Friday, July 20, 2012

A Summer Update

Summer is going by so swiftly ~ as usual. Once again, we've found ourselves rather busy and moving in all directions. Matthew and I have spent a lot of time this week on the road getting everyone else where they need to be. Cari has spent a couple of days at Six Flags with different friends, and Amelia has been going to music camp all week. Except for today. She woke this morning, got dressed, and then said she was just too tired to go.

We had a really fun day yesterday, and that may have something to do with it. When we met up with Cari and then picked up Amelia from camp, we headed straight to Tanner's Beach - a state park nearby with a huge lake and beach area. We enjoyed a picnic while waiting for our friends to arrive. We chatted and ate some more with them before heading down to the beach and playing in the water for the rest of the afternoon.

We were there for about five hours, and Matthew absolutely amazed me. Usually if we're at a pool, he wants to stay on the steps until I get in and hold him. He won't even think about wearing floaties or anything like that. I don't know what it was about this lake, but he was moving all over that thing. He even volunteered to put the floaties on so he could go to where the bigger kids were. I was so proud of him! So proud, I forgot about reapplying sunscreen, and the poor little guy was walking around last night with a wet washcloth on his back. :\

Madison wasn't with us, as she has spent the last week in Florida at a real beach with one of her best friends. I am really happy with the close friendships that she has developed since starting school. She has chosen girls that have shown some evidence of God working in their lives, and I feel like these are friendships that can help her in her relationship with God. I'm hoping and praying this will continue. Anyway, I know she's had a lot of fun, but I'm really looking forward to her coming home tomorrow.

Tomorrow evening we'll begin the celebration of Amelia's 7th birthday, which will actually be on Monday, so she'll be home just in time. :)

*Just received an update that they're coming home a day early because of thunderstorms. Yay!

Cari and her buddy Brady in the background with Matthew up close trying out the goggles.

Amelia, Brilee, and Cari

Matthew

Cari and Amelia

The Whole Group

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