Thursday, October 23, 2008

Our whirlwind

What a whirlwind the past 2 months have been. Here are some quick updates just so I get them noted.

Sept 4-6 We took a 2 day trip to the beach. It was nice and relaxing though very HOT! We spent the mornings on the beach and retreated to both the indoor and outdoor pools in the afternoon. We saw lots of dolphins and walked the boardwalk in the evening. I got severely sunburned on my arms and legs so I was a bit miserable the last day! The kids had a blast. Brent tolerated the sun and sand like a loving dad! LOL!

Two days later our dog, Sadie decided to go into heat! We planned on breeding her but up til then couldn't find anyone locally to send her to! BUT, God, in His faithfulness led me to a website where a sweet lady from PA was advertising her dog as a stud! Her ad was brand new and she was only an hour and a half away (all the others were about 5 hours!). Over the next week we talked and arranged contracts and such. It worked out great because we were going to have Tara and Eric take Sadie the next week while we were in Williamsburg. But, I hated to have her at their house with her in heat. (that's asking a lot!) So it ended up that the lady in PA took Sadie the whole week we were away! God is so good!

Which leads me to.... Williamsburg (Sept 14-17)! This year we were able to go with the Bynions. It was so enjoyable to be able to chat with them, since we never feel like we have enough time to really get into long conversations. The kids mixed great and we had no problems. Well, we didn't have any problems with the Bynion kids, but I'm sure our tends-to-get-wild children were draining on them! The details about the trip deserve a post of their own.

The night we came home from WB, I had a sneaking suspiscion that there was a chance I was pregnant. I took a test and yup, I was right. So, I guess #5 is coming late May/early June. Morning sickness hit pretty quick, though not as horribly as when I was pregnant last fall with the one we lost. So, as of now, it's still lingering! yuck.

After that we had a bunch of miscellaneous activities....Walk with Isaac Fundraiser...Janelle's baby shower, 2 days of Unit 2 Tapestry planning...Abbie going to the hospital with chest pain.......going to the movies to see FIREPROOF... going to see Mom T's newly resanded floors as a surprise birthday gift from Dad...Brent being away for 3 days...Marriage Enrichment weekend.... Brent away for 6 more days....small groups... Brent away for 6more days...the Explorer overnighter with rock climbing (let me just tell you- they don't sleep!)...Caitlin in Williamsburg with Nini... Jake's birthday dinner at Cracker Barrel....Cait's birthday dinner at Chili's...and now, Brent away for 2 days! All this with morning sickness and schoolwork! Needless to say not a lot of housework is happening around here!

The next month doesn't look like it will be slowing down much...Brent will be away a total of 15 days in November, too! I miss him already! Oh, well. Not much I can do about it. Have to find joy in the midst.

So that's our crazy life right now.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Our Expensive Summer Whim

Living in the country is never dull. The kids are always outside building something, inventing something or destroying something. This spring Brent and I were dragged into the woods to see their "tree fort" that they had built. Upon observation, we decided that it was a)very creative, b)made with wood they weren't allowed to use, c)too high- not sure how they were able to get up that high... and d)too dangerous!
So, instead of crushing their spirits, Brent decided to throw up a few new boards with a safer floor. That, unfortunately, was too small to fit everyone comfortably (and safely) so the project kind-of grew...

Would you believe I don't have a picture of the finished project??? I'll work on editing this post this week with a final pic!

Sewing Project

About a year ago we bought a polar fleece quilt kit at Joann's. Cait worked on it for a while, but it was hard using my old sewing machine that bunched up the fabric and broke the thread so often. And, whenever she wanted to sew, I was already in the middle of a project on my new machine. SO, this summer she finally found some free time on my new machine so that she could finish it. She did a great job and learned how to sew some pretty straight lines!

Random Summer Pics

Cait and Saige- buddies!

We love watermelon!

Guy Time!

4th of July Parade

Dangerous Stuff

This is what you get when some kids find the camera and take pictures without you knowing it.... (There was also one of my backside, but I'll spare you all the visual trauma..)