Friday, June 30, 2017

June's Jaunt

June's jaunt was an eventful one! There was KidzKamp, Grandma & Grandpa Camp, Vacation Bible School, a "Color Wars" birthday party, a paintball & swimming birthday party, and a variety of shows at the public library. Daily piano practice, math review worksheets, and much reading also filled our days. And Griffen even started his first job, taking on the weekly lawn mowing services for our neighbor. Is summer break over yet???

And even with nothing extra on the calendar, life is always full of excitement! We eagerly await Drake's white balloon making its descent from the church ceiling.

Two older brothers thought this was a good idea.
"Property of Calvary Baptist Church Music Department"

But the highlight of our month was a week-long Grandma & Grandpa Camp in Ankeny, Iowa, with my parents, plus my sister's four kids. Grandpa Bjokne had activities planned from about 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day. The time he spent investing in the lives of his grandchildren was over-the-top fun and deeply appreciated.

We returned home with happy hearts and much laundry! MUCH LAUNDRY. In fact, I counted. Here were the totals from my Tuesday, June 20 haul ---

76 shirts
18 undershirts
48 pants/shorts
13 pajama's
50 underwear
41 pairs of socks
18 towels
+24 miscellaneous items
(blankets, sheets, swimsuits, etc.)

And I iron approximately 80% of all our laundry!!! Yes, I know, it's a personal problem. 

Here are a few final video clips of life behind the laundry basket.

"Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that He has done."
(1Chron. 16:11-12)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May's Moments

Mother's Day
(Plus a sneak peak into the behind the scenes antics. It takes a village to get a group picture.)

Awana Awards Ceremony

The first of surely many summer trips to the zoo.

A New Wagon
(Courtesy of Grandma & Grandpa Bjokne)

One eventful Sunday morning
(Courtesy of Griffen Anthony Fuller)

Sad good-bye's to our SCA carpool buddies
(Yup, Monday-Friday at 7:20 AM, this group of seven energetic boys is how we started each day. 
They will be greatly missed next year!)

An artist emerges
Please humor me for a moment. I have four boys who have shown precious little interest in arts and crafts. One unnamed son scribbled every single Sunday School paper totally black for a whole year!  Yet, the other day, my little GIRL sat at the table, held her crayon correctly, and colored me this picture. There's shape to this page! An attempt at coloring in the lines! A child who actually uses the crayons, rather than just breaking them all into hundreds of tiny pieces!!! 

"Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord."  (Psalm 127:1,3)

Friday, April 28, 2017

April's Activities

My babies turned THREE years old this month!!!

Both sets of out-of-state grandparents made the trek to Kansas for this major milestone.  We celebrated on Friday, April 7 with a "Cat In The Hat" themed party. Approximately 25 kiddos, plus their parents, joined in the festivities!

The grandparents were in for a very busy weekend, as the day after the birthday party, we all went and cheered on Griffen and Rhys at the Awana Games. 

And the day after that was the children's Easter cantata at church.
"Nic at Night" told the story of Nicodemus coming to meet Christ.

We loved having grandparents with us and were sad to see them go!

Though our company had to leave, the busyness did not. School projects and end of the school year music programs filled many hours of our time.

And here are a few final pics portraying life behind the scenes. This just made me smile.

I am coming to REALLY hate our large purple sharpie marker!

And my personal favorite ---

And look what she did on the inside? This is NOT staged! All on her own, without direction from anyone, this three year old little princess actually scribbled out the word "rod" in daddy's counseling booklet. Watch out for this one, world!

Lastly, I just can't help myself with these videos, folks! Initially I wondered how I could realistically keep up with creating a new one each month. However, I have found myself not only doing that, but also going back and creating them from years past. So many wonderful memories to be preserved!

"And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you..."  (Deuteronomy 8:2)