Friday, September 6, 2013

Another school year begins

It seems that each season of life we're in we look forward to the next one. When it's winter we can't wait for summer. When it's summer we are anxiously excited for school to start and when we are in school we can NOT wait for summer! More and more we are beginning to realize we need to slow down and enjoy every single season of life! Summer was fast and furious again this year and the first day of school was here before we knew it.

Ashley - a junior!! makes me kind of teary even thinking about how soon it will be senior year and all of a sudden there will be a lot of lasts....but followed by that will be a lot of firsts..

Brandi - 8th grade. Last year of middle school already. I remember the summer before Ashley started middle school. I was so torn and uncertain. Tempted to home school...heard so many horror stories about middle school and now look. Ashley flew through it and Brandi's wrapping it up too! Apparently, neither one's the worse for wear at this point. They seemed to have come through it relatively unscathed and not completely demented!


Kendra - Starting 3rd grade, she's come a loooong way since that first few months of kindergarten when she cried every day. She loves school now. Would never admit it though. She doesn't want to admit she loves school but she comes home pretty excited every day and does pretty good. She loves math and spelling and seems to just be enjoying herself! Was ready for another year!
Tyler - 1st grade. Wow, kinda crazy how that happened so quickly. He was very excited to go to Mrs. Stienbock and Mrs. Stienmetz classroom this year. He is kind of a nerd...but a very loveable nerd. Was excited to go back and finally learn how to read and do some cool math stuff!

I still absolutely love the uniforms that Paterson kids wear. They are so simple, easy and affordable! About 2 weeks before school starts I call the school and tell them how many shirts and what colors and sizes and that's it. Get a few pairs of jeans from childrens place and between the computer and my phone I can have all their back to school shopping done in 15 minutes:)Praying for a great year for each of them with minimal drama, minimal illness and maximum efforts:)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Summer Boating

For several years in a row there has been a group of mostly moms and kids that go camping for a week. We started by going to Fishhook park and then the last couple of years have went to Crow butte. This year I decided not to go because we just had too much other stuff going on this summer. Ashley & Brandi went up and stayed for a couple of days with Denise. They absolutely love this yearly camping trip and did NOT want to miss it! Thankfully Bri got some great pictures for me!
Brandi wakeboarding.

He's just a little tall...she's a smidgen short...

Ashley & Justin....there are no words to describe these two.

Grandview Fair.

A very very hot Grandview fair.... As always Grandview fair was hot. With no hookups for the RV's it makes for kind of a warm week. Thankfully we had a generator this year which allowed us to rain the AC for awhile. The kids do have a good time at the fair but with it being hot it does get a little harder to keep Tyler and Kendra entertained. Tyler managed to pull through with no health problems so that was nice! The girls both placed fairly well with their lambs and got decent prices at sale so everybody went home happy:)

Aren't they special??

Grandview Fair has a "pee-wee fitting and showing" for those who are too young to actually show yet. Kendra & Tyler both got to try their hand at getting in the ring.

Tyler reacts really really quickly to sawdust so unfortunately if he wants to be in the ring he has to wear a mask:/ He gets some strange looks but it doesn't bother him one bit!

Kord Tuttle was nice enough to go in the ring with Tyler and keep a close eye on him.

A day in the life....

Summer time fun! We try not to plan very many things in the summer because our days just fly by! There's always an assortment of kids here, and with fairs and regular day to day life the months just disappear:(
I really wish we could have at least 6 months of summer time!