Thursday, September 15, 2016

August Lookback

 OK, I'm on a roll. Posting August's Lookback in September! I'm getting back on track!  Oddly enough not a single picture was taken with my decent camera, all of it was on my camera phone. So, most pictures aren't all that great. But they at least give an idea of what went on.

I had read somewhere that August is the last hurrah of Summer. And, even though Summer isn't officially over until late September, I am totally find if it wraps up it's job in August.

The first couple weeks were spent trying to eek out the last drops of break before school started up again.  Things on the kids' list: splash pad, Carol's pool, the zoo, and staying at both grandparents' houses.  We managed to get it all done before the school bell rang.

The last couple weeks of August were spent adjusting to a school schedule and whether out storms....literally. The tornado sirens went off 4 times in one week's time. Four too many for me. Thankfully, the weather settled down to give us a nice lead in to Labor Day....and September.

 With no air conditioning, we spent many summer afternoons and evenings at the splash pad. The best was reading a book while dipping our feet in the water.

Owen spent 3 nights away at Cub Scout camp. It a first for him. I was nervous, he was excited. It all worked out.  But I was certainly glad to see him climb in the van all in one piece at the end of it all.

 An evening spent with friends

 We've enjoyed a decent crop of corn and a handful of potatoes from our little garden patch

 Final summer zoo visit

 I love how much these two have spent playing together with their Legos.

 How we spent our 14th wedding anniversary. 
Watching the radar and the meteorologist track tornadoes across NE Indiana.

Back to school night, sitting in tiny desks. 
Madeline's Summer Story: "I went to South Carolina and I got a hole in one."

 Spending time outside, listening to an audio book

 A milestone for us was saying goodbye to our home that we owned for the past 10 years. Renters came and went and the housing market is worse than it was pre-Recession, but it was a bittersweet day. Saying goodbye to what we thought at one point would be our forever home, and being thankful that we could pass the keys on to someone else.

One final swim in Carol's pool. We are so thankful they are willing to let us use it!

 When you don't want to heat up your house with cook outside.

 First day of school!
3rd for Hannah, 4th for Owen, 1st for Madeline
 Just a little dress up at Grandma's

The Steffen Campout. Always lots of great food and company.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

July Lookback

Oy. I've got to get better at this! July Lookback in September. I hang my head in shame.

As I try to remember what all exactly happened in July, I get the general feel of the freedom of summer and house projects and fun family outings.

And then I look through the pictures I took and that kind of sums it up.

I am so very thankful for the job that Paul has. He is in a career he loves and what God has gifted him for. It's a crazy 10 months of teaching, and he still gets up in the crazy 4AM hour to do school work even in the summer, but having him around the house is mighty fine indeed.

And so, without any further ado, our July....

One thing that was on my list of things to do was to take out the peninsula that separated the kitchen from out sitting room. Above is what the place looked like 3 years ago when we bought the place. And below is how it is looking nowadays.  Now, instead of the peninsula that couldn't be moved to accommodate guests, we have a kitchen table (no picture...I gotta get on that).

 A big part of this project was having to take up the flooring and piece it back together because the spot that had the peninsula was just bare concrete. Paul did it all by himself in one day.

 We spent a weekend up in Toledo with Paul's family. And took in a Med Hens game as well. They were playing a Reds affiliate so we had to dress accordingly....

 We had a decent garden this year, so there were always opportunities to pick and shell and can and freeze.  One morning I went to work and came home at noon to find that Paul and the kids had cooked down 3 bushels of apples and made it all into sauce for me! All of this was done outside over a campfire! All I had to do was the canning part. I felt so very loved by that act of service.

 We spent an evening with missionary friends on furlough from their service in Poland.

 Of course we had to take in the zoo a couple times and take well, um, interesting pictures.

 You can tell that Paul is the educator in this family. He is always looking for ways for the kids to keep learning. They spent an hour or so outside one afternoon taking turns reading a page out of a Harry Potter book.

 The girls wanted to paint a log that we sit on by the firepit. It kept them busy, they loved it, and it used up old paint. That's a win in my book.
 They loved making little people out of erasers and a boat out of a paint stick. Kept them occupied for quite some time. Ah, imagination.... And, oh, that's our "new" kitchen table. See, I did get a picture of it!

 Uncle Brian and Aunt Marcia wanted to treat us to Bagger Dave's. I was not going to argue.  But I don't think they were aware how much 5 Suvars can pack away.....