Papa’s Concert

Every summer for the past four years my Dad has performed with his bluegrass band during a local town’s concert on the common series. We missed last year due to illness and were very excited we could make it this year.

This was Levi’s first concert. He seemed to enjoy himself-and the grass.




The girls had a blast dancing, blowing bubbles, and running around.




Did you know that my Dad is the World’s Okayest Bassist? You do now!


We are already looking forward to next year’s concert!

Summer Bucket List – Camping!

We didn’t plan a “big” camping trip this summer. But with a nice back yard we could still have a stay at home camp out.

A few weekends ago Jonathan and the girls pitched our tent for a night out under the stars. We went all out and cooked dinner over a charcoal fire and had s’mores for dessert.










I wouldn’t have minded joining everyone in the tent that night, but we figured Levi would be better off inside. I was looking forward to a quiet evening of school planning, snacking, and watching a little Netflix. The icing on my cake? Sleeping in the middle of the bed all by myself.

I need to learn that things often don’t go as “planned”.

Things started out amazingly, giving me a false sense that this would be one of Levi’s best nights in his short 7+ months of life. He fell asleep on his own. He didn’t cry at all. He just “talked” himself to sleep. It was awesome!

Well, he woke up maybe an hour and a half later. No biggie. I’ll just feed him and put him back down. Wait, why isn’t he sleeping? Oh, I see why he didn’t cry when I put him down for the night. He had a nice bowel movement before falling to sleep. I’ll just change him, feed him, and put him back down.  He slept for an hour before waking again. Between the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:15 AM he had a 30 minute and 15 minute cat nap. At least I got to nearly finish watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.

In the meantime, I could hear some rustling in the tent outside my bedroom window. Jonathan emerged with Lily. She wanted to sleep in her bed. She quickly changed her mind though once she saw what I was dealing with inside. She wanted to go back to the tent.

I finally got Levi back down at 5:15 and he slept for another hour (just an hour?!?!?). I got him back to sleep and we woke up right before 8. How do I know all this by the way? There’s an app for that.

It was a horribly long night for me, but the girls were happy to spend the night with their Dad in their tent ( both Abigail and Sarah slept through the night). So if I had to do it all over again I would (maybe?).

Summer Bucket List – The Beach!

How can you not go to the beach during the summer? Jonathan took vacation the last week of July to get a few odds and ends done on the house, but to also have fun with the family. The highlight of our week was probably going to the beach. The girls love the beach. Abigail loves the water, Lily loves the sand, and Sarah loves both! Nonna, Auntie Laura, and Bridget joined in on the fun as well.

We went to Salisbury Beach State Park Reservation, which is probably our favorite beach to go to. We just might buy a seasons parking pass next year so we can be sure to visit plenty of times and get more bang for our buck. We had so much fun that Jonathan asked about taking a random day off in August which we will likely use for another beach trip!

I took tons of pictures, here are some of the better ones:











Vacation Bible School

Abigail and Sarah look forward to Vacation Bible School (VBS) pretty much the minute the last one ends. Like every July we headed to Immanuel Church for their annual Vacation Bible School. Immanuel does a great job putting this on. You can tell they spend much of the year preparing everything. This VBS has no waiting lists and is free. Instead of charging $10, $15, $20 per child they encourage giving. Last year they raised money for a missionary in their church. This year they collected school supplies for an orphanage in Haiti.

The theme this year was Son Treasure Island. The girls learned about God’s love based on 1 Corinthians 13.

Here is a video of some of the songs they learned. Oh, and Immanuel gives each family a CD of the songs so we get to listen to them all year long!

We’re looking forward to next year already!

Summer Bucket List

Now that school is officially over and we are well into summer I thought I’d share with you all our summer bucket list for 2014. I found a cute printable using Pinterest called “How to Summer”. It has a column to list places to go, things to make, things to do, and things to eat. Here are just a few things we hope to do before the summer is over:

Places to Go

  • The beach (um, yeah!)
  • Sprinkler park
  • Harbor Islands
  • Fireworks (check! and will post on this later)
  • Zoo
  • Vacation Bible School (check! and will post on this later)
  • New Jersey (check! and will post on this later)
  • Papa’s concert

Things to Make

  • Garden stepping stones
  • Bird house
  • Colored hair (using chalk)
  • Sidewalk chalk paint (check!)
  • Real lemonade
  • Kites
  • Bubbles
  • Paint the kids rooms

Things to Do

  • Get the girls library cards
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Walk downtown in our new city
  • Water fight!
  • Hike
  • Bike without training wheels

Things to Eat

  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Homemade fruit roll-ups
  • Homemade popsicles
  • Root beer floats

We’ll make not of what we check off of the list as we get to it. I’m not sure we’ll accomplish everything, but it does not hurt to try! Happy summer everyone!

Beach Day!

Last Friday Jonathan and his department were given the day off. When we talked about what we might want to do I suggested, “maybe if the weather is nice, we can go to the B-E-A-C-H.” To which Abigail exclaimed, “the beach!” It turns out that the weather on Friday was perfect for the beach and we had a blast.

We went to Salisbury Beach State Park Reservation and scored free parking too. We spent a good four hours there and spent most of our time dodging wave and playing in the sand.

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More Summer Weather Fun!

As much as I’d love to be living in a house right now, living in an apartment complex has its perks-one being a pool. We visited the pool for the first time this past Saturday. I would never consider going during the week when Jonathan isn’t around-that would be insane.

It took Lily a little while to start enjoying herself. We also did a bit of tweaking with floaties and vests for the older girls. It turns out that now Abigail does really well with just a pair of arm floaties. Sarah can be pretty independent as well with arm floaties and the “vest” Abigail used for the past two years.

Abigail took it upon herself to attempt swimming with her head under the water. I’d say she’s ready for some real lessons. Hopefully we can get to the pool more this summer and Jonathan could teach her.

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