Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gone Fishin'

Oh, dear!  I apologize.  It seems that I might have "gone fishin'!"  I don't always do the best with keeping up with my blog, but I do try to do better than I have this month!  Oh my!  Either way, here I am...back again.

We have been hopping busy this summer!  We ended the school year and I settled down to relax and enjoy my family for the summer.  And, that I did...for a few weeks until it was time to prepare for VBS, which was an absolute blast!  As soon as that was over, I had to switch modes and start thinking about Ohio visits, diaper cakes and baby showers...while also slipping in some 4's and 5's at church (which I have loved leading)...oh, and keeping in the back of my mind that school really was right around the corner again.

Off to Ohio we trotted.  It isn't that I was dreading the trip, only my children's behavior on the trip.  It didn't start off well and I was thankful to a friend for wiping the tears from my face through the phone.  God used this busy, packed full trip to help me connect with my kiddos though.  I seriously had SOMETHING to do EVERY day this trip.  I always leave a few days for down time, and that didn't happen this time.  I had one date with a dear friend where I didn't tote kids along.  It was at the beginning of the trip...exactly where I needed it.  The rest of the fun the kids got to enjoy, as well.  And, you know what?  They did great...no, EXCELLENT!!!  I was so proud that they were my children, and I was so thankful to spend that time with them.  But what did we do?!?

Well, on Saturday we attended the annual Heizer Family Reunion (my Grandma Wagner's family).  I have memories of these reunions from way back when.  I remember loving the penny hunt.  They don't do the penny hunt anymore (my children were three of four children there), but the kids loved it anyway!  The girls had a blast playing in the pond and John was a momma's boy, for sure!  The best part of Libby's day, though, was when she caught her very first fish!  As for mom?  She was just glad that cousin Jeremiah was there to take that slimy fish off the pole for Libby!  ;)

Sunday involved more swimming as we visited a friend that lives along Indian Lake.  The girls weren't sure whether they wanted to swim there because they couldn't touch the bottom and they had to actually put a little bit of faith in the life jackets they were wearing.  We started out with only Libby and mommy in the water...and Libby was clinging.  Slowly, but surely, she was able to play beside mommy while Grace came in to cling.  Eventually, both girls were jumping into the water from the dock and splashing around with mommy just watching from the dock.  Momma's little fish!  What was John doing while all of this was going on?  Burying mommy's sandals in the rocks.  Sounds just like him, huh?

The last "best day" for the kiddos was when we visited one last mommy-friend who runs a music program.  Miss April took us through a session and, boy, did my kids have fun!  She sang a choo-choo song for John and there were lots of different instruments that the girls (and John) got to play.  I seriously wish we lived closer so we could join the fun more often!  I was amazed at the things that the kids were doing, especially John.  It was an absolute blast!

Now we are home again...and looking to the school year.  Libby's schedule is figured out, I bought the last piece of curriculum the other day, Grace's basics are settled on paper, and now momma needs to look up some fun songs on the internet so she can teach her auditory-learning son some things, too.  :)

Sorry for the long break and the long post!  Have a GREAT rest of your summer!  And, I'll make it my goal to be back REALLY soon!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

More Fireworks!

Grace's original firework and her fun with Picasa versions!


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As if watching the fireworks were not enough, we decided to make our own fireworks today!  Here is Libby's original, and then four more that we decided to have fun with in Picasa.  ;)


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Happy 4th!

We decided to check out the Dubuque fireworks last night.  I didn't get any good pictures of fireworks because of our location, but I got good pictures of three little cuties!  We were one of the few places that even had permission to do fireworks because we are on the Mississippi!  Next year we might check out a different place to watch the fireworks...and, I thought I was going to enjoy the music with the display...we might leave our radio off next year, too.  ;)

Pyro like his daddy?

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012


...while Libby was letting go of her balloon on purpose, John learned a lesson about the properties of helium.  If you look in the upper right hand corner of this picture, you can see John's balloon lifting up to Aunt Joanna as well, unintended.  I told him not to let go of his balloon just as he was...well, letting it go. 
He ran after it, but obviously, he didn't catch it in time.  It was well on its own journey as Libby was letting go of her balloon.

And, if you look in the last post, you can see poor little John coming up the hill, mourning the loss of his sweet Elmo balloon.


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Love to Aunt Joanna

Libby has been wanting to send Aunt Joanna a letter telling her that she missed her (she died at the wise old age of 96 a couple of years ago) for quite some time now.  She wrote her letter last week and we bought the balloon today after swim lessons.

 After she let the balloon go, she asked me if I thought that God could slip two fingers from holding the world to snag it for Aunt Joanna.  Oh, the faith of little ones!

I love my little girl, and it thrilled her heart to be able to mail a letter to her Aunt!  I am 100% certain that it will thrill Aunt Joanna's heart to receive her letter, as well.

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