Monday, July 10, 2017

This week

We are blessed to be able to spend the week with Doug!  I'm hoping to be able to get a bunch of pictures and have a LOT to post about when we get back.  I know I've been lacking a little this month, or a lot, but we are flat out!  I was giving Mom our schedule for the next two weeks last night to Mom and she just laughed.  It's a little crazy!  I love you all!  Thanks for being patient!

Friday, July 7, 2017

The 4th of July

It's been a long time tradition of heading to Old Forge for fireworks.  We haven't been great at following through with that the past few years though.  I wasn't sure how this year was going to look with Doug just coming off working 60 hours at the Moe.Down, but he was all for it.  So after some birthday celebrations with our brother in law, we packed up and headed to Old Forge.  
What a beautiful day!
We had quite a crowd from church...



Doug and I decided that we are getting old.  We wore our sunglasses during the firework show because it was so bright and regretted not bringing earplugs.  LOL  It was a great show regardless and the girls enjoyed it (which is really all that matters anyhow)!



A new friend...

The girls found a monarch caterpillar on the 4th of July up at Doug's parents place.  He was pretty large, so I knew it wouldn't be long.  Sure enough, by Thursday afternoon he was all tight in his cocoon.  

He didn't pick the best place to hang himself up.  The net does have a zipper so once his chrysalis is nice and hard I can unzip it to photograph him better!  The girls are excited...Monarchs are definitely our favorites to watch change over!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A special day :)

We have been taking advantage of our summer vacation, which has been nice, but that means I haven't been taking the time to sit down and write up a blog post. :(  I'm sorry for slacking.  I wish I could promise that it would get better, but I can't.  I never know if I'm coming or going!  

Yesterday I had to take the car in to get undercoated.  My best friend Hillary had her baby, so I I took her 4 kiddos with us and Doug's Mom.  I've never been to this place before, and the guy told me there was a park across the way, so I figured we would be good to go for a couple hours.  When we arrived, we headed across the street to find no park...just grass, picnic tables, and the canal.  We ended up heading down to look at the water and saw a barge pushing a "floating dock" (I don't know what that thing is called, or even if I have the boat term correct)  Regardless, we got to watch them maneuver it for a while before we realized that there was a  lock to our left and they were lining up to use it!  We headed over to the observation area, and the kids got to watch the whole thing!  It was amazing!  We burned through the appointment time no problem!


The row boat and motor boat are a bunch of high schoolers and a coach that are rowing for charity from Albany to Buffalo!  It takes them 8 days and I guess they do it every year.  Pretty cool!



The gates are closed!

Starting to drop






Opening the gates again on the other end...




Blowing the horn for us


The kids wanted to go stand on the lock gate...



I was all good until Jeremy wanted to go across but only holding my hand...LOL  I hate heights!


Beautiful view!

I'm thankful for God providing once again!  What a great day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

37 years!

Sunday we celebrated our church's 37th Anniversary!  We had a great day and had a ton of fun as always!  Here is the crew for the day....




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The school year is officially finished!

The homeschool group met at the Greig park last Tuesday for our final day together!  I can't believe we are finished!  The kids had a blast playing, and the mom's had fun visiting.  I'm sure the new year will be here before we know it.  In the meantime, we are going to enjoy our summer!  


Friday, June 16, 2017

A new game!

The girls came up with a new game last week called "Bug Rush"!  They made the pieces, the board, the cards, and even made up the directions for it and wrote them down.  

They did a fabulous job and it's a ton of fun to play!




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time on the water....

We struggled with nice weather and warmth while we were gone.  One of the things the girls really wanted to do was canoe!  We finally had a nice day, so Grandma and Grandpa Benedict treated the girls to a canoe for 24 hours.  



Loading up!  I stayed on the shore with the pups.  
 It was pretty choppy that day and I didn't want to get sick. 





 Molly waiting for her people to get back...


 The view was amazing!



Dane sized ZOOMIES!!!





A visitor...




Switching around people...


Trying to find that duck...
















We found a LOON!



Chloe was NOT happy that she got left at the dock!








Pretty girl!


Taking Daddy for a ride









 We even got Molly in and she did great!

The girls LOVED it and can't wait to go for a whole day with Grandma and Grandpa Geiger this summer!!!