Saturday, April 30, 2016

Random photos from my phone

I downloaded the pictures on my phone to my computer. Really random photos. Here are a few:

This is the oldest photo on my phone. It's from the home coming dance last September.

Our first photo class. Also last September.

Before we got our fourth doggy.

Where I walk 2-3 times a week.

Rick's work Christmas party. Feeling like a normal adult for once. (Except I was drinking Dr. Pepper)

Jasmine with our pastor's wife after the Christmas service.

With Adam in January.

River's first day at church. Jessica with our children's minister.

Rick and the twins at church.

In February I surprised everyone with a trip to Escape Manor. I told them I had an activity planned and asked if they were in or not. No clue as to what the activity was. They all chose to be in. The evening before, I told them all where we were going. I had dropped hints and a couple of them had figured it out. We escaped with a few minutes to spare.

At a zoo during spring break.

 At the beach after the zoo.
New doggy Sadie Rose. She'd been without a home for over two years.

River laying across my legs while I write.

Ty rescuing a wooden frame as the trash truck was making its way down the road. He ran three or four blocks with the wagon and got it. We are going to use it to build a raised garden.

I bought him the "Angriest Whopper" for his heroics.

 Johnny jump up for $5 from a yard sale.

At a cycle/jet ski etc open house. I went for the hamburgers they were grilling :)  Well, really we didn't know they had hamburgers, but they were good.

Building a three tier plant holder.

I saw these and sent this photo to Jasmine to see if she'd like them. She did, but we decided to wait and get them for next fall. Hoping they mark them down during the summer.

Picnic on the beach.

Jasmine is going on a choir tour to Colorado the day after school ends. They are biking up Pike's Peak, so we have started riding our bikes in the evening.

 Ty picking up his first vehicle from an independent car repair place.
Jasmine and Kaleb with Newberry award winner Kwame Alexander.

Signing "Crossover"
So, that's a bit of what's on my phone. What's on yours? Come on, play along.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday afternoons

With work and school schedules, music lessons, percussion camp, swim team etc, it's been hard to find time to do things as a family. So we've started making the most of Sunday afternoons after church. Some weeks we simply come home and do something at the house, other times we head to a beach. These pictures are from the same beach, but not the same day.

Grilling kabobs

Ty, Jessica and Adam all work Sundays, but Ty and Jess have it scheduled so they both don't work until 4:00. Adam worked all day, but he started a new job a couple of weeks ago, and I'm not sure what his schedule is now.

Jessica's friend Delisa joins us sometimes.

This week we went later, so the older kids weren't able to join us.

Volleyball has become our new beach activity

Hula hoop has also become a favorite beach activity

Pie filling toasted between bread makes great grilled pies

So share with us, favorite family activity?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

River's Dedication

Our church has a parent/child dedication three times a year (or maybe it's twice a year). The parents don't just dedicate the baby/child, they dedicate themselves to raise the child to know God. Jessica dedicated River two Sundays ago. Hunter attended, but didn't go up with her. He does not share our faith, although at one time he did. At least he came. Hunter's mom came and brought his niece, ZonaMae, and Zona Mae's other grandmother. 

Waiting to go into the church.

Braving it by herself.

With the pastor

We did not manage to get everyone in a picture. Ty was at work, and Adam was on his way home from his reserve weekend. Others were getting cake.

Mrs. Ginger is between Rick and I. She's the children's minister and has played an important role in our kids' lives.
Our photos look more like a line up than a family photo!!!

Papa Rick and River

Adam got there after it ended.

Here are a few other photos of River from other days.