FYI - I started this post MONDAY -- ha! Just haven't been home much this week. . .what a surprise :)
Better late then never, right? This is all from last week. . .and I truly didn't realize we did so much until I started this post. . .
Frederick and his best friend, Scott, headed off to day camp. Again. It's the same place my other three will be going for overnight camp in a couple of weeks. . .they offer a "day" version for those that are not old enough to stay overnight (or, I guess, who don't want to stay overnight). It was a full, full week for them!! They were dropped off a little after 7:30 each morning (by me) and picked up 4:30-ish by Scott's mom each day. I think they kept them going & going at camp. . .caving, swimming, archery, bb shooting, games, songs, Bible, etc.
Monday morning Nana & Grandpa Fred left after their Father's Day visit and Tuesday Grandpa Foster came down to spend some time with us :)
In addition to Cedar Lake Camp for Frederick, the other three did a Fellowship of Christian Athletes 3-day mini-camp at our local university from 9-12 each morning. The older two did soccer and Margaret chose cheerleading. The weather didn't cooperate too well. . .the last day they dodged the raindrops and got into the car looking like this:
The mud was literally head-to-toe
(Thomas in the green shirt)This arrangement worked out so well that he ended up volunteering every afternoon (15 hours) then on Thursday and Friday when he didn't have FCA camp he helped Coach Nick with his morning group of 3-7 yr-olds from 9-12 (another 6 hours). Of course I bribed him with lunch anywhere he wanted both those days -- then didn't get stuck eating at either place either time -- ha! Grandpa Foster was more than happy to take him to McDonald's on Thursday and Steak & Shake on Friday -- yea for me :)
I took a few pictures of the camp one day. . .Marie is in the orange shirt. . .
Love, love pictures of my kiddos together
Coach Nick in the visor
Thata girl -- leading the pack!
Not a huge camp, but manageable. Marie learned A LOT and I'm sure Thomas did too. I think I mentioned in another post that this inspired Thomas to start a soccer notebook at home to remember some of the drills and skills they went over in this camp that he can bring out for the U10 team he and his dad will be coaching in the fall at the Y.
And Margaret didn't want to be left out of the picture-taking (unusual):
(Well, I've tried to post this picture the other way twice. . .guess you'll have to turn your head sideways -- ha!)
They wanted to go berry-picking but the farm closed at 2 p.m. and they didn't get there until 3. Bummer for them. . .so it was strawberries from Wal-Mart instead. Oh well. And fireworks. My dad was crazy about buying lots of fireworks while he was here :)
Then, later that afternoon, we had a huge rainstorm. Here is the view facing the backyard:
And then the front. We knew another storm was coming. . .we had already lost our power from a previous downpour (unusual for us)
Thankfully, I had some chicken already marinating in the fridge and Tom's new grill has a gas burner on it, so we were able to prepare dinner completely on the grill -- chicken skewers, I made up some potato packets, rolls, and green beans. The only thing lacking was the shortcake for the strawberries :(
For the life of me, I couldn't get a picture of Thomas with his eyes open (I was using the flash since the power was out). . .ha! He was skewering the chicken for me. . .good boy :)
Anyway, here is a pic of the storm:
Saturday morning we had to say good-bye to Grandpa Foster. . .
Need a hint???
Margaret & Marie
Thomas finally talked Marie into tubing with him :)
This should have been a clue that Frederick wasn't feeling well. . .the nap on the boat wasn't all that unusual but not eating lunch and doing this instead. . .ummmmmm. . .
My favorite place doing my favorite thing (reading. . .this time Greg Iles Third Degree)
Soon after this picture was taken Frederick climbed back on board. . .
Sunday after church we went and saw Cars 2. I didn't like it one bit, but the kids did. I guess that's all that counts :) It was a (mostly) lazy day. . .Monday started all over again with YMCA day camp for the older two and soccer camp for Marie and Frederick from 5-7:30 Monday - Thursday nights this week. Summer is half over. . .can't believe it!!