Thursday, August 23, 2012
Now the kids are getting older and a little less willing to let me document these days but here it is - the first day of school! Ben and Sam are both in Middle School now. Sam is in sixth and Ben is in seventh Grade. Maisie is in second grade now.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
We had a great LONG day in St Joseph's Beach, MI with the Vogts today. We had some great waves and we had a blast getting pounded by them all afternoon. After having a great dinner at Shu's and watching the sunset we finally headed home late into the night. Poor Maisie - too much for her little self to handle :-)
Sunday, August 5, 2012
John took off the whole week to go to Cranberry Lake in Indiana for vacation with us. My parents joined us for the week which was an awesome bonus. We rented a beautiful house which had TV'S!!! (This was a big bonus for our kids!) The more memorable highlights for John and I included canoeing with the kids, swimming to a giant trampoline off shore, hiking, fishing, and spotting all kinds of animals on the property. The kids found a mother cat and her litter of three kittens which they spent the week chasing and caring for. Luckily we didn't see them on our last day or we would have four more cats (which we DON'T need!!) Some of the animals we saw on a regular basis were deer, beavers, cranes, herons, and even an eagle. Sam really perfected her fishing skills this week and caught an impressive amount of sunfish, bluegill, bass, and a ten inch bass that she landed on her own. She is able to bait and release her fish without gloves which now moves her into the "real fisherman" category in everyone's eyes. Ben is learning to fish without gloves as well and spent a huge amount of his time hiking in the woods. Maisie has perfected her tracking skills and is now able to identify and figure out what way the deer are headed. Who knows.... maybe someday we'll have a hunter among us. Here are the pics in no special order....