"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cow-a-Bunga VBS

In what has become one of the most anticipated weeks of the summer, the kids and I spent a few days at BoBo and BeBe's house and attended Vacation Bible School at their church. 

Some highlights of our visit included a beach party at the library...


Playtime at a nearby school...


And driving lessons...


But the best part came each night when we went down on the farm to learn about God's faithfulness through the life of Joseph...


I had the opportunity to teach the Pre-K class and spend a little extra time with my own little preschooler...


Piper and Levi won awards in their classes for answering questions each night. And, I heard that Easton was not far behind. Either way, I'm glad to see the kids have the confidence to step out and try to answer.


And no matter how sad we were to see it end...


There's always hope for next year!





Saturday, June 10, 2017

Swimmer Success

We had several long and lazy mornings this week...


But the ultimate goal was to finish swim lessons...


Except for a temporary road block of strep, Piper spent the session working on diving technique and refining her swim strokes. She made a lot of progress, even if she had to sit out one day.

Levi and Lila were swimming independently, and Easton was right behind them.

So after such a strong finish, rewards were definitely in order. 

Especially for this boy...


And after waiting so patiently for his turn, we finished out the week at the pool...


It was on this trip that Levi became obsessed with the slide. So much, that during the breaks, he stood at the bottom waiting to be the first in line...


And Piper made a few splashes of her own...


With all this water fun, it may seem that there's not much time for anything else. However, the only thing harder than keeping up with the laundry around our house, is keeping these kids supplied with books. Summer reading has been in full force and we finally had time to turn in the forms and pick up our prizes...


And they didn't waste any time getting started on those new books.



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Water and Wilderness Adventure

Road trips, vacations, and adventures; the idea and very substance of these experiences has changed significantly over the past few years. 

After college, I took advantage of my life as a single, working professional and traveled the world. The biggest and possibly best trip was to Australia. I used a tour company called Contiki that targeted young people and offered various trips around the world. There were several different itineraries from which to choose that combined the best of attractions. These were given names such as; Reefs and Rainforest, City to Surf, and the one I eventually chose, Reefs and Rock. This tour took us up the east coast of Australia, from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef. Then we boarded a plane and headed to the Outback, with the highlight being Ayers Rock. It was a three week adventure that I wouldn't change for the world. 

Those days are certainly in the past. But that doesn't mean the adventures have to end. 

This past week, the kids had a little tour of their own that I named the Water and Wilderness Adventure.

We started out in Lexington and kicked off the pool season on the holiday...


Tuesday was a different day and a different pool. And that's Easton under the giant bucket...


Piper couldn't get enough of the slide...


And Declan was all in...


Which is why I didn't know how to explain to him the following day that he was not signed up for swim lessons. So we just did whatever it took...


These four got off to a great start with three days of lessons at Transylvania University...


Then on Friday we headed to the wilderness for a camping trip. Well, it may not have been totally off the grid, but it was rural Warren County, and there were crickets. The older four kids and Michael slept in the tent, while Declan and I stayed inside. The good news is they made it all night...


Although Levi said that next time he wanted to camp where there were no crickets.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Break Kick-Off

In the handful of years that we've been into it, we've never been out of school so early in May! The abrupt plunge into days on end with no strict schedule and hours upon hours of free time can be quite an adjustment at first. But as the leader of this crew (while Dad is at work) I'm up for the challenge. 

And the first thing on the agenda...donuts!

Krispy Kreme generously offers up to six free donuts for each report card. Since we had three, and they were all excellent...

You got it...3 x 6 = 18.

And that's some math I can handle...


After a second breakfast and a trip to the library to sign up for the summer reading program, we headed to the park...


On Tuesday, Piper and Lila started an art camp at The School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA). SCAPA is an arts-oriented public school in Fayette County. Every year they offer a free arts camp for outgoing kindergarten through 2nd grade students. It's wildly popular and fills up immediately. I was on the ball this year and got the girls in. They spent four days enjoying dance, drama, art, music, and writing. Both girls liked the art sessions the best, but snack time was a close second for Piper.

Levi preferred to stay home with the boys...


After picking the girls up on the last day of camp. We ended up at another park.

This spring weather during summer break...


Is something I could definitely get used to.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Yearly Tradition

In our fourth straight year of doing so, we celebrated another graduation of a child from the preschool area at church.

This time it was Easton. And for him, it was long awaited...


He watched the others leave one by one. And although Easton is content almost anywhere, I know he's curious as to what exactly those elementary kids are doing every Sunday morning. Not to mention the coveted Adventure Bible that is gifted to each child at graduation. Now Easton has his very own. And the best part is, he can actually read it himself. 

As for me, I'm happy to say that we have a short break from these graduations. Declan still has a few more years until he moves up. While it's a blessing to watch the children grow, it's always bittersweet when they leave this precious area. But they certainly don't leave empty handed, and I'm not just talking about the Adventure Bible. 


Friday, May 19, 2017

See You Soon

Oh, how they have grown from that first day last August!

It was a successful school year that could not have been any better...


And the good news is, it's not goodbye. 

Unlike the past two years, we will not be changing schools.

We are home. 

But for now, let summer commence.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Field Trip Finale

The school year is almost over, but we managed to squeeze in one final field trip. This one was a walk to the Arboretum with Levi (and 124 of his fellow kindergarten friends).

Piper did this exact thing a few days earlier, although I wasn't invited to attend. Lila on the other hand, had not one, but two cancelations, as it rained both times they attempted to go. Maybe next year!

The trip was fun, simple, and free! No charge for buses or admission, just an adventurous walk, followed by free play, a picnic, and the great outdoors...


But we weren't the only ones off on an adventure. Easton and Declan spent the night at BoBo and BeBe's house. It was Declan's first sleepover away from Mom! And he did great. As a bonus, they also got to celebrate BoBo's birthday...


After the field trip I came home to an eerily empty house. I had about an hour before school dismissal, so I did the only thing I knew to do...and took a nap!