These are two of Danielle's dance pictures- Recital was in late June. I don't have Katie's pictures yet...
|cousins visiting Lenoir-Rhyne University- where Kyle and I went!|
So, let me set the scene: Katie (adorable, sweet) wants a Monster High birthday party.
Me: Ummm... Monster High? You mean the sleezy looking Barbies with the scary green faces? Katie: Yes, mom, and what is sleezy? I don't know this word.
Me: Never mind that, what about Jasmine? or Princess? or Rock star?)
Katie: Nope! Monster High! I want Clawdine Wolf at my party!
|serious about her wish!|
OK... I'm feeling pretty good about this small Monster High party, thankful that it's summer and I don't have to send these invites to school or anything. It was fine, and she had fun. I felt a little bit like I under achieved the whole party set up (note: if you are going to go on Pinterest, do it at least a week prior to the party date so you have adequate time to prepare and fix up the decor), but it turned out nice. Fun. Pink and Black. and glitter and sparkles, of course.
oh, and here is the scene for the big gift reveal (drum rolls would be goo
|Oh. My. Gosh... Deep breath!|
|What?! For real!!?|
|shock.. like, real shock:)|
|ok, so she didn't really pass out- but the girl should totally go into acting.|
|All that drama (gasp, sigh) for Justin Bieber tickets!!!|
Until I priced rooms at the beach for the only five day span that Mark had off and we could have a little vacation together... it's summer break, after all. Camping looked real good, then (hmmm... $329 a night at a 2 star hotel or $329 for five days on a campground)... So, we went tent camping again. No one had a nervous breakdown! It even rained, and everyone coped with it! We were all troopers, working together, with minimal complaining... We were all grungy, too. And it was OK. We ate a lot of processed foods, but for five days it was OK to have potato chips be the vegetable in the meal. Really... it was actually quite liberating (and for our vegetable: viola! Potato chips... Corn chips...). And we did have to go to a laundromat once for Tommy's sleeping bag (forgot to move it to the waterproof tent). It was good. It was even fun. Not bad...
|but it did rain|
|but we took the opportunity to read and rest and hang out together|
|and read some more:) and rest some more:)|
|and Mark makes awesome fires!|
|And Tommy loves the ocean and is happy here|
|and Katie gets to capture and play with tree frogs|
|and sisters get to jump and play|
This summer has been way more relaxed than the last two summers. The lack of schedule is a bit difficult at times because the kids really come to depend on some sort of predictability, especially Tommy, and although he struggled at times, it was all fine and good and it probably stretched him a little. It stretched everyone a little. Stretching is good for you!
Well now... how is all that for an update?
God has placed so many amazing opportunities in my path. I know I am loved and adored. How cool is it to be able to write about life- which may seem a tad mundane sometimes- but is worthwhile on a much bigger, much grander scheme of things. Good things are in store, a promise to prosper you and to not cause you harm.