Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thoughts on my sweet family

I just have to say, I love my family. Truly, they are the center of my happiness. Yes, we have moments when…. you can fill in the blanks with all the images of chaotic, messy, real family life.  But without them my life would really be void!

Lucy. She's learning to say more things… "more milk mommy, peas!"  "I hold voo!" (I want you to hold me) and  "nana duddle" (I want to cuddle). She's starting to enter the "I do it myself!"phase, and it's a little fun to see my passive little girl fight for what she wants a little bit more. I do secretly enjoy that most times when I push an issue, she will just say in her little easy going way, "Okay, mommy!" (It takes me by surprise every time, I'm not used to a toddler who doesn't fight tooth and nail over everything!)

My little sweet and sassy Avery Jane. What would we do without her? She makes life sooo fun. She literally skips into school each day, excited to see her little friends and to learn. She's happy and makes us all laugh and is such a good big sister to Lucy. She loves to craft, color, create and bake. I love that her face is filling up with freckles. She will get whatever she puts her mind to in life. She's brilliant and a true beauty.

Jackson. He's such a knowledge machine. He LOVES to learn. He soaks up facts and just files them away in his brain. He just loves to talk and to share his knowledge. He just is so naturally curious about nature, animals, the earth, and he's getting into machines and how things work. I really love that kid.

Kirtis. My rock. Today he gets home from work and says, "where's the phone charger today hun?"and laughs. I seem to move it from the bedroom to the kitchen or somewhere else, depending on when my phone died and where I needed it at that moment. He totally puts up with my idiosyncrasies and I adore him for it.

What we've been up to this Summer!!

Summer of 2014. It is flying by. Stop! I love my kids home. I love the creative time. I love the time to work on chores, practice instruments, and go on adventures. I love the weekend trips and treat nights and time to read. I love morning snuggles with these cute little bodies.
 The kids have made the living room into a fort a few times this summer. This is one of the arrangements.

 Our one project of the summer. Avery sewed a pillow and Jackson made a camouflage ARROW.

 We went to Bridgeport Lake one afternoon. The kids had a great time with the Drew and Ella Haley.

 This little swimmer is getting really good at swimming in her floaties!
 Here's some game night photos. We were playing "Headbands". We all picked our favorite things to go on our heads for the pictures. :) Mine's a chocolate cake, the girls both picked Unicorns.

 Jackson loved the "Money" one.
 We've killed a LOT of flies this summer.  One of my pet peeves about Nebraska. The flies really make me insane. :)
 And…. we've gone on a lot of bike rides!

 A few parks as well… Lucy is finally getting over her fear of slides!
 Here's Jackson when he went fishing at Sean's cabin at Lake McConaughy.

 Pioneer Day fun… Avery and Lily doing the Stick Pull
 Elaine Peters and I doing the 3 legged race.

 Too cute for words.

 Silly pictures!! We love treats. :) Especially after the pool! (We've done that a lot too, I just never seem to take pictures of it!)

 Love her sweet little face and ringlets.
 Blurry photo, but I still love it.
 The kids hanging out inside on a "cold" rainy day.
 This was today! We visited Scottsbluff National Monument, and I got to show them what a handcart looked like.

 Covered wagon with Fake Oxen along the Oregon Trail.

We drove to the top, then hiked around a little. I started with Lucy in the backpack, but she has grown a  LOT since last time I used it. I told her she had to walk, and as a result we didn't go very far!  The view from the top was absolutely gorgeous though.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Niabrara Camping Trip

Our camping trip to Niabrara River a few weekends ago.
 We got the campsite set up, then played in the river a little bit. We had so much fun watching Charlie swim for the first time. Kirtis played catch with him and he did great. Sometimes he stuck his whole head underwater.. we're not sure why, but he was having fun!

This is "Carhenge" … near Alliance Nebraska…. saw it on the way home. (Not sure why blogger has reordered my pictures, so we'll just go with it!) 
 On the way home… the kids pretended to sleep. They didn't actually sleep. Ha ha!!
 So, I didn't do a lot of research before heading out to camp. I reserved the campsite the day before and we lucked out to get a site next to the river because there was a cancellation. I didn't know much about where we were heading, but our friends the Silers said it was fun, so we took their word for it and headed out! Our campground was called "Smith Falls" but I didn't even think about the fact that it might have been named after a waterfall. After all, this is the middle of Nebraska! We were surprised by this waterfall and had so much fun playing around in it. (yes the water was cold!)
 Hanging out at the campsite!! Looking at these pictures makes me want to go camping more!!
 My favorite people in all the world! (Just missing Kirtis who is behind the camera!)
 Look at this little ham. She is growing up too fast!! She's quickly becoming one of the big kids. Makes my heart sad, but happy too.
 Jackson is nine and a half. Best kid ever.

 Our sweet and fun and gorgeous Avery. Oh how we love her!

 Our Charlie dog. Keeps life exciting for us! He had such a great trip. :)


 Crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Niabrara. It was absolutely gorgeous. We woke up Saturday morning with plans to play in the waterfall, but it started pouring rain! Luckily it let up a little in time for us to go play before we had to pack up camp.
 The kiddos.
Playing in the waterfall…. lots of fun!

 Me, Jackson, Lucy

The Sheriff came by the campsite to recruit some new Deputies.