The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Birthday Season

Spring and summer turns into what I call "the Birthday season" at our house. Other than Braydon and Heaven who have January and February birthdays, the six other children all have spring/summer birthdays.

We started with Mary in May:


 

 
She is growing in to such a lovely young lady with a real talent for music and crafts.  Every year for her birthday she has been picking new cheesecakes to try. This year it was butterscotch.
 
 
Wokelle turned 8 in June.
 
 
 
 
 
The cousins came over to spend the day and loved "Wonder Beach".
 


Two days later Riane turned nineteen.

 
Pretty much this is how we see her right now -- through Skype. She will be home in two weeks and we are very excited.

We have two more birthdays in July and one in August to round out the Birthday Season.

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wonder Beach

We have been cruising along with a summer schedule to keep up a little school for our summer break. Jerome took a few days off and projects around the house -- like siding the barn have been moving forward. Today I hit a dilemma. I am really behind on some paperwork projects and needed time to focus.

The two older boys had a yard maintenance job that lasted all day. The two older girls can keep themselves busy, but my three youngers definitely needed something to make their summer day fun, so that I could get some work done.

So, Wonder Beach was born.

It has a great badmitton area:



This little pool saw most of the days action.

 
The older girls spent most of the afternoon at the library, but they made some time for crafts, and

 
logging books into the summer reading program.

 
 
The 3 littles stayed out in Wonder Beach the whole day -- food became necessary.



Delivered poolside of course!

 
Wonder Beach was a great day of fun. I didn't get everything done, because no one ever can do it all. I made headway and am feeling ready to head back to the normal summer schedule tomorrow.
 
Wonder beach will definitely be one of our best summer memories.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

"We Are Warriors"

I have posted before about Braydon's interest in the military. His ultimate goal is to enter Annapolis Naval Academy and become a Navy Seal. In these days of preparation he has been busy preparing himself physically and academically. He works hard in school, but he also works out hard.

He has run some 5K's, but this past weekend he decided to try something a bit more challenging -- The Warrior Dash.  It is a 5K run through obstacles and lots of mud. We had some misgivings about the atmosphere, but were hoping to stay focused on the race.

He paid for this opportunity himself and he loved every minute of the muddy, crazy competition.


 Excited to get started.
 
 
Just one obstacle.
 
 
 
Finished!
 

Savoring the accomplishment.
 
 
He came in 2nd in his wave and 32nd in his age group -- a fine finish.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Staycation

This year we had our hopes set on attending an ATI conference.  However, it was not to be. We decided to take a "staycation" this year. Jerome kept his original days off and we announced our plans to the children -- this would be  a working vacation. We would stay home and work on those projects we could not complete in our regular schedule and try to fit in our fun after the work was done.

The fun activities included having friends over for dinner twice, taking the whole day off and going to the zoo with the cousins, letting the kids sleep under the stars (no tent) and even a shopping trip.

Here are some pictures from our week:

The zoo day.





The work for the girls was primarily spring cleaning. The breakfast room was the hardest ... but the girls had a good attitude.


 
 
 
 
The boys worked a lot outside. Isaiah begged and begged for a job. Jerome gave him the mower, but didn't start it, his job was to push down the tall weeds at the edge of the property. Everybody has to start somewhere and he did a great job!
 



Wokelle learned to run the weed eater.



Everybody was learning new things. The boys started the siding of the barn.

 
 
 
And tanning the deer hide from Braydon's first deer.
 

 
 

 
 
The surprise blessing of the week, was that IBLP announced a live cast of the ATI Nashville conference. We left it up on the lap top all day. The girls, of course, working inside caught many more messages, but everyone would stop and listen as often as they could. My spirit was so encouraged to see that it wasn't just the parents who couldn't wait to hear, my kids were huddled around the laptop too.