Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's a Great Town

There are so many fun opportunities to partake of here in our community and that I love. Last week we packed up a picnic supper, a blanket, and the kiddos and headed down town to a park to hear the community band play. It was SO MUCH FUN! I kept wishing our extended family were there to share in the great evening. The girls had a ball to say the very least.
Concert in the Park
(I mean really...could Pumpkin cheese it any more?)
Concert in the Park
(That picnic basket was my mom's. Any time I pack it up, I feel like I am taking her along with us. It is something of hers that has meant a lot to me and that I treasure.)
This park had the great feature of a new playground that we had fun initiating while listening to the band play on.
Concert in the Park
(Yes, the girls do have sweatshirts on at the end of June. It was a very chilly late June night. The heat has been turned on again though.)
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Of course the girls had to get a jig in before the band finished for the night.
Concert in the Park
There is a beautiful old fountain in the park too. The girls thought it would be fun to jump right in and dance in the water.
Concert in the Park
We made a stop on our way home at a local outdoor ice cream joint. They have great kid priced treats at $0.50 that you just can't beat. The ice cream is soooo good too.
Concert in the Park
I think we have found our Thursday night summer tradition!
Concert in the Park

Camp Program

Peanut had her camp program a week and a half ago. She was so excited to see her camp friends and leaders. We got to see lots of pictures from the fun week with her friends and hear the group sing a fun song that they had learned.

Here she is with the group singing. She is smack dab in the middle.
Camp Program

These were her camp leaders for the week.
Camp Program
We are still so proud of how brave she was to go off each day on a bus. It really amazes me!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Creativity

We have this sweet little table and bench seats that Dobbie gave us when we moved. She had it at her house and knew we would get alot of use out of it. It has been in our basement along with the girls' kitchen set and has been used quite a bit since our move but had become kind of out of sight, out of mind. The other day I had the grand idea of bringing it up to the kitchen. What a GREAT IDEA it was. The girls have loved it. They have crafted at that table...
The Art Table
stamped at the table after I covered it with a big piece of paper....
The Art Table
ate yummy snacks and meals together here...
Chocolate Banana Popsicles
played playdough together and so on.
The one thing that has become SO apparent since bringing the table up is that we have an artist on our hands. Pumpkin spends most of her time at the table. One of the first things out of her mouth in the morning is, "I want paper. I draw." LOVE IT!
The Artist
She has since taken to drawing on our dry erase board on the fridge daily...
The Artist
And on her little magnadoodle.
Camp Program
She LOVES to color and draw all of the time now thanks to bringing this little table upstairs. Yes...it has made our kitchen even "cozier" and yes, there is always a mess to clean up BUT she is happy and showing her very creative side and that WE LOVE!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Touch-A-Truck

Touch a Truck
Pumpkin and I got to do some special one-on-one things last week while Peanut was at camp. We went to the library a couple of times, we played, we colored, and we went to an exciting annual event held here in town, Touch-a-Truck. All types of large vehicles from our city were brought to a local park. Kids could then climb on them, sit in them, pretend to drive them and so on.
Touch a Truck
Pumpkin LOVED it. She was out of her stroller which I still make her ride in when I have Peanut along and she did superbly!
Touch a Truck
Her favorite things were the buses and I am sure it is because she watched her sis-sis leave each morning that week on one. All day long she would say to me, "Sis-sis on da bus," or "Sis-sis on da road," because she watched the bus with her sister drive away on the road. So when she saw the big yellow bus at Touch-a-Truck, she was very excited.
Touch a Truck
We got to see a cement mixer, ambulance, fire truck, pizza delivery van, city bus, university bus, school bus, electric trucks, garbage truck, flat bed truck, and a dump truck. My favorite was the library bookmobile. We have never taken advantage of the bookmobile so I was really impressed with it. It stops at different parts of the city throughout the week so if you can't make it to the library you can go to this library on wheels to check things out or reserve things from the library to be put on the bookmobile for you to pick up. Very cool!
Touch a Truck
She had fun, I had fun...such great things going on here!
Touch a Truck

