Summer Fun!

I wanted to share some of what we have been doing this summer along with a few photos.

We have been blessed to be able to serve some dear family friends of ours by dog sitting their 6 month old puppy named Tally through the end of September.  The first week or so she was so calm and easy going I thought surely she isn’t a puppy!  Well, she is now completely comfortable in our home and I assure you she is a puppy!  I have the chewed up shoes, chair and various other items to prove it!  But she is a lot of fun to play with and is a very social and sweet dog.

Tally in our backyard - July 2015

Tally in our backyard – July 2015

We were blessed to have Uncle Andy, Miss Renee (or as Jonathan puts it Miss Neree) and cousin Jake visiting us.  I wasn’t able to get a picture of Jake… must be camera shy… but enjoy this picture of Miss Renee hanging out with Katherine.  Miss Renee kindly shared her cup and straw with Katherine.

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Off and on during this summer we get to have our friends Chris and Trey join us for the day.  We’ve gone to Pirate’s Cove and the Downtown Aquarium.  These wonderful guys have 2 older brothers equally as fun to be around.  All 4 of the kids in this family have such wonderful serving hearts.  Even though they are teenagers (except Chris who is 9 and Trey who is 12) they have amazing attitudes and have no problem playing with our kids regardless of their age.  We love having them around!

Pirate's Cove July 2015

Pirate’s Cove July 2015

The tiger is actually scratching his claws on the tree!

The tiger is actually scratching his claws on the tree!

Downtown Aquarium July 2015

Downtown Aquarium July 2015

You will notice that Trey in the first picture is walking and does not have a cast on his arm.  However, at the aquarium he needed a wheelchair to get around.  Earlier this week he was mountain biking down a double black or something crazy in Winter Park and tumbled off of a jump.  He broke is right arm in 3 spots… like completely broke… I won’t share the picture of his arm that his mom sent me….WOW!!!  And he has 8 stitches in his right knee.  I got to see that beauty too – good thing I’m not the one that has to clean it!  As a side note, isn’t God amazing?  The fact that He created our bodies in such an amazing way as to allow a completely broken bone to heal itself in 4-6 weeks. That is no work of random chance evolution!  Psalm 139:14  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

We also got to visit with one of our favorite families from our previous church.  They have a swimming pool and trampoline in their backyard and we got to hang out, eat some really yummy food and fellowship.

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Today we got to spend some time with dad and Joanne at our favorite water park in Highlands Ranch.  I didn’t get any pictures of dad and Joanne but they took a good one of our family.  The kids always look forward to spending time with grandma and grandpa!

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And, of course, I have to include a cool picture or 2 of sweet Katherine!

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Katherine July 2015

Katherine July 2015

I will share more once I take the Foster boys on another adventure with our kids.  Maybe we will head to the Wildlife Sanctuary or the Denver Zoo or the Museum.  No matter what we all have fun together!

A New Hair Donation!

Back in October of 2013 Natasha and Mikayla cut 12 inches of their hair and donated it to Wigs 4 Kids.  Two days ago Alex asked to do the same so I cut 11 inches of her hair and will donate it to the same organization.  Alex looks so cute with short hair!  Now Natasha and Mikayla are ready to cut their hair again but it’s not quite long enough to donate yet.

Check out the new Alex!

Alex July 20, 2015, before the big hair cut!

Alex July 20, 2015, before the big hair cut!

After the big haircut!

After the big haircut!

This is the hair being donated!

This is the hair being donated!

We Are Done!

After lots of reading, math, science, history, language arts, spelling and geography we have completed the 2014 – 2015 school year.  We did our annual testing this past week and will receive the results in a couple of weeks.  I view these tests as an indication more of how I am as a teacher rather then how smart my children are.  We came across a few things we had not yet studied but I’m confident the girls were able to figure out enough to answer the question… at least with their best guess!

So, the Wilson household now has a 7th grader, a 5th grader and a 1st grader officially on the books.  We will take a couple of weeks off and will then start with a light schedule which will include reading and math.  We will most likely add the rest of the subjects the 2nd week of August when we start school full time.  We are adding a couple of new curriculum this year and I’m excited to get started!

During our break we will go swimming, visit parks and playgrounds and just enjoy the summer.

What are your plans for the summer?

Katherine July 2015

Katherine July 2015

Katherine July 2015

Katherine July 2015

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Alex, Natasha, Chris (family friend), Jonathan and Belle

Alex, Natasha, Chris (family friend), Jonathan and Belle

Jonathan June 2015

Jonathan June 2015

Mommy with Natasha and Belle at the annual family conference.

Mommy with Natasha and Belle at the annual family conference.