Thursday, July 31, 2008

Good Children's books...

Okay...for whatever reason I couln't get a comment to post on my friend Jessica's blog http://fauszfamilyhappenings.blogspot.com/ or at her friend Jaime's blog http://coxblogger.blogspot.com/ in regards to a discussion about kid's devotional Bibles. Soooo...for anyone who cares...here's my latest (and maybe all time thanks to Michelle!) favorites:

The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and
The Jesus Storybook Bible (Every story whispers his name) by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Isn't it just funny how one person's blog leads you to another person's blog...maybe one day Jaime & I will meet...

Monday, July 28, 2008

Road trip...




After a late Sunday evening phone call to tell us there had been a cancellation and an unexpected opening at the 'How the West Was Fun" camp...I spent several hours frantically packing and filling out paperwork. I got up at 4:30 am and had both kids plus luggage, shower shoes, water shoes, SASE for letters home, pjs, 6 sets of clothes, towels, washcloths, plate, cup, utensiles,water bottle, day pack, sleeping bag, pillow, favorite stuffed animal and a gas-tank full of gas in the Van by 6 am. We were taking an unexpected trip to Eastern Carolina territory. We arrived at our destination by 9:45 am after several stops along the way. We checked in, had a quick health check, left money and got back in the car. There was immediate wailing, tears, clinging and gnashing of teeth...Emily was a little sad too.

Is seven too young for a week away from home for an overnight camp? My lurching heart screams, "YESSSSS!!!". One of her giggly best friends who is sleeping in the bunk at her feet says, "No".... and grown up brave girl that she is, Emily said, "If I get homesick, at least ____ and I will be together". In the forefront of her mind is all the canoeing, archery, swimming, crafts and dinner around the campfire.

I really didn't expect that she was going....hadn't prepared my heart for her going...she was the first girl on the wait list for months. I'd done my part and registered her after her father and I agreed that she could go. I did a happy dance that she was on the wait list....I got to be the hero because I'd tried to sign her up...I felt sure it was a done deal and she wouldn't get in.

Seven may be too young...or maybe not...but so far, no call begging me to come and get her has occurred. And I stayed close to the camp with my friend in Greenville until late today so that I wouldn't have to drive far when they called me that she had freaked out and wanted to come home...

maybe they'll call tomorrow...


Sunday, July 27, 2008

No News is....

a sign of busyness. Man, these past few weeks have been nutty, but a good nutty (kinda like a crunchy salty sweet cashew ; )
We withdrew from negotiations with the couple who made an offer on our house, we got ready for the first ever VBS at church, had VBS at church (I was the snack person...it was the BEST job ever!), cleaned up from VBS at church...Nate became a big boy and completely gave up diapers (even at night!)...supper club...meeting with friends...spent this evening getting Emily ready for girlscout camp...
Love to you all, more later!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pictures at Cobbler's Knob with Pappaw Steve

Nate and Pappaw Bubbles!
Memmie! Where 'r you?
Posing...like good little children
Being Goofy...like good little children!

The Road to Rocky Top...

Rocky Top, you'll always be
Home sweet home to me...
Good 'ole Rocky Top
Rocky Top Tennessee



The Road to Stoney Creek...HWY 91 Blue Springs Road...
Uncle Grant's Barn...
Blue Springs...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

10-E-See

We just got back, the kids & I, late yesterday afternoon...just in time to shine the house up for a showing between 6 and 7 pm.
We had some great extended family time, friend time, visited a water park where Emily was finally tall enough to come down the long slide alone, had swimming pool time, ate some awesome East Tennessee Bar-b-Que, played in the rain and rested in the shadow of the mountains. Nate learned the joy and freedom of peeing in the great outdoors. We had birthday parties, going away to college parties (my cousin's son is leaving for Yale on a football scholarship...Yes, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut...)
I'll post some pretty neat pictures later (I have to find that cable that connects the computer and the camera...where did I leave it?). Nate came home with a new nickname "Hump-hammer", a new football and a set of real keys. Emily came home with a Hannah Montana guitar (which Nate is enjoying almost as much as she does..."I'm a bi-tar man"...) and a longing for the protection of the mountains from Tornadoes and the love of the family who lives there. I think for the first time she appreciates the fact that we probably won't have another visit like this for quite a while.
Our trip home was delayed by both kids getting some sort of GI bug that had them both throwing up and with diarrhea (the Dumb and Dumber kind...). Nate threw up twice on the way home, but now seems fine.
all for now...