Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bad Fortune

Not exactly the fortune Kerry likes to get in his cookie......

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fourteen!

 My baby is fourteen.
 It doesn't seem possible that our little eskimo has grown so fast.

She was just four a week ago, I swear.

Her daddy could pick her up and dance with her just last week.....

 And suddenly, she bloomed, blossomed, and sprouted into an actual teenager.

Here's to a happy birthday for my beautiful brown-eyed girl!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mission Trip Pics

I have no idea what's going on in any of the photos from Ben's trip to PR but it looks like they were having a good time!
























Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mission Trip to PR

Ben went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico with his tumbling team members.

Nothing like getting a text from him requesting prayer because they are going to a satanic area to pray!

 And then the update the next day:

I'm glad to say they survived and no one was harmed!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Favorite Child

A library on a military base is a wonderful thing.  We can use our computer to request books we want to read and if the library on base doesn't have the book they will get it on loan from other libraries in the area.  Sometimes we have to wait a bit if it's a popular book, but by and large, it's a wonderful system for getting to read pretty much anything we want.

Katie reserves books at the base library on an extremely regular basis.  Since Kerry works on base he picks up the books for her when they are available.

Kerry and I were heading out for the evening and I asked the girls to straighten up the basement as we were leaving.  We had had some younger children over and they had scattered the toys around and I just wanted the girls to get everything back where it belongs.

Kerry had brought home a book Katie had been anxiously awaiting but I had set it to the side because I knew if she realized it was in the house, she would immediately dive into it and the basement chore would be forgotten.  I set the book on the table where she would see it as soon as she came upstairs as Kerry and I were going to be gone when they were done.

Kerry didn't realize I didn't want Katie to know the book was in the house, so he walked to the top of the basement stairs and called, "Katie!"  Then he looked at me and said, "I forgot to tell her I have her book."

"No!" I whispered so she wouldn't hear me.  "If she knows it's here, she'll run right up here and start reading and the basement won't get cleaned."

Katie had come to the bottom of the stairs to see what her father wanted so Kerry improvised, "I just wanted to say 'Bye'".

Emily jokingly called up to him, "Oh, you called Katie over to say 'bye' to her but you didn't call me over to say 'bye' to me!?  Thanks a lot!"

Kerry responded, "Well, she's our favorite Katie!"

Emily looked at Katie and said jokingly, "You're their favorite Katie!"

Katie grinned at Emily and joked back, "I'm their favorite Emily too!"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ben's New Name

I recently found out that during Ben's entire first year of college he was known as "Ben his girlfriend goes to Princeton."  He was introduced to everyone as, "This is Ben,  his girlfriend goes to Princeton."  If someone was trying to identify him to someone else they would say, "You know, that guy Ben whose girlfriend goes to Princeton."

And it just became his name.  Ben, his girlfriend goes to Princeton.

Friday, August 15, 2014

College Road Trip

The girls and I went on a college road trip.  Emily is thinking mainly of schools in Virginia, so we decided to ramble on over and check out some of the schools she is interested in.

On the way there Emily cried three separate times on the first day.  I considered turning around and coming home, but thought that actually visiting the colleges might help her calm down and realize that there probably isn't one "right" college and she doesn't have to filter through a ton of info and pick "the one" or her whole life will be ruined.  No matter what she chooses, she will be fine.  She'll learn lots of things, get a degree, and go on with life.

We also discussed the idea that she doesn't have to go to college next year if it's stressing her out.  She can work, continue to go to community college, go on a mission trip, etc.  There is no law saying she has to go directly to college from high school.  If she needs a breather, so be it.  College will still be there when she's ready.

As it turned out, she got all her stress out with the crying, and she was calm and comfortable the rest of the trip.  The visits were helpful as they knocked one college out of the running, moved two up on the list, and put one on the "maybe" pile.  

More on the visits, coming up!