Friday, September 28, 2018

This and That



A night out at TitleTown- We played a few games, bought something yummy to drink, 
and walked really slow...no rushing this date!

Our first visit to Bay Beach this year!

Pink and purple pony

These three may never do this ride again due to the long wait getting on and off of the Ferris Wheel. At least they could have some sibling bonding time!

In Suring for Gampy's birthday! Where's Gampy?

Mom and I visited Lake Trails in Madison for a Prayer Conference for her birthday. So fun!!


The kids are watching the Wrightstown fire-fighters use their new equipment to break a part this car. A few seconds after this was taken, Theo was stung by a bee on his little finger. Sad guy!

First day of swimming lessons for these three!

Aug the Dog and Master Theo up to something....

And then there are these two...Olivet and Leila!

Horse and Lady

We made fairy gardens for Leila's 7th birthday...

Each one was so unique from the other.

Sweet Seven!!

Leila loves dolls, riding her bike, dressing up, and sleeping in.

Pin the Puff on the Pixie

Almost time for cupcakes!...



Grace and Leila

That same evening we had family over for Leila's birthday. Here are some cousins!

And their parents and grandparents :)

A visit to Granny's and a class in DoTerra oils.

Making cedar sachets for their sock drawers!

This class completed their map challenge and earned 10 minutes of a glow-stick party.

Toby Mac was on in the background, and these kids had a blast!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August Came and August Went





Packer Family Night!!

We had a blast with our friends playing soda games, tailgating, and catching up!!

Let the count down begin...

Look very closely and you might see #12 :)

CHEESE!

My love

A fun night with friends; dinner and laughs!

Mermaid spotting...

Leila at the beach in Sturgeon Bay

Theo coming to see how he can help.

Bear Lake fun in the water!

Ready...set..

JUMP!


Loving the life jackets!

Brown County Fair 2018

Right after the alligator show!

And unto Fresh Thyme (babies in carts, *sigh*, so sweet!!)

A day with just the littles at Colburn Pool

Musical chairs at church...

...and then this!!

Cousin love<3 p="">

Lunch and play with Reuel and Pierce

Birthday boy Ezra!

Now it's time to find a brush...we might be a while :) 


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Baseball & Travels

We closed out July baseball-style. Sam played catcher and 2nd base for the Blue Jays. His team took second in the league but didn't place in the tournament. He really enjoyed it, and next year we will, Lord willing, have three boys in baseball- oh my!

Go Blue Jays!!

Silas played for the Duram Bulls- here he is with his good buddy Ross. The value of learning and growing with a team is priceless!

Sy played most positions on defense, and loved to hit a strong cut down right field to get to first or second. His team won second in the tournament.

Crosspoint offered a Fine Arts camp this year, where you see Gretta and Leila sporting the hats and shoes they decorated.

The kids had a blast learning scripture, worshiping, and creating all week.

Three sisters hanging out at Bear Lake!

A perfect day for a swim and kayak ride.

Four generations!

Before we left for Canada, we had a visit from some sweet friends and climbed the tower at the National Railroad Museum. You cannot tell how high we are from the picture, but don't look down if you don't like heights!

Our first stop on our trip was at an Air B&B in Chamberlain, South Dakota. We met this friendly neighbor Allie and the kids had a blast throwing her sticks.

We met up with friends in Chamberlain and made our way to Long Valley to meet a few (MANY, actually) prairie dogs.

Thanks to Sam and Caleb, we were able to get in free to any National Park in the US because they are finishing their forth grade year. These are bison in Custer State Park.

Cheeeeeese!

We camped at Crazy Horse Campground...

...and swam in the pool.

Off to Mount Rushmore. Look closely, and you can see what state we are from!

View from below...

Ninety percent of the faces were made from dynamite! 

Mt. Jackson and Gremore

We journeyed on to Belt Montana to meet Grandma Lo and Grandpa Jer.

Hiking in Glacier National Park was a blast...

and the views were electric!

I can smell the fresh air!

We journeyed on to Banff National Park and Lake Louise.

The glacier run off was SO cold. 

This is a little past the half way point to Lake Agnes.

The rest stop was refreshing,

especially since the incline was steep!

And we made it!

Worth every minute.

The Lake Agnes Tea House

Is there a caption that would fit this one?!

The 3 older kids and I climbed a rock wall (boys in flip flops) to see Moraine Lake, only to find out that there was a trail on the other side! So what did we do?

Climb down and over the logs and back up the rock wall again!

Stunning...

...especially at sunset. We were told to come between 7 and 8pm to avoid the crowds. Boy were we glad we did!

We checked out some natural hot springs too (on a drizzly day). 103 degrees!

Everywhere you look...

this is what you see...

....and this!

Did I mention this?

"All creation, come praise
the name of the Lord.
    Praise his name alone.
The glory of God is greater
    than heaven and earth." 
Psalm 148:17