Wednesday, December 5, 2012

End of Summer and Start of School Year

We had a few weeks at home before school started back.  There were lots of bike rides, popsicles, swimming and lots of friends over!

First Day of School!
Harrison-7th grade; Layla-4th grade; Dylan-1st grade

Dylan started taking dance and is loving it. 

It is my last year with this little man by my side.  We are enjoying learning new things.  He learned how to blow a bubble and also how to whistle (none of the other kids can whistle).  He has also enjoyed playing with friends and having lunch with dad (eating with chopsticks, just like dad).

Dylan turned 7, the week after school started.  We had a combination family party with a cousin during summer break.

But she also wanted to have a small friend party, of course it was puppy themed.  She asked her guests to bring donations for the Animal Shelter in lieu of gifts.  She had so much fun taking the donations and visiting with all the dogs.  I have a feeling she would have taken everyone of them home.  She has a heart for animals.

Over Labor Day Weekend, we went camping at Lake Ouachita.  It was a beautiful weekend.  Although, it did come a quick little storm and we had NO power for about 12 hours.  So we were roughin' it in our camper with NO A/C.

Almost the entire campground was occupied by our church.  They had a washer throwing contest, and Harrison and his partner won the youth division. 

After the storm, God's Artwork!

A few weeks ago, Amos and I went to Washington DC for a work conference.  We saw so many things in just a few days, but it was fun. 

The first day, they bussed us over to see George Washington's home in Mount Vernon.  We toured the grounds and his distillery.

We are sitting on one of the old grinding stones, used in the distillery.  Our tour guide offered to take our picture.  For a big city, everyone we came in contact with were so nice and accommodating. 

The next day we toured on our own, and we saw Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, Holocaust Museum, and we ran through the Museum of Natural History.  This was all after lunch.  Before lunch, the comedy group, Capital Steps performed at the hotel for us.  They were hilarious!

We got to dress up and eat at fancy restaurants (that we would normally not go to).  They took us to the Occidental and apparently every president has eaten at this restaurant.  It was delicious.

I absolutely loved all the architecture in DC!  I think Amos loved all the BIG trees in DC.  They have a law; if you cut a tree down, you have to plant two.

We had to leave the next day, but we ran through the Air and Space Museum before heading to the airport.  We are definitely planning a trip back and bringing the kids.