Sunday, July 10, 2016

OK trip

Our good friends, the Yoders live in Oklahoma now. They have for awhile...and we have not all been down to visit them. So sad. So we fixed that. 

These little goobers are about 5 months apart..and they are ornery boys.

Sitting like this..he looks like he wouldn't ever think of getting into anything, or jumping off things. 
Basically, he's a little angel child.

The kids played, while the big boys built a chicken house :)


Big or little, everyone got a popsicle break.

 It rained lightly off and on. Overall, they all got along really well. 
Braxton and Noah in this picture were in the middle of a discussion/argument of who was the "daddy" and who was the "boy".

 I'm so glad we could swing down for a short visit. I miss you dear friend(s)!
Thanks for a good time, Steph.

Monday, July 4, 2016

July Fourth

We don't go all out for the 4th of July...but its still made fun for the kids (and big kids)!

Uncle Mitch letting Noah light "his" fireworks

Jonah was just a cautious observer...which I was just fine with.

When did this boy get so BIG! Lighting his own fireworks like he knows what he's doing.

All the family came over to Mom and Dad's for supper. I brought a festive cheesecake :)

I love how he is so focused, and his tiny little fingers are trying to pull that string.

They put on QUITE the show. I don't remember it ever being so deluxe and long. Very impressive Dad and Brent.

They are ALL getting big.
It was entertaining to watch them, and hearing their reaction to the firework, announcing the "name"..etc.

 Possibly the most exciting part about the 4th, was that Ben purchased himself a truck. 
Oh my goodness. This has been an ongoing search...that has finally come to an end. He found it on Craigslist, a King Ranch (that has been loved on)...and Mitch went with him to finalize the deal. However, as it has been in the past, it is very helpful that Ben speaks fluent Spanish. There seems to be quite the population of Craigslist sellers that speak spanish only.

 I'm glad he's happy about the truck..I will now refer call him 'The King'.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

God's at work

We got home very late, or rather early in the morning...and were quite tired. The boys went over to Mom and Dad's for a bit so we could sleep. 
Later on, after supper I noticed one of Noah's lenses was missing from his glasses. He had no idea where it was. We had an all out family search party upstairs and downstairs going on. We had no clue how long they had been like that, other than we knew he had them both this morning. I finally decided to just go over to Mom and Dad's to check there. I walked to the back door, and just glanced over the basketball court, and there he was lying...unscratched! A true miracle all around...Cleo, didn't touch it, it was left just lying there in plain sight, AND the storm that was about it blow in waiting until I found it!!! 

As I was leaving their driveway, the clouds were rolling in, so I took a few pictures.


God is good.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Michigan Family Trip [Day 8]

Today, we had plans...plans to hang out at the beach here in town and just relax.
BUT...the weather had different plans that what we were wanting.
It was COLD and super WINDY!




After about 30 minutes of trying to convince ourselves that it was really alright...and it really wasn't. Poor Jonah's eyes could hardly open because it was so windy and sandy. We decided to go back to our place. And instead of hanging around and staying inside the 'tiny' house watching TV...we chose to pack up our things and head back home. I was slightly disappointed, as I wanted to check out the Cherry Festival that was starting tomorrow morning in Traverse City. But, really, in order to "check" it out on our way out of the state, we would've probably been there half the day. It worked out alright, and we were on the road before noon.


We stopped somewhere in Illinois at a Cracker Barrel. It was time to stop. We made a decision after supper, to change the boys in their pj's and continue onward toward home! 


It wasn't all flowers and rainbows, as Jonah was seriously ready to get out of his carseat for the last several hours. And it was POURING rain the last 1 1/2 hours. But, we made it home safe and sound, around 3 am.

We had a very enjoyable vacation...with lots of snippets we'll remember for a long while!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Michigan Family Trip [Day 7]

I made a full breakfast just for fun this morning...it was good.


The boys all stopped by a beach in Traverse City along the way to our adventure for the day. While they were there, I got to visit the same laundry mat as before due to a bedding incident in the boy's room last night. After we got that taken care of, we headed on to Leland, otherwise known as "Fishtown". What a unique, fun place!!



Chocolate Covered Sea Foam....a first for me. Unique, like an airy yet crunchy toffee.

It was a perfect day...just beautiful.

It felt like a town from a movie...just a different feel. Houses and stores right there on the water.

I had to take a picture of "Joy".

We came home late afternoon, had supper, and then walked down the street to another lake that was across the street from us.

My favorite boys.

Jonah just REALLY wanted to catch these ducks. They had been up against the shore...not after Jonah came running towards them!

Christian practiced skipping rocks alot this trip. He was SO happy when he got it to skip!

Oh, they are very similar. Ben was teaching him how to find a good skipping rock, and the 'right' angle to throw it at. He's just a good ol' Daddy. (That's what Christian used to call him several years ago!)

Noah was so proud to be able to help find rocks for Christian..."HERE CHRISTIAN!! I found one for you!!!"


They were entertained for quite some time doing this!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Michigan Family Trip [Day 6]

The day started off with a first for me....doing laundry at a laundry mat.
I thought there was one right around the block from where we were staying, but come to find out, it was closed down. So I had to drive all over creation to find one! It went fine..grateful for my own appliances at home, I don't think it would be very fun to have to rely on such a place all the time to do laundry.

I got back around 10 or so, and we headed to the beach area. We had collected rocks while we were at the beach in Glen Arbor...and I had brought along paints..so we painted rocks outside.






This little fella didn't last too long with the whole painting rocks..he threw them really well...and then he gave up after I kept stopping that idea. He just headed towards the water. He knows he's ornery...little mess (cute little mess that is).


Ben took Christian and Noah to our place to eat lunch and bring some back for Jonah and I. I walked around the downtown area with Jonah. They had some cute shops I wanted to check out. 
After they came back, we hung out on the beach.



Mid afternoon we headed back to our place for naps..and Jonah slept on me for quite a long time. It was truly a gift, he never does this! Ben and I watched one of our favorite shows, Fixer Upper while the lasagna was baking in the oven. What a glorious afternoon!!


After supper, we headed to the downtown area..a couple blocks away. I had overheard some kids talking while I was checking out the stores earlier about some event tonight on the main street. Glad I did...it was a fun! There were booths from the local clubs and churches, food, games, face painting...just an all around good time!





 Noah's didn't even last until we got back home..literally 5 minutes. He was so tired, he was rubbing his face..which then caused him to cry (because he realized it was smeary the paint), and it was a mess! Christian's we thought was a grand idea to let him leave it overnight...**note, don't do that...even if you just paid for it. WASH it off before bed :) But, it was really cool while it lasted!! 

 Another VERY good day.