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Camp

Last week Peanut got to be a part of an amazing event put on by our church. Instead of the normal VBS they do a day camp with the kids. It was 4 days long (although Peanut was under the weather the first day) from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. I dropped her off at the church where she along with all of the other campers filled a bus and headed 25 minutes south of here to a camp where they sang, learned about God, made crafts, had snacks, played games and ate lunch together.
Camp Girl
When I picked her up after her first day, she had two questions for me.
1.) "Can I do this again next year, Mom?"
2.) "Some of the kids get to spend the night this week, why can't I?" The campers who are entering 1st or 2nd grade had the option of staying over one night for a bridge experience between day camp and overnight camp.
Camp Girl
I would say that these two questions say it all. SHE HAD A BLAST! She never batted an eye when I dropped her off. She was with one of her best buddies going to camp and she couldn't have been more excited. I am so, so, so grateful for this!
Camp Girl
All week she has been humming and singing the songs they learned at camp. Tonight we head to church to hear her sing with the other campers and see what a day at camp was like for her. What an awesome opportunity!

Celebrate

Last weekend we were invited to a friend's birthday party. This friend's mom and I have a connection. Thirteen years ago this past May she had just come back to the states after being overseas and was visiting her aunt. Her aunt invited her to go along with her to her husband's cousin's wedding which just so happened to be my wedding. The day after the wedding she was with us while Hubby and I opened our wedding gifts, in fact she got the fun job of writing down who gave us what.
Birthday Party
I had not seen her since then but was told by my cousin's wife that she and her family just happened to live in the community we moved to. We became Facebook friends. We didn't actually see each other until the second fall we lived here when we bumped into each other at a Pumpkin patch. You know how it is...you have good intentions but get caught up in the busyness of life.
Birthday Party
This past winter I joined a Bible study at her church which she happened to be in also. We started bumping into each other more and I had the privilege of helping her out with her kids a couple of times after her husband had an accident at work. We have gotten to know each other quite a bit over the course of the winter/spring including a couple of play dates.
Birthday Party
Our kids are getting to be friends now too. It is super cool to have a connection here like this one. I am so very thankful for new friends who were old acquaintances!
Birthday Party
We had a great time celebrating her middle child's 4th birthday. What a fun party!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Artist

Last Sunday morning I sat cuddling with Peanut looking at pictures on Facebook of some friends she was missing. I realized that Pumpkin was in the kitchen and had been awfully quiet for some time. So in my sweetest Mommy voice I said, "Pumpkin, what are you doing?" It was then that I heard her RUN from the laundry room to the kitchen table where she hid and started crying. UH-OH!
Artist???
I went out to find my sweet little girl with her weapon of choice in hand and red drawings all over the kitchen walls, kitchen floor, pantry door, and laundry room floor.
Artist???
All I had to say was, "PUMPKIN!" in my stern Mommy voice and the crying floodgates opened as did the screams of guilt.
Artist???
Needless to say she knew she was guilty and popped that bottom lip out as far as she could. Thankfully I had some magic erasers on hand and after a good 20 minutes of scrubbing I was able to get all of the crayon markings off of the floor, walls, and door.
Artist???
As some have said she was just expressing her creativity!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

VBS

Last week kicked off a busy June for us, well really for Peanut. The church where her preschool was located held an evening VBS program and she got to go. She loved it and I love that!

On the last night after VBS there was a carnival to celebrate the week. The girls had so much fun taking in the free hot dogs, blow up toys like bounce houses and slides and carnival games. Here are some pictures from carnival night.
VBS

VBS
Do you see that sweet young girl beside Peanut? She was an assistant in Peanut's group and let me just say that Mom and Dad were totally ditched so Peanut could hang out with her. She told us umpteen times about her new best friend too and for a few days after VBS lamented about not seeing her again. She was a sweetheart and won Peanut's heart!

