Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Orleans mission trip

This year Josh and I decided that we didn't want to be apart all summer again and our kids were old enough to go on some trips with the students. Our first trip to go on was the HS mission trip to New Orleans. I was nervous about a lot of things but my kids were amazing and the teenagers on the trip were so sweet to include us all. It was a great experience. 

We all stayed at the New Orleans baptist seminary. The students stayed in dorms and Josh was able to stay with the kids and me in a hotel type room also at the seminary. It worked out really well. 

We spent every morning doing a backyard bible club for a very low income area. We just set up in the median in the neighborhood and went door to door inviting kids to come. We had so many kids come each day to play, do crafts, sing, and hear a Bible story. Isabel and Will were great helpers with the younger kids that came. 

This little guy wanted to be held by me most of the day everyday. I can't say I minded all that much (even if it was a million degrees!!)

Somehow Isabel became in charge of this little girl, Day, for the week. Day was a mess so it was not an easy job but Isabel was so great with her. I loved watching her love on this little girl and try to teach her about Jesus. 

We all went to the French Quarter one night. I can't say I really liked being in that area too much but it was definitely an experience. 


One afternoon Josh and the students went to a boys home and Josh and I decided that the kids and I should not join them. Instead Isabel, Will and I spent the afternoon at a children's museum and had a great time. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Arkansas visit 2016

The day after VBS Josh and a group of high school jrs and seniors left for Guatemala. 

We couldn't stay at home and miss him all week so my mom, Isabel, Will and I headed to Arkansas to visit our family there. We had such a great family. I loved getting to spend time with my aunt and cousins and Isabel and Will loved playing with their second cousins. 

   Will is so excited to have a boy cousin


Isabel and Will love staying at Aunt Sandra's house. She spoils us all while we are there!!

Dana and her family were having some family pictures made and let us take some too. It was hot but the kids spent time in between pictures playing on the tracks and then playing with water guns!

We spent so much time sitting on Dana and Brian's deck. The adults talked while the kids jumped on the trampoline, did a slip and slide and played in water. 

       Everybody wins with a kids table!!
We also went to a kids museum and a nature center

VBS 2016

Once again VBS was a great week at our church. This year our theme was submerged so there were submarines, ocean animals and fun decorations everywhere. 

Josh got to be a blowfish for the morning  sessions and Isabel and Will loved his costume. 

Water day is always a great way to end a great week!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cheer camp

Isabel's summer started with cheer camp that was taught by her favorite person, Mrs. Smith. She loved very day of it and learned a cute new cheer and dance. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

School's out for summer

And just like that, another year of school was finished. The last days of school were pretty bittersweet for Isabel because she will go to the intermediate school next year. They did a lot of special things for the 3rd grade graduates!

       Isabel and friends being silly at their      
                 end of the year party

The 3rd graders had a graduation walk the last week of school. They walked down every hallway in their school which were lined by the other students. It was a sweet moment and so fun for Isabel and her friends. 

The last time Isabel and Will will go to the same school until 6th and 8th grade. 

        Last day of school 2016

We celebrated with icees in our roo cups

Bring on summer!