Friday, August 11, 2017

School days...

August means school begins!  I am never ready, but ready or not... it was time!
Here is a little peek into our first weak.
 

Malachi started 5th grade.  He is doing Teaching Textbooks this year for math. Best change EVER for him! 

This little fellow is in second grade this year.  We are continuing on with Saxon math, various things for Language and reading lots of good books!  We also are studying land animals this year.


High School!?!  When did THAT happen!?! Seems like Mariah should be about five still! :(
She is quite independent with her studies.  She is taking Algebra 1 with TT, Apologia Biology, a grammar program and studying American History this year.  Should be a good year for her.  I love that she is driven and self-motivated! Makes life easier for me!


These two goof balls getting ready to start science!


Oh the juggling act of having different ages.  I would love to sit and snuggle with this fellow and his books all day, but it is usually limited to a short time in the afternoon. (One day we both ended up falling asleep on my bed.  Now THAT was a good day! :)

Our college kiddos! (Showing off their new technology!)  I love that when Marc took them to get them they prayed that they would only be used for good!  That night both kids independently (and without us asking) came to us with their passwords.  They are such good kids!
 Matthew is studying Aviation Maintenance and Logistics.  Madeline is studying English and Journalism. They are both juniors in college!


Mariah started piano lessons back up (her tenth year!), but added violin this year!  I think she is going to enjoy it.


 
I love that we still have a little one in the house.  It means I still get to read all of my favorite children's books! :)
 

And then last but certainly not least....
Madeline has had many changes in her life!  She turned 18 in March but was too busy making straight A's in college to take time to get her license. :)  She finally got it this summer. and she began a new job teaching piano at a local music studio.

 
This was her first day driving off by herself. I was a little nervous but she did fine and is now confidently tootling through town in "Big Red"!
 
 
She is the third of our kids to begin their independent driving in Marc's farm truck. He lets them drive it until they can afford to buy their own vehicle.
 

Madeline will be teaching at the studio two days a week, work as a contract journalist for our local newspaper, and go to school full time this fall!  She will be a busy girl!

 
 
Today is the last day of our second full week of school!  We are hurrying through a few subjects and then headed to the local springs to swim!  Soaking up the last days of summer!

~Until next time....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

4th of July weekend happenings...

Clearing off pictures from my phone and I realized I never posted pictures from the 4th of July weekend.
 

We headed to town for the parade and fireworks.


They had face painting and my boys never do things the conventional way! :)


Grandpa hung pretty well with us in the heat and crowds!


                                              My sweet man. :)


Bless my girls' hearts. They always have a little boy jumping or pulling at them.



Hanging out waiting on the fireworks to start.


Me with my little monkeys!


Grandpa munching on his pizza.






Small, rural town means you have to have tractors in the parade!


We also had a 4th of July party with some friends.  They host one every year.  Their son is in the Marines and he let the boys try on some of his gear.


Madeline and some of her sweet friends.  They have been friends since they were little girls!

 
Last but certainly not least! Our sweet little Elizabeth Grace turned one on June 29th!  It has been a fast year filled with some of the sweetest moments I have ever known!  I truly didn't think being a Mimi would be this wonderful!
 

Macheus enjoying an ice cream cone at the party.  McKenzie hosted such a cute red, white, and blue themed birthday party for her.

 
The sweet little birthday girl!  I will have to post some of her 1 year pictures that McKenzie had taken. 

Well, I think I am officially finished posting most of my summer pictures.  We started school back this week.  I was NOT ready for that but here it is!
~Until next time...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jekyll Island 2017

Every summer for the past thirteen years we have gone to Jekyll Island as a family.  A couple of weeks ago we had our annual trip!  We have missed McKenzie being with us the past two years!  Her first summer married she and Daniel came too. She has been busy having babies since then though! :)
 
 
Wake up sleepy head! It is time to go to the beach.  "Are you kidding mommy?"
 
 
We stop at this little park and have a picnic at the halfway point.  The kids are able to get some energy out!
 

Madeline makes chicken salad wraps loaded with yummy veggies!


I love this island, but even more I love traditions and making memories with my kiddos!


 
The water was a little murky this year, but it didn't stop them from having a blast!
 

"Look!  I'm as tall as Madeline!"





SO glad that Matthew got to go this year.  He missed last year because of school. Growing up stinks!


Such a beautiful place...


He played so hard each day.

Fell asleep on his big sister.



Matthew wanted to bury his little brothers so bad.  Macheus was the only one that cooperated!


 

                                                      Little crabs. :)



                                            The six still at home.


                                                             Mariah


Madeline was determined to find Macheus a good shovel for digging.  She finally found one!  She is so sweet with her little brothers and they love her dearly!




This picture cracks me up.  Since I have been a mama I haven't done much swimming in the ocean.  I decided to get out there and float with Macheus.  We went beyond where the waves were breaking so we could just relax.  Out of nowhere a huge wave came up and flipped us over, Macheus was flipping under water and I was coming down on top of him. Once I realized he was ok I laughed so hard.  The kids all stood there with their mouths dropped open thinking I was going to be upset.  My glasses were long gone. Matthew and Macheus both lost theirs the day before.  You would've thought that I would have had enough sense to take mine off. :)


                                                          worn out...


I think Matthew enjoyed the sand too! :)








Malachi on the shoreline at St Simons.


 
 Mariah had her first ever snow cone!




We rode bikes all over the island. 


                                                     My bike buddy.


Waiting on our seat at our favorite restaurant on St Simons.... Iquanas!


Waiting on the fireworks to start.


More snow cones... and blue lips.



Shopping at our favorite junk store... The Beach Bum!

 
                                               Me and six pieces of my heart!



We eat junk on vacation that I would never buy at home.  Macheus didn't even know what donuts were.  He asked for a "white cookie".  The Triscuits were "crickets". :)  So funny when they hear things wrong.


More biking.  The older kids took off on regular bikes, but Marc and I had this cool surrey bike with the little boys. :)

A little Putt-Putt.  As you can see these two munchkins took it very seriously. :)


More colored mouths from the snow cones!



Massive trees on our biking adventure!

 
 Mariah is a daddy's girl!



Wishing I would quit taking pictures of her with her Oreo!




More biking and more Snow Cones...




Watching the barge pass by.







A very nasty, smelly crab that he found.

 

This last picture was taken on a bench that I take their picture on each year.  I should put them all together to see the changes! 


Well, that is the last of our summer fun for a while. We are busy gearing up for another school year and waiting on McKenzie's baby to get here!