And now for the last three pictures. Peanut LOVED the blow-up slide so for our final fun event Daddy took both girls up the slide to go down with them because that is how Peanut rolls sometimes. She is unsure about some things like slides but totally ok with me leaving her in a VBS class where she knows only one other child! Pumpkin on the other hand could not get to the top fast enough. Once at the top Peanut works hard to spread out the blanket just right while Pumpkin flops down on her belly and immediately goes down head first laughing and squealing the whole time!

Peanut getting blanket just so, Pumpkin flopping...
VBS
Peanut going down with Daddy!
VBS
One funny story about Pumpkin from the week. One night we went to pick Peanut up and were a bit early so I took Pumpkin to the sanctuary where the big kids were ending their session with worship. Pumpkin was ENTHRALLED...there were lights and loud music. So the next night after we dropped Peanut off, Pumpkin led me to the sanctuary saying, "I hear music loud!" over and over. This totally fits her personality to a T!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Fun

We have been keeping busy with lots of summer activities so far this season. It has been HOT, HOT, HOT already so we might as well make the best of it!

Last weekend our neighbors invited us to head to a local lake with them. We had a bit of an adventure finding an open beach since said lake was quite flooded. Once we found a spot to swim, the beach was underwater so the kids played in the mud. They were quite content making mud pies instead of sand castles.
The Lake
Here you can see how flooded the lake still is.
The Lake
We've also been on several play dates. Some friends had us over the other day so the kids could splash in their wading pool. Unfortunately both of the girls were not as adventurous about sliding into the water as the boys. Peanut did it twice and then wanted me to hold her hand so she wouldn't go so fast. Pumpkin also did it twice and then resumed control of the water hose.
Splash!
Yesterday we headed to the splash pad. The girls BOTH ran to the splash pad, were knocked over by running kids and got really scraped up knees, ankles, and hands. UGH! This put a damper on Peanut's mood especially. We didn't last too long this time. Pumpkin had fun playing in her bathing suit though at home with Peanut's bike gear on. Maybe she wants to train for a triathlon?
"Ride the bike?"

Thursday, June 09, 2011

A Walk

The other night we decided to take a walk through our neighborhood. The girls decided they needed to take their babies along too. These are the moments that I just love being a Mom!
Walking the Babies
Pumpkin was sporting some super cute pigtails too. I have to share because she looked ridiculously cute.
Walking the Babies
And just another shot because I can't get enough of these mamas with their babies.
Walking the Babies

Friday, June 03, 2011

Odds and Ends

Here is a smattering of some odds and ends pictures from the past week that I wanted to post.
Peanut had her first chess lesson with a very serious chess player who told her that the pieces would eat each other up. Not sure she picked the game up but she had a great time!
Chess Tutorial
We were able to attend the wedding of one of our former youth group members from when Daddy was a youth pastor. What an extremely amazing honor to be a part of his big day and to see God honored in such an fabulous way. Daddy got to dance with his two special girls at the reception.
Daddy Daughter Dance
(Daddy was told at the end by a wedding attendee, "Your little girls are very cute, like painfully cute!" We think so too!)
Memorial Day was super, super hot so we took in the splash pad with a friend and her kids. The girls had a blast being reintroduced to this fun summer activity. It is one of our favorite summer things to do to beat the heat.
Splash Pad

Splash Pad

Lucky? I Think Not!

An F1 tornado hit down in our community last week. We decided to take a drive and see how bad things were. We could not believe some of the things we saw. A small mobile home park was destroyed, a cement block building was ripped apart and trees totally twisted, splintered and completely uprooted from the ground. We are so thankful that no one was seriously hurt and that our family was protected.

While we were out our tire pressure monitor came on and we pulled into a gas station to find that a back tire was completely deflating. Here is a picture of the culprit.
Lucky?
Daddy and I figured out where everything was and got that tired changed...a nice stranger may have stopped to help out too.
Lucky?
We took the van to Wal-Mart to see if the tire could be patched to find out the hole was too close to the edge and we couldn't. The lady who checked our tire said that never in all her life had she seen anything like that before. It was a mailbox key so someone somewhere had to go buy a new key. I've heard those aren't cheap but I have a sneaky suspicion that they don't cost as much as two new back tires.