Summer recap

Really, the question is, “What DIDN’T we do this summer?”  I made a list of all the things I wanted us to do as a family back in May and we were able to cross just about every item off the list!  Here are some of the things we did and a few pictures too.

Went to Silver Dollar City and White Water – a very fun weekend in Branson with Grammie and Papa.

Nick and I took dancing lessons and discovered that we are pretty stinkin’ good!  I think it’s safe to say we got our groove on.

Thad attended basketball camp at JBU and loved every minute of it.  We were graciously given a nice basketball hoop by our neighbors so Nick and Thad are in heaven.

Went camping at Beaver Lake and had a blast!  We came home and immediately made reservations for the best campsite in mid-September.  Looking forward to that!

Went to 2 Naturals games and we were able to thoroughly enjoy ourselves despite the ridiculous heat.

Celebrated Christmas in June complete with fake tree, chili and cornbread, and one present for each kid.  This is an annual tradition for us and is always lots of fun.

Nick preached twice this summer and did a superb job each time.  I am so incredibly proud of my husband!

Saw Toy Story 3 with Thad and Gwennie and we all really enjoyed it.

Went Hiking at Devil’s Den and had WAY too much fun wading in the creek and throwing rocks in the water after our picnic.  We pretty much had the park to ourselves!

Went to the dentist way more times that I want to remember.

Gwennie got her ears pierced!  She was insanely brave and they look great.  I’m so proud of her!

Went swimming countless times and never once did anybody get sunburned.  Yeah!

Spent a week in Michigan!  We went to the zoo; visited Nick’s grandpa; played with cousins; had an amazing day at the beach; hung out with Nick’s brother Zach and our sister-in-law Katie and Nick’s mom, Becky; and just had an all-around awesome vacation!  The kids did super well in the car, especially now with the dvd players in the back (best Father’s Day gift Nick ever got).

Went to see Beauty and the Beast at the Walton Arts Center and we were all thoroughly impressed.  It was quite a production!  I think if we lived in NYC I would be addicted to Broadway!

Thad lost his first tooth!  Came out while he was eating a crouton.  The tooth fairy (he insists is a boy) left him a $1.  I’m pretty sure that’s a whole lot more than the tooth fairy left me.  We were all so proud of him!

Now Thad has started first grade and Gwennie is anxiously awaiting the start of preschool in the spring.  All in all it was a perfect summer and we had way too much fun!  I promise to write more frequently now.  I was just a little busy this summer.  I plan to post more pictures very soon because Katie took some awesome pics of the kids in MI.  That’s all for now though.  More to come very soon!


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