Thursday, July 24, 2008

What A Busy Week!

I haven't posted in a long time and this one is a little long. So bear with me. This week has been another whirlwind of activity. When I think of summer, I think of lazy days by the pool, with nothing to do but drink lemonade and watch the kids play. In recent years, our lazy days of summer have turned to chaotic days of busy-ness. So this is what has been happening.

Last week, as you know, we went to VBS at my dad's wonderful little mountain church. It was so much fun and the kids had a great time. But while VBS was at night there was lots of things left to take care of during the day. With football, orthodontist, fiddle, and many spend the night guests, there was no time for rest.

On Friday night, our home group (which is awesome), met at Pizza Inn (one of our favorite places to eat.) We had a great time. Friday was a lso the day that my brother's wife and 2 kids arrived for a short visit from Virginia Beach. Jim and I went out on Saturday night and got a babysitter for 3 of the kids. While my mom took Zane with her and his two little cousins to a birthday party at the lake.

Then the fun began. Jim left for a work training class. He flew to Michigan on Sunday morning while we were in church. On Sunday afternoon, we ate a great Southern meal at my mom's. This was the first time all of her 7 grandchildren had been together. It was really fun (and really loud).

This is me with my niece, Tess.

My nephew, Owen.
Maci Clare and her Aunt Cara (my brother's wife)

Then we headed for the pool. We wanted to try to get a picture of my grandma with all 7 great grandchildren. These are the results.

We started out pretty rough.
But it ended up a little better.
I even took one of the just the girls.

And one of the just the boys.

On Monday, our VBS started at our church. Instead of VBS, it is called KNC (Kid Nation Celebration). It was a lot of fun. There was a massive storm and all the power went out right at the end. When we got home, our power had been off too. And Lucy, our lab was gone. But that deserves its own post, so I'll save that for later.

Tuesday morning, we left at 7am for a 3 hour trip to Gatlinburg, TN. We went to Wild Bear Falls Indoor Water Park. It was really cool. There was lots to do.
There was a gigantic hot tub. This is my teenage neighbor and friend, Casey.

The kids really liked this. Me? Not so sure and I'll tell you why.
This huge bucket filled with water and about every 6 or 7 minutes a bell would start to ring.
And the bucket would start to tip and all the kids would run over to the edge of the pool.
Then a flood would come.
The kids loved it and some adults. Our friend, Lindsay (an adult) is right in the middle of that huge splash.
There were also 2 big water slides, a lazy river, a swimming pool (3 1/2 feet) and two play areas.

Maci Clare was so exhausted. She only slept for about 30 minutes on the way up. So after a little while in the water, this is what she did. This is our friend Bobby Ray. He loves to hold Maci Clare and was content to sit and rock her and fan her for 2 1/2 hours.

On the way home, we thought the kids would sleep. Boy, were we sadly mistaken. This is Jack and my nephew, Luke riding on the floor of the bus.

This is Gabe and Thomas (a friend). They were all wide open. I was glad to get back to SC and get off that bus.

Yesterday, we went to the library to watch the children's program. It was all about snakes. My kids loved it. We took Luke with us and he loved it too. I wanted to take a few pictures but Maci Clare and Jack were a little wild so I didn't get to . Then we went to McDonald's (our favorite place) for lunch. We made it home about 2pm. I cleaned house like a mad woman. GAbe and Zane and Jack cleaned their rooms. Then we were off to take more pictures.

My mom hired a professional photographer to come and take pictures of all the grandchildren with her and my dad. It was crazy.
I took a few but I had to hide so Maci Clare wouldn't see me. These were taken at my neighbors' barn and the old car belongs to a friend of my dad's. I think they are going to be great. She also took some individual pictures of each child and I ask her to take a few of the 4 of mine. I can't wait to see them. We will go see them in 2 weeks.

We went back to my mom's and had pizza with my younger brother. Then guess who came home? JIM!!!!! Yay!! I'm so glad he is home. I missed him really bad. He helps me so much and I can't imagine being a single mom. Thank you Lord for giving me such a great husband. The rest of the week will probably be pretty chaotic. Cara, Luke, and Owen are leaving this morning but Jim's sister and her two kids are coming tomorrow from Nebraska. I'll post again soon and let you know what is going on.


blessedwith5 said...

I love when the family can get all of the kids together! The children are beautiful - Grams and Gramps too!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Beautiful pictures...the camo bikini is absolutely the BEST!!!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Great pics and glad you're back.