Friday, August 14, 2015

MO Ranch 2015

Each summer, our church does a family retreat out in the middle of nowhere Texas. This is the first time we've been with all three kids since the first summer we lived here. We had an obnoxious amount of fun.

We took cute pictures with friends...
And took cute pictures of friends...
We swam... Well, everyone else swam. Aidan snorkeled. He literally didn't take his head out of the water for hours at a time. I really have no idea how he was able to be so focused on one things for such a long period of time.


Hung out with cute babies....
And made new friends. Now this desrves and explination. Noah didn't have any other boys at Mo Ranch his age, But he had some awesome buddies. These guys let Noah follow them around everywhere. They picked flowers with him, played in the wagon with him. went played tag with him, threw rocks with him, ate with him. Noah actually has this picture hanging over his bed because he had so much fun hanging with the big kids.

There were teenagers there, too. They pretty much acted like anyone over the age of 25 was boring and irrelevant. I really can't argue with them on that.
Let's not forget the obligatory awkward staff pictures. We weren't even trying to be awkward, it just happens that way.

We prayed, we worshiped, we were reminded why we like each other so much.


Then when all the sappy stuff was over, we went and swam some more.

I couldn't explain this picture in any way whatsoever.


Mo Ranch 2015 was pretty awesome for everyone. Looking forward to more fun next summer. 
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Summer=awesome

This summer was a whirlwind of fun times, good experiences, and cool memories. There was a lot that happened. Too much to keep up with, in fact. So, you get the privilege of one stop photo dumb of all the goodness.

It all began with sports camp for Aidan. He was able to go with a few of his friends.  They played a different sport each day and our little stud had a killer time.



And then there was swimming. A lot of swimming. Like a whole lot of swimming. A family from church lives just a couple miles away from us. They have a great pool in their backyard. They've been kind enough to let us come over whenever we want to. So we spent a lot of time over there. Through all of that time we ended up with two kids who can swim and some pretty solid tans- except for Ryla...She's still as white as a ghost. 

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Then there were the hallmarks of summer...friends and ice cream. We made sure to get a lot of that in.

And we went to VBS...
Then there was another VBS....
And another VBS...
And- you guessed it- another VBS.

One of the really unique things Aidan was able to do this summer was Science Camp. I know, it's totally a nerd thing. But when you think about who his parents are, it makes perfect sense. He got to make some cool stuff, learn some neat lessons, make a shirt, and hang with his friends. 




We even spent some time at the library. Don't be deceived, Aidan does not like to read (we are working on it). But he does love to look at pictures.
We've absolutely had a great summer. It's hard to believe that the kids are already back in school. I know it will only be a few short weeks and they'll be asking us 1,000 times a day when it will be summer again. Soon enough, my munchkins. Soon enough.
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Last Stop-Oklahoma City

Little behind on my blog postings.  Our last stop on our July trip was to Oklahoma City.  It was so nice to be able to see my whole family.
 



While it doesn't happen as often as we'd like, we always love being able to spend time with Travis and Kari. Ryla appears to be especially excited about the chance to have someone new to snuggle with.

Matthew is decidedly less excited. But we did have a pretty great time being able to go watch a couple of his basketball games. 
Whether it was goofing around with Nana, or playing with the cousins, the time with the fam was great.



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Ryla's 1st Gymnastics Showcase

Ryla started gymnastics one year ago, and she has had nothing but fun ever since then. The first few months were a bit crazy. She changed classes about every four weeks as her teachers tried to get her into a class level that was best suited for her. Now that she's gotten settled and had some times to learn some skills, she loves going to the gym. This past week, she had a showcase. We were excited to get some time in the gym with her to see how much she had learned.











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