Who doesn’t love summer vacation?
Especially when you get to go visit family!
This week started off with a bang: we were able to go stay with my sister and her family. Sunday, we went to church followed up with a birthday celebration for my dad.
After that the five kids and I headed off to my sister’s house for days of fun! She lives only two hours away; but with school and other responsibilities, it is hard to go for any length of time. We got there in time for their evening church service, and it was a blessing for me to be able to see some of the members in church who I have only known by name but never by face! Look at all these cuties ready for church!
Monday was packed from morning to evening with a variety of activities. We started off the day by going to a great park to meet a mutual friend and her five children. That’s 14 children ages ten and under! The park had many highlights: a great playground, a beautiful garden and fountain, and a nice hill the kids could roll down. But best of all was the fellowship we ladies could have and the fun the children could have with friends.
After lunch at McDonalds, we went back to Rhonda’s house where the kids played in the sprinkler, and Kaylin discovered the Barbie house and pool her cousins had. She was so excited as she had brought a couple of her dolls with her.
Rhonda directed a craft by helping the girls make their own lip gloss, which had been a present of my niece, Morgan. She had wanted to save it to share with her cousins–so sweet!
Then I helped them make flubber. It was very easy to make, and the kids had a blast with it! We left it with the cousins, and my kids have been after me to make some for our house.
The day continued on to the next activity by roasting hot dogs and making S’mores over a fire. Of course, that makes just about any day great! We ate rather quickly as we could see a storm heading our way (with Dan keeping an eye on the radar on his phone).
We cleaned up and were safely ensconced in the house by the time it started raining. The storm blew through our area, and the children saw all the lightening bugs outside lighting up–so back outside they went to catch them!
After doing that for a while, we herded them back in to get ready for bed and have a Bible story together. Then to bed they went! Phew, it makes me tired just writing all of what we did! Here are some of the kids listening to the Bible story:
Tuesday was a little calmer with the cousins playing together, riding their bikes, helping to pick up all the toys, and packing up our belongings. We came back home in time eat dinner with daddy who had touched up some of the paint in the house while we were gone!
Drew and Kiley watching Curious George on the Kindle Fire together–so adorable!
Wednesday, I babysat and worked on re-working this blog. I got it up and running okay–I think; but there is still much more to do and learn–like how to keep captions on my pictures without messing them up! If any of my readers are blog experts or know of a great picture plug-in, I would love to know any helpful hints! On Wednesday and Thursday I kept marking all my items for the garage sale we were going to have on Friday and Saturday.
Friday was the first day of the garage sale. There were at least six people who had put their stuff in the garage sale, and I was pulling boxes out most of the morning. We did okay–but not great. At 2:30, the wind picked up, the clouds got dark, it started to sprinkle, and the radar showed a storm heading to us. So we scrambled and picked up everything. By 3:00, we had everything safely in the garage, and by 3:15 the sun was shining. So I guess we needed to end the garage sale early and get an extra hour of peace and quiet!
Friday night was Karis’s and Kristi’s last t-ball game which ended with them receiving trophies. It was a special game as Grandpa and Grandma were able to come see them play.
We are praying that we will be able to stay rain-free so that we can do the garage sale today even though the forecast does not look good. I’ll let you know next week how it went! What are your plans for today?