"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

Friday, July 6, 2018

A New Place to Play

When I realized our summer was quickly filling up with trips, plans, and commitments, I was hesitant to buy our yearly pool pass. Although I knew we would be at the pool as much as possible, I wasn't sure we would get our money's worth. The advantage, however, is that we don't feel locked into a specific pool, and we're free to venture out and try new places. 

We started our week at Falling Springs in Versailles. 

We enjoyed the big slides...


Play areas...


And the whirlpool and lazy river...


And the breaks weren't so bad either...


Then after a fun 4th of July with friends, we wrapped up the week with a free snow cone social at the library. As usual, we're taking in the summer reading program and all the library has to offer. However, even with the outstanding lineup of events this summer... 


I'm pretty sure that today was a favorite.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Wet 'n Wild Week

After sitting on the sidelines for three years, Declan was finally old enough for swim lessons at Transy. 

And he was pretty excited about it...


Until he had to get in the pool with a stranger. 

For a couple of days his lessons consisted of sitting on the side of the pool and playing with toys. Finally after a talk with the director, a new instructor, and some tough love, Declan was all in...


 Everyone else picked up some new skills and refined their old ones...


After lessons, when the weather cooperated, we took advantage of being pool ready and went directly to another water activity.

First up was the new sprayground at Jacobson Park...


It was fun for a while, then they quickly migrated to the dry playground...


Today we took a trip to everyone's favorite "pirate pool" at Woodland Park, where Levi became a diving fanatic...


And everyone put those new swimming skills into action.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Camp...and No Camp

It was an exciting Monday morning when the kids packed up to head to Bluegrass Christian Camp. 

Well, at least for four of them...


Then there was the one left behind, and he wasn't very happy about it. But we decided that camp or no camp, there was plenty of fun to be found. 

On Tuesday, we attended a special Pre-K event at the Living Arts and Science Center. After some play time and talk about stars, Declan got to watch a Sesame Street movie in the planetarium. Such a fun (and free!) experience...


Then on Wednesday, we were off to Eckert's Boyd Orchard for Story-Time on the Farm, which included a book, craft, and play time. It was really nice to spend time on a relatively empty playground, much different than the chaos and crowds we encounter in the fall. Declan even went down the big slide by himself. This was also a completely free event, with an ice cream cone included! We may have to go back another time and take some big kids with us...


And although we're not really sure what the others did all week, we got a little insight from the camp website...


I think it's safe to say they all had a blast, even the one left behind.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day

Today we celebrate the love and sacrifice of two special fathers...


"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rolling River Rampage

After coming home for a couple of days to repack, regroup, and reset, it was finally time to go back to BoBo and BeBe's for one of the best weeks of the summer...


Vacation Bible School!

On our Rolling River Rampage we found:

Adventure
Acceptance
Joy
Rest
and Peace on the River.

Each class had a special presentation for the final evening...


This year we had three winners in the question competition: Easton in the kindergarten class, Levi for first and second grades, and Piper for third and fourth grades...


And if we needed any more excitement, Levi lost a tooth during the Friday night pizza party. Since he waits until the very last minute to let me pull his teeth, we never know when it's going to happen. This was almost as bad as last time, when had to take our own timeout during his basketball game to get it out...


So after a fun week of VBS, we packed up once again to head home with hearts full and memories made.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you...
Isaiah 43:2

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Home Again

When the cruise was all said and done, we quickly made our way back to our children.

Not that they missed us or anything.

In fact, all I heard before the trip was were questions about why they couldn't start their time at BoBo and BeBe's sooner. 

Their week was full of fun and I'm not sure anyone wanted to come home...


And I guess that's a good thing since we're planning on going back in a couple of days for Vacation Bible School. 

But this time I'll be staying too. Hopefully that doesn't put too much of a damper on the fun.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Last Day at CocoCay

Our cruise was quickly coming to an end, but not before a stop at one of our favorite destinations, CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.

We spent the morning on an exhilarating wave runner tour around the island and settled in for a day at the beach...


Then returned to the ship to take in one last dinner...


And pack up a week's worth of memories before our inevitable return to reality.