Good-bye Summer

As summer comes to a close, I thought I'd share a bit of what we did. Although I felt like the blurry, busy spring gave way to an action-packed summer, we managed to squeeze in a bit of fun.

For the past few years, we've had a "Summer Bucket List" and this year was no exception, with 26 things they wanted to do. The kids were determined to cross off as much as possible. My favorite request of theirs was #12: Go to China or Hawaii. LOL! While that was out of the question, they were satisfied with going to a yummy Chinese/Japanese buffet in the next town close to us. Anyway, here are some pictures from our summer.
Graduation Sunday at Church
JR in the kindergarten graduation ceremony
Our Backyard Family Cook-Out
Game: try to move the cookie from your forehead
into your mouth, using only your facial muscles

TM was trying really hard!

Game: Egg Toss--every one is lined up and ready

My girls were egg toss partners.
Lots of Time to Play
Fun at the park

Lots of swimming

JD in sunglasses :)
Baby J hanging out in the stroller
 Historic Colonial Playground
Farmer son down at the well

Cute toddler farmer
TM playing the "apothecary" grinding spices
The girls found some aprons

Young ladies preparing & setting up their kitchen table
JR trying to figure out how to build a wooden bucket
Boys performing for us
TM stoking the fire
Kids outside of a colonial play house

Sonny Boy Lost His 1st Tooth
He was so proud!

Homemade Pickles With My Mother-In-Law
More to come on this in another post!
 Fun At Six Flags
Kids with Sylvester & Tweety

JR and me on the pirate boat ride

Husband hanging with the "stroller crew"
while the rest of us are on a ride
Baby J finally asleep and JD ready to get out
JD enjoying the splash park

SJ and TM getting ready for the swing ride
Teddy bear we won at a water game

So there was our summer fun. What did your family do for fun this summer?
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  1. What a fun summer! I especially love the historic playground, how cool!

  2. Wow, I love this! I'm actually in the process of finishing up a program to prepare for my teaching credential, so I'll soon be (Lord willing) in my chosen career, but I had the rare blessing(I'll explain next) to be a stay-at-home mom for my children from birth to age 5.

    As a part of being a SAHM during those years, I became familiar with Christian homeschooling and the many moms who've embraced being Biblically focused domestic engineers of home and hearth. I loved it, BUT I did not see many of ..."us". There is no color in Christ, but again I did not see many of "us". It is refreshing to see you working with your children, being a homeschooling mom, and participating in a lifestyle that for a variety of reasons many women of color do not ever have the opportunity to have.

    Having been a SAHM for the first five years of my children's lives, I firmly believe that it has made the difference in their social and emotional growth. Although I am now excited about a new phase in my life, I would not change those years for anything and consider them to be a blessing. I think it's wonderful that you're able to home school and have chosen to make the commitment of full time mothering to your family---it is definitely a ministry.

    1. Arnikka, hey lady!!!! I'm so glad to see your words grace my blogging space. Thanks for stopping by!

      My mom and I have discussed some of the issues we see that may have an effect on some women of color and their choices concerning the family. She shared with me her own experiences growing up and the things her mother did and didn't do that effected her own choices. (My brother and I went to public schools.)

      Back in our college days, Arnikka, I never thought I'd be a stay at home, homeschooling mom and wife. Not that I was against it, but it just wasn't something that was modeled out for me and so I didn't consider it.

      But, I am so glad that the Lord has ordered my steps. The benefits of being at home are far reaching, even into the next generation. I'm glad that you were able to experience that time with your children; it's so precious!

      Take care and God bless you!!!!

  3. What a beautiful family you have! Your summer looks full and fun...LOVED the colonial pics...where did you go to find such kid friendly "doable" things? God bless you as you minister to your family in your home.

    1. Hi, Sherry,

      Thank you so much. The kids had a good time this summer. As for the kid friendly fun: I get ideas from our library bulletin board; my husband came up with the games at our cook-out (some of them were inspired by the game show "Minute to Win It"

      Thanks for stopping by with kind words.
      Take care and God bless you, too.

  4. Looks like a fun filled summer! I wish they didn't go by so fast. Your little guy is really getting big. You might have another football player in your family. :) Beautiful children. Blessings, Jen

    1. Hey, Jen! It's good to hear from you. For some reason, your newer blog posts weren't loading in my Google Reader; I'm not sure why. So, I just went to your blog and saw them all. Don't be surprised because I've left lots of comments. :)

      Yep, summer has come and gone. We're already drinking apple cider around here! Thanks for your sweet words about my kids; I think you're right about the football player!
      Take care,


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