Sunday, July 20, 2014

He's a Keeper

Though we've been awfully busy, there have been plenty of laughs and fun at this house. Daniel came to me several weeks ago, eyes twinkling, and said, "Mommy, I've made a treasure hunt for you and daddy and it starts under the duck in the back room." He had been coming to me all morning asking how to spell certain words or write things for him but he wouldn't tell me what he was working was a surprise. At the time I was working on fixing lunch and so it wasn't until later in the afternoon I remembered and made my way to the guest room where there is a duck door stop (which I made in art class back in 7th grade). And there was the first clue.
 It said, "Look for a picture of Daniel in this house on the wall."

 There are multiple pictures of him around the house but only one with just him pictured. In the corner of the frame I found the next clue: "The next clue on on the 12th step."
 On the 12th step in the corner I found this clue, "On the wood of the gate is the next clue." That one had me puzzled for a bit because we don't have any wooden gates around here but then I remembered that there is a wooden looking gate on their Playmobil castle.
 And I was right - the next clue was stuck in the door.
 It read: "In the jail is the treasure." Wow - pretty short treasure hunt since the jail is also in the castle.
 And in the jail I found this:
 "I Love you Dad and Mom!!" Now that boy is a keeper!

Fourth of July

Usually each summer my father-in-law is gone preaching campmeetings or other services and last year he spent the summer in Israel. This year he didn't do any of that and so since he was going to be home over July 4th we decided to do something a little extra special. We did the usual grilling at their house and then went to the Cincinnati Pop's Red White and Boom concert followed by fireworks. It was so much fun! 

 Oh - Daniel has lost his two front top teeth - I need to get a better shot where he has his eyes open.
 The whole crew - because it was turf we didn't have to worry about getting eaten alive by chiggers.
 Beautiful sunset.
 The fireworks were so pretty and the music was too.


Summertime thus far

When school let out at GBS this year instead of spending several weeks to relax, Philip and the rest of our family had to kick into high gear. In June our family (and two of the trips Philip took himself) traveled a little over 4,000 miles in 8 states. Add a garden, chickens, and outside work that comes with summertime and you have a very weary family. Just last week things began to slow down a bit so here's a recap of the summer thus far:

Even though Philip wasn't done with his work at school, he did have Memorial Day off and we went to the parade that our church participated in. This was the boys' first parade experience and they really enjoyed it (or maybe it was the candy they collected).  We had a wonderful spot in the shade on the parade route.
 It thought it was so funny that they had such a height discrepancy with these guys.
One of the unwritten rules of a parade is there must be one tractor......
or more........
Actually, it reminded me a lot of the town I grew up in with their cars, farm implements, and marching bands.  We had packed a picnic lunch and went to a local park to grill hamburgers while the boys waded in the creek.

First watermelon of the season!

Our last day of school was a Field Day spend with other THINK (Teaching Homes In Northern Kentucky) members. I think they said there were about 160 children who participated. I had volunteered to help and so I wasn't able to get many pictures.

Then we traveled to PA for a family reunion of my mom's side of the family. My grandma Miller who is 83 just moved from the area she lived in for 60 years to her son, David's home. She has such a nice little apartment of the side of their house and is still able to get around quite well. She doesn't like to have her picture taken so you have to zoom in when she's not looking.
 These are some of my mom's brother's and sisters - David, Steve, Grandma Miller, MaryLou, Faye, and Jeff.
 The siblings, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 The only grandchildren who were able to make it were Andrew, my brother David, my sister Jennifer, and myself.
 And these are a few of the great-grandchildren.

After leaving PA we came back to OH to mow the yard, take care of the garden and chickens then left for my brother, Jonathan Slagenweit's installation service as pastor of the Easley Bible Methodist Church in Easley, SC. This is the church that Philip and I attended while at Bob Jones University so while we were there we swung by the University to see our friends and also had the opportunity for the boys to meet some of their Bob Jones University Press Distance Learning teachers - that was a highlight!

Then another trip back to OH so that Philip could turn around and make a trip to AL. The boys are so glad that we have called a halt to all traveling and they're not anxious to get back in the van for any length of time. They've just been very content to do things around home here. So that's a few of the things that we've been doing and I've gained a greater appreciation of "Home Sweet Home."