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Vacation – To Iowa – Good Food, Good Friends, Good Rest

July 2014

 

We made it all the way to Illinois that first day and of course we had to stop at Culver’s and get some fried cheese curds and root beer and other food I am sure, I just ate fried cheese curds and drank root beer and then mooched off the kidlets.

 
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Yes, everyone enjoyed their food.  It had been about 2 years since we had Culver’s on our last vacation.

 

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Levi loved the fries.

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Here is the big boy’s table.  See Caleb there supervising the troops.

 

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Bethany

 

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Elianna may have been a tad crabby while we were there.  It was a long day and by this time, she was sick of sitting.

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Finger licking good, Miriam?

 

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Friends stopped by the hotel to see us.  The kidlets acted crazy, crazy while they were there.  That is nothing new. ;)

 

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Sean and Thomas playing a game on the iPad and Ted harassing Caleb.

 

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No, we did not all stay in this room, but all the girls did.  It was a huge room. It had a king, a pull out couch and they brought up a roll away bed.  It was wonderful.  We still had room to spare.

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Ted trying to intimidate someone?

 

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Thomas and Nathan harassing Ted.

 

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Elianna and Caleb getting  their energy out.  Honestly, I was too tired to do much about it.

 

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See, normally I would never let them sit like that on the chair or table.

 

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And Levi did not want to be left out.
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That was one of the nicest hotel rooms we have stayed in.  It was a Baymount Inn and Suites.  I was so thankful our friends came to visit, even if for a short time.  We laughed so hard and just had a grand time.  We all slept so well that night. Tomorrow, on to Iowa.

 

Susan

Vacation – To Iowa – Day 1

July 2014

 

In July we planned a trip to Iowa and Wisconsin.  The idea is that Sean would job hunt in Iowa and the rest of us would help with VBS at our former church.  Then we would head up to Wisconsin to spend a couple of weeks with family and friends and attend a big family reunion at my sister’s house.  It was a great trip, even if we did not get all of that in before God changed our plans.

 

Here we are in Ohio at a rest stop.  It was a beautiful rest stop and a beautiful day.  The kidlets were able to run around and get some energy out.

 

Bethany and Levi with Caleb looking on.
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Levi is ready to eat, but not really yet.  He was busy just using  his legs.  Nathan was watching the traffic.

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Sandwiches and chips and carrots, the lunch of champions.  At least Elianna is excited to eat.  I don’t think she really ate that much.  She did enjoy her soda, however.

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Waiting for the kidlets to go through the lunch line.

 

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Caleb

 

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Olivia getting some carrots and Levi not eating his food while laughing at a leaf or two.

 

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I really don’t want to stay sitting on this bench, let me run!

 

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Bethany and Nathan enjoying the conversation and the fresh air.

 

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Abigail and me.

 

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Thomas and Miriam

 

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Caleb approves of lunch.

 

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Olivia

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Uncle Ted sharing some sort of story with us.

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The soda was Elianna’s favorite part of lunch.

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See, my face is healing.

 

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I did not take nearly as many pictures of our vacation as I thought I did, oh well, such is life.

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

Around the House, Faces of July 2014 – Wordless Wednesday

July 2014

 

Caleb and Elianna doing Hooked on Phonics.
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“school work”?

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Ditto the boys.

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Baking fake chocolate cookies.  Oh yes I did.

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Well, Abigail did.

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Levi showing off his awesome face plant face.

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This is what happens when a 1 year old thinks he can run like a sprinter on blacktop.  He finds out he can’t.

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Oh, what a great month.

 

susan

Miriam’s Birthday Date, Out on the Town, Early

July 2014

 

Because we were going to be on vacation for Miriam’s birthday and because she wanted to go to Steak and Shake for her birthday meal, she chose a night that we were having something she did not like for supper and asked if she could go out that night.  Smart girl.
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She made this shirt at a birthday party and loves the shirt and wears it often.  Here she is with the paper car she made with the shake driver.

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Enjoying coloring on the placemat and wearing the hat.

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Eating her birthday cake shake and her grilled cheese sandwich and fries.

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Sean enjoying his patty melt, fries and shake.  At least I assume it is a patty melt as he loves those things.

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The fries and shake were awesome, now to finish the food.

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What a fun evening she had out on the town with her Dad.  She already has the next few years planned out as far as where she wants to go eat.  Smart girl.

 

susan

 

 

 

 

Sean’s Birthday

July 2014

Big day for Sean, he loves his birthday,  he loves the cake and he loves the presents, oh and he loves spending time with us.  Here is a gift we forgot to give him for Christmas.
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Indiana Jones Life

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Levi and his mangled face, enjoy the fun.

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Money, now what was the money for?  I don’t even remember, oh wait, it was for  him to buy his choice of Walmart road atlas.  He also hurt his foot the day before, by dropping the camper tongue on his foot in preparation to take it on vacation.  He as icing his foot.

