Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whew- the month of July ;)

 Let's see.....the month of July....has sped by!!!!  ;)  In this great month we have done a lot, and yet my blog is empty. 
 I came up with a list of some things I wanted to do this summer, and we have done quite a few.  One was to go to a "big pool"/splash pad which we did!!  Hey, $2 a person can't beat that and our kiddos loved going off the diving board and slides. 
 We have done lots of slip and slide, water balloon games, mini golf at Disney (half price for those who have passes). 
 We have had a lot of outdoor time, cleaning up our yard which is a non stop party or never ending project depending on which way you look at it.  We have 3 acres of many many many trees!
 We have worked on our garden which has carrots, onions, watermelon, cucumbers, sunflowers, and tomatoes. 
 We have planted raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry bush things.  ;) I know you value my crazy! 
 We went to the 4th of July parade with some foster adoptive church family!!! 
 It is HOT, but also fun!!!
 Michael has come a long way in "holding things" I love that he has new skills all the time!!!
 Spider Man posed for us!
 I took the girls shoe shopping.....
 We have also done swimming in other people's pools!!!!  Hey, when you don't have one you use other people's because - IT'S HOT HERE IN FLORIDA ;).
 We have gone to the beach a few times too! 
 Abigail and Andrew left a few days after church camp to go with Joe & Lisa (former summer staff members from the camp we used to direct) to serve with their church. 
 They came back on July 3rd and then that following Sunday we had our church's serve week with the youth! 
 I was sooo excited to be a part of it.  I typically serve with the jr/sr high youth at our church. 
 Here we are!!!  We made PB&J, along with all kinds of soaps, shampoos, socks, deoderants, etc to give to the homeless.  We also served alongside another ministry- a hot meal. 
 We did much more than that though as we reached out to them in love.  Shook hands, talked with them, looked them in the eye, and shared Jesus.  I tell you there is nothing better than sharing your faith- with anyone at anytime!!!! 
 Of course we had some fun time at a park too.  :)
 Boys all playing football. 
 The next day we went to our local pregnancy crisis center. 
 We cleaned it inside and out.....
 Helped them do a huge project of getting rid of some landscaping, raking leaves, picking up trash, and organizing the many donations they receive to give to expectant mothers.  :) 
 They decorated huge boxes of thank yous, supplies, and fun giveaways for our local firemen and police officers.  They went on to read and play with elementary students, talk and hang out with the elderly, and other serving opportunities.  Of course that is when I got sick.... UGH!!!  Talking HUGE TONSILS :(.  As I was just getting better- it hit Jason!! 

Jason ended up taking me to the doctor on his birthday- :/ sorry....  UGH!  Now he is still recovering. 
 This was my 17th Anniversary Surprise.  We went to Pinot's Palette.  Drank OJ, laughed, and painted!
 Aren't we cute? 
 Not professional, but so fun!!!!
 There is a huge classroom of people doing the painting together.  They have a fun instructor that gives you step by step instructions.  Even for those of us who can't draw stick people- THAT would be ME!!!  For real!
 Oh, and our latest project..... 
 Building a trampoline!!!!  :) 
 The boys, Jason and I all worked on it for a couple of hours......
 And- here it is!!!! 
It has already provided several hours of fun!!!!  AND YES this mommy has rules ;).  So don't worry, but man is it fun!!!! 

***More babies being born soon so get ready for some cute pics!!!  Oh and coming soon as well we will be sharing in a live interview about adoption!  Should be fun!!  :)

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