Happy Independence Day!
Here it is, July 4, 2013, and I cannot believe that June has flown by. Our summer is packed with fun and learning and I’m sure August will be here before we know it.
June saw the beginning of the kids’ summer job. They are taking turns babysitting our neighbor’s son to earn money for all of their summer adventures. Taking turns allows them to still take part in all of the fun things they want to do with their friends and earn spending money as well. It is still sometimes inconvenient for them, but it is truly a learning experience in responsibility, money management, planning, compromise and relationships (with one another).
Aspen went to OU SummerWind Ballet Intensive for two weeks in June. She spent her days working hard and learning a lot! The program was so good for her and I think she grew 3 inches before coming home.
Here is a wonderful group shot that the program director sent us. What a wonderfully talented group of dancers.
Our sweet girl came home from OU and it was suddenly time for Tristan to be heading to Alaska with his youth group. I’m so proud of the kids in our congregation (and their youth director)! They spend so much time raising money during the year to be able to give up time to go and spread God’s word and love in various places.
Getting Tristan packed for his time away was, well . . . Here is his idea of necessities –
Yes, candy, jerky, cheese balls and a 6 lb bag of gummy bears and a Chewbacca Angry Birds blanket/pillow hooded wrap. This kid cracks me up 🙂
We spent his last evening in town enjoying the world’s best BBQ in Joplin at Woody’s Smokehouse (and yes, it is a gas station, but it is THE BEST!).
Then we headed back to Wyandotte to take in the fireworks, band and bounce houses. Our younger two spent a lot of time entertaining everyone around us as they danced and sang along with the band. Daddy had to work a bit, taking photos for work. Tristan and I just relaxed and took it all in, enjoying small town life and, well, frozen cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate!
It was a great evening together and a VERY late night. Waking up at 4am to head to the airport was, well, exciting but we were very tired. So tired that I didn’t get any photos before they headed through security and were gone.
Tristan texted from Dallas and then Seattle. Their next stop is Alaska! He had not flown since he was a year old, so this was a fairly BIG deal. He was nervous this morning, but sounds excited now and very grown up!
I am just certain that God is going to use them in amazing ways while they are there. I cannot wait to hear about his trip when he returns. I promise to share photos if he remembers to slow down and take any.