Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Project 365, Week 25

This was our first week of no school and our last week of spring sports for all the kids. Yay on both counts!!

June 13
The day started early, arriving home around 1 AM from our Tennessee wedding trip. We got to have a lazy morning with Melody before she left.

The kids had watched a couple episodes of Cake Wars? Cupcake Wars? and were inspired to try their own version. 

Aiden was more than happy to be the judge. :)

Last night of baseball!

June 14
Grandma took the crew to Old Sturbridge Village. She likes to take them in the spring when there are baby animals. This year the lamb was a hit.

Swim team tryouts were more competitive than we expected and Amanda was asked to come back after she's had more lessons. It was a blow to her and a good opportunity to talk through lots of life things.

June 15
Nice summer night for baseball.

June 16
There are lots of blessings in foster care and lots of hard. This permanency meeting was in the hard category. Shaun took the afternoon off so he could be there with me and I was so thankful for his strength and wisdom. He seems to always know the right things to say.

The kids, on the other hand, were having a blast with cousin and Auntie Sienna. :)

Isn't this the sweetest?

June 17
Pop called to take the kids for a ride on a beautiful evening.

June 18
Last day of soccer!!

The rag tag team Shaun coached went undefeated for the season, 8-0. He doesn't do "just for fun" even if its U10 girls rec. ;)

June 19
Second to the new Dory movie, the kids thought Shaun would most want to go to Dave & Buster's for Father's Day. I was shocked at how expensive it is and how inappropriate the music, videos and games are. Everyone had fun, but we won't be returning anytime soon.

Shaun is an incredible father. He is involved and intentional and dedicated to raising kids with character. He is loving and unselfish and a good provider.

He's been example of what a father is or should be to many boys and he relentlessly loves and invests in the fatherless. We are thankful!

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Weekend To Celebrate!

I have so much blogging to catch up on! For a variety of reasons blogging has been hard for me the last couple months so I thankful for the discipline of Project 365, otherwise I might have completely dropped off. But there are just some things that can't be expressed in one or two pictures on a day, for instance, when your very first niece/nephew graduates from high school!! Yes, high school!

Jared and I have been good buddies since Day One. He's grown into such a great guy and we're so proud of him! It was an honor to watch him walk across that stage, though emotional. 

Right after we went to his house where Sarah gathered friends and family and threw him a very special, thoughtful party. Such a fun day!

Jared and Colombo are just six weeks apart, our nephews, one from each side of the family. They were each other's first friend and we often kept them overnight together, taking them on outing and doing the fun things you do when you are an aunt and uncle with no kids of your own. :)

That was then...

This is now...

The next day, it was back to our house for Memorial Day. Nana and Grandpa Jeff, who are both out-of-state, wanted to do one big birthday party for the kids for the year, calling it an "Unbirthday Party". It was complete with a cookout, birthday cake and presents and a friendly family backyard game of wiffle ball.

The ultimate "peanut gallery" right here.

Cousins! :)