Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another Cave, Water Activities & Friends

This was our second cave tour this summer, and it was nice because you get to ride through it in a Jeep!  :)
Cave formations and the kids in the gift shop's bat hats
One afternoon I took the kids to the water park.  They loved it!  I was afraid Crosby wouldn't want to do many of the activities, but I was wrong.  He has really gotten more comfortable with water this summer.  We started with the wave pool, then did the lazy river several times, the small water slides/splash area, then Rhett rode the new water slide by himself.  We plan to go a few more times before summer ends!
On July 12th we had friends in town from LR.  It was great to see them!  The kids played so well together, and we just had a lot of fun catching up.  We miss them!
 I tried to send the guinea pig home with her, but it didn't work.  :)
 Sweet group of kids!
 After dinner they wanted to catch fireflies.  Our yard here is full of them!
On July 14th the kids started their two weeks of swim lessons.  They were excited about going swimming every day, and the instructors were super nice and helpful. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

4th of July

We had a great 4th of July!  Lane worked the 3rd and the 5th, so we made a quick trip to my parents' house on the 4th.  First we went to the cabin for the afternoon.
The perfect place to spend any day:
Lane's first trip to my hometown was 14 years ago, 4th of July weekend.  We went to the cabin that weekend, too.  (I should try to find pictures from then...but it was pre-digital)  It's hard to believe that much time has gone by!
 A fun game of horseshoes with Micaela & Mario:
                                     
That evening we had dinner with my Mom's side of the family.  I took Golden Grahams S'mores and slaw.  Grandmother made fried pork chops and fried squash--yum!  We had lots of great food.
                          

S'mores:

8
cups Golden Grahams™ cereal
5
cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2
cups milk chocolate chips
1/4
cup light corn syrup
5
tablespoons butter or margarine
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup miniature marshmallows, if desired
  • 1Into large bowl, measure cereal. Butter 13x9-inch pan. In large microwavable bowl, microwave 5 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter uncovered on High 2 minutes to 3 minutes 30 seconds, stirring after every minute, until melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla.
  • 2Pour over cereal; quickly toss until completely coated. Stir in 1 cup marshmallows.
  • 3Press mixture evenly in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Let stand uncovered at least 1 hour, or refrigerate if you prefer a firmer bar. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 2 days.
Lane & Alexee; Aunt Rhonda & A
Mom & Aunt Linda; Grandad & Grandmother
One of the kids' tables...they like having lots of (second) cousins to play with.
Fun on the slip & slide:
Love time with family:
water balloons!
After dark we caught lightning bugs and Mom made root beer floats.
On the 5th of July...
My sister and I took all the kids to pick blackberries.
Mom & Mario rode horses, then we stopped by so the kids could ride for a little while too.
Jeryn & Rhett worked on a trailer with Dad.  Loved this picture of them together.
Then they all decided to do a patriotic performance for us.  (My Country Tis of Thee)  Jaiden played it on the piano, Rhett looked up the chords for the guitar (and wrote them out on a pizza box) and the other kids sang.  :)  Thankful for our country, our freedom and sweet memories made this holiday weekend.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

B-day, Fish Hatchery & Camps

Lately (sort-of)...

On June 24th we celebrated Bogart's 11th birthday.  He had his usual:  ice cream topped with crumbled dog treats, and we had brownies and ice cream.  We think he's the best dog in the world.  :) 
We toured the kids' new elementary school then went to Springfield for lunch/shopping.
One weekend we visited the fish hatchery and the dam.  It was interesting!
Table Rock Dam
June 30th:  
Alexee started Kanakuk Kampout.  She was nervous at first, but LOVED IT!  She had a wonderful week.  Hopefully all three kids will go next summer.  I signed A up because a friend's little girl was going, so I thought it would be a great opportunity for them to get to know each other.  She made several other new friends too and loved her counselor, Ms. Jo (Jordan).  They did Bible study, rock climbing wall, zip-lining, water slide, games, etc.  I was so happy that she had fun (And we were so proud of her for trying new things like zip-lining...this is not something she would normally try but she did and had the best time.)
Meanwhile, Rhett attended a day camp at the RecPlex and really enjoyed it.  They played games, had Jell-O wars and water balloon fights, went swimming on Tu/Th and went on a field trip to see the Lego movie and visit a science museum.  He had a great time too!  
And there was "Camp Crosby" while the older two were away:  breakfast at Panera, several trips to the park, an afternoon at the swimming pool and lunch with Lane at Neighborhood Mill.
June 30th was also our 13th anniversary.  We don't know any babysitters here yet so we stayed home that night, ate popcorn and watched an episode of 24--which was perfectly fine with us.

July 3 was Lane's first day at his new job.  R & A were at camp when he left for his shift, so only C was in the official first-day photo, but the picture with everyone on the right was made his first week sometime...close enough, I guess.  :)
And just for fun, I'm reposting this collage "7 years of first days" (4 med school, 3 residency, 2007-2013):
Crosby and I went to the closing ceremony at Kanakuk Kampout on Thursday.  Each small group (Alexee was Tent 6) had an awards session after the music and slide show.  Her counselor spoke about each little girl and shared two positive things that she saw in them.  It was really sweet.  Ms. Jo had such a kind, welcoming spirit about her--Alexee loved her.  The attributes she noted in Alexee were "Gentle" and "Patient", which made me smile.  It was a blessing to see the Lord at work in her life that week.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control."  Galatians 5:22
Alexee & Ms. Jo

After the final day of Kamp we went to get ice cream (frozen custard, actually, and boy is it tasty!) with new friends--so fun!  
Oh, and this also happened:  we made the switch from AR plates to MO plates on our vehicles.  This was hard for me to watch.  You have to have two plates on your car here, so we couldn't keep the Razorback on the front either.  Lots of changes around here, some big, some small.  :(