Oh, I am so wanting a day like this . . .


The kids had a lesson at Sunday School about “planting seeds” for people; Ezra came up with the idea of a lemonade stand and we could put verses wrapped around the cups.  We picked out some verses, bought some cups & lemonade, and called a friend who lives in the front of the sub where there is a lot more traffic–her kids were all in too:)  We set up shop at about 3pm when it was hot and people were starting to get home from work.



It was quite a success, everyone read the verses, some even had a short discussion.  We don’t know what kind of impact was made but I was excited for Ezra to apply the Sunday School lesson in a way that he could.

Mostly, the clients were neighbors that we knew and we got several landscape workers!  And, don’t worry, I was always right there.


Mari Day

For Mari day we went “Letterboxing” like geo-caching but you follow clues instead of coordinates.

This one started out easier because it’s a park we visit a lot so I knew where all the initial landmarks were

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Ezra, looking super excited about finding it!


And, as an incentive to those not as enthusiastic about it, we always get ice cream afterwards


Cedar Point & other silliness

No, we didn’t have some special frigid winter access, this is from August!


Love this place and couldn’t wait to share it with the whole family (our first time all here together)


Mari & Ezra going on the Windseeker, I can’t do “swing” things anymore and this is like a swing 30 stories high-no thanks!  But they loved it.


Tobin wanted me to ride the little rides with him, I don’t really care for these anymore but for him & that sweet smile, I’ll suffer130822_CedarPoint_002

There were virtually no lines, but the sad thing — I was getting headaches during the roller coaster rides, this is new for me and made me not want to ride as many times as we could have.  So, we felt like we had enough before it closed (also not like me at all), and got some swimming in at the hotel water park that night.

We did some more water park in the morning and then headed out.

The silliness . . . we stopped at a little animal park, cheese at it’s best!  They gave us a bag of feed and sent us out back into a gravel, fenced in parking lot looking thing–oh, and warned us that the deer would try to steal the bags;)


Looking for more


And, then Tobin started running and they started chasing


So funny, Tobin was cracking up laughing


Love these creatures, kept adjusting my angle to get rid of the fencing & buildings



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This sweet little thing was making us laugh too, he was the tiniest goat


and he kept picking fights with everyone


they had a stocked fish pond that you could fish in too


Stopping for ice cream


This guy was waiting for us at the table


Tobin Day

Back in August, we do a day for each one where they get to make some meal choices and pick some activities for the day.

Cool crown they made


I don’t have hardly any pictures and I’m pretty sure I have written down what he wanted to do??  It definitely involved screen time;)

I had a softball game, so they all came to that–check the boys out, I snapped a picture before telling them to come down!


We wrapped up the day at the pool, it was late but Tobin really wanted to go so we cooled off and had a short swim and a snack of course.


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