June 22, 2015

Share a Coke.

I'm finally going to try and get caught up on blog posts.  At least, put a few fun things here that I haven't gotten to do yet.  

Sometime in June, Nathan and Liz found their names on the 20oz Cokes in the grocery store.  I agreed to buy them --if they had their actual name and only one time.  (Because you know they'd be trying to buy a Coke every day if they could!)

Nathan and Liz found theirs first and the hunt was on every time we went into a store that had refrigerated cases of sodas...

Nick and Jake were next to find theirs.  Even though Nicholas technically found his last year at his Grandparents' church festival.  

Can you believe that Patrick was really really really hard to find?  We searched high and low.  Scoured every soda case.  We found lots that we didn't even know were names.  Like Aja, Beatriz, and Yesenia?  Late one night will perusing the end caps at Meijer....success!
We found Patrick.  Well, actually, I did.  Happiness just the same.  We didn't look for Peter or Caroline because they don't need a Coke anyway.  At the very least, it was a fun way to run errands!

Want to know if your name is on a bottle?  You can go here to find out.  :)

June 9, 2015

Strawberry Days.

 Several years ago, when we were living at our old house, we had a great little strawberry patch.  It was in a corner of our yard but it produced more strawberries than we could eat.  Of course, we were much smaller back then.  (Aren't those three so adorable?  Those little boys grew up way too fast.)

We've struggled to have a thriving patch in the new house.  Neighbors gave us some of their runners two years ago and finally, finally this year we have a crop.

Lots of beautiful berry deliciousness!  So, it may seem silly to some but we are really really happy to have strawberries again.  Little hands love to be helpers and go out and find the strawberries (and sneak them for a treat when they think no one is looking).

 Fresh from the pool, they're so happy to show off their first big collection.
 I made the big kids get in the picture (remembering back to all those years we took pictures with strawberries).
 Of course, we have to be a little silly.  Just because.
 And, we have to gobble up the warm, fresh berries until they are all gone and mouths and fingers are stained pink!  Thank you Lord for the goodness of Your creation!  Thank you for harvests, no matter how small, that nourish our bodies!

June 8, 2015

8th Grade Graduation.

Last week, Nathan officially graduated from eighth grade.  Crazy!  Our local homeschool support group organizes a very lovely Mass and Graduation ceremony.  We are really happy that we chose to participate this year because we came home just so thankful to be surrounded by good, faithful, homeschoolers.  It really is a blessing.

Of course, no pictures of the Mass or Graduation ceremony. 
 Here is Nathan with Grandma and Grandpa right after the ceremony.  The rest of the pictures were taken in the undercroft at the reception, lol!  The two littlest people were not going to stay contained in the church any longer.  :)


Incidentally, the Graduation Mass was also on Nathan's baptismal birthday so it was extra special that his Godmother was able to be there.

We are so happy to see the young man Nathan is becoming.  I can't believe that he's a high schooler now and this mama's heart is hyperventilating a bit knowing that the next four years will go faster than I can imagine.  God's grace has gotten us this far and I know that it will carry us the rest of the way.  :)

June 7, 2015

Happy Happy Birthday!

Yes, that's a double happy birthday to two special kiddos--Elizabeth and Peter!  Though their birthdays are 11 days apart, they often share a party.  Because.  Easier.  And, they share the same Godparents so it just works out well that way. 
Elizabeth had no idea what she wanted for her eighth birthday cake this year, so roses it was.  So, so simple and always looks beautiful.
Peter very much knew what he wanted for his four year old cake--which was a dinosaur cake.  I think he was maybe hoping for some dry ice effects but forgot all about it by the party day.  (Whew.  Because we forgot too!)

I love Peter watching Liz blow out her candles and then Liz watching Peter, with a cousin who really wanted to help!  So cute!

We were thrilled to be able to have cousins come to play.  Here are three of the girls having a nice chat.  There is something to this beginning of summer birthday party that makes me feel like we really get to do all of the fun things.  Games outside and just really enjoy the kids.
Bob and the birthday boy playing "fix-it shop."
A quick game of wiffle ball before dinner.
Cousins still practicing and Caroline thinking she's going to catch!
Hanging out on the front porch with Grandma and Grandpa after dinner.
A game of Ultimate that anyone can play, no matter the age.  I love this pic because there are so many people in motion in it.
Enjoying birthday presents with cousins after sunset.

And we finished a great party off with a little "pin-the-princess-on-the-pony."  Which was loads of hilarious fun.  Especially because some kids made knights, princesses, bugs, and all sorts of crazy creations.

Happy 8th birthday, Elizabeth and 4th birthday, Peter!  We love you both and love how you both have a sunny enthusiasm for life!