Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lentil Fun

Living in Pullman brings all kinds of wonderful opportunities... including the annual Lentil Festival!  We had a great time this weekend celebrating the lovely lentil.  On Friday night we headed out to the street fair where we enjoyed all kinds of freebies, the kids played silly games and attacked the inflatable obstacle course.  We ran into lots of people we know and haven't seen all summer and just enjoyed time together.

This morning Aaron went fishing with my Dad and my sister's husband, so I took the kids to the parade.  We met up with some fabulous friends, Eli's godparents, and enjoyed all the things the parade had to offer.  Antique tractors, rodeo queens, high school royalty, politicians, dancers, marching bands, WSU athletes and of course... LOTS OF CANDY!  I was so proud of my kids as they bubbled up with excitement and cheered for our soldiers as they marched past.  My cousin Bryan is serving in Afghanistan right now and we pray for him everyday.  It is always a great deal of excitement for the kids to see one of our service men or women!  Eli enjoyed it all and found much delight in eating smarties.  He was, however, not delighted to see the clown.  He wanted nothing to do with that strange creature.

And now our lentil celebrating is done.  Tomorrow we will head to church and then up north for a church picnic in the mountains.  We are looking forward to that.  I'm guessing we will be exhausted at the end of the day, but it will be a good tired I hope.  Then Monday we really start focusing on school with Isaac's Kindergarten Open House that evening.  He's getting pretty excited about it!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The End of Summer

Summer went by way too fast!  Now I am preparing my daughter for 2nd grade and my middle child for Kindergarten.  I think this is most difficult for me.  This will be my first year teaching at Concordia without having one of my kids in class with me.  On top of that, Eli will stay in our home with his fabulous babysitter... he's always been at the church with the babysitter.  So we have a few changes this year.  They are good changes, but will take some time getting use to.

A few days ago I took Hannah for her big haircut and then we picked up my Mom and spent a morning shopping for school clothes and next years summer clothes... love those clearance racks!  I didn't spend more than $3 on one piece of clothing (except for Hannah's first day of school outfit) and we shopped at Old Navy and Macy's.  Good clothing!  I should lay out all the clothing I purchased for less than $80 and take a picture to post.  It is quite impressive!  I love such good deals.  So the kids are ready for next spring/summer except for shorts and shoes.

Tonight we head out to the Lentil Festival street fair.  Should be a good time.  The kids have a lot of fun and I take some Excedrin before we head out!  It really is fun... where else would we have a celebration for lentils?

We are enjoying these last few days of summer break.  The sun is shining and we are sledding down grassy hills, playing on the swimming pool, sliding on the slip n' slide, biking, scootering, eating popsicles and enjoying time without a schedule.  Such a lovely time.

My Little Artists!

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