Monday, July 10, 2017

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is only about an hour from here, so we made the trip when Carl had a few vacation days.  All the older children are tall enough to ride most everything (that they want to ride) either by themselves, with an adult, or with Will, so it was a great time, and a full day (their endurance has also increased with their height 😉).

Snack break.


Clara taking a rest while we waited with Jadon for the rest of the family to ride the log ride (Jadon and I rode previously and he decided he didn't need to go again).

My acrobat!


Daddy and Hannah with Jadon and Will behind them (Will's in the red shirt, Hannah's in the pink).



Hannah and Daddy sharing a swing toward the middle, and Will in the red shirt on the outside.


End of the day sky gondola ride back to the entrance.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Beach Day

A few weeks back, we went to the beach for the first time here in Virginia.  It was a perfect day for the beach and we had a lovely time, enjoying MUCH warmer ocean water than Maine, and great weather, before it got too hot.  Additionally, we saw many little sand crabs, and even DOLPHINS!  That was pretty cool for us, to see dolphins from the shore.  :)

The family on the way to the beach!













Clara cannot yet crawl (which makes beach going much easier, in my opinion), and was very content just sitting with me in the shade tent playing with whatever I gave her.  :)

Hannah coming to tell me a quick something about what she was doing, and then she was off again!



Jadon telling me a story about some recent, impressive swimming achievement.  



Friday, June 30, 2017

Fun Pics




The boys both promoted into the next Sunday School class this year.


Hannah sitting with Mommy and Clara in the shade at the park one day.

Adorable feet of a sleeping baby in the shade.

Jadon at the end of the year Trail Life event, which both boys participated in this past year.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Strawberry Festival

The family attended a local Strawberry Festival and a good time was had by all!

They had a combine simulator, which the children loved, and I thought was fun, as it brought back memories of my childhood riding in the combine with my grandpa.  :)

Each child got to choose a ride.  Hannah chose these "jumping" trucks.




Will (in the bright green hat, second car) chose the roller coaster.

Clara watching the crowd.


Jadon chose these spinning bears and really wanted Will to ride with him (who you can see here).

And a cute pic of baby Clara in the bath.  :)


Friday, June 23, 2017

Growing Clara

Here's a few pics of our growing girl!  She's 8 months old now, and a joy to the whole family.  💖







Thursday, June 22, 2017

Strawberry Picking

The boys and I read a book about plants (including strawberry plants) and took a field trip to the strawberry fields a few weeks ago, and they had a great time. They worked hard picking berries, and had fun playing afterward at the great play area.  Following our time there, I thought we needed to stop at the farm stand for a little ice cream treat.  All in all, a pretty great field trip for all, even baby Clara enjoyed her time outside.  



I thought this was the coolest boat race setup I'd ever seen.  They had to pump the water to propel the boats forward down the pvc pipes back to their side.  



Clara and Mommy sat in the grass and watched the boys play.







I thought it pretty brave of Will to take the biggest tractor toy through this brush tunnel, since it JUST fit through it.  I thought for sure he was going to get stuck in it, but he made it through without a hitch!