Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy


This summer has just flown by! Some of the major highlights from July were:
  • Successful VBS
  • Trip to Lafayette for Anna to meet Great Grandma and Grandpa Miller (and Great Uncle Randy, Great Cousins Amos and Dana and second cousin Reese)
  • North American Christian Convention in Indiana
  • Visit from Great Grandma and Grandpa Sanders
  • Reed at 5th and 6th grade camp
  • Harvey-Smith Winema Family Vacation
  • Reed at 3rd and 4th grade camp
  • MOPS steering retreat at Buckeye Lake
Although it was so much fun to be on the road, we are glad to be back home settling into a routine. (At least till next week when we go to Tennessee to visit Reed's parents.)

In just a few short weeks things will begin to get very busy again. Fall is fast approaching. I am looking forward to all of our new adventures, though.

Reed is going back to school to complete a MA in Organizational Leadership. I think I am more excited about it, than him.

I have also joined our MOPS steering team this year and am in charge of the Moppets (kids) programming that takes place during our meetings. That will keep me busy. It also includes organizing play dates, which is always fun.

Reed is starting a new evening kids program this fall for elementary kids that will run for a couple of months. It will mainly be for those kids that want to grow deeper in their knowledge and faith. Darin is helping to steer it, which will be big help, but will still keep us busy.

I am teaching a new Sunday school class for adults this fall, which will be interesting, considering that Anna is not a huge fan of the nursery. I am excited about teaching it though. It has been a long time since I have done anything outside of children's ministry.

And of course, we'll have all of our fun trips including a trip to Arizona in October, Thanksgiving trip in Tennessee and Christmas vacation in Oregon.

It is going to be a busy fall, but a good one.




Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fun Day!

Yesterday was a fun day. We didn't really do anything extra special, but we had fun hanging out together.

We enjoyed reading books!



Being Silly!

Hanging out at the park!

Playing with Daddy!

New Pool

We got Anna a little swimming pool the other day. She had lots of fun playing in it on Fathers Day!

At first the water was a little too cold, so Daddy had to get some hot water from the kitchen to make it more like her bath water.
The pool has a big hippo on it, so we let her play with her toy hippo (Quacker) in the water.
We didn’t know what to do at first, but then really enjoyed it! Especially playing with the side of the pool. It was a slippery texture, which was fun!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Anna Loves getting her picture taken!

Anna was being extra cute this morning, so I thought I would post a few shots. Sorry I haven't posted many new photos lately. Hopefully I can get back to posting more.









Friday, June 4, 2010

Great-Grandparents!!

We had a really fun time this past weekend! Annas Great-grandpa and Great-grandma Adams (Grandpa Adams’ mother and father) came and visited Anna for the first time! Also, Grandpa Adams’ sister, Great Aunt Sandy came, too!! Anna loved meeting them, and we got to spend Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday with them!


I had Monday of because of Memorial Day, so Great-grandpa and Great-grandma Miller (GrandMA Adams’ parents) came to visit! They got in about 10:30 in the morning, and stayed until the next morning. Anna loved seeing them, and had such a good time.

After meeting so many important members of her family, Anna still decided to stick around:). She has now been blessed to meet all six of her Great-grandparents, and she loves them all so much!! This weekend her Grandpa and Grandma Adams are coming to visit...so she is super-excited about that!!

Here are two more pictures...one of Anna after Daddy picked out her clothes by himself for the first time ever (Mommy has made the closet super-scarily-organized so he has been a little hesitant to before. Took about 20 minutes to figure out the dewey-decimal system she has in place), and the other is her Sunday afternoon nap.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Niagara Falls Anniversary!

Well, our anniversary was on Wednesday (our #3) and to surprise me, Audrey planned a trip for us. I knew we were going somewhere, but I didnt know where. Audrey punched in the address for the GPS so I knew my next step, and we headed out that day for our location. I didnt know that it was Niagara Falls until we got pretty close. I had never told Audrey, but I had always wanted to come see the Falls. Today we did some really neat things, and of course documented them with pictures.

We began by waking up at the crack of ten...well, the girls were up a little earlier, but not me!! We grabbed some breakfast and then got ready for the day.

We drove to the Falls, and this is what we saw! Absolutely breathtaking! And Niagara Falls behind her is incredible as well!

Anna was riveted, too! It was like she couldnt move because of the view...or something else, perhaps.

In this picture you can see all the falls. The American is the near one behind Audrey. Then at the fall end of that one you can see a small gap and a small fall after it (looks like the same falls with a small space between). That one is called the Bridal Veil. In the way back is the Horseshoe which is the big semicircle that goes from the U.S. side over to Canada. It is so amazing to see so much water pouring over the edge!

We took a boat ride called the Maid of the Mist that went by the falls. We got some really stylish ponchos because of the mist from the falls. I did not think it would be that wet, but at the base of the Horseshoe it felt like a cold, salty rain!

The Horseshoe had so much mist at the bottom it was hard to see much around it.

Anna, of course, was enthralled. She woke up right as the boat ride ended. (We had her covered snug deep in her stroller during the misty times).

After the boat ride we went back to the top, and a nice lady took our picture.

Then we walked across a bridge over the American Falls to the other side of them. There is a wooden framework of bridges that you can walk on near the Bridal Veil Fall, so we did that. You get some ponchos for that, too (yellow this time) and cool sandals as well (think the sandal of the bowling shoe family). You have to take an elevator down to it, and then you can climb around. The falls were right beside it, and some places it crashed into the railing a little at times. They have to build the framework new every year because the ice and cold destroy it every winter. In the pic below Aud is on the bottom platform in the yellow poncho.

Anna was awake for this (which was good because we couldnt take the stroller here). She enjoyed it a lot, even when she got a little spray in her face!

We couldnt go all the way up there because the highest framework was so close to the crashing water we would have gotten soaked...not a good idea with a baby! So we went back to the hotel and Anna had her first pool experience! She liked it, but it was a little chilly so we only stayed in a bit. Overall, a really great day!