Showing posts from July, 2011

Sailing and Such

Yesterday we took the Tanzer 22 out for another sail.  This was the first trip with all 8 of us on board. We have it parked at a lake/ river about 2 hours away.  There wasn't a lot of wind this time which is ok with me.   Keeping 5 kids from going over board and out of the way of the rigging can get a little crazy.   We spent most of the afternoon in a little cove enjoying the sunshine and water.

We entertained ourselves watching kids swing off of the boat.

We're cramming lots of fun into the summer while my sis-in-law and nephew are here.  Only 1 more week left of our visit.   I think they'll be tired of our crazy noisy full house by then.  

The water levels were a little higher in this dammed off part of the river so our little private beach was nearly gone.  The kids didn't seem to mind and were convinced they could find precious gems or gold if they dug deep enough. 

Can't you just hear the shrieking and laughter?

These two little munckins could entertain themselves i…

My little Girl's room

I've never had a knack for decorating, crafting or creating domestic beauty.   I'm practical to a fault.  Hot glue guns and I are not compatible.    However, I am loving having a little girl again.

This was Aili's room last year.  When we returned from Mexico, Aili picked her colors and we painted over the dingy, pealing, periwinkle paint that had been there since she was a toddler.  Aili was excited about her renovated big girl room although I wasn't thrilled with the colors initially. A few weeks later a little sister unexpectedly arrived.  A few months after that Aili very graciously and willingly moved into the spare room in the basement and Celina moved into her own nursery.   

The furniture is second hand or well used by my several babies. The decorations were passed down from big sis or bought at the dollar store. There was no plan or intentional decorating...but I think it turned out pretty cute. The little plaque above her bed says "Love begins at home" The flo…

Family camp 2011

I have been virtually absent from blog world  for the last couple weeks.  Although it's been good to take a break from reflective narcissism and just enjoy summer for a bit I must say I miss keeping up with my blog friends.   

We spent all last week at Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Center enjoying "Family Camp". A week of camping, playing, community, teaching, and worship all wrapped into one amazingly refreshing week.
The first few days were HOT!  Ridiculously humid and 40 degrees Celsius (over 100 degrees Farenheit).  It was crazy hot.   Keeping kids hydrated and cool was a full time job.  After a long long winter I really don't mind a few days of a heat wave. 
This was the second  year that we had the privalege of bringing my American sister in law and her son with us to camp.   It's a full house this summer but we're having lots of fun.  
Auntie is starting to get used to Roman's customary enthusiastic greeting.  

Although it's been just too hot for…

One Summer Day

After too many hours of this... 

and a little of  this...

We decided to do more of this.

We took the Tanzer 22 sailboat out for a day.    Silas was at camp with Grandma and Grandpa  but I'm happy to report no incidences of sea sickness this time.  The weather was perfect!..not too much wind and plenty of sun.

Baby dipping.

Brothers Reunited

Yesterday we heard the news that Javier's little brother Feliciano followed him to Heaven. From what I've heard it was a shock to everyone. No one expected that both brothers would be gone the same week.

Little Feliciano was in his class at the Learning Center (at the mission in Baja) when the Father called him home and  he graduated into heaven.  

I know there will be a lot of mixed emotions.   Devastation for a family who lost 2 sons within a few days of each other. Shock and trauma for the staff and children who witnessed his passing. Joy that he has been freed from the illness that ravaged his muscles  and that he is reunited with his brother Javier.
The loss of these two boys leave will leave an aching void in the Learning Center and in the hearts of all those who loved them.
Our friends in Baja Mexico are burying another one of their beloved children today...two little bodies laid to rest within a few days of each other.  It's hard not to be there with them as they say goodbye…