  They exceeded their goal so they were thrilled to take turns dunking Danno. 

And, I couldn't end this post without a picture of sweet Colton.  He had a LARGE time at the celebration.  This little fella is such a sweet boy!


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