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Hi fancy birthday cake.

 

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Levi loves the cake, he could care less about the singing.

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Nathan laughing at Uncle Ted making snide comments and Olivia plugging her ears so she does not have to hear it.

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Miriam loving on Levi.  Levi not enjoying the attention.

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Abigail and me with a happy Levi picture in the back.

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Ted and Thomas.  No, Ted is not angry, he likes to do that for the camera.

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Bethany and Caleb enjoying the cake and ice cream.

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What a fun day.  No bifocals yet.

 

Susan

Chick fil A – Customer Appreciation Days

July 2014

 

Chick fil A – Customer appreciation day.  Dress like a cow and get free food.  Whatever you want, even a full meal with a large lemonade.  Who can turn down free food?  Not us.  This is one of my favorite days of the year.  The food is always excellent and the workers are always helpful and kind.
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Just the 11 of us. ;)

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We  went a bit early this year, hoping to beat the rush and we parked in the next parking lot over, to make it easier to leave.  It worked great.  I think we were there by 11:15.  Shortly after we got there and got our food, the rush started.

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Seriously this makes me want CFA right now.  I love my kids and how they are willing to “put up” with me and all my crazy and fun ideas and plans.  They are awesome.

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Elianna approves.  Bethany had poison ivy.  She enjoyed the day much more than this picture implies.

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Abigail approves too.

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Miriam and me.

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Until next year.  I wish Sean could come with us.  Maybe next year he will be able to come with us, won’t that be fun!

 

Susan

 

 

July 4th, 2014

4 July 2014

 

We met friends near the Coliseum in a parking lot to watch the fireworks.  We had to get there early to get good seats.

 

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We brought chairs, water and blankets to be able to sit around and enjoy the time.

 

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Some people pretended to take naps.

 

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Miraim

 

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Elianna

 

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Levi and Nathan

 

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Bethany

 

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Caleb

 

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Olivia

 

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Abigail

 

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Thomas

 

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We took our shoes off and got comfy.

 

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Olivia and her friend, Savey.

 

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Bethany and her dear friend, Mary.

 

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The sun is getting lower in the sky.   So much fun waiting and waiting and waiting.

 

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It is almost time now.  We moved out into the driving area of the parking lot because the parking lot was full.

 

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Well, some of us did.

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Then the fireworks started and it was great being so close to the action, even if we were not right on top of the fireworks.  It was a great time of fellowship and fun.  We solved the world’s problems and our children made friendship bonds that I hope last a life time.

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NC Zoo Comes to the Library

June 2014

 

The summer reading program is in full swing and we headed to the local library because the NC Zoo was bringing animals and that is always an interesting opportunity to see various creatures.

 

Caleb waiting patiently.
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Levi wondering why they do these things during nap time.

 

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Elianna is very excited they scheduled this event during nap time.

 

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Olivia waiting patiently.

 

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Finally, time to start.  We receive instruction from Miss Librarian.

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And we wait some more while the zoo people explain more boring instructions.  ;)

 

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Snake time.  Gross.

 

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Time to blow on a piece of paper to demonstrate something important that I forgot already.

 

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But Olivia is so cute in her orange skirt.

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Bethany petting the disgusting snake.

 

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We enjoy the programs at the library in the summer.  It is always good to get out and enjoy some new things.  We actually did not go to many this year because the library by our house is so small and crowded and I often forgot about the other programs.  The ones we did go to we did enjoy.  We hope to go to many more next summer, where the library is so much bigger, although I fear that will mean bigger crowds.

 

Susan

 

 

Faces of June 2014 – Wordless Wednesday

June 2014

 

 

Miriam

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Olivia

 

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Olivia and Levi

 

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Levi

 

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Levi with Thomas, Sean, Nathan and Caleb in the background.

 

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Olivia

 

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Elianna

 

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Levi and Elianna

 

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Caleb, Miriam and Olivia

 

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Abigail

 

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Elianna and Nathan

 

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Caleb, Miriam, Bethany and Olivia

 

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Thomas

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Levi and Elianna

 

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Levi and Elianna

 

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Bethany, she lost a tooth.

 

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Susan

 

Father’s Day 2014

June 15, 2014

 

It is Father’s Day again, and here is Sean surrounded by his young minions.
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World’s Most Average Dad, true story.

 

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And so very proud.

 

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Cards from the kidlets.

 

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And a hug from Olivia.

 

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A very special card from on of the kidlets.

 

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Another custom shirt for Sean.

 

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A prediction of the future?

 

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His special cake from Costco. Elianna is ready to eat.

 

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Excited for November/December.

 

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A decoration I made for our room.  I know it is a terrible picture, but such is life and it was the best I could get.  There are birds to represent each of the members of our family, including Baby Bird.

 

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It was a great way to announce to the kidlets they had a brother or sister on the way and to celebrate Father’s Day at the same time.

 

Susan