Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Obviously I have a hard time keeping up with both blogging and summer!  It's okay though... I am enjoying everything and will get around to posting sooner or later.

For the 4th of July, we went to the S. family's annual party.  They are seriously amazing and put together and fantastic event!  The fun was tripled when we were accompanied by two of our friends.  :)

One big happy family!  Or pretty code to that.  :)

 I had a wonderful time seeing my good friend, Melissa T. again!

There was one epic water balloon fight!  We went all out.  :)  
(Photo credits to Mrs. B.)

And thanks to Paul L. taking these fantastic pictures because I didn't get to take as many as I intended!
Who knew Jordan had a hidden soccer talent?

My daddy and I posing for the pictures while everyone else talks.

Announcing pie contest winners.

Look out, Sarah!  Someone just might steal your pie! 

In case you thought she was a perfect little angel...

And then there was this hilarious sign that mysteriously appeared on the B. family's trailer...

Who cares how it got there!  It sure looks nice on it!

And then this red car posed with a bunch of people...

Presentation time!

Mrs. S. and her granddaughter. 

We played Shenandoah. 

Shiloh and I accompanied Evan, Jordan, Elanee, and Eden as a vocal quartet while they sang The Star  Spangled Banner.

It was a blessed time celebrating America's freedom!  

"The land of the free begins in the homes of the brave." ~Kirk Cameron 

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Happy Birthday to our Wonderful Father!!

Sadly, Daddy had to work today~ so we celebrated his birthday yesterday!!
With some presents and a Gluten Free Cake!!

Are you hungry yet???  :)  We should have made two- this one went waaaay too fast!

In honor of our father's birthday- here's one of his favorite songs and also a song that we think describes him well too! :)

The Time Is Now

Happy Birthday, Daddy!!  We Love You!! Shiloh - Bethany - Jordan - Eden - Judah- Havilah - Ben!

Friday, July 11, 2014

OCEANetwork 2014

We always enjoy attending homeschool conferences, but this one was particularly fun because we spent the majority of the time volunteering!  We were super busy the whole time but still were able to visit with friends and have a wonderful time.  

Heading down to the conference center in our stylish volunteer "badges"!

 Judah and Benjamin enjoying the science fair.

 The little kids by a blue cow

It's very unusual, but I ended up not taking any pictures!  Thankfully Evan S. got some really good ones to share (he always does!).

Having a wonderful time with such special friends! 

Confession Time: I actually didn't make it to a single session I was so busy! 

 Okay, so I had to fit some violin playing into the schedule.
Which is totally fine.  :)

Wait.  Are they really working or just having fun???

I had the awesome job of duplicating CDs.  We named each of our machines based off their personalities: Moody, Disobedient, Granny, Super-Charged, and Racer.  Super-Charged was our fastest machines, so I kinda stuck around him.  ;)

Jordan taking a bite out of it! 

I'm selling my car!

But if it won't sell...
I'll push it into the water!

Looks like someone is shopping for someone else!

At the close of the conference, we went out to dinner with a few families.

It was such a blessing visiting with the H., S., and S. families!

Smiles all around!

Lots of laughter!

And even some photobombing.  You have to do some photobombing.  :)

Sarah and Eden share a morsel.

It lasted long into the night and we closed the wonderful weekend with a group photobomb!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cousin Love!

We had one crazy fun week because of a special visit from our cousin Hope!  The only problem was that the week went by way too fast, but we packed it as full as we possibly could with all sorts fun stuff like hooking Hope on Studio Ceating way too much icecream, dancing, laughing like crazy, roller skating, running, late night talks, and so much more...  We had such a wonderful time and made so many special memories.  :)

Actually, even before Hope came over, we had started off the week with a bang (which means an early--way too early for us Night Owls--morning leaving the house at 6:45am for our church's Pentecost celebration).

Worshiping through dance.

 Presenting a special Shavuot dance.

I think the choreography and colors in this dance were just beautiful!

 Shiloh and Eden on the left there...

And me on the left!

Afterwards we stayed to talk and dance some more (you can never get enough of both those activities!).  We also got a family picture with our special "adopted" sister, Lindsey!

The guys.

The girls.

And Hope is here!!!

Thus began one hilarious and awesome few days!

After a late movie night (okay, so every night was late), we were up the next morning for a good run.  A few of us plan to run a 5K, so Hope started training us.  And the rest is history.  Painful history.  (Seriously, I so sore!)

 The cousins that swim together... stick together!
It is a cousin tradition--we grew up swimming together at Grandma's House.  Special memories!

 Another cousin tradition is to go iceskating... but since the rink's hours did not work out with our tight schedule, we went roller skating instead.

We had so much fun singing and doing all sorts of fun dance moves.  :)
Hope used to do figure skating, so she showed us her fancy moves and taught me how to skate backwards (something I have wanted to learn for quite a while).

That floor is such an obnoxious green color...

 Jordan photobombing...
Or something like that...
Actually I don't know if I know what he is doing...

 Judah going pro!

I look like I know what I'm doing...

A Hope and Eden selfie.

Hope put together an impromptu photoshoot.  Unfortunately I was our photographer and I really don't have a knack for that sort of thing.  However, with a little editing from Shiloh, I kind of impressed myself!
So when do you want me to take photos for your special event?  Oh wait.  I probably should push it.

The light was so brilliant it almost put a glare in some of the pictures...

Someone suggested that we get a picture of us all sitting on the log.  However, the self-timer gave me 10 seconds to run into the picture and there was no way I could have got through all the blackberries in my nice clothes that fast.  Trust me.  If you had seen the other do it, you would know that it was a struggle to get by that log... no less on it! 

This was our favorite picture!

Hey, let's pose by this big tree!

Love the tint on this one.

Thanks to Hope's amazing blow-on-the-camera-battery-when-it-runs-out trick, we were able to snap this last picture! I had only 2 seconds to run in the picture... so it looks like I'm running into the picture... because I am running into the picture.

 There were so many exciting things happening every day.  Since Eden had to keep up with her homeschool Biology, our friend Tabitha W. came over to do a perch dissection.

It smelled.

I can't help but think the masks look like horse feedbags from the front... and Eden's looks like a duck's bill from the side.


The big finale was the dance we hosted!
Hope had me teach her some Irish Ceili Dance steps a couple days in advance... she practiced every moment she had and her fancy footwork sure paid off!

We had a wonderful group of dancers.

It was a fun experience to call quite a few dances.  We had other people call whatever dance they wanted to do.  There was lots of different styles too!  Irish Ceili, Folk, ECD, and Israeli Folk.  We danced long into the night.  :)

Love this picture!  Judah and Cecily A. jamming with their Bodhrans.

And that was a very late night--or should I say, very early morning?

Despite the severe lack of sleep from a crazy past few days, we all were up bright and early the next morning to drop Hope off at the airport.  It was so sad saying goodbye.  :( 

We love you, Hope!!!
(Don't we look exhausted?  But it was totally worth it!)

Here is a video Elanee S. took of us dancing the Haymaker's Jig with Yours Truly calling it:

We love and miss all our cousins and hope that this blog post has encouraged them to come join us for a while... (hint, hint.)

This was such a special time and the Lord blessed us all with love, laughter, and life.
"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."  ~Numbers 6:24-26

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