Life is traveling too fast for me to keep up on these pictures! I DO realize that my last post was MONTHS ago, but it is just too overwhelming for me to even try to get caught up with a whole summer’s worth of photos! My plan is simply to fast forward to this back-to-school season and at least throw a little bit of an update out there!
We had a super summer, which included a trip back to the Midwest to spend some time with family. We then hosted my sister and her family for a few days. It was so much fun to have the on our turf for a change! From there, summer activities largely slowed down since I took on a teaching position (a bit on the last-minute side) with our homeschool group, Classical Conversations, which meant training and much preparations for both our own school and then my class. But it was a good summer while it lasted, but we are back in the saddle. I’ll give a few summary photos from the summer before launching a great update.
We arrived in Michigan on the 4th of July, just in time for the evening festivities at the lake!
As a whole, a LOT of tubing (and boating and swimming and skiing) was done during our week in Michigan, but here is one representative photo!!
We also all went cherry picking! A first for our kids!
Another first for some was horseback riding! We all went out on a trail ride.
Then is was off to Chicago, which started with an 80th birthday party for Grandpa Bob!
We enjoyed a day trip to the Chicago Botanical Gardens…
…and then a more relaxing girls time! This was a first for the younger girls in many respects and they LOVED every bit of it! Especially because they got their fingernails done too, which had some fun designs and sparkles on them! Pampering at its best.
5 sets of beautiful toes!
Back in CA!! We were able to celebrate Zachary’s 7th birthday a couple days early with our special visitors! A rare treat to have family here for birthday celebrations! Love this picture of Bethany and Logan!
A fun trip to Magic Mountain with cousins too!
These two cousins had such a GREAT time together! They are only a week apart in age and it was a blessing to be together for a few days!
Sisters!! We had such a perfect day at the beach!
Here is the whole gang, de-sanded and dressed before heading home! Thank goodness for a tent on the beach to get these things accomplished!
The day after the Painter’s departure was Zachary’s real birthday…off to a birthday breakfast with daddy!
Since we already had birthday cake with the Painters a few days earlier, we made some simple cupcakes for his actual birthday!
Can’t believe this guy is already 7 years old!! Stop the clock!!
I love a freshly groomed dog! It just doesn’t seem to last very long!! The curse of having a non-shedding dog is the grooming! But he is oh, so cute!!
While cleaning out some closet shelves, we came across Paul’s old uniform! Paul put it on while they were in the shower and surprised them when they came out! Zachary got a kick out of it! Amazingly, Paul still fit into his uniform…way to go!! Handsome!!
And some first day of school photos! Sedy class for 2015!
Check out that smile!! Both front teeth came out within a week of each other! This is my first to have such a big gap in front as the others already had some teeth growing back in before they lost the other front tooth! So cute!
Lauren was VERY excited to start her first day of CC! No more childcare for her, she is in a classroom!
All ready for our first day of Classical Conversations!
And that same week, Lauren also started Faith Kids! A pretty busy 4-year-old schedule this year! After hearing about it for so long, she was very excited to finally have her time with Mommy!
Here we go….4th time through the program!
Week 1: A week activities
B Week: Ballerina and Baseball week!
Love this picture of Lauren with her good friend, Luke Wilson, both sporting their appropriate outfits for the day!
Doing her best to learn a few ballet moves!
A day at the LA County Fair!
Our one-room schoolhouse, literally in a one-room schoolhouse!
They worked hard to each write 6 book reports in order to each earn 6 free rides! The girls chose the sky lift over the fair as one of theirs!
The 3 oldest are up there someplace!
Beautiful Clydesdale horses from the parade.
Brianna getting some juggling lessons at the fair!
This girl was incredibly flexible!! Doing handstands on these stilts and then contorting her body!!
The dress-up area has always been a favorite thing to do at the fair! This year, they moved it inside so we were fine with letting them play there since it was about a 100-degree day!
Zachary with Flat Stanley!!
I’ll stop there for now! A sampling of photos from many months! When it has been this long, fast forwarding is about all I can do!