"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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Who's Counting?

I may not post monthly updates anymore, but believe me, the date never passes by that I don't remember it.

Today marks the milestone of 18 months with this handsome guy...


These two were doing some counting exercises of their own. Not to perpetuate the stereotype, but Easton just may have a future in math. Numbers are his thing and counting is his game...


Of course Levi is exhibiting his usual take charge attitude. But in this case Easton may be teaching his brother a thing or two. Either way, observing this little lesson just might have been the cutest thing ever...


1 math lesson...

2 brothers...

240 flash cards...

PRICELESS!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Day at the Arboretum

Today's weather forecast called for something, anything outdoors. So after dropping Lila off at her beloved camp, we went straight to the Arboretum. As Levi climbed out of the van he made an astute observation...

"What a nice summer day."

First we spent some time with the stumps...
Climbing...


Creeping...


Exploring...


Next we headed to the Children's Garden to do more of the same.

Levi didn't have any objections to the creek...


I reminded Piper that when she was three years old she asked if this was Jesus' tomb. Levi heard me and got a little excited. I had to clear up the misunderstanding...


Time for some play fishing...


A train sighting...


And Levi's favorite pastime...


Finally, it was time to cool off in the mist...


We spent some more time in the creek and just like that it was time to pick up Lila. 

"What a nice summer day." 

Indeed.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Seven

It may be a little rainy today, but the sun was surely shining on us seven years ago...


As with most events in our life it was a whirlwind trip to Greece. Just hours after getting off the plane on the island of Santorini, we were married on a cliff side overlooking the Agean sea...


It was breathtaking...


And simply perfect...


But the fun was just beginning. After relaxing in Santorini, we set off on a cruise of the Greek Isles.

Mykonos...


Kusadasi, Turkey...


And my personal favorite, the island of Patmos...


We visited the cave believed to mark the spot where John wrote the book of Revelation...


Then on to Rhodes...


Crete...


And back to Santorini...


What an adventurous start to a life together! We couldn't have imagined what the future held for us when we said "I do." And good Lord willing we are just getting started.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sleepover?

Giggly girls...

Late night whispers...

The pitter-patter of little feet in a quiet house...

Some call it a sleepover, but I'm not sure there was much sleep to be had.

Piper declared it the "first time a friend slept over". 

A cousin and a "best-friend" all in one...


Sweet girls...Sweet memories

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Glorious Day

This morning we headed out with intentions of going to the library and the grocery store.

Our plans changed instantly as we were greeted with a cool breeze when we walked out the door.

This kind of day in July was a gift indeed.

We still stopped at the library but made a hasty retreat, and a beeline for the park...


It was such a glorious day, I contemplated calling the grocery trip off. But those pesky kids, they think they have to eat.

Grocery trips often get postponed with the thought of dragging four kids along. Last year I avoided taking all of them at all costs. But we've come a long way. I used to work around Michael's schedule or go late at night. Of course he makes his share of trips but there are just some things I can't seem to put on a list.

These days I prefer to clock out at night. Loading up during the day is much more appealing, even with four kids. And dare I say we even have fun after it's all over. It's like a mini trip to the aquarium...


That's not to say I don't take full advantage when one or more are at school or camp. But for now I've got a pretty good crew. And what a better sport than Easton, who always gets covered up and smashed with no complaints. But it's better than the alternative...


We sure don't want to lose him.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Steal Our Sunshine

Some friends invited us to the pool today and we never say no to swimming.

Well, at least some of us...


And then there's Levi, who prefers to "just watch."

Somehow he comes up with things to do and ends up having more fun than anyone else...


Although, that doesn't take much sometimes.

While Lila and Easton enjoyed Piper's pseudo swim lesson, after a few minutes Lila kind of petered out. It happens a lot. She'll show me just how she can do this or that one time and then call it a day. Time to quit. It happened yesterday while playing with friends on our swing set and then today at the pool. Actually it happens all the time, with a few exceptions...

When she is...

1. Eating
2. Sitting around indoors
3. Being held


The good news is, next week Lila's going to a little summer preschool program during the mornings. She won't have to play with us.

The bad news is, our friends didn't make it today. So we're doing it all again tomorrow. And Saturday. But there should be cake at that one.

So just press on dear Lila. It's hot, I know and really not my favorite time of year either. But it's summer. We just can't sit around inside all the time. Just bear with us and let us have our sunshine. And I'll promise you a long nap in an air conditioned room at the end of the day.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Toes in the Water...

The heat is on...

And that just leaves one option for outside play...

Well, at least for most...


Levi just can't seem to take the plunge.

But somehow he ends up just as wet as everyone else.

I feel bad for him as he sits and watches. However, it doesn't seem to bother him and strangely he's the first one to ask to play in the pool.

As usual, Levi does his own thing...


And that works just fine for him.