Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Sizzle

Okay... now that I have cooled off 20 degrees I am ready to get back to summer! We have been barbecuing on the deck and hanging out at the local watering hole...  I love the carefree days of summer. 

Strawberry Shortcake... Inspired by this sweet friend: Snapshots

These two each made SIX bucks selling otter pops and Kool-Aid!!!! 

Cool sunshine girl...  When she is not hot, she is happy. When she is happy, mamas happy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

DANG!!!!!!!!!! It's HOT

Shoot me now... Not even this lake brings lasting relief! Our house feels like 103! 
No one can sleep. 
Isabelle is melting.

Monday, July 27, 2009

True Love is...

Climbing up a tall tree to hang my favorite birdhouse. 

Taking the boys new boat our for a test, to check for holes...
Setting up the tent for the 15th time...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


July 20th, 1969
40 Years ago... The first astronaut walks on the moon. 
40 Years ago... My parents got married on the same day. 
Being so far away I am sad I could not throw a big celebration because I am super proud of your love for each other. I am blessed to have such amazing parents with such a great relationship. Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Should I feel Guilty?

I had to work yesterday. So it was my husband who took EE to summer camp. I was really sad not to be able to see him off but may I ask you this?
Should I feel guilty about how much I love the peace at at our house?

Jack and Isabelle are so easy going and easy to please. They don't complain, they don't beg to get out and be entertained. They don't challenge me or my authority on a hourly basis.  They are both interested in their own projects and happy to stay home and chill out.  They don't fight. Our house is peaceful! 
We are really praying that God will grab onto E in this next couple of days and make Himself so real to Ethan. It is very interesting to see how differently kids "accept" Jesus into their hearts. For Jack and Isabelle we don't have to convince them that Jesus is real. They feel it. Jack sings to Jesus and is very comfortable in prayer, etc... For Ethan it is harder. I'm sure some things that have happened in his little life make it harder to believe. I can relate to that feeling.  But I desperately want him to know that Jesus is real. I want Ethan to know he will always have Jesus and to know that they can become true friends. 

Despite the peace I love, I sure miss him already. 

 Husband taking some good pics...
I love there are 'cool' guys that are willing to invest in our young men! I'm sure it will be great for Ethan to hear about life from someone other than parents! 

And they are off! Bye EE, we will see you in three days. Until then,
we will be enjoying every second of quiet we can get! 

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bellie Girl Turns 12!!!!!!!

Our Twirling Girl turns tWeLvE... 

We celebrated this blessing of a girl with a Fabulous Fiesta! Wonderful friends, yummy Mexican food (made by her own chef... Dad) and a lot of chocolate cake. 

She is so incredibly amazing. It is hard to believe she started life in an ICU unit for months and months and has grown into this beautiful girl. Happy Birthday Bellie Girl! 

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Boom, Boom, POW!

What a fabulous day! The parade was fun but we really enjoyed spending time with friends! 

Happy 4th of July! 

Our little Firecrackers! wait.. they are not so little :(

Fun with Friends... BBQ with the Buhlers.  We love you guys!

Both of these pics are funny to me... Isabelle's hand on dad and Shawn showing some leg! 

The Men... doing what guys to best, manning the BBQ.

Super Yummy Summer Food!

HAppY 17th Anniversary Shawn and Simone!!!!!! Such Love BiRdS!!

Shawn and Joe were such troopers to take the whole brood right down to the action. The kids had a wonderful time right under the fireworks. Isabelle LOVES the "BOOM"!
Ethan and Nolan

The weather was as wonderful as I can remember. It was a perfect night.