Wednesday, October 18, 2017

First 1/2 of August 2017

Aug. 4th - The big kids and Dada all ran the Luma Fun Glow Run 4US  5K while Tuff, Coal and I waited and cheered them on.

Aug 7th - The day after Coal got his 6 shots he broke out with this all over his body!
Kivi and Grace ran a day camp for a week to earn money for their trip to Bolivia in 2018!
All 8 kiddos on the tubes! The babies love it! After we pull all of them we take off Tuff and Coal and let the bigs have a crazy ride.

Aug. 8th - My big, blue-eyed Berg.

Aug. 11th-13th - LC3's Family Reunion at Black Lake Bible Camp! This year Peter and I teamed up with other couples to do skits instead of the traditional programming. 
The Saturday games were tons of fun - especially the foam!

Pella decided that she wanted to be baptized this year and was so super cute and nervous when giving her little testimony.

Aug. 16th - A surprise 4D ultrasound of our Baby Hula due on Nov. 2nd!
The kids all wanted to sleep outside under the stars. We roasted marshmallows first and then tucked them all in. Only Eben and Kivi lasted the whole night.

Aug. 17th - I gave the girls this fairy house and told them to have fun with it outside and they made a whole village. It kept them busy the whole summer.

July 2017

July 7-9th - B-Dog's 40th Birthday Bash

July 13th - Contractors install the cabinets and kids color the backs so we have time capsule drawings on the back of them.

July 16th - The Tague Aunts and Uncles come over to play and tube and Nonnie and Poppie make us all dinner. They have been living with us for weeks now, while they fix up their old rental house on Lake Louise so they can move in. Mimi comes to visit for two weeks.

July 17th-22nd (Actually most of the summer) Eben and Kivi spend a lot of time working on their wake surfing and wake boarding skills. The new dry suit boosts confidence.

July 22nd - We take a day trip to the Puget Sound Navy Museum and played in the water at these cool erupting ponds with Mimi.

July 24th - We float down the Green River with Poppie and Nonnie. Mama and the babies in the big tube.

July 29th-31st - Dada is an amazing concrete counter top engineer!

Mama tries her hand at smoothing the concrete. It's hard. They turn out beautiful!!! This is before the sanding and additional stain.

July 31st - Mimi's last day with us up here - for now!

4th of July 2017

We started off the day by watching the boat parade off of our dock, catching the candy that the boats threw at us and cheering.

The kids ate candy while we worked on the remodel. I put together more cabinets and Dada and Poppie worked on electrical.

Later on Steve and Shmee came over and we took a break to play corn hole and little ones made mud pies.

When it got dark we let all the kids send up a lantern and we watched some fireworks over the lake.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Remodel and Camps

The kitchen remodel on June 21st.

The cage that Jasper built on June 22nd. They loved being trapped! It's been an amazingly warm summer. The kids are still doing school, but play outside in between all the time.

June 24th - the kids helped get rid of the huge pile of debris by cutting it into firewood size pieces and hauling it down to the wood pile.

June 25 - July 1 - The big kids go to Black Lake Bible Camp for the week. There was a cute barn, so we posed for family pic too.

Kivi got to stay in a tepee with her favorite counselor Picasa and 4 other girls from LC3. Jasper and Eben stayed in a wagon with three other LC3 boys and had Baja as a counselor.

They had a fun week! The only pictures I got were these cool ones of them posing with a wolf and an alligator.

Pella and Berg also had camp that week. They went to Rainier View's Drama Camp and gave us a performance on Friday of "Let's Rock". They were both singers.

On June 26th our friends the McPhollands came to visit from Hawaii so we went to the Children's Museum in Olympia that morning, visited Eben, Kivi and Jasper at camp that afternoon and had a bunch of friends over that night for dinner for a reunion.

July 1st - Tuff and Coal love to go in the swing that is attached to the garage. They go in it every day while I quiz Berg on his multiplication cards in the papasan chair outside. This day Tuff fell asleep - so cute.

July 2nd - Mama works hard for a couple of days in a row to put all the kitchen cabinets together. Tuff loves to be a helper, but it's actually Eben and Kivi who do all the heavy lifting for Mama who can't move them once they're assembled.

Dada Trip, Engagement and Father's Day

May 25th to June 2nd Dada went to Wyoming for his Lodge Boy trip and then to Fort Worth for work.

On June 4th we were asked to be a part of Tim (Uncle Bushy) and Marlee's engagement! We went on a walk along Ruston Way and at the end we all ran ahead to hide so we could take pictures of the surprise proposal on the bridge.

June 18th - Father's Day we had a relaxing morning, then took Dada out to Pho for lunch. 
Later in the day our families came over to celebrate and have Mexican and we let Dada build his cornhole game.
Pella also gave us a ballet performance in the basement because this was her ballet recital day, however we found out the week before that she wouldn't be able to perform in the actual recital because they forgot to order her a costume. Buggy had a similar story of missing her recital when she was five and Pella was able to dance in Buggy's costume!
A good day for both Pella and Dada!

Awana Celebration and Spring Pageant

May 17th was our Awana Awards Ceremony. Berg finished his Sparks book, Pella finished her Cubbies book, Opal and Jasper finished their T&T book and got awards. 
Berg and Jasper both went above and beyond and earned special awards! Grandmas and Grandpas were there to celebrate with the kids and Dada did an awesome job as Commander for the year and wrapping it all up on this night of celebration.

May 21st was our spring pageant. The kids worked hard on The Kingdom Connection. Mama choreographed, her favorite thing. Kivi led the littles dance. Pella got to dance, Berg danced and said a line. Opal was a special dancer and had a line and Jasper was King David!