Saturday, May 29, 2010

If You Build It They Will Come

Ga-Ga has arrived. After talking about it for over a year, we, well Ted, actually, finally built the Ga-Ga pit, with some minor adaptations. And it has been a hit (ha ha). Everyone loves playing the game. There are the normal squabbles that kids have when they play games with each other, but all in all it's been a lot of fun.

The kids tend to play it barefoot, which means they come in with very dirty feet, that really don't come clean no matter how hard you scrub. A couple of the moms on the Circle aren't too happy about that. But as we all know, on Freedom Circle every night is bath night.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Way Behind

So, we've been remiss in has just kind of gotten busy all around us, and this has slipped off the priority list. So, to get you up to speed, here are a few things from the past few weeks:

As Promised.
Lucy got this adorable shirt when we went to Disney World...suits her to a T. It's most funny if you're familiar with Star Wars, I suppose
Ted again coached Cory's U6 team, with a lot of help from his friend since we ended up missing a lot of the season this year. Cory's team was the Bears. Here he squares off against one of last season's teammates.

Mary Beth played for the Ninja Turtles. She, too, missed a lot of the season, but was thrilled to be playing on the same team as her best friend. Next season begins the year of the traveling team for her age group--we'll miss the convenience of having all our soccer games on the base.

We went back to Ohio for a short trip to check in on our house in between renters. It was fun to catch up with our friends. We look forward to being there again someday
College Friends.
I had the privilege of hosting the annual get together with my college girl friends. They were here for only a weekend, which was much too short, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed the chance to sightsee and reconnect and enjoy really great food (that's 5 pounds that will be hard to lose!).

General Life.
The kids have been busy playing outside in the spring weather. They've created an elaborate Indian Village with their friends in one of the backyards, and they spend many afternoons in costume cooking over the fire, hunting for berries and herbs, making "medicines," and fighting other tribes. It's quite the production.

So, there's May in a nutshell.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Book Award 1, 2, 3...

Tonight was our final AWANA night. We had an Awards Ceremony followed by a potluck dinner. The three big kids have accomplished a lot this year. Lucy joined the Cubbies halfway through the year, and she was a riot by the end--totally loved being a Cubbie

Cory earned his First Book award for Sparks. He sailed through the first book this year, even earning a review pin for doing an extra credit book. Rock on, dude!

This was Riley's First Year in Truth and Training and she also earned her First Book Award. Sweet Sister!

And the ever-competitive Mary managed to finish her 2nd and 3rd books this year in Sparks, earning her the Sparky trophy. Totally awesome, dude!

We're proud of all their hard work and glad that they're so eager to study and memorize God's word.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010


I bet you're beginnin to think this Spring Trip South will never end!! The blogging sure seems to go on forever.

Okay, so we also visited Sea World while we were in Orlando. The kids enjoyed the smaller amusement rides they had in one section...their favorite was the Shamu Express roller coaster. This experience was remarkably different than Disney World--the kids literally got off and then right back on the rides since there were no crowds. Granted, the rides were much tamer and on a smaller scale, but I'm pretty sure the kids had just as much fun, and I think even now they would rank Shamu's Express as one of their favorite rides.
Of course we watched the Shamu experience--Riley, Mary and Cory sat with Ted in the splash zone. Luckily they did not get wet. The kids and I watched the sea lion and walrus show they have while Ted rode their big kid rides. They got a big kick out of the antics of that one. We did not see the dolphin show--kind of sad, isn't it?

We also bought the 3 animal fish pack, giving us the privilege of feeding the seals, sharks and sting rays... (and then smelling like it, too)

Mary Beth was the only one brave enough to put her hand in to feed the stingrays, but right as they arrived to swim on top of her hand (thus taking the fish with their little mouths) she quickly pulled her hand out--too scary. I don't blame her--I certainly wasn't putting my hand in the water to feed them!

We did not pay to feed the dolphins, and sadly the area was roped off differently, so that only one area was a feeding area and you were only allowed in that area if you were feeding them. Well, if Pavlov proved anything it's that animals can learn, and the dolphins didn't really swim along the sides in the area where they wouldn't get food, so we had to watch them from a distance.

Things we learned (thereby making this a school day)

  • a dolphin's mom's milk is 33% milkfat--whoa.
  • the temperature of the sand where the egg is laid will determine if a sea turtle is a male or female
  • a shark's liver takes up 90% of its body's size