Wednesday, July 28, 2010


As a surprise for my birthday, Micah planned an evening out with dinner reservations downtown and Music Circus tickets. On the way to my Mom's house to drop off the kids, we drove past my favorite little chinese food restaurant near our old house. I hadn't been there in forever so I asked Micah if I could hijack his plan a little and switch from the fancy restaurant to chinese food instead. I felt kind of bad asking but he was quite happy with the deal and I think pleased that I prefer cheap chinese food over expensive fancy food :)

We saw Oklahoma and it was a very intense play - I didn't know anything about it except for the song - the play was very good but a little scary and very dramatic at points. I miss the days when we used to go to plays all the time and have fun evenings out together!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fair Time

We love the State Fair and look forward to it every year!!

This year Raider brought a couple friends:

And Haylie thought the petting zoo was absolutely hilarious:

We were in the annual parade for Micah's work and it was fun watching Haylie help by passing out flyers to the people watching.

The kids' favorite ride was the Ferris Wheel:
They were sticky and messy and very tired at the end of our 7 hour day at the fair:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Keep on A Rockin' Me Baby

Yay for Steve Miller Band!!! I was so excited when I heard they were in town and I knew just the girls to go to the concert with! Liz and Brandy were in right away and equally as excited as I was - that's why I love them so! Liz and I kept texting each other in anticipation of the fun day. (I remember Liz got to see them in high school with her Mom and I was sooo jealous). It was so fun to re-live all our fun songs we used to rock-out to driving around town when we were teenagers.

I loved Brandy's cute shoes:
Making Liz dance with me:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Blast

This was Haylie's first year in our church's vacation bible school and as usual she approached it with excitement and eager anticipation of the first day. She couldn't wait to find out what was in store for her in this new experience but more so she couldn't wait to see her friend Mia who she hadn't seen since school was out.

At the end of the week of VBS, there was a little celebration and we got to learn about what this kids did all week. Plus there was just a fun time with water slides and bounce houses, which the kids can never pass up:

James had more fun playing in a mid puddle, rather than going on the water slides:

Haylie and Kiley were so excited they got to go up on the stage this time. One of the days Haylie was at VBS I stayed to help out and I had the opportunity to sneak in and watch her during the music and story time. It was so cute watching her study the people on stage and perform every hand motion and sing every word right along with them. Then, when it came to story time they were telling the story about the fishermen on the boat and Jesus telling them to throw their nets on the other side. As they were telling the story (note - there were about 100 kids in the room and Haylie's class was seated toward the back) Haylie kept trying to jump in and tell the rest of the story and why they needed to have faith, and what Jesus told them. The teacher kept asking her to be quiet and not interrupt but I couldn't help but be a little proud :)

Haylie and Kiley were having so much fun on stage, I was glad to catch this spontaneous hug:
James got brave and decided to run up there too, even though he's not old enough for Summer Blast yet.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

After all these years...

We have been celebrating our birthdays together for almost 20 years now and I am so thankful for these girls. They were so sweet to remember and take me out for my birthday. We spent several fun hours at PF Changs chatting, laughing and telling loud stories as usual. We tend to get a little riled up. :) When I count my blessings these girls are definitely some of the blessings at the top of my list!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

15 years

I can't believe it's already been 15 years since we graduated from high school. To celebrate the occasion, our high school group decided to get together with our growing families and have a little picnic in the park. It is always so great to visit with these amazing girlfriends and watch our kids play together and become friends as well.

a couple of the buys from our class as well...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fireworks with Friends

Our Bible Study group usually gets together every year for the 4th of July and we were glad we were able to make it back from the cabin in time to enjoy fireworks with our friends. The kids loved playing the sparklers and watching the fireworks with their best friends.

James loved the fireworks but he wasn't so sure about the noise...
All the kids doing their sparklers at the same time...
And here's Micah letting Haylie play with a big blow torch firework...

Happy Birthday America...