Thursday, August 25, 2011

Summer Theatre!

Peter Pan

& Tiger Lilly

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is what sprouted wheat berries look like.  
Ezekiel would be so proud.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hide N' Seek

Way to completely cover those eyes Linc!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Madeline & Abigail created this painting for our friends who spent the summer doing missions in Mozambique.  In their words:  "Its supposed to say how they are still connected with us in Ohio even though they are far away."  Well said.  We can't wait to give it to them in person.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

U.S. Presidents

Gabe decided to get a head start on preschool.
(and yes, those are the 44 U.S. Presidents in order from Washington to Obama)
of course I know them all in order as well.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Arranged Marriage?

Gabe & Izzy

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Definition:  A sound, syllable or group of words considered capable of creating transformation.

It appears my mantra is catching on.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Niagara Part 2

We loved Niagara.

Of course we did Maid of the Mist.  We are tourists, dontcha know.

And the walk downstream was equally breathtaking.

We were pleasantly surprised to drive North about 20 minutes.....

....and find the hidden gem, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Visiting the wineries was relaxing.

Enjoying Lake Ontario, so peaceful.

Sitting and watching the girls play along the water's edge, idyllic.

Even the dining options were quaint.

Safe to say, we became fans of Canada.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Painting Impressions

The night before we left for Niagara I asked the girls to put their thoughts on canvas, so to speak.

Here's Abby's....she said it is her and Paige (who also went) in a boat beside the Falls.

Madeline said,  "you are almost supposed to feel a mist when you look at my painting."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Niagara Falls

Just returned from Niagara Falls.  Can't wait to post all about it.  But, we just arrived home and we leave for camping in the morning (all my sibs and all their kiddos!) so I have a bit to do.......more to come!
(Happy Birthday to my Dad today!)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Extreme Closet Makeover

The kids and I surprised Ron with a closet makeover last night.  We knew he was gone until very late so we headed to Target, bought some baskets and got to work!  It really didn't take long with 10 extra helping hands (wink, wink!).

The girls found an extra touch they wanted to add this morning:  Dream Big, Love Big, Live Big.

He said he woke up at 5 am (basketball) and just kept staring at it.  Mission accomplished!

If only I had taken a before photo.  Or maybe I'm glad I didn't.....

Monday, August 1, 2011


I lived with 10 girls at Miami in a house appropriately named, Melee.  We have produced 31 children (so far!) ranging in age from 10 (Madeline is the oldest) to several months.  Many of us were together this past weekend and I managed to capture 13 said children on film.