The biggest bummer for me is that I didn't get a camp picture of Thomas this year. Every time I saw him at camp it wasn't near the entrance. Tom did, however, snap this shot of him at canoe camp (when CLC takes older campers and counselors off-site for a week):
This was early morning quiet time before small-group Bible studies. Thomas, Marie, and Tom all spent the week on an island on Dale Hollow Lake this year. Good for them! I could never do it. . .
He sent several pictures, which I was so appreciate of. . .
|I visited the island/camp the night they "moved in". Thomas set up his Eno for me while they were on the lake tubing. I could get used to hanging around like this with this view. . .but would need plumbing and electricity!!|
|This was on our 21st anniversary -- it's all I got :) I'll take it every year of my life!!!|
We also went to the Blount Mansion -- love finding new things in our town to explore.
|This was called a "please touch" table, encouraging us to pick up the items and explore that way -- very cool!|
|The front of the house was changed from the back to the front. . .when Knoxville was first being settled in this area, visitors came in off the river. . .as the town was built up, visitors came in off the street. . .|
|What amazed me the most was that the building was completely original. The number of families (and businesses) that had occupied it through the years and yet, the floors, walls, doors, ceilings had all stood up through it all.|
|Items in the governor's office - especially interesting was the pair of curved scissors to cut the candle wick while it was still burning. . .|
No more than 5 to sleep in one bed. . .and a border paid for this?!?
|Margaret, a friend, and Marie|
|Friend, Margaret, Marie|
|Marie on her own. . .|
We stopped the boat so the girls could switch up and it wouldn't start again. We weren't too worried. . .this has happened before and Tom knows it needs a new starter. . .dragged it over to an island and tied it up while we ate and such. . .but still, after 45 minutes or so and lots of poking around the engine. . .still wouldn't start. . .
The next morning we ran out to the boat shed before church to see if it might be an "easy" fix. . .
Tom spent the week thinking about, talking about, and researching some ideas and we went back (it's about 1.75 hours one way) the next weekend and although he thinks he has the problem pinned down, he needs to be able to work on it at home. Essentially, unfortunately, our boating season is over this year. The days we had were fabulous though!
This girl that I'm so super proud off headed off to soccer camp with her HS team Sunday morning and I went over early Wednesday to watch her play before pick-up.
Picture of the Day together with him at the dog park.
After we got home Wednesday from soccer camp we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to head to Ohio for a few days. Frederick would miss soccer golf with his soccer team, all would miss schedule pick-up at the HS, Margaret would miss her freshman orientation, I would miss my Friday tennis. . .but we all decided it would be worth it since we haven't had time to get up there once all summer!! Tom was the only one who couldn't miss work :(
It was a great trip and I can't *believe* I didn't get any pictures of the cousins!! On Friday my mom, sister, AVJ, Marie, and Margaret went into town for lunch and a little shopping. . .the entire time we were there I looked for someone off the street that I could ask to take a quick pic of the 6 of us but it just never happened. I did get these on Thursday night though:
|The "reason" for dinner was Grandpa Fred's upcoming birthday!!!|
It was, unfortunately, a super-short trip that was made a tad longer when Tom decided that he would drive down after work on Friday night and let Thomas take the car back on Saturday (he had to work) and we all got to stay a bonus day and not go home until Sunday.
So. . .that's life lately around here.
There's so much more going on -- HUGE changes have come down the pike at frightening speed this week, but that will be another post another day. We have been waiting on the Lord and His timing for a job for me. . .for soccer and school schedules for the kids. . .for a direction spiritually for us all. . .and He is answering. . .so quickly it's overwhelming. When the dust settles I'll make it "Facebook Official" and hopefully get a post out.
We have had a great couple of months at home this summer. I should blog in smaller chunks, I know ;) This was done in the middle of the night -- I've been working on it since about 1:30 a.m. and it's now 3:40. Time to go back to bed. . .I have an 8 a.m. dentist appointment!!