"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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

One More Camp

Another week, another camp.

This time it was Power Kids Day Camp at Bluegrass Christian Camp. 

Piper was a third year veteran, and Lila and Levi came in as rookies...


And boy was it quiet at our house.

 We had a preview of times to come this fall. 

While I'm not at all looking forward to the start of school, I sure can't complain about being left with these two...



Declan isn't quite ready to be an only child. Or maybe it's just me. 

Either way, there's not a better helper around than Easton... 


I think we're going to do just fine.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Happy and Healthy Girl

My favorite sous chef went to a camp at Happy and Healthy Ways cooking school. She's my constant companion in the kitchen, but this week Piper learned from the experts. And pretty soon I may be taking lessons from her...

Picture courtesy of Happy and Healthy Ways

From French toast to frittatas, pancakes to pizza, and cupcakes to chicken cacciatore, she made breakfast, lunch, and dinner from scratch each day. But the best part? Dinner came home every night for our whole family. (Well, at least the ones who weren't too choosy, or allergic.)

Although Piper had all the fun at cooking camp, we got to share in it a little ourselves. Everyone enjoyed the 'What's for dinner?' guessing game. And it was always so much better than anything we imagined. 

In addition to all the food, she enjoyed park visits, a tea party, and a spa day. Of course on spa day, pajamas were required and that's always a plus. They painted nails and made their own hand sanitizer and facials. 

At the end of the camp we certainly had a happy girl...


And considering the lectures she's been giving me, I think she picked up some healthy tips at the same time.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

We Love Daddy

One thing about being away for a few days...
we all missed Daddy...


And it seems we never grow out of that...


Happy Father's Day to our daddies...
 it really doesn't get any better than this. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Deep Sea Discovery

A week spent at BoBo and BeBe's meant a week of baking, fishing, crafting, playing, and (working?)...


And that was just during the day!

The evenings were spent at Vacation Bible School, which is always a family favorite. I even got in on the fun with the privilege of teaching a class of kindergartners. 

We learned that...

God knows us. 
God hears us. 
God loves us. 
God strengthens us. 
God sends us. 

One tradition at this VBS is a Bible quiz. Each night the classes had ten questions: five from the lesson and five randomly chosen from the Bible. The first child to stand up gets to answer, and there is a boy and girl winner from each class. 

We brought a couple of trophies home...


Piper has won this in the past, and it was the first year Levi was old enough to compete. I am certain that (most) of our children knew a lot of the answers, but it takes a little bit of quickness and a lot of confidence to jump up. It's reassuring to see this as there are times of wonder and worry when these same kids won't speak up or seem to be intimidated by someone or something. 

At the end of the week,our Deep Sea Discovery was a success...


And we get to do it all again next month at our own VBS!



Thursday, June 16, 2016

17 Months

17 Months...


I'd say it's about time for a summer job. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Everyone Wins, Especially Levi

Summer break got even better with a full and fun week of activities. The days started early for Levi and Easton as they spent their mornings at Karate Camp. We all know that Levi's obsession for all things karate is off the charts, and Easton even had fun too. 

At the same time it meant some quiet time for Piper and Lila with a little, okay, a lot less arguing...


The kids also finished up a very productive session of afternoon swim lessons. And to top it off, Levi was the proud winner of a backpack. This backpack has now become a new obsession for him...


And he'll probably take it to karate. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Splash Into Summer

It was the first full week of summer break and we kicked it off with a splash...


I quickly realized that our trips to the pool were going to be a bit different this year,
because this busy boy loves the water...


But just when I thought our poolside lounges were a thing of the past...


He went and proved me wrong.